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Is this the nastiest election yet in Shelby County?

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Just six days into early voting in Shelby County, and people are already calling it the nastiest election they've seen.

Poll workers, candidates, and even party leaders admit things are getting dirty.

Thursday, Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Bryan Carson said there was an electrical glitch at three polling places.

He's worried ballots were tampered with, so he is calling for help.

"We are writing a letter to congressmen and election commission requesting federal monitors," he said.

Election Commission Chairman Robert Myers said no voters were impacted when a construction accident caused an AT&T server to go down Thursday.

Carson isn't convinced, "It's an integrity issue. An electorate issue."

"This is probably one of the most contentious elections cycles I've ever worked," said Liz Rincon, a political strategist.

The political drama continued at a polling center in Bartlett Thursday.

This time with poll workers and campaign workers.

WREG is told the Republican party set up a tent and hung up a sign that read, "No Democrats allowed."

They wouldn't tell WREG why they did it, but shortly after, the Democrats set up their own tent and waved their own signs.

"We decided to put up a tent for everybody no matter who you represent or party affiliation," said Rincon.

Joe Brown, Democratic candidate for district attorney and who was campaigning at the same Bartlett polling center, said the dirty politics needs to stop.

That's interesting sine earlier this month, he questioned his opponent Amy Weirich's sexuality.

Brown told WREG it was misconstrued, and he doesn't regret it.

"I didn't say anything that wasn't true. If you look at commercials running on your station, the first one: no wedding band! What married woman takes off her wedding band?" he said.

Weirich's campaign manager Kim Perry said this is why the District Attorney race is the nastiest, "She is clearly wearing her wedding ring, so I'm not sure what he's referring to."

The good news: we're two weeks away from election day.


  • Fabon Washington

    Judge Paula Skahan is a lesbian democrat with close ties to the D.A.’s office and not just because she use to work there, is Judge Joe right? Is bipartisan love alive and well in Shelby County?

    What folks do at home is there business but collusion in the courtroom to help your prosecution numbers, not cool.

    Judge Skahan your bench is an abomination and I know how kuch you like to use that word.

    • Don

      The truth hurts,
      The democrat president you voted twice for encourages lesbian, homo life styles.
      Stay with the facts

      • Brenda Johnson

        Not a fan of obie, but I do not see how ones se x ual orientation is or should be an issue. Church and state should be separate. Don’t like it, then don’t look.

    • Fabon Washington

      Use to work at 201. I heard a lot, saw a lot and realized how biased the system was and how personal relationships in the court and with the D. A.’s office causes justice to be blind, ignorant and less than fair.

      Sorry Ms. Hanks if the truth hurts and it must for you to lash out that way. All I did was state the truth and pose a few questions.

      I would have asked the same questions if our last and no so great D.A. Mr. Gibbons was still there.

  • Lady D

    First of all WREG – The sign says no Democratic workers or literature under the tent .. It is a Republican campaign tent .. Geez! and listen to Joe Brown .. what a strange man .. no ring? (which the video shows she has on) but what does that have to do with anything? The Democratic party .. talks about race but their whole platform has everything based on race! Everything has to be broken down by race … why to this day do we need to know how may blacks vs whites have voted? why ? It saddens me everyday that MLK gave his life in this city and Memphis hasn’t learned a D@M thing. RIP sir !

    • John G

      How do you think they keep us away from each other just as long as keep that race,sexual choice or etc.they keep themselves in office or get elected to office the power mongers want us like that at each others throat and not at theirs.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    Ya’ll hide and watch… This election is going to be a replay when ballots reportedly got all screwed up in fl….and all of a sudden BUSH was declared the winner. Ya’ll have fun with this fiasco…lol….we lost my 90 yr old mom at 3am last sun. She diedbin her sleep at home. Wasn’t able to make her funeral yesterday either. So! Am moving back to okla in next few days to take care of eldest son who has progressive nf2 and help take care my 91 yr old daddy….both of the home.

  • John T. Dwyer

    I offer Nannie H. Burroughs epiphany from over 100 years ago.

    1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.

    The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls “a good time.” The Dr. Kelly Miller said, “The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he Needs.” Too true!

    2. The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.

    It is the “Divine Plan” that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do — Carry his own load — “Take up your bed and walk.”

    3. The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.

    He must learn to “run his community up” — not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not — some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.

    4. The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.

    Knowing what to wear — how to wear it — when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.

    5. The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Emotional Affair.

    6. The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.

    The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship. We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America, as well as in Africa. Ignorance — satisfied ignorance — is a millstone abut the neck of the race. It is democracy’s greatest burden. Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards. It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve. Likes alone and not laws can do it.

    7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His “Color” And To White People’s Attitude.

    The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun. God never intended that a man’s color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction. It is high time that all races were learning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone “RIGHTS” mad and “DUTY” dumb.

    8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.

    He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job — such as petty quarrelling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and — too often–liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!

    9. He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.

    Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered. There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration. Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services. It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation. The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.

    10. The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People — Not For Negro People, Only.

    To do business, he will have to remove all typical “earmarks,” business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously–in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.

    11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had — (Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did.

    Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrew 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel. A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible “common people.” A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never “things apart from the people.” They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to “Come on!” Dante stated a fact when he said, “Show the people the light and they will find the way!” There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the “latter-day leaders.” In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there. “Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet.” The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A’s, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.

    12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. “Remember.”

    Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that “I the Lord thy God delivered you” — through human instrumentalities. The American Negro has had and still has friends — in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race — for their brothers in bonds. The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward — “God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is” sure to win out. Get to work! That’s the answer to everything that hurts us. We talk too much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.

    Believe it or not — some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough.

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