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Opinion

Kaepernick: Standing up against racism and ableism is needed

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Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, refused to stand up for the national anthem, saying “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He has focused particularly on the epidemic of young black men who have been killed by police. But there […]

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40 civil rights groups urge census to stop miscounting prisoners

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WASHINGTON—The Census Bureau has come under fire from a coalition of 40 civil rights, faith, and low-income groups for its proposal to continue miscounting prisoners as residents of their prisons, instead of their homes, leading to a “distortion of democracy” and a “discriminatory census result.” In a letter sent to the Census Bureau, the broad […]

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Legislative & court updates for Sept. 1, 2016

Judge challenges Nashville on delays in providing reports NASHVILLE—In what may be the first legal challenge to government delays on public records requests in Tennessee under a 2008 law, a judge has ruled that Metro Nashville violated the “prompt” provision in the statute by holding up traffic accident reports. Senior Judge Robert E. Lee Davies […]

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Pro-abortion-rights group gears up for battle in Tenn.

After years of setbacks in battles with conservative state legislatures, one women’s health group is going back on the offensive. NARAL, one of the country’s most prominent reproductive-rights groups, has launched Tennessee Total Access, the first of a potential series of programs aimed at organizing pockets of pro-choice support in deeply conservative states. The group […]

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Tenn. senator calls for halt to Obamacare

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NASHVILLE — Recalling testimony offered both to a U.S. Congressional subcommittee and the Tennessee Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, Tenn. Senator Mark Green, M.D., asks that the financial bailout of a failed government program through the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, halt as excessive insurance premium rate approvals continue through the Tennessee Department of Commerce and […]

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Shelby County pauses land transfers to churches

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded Shelby County to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis’ Kingdom Fellowship Baptist Church […]

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Letter to the Editor: BPD chief thanks Bartlett citizens for support

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Dear Bartlett Community, The past few months have been a roller coaster ride for the law enforcement family. We have experienced extreme lows with the intentional deaths of our brothers and sisters nationwide, but we have also experienced warmth and love from our community. You have demonstrated your support through prayer vigils, thank you cards, […]

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Broadband and the Internet: Better access, not bigger government

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Last fall, I convened the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to study and recommend the best ways to increase reliable access to the internet and the broadband necessary to provide it for all Tennesseans. The goal is to determine the availability and adoption of high-speed Internet access from all technologies to residences and […]

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‘Tolerance’ insults people but ‘acceptance’ welcomes them

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I was working with a leadership development group on the topic of conflict (one of my favorites). Rarely do I use another person’s slides, but that’s how this one worked out. I put up a slide—which I’d missed seeing somehow—that suggested we “develop a tolerance for others’ beliefs and norms.” My first thought was “How […]

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Shelby County pauses land transfers to churches

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has persuaded Shelby County to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of land to Memphis’ Kingdom Fellowship Baptist […]

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