Politics

  Mayor Stickland calls Herenton lawsuit call a ‘city council issue’

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland responded to former mayor Willie Herenton’s intent to sue the city of Memphis.

  Voting machines bring slow start to early voting

Some city leaders are calling for change and answers after problems at early voting locations Wednesday.

Election Guide: Early voting underway for midterm elections

Polls open at 11 a.m. at most of the 27 sites. They'll close at 7 during the week.

Jennifer Lawrence criticizes Memphis’ IRV referendum

A Memphis city leader is not happy with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Election runoffs a key issue on ballots

If you live in the City of Memphis, your midterm election ballot will include 3 referendums, two of which are on the issue of runoffs.

More than 200 children still in detention after immigrant family separations

Of those 245 kids, most of them are from parents who were removed from the U.S., and only 18 of them are currently set to go back home and reunite with their parents.

Decision 2018: Voters to weigh in on term limits for city officials

One of the referendums on the November 6 ballot is the issue of term limits for Memphis mayor and Memphis City Council members.

Lakeland commissioner blames hacking for post containing racial slur

The Memphis chapter of the NAACP has launched an investigation into the racial Facebook post made by a Mid-South commissioner.

Lawmakers discuss TBI investigating all officer-involved shootings

Should Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigate all officer-involved shootings?It's a question that's been before the Memphis City Council the last few weeks that they will discuss Tuesday.

Decision 2018: Kavanaugh vote factors into Tennessee Senate race

The Election Commission staff has been working nights and weekends trying to process new voter registration applications.

TN voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9

Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the deadline to register to vote in next month's general election.

  Group sues over ‘confusing’ ballot measures

The City of Memphis and the Shelby County Election Commission face a new lawsuit less than two weeks before early voting starts.

Jerry Lawler receives hate mail, death threats after appearing at Trump rally

WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry Lawler said he's getting strong backlash – even death threats – after he was spotted at President Trump's rally in Southaven earlier this week.

$90 B aviation bill addresses seat sizes, overbooked flights

The bill requires the Federal Aviation Administration to set a minimum size for airplane seats and legroom to ensure safety, a nod to the growing number of complaints about shrinking seats. The legislation bars passengers from being kicked off overbooked planes.

Shelby County Commission wants to invest in MATA

On Wednesday, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris appeared with MATA CEO Gary Rosenfeld before commissioners to talk county investment in MATA. Commissioners are forming a special committee to discuss transportation issues.

Political analyst weighs in on first Tennessee gubernatorial debate

Tennessee's top gubernatorial candidates faced off Tuesday night in the first of three debates before the November election.

AG Jim Hood officially announces campaign run for governor

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has officially announced his intention to run for governor in the 2019 statewide elections.

Student wearing BLM shirt says she was kicked out of Trump rally

One Desoto Central High student said she was thrown out of the rally because of what she was wearing.

President Trump talks Kavanaugh, election at Southaven rally

The 2018 election is just over a month away, and the Mid-South was in the spotlight Tuesday night for state and national politics.

Healthcare, education dominate TN gubernatorial debate

The candidates vying to be the next Governor of Tennessee will debate Tuesday night on WMC Action News 5 at 6 p.m.

Blackburn, Bredesen in dead heat in NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll

Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen are in a dead heat for Tennessee’s U.S. Senate seat according to an NBC News | SurveyMonkey Tennessee State Poll released on Tuesday morning.

  Upcoming referendum on ballot could eliminate Instant Runoff Voting

Voters in elections who use the Instant Runoff Voting method rank candidates in order of preference. Memphis voters approved IRV a decade ago, although it's never been tried here.

President Trump endorses Marsha Blackburn at Johnson City rally

In less than 24 hours, President Donald Trump will make a stop in Southaven, Mississippi.

The Latest: Trump declares Blackburn would be ‘true fighter’

President Donald Trump is barnstorming for the Republican Senate candidate locked in a tight race in Tennessee

Presidential rally to bring sudden traffic stop in Southaven

One day ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally in Southaven, final preparations are underway.

Candidates for Tennessee governor prepare for debate Tuesday

Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean, both candidates for Tennessee governor, will debate for the first time on Tuesday.

Memphis reacts to Kavanaugh, Ford’s Senate hearing

Across the world Thursday, people were tuned in to their phones and TV screens watching the testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Southaven prepares for President Trump’s rally next week

Next week, President Donald Trump will rally in Southaven. It will be his first trip to the Mississippi city since becoming president.

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Sen. Hyde-Smith delivers strong defense of Judge Kavanaugh, advocated for confirmation

Hyde-Smith’s floor speech came prior to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday to continue a review of Kavanaugh’s nomination to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

Hackers attempt cyber attacks on state voting system

Secretary of State shares information about cyber security penetration attempts

Got a question for the Gubernatorial candidates?

The candidates vying to be the next governor of the State of Tennessee will debate on WMC Action News 5.

Decision 2018: Analyzing Blackburn, Bredesen’s first debate

Tennessee's candidates for U.S. Senate faced off in their first televised debate on Tuesday night.

All sites will be open for early voting in Shelby County

Tuesday night, Shelby County Election Commissioners decided all 27 early voting sites will be open for the entire 14 days of early voting.

Election commission makes voter registration easy with drive-thru

The General Election is about a month-and-a-half away, and the October 9 voter registration deadline is coming up.

President Trump to hold rally in Southaven

President Donald Trump will make a visit to the Mid-South next month.

Decision 2018: Ballot measure would repeal instant runoffs

Is a measure on the November ballot designed to mislead Memphis voters? That's what some critics are saying about confusing language related to runoff elections.

Juvenile justice a priority for new Shelby County commissioners

Juvenile justice in Shelby County is one of the most pressing issues facing the new county commission, as well as Mayor Lee Harris.

GOP hopes testimony showdown on Monday can save Kavanaugh’s nomination

Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.

‘Morning Joe’ broadcasts Friday show from Oxford, Mississippi

Mid-South politics took center stage on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday morning, broadcasting live from Oxford, Mississippi.

Senator gives feds ‘information’ on Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday she has notified federal investigators about information she received - and won't disclose publicly...