Civil Rights, Voting Rights, Disability Rights Groups Ask Court to Block Enforcement of Law Criminalizing Absentee Ballot Application Assistance
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5d ago
Montgomery, AL — A coalition of civil rights, voting rights, and disability rights organizations filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in Alabama State Conference of the NAACP et al. v. Marshall et al. With this motion, Plaintiffs ask the court to pause the state of Alabama from criminalizing the assistance of voters with their absentee ballot applications, which now may result in felony penalties of up to 20 years in prison.   If timely granted, the requested injunction would prevent the state from implementing the recently enacted Senate Bill 1 (SB1) prior to Octob ..read more
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Op-Ed: Why MAGA Policies Are Detrimental to Black Communities
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2w ago
By Ron Reynolds, Texas State Representative As a representative deeply invested in the well-being of my constituents, I feel compelled to shed light on the harmful impact of the MAGA agenda. While its proponents claim to champion America’s greatness, the reality is far from uplifting, especially for Black Americans. Let’s be clear: Make America Great Again (MAGA) is not a call for progress; it’s a thinly veiled attempt to turn back the clock on the hard-fought gains of marginalized communities, including Black Americans. From voting rights to healthcare to economic opportunity, the policies es ..read more
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Tennessee House Passes Controversial Bill Allowing Teachers to Carry Guns Amid Protests
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3w ago
Nashville, Tenn. (TN Tribune)-In a move that has stirred uproar, Tennessee House Republicans successfully passed legislation on Tuesday that will permit certain trained teachers and school staff to carry handguns on campus. The decision came despite strong opposition from Democrats, students, and gun-reform advocates who had urged for the bill’s defeat. The atmosphere inside the state capitol became heated as the legislation passed with a 68-28 vote. Dozens of protestors, stationed in the galleries, erupted in chants of “Blood on your hands,” directed at the lawmakers who supported the bill ..read more
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TN Bar Assoc. Applauds Approval of Additional Funding for Indigent Representation
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3w ago
NASHVILLE, TENN. (TN Tribune) — The Tennessee General Assembly yesterday approved critical additional funding for court-appointed attorneys representing the indigent in state courts. The funds, $8.6 million in additional recurring funding, were included in the FY 2024-2025 budget, and will provide a $10 increase in the hourly reimbursement rate of compensation, along with a proportionate increase in the current cap on the total amount a court-appointed attorney may earn per case, marking the first time this rate has been increased since 1997. The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) applauds the T ..read more
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Law targets Trans foster children says TEP
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1M ago
By Logan Langlois NASHVILLE, TN — Governor Bill Lee signed HB2169/ SB1738 into law earlier this week, introduced by Representative Mary Littleton in the State House and Senator Paul Rose in the Senate. Civil Rights groups such as the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) have criticized the bill as a threat to the civil rights of trans foster children as it would prohibit “the Department of Children’s Services from requiring an adoptive or foster parent to support a policy on sexual orientation or gender identity that conflicts with the parent’s sincerely held religious or moral beliefs.” TEP Poli ..read more
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Donald Trump and Mike Johnson Join Forces to Ban Abortion Nationwide
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1M ago
National-Donald Trump’s statements on abortion have been all over the place this week as he and his campaign scrambled to respond to the consequences of Trump overturning Roe v. Wade and ripping away women’s freedoms. Today, Trump will host and campaign alongside anti-abortion and anti-IVF extremist Mike Johnson. Johnson and Trump are making it clear to anyone watching: a MAGA-controlled White House and Congress would be the end of women’s right to choose. Just look at their records: -Nominated three SCOTUS justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, unleashing extreme abortion bans ..read more
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What AI-generated images of Trump and Black voters mean
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1M ago
By Curtis Bunn WASHINGTON, DC — Wayne L. Smith, an engineer in the Washington, D.C., area, scoffed at an image he saw  recently of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gleefully nestled among a group of smiling Black people. Seeing the image immediately alarmed him.  “Everything he does to try to get Black people to like him is fake,” Smith said. “Why wouldn’t that photo be fake, too? It just didn’t feel right.” Smith’s instinct about the photo was correct; it was created by Trump supporter and conservative radio host Mark Kaye, who admitted he used artificial intelligence ..read more
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Rep. Love Calls for Federal Lawsuit to $2.1 Billion TSU Debt
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1M ago
Nashville, TN (TN Tribune)-District 58 Rep. Harold Love, Jr. convened a press conference at the state capitol calling for the filing of federal lawsuits to address the $2.1 billion a 2023 federal government report states is owed to Tennessee State University (TSU) due to decades of underfunding by the State of Tennessee in violation of federal Land Grant laws. In contrast, TSU’s sister Land Grant college the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has always received its full allocation. Love’s response was spurred by the General Assembly’s 66-25 vote to remove and replace TSU’s board of trustees ..read more
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Democrats to Challenge in All Maury State Legislative Districts
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1M ago
Columbia, TN: Democratic challengers have qualified for the ballot in all of Maury County’s state legislative races this year. The following candidates qualified for the August 1 Democratic Party primary: House District 64 (currently held by Rep. Scott Cepicky (R-Culleoka)): Alex Pierce of Columbia. Eileen Wilson-Longstreet of Spring Hill. House District 71 (currently held by Rep. Kip Capley (R-Summertown)): Tim Coy of Clifton, Wayne County. Senate District 28 (currently held by Sen. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald): James Dallas of Columbia. Greg Hanners of Columbia will also appear on the Au ..read more
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Clemmons Again Renews Call for Audit of Lee’s Office of Faith-based Initiatives
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NASHVILLE—The Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus is renewing his call for State Comptroller Justin Mumpower to audit Governor Bill Lee’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. This is the third such request by Caucus Chairman John Ray Clemmons to Comptroller Mumpower in nine months. The initial request was made last August and renewed in September following news reports in The Tennessean involving the office’s budget. Last year, Lee appropriated $1.2 million dollars of taxpayer money to the office. These funds are exclusively controlled and spent by the governor’s han ..read more
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