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1. Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant
- Monday, June 25, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are treated in public.
2. DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe
- Monday, June 25, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.
3. Last Word: Bird Is The Word, Governors Quartet and Charlie Morris's Secret
- Friday, June 15, 2018
Former Vice President Joe Biden plays the Orpheum Friday evening. Maybe that isn't the right way to put it -- unless there's a drum solo no one is talking about. Free Bird?
I'll take it as further evidence of the new American politics that is evolving and is far from settled at this point. Politicians do paid speaking gigs all the time. And at times it is controversial. But the gigs are usually some kind of speaking fee to make remarks at a corporate function -- not selling individual tickets on line. This is ostensibly to promote Biden's new book and book deals and politicians go way back. But in a lot of cases, those are free events in a book store. When Biden was last here, it was as vice president at the Norfolk Southern intermodal rail yard in Rossville.
4. Trump accused in lawsuit of misusing charitable foundation
- Friday, June 15, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general sued President Donald Trump and his foundation Thursday, accusing him of illegally using the charity's money to settle disputes involving his business empire and to promote his political fortunes during his run for the White House.
5. Blackburn’s Scattershot Hits Surprise Targets
- Thursday, June 7, 2018
Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn is doubling down against Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat, hammering him as a liberal in the vein of Obama, Clinton, Schumer and Pelosi.
6. Trump Revises Comey Firing, Giuliani Blasts 'Lynching Mob'
- Friday, June 1, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he didn't fire FBI Director James Comey over the Russia investigation, despite previously citing that as the reason. His lawyer, meanwhile, blasted federal investigators as "a lynching mob" the Trump team will "knock the heck out of" in the end.
7. Kardashian West Asks Trump to Pardon Woman in Memphis Drug Case
- Thursday, May 31, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West was scheduled to head to the White House Wednesday to make a star-powered case for prison reform and advocate on behalf of a great-grandmother serving a life sentence.
8. Trump to DOJ: Investigate Whether FBI Infiltrated Campaign
- Tuesday, May 22, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September.
9. WH Hires Lawyer Who Represented Clinton in Impeachment
- Thursday, May 3, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing critical decisions in the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump has hired Emmet Flood, a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process.
10. Last Word: TNReady Blinks Again, Gov. Debate Thoughts and Mud Island's Museum
- Friday, April 20, 2018
There was a point Thursday morning during the troubled TNReady testing at some Tennessee school districts when there was a “brief” slow down in the online testing, according to the Tennessee Education commissioner’s office. By noon that had been resolved and more than 250,000 completed tests had been submitted since testing began Monday. One can only imagine what some of the thoughts were in the office during the slow down and the gap between how long the slow down seemed and how long it actually was.
11. MLK50 Observances Come With Appeals, Memories
- Friday, April 6, 2018
The way National Civil Rights Museum president Terri Lee Freeman described it as the MLK50 commemorations began this week, the church bells would cascade when they rang Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:01 p.m. – the moment Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot 50 years ago.
12. Last Word: MLK50s Big Day, Hotel Changes and Murica on Capitol Hill
- Thursday, April 5, 2018
The peak of the MLK50 events came Wednesday with a chill but some sunshine and lots to consider. Understand -- this isn’t over. There are still a few more events to go through the weekend and even into next week. If nothing else, a lot more Memphians and visitors got a good look at most of South Main in the best way possible – on foot. And if the Beale Street District ever expands east to Danny Thomas, the intersection there makes a really good place for a party.
13. Anniversary of King's Assassination Marked With Marches, Rallies
- Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Several thousand people marching under the banners of unions and civil rights organizations marched peacefully Wednesday, April 4, from the headquarters of the American Federal of State County and Municipal Employees at Beale Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard to Mason Temple Church of God in Christ.
14. Mueller Examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump Campaign Ties
- Friday, March 23, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections.
15. Officials: Woman to Fill Senate Vacancy in Mississippi
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The state's governor will appoint Mississippi's first female member of Congress to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
16. Tennessee Senate OKs Social Media Political Disclosure Bill
- Wednesday, March 21, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would spell out requirements to disclose who paid for sponsored political content on social media platforms.
The Republican-led Senate approved the legislation in a 17-8 vote Monday. It heads to the House.
17. Trump Opioid Plan Includes Death Penalty for Traffickers
- Tuesday, March 20, 2018
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where appropriate under current law, a top administration official said. It's a fate for drug dealers that Trump has been highlighting publicly in recent weeks.
18. Last Word: Tubby's Meeting, Moral Monday and Strickland and Overton Square Plans
- Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Tigers coach Tubby Smith meets with the university administration Tuesday now that its official that the basketball team will not be going to the NCAA or NIT tournaments for a fourth consecutive season. So we could know something about the coaching situation at the U of M Tuesday and probably with some rumors in the interim because this is Tigers basketball.
19. Mississippi GOP Governor Won't Appoint Himself to US Senate
- Wednesday, March 7, 2018
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's Republican governor took himself out of the mix Tuesday for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran, saying he'll find another strong contender to keep the seat firmly in GOP hands for decades, as Cochran did.
20. In Public Spat, Trump Taunts Sessions, AG Doesn't Keep Quiet
- Thursday, March 1, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as "disgraceful" his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia investigation.
21. Local Political Partisans Begin Looking Beyond Trump
- Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The founder of one of the city’s Trump “resistance” groups is among those looking for something beyond the resistance.
“We don’t want to resist Trump forever,” Emily Fulmer, the founder of Indivisible Memphis, told a gathering of 50 Friday, Feb. 23, at the National Civil Rights Museum under the “Take Back Tennessee” banner. “The goal is not to be in a state of resistance forever.”
22. Ex-Trump Campaign Aide Agrees to Guilty Plea in Russia Probe
- Monday, February 26, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top adviser to President Donald Trump's campaign is scheduled to plead guilty on Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.
23. Rev. Billy Graham, Known as 'America's Pastor,' Dies at 99
- Thursday, February 22, 2018
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) – The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99.
24. Federal Judge Wants Opioid Lawsuits To End In Settlement
- Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The goal is impressive: Hammer out a legal deal that starts guiding the nation out of an epidemic of opioid addiction.
How and when that can happen, if at all, is the subject of talks scheduled to begin Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Cleveland.
25. FBI Deputy Director Leaving Post Ahead of Planned Retirement
- Tuesday, January 30, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism who led the bureau for months last year following the firing of James Comey, is leaving his position ahead of a previously planned retirement this spring, people familiar with the decision said Monday.
26. Trump 'Looking Forward' to Being Questioned Under Oath
- Friday, January 26, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared he's "looking forward" to being questioned – under oath – in the special counsel's probe of Russian election interference and Trump's possible obstruction in the firing of the FBI director.
27. Last Word: A New Majority, A Plan After Kroger and Cold Cases
- Friday, January 12, 2018
Shelby County elections administrator Linda Phillips has been watching the ebb and flow of petitions for the 2018 elections and has found what she believes is a link to the weather. “Apparently when the dreaded ‘snow’ word is mentioned in the forecast, not only do people go out and clear the shelves of milk, bread and eggs. They also decide to pick up a petition,” she wrote in an email with the list of who has pulled and who has filed in the last two days.
28. Former Tiger Clinton McDonald Nominee for NFL Man of the Year
- Friday, January 5, 2018
Clinton McDonald, a former University of Memphis football player, is up for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award after already having been selected as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Man of the Year.
29. Mississippi Lawmakers Could Debate Creation of a Lottery
- Thursday, December 28, 2017
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi residents for years have been crossing into Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee to buy lottery tickets.
In 2018, lawmakers could debate whether Mississippi will join the large majority of states that offer games of chance.
30. Buoyed by Alabama Win, Democrats Eye Tennessee Senate Race
- Wednesday, December 27, 2017
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Democrats eager to take control of the Senate next year are turning to the state of Tennessee, where a popular Democratic former governor is running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Bob Corker.
31. 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.
32. 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."
33. 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.
34. 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."
35. 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.
36. 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.
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. 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.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. 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.
45. 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.
46. 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.
47. 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.
48. 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.
49. 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.
50. 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.
51. 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.
52. 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.
53. 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.
54. 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.
55. 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.
56. 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.
57. 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.
58. 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.
59. 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.
60. 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.
61. 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.
62. 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.
63. 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.
64. 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.
65. 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.
66. 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.
67. '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.
68. 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.
69. 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.
70. 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.
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. 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.
75. 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.
76. 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.
77. 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.
78. 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.
79. 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.
80. 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.
81. 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.
82. 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.
83. 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.
84. 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.
85. 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.
86. 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.
87. 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.
88. 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.
89. 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.
90. 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.”
91. 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.
92. 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.
93. 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.
94. 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.
95. 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.
96. 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.
97. 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.
98. 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.
99. 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…
100. 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.