Why Aren't More Women In Office? Even Within Parties, There's Big Disagreement

Women represent 20 percent of Congress members right now, and Republicans and Democrats differ sharply on why that's the case, not to mention how big of a problem that is. That in and of itself is perhaps unsurprising, especially at a time when the parties are heavily divided on a wide variety of topics. But a new poll shows that men and women within each party — and especially among Republicans — differ heavily on several of these questions. New data from the Pew Research Center shows that...

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In his victory speech for the office of Shelby County Mayor Thursday night, Democrat Lee Harris praised his party for fielding strong candidates throughout countywide elections this year.

Shelby County Democrats' reboot paid off in the gain of several non-partisan offices, even if the Trump-charged election cycle only generated an average voter turnout. As political analyst Otis Sanford points out in this recap of election night, many of the 27.3 percent of registered voters who made it to the polls stuck to the party line.

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Folks have been using cedar planks to impart a smoky flavor to fish for years.


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This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, host Eric Barnes interviews guests about the Memphis real estate market, which is seeing record highs. Wendy Greenlaw with Chandler Reports calls the current market "unprecedented" in terms of demand and housing prices.  

"We are seeing figures that we have never seen in Shelby County," she says, citing increases in value across the board, from high-end homes to properties bought by investors for the rental market. 

"Consumer confidence is really high," says guest Steve Brown, president of residental sales with Crye-Leike. "Unemployment is low. There's a lot of pent up demand. A lot of people have put off buying and they feel better."

Home builder David Goodwin says that there is a "sense of urgency" to buy before interest rates increase.

Even before it was officially announced, The Daily Memphian had become an open secret within an increasingly small coterie of Memphis print journalists. 

For the first time in years, high profile reporters were leaving the Commercial Appeal, not because of layoffs, which had become semi-regular events at the Gannett-owned paper. 

They were just walking away: food writer Jennifer Biggs, sports columnist Geoff Calkins, popular blogger Chris Herrington. Others followed; the mystery of their departures a source of growing speculation. 

They left for a new web-based newsroom now being built from scratch by a nonprofit funded by philanthropists, many of them anonymous. The Daily Memphian was the result of wealthy citizens' frustration over the gutting of local news.

Eric Barnes, who hosts WKNO-TV's public interest show Behind the Headlines, runs this new nonprofit venture. In this interview, he talks about what the website could become. 

Next Thursday's election will determine a number of hotly contested offices in Shelby County, from City Clerk to County Mayor. And statewide, Republicans and Democrats will choose their party's candidates for the general election in November.

Dr. Jim Bailey has a vision of a more effectual and proficient health care system, which targets preventive health care issues, but costs much less than what people are currently paying.

As author of The End of Healing: A Journey through the Underworld of American Medicine, he will explain the importance of understanding effective health care and how to demand it as part of the Healthy City Town Hall and Book Signing.

The event, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, is at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. He'll be joined on a panel by Shantell Leatherwood, chief executive officer for Church Community Health Services, and Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health.

The Memphis Public Library's Explore Memphis started in June and was aimed at keeping children and teens mentally active during their summer break.


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Early voting continues in Shelby County, with a ballot that resembles a telephone directory of yore. This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, a roundtable of local Memphis journalists discuss some of the issues that surround early voting, along with other newsworthy topics.

Host Eric Barnes is joined by Karanja Ajanaku of the New Tri-State Defender, Madeline Faber with High Ground News, Toby Sells of the Memphis Flyer and Bill Dries of the Memphis Daily News

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July is National Ice Cream month!


This week, political analyst Otis Sanford joins us to discuss the fallout of Trump's Russia comments on the Tennessee Senate race. 

We also take a look at early voting results and get Sanford's impression from a recent debate between Shelby County Mayor candidates Lee Harris and David Lenoir. 

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Carmen Lugo has lived in Puerto Rico her whole life, and her whole life she has feared the water that comes out of her tap.

"When I was a child, we used filters," she says, leaning on the doorjamb with her 11-year-old in front of her and two teenage sons sleepy-eyed behind her on a morning in July.

"The water here," she says, pausing as she purses her lips in a tight smile. She chooses her words carefully. "We want to be in good health," she finally says. "My husband, he buys water from the Supermax," referring to a local grocery store.

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