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  • Dak Prescott is right on time — for Dallas and for America (Semi-barf)

    11/25/2016 4:26:58 AM PST · by MuttTheHoople · 74 replies
    The Undefeated ^ | November 24, 2016 | Jason Reid
    The new face of America’s Team is a biracial, tatted-up, whip-smart, unflappable 23-year-old, who in about the time it takes to open the roof at AT&T Stadium went from being a let’s-see-what-the-unheralded-rook-can-do emergency starter to The Man on the NFL’s hottest club. Prescott’s stunning rise (remember, dude was a fourth-round pick whom the Cowboys backed into) has been the talk of the league – and the conversation hasn’t been confined to his success on the field. To even the non-woke, it’s obvious that the Cowboys are in a new place. That means the rest of the NFL is, too.
  • Legislature: All our contracts are secret [Mississippi]

    11/16/2016 7:38:08 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Mississippi Today ^ | 11/15/2016 | Kate Royals
    Faced with a public records request from Mississippi Today for the state's contract with EdBuild, a legislative committee voted Tuesday to adopt a new policy mandating that all contracts it approves be confidential. The House Management Committee, which approves contracts entered into by the House of Representatives, voted 7-3 to pass the policy, which states "All contracts entered into by the House Management Committee shall be confidential and shall not be released to any person or entity, except as specifically directed by the House Management Committee only when the committee deems necessary for the execution of the contract." The action...
  • Fire chief: Church fire still arson even though flammable substance not used for ignition

    11/12/2016 6:22:28 PM PST · by SSS Two · 6 replies
    Delta Democrat Times ^ | 4:01 pm, Sat Nov 12, 2016. | Mary Alford
    With samples back from the Jackson crime lab, authorities have determined a flammable substance was not used to ignite the fire at Hopewell MB Church. Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown earlier today said “the crime lab returned negative on all samples for a flammable substance.” The fire, he said, still has been ruled as arson, though.
  • U.N. Special Report: U.S. Workers Restricted in Exercising Basic Union Rights

    10/21/2016 10:54:50 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    afl-cio ^ | 10/21/2016 | Aaron Chappell
    A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states "support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association." The report cited examples such as Tennessee officials’ opposition to unionization at a Volkswagen plant and the "government of Mississippi [which] touts the lack of unionization as a great benefit when courting potential employers."
  • Board passes anti-clown ordinance

    10/21/2016 8:46:05 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
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  • 7 admit sham marriages and crime reports in immigration scam

    10/04/2016 8:29:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 10:08 AM EDT | Jeff Amy
    Tarunkumar and Sachin Patel wanted to find a way so that more of their friends and business associates from India could get permanent legal status to remain in the United States. But they admitted Monday their plans were federal crimes. Now they and up to 17 others face prison time. The men said that in 2011 they arranged four sham marriages between their friends and American women the two Patels had met. The two are business acquaintances. Then in 2014, Tarunkumar Patel said he began bribing a Mississippi police officer to create false crime reports in an effort to get...
  • UPI/CVoter state polls: Donald Trump gains support in all but 5 states

    10/03/2016 11:42:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    United Press International ^ | October 3, 2016 | Stephen Feller
    The projected Electoral College vote count hasn't changed from last week's polls, but Donald Trump is narrowing the margin with Hillary Clinton in several states. WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Donald Trump gained support in nearly every state in the past week, expanding leads in some and gaining on Hillary Clinton in several other key swing states, a state tracking poll released by UPI/CVoter on Monday indicates. Trump gained support in 45 of the 50 states, as well as in Washington, D.C., with the biggest shifts coming in Idaho, Mississippi and Minnesota, in Monday's release, which includes polling data gathered...
  • Quitman County, MS Hospital closing Thursday

    09/29/2016 4:49:43 AM PDT · by GailA · 34 replies
    WDAM ^ | 9/28/16 | NA
    QUITMAN COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Residents in North Mississippi will soon be forced to find a new way to receive emergency medical services after the Quitman County Hospital closes on Thursday. Hospital officials said the hospital is shutting down because of funding. Employees were notified last week about the closure.
  • Scholarship created to honor 2 nuns killed in Mississippi

    09/04/2016 5:11:38 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 8 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | September 3, 2016 5:15 pm | AP
    COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi University for Women is creating a scholarship to honor two slain nuns who worked as nurse practitioners in one of the poorest parts of the nation. The Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill Graduate Nursing Scholarship will be given to a graduate nursing student who works in an underserved area or does charitable work.
  • The Scholarship of Marc Lamont Hill

    08/31/2016 10:59:18 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 31, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    More than a year ago we published Jim Simpson's masterful report, "Black Criminals, White Victims, and White Guilt." He examined the facts about black-on-white crime. What's more, Simpson singled out commentators like CNN's Marc Lamont Hill, a racial agitator fired by Fox News for defending cop-killers, and spreading misleading statistics about police shootings. Hill idolizes Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther and member of the Black Liberation Army, who killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster by shooting him in the head. She escaped from prison with the help of the Weather Underground and now lives in Cuba. Incredibly, in...
  • Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 2 Nuns in Mississippi

    08/27/2016 5:09:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 27, 2016 | NIKKI FERLAINO
    A man has been arrested in the stabbing deaths of two nuns whose bodies were found in their home in rural Mississippi, authorities said. Margaret Held and Paula Merrill, both nurse practitioners, failed to show up for work Thursday at a clinic in Lexington, where they served one of the state’s poorest counties. Authorities believe the killer took the victims’ car, a blue Toyota Corolla, which was later found on an abandoned road less than a mile from their home. But nothing was taken from the house, according to a law enforcement official who has been briefed on the investigation.
  • Guns are tax-free in Mississippi this weekend

    08/27/2016 9:30:48 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    It's the Magnolia State's fourth Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. It's the busiest weekend for businesses like Philadelphia Gun and Pawn. "It has been [in past years] so busy that we feel like we lost sales because we couldn't wait on everybody," says manager Richard Ray. In addition to items being tax-free, specials are being run to help buyers save even more. "If you spend a $1,000 you're already going to save $70. And everybody gets a chance to get a break on the taxes, which everybody needs to save money, and I can understand why," says Ray. Philadelphia Gun...
  • Man charged with murder in the killing of Mississippi nuns

    08/27/2016 3:23:24 AM PDT · by pawpawrick · 92 replies
    MSN news ^ | 8/27/2016 | pawpawrick
    © Rodney Earl Sanders A suspect has been arrested in the killings of two nuns whose bodies were found in their Mississippi home Thursday, authorities said late Friday. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, was charged with two counts of capital murder "after an exhaustive interview
  • Killing of 2 nuns leaves gaping hole in poor community

    08/26/2016 6:34:00 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 27 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 26, 2016 5:11 pm | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    "Sister Paula was an angel," says Joe Morgan Jr., of Lexington, Miss., Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, standing at a businesses adjacent to the Lexington Medical Clinic where he was a patient of Sister Paula Merrill, one of two nurse practitioners who were found slain Thursday in their Durant, Miss., home, a few miles away. Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, were known for their kindness and community involvement in the mostly rural Mississippi Delta towns. LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — In the poverty-stricken Mississippi county where two nuns were slain, forgiveness for their killer is hard to find, even if forgiveness is...
  • Two Catholic Nuns Found Slain in Mississippi

    08/25/2016 11:01:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Two Catholic nuns were found dead inside their Mississippi home after they didn’t show up to work Thursday, according to police. Both women had stab wounds, the Durant police chief told WJTV. The nuns have been identified as Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held. Merrill worked with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky and Held with the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee. “These were the two sweetest sisters you could imagine,” Father Greg Plata told the Clarion-Ledger. “It’s so senseless.” Authorities believe the women may have been victims of a robbery, according to the paper....
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • Nigel Farage's Speech at Trump Rally (video)

    08/24/2016 5:55:55 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 58 replies
    Youtube ^ | 8/24/2016 | Nigel Farage
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  • Nigel Farage Rumoured To Tell ‘Brexit Story’ At 10,000-Strong Trump Rally in Jackson, Mississippi

    08/24/2016 11:09:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Aug 2016
    Nigel Farage may tonight tell the “Brexit story” to around 10,000 Donald Trump supporters in Jackson, Mississippi. He is rumoured to be speaking about the lessons he learned during his successful campaign to leave the European Union (EU). The outgoing UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader has framed the historic vote as a “victory of ordinary people against big business, big banks and big politics”. His appearance at Mr. Trump’s Jackson rally tonight comes as voters across the West are increasingly rejecting “establishment” politics. The popular Member of the European Parliament is to meet Republican presidential candidate Mr Trump tonight at...
  • LIVE:Trump Rallies 8/24/2016 Tampa, FL @ 1pm ET and Jackson, MS @ 7pm CT

    08/24/2016 2:20:20 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 1,280 replies
    Wednesday, August 24, 2016: LIVE streaming coverage of the Donald J. Trump for President rally in Tampa, FL at Florida State Fairgrounds- Entertainment Hall. The event is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM ET. Tampa, FL Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Florida State Fairgrounds- Entertainment Hall Wednesday, August 24, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald Trump for President rally in Jackson, MS at the Mississippi Coliseum. Live coverage begins at 7:00 PM CT. Jackson, MS Watch the LIVE stream and FULL replay of the event below: Mississippi Coliseum
  • Y’all Politics releases 2016 MS General Election Poll - Trump leading Clinton by +15%

    08/18/2016 2:17:54 PM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    Y'all Politics ^ | Aug. 18, 2016 | Y'all politics
    Results from a statewide poll commissioned by Y’allPolitics and conducted by Magellan Strategies BR on August 11 show that Donald Trump holds a 15 point lead among likely voters over Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup with Trump at 54% to Hillary Clinton’s 39%. When the field is expanded to third party candidates, Trump’s lead only erodes slightly to +13%. Trump’s lead is deep and wide as he wins support from Mississippians in three of the four congressional districts and among both men and women. Mississippi voters remain generally pessimistic about the state of the nation. Likely voters in Mississippi...
  • Mississippi Woman Sentenced To 12 Years For Trying To Join ISIS In Trip Disguised As Honeymoon

    08/11/2016 1:18:29 PM PDT · by blam · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-11-2016 | AP
    August 11, 2016 Jaelyn Young in 2012. (Melanie Thortis/The Vicksburg Evening Post via AP) A Mississippi woman who once sought to disguise a planned journey to join the Islamic State group as her honeymoon was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to 12 years in prison on a terrorism charge. Vicksburg native Jaelyn Young broke down in heavy sobs during her sentencing by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. Young pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Young had faced up to 20 years in prison. Her parents pleaded for leniency...
  • Federal Racial Discipline Quotas Create Chaos In St. Paul Schools

    07/29/2016 10:39:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 29, 2016 | Katherine Kersten
    Schools in St. Paul, Minnesota, are out for the summer, and kids are basking in the rare Minnesota sun. As families head to the lake, there’s an overwhelming sense of relief that school is over. But this is not the usual end-of-school rejoicing, for it hasn’t been an ordinary year in St. Paul. Just days after the last school bell rang, a dramatic uprising of teachers, parents, and school board members ousted Superintendent Valeria Silva.
  • Mississippi flag won't fly in Philly

    07/25/2016 6:11:30 PM PDT · by randita · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 7/25/16 | Chris Palmer and Amy S. Rosenberg
    Mississippi's state flag didn't last long on Broad Street in South Philadelphia. City workers on Monday removed the red, white, and blue banner - which has the Confederate flag in the top left corner - from a lighting standard near Passyunk Avenue after dozens of protesters and some local residents asked for it to be taken down, city officials said. It had been put up about two weeks ago among a collection of state flags on South Broad. It won't be put up again, said Brian Abernathy, a deputy managing director for the city, who said, "The Confederate flag raises...
  • Police are safer under Obama than they have been in decades

    07/10/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT · by blueyon · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/09/16 | Christopher Ingraham
    In the aftermath of the mass shooting of a dozen police officers in Dallas this week, some conservatives rushed to lay blame for the incident at the feet of the Obama administration. Former Republican congressman Joe Walsh said on Twitter that "Obama's words & [Black Lives Matter]'s deeds have gotten cops killed." Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) said, "the spread of misinformation and constant instigation by prominent leaders, including our president" contributed to the killings. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said the shooting had "roots" in the "anti-white/cop events illuminated by Obama." These statements are part of a broader narrative of a...
  • Suspect accused of burning Mississippi woman charged in Monroe murder

    07/10/2016 5:51:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/10/16 | Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    MONROE, La. — A man awaiting trial for murder in the burning death of a woman in Mississippi now faces another trial, in the stabbing death of a woman in Louisiana. KNOE-TV reports that Quinton Tellis is charged with the murder of Meing-Chen Hsiao, a graduate student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe who had been stabbed more than 30 times.
  • TEAMSTERS (IBT) Nash Finally Sentenced, Gets Off Easy

    04/16/2002 2:52:21 PM PDT · by knak · 10 replies · 564+ views
    nlpc ^ | 4/15/02
    Almost 55 months after confessing felonious conduct, Teamster money-laundering scandal figure, Jere Nash, has finally been sentenced. U.S. Dist. Judge Thomas P. Griesa (S.D.N.Y., Nixon) sentenced Nash Apr. 9 to a mere two years probation for his role in a series of schemes which lead to the embezzlement of some $885,000 from the Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters' treasury and to $538,100 in illegal campaign contributions to the failed reelection campaign of expelled IBT president Ron Carey. The sentencing appears to have been hush hush: the four N.Y.C. major dailies and the two Washington, D.C., dailies apparently did not cover the...
  • United States et al. vs. Texas et al.: A Political Question for November

    07/01/2016 8:52:34 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 13 replies
    verdict.justia.com ^ | 7/1/2016 | John Dean
    In a nine-word per curiam decision, eight justices of the United States Supreme Court have revealed they are deadlocked in a 4 to 4 divide on the new immigration procedures of the Obama administration, with its executive decision to not deport the immigrant parents of children born in the United States (thus citizens) and give them legal status but less than citizenship in the process. The State of Texas, joined by 25 others states, filed a lawsuit to block this executive action, which affects between 4 and 5 million immigrants in the United States. The case was before the Supreme...
  • Miss. Lawmaker Suggests Woman Buy Daughter's Diabetes Meds After She Writes for Help

    06/30/2016 8:46:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Julia Jacobo
    A Mississippi state representative suggested that a woman buy her family's diabetes medication after she wrote to him to ask for help with increasing difficulties obtaining Medicaid assistance. Richland resident Nicole Nichols wrote to the Mississippi House of Representatives Monday morning to voice her concern that children with Type 1 diabetes "aren't getting the necessary diabetes supplies and meds they need to stay healthy." "We have recently begun having a lot of problems with Medicaid/CHIPS coverage of the essential diabetes supplies needed, not only to keep our kids healthy, but to literally keep them alive," Nichols wrote to Mississippi lawmakers....
  • Mississippi clerks cannot claim religious exception to gay marriage

    06/27/2016 8:53:12 PM PDT · by Coronal · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Dan Whitcomb
    A federal judge on Monday ruled that clerks in Mississippi may not recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples based on religious beliefs, despite a bill passed by the state legislature intended to carve out that exception for them.
  • California tobacco tax measure targets an industry under pressure

    06/22/2016 7:27:06 AM PDT · by Drango · 21 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | June 20 | TARYN LUNA
    On a cool spring day at the Capitol, Toni Atkins delivered a series of blows unlike anything the tobacco industry had ever felt in California. Then speaker of the Assembly, the San Diego Democrat had been a lame duck for the last six months since the house elected Anthony Rendon to replace her. It was a Thursday morning in March and her final session as speaker, a tenure that lasted just shy of a year and 10 months. In a series of quick votes, the Assembly passed six smoking bills, the most significant of which raised the age to buy...
  • Federal officials: GreenTech's missed targets damaged company's credibility (McAuliffee boondoggle)

    06/02/2016 5:37:32 AM PDT · by randita · 7 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 6/1/16 | Jeff Sturgeon
    Federal officials: GreenTech's missed targets damaged company's credibility By Jeff Sturgeon The Roanoke Times | Posted: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:30 pm Terry McAuliffe, then-chairman of GreenTech Automotive,and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took a spin inGreenTech’s new electric car in July 2012 at the company’s plant in Horn Lake, Miss. ROANOKE — Tens of thousands of electric cars were to be rolling off assembly lines by now at a Mississippi factory funded by millions of dollars in foreign money. But last year, GreenTech Automotive, the company Terry McAuliffe co-founded and described as “part of a rebirth for American manufacturing,”...
  • Mississippi governor: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law

    05/31/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2016 4:56 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the “secular, progressive world” vented at him for signing a bill that would let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. […] Two legal challenges seek to block the religious-objections measure, House Bill 1523, from becoming law July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union filed one of the lawsuits May 9 on behalf of a gay couple from Meridian. …
  • They’re Coming For Your Home

    05/23/2016 5:03:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    They’re coming for your home. Right now. I suggest you save it. I can guide you, but you must do exactly as I say. Except, this isn’t The Matrix. You’re no actor, like Keanu Reeves, playing a distraught programmer-hacker named “Neo.” Nor am I an actor, like Laurence Fishburne, playing your guide “Morpheus.” This is real life, baby. Your home or apartment—and the neighborhood in which you live—is under siege. “Agents”—sans black glasses and black business suits—who work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have written a new regulation called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that...
  • Tom Brokaw to Ole Miss Grads: More Guns Mean More Homegrown Terror

    05/20/2016 8:53:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 69 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/19/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    During a May 14 commencement address to Old Miss graduates, retired news anchor and journalist Tom Brokaw said, “more guns … will mean more homegrown acts of terror.” Tom Brokaw lamented the continuing expansion of gun ownership and the success of gun rights organizations that support that expansion. According to The Commercial Appeal, Brokaw referenced the homicide rate in Democrat-run Memphis, Tennessee, then said: I’m appalled by the determination of organizations and individuals to arm more people without any appreciation of the consequence of evermore lethal weapons in our midst. More guns and more firearm tolerance will mean more homegrown...
  • Mississippi superintendent backtracks on transgender policy

    05/19/2016 1:32:27 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 17 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | Jeff Amy
    Under fire from the governor and many Republican legislators, the Mississippi Department of Education now says it won't follow new federal guidance on use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.... State Superintendent Carey Wright made the announcement, ... saying the department would "follow the lead of state leadership" and take no action until the state Board of Education discusses the situation. Mississippi education officials had said they would follow the guidance by federal authorities calling for transgender students to be treated consistently with their gender identity. They cited a need for a "safe and caring school environment." The...
  • Mississippi School District Ordered to Desegregate Its Schools

    05/17/2016 9:17:37 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/17/16 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    federal court has ordered a town in Mississippi to desegregate its high schools and middle schools, ending a five-decade-long legal battle over integrating black and white students. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi ordered the Cleveland School District to consolidate the schools after rejecting two alternatives proposed by the school district, saying they were unconstitutional.
  • Mississippi Governor Signs Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    05/12/2016 6:39:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 11, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Mississippi is the latest state to revoke taxpayer funds from the planned Parenthood abortion business since it was caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Planned Parenthood is losing money left and right as states, outraged by its trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts, move to defund the abortion giant. Mississippi legislators sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would prohibit tax dollars through Medicaid from going to groups that perform elective abortions. Late Tuesday, Governor Bryan signed the measure into law. Modeled after Texas legislation, the bill was introduced after pro-life legislators witnessed the shocking revelations in...
  • Baltimore mayor bans travel to North Carolina, Mississippi

    05/11/2016 6:20:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 11, 2016 7:55 AM EDT
    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has suspended all city-sponsored travel to North Carolina and Mississippi due to the states’ new transgender laws. Rawlings-Blake made the announcement Tuesday in a letter to city officials, saying she hopes the city’s efforts combined with those of other governments and companies “will push North Carolina and Mississippi” to change. …
  • The 'Never Trump' Movement Admits Its Job Just Got A Lot Harder

    05/03/2016 6:23:16 PM PDT · by Milhous · 33 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 3, 2016, 7:57 PM EDT | Lauren Fox
    Advocates working to stop Donald Trump admitted Tuesday that Trump's victory in Indiana makes it harder for them to take him down now. Yet, they vowed to keep fighting. In a statement to reporters Tuesday, Never Trump PAC's senior adviser Rory Cooper said "obviously Trump's victory in Indiana makes the road ahead more challenging." "We will continue to seek opportunities to oppose his nomination and draw a clear line between him and the values of the conservative cause," Cooper said in the statement. "If nominated, he will lose in historic fashion, threatens down ballot campaigns and likely usher in a...
  • Man Gets City’s Attention by Throwing ‘Birthday Party’ for Massive Pothole

    04/28/2016 1:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Oklahoma drivers know a thing or two about potholes, but one Mississippi man got so fed up with the nuisance that he decided to get the city’s attention in a unique way. “After 14 calls to 311, I thought it was time to do something different,” said Eddie Prosser. Prosser says a huge pothole in the middle of his residential street has been a nightmare for drivers. Prosser told WJTV that the pothole appeared about 16 months ago, which caused two smaller potholes to form about a year ago. When his calls for help went unanswered, Prosser decided to throw...
  • SF could ban business with firms in states hostile to LGBT rights

    04/26/2016 7:07:20 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2016 | Emily Green
    San Francisco would have to stop entering into contracts with companies based in states that bar civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors. The proposed ordinance, by Supervisor Scott Wiener, is another effort to increase pressure on North Carolina and Mississippi to rescind recently enacted laws to limit transgender rights.
  • Religious leaders object to religious objections law [MS]

    04/25/2016 8:37:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2016 7:26 PM EDT
    Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi’s new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles. More than 30 ministers from around the state and nation published an open letter Monday saying the so-called “religious freedom” law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all people. The group joins major businesses, human rights groups and legal experts in opposing the incoming law, which they say discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. […] Pastor Bruce Case of Madison, Mississippi, was among those who signed the letter opposing the law. He said the law creates a...
  • North Carolina and Mississippi See Tourist Backlash After L.G.B.T. Laws

    04/24/2016 1:39:06 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 115 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2016 | Shivani Vora
    The reaction has been swift. The singer Bryan Adams canceled his concert in Mississippi in protest against what he called an “anti-L.G.B.T.” law, and the actress Sharon Stone decided not to film a movie there. In North Carolina, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and Ani DiFranco have canceled shows in response to a law regulating transgender bathroom access. While the celebrity response is drawing considerable attention, the travel industry in each state is more concerned about lower-profile visitors: the everyday tourists who have already begun canceling trips or planning vacations elsewhere. Both states have been hit by hotel cancellations...
  • Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    04/22/2016 11:32:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood is losing money left and right as states, outraged by its trafficking of aborted babies’ body parts, move to defund the abortion giant. This week, Mississippi legislators sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that would prohibit tax dollars through Medicaid from going to groups that perform elective abortions, according to the Associated Press. Mississippi Senate Bill 2238 passed the state House on Saturday, and the state Senate gave it the final OK on Wednesday, the report states. Gov. Bryant is expected to sign it. Modeled after Texas legislation, the bill was introduced after pro-life legislators witnessed the...
  • Obama: Mississippi and North Carolina anti-LGBT laws 'should be overturned'

    04/22/2016 11:13:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | April 22, 2016 | Nick Gass
    Mississippi and North Carolina ought to rethink their laws affecting the rights of its LGBT citizens, President Barack Obama said Friday, while inviting all Britons to visit the states nonetheless. Before ending a news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama fielded a question about the United Kingdom issuing travel advice to its citizens on Friday about the new laws in Mississippi and North Carolina that affect the rights of British LGBT travelers. Attempting to assuage concerns and not offend the citizens of those states, Obama told the British people that they should come visit North Carolina and Mississippi,...
  • UK alerts LGBT travelers to North Carolina, Mississippi laws

    04/20/2016 3:18:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2016 5:38 PM EDT
    The British government is advising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens to pay special attention when traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi. […] The British advisory says new laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may affect LGBT travelers and directs those seeking more detail to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The advisory adds that attitudes toward LGBT people differ widely across the United States. …
  • Mississippi Governor Signs Law Allowing Constitutional Carry in Church

    04/15/2016 6:13:11 PM PDT · by writer33 · 5 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/15/16 | CR Wire/Chris Pandolfo
    There is no shortage of conservative legislation being signed in Mississippi. Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill protecting religious individuals from being forced to violate their conscience. This week, the Mississippi governor signed a law reaffirming the 2nd Amendment by permitting church members to carry firearms in church. The Church Protection Act, Politico reports, allows trained members of a church congregation to carry weapons into their house of worship for protection. It does not require those individuals to hold a permit to carry holstered weapons.
  • Mississippi Becomes 10th “Constitutional” Carry State; Governor Bryant Signs HB 786

    04/15/2016 3:25:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mississippi became the 9th state to restore permitless carry today, the 15th of April, 2016.  It seems poetic that Governor Bryant chose to sign HB 786 into law a few days before most citizens were required to file their federal taxes. The easing of one burden helps reduce the pain of another, in this case.  HB 786 is titled the “Church Protection Act”, which is a correct description.  The bill provides that churches can create volunteer church security that will have the same protections that private security guards now have in Mississippi.  The program will require training and the...
  • Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members

    04/15/2016 11:52:42 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/15/16
    JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that allows some members of churches to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations. The Church Protection Act specifies that those designated can carry guns into church buildings. It also allows people to carry holstered weapons without a permit. Republican state Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton says the law gives small congregations an option to defend themselves against attack. He proposed the bill as a response to the slayings last year of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The Mississippi...
  • Sharon Stone Cancels Mississippi Movie Shoot Over Anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

    04/13/2016 8:19:53 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 94 replies
    Towleroad ^ | 4/13/16
    Sharon Stone has cancelled filming of an upcoming project in Mississippi as a result of the state’s newly passed anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom on steroids’ bill, HB 1523. The film’s producers informed Mississippi Film Studios president Rick Moore that the law was a deal-breaker for Stone. The unnamed film project reportedly tackles the consequences of cyberbullying. James Cromwell is slated to direct. “Unfortunately, Sharon Stone feels strongly that shooting in Mississippi is not an option while the law exists,” Moore said. “The other producers have chosen to regroup and find another location.” Moore said he has heard of projects on the...