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Sugarmon v Michael

City Court Judge Tarik Sugarmon says a speech given last year by Shelby County Juvenile Court Chief Magistrate Dan Michael clearly illustrates that Michael does not merit election as Juvenile Court Judge.
Sugarmon believes he’s the person for the job. The speech that Sugarmon references was reflected, in part, on the Midtown Republican Club’s website.
  • Written by Tony Jones
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Sheriff’s race pits two law enforcement veterans

William “Bill” Oldham currently has the job of Shelby County Sheriff and Bennie L. Cobb, a retired captain from the sheriff’s office, would like to wrest it away from him.
Cobb is the Democratic nominee and Oldham, a Republican, has been the sheriff since the 2010 trouncing of the countywide Democratic slate.
  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Unwavering, Richmond still pushing for change

The testimonials on Dr. Isaac Richmond’s campaign website painting him as the “most qualified” candidate to represent the 9th Congressional District are indicative of his influence on those who share his commitment to fighting injustice and inequality. But can that influence be translated to a wider audience that can send him to Washington?
“Dr. Richmond, beyond question, is the best, the most capable, and the most qualified man to represent the people as U.S. Congressman for the 9th district,” said Joe Green, director, West Tennessee District of the Commission on Race and Religion (CORR) and Richmond’s campaign manager.
  • Written by Wiley Henry
  • Category: Original

Dems embrace early-voting math

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Early voting patterns reported by the Shelby County Election Commission were showing a slim lead for Democratic voters, with the commission reporting a total of 14,879 votes cast at the 21 early voting sites by TSD press time Wednesday evening.
The three leading satellite locations were White Station Church of Christ – 1045; New Bethel Church – 1036; and the Agri Center – 924.
  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

Much at stake for MPA’s Williams and Mayor Wharton

Mike Williams, president of the Memphis Police Association (MPA), has been a passionate champion in railing against the City Council’s mid-June vote embracing administration-proposed reductions in healthcare and retirement benefits for retirees and city employees.
On Wednesday morning at the Shelby County Schools building, hundreds of retired employees and their supporters converged at a meeting with certain anger and heightened concern for the future. Williams offered words of comfort and encouragement, assuring attendees that the fight was not over. Afterwards,  Williams was stopped and thanked for his efforts on their behalf.
  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
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#901Choice2014 – in a word, innovative!

INNOVATIVE is the word to describe the social media-infused event sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) at Visible Music College last Thursday (July 10th).
The downtown college’s swanky and modern infrastructure was all abuzz with political candidates of myriad ages, races and political backgrounds. An open-air atrium functioned as a social center for the event. Guests were able to eat, drink, listen to music and meet with various office holders and seekers.

‘I was there, for that first issue’

(This letter from Christopher Brooks, a former Memphian now living in Los Angeles, was written to The New Tri-State Defender President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. In it, Brooks, who helped birth The Tri-State Defender, bridges the gap between then and now.)
Dear Mr. Bernal E. Smith II,
Sir, first, you don’t know me, so please allow me a brief introduction. I was rambling through some of my old collections of documents, books, etc. I came across a November 10th, 2011 edition of the Tri-State with a front page, 2-column spread with a caption, “The ‘Defender’ at 60.” I remember that day (of the first edition) and have recalled it many times in that span between then and now.

Brooks battles on to keep her seat

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The legal battle between District 2 County Commissioner Henri Brooks and opponents on the Shelby County Commission was set to return to Shelby County Chancery Court on Thursday, July 3rd. 
Brooks sought injunctive relief from the court against the commission after allegations that she did not live in the district led to the vote removing her from the commission. While the matter still was pending at The New Tri-State Defender’s print deadline, the most recent ruling seemed to favor Brooks, who is seeking a final favorable decision from the court before the commission’s next meeting on Monday (July 7th).
  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original