Politics

  Memphis Grizzlies launch voter outreach campaign

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to score come election time.

  Miss. IHL board delays vote on relocation of Confederate monument on Ole Miss campus

  Tenn. lawmaker files bill allowing college athletes to be compensated for advertising

  Gov. Reeves announces nationwide search for MDOC commissioner

  Changes to ‘road rage’ bill could make it easier to catch suspects

  Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign bill allowing adoption agencies to deny same-sex couples

Tate Reeves officially becomes 65th Governor of Mississippi

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New state auto insurance law takes effect in Arkansas

Governor Phil Bryant reflects on his time in office

  Medical marijuana will be key campaign issue for Mississippi voters in 2020

  Anti-gang legislation expected to be filed again in Mississippi Legislature

  Shelby Co. mayor says proposal for wheel tax hike could solve a major county issue

  Mississippi lawmakers propose cuts at Parchman, reject improvement plan

  Proposal to hike Shelby County wheel tax to fund MATA improvements narrowly passes commission committee after spirited debate

Shelby County Commissioners narrowly advanced a proposal to hike the county’s wheel tax by $20 to pay for millions in improvements for MATA service. But the vote didn’t come easily and the proposal’s future appears shaky.

  Shelby Co. leaders begin debate on proposed wheel tax

Shelby County Commissioners will start debating the funding of MATA Wednesday. Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris will make another pitch to commissioners about his plan.

  As prison problems pile up, Mississippi lawmakers propose more cuts

A new legislative session started in Mississippi Tuesday and the state’s outgoing governor says he hopes security at state prisons will be a top concern for lawmakers. But WMC Action News 5 found lawmakers are proposing more cuts to the Department of Corrections.

  Memphians protest against possible war on Iran

Saturday, protest against possible war on Iran was organized by the Poor People’s Campaign and the Answer Coalition.

  Shelby Co. mayor hosts signing ceremony welcoming refugees

  City leaders float cost concerns over implementation of public safety sales tax referendum

  New employment rules in 2020 make more workers eligible for overtime

  Memphis mayor, council members sworn in for new term on New Year’s Day

Briefs filed to continue block on Arkansas abortion laws

  Tennessee governor’s criminal justice task force releases report, recommendations

  SCS shares its 2020 legislative priorities

In three weeks, Tennessee lawmakers will return to Nashville to start a new legislative session. Shelby County Schools will be pushing them to pass new laws that could bring about big changes.

  Legislation raises age requirement for tobacco purchases

New legislation passed by President Trump on Friday will now make it harder for teens to get a hold of any tobacco products.

  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg rolls out health care policy, riffs Trump in Memphis rally

Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, picked Memphis to unveil his healthcare platform Thursday morning.

  Mid-South lawmakers react to President Trump impeachment

President Donald Trump is the third president to be impeached in United States history.

  Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg visiting Memphis Thursday

Bloomberg, who launched his campaign just last month, will unveil his plans for health care reform.

  MLGW will ask new Memphis City Council for electric rate increases in 2020

After three hours of debate Tuesday night, Memphis City Council members voted down an electric rate increase, which the utility wanted to make infrastructure investments. MLGW said they’re not done asking for the electric rate increase.

  Shelby County delegation of state legislators hosts annual retreat

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner is pushing lawmakers to do more to help counties transport inmates with mental health issues, a growing problem.

  City Council meeting to focus on new members, MLGW

This Tuesday marks the final meeting for several members of the Memphis City Council.

  Amid impeachment, lawmakers could pass major trade deal

Impeachment will once again dominate the debate, but a historic trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada could bring both parties together.

  Bill proposed to allow alcohol sales at Memphis Zoo

Starting next summer, you might be able to buy beer or wine at the Memphis Zoo if legislation passes allowing alcohol sales during regular hours.

  US Census Bureau hosts recruiting event

The 2020 United States census will be going out soon and thousands of people are needed to help.

  Desoto Co. lawmaker contests election results

A Mississippi State Representative from Southaven is asking the House of Representatives to overturn election results after what she calls an "illegitimate election.

  Work requirements cause tighter restrictions for SNAP recipients

Tighter restrictions are coming soon for hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients across the country, but much of the Mid-South could avoid that anxiety.

  Trump administration reviewing Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant request

If approved, Tennessee would become the first state to get its federal Medicaid funding through an annual block grant.

  Shelby County Commission to take on residency issue for county employees amid county corrections director controversy

The chairman of the Shelby County Commission said next week he will put together a committee to define residency requirements for Shelby County employees.

  Bipartisan effort to repeal Tennessee school voucher plan emerges as Gov. Bill Lee accelerates timeline for rollout

A Republican state representative in northwest Tennessee has now joined an effort by Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives to get rid of Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher plan next legislative session.

  Cohen introduces bill to stop rising airline fees

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen introduced a bill called the Forbidding Airlines from Imposing Ridiculous (FAIR) Act, which would prohibit airlines from charging fees that are not reasonable and proportional to the costs of services provided.

  Tennessee lawmaker pushes federal bill to decriminalize marijuana and expunge past convictions

This week, the House Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act.

Memphis activist arrested, accused of illegal voting

A local activist is facing several charges including illegal voting, falsifying entry on election document and perjury.

  Former state senator files petition to run for General Sessions Court Clerk

A member of a high-profile Memphis political family has started paperwork to run for general sessions court clerk -- despite the fact he's served time in federal prison.

  Memphis City Council committee votes on incentive plan for $1.1B Pinch District development

There’s still a long way to go on this. The first full council vote is expected in two weeks on the Pinch project.

  Tennessee education commissioner to launch early literacy program

"We need every single child to read on grade level, and that's actually our moonshot goal. That's what we need to be true,” said Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn.

  Tennessee announces plans for $732M surplus funds meant to help the state’s working poor

The Tennessee Department of Human Services admitted last week that it has a surplus of $732 million. That money is supposed to help those who have children and are experiencing financial difficulties.

  Strickland responds to consent decree ruling

Although the City of Memphis’ request to change a consent decree was denied, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland calls it a "victory" for the city.

  Six new faces to join Memphis City Council in 2020

Six of the thirteen members of the Memphis City Council will be new in 2020.

  Incumbents ousted in Memphis City Council runoff election

The Councilwomen-elect will take office after the first of the year.

  County mayor declines to sign ‘no confidence’ resolution against Division of Corrections Director

Mayor Lee Harris has decided not to side with the Shelby County Commission’s “no confidence” resolution, recommending that the Director of the Division of Corrections be terminated.

  AG William Barr says he doesn’t remember president’s request to defend Ukraine call

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he does not recall a request by the White House to publicly defend President Trump over the July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which has become a central focus of the U.S House impeachment inquiry.

  Public impeachment hearings begin Wednesday

It's only happened three times in our nation's history. This week marks the fourth.

Mike Espy launches 2020 Senate campaign

Espy and Hyde-Smith faced off in a special election for the seat last year that drew national attention.

  Early voting ends in Memphis runoff election

Early voting has ended in the Memphis runoff election.

  Will public safety sales tax passage spur first responder retirements in Memphis?

There’s new concern over talk of a mass exodus of Memphis police and firefighters in the wake of a tax city voters just passed to improve benefits.

  Reeves’ win caps off hotly-contested gubernatorial race in Mississippi

Mississippi voters elected a new governor Tuesday, extending Republican control of the office into the next decade.

  DECISION 2019: Tate Reeves wins election for Mississippi governor

Tate Reeves won Tuesday night’s election for Mississippi governor.

  DECISION 2019: Mississippi voters head to the polls to elect offices statewide

Mississippi voters are deciding on several statewide races including lieutenant governor and attorney general -- but the big race everyone is watching governor.

DECISION 2019: What to know before you vote

Polls open for the General Election at 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 5. All Mississippians voting at the polls are required to show a photo ID card.

Mississippi governor’s race most competitive in years

Hood, Reeves and two lesser-known candidates are competing on Tuesday’s ballot to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.

  Mississippi voters to elect next governor Tuesday

In one day polls in Mississippi will open for Election Day in the Magnolia State, where voters will decide who holds statewide offices. And the governor's race in Mississippi is being watched closely.

  Memphis councilmen face tough challenges in runoff elections

It could be an uphill climb for two incumbents.

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at campaign rally for Tate Reeves

Vice President Mike Pence was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday lending his name and voice in support of Tate Reeves.

Mississippi’s race for Attorney General will be history-making

The race for Attorney General is set to make history, no matter the outcome.

  President Trump rallying in Tupelo ahead of Miss. gubernatorial election

President Trump is rallying in Mississippi just days before the election that will decide a new governor for the state.

  Pres. Trump makes stop in Tupelo ahead of Miss. Governor race

Days before Mississippi’s gubernatorial election, President Donald Trump will be in Tupelo for a rally.

  Party leaders hoping for late bump from President Trump’s rally in Tupelo

President Donald Trump will make a trip to Tupelo, Mississippi Friday to rally for conservatives in the state just a few days before Election Day. Party leaders are hoping for a bump as the race comes down to the wire.

Former West Memphis mayor dies

Former West Memphis Mayor Bill Johnson has died, the city announced Tuesday.

VP Mike Pence to appear at Biloxi campaign rally for Tate Reeves

A spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence says he will campaign in Mississippi for the Republican nominee for governor.

  Early voting begins for Memphis City Council runoff races

Early voting kicked off Friday for Memphis voters in Districts 1 and 7.

  Congressman Steve Cohen holds roundtable in Memphis to discuss pedestrian, bike safety on streets

Once again, Memphis tops the list of metro areas where pedestrians are most in danger, according to a report from Smart Growth America.

  Poll reveals most important issues of Tenn. voters

A new survey from NBC News and Survey Monkey reveals what issues are important to voters across the nation and by region.

  Donald Trump Jr. makes appearance in Oxford ahead of Miss. governor’s race

Donald Trump Jr. attended the Good Ole Boys and Gals Barbecue fundraiser Thursday night in support of Tate Reeves.

  West Memphis gives second chance to former state official convicted of federal crimes

West Memphis's new Director of Community Relations made headlines in 2014 for pleading guilty to taking bribes while serving as deputy director of Arkansas's Department of Human Services.

Latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Reeves holds slight lead over Hood

Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves holds a slight lead over Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

  Commission in support of lifting tax on feminine hygiene products

They're subject to sales tax in 35 states, including Tennessee, because they are not deemed as essential items.

Trump planning November visit to Tupelo to campaign for Reeves

Police Chief Bart Aguirre said there have been discussions about the president visiting Tupelo on the Friday before the November 5 general election.

  Group to begin improving park after Tenn. Supreme Court rejects lawsuit over Confederate statues

A major decision has been made in the two-year legal battle over removing Confederate statues in Memphis.

  Tennessee Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit filed on the removal of confederate monuments; City of Memphis responds

The Supreme Court of Tennessee has declined to hear the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ lawsuit over the removal of confederate statues in Memphis.

  Commission to discuss updated MATA funding plan

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris still has some convincing to do to get more people on board with his plan to tax certain households for more MATA funding.

  State to hold meeting on proposed TennCare changes

Tennessee officials will hold their first public meeting in Shelby County on proposed changes to TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program.