NPR – Black voters sue over Mississippi’s Jim Crow-Era election law

The target of the lawsuit is what was called “The Mississippi Plan,” codified in the state’s 1890 Constitution “to take political power out of the hands of African-Americans, and it was extremely effective,” says Paloma Wu, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mississippi office.

The constitutional convention was called after Reconstruction when African-Americans were winning elected office after the Civil War. The framers explicitly stated, “It is the manifest intention of this Convention to secure to the State of Mississippi ‘white supremacy,’ ” according to the journal of the proceedings.

“It was headlined to keep political power in the hands of white people who were outnumbered by free black people and their descendants,” Wu says.

To that end, they adopted a two-tiered path to win statewide office, like governor or attorney general. Candidates must get both a majority of the popular vote, and win in a majority of Mississippi’s 122 state house districts, (only 42 of which are majority black). Otherwise, the state house of representatives gets to decide who wins.

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Hyde-Smith supports full funding for border wall

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today fully supported a Senate Appropriations Committee measure to provide full funding for President Trump’s border security initiatives, including the border wall.

Hyde-Smith, who serves on the committee and its Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, voted to advance the FY2020 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to the full Senate for consideration.  The bill funds U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) missions, including border security, immigration enforcement, disaster relief, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

“The border security and immigration enforcement funding in this bill reflects the need to address the serious problems we face on our borders.  The wall funding and other resources would give agencies more capacity to deal with the overwhelming influx of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers trying to get into the country,” Hyde-Smith said

“Partisan efforts to reduce this border security funding is simply turning a blind eye to the serious and continuous stress being placed on our borders and on the personnel who enforce our immigration laws,” she said.  “This is not a perfect bill, but I’m pleased it will support the work done in Mississippi to protect our citizens.”

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WLBT – Former Canton School board member wins appeal before MS Supreme Court

Supreme court ruling says Aldermen's actions against Walter Jones were prohibited by the State Constitution.A former member of the Canton School Board who says he was forced from the position has won a ruling with the State Supreme Court.

Walter Jones appealed an order from Madison County Circuit Court affirming his removal as a trustee of the Canton Public School District by the Board of Aldermen.

Jones argued the board lacked the authority to remove him as a public official. The Mississippi Supreme Court in Thursday’s ruling agrees, saying the Board’s actions were prohibited by the Mississippi Constitution.