Memphis Flyer – Hate Crimes Panel Discussion on Thursday

On Thursday, October 29th, OutLaw and the Stonewall Tigers are hosting a panel discussion on the current status of hate crimes legislation in Tennessee. The panel will feature Representative Jeanne Richardson, Senator Beverly Marrero, Johnson’s former attorney Murray Wells, hate crime survivor Jack Robinson, and Tennessee Equality Project board member Darlene Fike. The panel will […]

Commercial Appeal – Bill to limit abortions advances in Tennessee legislature

From the article: A proposal to change the Tennessee Constitution to allow the state to impose stricter limits on abortion has passed both chambers of the General Assembly, but still has hurdles to cross before going to voters for ratification in 2014. The resolution, which passed the Senate in March, was approved 76-22 by House […]

Commercial Appeal – House passes bill on loaded long guns

From the article: Nine days after an Alabama handgun-carry licensee shot and killed 10 people — three of them on the streets while driving his car — the Tennessee House approved a bill Thursday allowing handgun-carry licensees to carry loaded rifles and shotguns in their cars. The bill awaits Senate action. Handgun-carry permit holders may […]

Memphis Flyer – Cohen and Other Officials Implore Bredesen to Accept Stimulus Funds: “Do the Right Thing.”

From the Article: Hosting a collection of other local public officials Friday, 9th District congressman Steve Cohen led them in imploring Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen not to follow through on recent hints that the will turn down federal stimulus funds for extending unemployment insurance. Challenging Bredesen to “listen to his heart,” Cohen said, “It’ll tell […]

Commercial Appeal – Subcommittee says no to abortion amendment

From the article: push by anti-abortion activists to reverse a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that the state constitution guarantees a right to abortion was turned back in a House subcommittee Tuesday, but its supporters vowed to press on. It was a partisan-charged repeat of three earlier attempts by Tennessee Right to Life and pro-life legislators […]

Commercial Appeal – Lawmakers to parcel out grants

From the article: When the Tennessee legislature voted last year to allocate $20 million for "community enhancement grants," some critics called it "pork barrel" spending in camouflage. But 10 of the 22 members of Shelby County’s legislative delegation decided to pool a portion of the grants allotted to their districts and direct $411,666 to six […]

Memphis Flyer – Richardson Wins in District 89

From the article: Richardson polled 69 percent of the vote against Republican Dave Wicker’s 16 and write-in candidate Steve Edmundson’s 14. She succeeds both Beverly Marrero, who vacated the seat after winning a special election to fill the District 30 state Senate seat, and interim state representative Mary Wilder. Source

Commercial Appeal – Richardson wins special primary

From the article: In Thursday night’s special primary election, Richardson beat Kevin Gallagher, 65 to 35 percent. With 18 of 19 precincts reporting, Richardson had 688 votes to Gallagher’s 369. With one precinct remaining, Wicker was leading McGinnis 55 to 43 percent, but the vote total was just 58 to 46 in the heavily democratic […]

Commercial Appeal – Party hopefuls seek Dist. 89 seat

Today is election day. Get out and vote. Here’s some coverage from the Commercial Appeal: The primaries will whittle the four candidates — two Republicans, two Democrats — down to two. On the Republican side, David Wicker faces Wayne McGinnis. For the Democrats, Kevin Gallagher battles Jeanne Richardson. The narrow district generally stretches between interstates […]