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Polly C. Speak
The legislative session is underway in neighboring Alabama and the mostly white legislature is already looking to impose itself upon the majority Black city of Montgomery. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, whose term began this year, is accusing state politicians of legislative overreach as they work to pass a bill that would undermine the city’s attempt...
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After nearly four hours of debate, the Florida legislature passed a bill making parental consent mandatory for girls under 18 who are seeking an abortion. Senate Bill 404, introduced by Republican senators and passed by Republicans in a party-line vote, demands underage women have written permission from their parents or a legal guardian before the...
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What do you do when you uncover a years-long scheme by wealthy contractors to defraud poor Mississippi families of millions of dollars? Well, if you’re a Mississippi politician, you quickly pass bills scrutinizing impoverished beneficiaries, rather than contractors. That’s the state of things in the Mississippi legislature this session, as GOP members dropped two bills...
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The Mississippi State Auditor recently busted a slew of bigwigs stealing millions of dollars of welfare money and people are understandably furious. They are also missing the point. Auditor Shad White announced the arrest of six people involved in an alleged embezzlement scheme including a Mississippi business owner and talk show guest, and the former...
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The Lighthouse has previously covered House Speaker Phillip Gunn’s war on teachers and schools. Gunn recently imposed a rule that cuts retired state employees, educators and coaches from legislative office by whacking their retirement benefits. Up until this year, retired public employees could draw their state pensions while serving in the Mississippi Legislature, thanks to...
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University of Mississippi leaders have been struggling over whether or not to keep a monument to vicious slavery and barbarity on school grounds. The university’s student senate, faculty senate, staff lawyers and high officials passed a measure last year to move one of their confederate monuments to a confederate graveyard where it could molder with...
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A group of Republican attorney generals now appear to support the idea of excluding witnesses in a trial. That’s the take from the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) that released a press statement this month slamming the idea of holding President Donald Trump accountable for his actions. After being impeached in the House, Trump is...
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Republican House Speaker Phillip Gunn is making a move to cut retired state employees, teachers and educators from legislative office. Up until the opening of the session, retired public employees were hopeful they could still draw their state pensions while serving in the Mississippi Legislature thanks to a rule adopted by the Public Employees Retirement...
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New legislative bills are continuing to tumble out of the pipes at the Mississippi legislature this week, and some of them will undoubtedly have a rough road on their way to passage, despite their benevolence. Rep. Jarvis Dortch (D-Raymond) said he is submitting a bill this month to extend maternal Medicaid coverage for new mothers...
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Bills, Bills, Bills It’s the first week of the Mississippi legislative session and racist bills are already barreling through Capitol halls. (How are we already at the lightning round?!) Two bills submitted by Republican Sen. Joseph Seymour, of Vancleave, make a fine example. Seymour thinks the recent national effort to push the casted images of...
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