PLUNKETT: Rep. Carpenter’s insensitive comments vocalizes “dog-whistle” politics that political parties and government institutions have been guilty of for decades.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett Most agree that it was a mistake when State Representative Bubba Carpenter told a crowd a few days ago that they should beware of Initiative 42 because it gave “a black judge in Hinds County” authority to rewrite education policy. When the comments were reported the denouncements … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Rep. Carpenter’s insensitive comments vocalizes “dog-whistle” politics that political parties and government institutions have been guilty of for decades.

PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, effectively taking the teeth out of 50 years of Department of Justice discrimination against Southern states. You can read the full opinion HERE. The ruling would require Congress to go … Continue reading PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.

NAACP, Steps Coalition moves could kill Biloxi baseball stadium plans.


The next week could determine if Minor League Baseball is coming to Biloxi or if it's game over before the stadium is ever built. Groups such as the Steps Coalition and Biloxi NAACP chapter, calling for a referendum on a $21 million city-issued bond to help build the stadium, have until June 18 to collect … Continue reading NAACP, Steps Coalition moves could kill Biloxi baseball stadium plans.

Race-based study group attempts to sway states on Medicaid expansion with polling data.


Editors Note: The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, founded in 1970, is a non-profit institution that conducts research on political, economic, and social policy issues of concern to African Americans. A poll by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, released Tuesday, says a majority of people — 62 percent — across … Continue reading Race-based study group attempts to sway states on Medicaid expansion with polling data.

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.

DOJ and Meridian Public Schools reach agreement on discriminatory disciplinary practices.


The U.S. Department of Justice and the Meridian Public School district have come to terms on a consent decree to address allegations of past racial discrimination in using harsh school discipline policies that the DOJ said created what has been called a school to prison pipeline in Meridian. If approved by the court, the proposed … Continue reading DOJ and Meridian Public Schools reach agreement on discriminatory disciplinary practices.

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.

Plunkett: Medicaid Expansion Arguments Bypass Reality.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Some time today the Mississippi House of Representatives is expected to take up House Bill 560, the Medicaid Technical Bill that would extend the life of the current Medicaid program. Speaker Philip Gunn announced yesterday afternoon that the Senate version of that extension was tabled in the House and wouldn’t … Continue reading Plunkett: Medicaid Expansion Arguments Bypass Reality.

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.