Mississippi flag initiative withering; more planned

JACKSON, Miss. — One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die, but a flag supporter said Wednesday that others are being filed…

…Stewart told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the first proposed initiative will die because sponsors don’t like the way Attorney General Jim Hood rewrote the summary that voters would see if the measure gets on the ballot.

In a ruling Tuesday, Hinds County Circuit Judge William Gowan said he won’t second-guess the attorney general’s power to write a summary for any citizen-sponsored initiative….

…Stewart said flag supporters have filed two new initiatives that are identical to their original Initiative 54 proposal. Those will go to the attorney general for a ballot title, and Stewart said he wants Hood to accept the sponsors’ use of “the 1894 flag.”

Gulflive
9/9/15