The Institute for Justice has litigated 14 cases on behalf of natural hair braiders, including a Utah case challenging a licensing requirement for 2,000 hours of coursework. U.S. District Judge David Sam of Salt Lake City ruled in 2012 that the requirement for a cosmetology license was unconstitutional because it was irrelevant to the profession, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported at the time. … [Read more...] about Tennessee has imposed nearly $100K in fines for unlicensed hair braiding since 2009
Attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center have asked a federal court to release Manuel Duran Ortega, a reporter who was arrested earlier this month in Memphis during a demonstration that coincided with days of remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in that city. … [Read more...] about ICE detained Tennessee journalist because of his reporting, lawyers say
But there is ample reason for skepticism about Mr. Bredesen’s chances: No Democrat has won a statewide race in Tennessee since his successful re-election bid in 2006, and the state has turned more Republican since then. He will have to avoid being portrayed as being in lock step with national Democratic figures like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California. … [Read more...] about In Pro-Trump Tennessee, Democrats Count on a Familiar Face to Flip a Senate Seat
Memphis itself had been legally blocked from removing the statues of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest and Confederate president Jefferson Davis from two public parks, according to The Commercial Appeal. But in December, the city council voted unanimously to sell the parks to a local nonprofit, for a reported $1,000 each. That evening, the nonprofit took down the monuments. … [Read more...] about Tennessee Republicans Punish Memphis For Removing Confederate Statues
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), in the midst of a race for the Tennessee governor’s seat, is touting the fact that she canceled her season tickets to Tennessee Titans games because some NFL players consistently knelt during the national anthem last fall. She called her choice “a deeply-held belief” that her family “felt we needed to do,” and said the NFL anthem issue is personal to many in her state. Black said she’s received positive feedback from constituents as she traveled across Tennessee campaigning for the Republican spot in November’s general election. … [Read more...] about A Tennessee gubernatorial candidate’s political football? Titans season tickets.