On Wednesday, the Mississippi Economic Council released results from a recent poll by the Tarrance Group showing for the first time a majority of Mississippians favor changing the state flag.
The poll was performed June 16-18, 2020. The results show a significant change in public opinion from just a year ago. Fifty-four percent (54%) of respondents said they would vote against changing the state flag 18 months ago. Now, according to this polling, fifty-five percent (55%) would support changing the state flag.
Reps. Anderson, Williams-Barnes introduce suspension resolution in MS House to change flag
Today, Rep. Anderson and I join together on a resolution to remove the state flag per a vote by the legislature. Please see joint statement below. pic.twitter.com/FcJXV8Rbjn
— Rep. Williams-Barnes (@repsonyawb) June 24, 2020
Some legislative leaders have changed their position multiple times in recent days. Right now, they are considering suspending the rules to change the flag. It would take a two-thirds vote. That’s how many it takes to override a veto.
Make no mistake, a vote to change the rules is a vote to change the flag. If they get those votes, a veto would be pointless. That debate would be over, and the flag would change.
Like it or hate it—this is everything I’ve been thinking and praying about for the last few weeks. It’s the best way I can articulate my thoughts. God bless, Mississippi.
With numerous businesses, organizations, and individuals speaking out in favor of the change of the Mississippi state flag, below is what Mississippi’s top elected officials have said regarding the situation.
Lt. Gov. Hosemann issues statement on flag
My statement on changing the flag. pic.twitter.com/TZz7kfFbBa
— Delbert Hosemann (@DelbertHosemann) June 24, 2020
Seven members of the Mississippi House came together to stand for a public vote on the state flag, not merely a vote by those in the Legislature.
Those state representatives shown below in the video entitled “Fighting for your voice on the Mississippi flag” released today are Dana Criswell, Dan Eubanks, Becky Currie, Steve Hopkins, Chris Brown, Brady Williamson and Bubba Carpenter.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED – Lane Kiffin, Other Ole Miss Coaches to Lobby Mississippi Legislature for Change of the State Flag
Various leaders from across Ole Miss and Mississippi State athletics have been outspoken over the past week, pushing for a change in the Mississippi State flag.
It’s now Lane Kiffin’s turn.
As first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, both Kiffin and Mississippi State head coach Mike Leach are part of a group scheduled to lobby in front of State Legislature on Thursday, pushing for the State of Mississippi to make a change in the flag.
Sen. Wicker supports Scott’s JUSTICE Act
.@SenatorTimScott's floor speech last week on the #JUSTICEACT is a can't miss. It is a powerful, unifying, Christian message that will make you proud and put this all into perspective. Watch it here. https://t.co/DuQ20TKDBy
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) June 24, 2020
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today decried Senate Democrats’ decision to deny Senate debate on significant police reform legislation, asserting that blocking the bill leaves the nation with “irresponsible demands to defund the police, destruction of public property, and violence.”
Just one week after the introduction of the JUSTICE Act (S.3985), Democrats blocked a procedural vote to begin debate on the bill. The legislation incorporates broad bipartisan reforms to restore public trust by improving community safety through police training reforms and greater law enforcement accountability.
MSDH: Coronavirus deaths top 1000 in state
Today MSDH is reporting 526 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, with 22 new deaths. The total of #coronavirus cases since March 11 is now 23,424, with 1,011 deaths. See more case details and important preventive steps at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/Crh0byv16f
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) June 24, 2020
Wednesday morning, Mississippian Cory Wilson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the United States Fifth Circuit by a vote of 52-48. He is the 200th judicial appointment nominated by President Donald Trump to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Wilson replaces Judge E. Grady Jolly on the Court.
President Trump initially nominated Wilson for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District in October 2019 but withdrew that nomination in favor of nominating Wilson for the Fifth Circuit in March 2020 after the nomination of Judge Sul Ozerden ran into political headwinds among both Democrats and Republicans.
YP – Fitch testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee on China
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) June 24, 2020
Four MS Banks ranked in World’s Best
4 Mississippi chartered banks were just ranked as one of "The World's Best Banks in 2020!"
Making the list shows the true strength of the culture and leadership of these institutions, as well as the quality of customer and financial services they provide. https://t.co/OPgnIcyGEg
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) June 24, 2020
MS Senate passes Connectivity Act
Today, the Senate passed the Covid-19 Connectivity Act. I want to thank @DelbertHosemann in entrusting me with this task. I would also like to thank @SenDennisDeBar and @scottdelano for their help on this bill. pic.twitter.com/8QJo0nz4jU
— Joel R. Carter, Jr. (@JoelCarterMS) June 24, 2020