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South Carolina Residents Rally for Top Cop

South Carolina Residents Rally for Top Cop

LATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay [...]
Ready to Protect Our Veterans?A season of patriotism reached its peak as Alabamians celebrated our country’s independence on July 4. A month earlier, we marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that changed the course of World War II. Every May, we honor the memory of all Americans who died in military service to their country. On these [...]
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Judge: Florida Congressional Districts Need to be RedrawnTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature illegally drew the state’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party, a judge has ruled, and has ordered them redrawn.  Circuit Judge Terry Lewis said in a 41-page ruling Thursday that legislators relied on GOP political operatives who worked in secret to craft the final political maps [...]
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New Atlanta Museum Highlights Civil and Human RightsATLANTA (AP) — A new museum about the history of civil rights has opened in Atlanta, the city where Martin Luther King Jr. was based. But the National Center for Civil and Human Rights also explores other human rights struggles, from women’s rights and LGBT issues to immigration and child labor. The museum devotes separate [...]
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For Military Families in Atlanta: Food at the CommissaryAt the end of September 2013, Fort McPherson’s Commissary closed, leaving retirees, veterans, active and reserve military and their families without an affordable place in the Atlanta region to shop for groceries. This situation caused many of us and our military family members to experience large increases in grocery spending due to the fact that [...]
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Arkansas Parent: Rural Schools Give Life to CommunitiesOn April 10, busloads of students, parents, educators and patrons wearing their yellow-and-black Road Runner insignia made the 120-mile trip to the Arkansas state Capitol to listen as the Arkansas Board of Education voted to close the doors of their school. They silenced possibly forever, formal education taking place in another rural Arkansas community. The [...]
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Photo ID Laws Must Consider Voters of All BackgroundsIn his recent op-ed, Alabama Secretary of State, Jim Bennett wrote to address the upcoming changes that will be evident to voters as they visit the polls for the June 3 primary elections. Chief amongst these changes will be the newly enacted requirement to show one of a limited list of accepted forms of photo [...]
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In Focus: Voter ID Laws and Tuesday’s PrimariesMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New laws requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls were enforced in two Southern primaries on Tuesday, but with mixed results.  In Alabama, there were few hitches, but a razor-tight U.S. Senate race in Mississippi could hinge on provisional ballots, some of them cast as a result of a [...]
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On Denial of Voting: Ala. Needs to Widen Door for CitizensTuesday’s news about Alabama’s primary voting brought unfortunately familiar stories of voter disenfranchisement. According to MSNBC, 93-year-old Willie Mims, who is African American, was turned away from his polling place in Escambia County because he does not have a driver’s license or any other form of identification.  He should have been allowed to cast a provisional ballot, as [...]
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Supreme Court to Hear Alabama Redistricting ChallengeWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who say a Republican-drawn legislative map intentionally packs Black Democrats into a few voting districts, giving them too little influence in the Legislature and shutting out White Democrats in the process.  The justices agreed to hear a pair of [...]
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