The Republican-controlled Mississippi State Legislature is poised to have a “sneak” vote intended to replace the state’s flag, which contains Confederate insignia, according to Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel. The push to replace the flag follows a nationwide onslaught of desecration of confederate monuments in response to George Floyd’s death reinvigorating the Black Lives Matter movement. The potential vote, which McDaniel alerted his 250,000-audience to via a Facebook live stream, may provide further evidence of how this mindset has infiltrated government – even reaching a Republican-controlled body. State Rep. Chris Bell (D-Miss.) appeared on MSNBC on Friday to demand the
A federal appeals court judge ruled Friday that Mississippi’s ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy is unconstitutional. Now, supporters are looking to take the fight to higher ground: the United States Supreme Court. The ban was signed into law by outgoing Governor Phil Bryant (a Republican who is being succeeded in office by another pro-life Republican) after it was passed by the state legislature in 2018. It would prohibit abortions that occur after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Currently, the abortion cut off in Mississippi is 20 weeks with the only abortion provider in the state cutting off at
The 2019 elections are just about in the books. Below are some of the biggest story lines after last night. Kentucky Governor’s Race Still Too Close to Call as GOP Sweeps Other Statewide Races The Kentucky governor’s race is too close to call after a wild finish that may get wilder. Shortly after midnight on election night with all precincts reporting, Democrat challenger Andy Beshear held a 5,100 vote lead over incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, a margin of 0.4 percent. Beshear was quick to declare victory, and Democrat Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes — who herself lost a
Four states have elections this Tuesday. Some of them could be early bellwethers for the 2020 elections. Here’s what you need to know about these elections and why you should care even if you don’t live in one of the four states. Virginia Virginia has some of the most important races of the year. The entire state legislature is up for re-election, and the future of the state hangs in the balance as Republicans cling to a 21-19 majority in the state Senate and a 51-49 majority in the state House after a blue wave took out many Republicans in 2017.
Mississippi has been in the news lately thanks to HB 1523, the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.” By enacting this sane law, the state has taken a heroic stance on morality that holds the potential to restore the rightly ordered foundation of civilization, the family. Although this truth been obscured by the rising tide of the sexual revolution, the well-ordered family is a vitally necessary building block for the good society. However, the supporters of this important law are under attack. The opponents to this good bill are legion and a most formidable foe of the family
Donald Trump is often mocked for his mantra “fake news,” not because he is wrong but because the two-syllable sound-bite is inarticulate and leaves itself wide open for pedantic criticism. Clever ideologues can easily turn it around on him when he is inaccurate with his own statements. However, there is a truth lurking behind the sound bite. The real criticism is that the mainstream media reports falsehoods consistently to at least some degree by ill-weighting facts, ideological propagation and emotionalism. Most news reports are conspicuously devoid of sound reasoning, objective moral truth and common sense. The current trend of fake
A group of polygamists and a “machinist” have filed a lawsuit against the State of Mississippi for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution. They argue that by legalizing same-sex marriage and simultaneously forbidding other types of unions, the government is favoring one religious view over others. That, they say, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment which prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion” over others by giving it preferential treatment. The plaintiffs note that their defense of the Establishment Clause should not be reason for anyone to accuse them of bigotry: The plaintiffs are not bigots
Earlier this month, a federal judge blocked a pro-religious freedom law signed by Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Governor Bryant vowed to appeal the ruling, but Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, announced that he would not join in the defense of the law. “All HB 1523 has done is tarnish Mississippi’s image while distracting us from the more pressing issues of decaying roads and bridges, underfunding of public education, the plight of the mentally ill and the need to solve our state’s financial mess,” Hood said. The law in question, HB 1523, is meant to protect those with