Plunkett: Dems, civil rights groups continue pushing “angry teacher” narrative in fight against student protection.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Democrats in concert with left-leaning groups continue to promote the idea that if the legislature allowed local school boards to decide on armed protection of students a teacher might mentally snap and injure or kill a child. The position indicates a severe lack of trust of teachers and their dedication … Continue reading Plunkett: Dems, civil rights groups continue pushing “angry teacher” narrative in fight against student protection.

SCOTUS hears arguments for dismantling discriminatory Section 5 provision.


Voting districts designed to increase the chances of electing minority candidates, a fixture in the South, could be dismantled if the Supreme Court invalidates a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that challenges Section 5 of the 1965 landmark law. The section bars all or … Continue reading SCOTUS hears arguments for dismantling discriminatory Section 5 provision.

Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.


Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget Thursday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s … Continue reading Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.

Keeping Racism Alive with Section 5: Mississippi Civil Rights Lawyers argue for keeping restrictions in place.


The state of Mississippi and veterans of the civil rights movement are urging the Supreme Court to keep in place a key provision of the Voting Rights Act aimed at preventing discrimination at the ballot box. Mississippi and three other states — California, New York and North Carolina — filed court papers Friday opposing a … Continue reading Keeping Racism Alive with Section 5: Mississippi Civil Rights Lawyers argue for keeping restrictions in place.

12,306: Mississippi applications for concealed weapon permits more than doubled in 2012


The number of people applying in Mississippi for a concealed weapon permit more than doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to figures released by the Department of Public Safety. Department spokesman Warren Strain said Tuesday that December of 2012 saw the largest spike in the last five years, with 1,747 applications. Strain said total applications … Continue reading 12,306: Mississippi applications for concealed weapon permits more than doubled in 2012

SCOTUS may look at merits of Voting Rights Act


The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as today if it will consider the merits of a 47-year-old provision in the Voting Rights Act that requires Mississippi and eight other states to get federal permission before making any changes in the way they conduct elections. The justices could choose not to address the issue. … Continue reading SCOTUS may look at merits of Voting Rights Act

ACLU targets West Lincoln in effort to abolish school prayer


Earlier this week, ACLU officials alerted the Lincoln County School District that they had been informed there were still official prayers going on at West Lincoln, led by faculty and administrators “at numerous school events, including student awards ceremonies and banquets, school-day assemblies, teacher meetings, holiday celebrations, sporting events and graduation ceremonies.” “This official practice … Continue reading ACLU targets West Lincoln in effort to abolish school prayer

Motion to dismiss filed by Hinds Co. Supervisors in racial redistricting case


The four black elected supervisors in Mississippi's most populated county asked a federal judge today to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of improperly using race as a consideration in redrawing voting districts. The lawsuit against the black members of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors was filed Sept. 19 in U.S. District Court in Jackson … Continue reading Motion to dismiss filed by Hinds Co. Supervisors in racial redistricting case

Out of state civil rights group coming to Meridian to “investigate” DOJ allegations.


Members of a civil rights group are coming to Meridian Monday to investigate allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that the city, county, youth court judges and Department of Human Services have operated a school-to-prison pipeline in Meridian. City and county officials have denied the allegations. "We are going to be there until we … Continue reading Out of state civil rights group coming to Meridian to “investigate” DOJ allegations.

Mississippi man gets the help of ACLU to take wife’s last name


Responding to a complaint, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Tuesday that men can use marriage certificates to change their last names just like women. DPS spokesman Warren Strain was responding to a letter from the ACLU of Mississippi sent Tuesday to DPS Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz. The letter said a … Continue reading Mississippi man gets the help of ACLU to take wife’s last name