Sunday, October 25, 2020

Tri-State

by Emily Wagster Pettus -- JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi voters will decide this year whether to simplify the process for electing a governor and other statewide officials by eliminating a step that’s a bit like the electoral college in...
by Najee El-Amin -- In 2016, Mississippi’s voter turnout rate took a nosedive as 70,000 eligible citizens did not show up to cast a ballot. Activists have been trying to figure out why this happened and how to get African...
 The New Tri-State Defender earned two, first-place finishes in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2020 newspaper contest cosponsored by the University of Tennessee. Netting awards for The TSD were columnist Lee Eric Smith and Associate Publisher/Executive Editor Karanja A. Ajanaku. Among Group...
by Kimberlee Kruesi --  NASHVILLE — A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law that required women undergoing drug-induced abortions be informed the procedure could be reversed. The statute was about to go into effect Wednesday after the GOP-dominant General Assembly...
by Jonathan Mattise -- NASHVILLE — A judge has ruled that Tennessee officials have to change the absentee ballot application again to reflect their promise to let voters cast mail ballots if someone in their household has an underlying health...
by Adrian Sainz -- MEMPHIS — DNA tests on a knife and other evidence must be performed in the case of a Tennessee death row inmate facing execution in December for the stabbing deaths of a woman and her daughter...
by Jonathan Mattise -- NASHVILLE – A federal judge has blocked a Tennessee law for the November election that bars first-time voters from casting ballots by mail unless they show identification at an election office beforehand. U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson...
Tennessee’s governor refused to meet with peaceful protesters and the state’s lieutenant governor re-tweeted a post that appeared to support violence against Black Lives Matter protesters and Antifa, an ultra-liberal group known for civil disobedience actions. As a result, Gov....
by Kimberlee Kruesi -- NASHVILLE — Tennessee now leads the nation in criminalizing common protest tactics, with penalties including the denial of voting rights for pitching a tent on the Capitol grounds. But outrage over racial injustice isn’t going...
by Jonathan Mattise -- NASHVILLE — A judge has ordered Tennessee election officials to clearly communicate on absentee ballot applications that people can vote by mail if they believe they or someone in their care face a higher risk of...
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