Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees elections, released figures Wednesday afternoon that he said supported his long-held claim that people's voting rights would not be infringed by requiring government-issued photo identification on Election Day.
Photo by Trip Burns.
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- Is a Tea Party favorite like Chris McDaniel or a mainstream Republican like Thad Cochran the best person to represent mostly Democratic Jackson in Congress?
- When Mayor Tony Yarber was elected back in April, his previous position as south Jackson's Ward 6 councilman became available and several people came forward to take on the challenges that currently face it.
- A resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all people in Magnolia, Miss., including people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, could become a casualty of small-town politics.
- Que Sera Sera owner Boo Noble has decided to take a break from the restaurant business and is putting the long-standing restaurant up for sale.
- A recent poll showed Chris McDaniel with a 3-point lead over Thad Cochran, which is within the survey's margin and error, and provides some insight into the people who will pick the state's GOP nominee.
- The use of voter ID for the first time in Mississippi has largely been characterized as inconsequential.
- All nine of the candidates running in the Ward 6 City Council election met for a forum Thursday night in which each had the opportunity to state their specific plans for aiding Ward 6 in regard to education, economic development, infrastructure and crime.
- Jackson Free Press' 2014 Dudes We Dig consist of men who help their communities, including a veteran who is an veterans' advocate, a conservative baker who is fighting against the recent passage of SB 2681, a veteran who helps fight obesity in our community, and a lawyer helping out small businesses and also aiding in the development of Jackson's historic districts.
- In an exhibit titled "Women: Agents of Change in the American Civil Rights Movement," Jackson State University offers a glimpse into the documentary photography of Dr. Doris A. Derby.
- Through her years as an activist, Fannie Lou Hamer worked tirelessly for voting rights, prosperity and health in African American communities, and to desegregate schools.
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