State of Mississippi Archives: on Government Reform


Vicki Slater: Hold referendum on Confederate flag; it's time to revisit

Q: For a lot of people, flying the Confederate flag is a state's rights issue, the idea of state sovereignty and that people who oppose the flag just don't understand Mississippi. What's your response to that kind of rhetoric?

A: States' rights is not a constitutional concept. The Constitution divides certain powers to the federal government and rights to individuals. The remaining governmental powers are designated to the states. So the state doesn't have rights; it has powers. I don't really buy into the state's rights argument at all.

Q: You don't believe it's the will of the people to keep the Mississippi flag as it is now?

A: There was a referendum 14 years ago. We have a whole generation of new voters now, and this country has been through a lot in 14 years, including the massacre of nine people in a church at a prayer meeting. At the least, I think it's time for the people to revisit that question.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi Gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2015

Chris McDaniel: Photo ID for voting

Question topic: People should be able to vote without photo identification.

McDaniel: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Thad Cochran: OpEd: Earmarked spending brings federal funds to Mississippi

Chris McDaniel has sought to seize on the new antispending fervor, casting Cochran--who has delivered billions of dollars in federal spending projects to his impoverished state--as an avatar of a bygone political culture.

After Cochran announced his re-election bid Friday, the Club for Growth, who have endorsed McDaniel, put out a statement that criticized the senator for his support of earmarked spending projects, for bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for raising the federal debt limit.

But Cochran is a formidable figure in a state that has long relied on federal largess and that rarely turns over its Senate seats. He will have the support of Mississippi's political and business establishment, which are deeply worried about what losing Cochran would mean to a state that, without him, would have little seniority in its congressional delegation.

Source: New York Times on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Dec 6, 2013

Chris McDaniel: Require photo ID to vote

Chris McDaniel voted Yea on Passage of HB 921: Requiring Photo Identification to Vote (Bill Passed Senate 34-14).
Source: VoteSmart summary of Mississippi State Senate voting records Apr 10, 2012

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