Home Daily News Tennessee has imposed nearly $100K in fines… Legislation & Lobbying By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted March 16, 2018, 12:09 pm CDT Shutterstock.com. Hair braiders without a “natural hair stylist” license in Tennessee can be punished with a civil penalty of $1,000 for each instance of unlicensed work. The fines add up. According to a review by the Institute for Justice, the state imposed $100,000 in fines against dozens of braiders and more than 30 natural hair shops since 2009. A communications associate for the group highlighted the findings in an article for Forbes. Among those fined is Fatou Diouf, who was required to pay $16,000 for employing workers without the required stylist’s license, even though her shop is licensed. A payment plan for her most recent violations requires Diouf to pay $830 a month toward the fine. The Institute for Justice has litigated 14 cases on behalf of natural hair braiders, including a Utah case challenging a … [Read more...] about Tennessee has imposed nearly $100K in fines for unlicensed hair braiding since 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lawyers for a journalist who was arrested in Tennessee and then placed in an immigration detention facility said Monday that the government was trying to suppress his reporting and violated his rights of freedom of speech and the press. 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. Duran, 42, was working for Spanish-language media outlet Memphis Noticias and has written stories raising questions about local police and their cooperation with federal immigration officials, one of his attorneys at the SPLC said. “He’s been critical of law enforcement in his reporting and was targeted and retaliated against for that reporting,” said Michelle Lapointe, senior staff attorney with SPLC. A … [Read more...] about ICE detained Tennessee journalist because of his reporting, lawyers say
Supported by Politics By THOMAS KAPLANAPRIL 18, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — President Trump won 92 of Tennessee’s 95 counties in the 2016 election, making this state a seemingly daunting target for Democrats hoping to flip a seat in the Senate.But a decade before that commanding victory, another politician won an even bigger landslide. The state’s Democratic governor, Phil Bredesen, swept all 95 counties to win a second term.Now Mr. Bredesen is running for the Senate seat being vacated by a Republican, Bob Corker, and his track record makes him the rarest of Democrats: not an incumbent but nonetheless a formidable candidate in a solidly Republican state, allowing his party to go on the offensive in an improbable place.“There have to be hundreds of thousands of people who voted for me and voted for Donald Trump,” Mr. Bredesen said in a recent interview after meeting … [Read more...] about In Pro-Trump Tennessee, Democrats Count on a Familiar Face to Flip a Senate Seat
POLITICS 04/18/2018 01:38 pm ET Updated 33 minutes ago The majority-black city is out $250,000 in funds for its bicentennial. By Sara Boboltz 170 Tennessee’s Republican-controlled House on Tuesday retaliated against Memphis for removing two Confederate monuments by withholding $250,000 previously earmarked for the city’s 2019 bicentennial celebration. Democrats in the House condemned the move, which came in the form of a last-minute amendment to an appropriations bill and triggered a heated debate. State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (D) said the amendment was the most “vile, racist” measure he had seen, while state Rep. Raumesh Akbari (D) called it “un-Christian.” “The amendment and the explanation is hateful,” Akbari said before the vote. But Republicans were not moved, and the amendment passed with a strong majority. In a largely party-line vote, only five Republicans joined 22 Democrats in opposing the … [Read more...] about Tennessee Republicans Punish Memphis For Removing Confederate Statues
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Sports by Rick Maese by Rick Maese Email the author April 25 at 7:00 AM Email the author U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) publicized the fact that she gave up her Titans season tickets. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP) Football jumped off the sports pages last fall, as protesting NFL players and contentious national anthem debates prompted rhetoric from elected officials, fodder at political rallies and grist for social media feeds. Now, as an important election season nears, the sport is being used as a political football to charm pliable voting blocs. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), in the midst of a race for the Tennessee … [Read more...] about A Tennessee gubernatorial candidate’s political football? Titans season tickets.