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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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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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When a kid stands before his mom after repeatedly defying her and acting out, mom tends to judge the child a little more harshly. It’s the same kind of “third-strike” behavior that applies to the court system. When a judge reviews a repeat offender, she may be tempted to evaluate the suspect more severely. And...
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White Americans generally think U.S. democracy is tough and durable. Groups whose vote protection has only been legally enforced within the last 6 decades, however, know better. Observant politicos know that real democracy is a delicate thing that breaks like a glass hammer, if you don’t protect it. And all over the world, right now,...
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Black Folks: Keep Your Head Up When I was in New Orleans last week, a small group of us Mississippians gathered to talk about the election, since lots of other people at the convening were also discussing it. I was reminded of how know precarious the voting situation is for Black folks in the state,...
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Almost one year ago, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) barely eked out a win over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams by throwing Black voters off the voting rolls. This week, Georgia law allowed the Republican-run Secretary of State’s office to push through a second round of voter purging. The office will begin mailing out purge notices to...
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