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Ranked Choice Voting in Nashville? Council Votes To Move It Forward

April 17, 2019

Voters would rank candidates in order of preference and a candidate who receives a majority of first-preference votes would win. It would apply in elections for mayor, vice mayor, council member-at-large and district council member. Voters would rank candidates in order of preference and a candidate who receives a majority of first-preference votes would win.

Via: The Tennessean

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Most Tennesseans Support Restoring Voting Rights For Felons, New Poll Finds

April 15, 2019

According to the poll from Secure Democracy, 67% of Tennessee voters support legislation that would allow people with felony convictions to vote again after they’ve completed their sentences and paid their court fees. Secure Democracy is a nonpartisan group that works on election issues. That support holds among voters affiliated with both political parties.

Via: The Tennessean

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Of Figurative Paintings And A First Lady

March 22, 2019

Amy Sherald found her niche in figurative painting, a genre that called to her because of the absence of black faces in museums’ portrait collections. Sherald has made it her mission to expand the art historical narrative by painting black people from all walks of life. Most notably, she was selected to paint Michelle Obama for the National Portrait Gallery.

Via: Bitter Southerner

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Fox News Pulls Jeanine Pirro Show After Her Islamophobic Rants

March 18, 2019

Pirro, the Fox News host who made Islamophobic comments about a Muslim congresswoman, has been unexpectedly yanked off-air. Justice With Judge Jeanine was missing from its usual Saturday timeslot, coming just one week after Pirro questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was loyal to the United States because she wears a hijab.

Via: VOX

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Democrats Are Once Again Embracing Jimmy Carter

March 13, 2019

After a decades-long climb from the gutter of public opinion, the truth-telling one-term ex-president is suddenly a sought-after commodity in the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign — a symbol candidates can wrap themselves around as everything the current president is not.

Via: Politico

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The Week Democracy Struck Back

March 3, 2019

Each week in politics nowadays feels like a parade of horrors. But if the grand story of modern Western politics is the struggle to preserve liberal democracy in the face of rising anti-democratic forces, this past week was actually a pretty good one.

Via: VOX

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Athens In Harmony

March 1, 2019

Something very special happens in Athens, Georgia, every year on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Musicians cross the racial lines to find musical common ground.

Via: The Bitter Southerner

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Dems Move Toward First Vote to Crack Down On Gun Violence

February 25, 2019

In the most high-profile congressional vote on gun control in years, House Democrats are set to pass a bipartisan measure this week that mandates federal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions.

Via: Politico