Congressman Thompson: Change flag, no vote

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson says he loves his native Mississippi, but he believes it’s long past time for state elected officials to remove a Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

Thompson told The Associated Press that state legislators and the governor should deal with redesigning the flag and not put it on a ballot for voters to decide. He sharply criticized two top Republicans, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who have said repeatedly that if the flag is going to be reconsidered, it should be done in a statewide election.