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The preliminary leak of a pivotal court decision reveals the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and put gay and interracial marriage on notice. Politico obtained a draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and labeled “Opinion of the Court,” in which conservative justices sided with the state of Mississippi...
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An ongoing investigation by Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe and state auditor Shad White continues to uncover one incriminating possibility after another of greed and collusion. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears to have conspired with former MDHS head John Davis to use the state’s welfare program as a personal slush fund to enrich themselves...
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State legislators are currently in the process of redistricting, a process that occurs every 10 years and involves reforming old voting districts based on population shifts recorded by Census figures. Florida legislators have submitted two new district maps that preserve the two majority-Black Florida Districts, but DeSantis wants to use his own proposed map, which...
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D.C. residents are campaigning hard for statehood in the aftermath of Congress’ push to undermine local marijuana laws. Residents are furious that the more conservative U.S. Congress recently passed the Harris Rider provision, which undermines the district’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana.  In 2014, D.C. residents voted in favor of legalizing marijuana, but  their effortto...
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The Mississippi Secretary of State’s website lists all Chancery, Circuit and Appeals court judicial races up for contest this year, as well as one special election for the Desoto County district attorney’s office. That list shows less than 10 of those roughly 100 actually qualifying as a race. The vast majority of these positions contain...
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The Republican controlled Mississippi House was willing to let teacher pay raises die another year, keeping Mississippi at the lowest pay level in both the Southeastern and national average.  The House and Senate produced two competing versions of a pay raise this legislative session, but House leaders were willing to jettison the raise entirely for...
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Florida Republicans are pushing a wave of Anti-LGBTQ legislation this year. House Bill 1557 and Senate Bill 1834, referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bills by opponents, herald their effort. House Bill 1557 will “[prohibit] a school district from encouraging classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in...
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Mississippi state legislators don’t shatter glass ceilings like a Braves-style slugger. They spit-shine it.  Last October, Mississippi Today reported that women working full-time make as much as 27 percent less than their male counterparts, far exceeding the 19 percent national average. This gap overlooks the fact that women comprise about half of Mississippi’s population and...
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The Republican supermajority is considering two different bills to hollow out the state’s budget at a time when consumer prices are exploding across the nation and state schools are woefully underfunded. Senate Finance Chairman Josh Harkins, R-Flowood, shepherded Senate Bill 3164 through Senate debate last Wednesday with a 40-to-11 vote, passing the bill and sending...
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Black Mississippi senators staged a walkout to protest a bill described as a ban on Critical Race Theory. The walkout brought national attention to legislation they did not have the votes to contest, and it pushed attention onto the actions of the Senate’s majority white leadership. Senate Bill 2113 appears harmless, mandating that no public...
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