Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Asks Gov. Bryant for Special Session to Change State Flag

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus has renewed its calls for lawmakers to change the state flag, and in the wake of violence at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally this weekend, MLBC members sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter asking for a special session to change Mississippi’s state flag. The full text of the letter is reproduced below:

Dear Governor Bryant:

The deaths and acts of terror in Charlottesville are the latest evidence of a rising tide of white-nationalism and hatred in America. The images out of Virginia were another clear reminder that Confederate symbols have no place in Mississippi’s state flag. Governor Bryant, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, strongly urges you to call an immediate extraordinary session of the Mississippi legislature to change the state’s flag. If a pending economic development deal required legislation, you would rightly call representatives and senators back to Jackson to do their job. Continue Reading

House Speaker Gunn Calls (Again) to Change State Flag After Charlottesville Rally

After several state officials weighed in on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, House Speaker Philip Gunn decided to weigh in on the situation on Monday afternoon. His first Facebook post, posted in the afternoon on August 14, condemned white supremacy and bigotry. “Bigotry, hatred and the promotion of racial superiority, like that of white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, have no place in our society. I condemn, in the strongest sense possible, what occurred in Charlottesville. These are not the acts of true Americans. Continue Reading

Another House Rep Resigns After Winning Vicksburg Alderman Spot

The House of Representatives continues to lose members this summer after election season. Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg, announced his retirement after Vicksburg residents elected him the new South Ward Alderman for the City of Vicksburg. “After reviewing the Attorney General’s opinion, I have decided to resign from my seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives,” Monsour said in a press release. “This was a tough decision for me to make, but ultimately it is the best thing for the citizens of Vicksburg and for me. By leaving the House, I will be able to devote all my time and energy to my new position as South Ward Alderman.” Continue Reading

Secretary Hosemann on Request to Hand Over Mississippi Voter Info: ‘They Can Go Jump in the Gulf’

One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises included looking into what he believed was widespread voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election (despite reports that there were fewer than 10 instances of voter fraud nationwide). After signing an executive order, Trump created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission made headlines today, when a June 28 letter to the Alabama Secretary of State surfaced. The letter, signed by Kris Kobach (the Kansas Secretary of State), who is the vice-chairman of the bi-partisan commission, asks secretaries of state to disclose a lot of personal information about their voters including:

“…(T)he full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, voter history (elections voted in) from 2006 onward, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information regarding any felony convictions, information regarding voter registration in another state, information regarding military status, and overseas citizen information.” Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released a statement saying he had not received any correspondence or letter directly from the commission, but had seen the copy of the letter addressed to another secretary. Continue Reading

Democratic Representative Retires; Special Election Necessary for District 38

Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, announced his retirement today, after serving in the Mississippi House of Representatives for 38 years. Ellis began his term representing his Starkville-based district in 1980. He is a member of the MS Legislative Black Caucus. “I have truly considered myself blessed and privileged to have served the citizens of District 38, as well as the citizens of Mississippi as a whole over the years,” Ellis said in a press release. “However, the time has come to close this chapter of my life and allow God to utilize me in another capacity.”

The Democratic leadership in the House chose Ellis to serve as the first Majority Leader of the Mississippi House of Representatives back in 2008. Continue Reading