Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Power + Politics

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At 17, Caitlin Brinson isn’t yet old enough to vote, but she’s working hard to get other Memphis residents to the polls in November. The Cordova High School school senior is active in a new youth initiative called Engage Memphis, which aims to increase voter turnout and to educate young...
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI and STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press KNOXVILLE — Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn repeatedly attempted to tie her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen to national Democrats in their second and final debate on Wednesday, while the former Tennessee governor deflected the attacks by once again promising to improve bipartisanship in...
By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BENNINGTON, Vt. — Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Two years later, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to leave office in fear and...
Memphis City Council attorney Allan Wade on Wednesday said it was not his intention to block former mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton from running for mayor again when he drafted the proposed ordinance regarding term limits that is on the Nov. 6 ballot. Herenton, however, has said he thinks the...
No conspiracy! That was the bottom line of Memphis City Council Chairman Berlin Boyd’s media conference called on Friday in regard to a Nov. 6 ballot error that blocks former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton from running for mayor in 2019. Herenton and others have suggested there was a conspiracy...
By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum. It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat who could become the state's first African-American governor. Instead, The Villages' deeply conservative...
The Associated Press reported recently that nearly 350,000 ballots had been cast statewide in just the first three days of early voting. Closer to home, the Shelby County Election Commission said 9,943 people voted on Friday (Oct. 26) alone, pushing the early ballot totals to more than 121,000. That, after...
Voter registration forms – 4,000 to 6,000 that have been set aside – are the issue. According to the Memphis Branch NAACP, The Tennessee Black Voter Project and individuals who feel wronged, the Shelby County Election Commission is illegally holding up voter registrations without proper notification to individuals. The result,...
“Bad actors” is the label pinned on the Shelby County Election Commission by national NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who made a turn-out-to-vote pitch during a visit to Memphis on Friday. Johnson predicted a heavy Election Day (Nov. 6) turnout by Shelby County voters feel disrespected by recent actions taken by...
For the Nov. 6 election, early voting numbers are promising. But the Shelby County branch of the NAACP is still preaching that every vote counts – and they are taking no chances. From  10:30 a.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 31) through 8:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 1), the NAACP is hosting...