June 11-On this day in Mississippi History . . .


in 2012, the Mississippi House Management Committee voted to pay Democrat Rep. Billy Broomfield’s expenses to a 2012 Southern Legislative Conference in Charleston, West Virginia after another black Democrat warned that Black Caucus members could obstruct business in the 2013 legislative session over the denial. “I think you need to go ahead and let him … Continue reading June 11-On this day in Mississippi History . . .

Supreme Court won’t hear Mississippi NAACP challenge to legislative redistricting.


The Supreme Court won't order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state's redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state's 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several … Continue reading Supreme Court won’t hear Mississippi NAACP challenge to legislative redistricting.

JSU to rename Community Service Program in honor of late Senator Alice Harden.


Jackson State University is paying tribute to the late state Sen. Alice Harden by naming its community service program after her. A ceremony will be held April 17 dedicate the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning. Harden was a Jackson Democrat and JSU graduate. She became the first black woman to … Continue reading JSU to rename Community Service Program in honor of late Senator Alice Harden.

Gates: Odd coalition kills loan fee bill.


During the last week of the Mississippi legislative session, an odd coalition came together to help kill a controversial bill that would have allowed small loan companies to charge fees amounting to an annual percentage rate of up to 99 percent on loans from $500 to $4,000 that are mostly taken out by low-income, working … Continue reading Gates: Odd coalition kills loan fee bill.

Mississippi Democratic Trust planning weekly forum with legislators.


Democrats no longer hold a majority in the Legislature, but they said Thursday at a Democratic-sponsored mental health forum at the state Capitol that they plan to conduct weekly forums on key issues impacting the state. “We are trying to be independent thinkers in the House and Senate,” said state Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, … Continue reading Mississippi Democratic Trust planning weekly forum with legislators.

Dem State Senator Jordan continues fight against Voter ID


The issue of voter ID and other election law changes became a battle cry for delegates to the Democratic National Convention, who vowed to return to their home states and continue the battle against the measures. "The only thing people need to take to the polls is themselves," said David Jordan, a state senator and … Continue reading Dem State Senator Jordan continues fight against Voter ID

New state legislative districts submitted to feds


The Legislature passed the House and Senate plans in early May during the final days of the 2012 session. Before the plans can go into effect, they must meet federal approval to ensure they do not negatively affect minority voting strength. The delay in submitting the plans was to give private attorneys who consult with … Continue reading New state legislative districts submitted to feds

Mississippi House Democrat’s threaten obstruction if Republicans don’t pay up for travel expenses


The Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives will pay for a critic of its speaker to go to a conference after all. Rep. Billy Broomfield, D-Moss Point, had criticized Philip Gunn from the floor during the 2012 session, after House and Senate leaders declined to contribute $800,000 in state money to host the Southern Legislative Conference … Continue reading Mississippi House Democrat’s threaten obstruction if Republicans don’t pay up for travel expenses

Houston Receives Legislative Endorsement


The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus lended its support to Gary Houston during a ceremony held at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Meridian on Sunday. Houston says he is grateful for the endorsement and hopes it will help him in his effort to move District 83 and Mississippi forward. "They've come from all across mississippi to … Continue reading Houston Receives Legislative Endorsement