AG Hood says Legislature should change flag instead of letting Mississippians decide. 


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that the state Legislature needs to consider changing the state flag.

“They need to step up and do it,” Hood said. “They’ll probably kick it out to a vote of the people. But I think it’s a decision of the Legislature.”
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Governor Bryant ends court fight against gay marriage. 


Gov. Phil Bryant remains opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but he’s stopping his court fight against it.
In a letter Wednesday, Bryant’s lawyer asks the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to return a Mississippi gay marriage lawsuit to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Jackson. That would allow Reeves to enter a final ruling aligned with the Supreme Court decision.

Reeves overturned Mississippi’s gay marriage ban last year, but put his ruling on hold. The appeals court also put a hold on Reeves’ ruling.

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Neshoba County Fair Association releases schedule for political speeches.


  The Neshoba County Fair Association has released the line up of political speakers at Founders Square for July 28-July 30. 

Tuesday, July 28

  • 8:45 a.m. Lindsey Kidd (D) Candidate for Constable, Place 1, Neshoba County
  • 8:50 a.m. James L. Lane (R) Candidate for County Attorney, Neshoba County
  • 8:55 a.m. Caleb E. May (R) Candidate for County Attorney, Neshoba County
  • 9:00 a.m. John E. Stephens (R) Candidate for Coroner-Medical Examiner, Neshoba County
  • 9:05 a.m. Deric Horne (D) Candidate for Justice Court Judge, Place 2, Neshoba County
  • 9:10 a.m. Bobby Joe Lovern (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 1, Neshoba County 
  • 9:15 a.m. Jerry Goforth (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 3, Neshoba County
  • 9:20 a.m. Jerald McClendon (D) Candidate for Supervisor, District 5, Neshoba County
  • 9:25 a.m. Kirk Blaine (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 5, Neshoba County
  • 9:30 a.m. Jimmy Kemp (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 2, Neshoba County
  • 9:35 a.m. Mike Moorehead (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 4, Neshoba County
  • 9:40 a.m. Jimmy Wilson (R) Candidate for Supervisor, District 4, Neshoba County
  • 9:45 a.m. Honorable Guy Nowell (R) Candidate for Chancery Clerk, Neshoba County
  • 9:50 a.m. Honorable Mike Lewis (R) Candidate for Tax Assessor-Collector, Neshoba County
  • 9:55 a.m. Honorable Jay Mathis (R) State Representative, District 45, State of MS
  • 10:05 a.m. Honorable Michael Ted Evans (D) Candidate for State Representative, District 45
  • 10:15 a.m. Honorable Randy Rushing (R) Candidate for State Representative, District 78
  • 10:25 a.m. Trina Cheatham (R) Candidate for Supt. of Education, Neshoba County
  • 10:30 a.m. Joe Killens (R) Candidate for Supt. of Education, Neshoba County
  • 10:35 a.m. Ken Edwards (D) Candidate for Sheriff, Neshoba County

Wednesday, July 29

  • 8:30 a.m. Tyler McCaughn (R) Candidate for District Attorney, 8th Circuit Court District
  • 8:40 a.m. Honorable Mark Duncan (D) Candidate for District Attorney, 8th Circuit Court District
  • 8:50 a.m. Speedy Calvert (R) Candidate for State Senate, District 18
  • 9:00 a.m. Bro. Curt Pace (R) Candidate for State Senate, District 18
  • 9:10 a.m. Jenifer B. Branning (R) Candidate for State Senate, District 18
  • 9:20 a.m. Mark Forsman (R) Candidate for State Senate, District 18
  • 9:30 a.m. Honorable C. Scott Bounds (R) Candidate for MS House of Rep., District 44
  • 9:40 a.m. Honorable Giles Ward (R), State Senator, MS State Senate, District 18
  • 9:50 a.m. Honorable Mary H. Coleman (D) Candidate for Transportation Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 10:00 a.m. Honorable Dick Hall (R) Candidate for Transportation Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 10:10 a.m. Honorable Mary Hawkins Butler (R) Candidate for State Auditor, State of MS
  • 10:20 a.m. Honorable Stacey Pickering (R) Candidate for State Auditor, State of MS
  • 10:30 a.m. Ron Williams (Libertarian) Candidate for Lt. Governor, State of MS
  • 10:40 a.m. Tim Johnson (D) Candidate for Lt. Governor, State of MS
  • 10:50 a.m. Honorable Tate Reeves (R) Candidate for Lt. Governor, State of MS
  • 1:00 p.m. Mike Hurst (R) Candidate for Attorney General, State of MS
  • 1:10 p.m. Honorable Jim Hood (D) Candidate for Attorney General, State of MS
  • 1:20 p.m. John Mosley (R) Candidate for Insurance Commissioner, State of MS
  • 1:30 p.m. Honorable Mike Chaney (R) Candidate for Insurance Commissioner, State of MS
  • 1:40 p.m. Addie Lee Green (D) Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, State of MS

Thursday, July 30

  • 8:20 a.m. Latrice D. Notree (Reform) Candidate for Public Service Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 8:30 a.m. Bruce W. Burton (D) Candidate for Public Service Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 8:40 a.m. Brent Bailey (R) Candidate for Public Service Commissioner Central District, State of MS
  • 8:50 a.m. Honorable Tony Greer (R) Candidate for Public Service Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 9:00 a.m. Honorable Cecil Brown (D) Candidate for Public Service Commissioner, Central District, State of MS
  • 9:10 a.m. David McRae (R) Candidate for State Treasurer, State of MS
  • 9:20 a.m. Honorable Lynn Fitch (R) Candidate for State Treasurer, State of MS
  • 9:30 a.m. Honorable Cindy Hyde Smith (R) Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture & Commerce, State of MS
  • 9:40 a.m. Honorable Delbert Hosemann (R) Candidate for Secretary of State, State of MS
  • 9:50 a.m. Honorable Philip Gunn (R) Speaker, MS House of Representatives
  • 10:00 a.m. Shawn O’Hara (Reform) Candidate for Governor, State of MS
  • 10:10 a.m. Vicki Slater (D) Candidate for Governor, State of MS
  • 10:20 a.m. Mitch Young (R) Candidate for Governor, State of MS
  • 10:30 a.m. Dr. Valerie Adrean Smartt Short (D) Candidate for Governor, State of MS
  • 10:40 a.m. Honorable Phil Bryant (R) Candidate for Governor, State of M

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Mississippi law prohibiting same-sex marriage unconstitutional


Sun Herald reports:

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Wednesday that marriage licenses should be issued to same-sex couples everywhere in Mississippi after the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit lifted the stay of a preliminary injunction that was prohibiting same-sex marriages in the state.

“Mississippi’s law prohibiting same-sex marriages are now officially declared unconstitutional and unenforceable by the Federal Court,” Hood said.

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Federal court says cops can confront open carriers. 


Should police be allowed to stop and question open carriers who they believe are acting “suspiciously”?

A United States District Court in the state of Michigan said yes earlier this month, ruling that police are entirely within their rights to question open carriers.

Johann Deffert of Grand Rapids filed the lawsuit after police confronted him at gunpoint while he was legally open carrying a holstered FNP-45 pistol.

According to a video of the incident captured on a police dash cam, an officer forced Deffert to lie on the asphalt at gunpoint until backup arrived.

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ROBBINS: The Feds Will Collect Psycho-Social Data On Your Child


BY: Jane Robbins

It’s no surprise that a federal education program is moving beyond assessing academic knowledge and into the realm of attitudes, mindsets, and dispositions. For years now, the federal government has openly advocated teaching and measuring the “appropriate” (that is, government-approved) mindsets for students. The concept is known as “social/emotional learning,” or SEL.

Where did this concept come from? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) cites research arguing that education should focus on non-cognitive development as well as academic knowledge. CASEL, the major player in this arena, has identified five “SEL domains” (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making skills) and advocates that schools take responsibility for developing these traits in students from preschool through grade 12.The first objection that leaps to mind is that, for the most part, school personnel are not qualified to plumb the depths of a child’s psyche. As warned by clinical psychologist Gary Thompson, placing this type of responsibility on largely untrained personnel is playing with fire. And since the federal government is actively relaxing the privacy restrictions applicable to student data, the chances of this sensitive information getting into the wrong hands are enormous.

The more fundamental issue, though, is who should be responsible for helping instill these personality traits: schools (i.e., government) or families? Each of these non-cognitive domains is nebulous, and the desirability of a particular outcome will vary from individual to individual. For example, a child’s parents might hold a different view about what types of “social awareness” are appropriate, compared to the government’s desire to sensitize children to “global problems” such as climate change. Or the government might value the “relationship skill” of acquiescing to the consensus of the group, instead of the parents’ preference for developing the backbone to stand up for the right and true in the face of contrary pressure.

In short, the dangers of transferring this type of child development from parents to the government are mind-boggling. Do we really want the government determining what types of attitudes and mindsets are necessary to be a “good citizen and worker”?

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‘Mississippians for History’ to facilitate public conversation about preservation.


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Mississippi History and Southern Culture are under attack. Citizens across the state are rightfully concerned that tragic events that occurred hundreds of miles away are being used by the unscrupulous and politically ambitious to shut out the reminders of our past. At MississippiPEP.com, we are curating articles and commentary from across the nation regarding this very important conversation.

It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.

However, because of the actions of some of Mississippi’s high ranking officials, that mutual concern is being turned into divisiveness, unnecessarily and irresponsibly pitting Mississippians against one another.

Discussions about removing historical references are dangerous. But it is almost certain now that the 2016 Session of the Mississippi Legislature will be forced to visit this issue. The people of Mississippi must be engaged in the discussion. The only thing that moves legislators is pressure.

Our aim is simple, we will keep everyday Mississippi citizens informed so that you may have the facts and the historical truth to organize and mobilize when necessary to be sure your voice is heard.

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