Editorial Results (free)
1. Franken Announces Resignation From Senate Amid Allegations
- Friday, December 8, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.
2. FBI Director Defends His Agency Against Trump's Attacks
- Friday, December 8, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution, and no finer people, than the men and women who work there and are its very beating heart."
3. Trump's Attacks Put New FBI Director in Tough Spot
- Thursday, December 7, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America's top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk.
4. Trump Signs Proclamation to Scale Back 2 National Monuments
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, pledging to "reverse federal overreach and restore the rights of this land to your citizens."
5. Last Word: Grizz Ownership Moves, Confederate Deadline and Medical Family Tree
- Monday, December 4, 2017
As many of us were focused on Tigers football and the journey to Orlando last week, there was word that either both or one of the two minority owners of the Grizz had exercised a buy-sell provision in the NBA team’s unique ownership agreement. And what could be a fight for control of the team’s ownership is underway. The sports website The Athletic broke the story last Thursday. Here it is. It also talks about the timing of this coming with the controversial sacking of David Fizdale, an interim coach at the helm of a changing team and lead owner Robert Pera’s lack of visibility in all things Grizz around the city.
6. The Next Four Years
- Saturday, November 18, 2017
A week before candidates for the 2018 Shelby County elections could pull qualifying petitions to run, Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves was thinking out loud on Facebook.
“Next four years,” was how it began.
7. Political Opening
- Friday, November 17, 2017
The Shelby County Election Commission is moving its Downtown office Friday, Nov. 17, the same day that candidates can begin pulling qualifying petitions there and at its Shelby Farms offices to run in the 2018 county primaries.
8. Despite Massive Turnover, GOP Owns Legislature
- Thursday, November 16, 2017
2018 will be a year of change for the Tennessee General Assembly, and 2019 will bring even more, especially in leadership – much depending on the popularity of President Donald Trump.
Not only is the Legislature moving to the Cordell Hull Building, vacating the Legislative Plaza after 45 years or so, a number of legislative faces are changing, too, even before next year’s election.
9. Trump Choosing White Men as Judges, Highest Rate in Decades
- Tuesday, November 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity.
10. Under Pressure, Social Media Giants Acknowledge Meddling
- Friday, November 3, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics. House investigators released a trove of Facebook and Twitter ads that showed just how extraordinary the cyber intrusion was.
11. Lawmakers Release Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
- Thursday, November 2, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.
12. Trump Distances Himself From Indicted Former Aides
- Tuesday, October 31, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump moved quickly Monday to distance himself and the White House from the indictment of his former campaign chairman and another aide, saying Paul Manafort's alleged misdeeds occurred "years ago" and insisting there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
13. Fats Domino Dies at 89; Gave Rock Music a New Orleans Flavor
- Thursday, October 26, 2017
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fats Domino, the amiable rock 'n' roll pioneer whose steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of the Crescent City, has died. He was 89.
14. Kustoff and Blackburn Map Different Incumbent’s Strategy for Republicans
- Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tennessee Republicans are mapping a different incumbent’s strategy for 2018 midterm elections less than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.
“This is our chance to get the Republican agenda done,” was how U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Germantown put it, speaking to 200 delegates at the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women convention at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis this weekend.
15. Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Sexting Case
- Tuesday, September 26, 2017
NEW YORK (AP) – Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case that rocked Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House in the closing days of the race and may have cost her the presidency.
16. Federal Government Notifies 21 States of Election Hacking
- Monday, September 25, 2017
The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.
The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia.
17. Colleges Offering Legal Tips, Hotlines Amid DACA Uncertainty
- Monday, September 18, 2017
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Mixed signals from Washington over a possible agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants are increasing anxiety and confusion on college campuses, where the stakes are high.
18. Still No Charity Money From Leftover Trump Inaugural Funds
- Monday, September 18, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's inaugural committee raised an unprecedented $107 million for a ceremony that officials promised would be "workmanlike," and the committee pledged to give leftover funds to charity. Nearly eight months later, the group has helped pay for redecorating at the White House and the vice president's residence in Washington.
19. Republicans Unveil Long-Shot Effort on Health Care
- Thursday, September 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.
20. Looks Like Another 8-4 Season for Tennessee
- Friday, August 25, 2017
Oops. I goofed last year. So did lots of other people who thought Tennessee’s football team would win the SEC East Division and go to the league championship game for the first time since 2007.
21. Trump Ousts Bannon, His Influential, Divisive Strategist
- Monday, August 21, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff.
22. Cohen Defines Gap Between Trump and Republicans
- Tuesday, August 15, 2017
There is a distinction to be made between the Republican majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and President Donald Trump, says U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, one of Trump’s most vocal and virulent critics.
23. Kelly Wins Praise Across The Aisle, But Bigger Task is Ahead
- Wednesday, August 2, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Raised voices could be heard through the thick door to the Oval Office as John Kelly – then secretary of Homeland Security – offered some tough talk to President Donald Trump.
24. Publicly Skewered by His Boss, Sessions Says He's Staying On
- Friday, July 21, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, publicly skewered by his boss for stepping aside from the Russia-Trump investigations, declared Thursday he still loves his job and plans to stay on. Yet Donald Trump's airing of his long-simmering frustrations with Sessions raised significant new questions about the future of the nation's top prosecutor.
25. Dean Touts ‘Middle Of the Road’ Focus For Democrats
- Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is making exactly the same observation in his bid for the Democratic nomination for Tennessee governor that Republicans are making on their side of the 2018 race.
26. Legislature Losing Some Powerful, Familiar Members
- Thursday, July 13, 2017
A shakeup in leadership is looming for the state Legislature, though it may portend more of a change in personalities than party strength.
In the House, longtime Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, the affable Democrat from Ripley in West Tennessee, is preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial run, a move that would knock him out of his House seat, at least temporarily, and the position as Democratic Caucus leader.
27. Freedom Fund Luncheon Speakers: Democratic Party Must Change
- Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. says if voters can make the big change they made last November in the White House they can do it again.
As one of two keynote speakers at the NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon Saturday, June 24, marking the centennial of the Memphis Branch NAACP, the former Memphis congressman said he is optimistic, even though he disagrees with much of what President Donald Trump has done since taking office six months ago.
28. Burned Former Home of President Clinton a Total Loss
- Tuesday, June 20, 2017
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas house once occupied by former President Bill Clinton that was damaged by fire has been deemed a total loss.
The home now owned by Stephanie and Robert Dzur and occupied by Stephanie Dzur's father burned June 8.
29. Last Word: Issues or Elections, City Impasse Decisions and Memphis Sk8s
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Those active in the Republican and Democratic parties at the local, state or national level will tell you their job is to elect candidates of their party to office at all levels of government. It's even in writing in just about any party's mission statement. And the inability of the local Democratic party to do that in countywide partisan elections is one of several factors that led to the state party disbanding the local party last year.
30. Progress Reducing US Uninsured Rate Comes to a Halt
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act.
31. Local Democratic Party Organizers Grapple With Activism
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Once the new bylaws and a new executive committee is in place for the reconstituted Shelby County Democratic Party this summer, there will still be a fundamental question about the political strength of the new organization.
32. Kustoff Talks Comey Missteps, Health Care
- Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The FBI investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign will continue without fired FBI director James Comey, says U.S. Rep. David Kustoff.
33. Trump Launches Commission to Investigate Voter Fraud
- Friday, May 12, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
34. Comey Sought More Russia Probe Resources Before Firing
- Thursday, May 11, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – In the days before his firing by President Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey told U.S. lawmakers he had asked the Justice Department for more resources to pursue the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election, three U.S. officials said Wednesday.
35. Trump Has Opened the Door to Some Unions, But Not Others
- Tuesday, May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he's holding the door a little more ajar for some organizations than others.
36. Trump Limits IRS Action Over Church Political Activity
- Friday, May 5, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, though his executive order on religious freedom is disappointing some of his supporters.
37. 'Who is a Democrat?'
- Friday, May 5, 2017
Through two meetings in less than a week, the leader of a reorganization of the Shelby County Democratic Party has heard one discussion more than any other issue raised in the gatherings.
“Who is a Democrat?” attorney and former local party chairman David Cocke said in defining the issue at the start of the second forum in Midtown Wednesday, May 3.
38. Nearing 100 Days, Trump Says His Presidency is 'Different'
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions.
He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria.
39. Memphis Democrats Prepare To Reorganize
- Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Shelby County Democrats hope to have the local party up and running by the Fourth of July. The Shelby County Democratic Party was disbanded by the Tennessee Democratic Party in August after two disastrous county election cycles for the Democratic slate and increasing dysfunction by the local party’s executive committee.
40. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks
- Monday, April 24, 2017
Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.
41. Mississippi Ethics Law Will Restrict Use of Campaign Money
- Thursday, April 13, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi politicians will face new limits next year on how they can use campaign cash, under an ethics law the Legislature passed after media investigations revealed spending on everything from mortgage payments to cowboy boots.
42. Civil Rights Activist Owens Calls Out Memphis Lawmaker
- Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Memphis civil rights activist Bill Owens, who campaigned for Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race, is criticizing a state legislator who refused to back his political efforts in a statement on the House floor.
43. View From the Hill: A Disjointed Stash of Marijuana Bills
- Thursday, March 30, 2017
This year’s marijuana bills are a mixed bag.
Rep. Jeremy Faison is sending his medical marijuana legislation to a task force, as opposed to “summer study,” typically considered the trash heap for unwanted bills.
44. March 24-30, 2017: This week in Memphis history
- Saturday, March 25, 2017
2012: Guilty verdicts in the federal court trials of Clinton Lewis and Martin Lewis, the only two members of the Craig Petties drug organization to go to trial in the largest drug and racketeering case ever brought in Memphis federal court. Each is convicted of multiple drug conspiracy, racketeering and murder-for-hire charges and sentenced to life in prison.
The Lewises are relatively low-ranking members of a multistate drug organization whose center is the Riverside neighborhood of South Memphis. They are assigned to kill rival drug dealers and those within the organization suspected of cooperating with authorities. The trial testimony paints a vivid picture of the larger organization and its disintegration.
Petties, along with his childhood friends, builds an organization that deals directly with the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico, importing tons of cocaine and marijuana into the city via truck trailers and sending millions of dollars in drug money back to Mexico. Petties flees to Mexico in 2002 after police discover him in a house with 600 pounds of marijuana. It puts Petties and his organization on the radar of federal drug agents. Petties runs the drug organization from exile for six years before he is captured in Mexico and returned to the U.S. as the cartel splinters violently.
A year before the trial, Petties pleads guilty to federal charges in a sealed court hearing and is later sentenced to multiple life sentences. His attorneys argue that Petties did offer some cooperation short of testifying. But prosecutors say he never provided any significant information they didn’t already know and that he feared for his life if he cooperated in any significant way.
45. Trump: Next Old Hickory or Carnival Barker
- Thursday, March 23, 2017
For those who ignore the news – fake or otherwise – Donald Trump won the presidency last November.
While he didn’t capture a majority of the vote, he did win the electoral vote, causing many detractors to call for the elimination of this outdated voting method.
46. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo
- Monday, March 20, 2017
John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.
47. Trump's Budget: Build Up Military, Build the Wall
- Friday, March 17, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget Thursday, proposing a far-reaching overhaul of federal spending that would slash many domestic programs to finance a big increase for the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
48. Obama's Final Year: US Spent $36 Million in Records Lawsuits
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
49. Will WikiLeaks Work With Tech Firms to Defend CIA Hacking?
- Thursday, March 9, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks raised the prospect Wednesday of sharing sensitive details it uncovered about CIA hacking tools with leading technology companies whose flagship products and services were targeted by the U.S. government's hacker-spies.
50. Fitzhugh Talks About Race for Governor Without Formally Committing
- Thursday, March 2, 2017
NASHVILLE – House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh hasn’t officially entered the 2018 race for governor, but he has a “gut feeling” it’s a step he should take.
51. Local Democratic and Republican Partisans Already Looking To 2018
- Tuesday, February 28, 2017
U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says former Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey was right in describing his 8th Congressional District as the most Republican of the state’s nine congressional districts.
52. Trump on Yellen's Fed, in His Own Words: A Lot of Sour Notes
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the early months of his presidential campaign, Donald Trump has occasionally expressed bluntly critical remarks about the Federal Reserve's performance under Chair Janet Yellen.
53. Planned Parenthood Vote Draws On Political Divide
- Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar looked out at the audience in the commission’s chambers Monday, Feb. 6, and saw something the commission only sees once or twice a year – a standing room-only crowd with every seat taken and most there for a single issue.
54. Immigration Order Playing Well to Trump's Fans Around Nation
- Wednesday, February 1, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House.
55. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017
As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.
56. Cohen Co-Sponsors Bill to Stop Trump Immigration Order
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen is among the House sponsors of a bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce President Donald Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days.
57. Trump Orders Strict New Refugee Screening, Citing Terrorists
- Monday, January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – Setting a hard-line tone on national security, President Donald Trump on Friday ordered strict new screening for refugees to keep "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States and alternated tough talk with kind words in his diplomatic standoff with Mexico.
58. Trump Announces 'Major' Voter Fraud Investigation
- Thursday, January 26, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a "major investigation" into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he's made repeatedly about a rigged voting system.
59. White House Doubles Down on Trump's Voter Fraud Claim
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House on Tuesday stuck firmly to President Donald Trump's claim that millions of people voted illegally in the November election, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.
60. Trump’s Turn
- Saturday, January 7, 2017
If the election of Donald Trump was a mystery, there are even more questions about what will he do once he takes office Jan. 20. The clues may or may not be in the conduct of his campaign.
“Donald Trump campaigned without being tied to the traditional parameters of conservative-liberal dialogue that we’ve come to know over the past 20 or 30 years,” said Memphis attorney John Ryder, who is legal counsel to the Republican National Committee. “The hopeful part about that is that allows him to move past those divisions and enter new territory.”
61. Final Goodbye: Roll Call of Some of Those Who Died in 2016
- Monday, January 2, 2017
Death claimed transcendent political figures in 2016, including Cuba's revolutionary leader and Thailand's longtime king, but also took away royals of a different sort: kings of pop music, from Prince and David Bowie to George Michael.
62. Riding Momentum
- Saturday, December 31, 2016
Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.
63. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters
- Friday, December 30, 2016
2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.
64. Ethics Experts: Trump Invites Trouble If He Keeps Businesses
- Tuesday, December 13, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he's in office – but he's not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics experts say he will open the door to investigations and lawsuits that could hobble his administration.
65. Trump Taps Former Campaign Rival Carson as Housing Secretary
- Tuesday, December 6, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump, moving closer to filling his Cabinet, chose former campaign rival Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
66. Platform for Property
- Saturday, December 3, 2016
Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.
67. Trump Says He's Leaving Businesses to Avoid Conflicts
- Thursday, December 1, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump declared Wednesday he will leave his business empire behind to focus on his presidency. But the prospect that he could simply shift more control to three of his adult children looked too cozy to some business-ethics specialists who suggest the arrangement could bring unprecedented conflicts of interest into the Oval Office.
68. Refugee Lawsuit Proceeds in Spite of Obstacles
- Thursday, December 1, 2016
Tennessee is going “full speed ahead” in a challenge of the federal Refugee Resettlement Program despite threats by President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle it or, at the least, stop the flow of refugees from terrorist-linked countries.
69. The Week Ahead: November 28-December 4
- Monday, November 28, 2016
Good morning, Memphis! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the holiday shopping rush is in full swing. Amid the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community – including an entire day set aside to do just that. Check out details on that and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…
70. Harwell Learning How to Dodge Challengers
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker.
Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.
71. Harwell Wins GOP Nomination for New Term as House Speaker
- Monday, November 21, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – House Speaker Beth Harwell on Thursday won the Republican nomination to serve for another two-year term as leader of the lower chamber of the Tennessee General Assembly.
72. Broke and Broken: Democrats Lose More Ground in State Legislature
- Thursday, November 17, 2016
Tennessee House Democrats will have to start calling themselves the “Fighting 25,” down from the “Fighting 26,” after dropping a district in the battle to regain relevance statewide.
73. Norris, Others Take Next Step After Election
- Tuesday, November 15, 2016
State Senate Republican leader Mark Norris of Collierville ran for re-election this year the way just about any incumbent prefers to run – unopposed.
74. After The Vote
- Saturday, November 12, 2016
If you stood in certain places during the last days of the 2016 campaign in Memphis you could see the 2018 elections even if you couldn’t see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s national victory over Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.
75. County Has Lowest Voter Turnout in 12 Years
- Thursday, November 10, 2016
Voter turnout in Shelby County for the 2016 presidential general election was 59.7 percent, according to unofficial returns posted by the Shelby County Election Commission early Wednesday, Nov. 9. That marks the lowest showing since the 2004 presidential general election, when turnout was 57 percent.
76. Last Word: About Last Night, The Long Vote Count and New Homeowner Numbers
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
If you followed John Podesta’s lead and called it a day sometime around midnight expecting this whole Presidential thing would get wrapped up later in the day Wednesday, you have some catching up to do.
77. Shelby County Vote Count Stalls For Third Presidential Contest
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump won Tennessee’s 11 electoral votes Tuesday, Nov. 8, in unofficial statewide election returns while Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried Shelby County in the popular vote.
78. Last Word: Election Day Arrives, Compass Changes Course and Downtown Dining
- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
…Some notes and observations on Election Eve from someone who does this for a living…
Most of you – around 60 percent of the total number of people who will cast ballots in Shelby County in this election cycle – have already voted if past Presidential election cycles in Shelby County are any indication. You voted early.
79. Election Day Ends Contentious Presidential Contest
- Tuesday, November 8, 2016
In a contentious national campaign for president that has tested the boundaries of what is considered proper political discourse and what should be public, local Democratic and Republican partisans have mostly been spectators as the 2016 presidential campaign comes to an end Tuesday, Nov. 8.
80. Last Word: Pants Suits On the River, Early Vote Numbers & Chandler Parsons' Debut
- Monday, November 7, 2016
A busy last weekend for the Presidential campaigns in Shelby County where we have seen neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in the flesh since the primary campaign season and haven’t even seen their surrogates in the general election campaign.
81. Election Fallout: What a Trump Or Clinton Presidency Means for State
- Saturday, November 5, 2016
Donald Trump is going to win easily in Tennessee.
Everyone, most of all the campaigns for both Trump and Hillary Clinton, accept this fact, as evidenced by the lack of campaign time spent in the state – and most of the South, for that matter – during this contentious campaign cycle.
82. Last Word: Early Voting Lines, Bank Moves, and Death of the Hi-Tone Mural
- Thursday, October 20, 2016
Dodgers vs. Cubs or Trump vs. Clinton on your Wednesday evening. – We live in a land of choices … and screen within a screen technology.
Before the playoff game and the last of the Presidential debates got rolling there were lines at several of the early voting locations across Shelby County Wednesday on the first day of the early voting period.
83. BCBS Bombshell Leaves Insurance Seekers in Bind
- Thursday, October 20, 2016
Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage.
Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.
84. Haslam's Rejection of Trump Roils Tennessee Republicans
- Monday, October 17, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam's public rejection of Donald Trump's presidential aspirations has sent shock waves through the Tennessee Republican party.
Two state members of the Republican National Committee issued a memo this week to remind party leaders that "all hands on deck" are required to ensure a Trump victory in Tennessee. And Rebecca Ann Burke, a party executive committee member from Franklin, said the governor's announcement that he will write in the name of Trump running mate Mike Pence is "disingenuous and confuses voters."
85. The Week Ahead: October 10-16
- Monday, October 10, 2016
Happy Monday, Memphis! Get ready for an eclectic mix of fairs, food and festivals to keep you entertained this week. Check out details on those and other need-to-know happenings in The Week Ahead…
86. Rising Cost of Medicaid Expansion is Unnerving Some States
- Thursday, October 6, 2016
ATLANTA (AP) – The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.
87. Last Word: FedEx Changes, The Blue Cross Exit and Armageddon
- Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Was that really autumn Monday or was the drop in humidity a prank to get the trees to drop their leaves?
The FedEx shareholder’s meeting Monday included some changes in the management chart at FedEx Corp. – more like some changes in the seating with one retirement by Mike Glenn, whose office is next to company founder Fred Smith.
88. The Fading Accuracy of Political Polling
- Thursday, September 8, 2016
Joe Carr says he couldn’t believe the deficit when U.S. Rep. Diane Black trounced him in the August election to recapture Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District seat.
89. We Know, We Know
- Friday, August 26, 2016
THE MORE YOU KNOW, THE BETTER. There’s a guy crawling around my house with something called a moisture meter. Whatever it finds is measured in money. There’s another one sanding my living room down to raw wood. Cha-ching. My dogs are going nuts not knowing which of them to bark at next or which sound to run from or toward. Please shut up.
90. What Would It Take for Trump to Lose Tennessee Voters?
- Thursday, August 11, 2016
Murfreesboro Realtor Larry Sims almost closes his ears when Donald Trump speaks.
“He gets out of bounds. Of course, the press, they love it because they get to exploit his sayings and doings,” says Sims, who traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, as a Trump delegate for the Republican National Convention.
91. Outnumbered Democrats Hope To Ride Anti-Trumpmentum
- Thursday, August 4, 2016
State Rep. Raumesh Akbari identified herself with the “Fighting 26,” also known as the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus, when she took the podium to support Hillary Clinton at Philadelphia’s Democratic National Convention.
92. Crowded Race in 8th District GOP Primary Tops Thursday's Ballot
- Thursday, August 4, 2016
Two days before the Thursday, Aug. 4, election day, state Rep. Curry Todd was arrested by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for removing a rival’s campaign signs in Collierville.
The arrest Tuesday on a warrant sworn out against Todd for theft is an indication of just how hard fought some of the races are in what is considered a minor election cycle in the shadow of the November presidential general election.
93. Akbari Speaks at Democratic Convention
- Friday, July 29, 2016
State Representative Raumesh Akbari had the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Thursday, July 28, for four minutes.
The speech Thursday afternoon was as part of a diverse group of younger state legislators and mayors from across the country to start the last day of the convention.
94. Leadership Allowed Durham Sleaze To Fester for Too Long
- Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Tennessee attorney general’s sexual harassment investigation of Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham dragged halfway through the summer. Now we know why.
95. With Millions Covered, 'Repeal and Replace' Gets Riskier
- Tuesday, July 19, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – As Republicans gather to anoint their presidential ticket in Cleveland, uncompromising opposition to "Obamacare" is getting politically riskier.
Few people were covered under President Barack Obama's health care law when the GOP held its last convention in 2012. Now, Donald Trump's plan to replace the program would make 18 million people uninsured, according to a recent nonpartisan analysis.
96. White House: Budget Deficit to Rise to $600 Billion
- Monday, July 18, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday predicted that the government's budget deficit for the soon-to-end fiscal year will hit $600 billion, an increase of $162 billion over last year's tally and a reversal of a steady trend of large but improving deficits on President Barack Obama's watch.
97. US Brings WTO Case Against Chinese Taxes on Raw Materials
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is bringing a case against China to the World Trade Organization, arguing that taxes the Chinese impose on raw materials exports put U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage.
98. Schism Among State Republicans Hits Critical Point With Resignation
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
A rift within the Tennessee Republican Party, whether a tempest in a teapot or the early signs of implosion, isn’t likely to hit the big tent party hard at the polls this fall.
But make no mistake, there is some trouble in paradise.
99. Last Word: Being Veep, Greensward Still Active and Tuition Goes Up
- Wednesday, July 6, 2016
On one of the most eventful days yet in the 2016 Presidential general election campaign, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was on the campaign trail with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. First there was a private meeting in New York where he was reportedly being vetted for the vice president’s position including a look at his financials – and then a Trump rally in Raleigh, N.C., where he was being road tested.
100. No Charges Recommended in Clinton Email Probe, FBI Says
- Wednesday, July 6, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI won't recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, agency Director James Comey said Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign. But Comey called her actions "extremely careless" and faulted the agency she led for a lackadaisical approach to handling classified material.