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Wharton unveils ‘difficult choices’ budget proposal

wharton 600Saying he took no pleasure in the sacrifices City employees and retirees are being asked to make, Mayor A C Wharton Jr. on Tuesday presented the Memphis City Council with a 2015 fiscal year budget that he said reflects difficult choices.

According to Wharton, the budget proposal represents difficult choices his administration had to make to avoid raising taxes, while making strategic investments in core neighborhoods, securing the City's financial future, and protecting the pension system.

The proposed 2015 fiscal year operating budget is $596 million. That's an $18 million decrease from fiscal year 2014. The proposed CIP Budget for fiscal year 2015 is $83 million.

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Memphis on McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour

gosple 600(PRNewswire) – Memphis is one of 12 stops on the multi-city McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, which kicks off May 22nd.

New Salem Baptist Church will be the Memphis-area venue, with the tour stop set for June 20th. The tour begins at Mount Airy COGIC in Philadelphia and ends at Craneway Pavilion in Oakland, Calif. on July 25th.

Hosting the tour this year is Erica Campbell, one-half of sister duo Mary Mary and now a solo artist, and comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Joining them will be three-time 2014 Stellar Award-winners Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy, the renowned Mississippi Mass Choir, gospel's latest hip-hop sensation Uncle Reece, organist Moses Tyson Jr. and Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers.

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‘Jerusalem 3D’ – giant-screen experience – ready for Memphis run

jerusalem 600Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. And beginning Saturday (April 19th), visitors to the Crew Training International Giant Theater at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum will get a 3D feel for the ancient city.

"Jerusalem 3D" will be the vehicle for the giant-screen film experience. Locally presented by the Methodist Healthcare Center of Excellence in Faith & Health, the film is an original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS's "Sherlock"), "Jerusalem 3D" is billed as a grand-scale exploration of "the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place."

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Are voters really influenced by political signs?

politicalsign 600If you are a living and breathing human being in the U.S.A, then chances are you have noticed the very recent onslaught of political signs that are cropping up in your neighborhoods, near your schools and outside voting precincts, on vacant property and along busy streets and intersections everywhere within your cities. While the presence (or lack of) a single yard sign or cluster of signs within a neighborhood may indicate the level of support for a particular candidate, or how much money the candidate has, it's hard to tell otherwise what those random signs are telling us.

Most signs typically don't tell you anything about the candidate, other than the name of the candidate and the office they are seeking. One wonders if random political signs even have the ability to influence a voter.

This leads us to a recent study we reported on in last month's FYI on the "low information" voter. The "low information" voter has frequently been talked about in the media. They are known as a segment of the voting population that typically has little interest or understanding of political issues and maintains minimal to no exposure to news media that expose the candidates and the issues surrounding them.

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Whitewashing Republican support of civil rights

raynard jacksonOne of the best-kept secrets over the past 50 years is that, proportionately, Republicans in Congress supported passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act by a much wider margin than Democrats.

As CNN.com reported, "The Guardian's Harry J. Enten broke down the vote, showing that more than 80 percent of Republicans in both houses voted in favor of the bill, compared with more than 60 percent of Democrats. When you account for geography, according to Enten's article, 90 percent of lawmakers from states that were in the union during the Civil War supported the bill compared with less than 10 percent of lawmakers from states that were in the Confederacy."

This is from a report from CNN, not FOX, the network despised by liberals.

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