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Hyde-Smith in New Video: Make Voting ‘More Difficult’ for People in ‘Those Schools’

In a newly surfaced video, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith suggests making it “more difficult” for people in certain schools to vote.

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Activists to Call for Hyde-Smith's Resignation at Friday Protest

Mississippi Matters, a coalition of activists and organizations, plans to call for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's resignation at a protest outside her Jackson office Friday at noon.

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Google Donates $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith Amid 'Hanging' Firestorm

Tech giant Google donated $5,000 to U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, even as she courted national outrage for her comment about attending a "public hanging."

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Espy to Join Hyde-Smith for Debate As 'Hanging' Backlash Grows

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy has accepted an invitation to join incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., for a runoff debate that will be broadcast across the state ...

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Governor Calls Abortion ‘Black Genocide,’ Defends Hyde-Smith on ‘Hanging’ Tape

As state and national controversy swirls around U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comment about a public hanging” in her race against an African American opponent, Gov. Phil Bryant opened a press ...

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McDaniel v. Hood? State Senator to 'Pray About' Run for Governor

Just days after his hopes of becoming a U.S. senator were dashed for the second time in four years, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, signaled interest in a possible ...

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Hyde-Smith’s ‘Public Hanging’ Quip Bombs in State with Most Lynchings

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith lit up social media Sunday morning after a video clip in which she jokingly says she would be “on the front row” at “a public ...

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Vacationing While Latino: Family Sues for 'Pervasive' Profiling in Mississippi

A lawsuit on behalf of a Latino and Native American family from South Carolina alleges that Hancock County Sheriff's deputies detained and searched them while traveling through Mississippi because they ...

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Hyde-Smith Accepts Debate Invite With McDaniel Out; Espy Considering

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., has accepted an invitation Mississippi Farm Bureau to debate her runoff opponent, Democrat Mike Espy, on Nov. 27.

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Espy, Hyde-Smith Head to Nov. 27 Runoff with McDaniel Out

In a historic contest, Democrat Mike Espy will face incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a runoff on Nov. 27 after the two candidates snagged the top two positions ...

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Gov. Bryant Fights for His Legacy with Support for Hyde-Smith

In the final day before the election, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant urged Republicans to support Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, pushing back against the idea that he was part of the "establishment."

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Evers-Williams Endorses Espy: Don't Let 'Our Souls Be Dragged Back'

Civil rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams endorsed Democrat Mike Espy's bid for U.S. Senate in a radio ad his campaign released Monday, calling on Mississippians to help stave off a return ...

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Hyde-Smith, Wicker Voted to Expand Pre-existing Illness Discrimination

In a press huddle on Nov. 1, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she had not cast "a single vote" to allow health-insurance companies to sell plans that discriminate against people ...

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GOP Mailers Misleadingly Paint Espy as a Criminal

A series of campaign mailers the Mississippi Republican Party sent out around the state this week misleadingly paint Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy as a "corrupt" criminal for charges ...

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Thompson Calls on Bryant to Drop Lawsuit to Gut Pre-existing Condition Coverage

Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson called on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to withdraw from a lawsuit that could overturn protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Mississippi Elections: What You Need to Know

On. Nov. 6, the same day as the national midterms, voters choose between Democrat Mike Espy, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Republican Chris McDaniel in a U.S. Senate special election; there ...

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The JFP Interview with David Baria: 'I Am Who I Am'

David Baria, the man who currently serves as the House minority leader in the Mississippi Legislature, shared his story, his plans for Mississippi, and why he thinks he can move ...

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Mabus Endorses Baria to 'Bring Civility and Honor Back to Politics'

Calling next week's election "one of the most important elections of my life," former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus endorsed fellow Democrat David Baria's bid for U.S. Senate.

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Palazzo Inflames 'Caravan' Fears Despite Weekend Synagogue Tragedy

Congressman Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., sought to rile up supporters over a "migrant caravan" en route to the U.S. in an email sent just a day after a 47-year-old white supremacist— ...

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GOP Mega-Donor Implicated in Russia Probe Gives McDaniel $500,000 Boost

Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, received a $500,000 donation for his campaign for U.S. Senate thanks to GOP mega-donor Robert Mercer, the investor behind a firm that harvested the ...

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Mississippi Leaders Condemn Bomb Attempts

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi leaders from both sides of the aisle offered condemnation after an unknown person mailed bombs to national Democratic leaders on Wednesday.

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Espy Defends McDaniel Supporters Against Wrongly Attributed 'Horrific' Remark

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy on Monday drew a comparison between U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for comments her spokesperson made about a ...

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LGBT Equality Report: Jackson and Hattiesburg Lead Mississippi

Jackson and Hattiesburg lead among Mississippi's nine largest cities in LGBT equality, the Human Rights Campaign says in a new report.

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UPDATED: GOP Tracker Impersonates JFP Reporter at Espy Event, Campaign Says; PAC Denies

A tracker apparently working for the right-wing America Rising PAC impersonated a Jackson Free Press reporter at a campaign event Friday, campaign staff for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy ...

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GOP Opponent Scared to Debate, Dem House Rival Charges

As a debate over the absence of debates roils Mississippi's U.S. Senate races, a candidate for the U.S. House wants to know why his Republican opponent will not debate him.

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Baria Donations Top All Dem Nominees in Mississippi Since 2008

David Baria raised more money than any Mississippi Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate since 2008, fundraising numbers released on Tuesday reveal.

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Medgar Evers' Niece Confronts McDaniel on 'Begging for Scraps' Comment

Wanda Evers, the niece of slain Mississippi civil-rights leader Medgar Evers, confronted Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel at an Oct. 13 campaign event in Clinton, Miss., about comments he ...

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Of Race and Republicans: The JFP Interview With Chris McDaniel

Chris McDaniel discussed not only his ideas on race and flags, but also on other timely matters like sexual assault, tariffs and criminal-justice reform in an interview with the Jackson ...

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Mississippians Fight for Medical Marijuana in 2020

Ashley Durval first filed the Medical Marijuana 2020 ballot initiative in July. She hopes medical marijuana can be used to treat her daughter, Harper Grace, who has Dravet Syndrome, a ...

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Video Captures Hyde-Smith Equating Debate to a $200,000 Donation to McDaniel

In a secretly videoed conversation, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., said her reluctance to join her opponents for a debate is due to her fear that it would give one ...

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Hyde-Smith: 'We Won't Be Bullied' by McDaniel's Debate Demands

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's campaign pushed back against opponent Chris McDaniel's renewed calls for a debate on Friday, accusing the Mississippi state senator and his supporters of "uncivil" and ...

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Baria: 'I'm Running Against Roger Wicker, Not Donald Trump'

In what his campaign calls an "aggressive statewide ad campaign," Mississippi House Minority Leader David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, announced a five-figure television ad buy for his U.S. Senate campaign ...

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Hyde-Smith Calls Kavanaugh Opposition 'Evil'

U.S. Sen. Cindy-Hyde Smith, R-Miss., continued to defend her support for the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday, accusing Democrats of "manipulation of the confirmation process" ...

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Hyde-Smith Accuses Dems of 'Disservice to Victims of Sexual Violence'

Accusing Democrats of a "disservice to victims of sexual violence," U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., voted to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday ...

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Mississippi Election Information

On. Nov. 6, the same day as the national midterms, voters choose between Democrat Mike Espy, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Republican Chris McDaniel in a U.S. Senate special election; there ...

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Jeramey Anderson: ‘I’m a Democrat’

Moss Point native Jeramey Anderson is a black millennial and progressive Democrat who, in 2013, became the youngest African American elected to any state legislature in U.S. history.

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Amid Positive Polls, Jim Hood to Announce Run for Mississippi Governor

Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood will kick off a campaign for governor on Wednesday, Oct. 3, he announced in a statement on Monday, Oct. 1.

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John Lewis: Vote for Espy or Risk Being 'Dragged Into the Past'

Rep. John Lewis, a famous civil-rights activist and a Georgia congressman, urged Mississippi voters to support Democrat Mike Espy's U.S. Senate campaign in a Sept. 25 email.

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Mike Espy: Hyde-Smith is ‘Irresponsible’ and ‘Wrong’ on Kavanaugh

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith drew fire from her Democratic rival, former U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Mike Espy, for her position on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of ...

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Mike Espy Pulls out of U.S. Senate Debate in Jackson, Citing ‘Hypocrisy’

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy has pulled out of an Oct. 4 debate in Jackson because the incumbent, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, will not attend.

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‘Believe Survivors,’ Baria Tells Wicker and Hyde-Smith on Kavanaugh Vote

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Baria, who serves as the House minority leader in the Mississippi Legislature, called for halt in the process to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett ...

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Hyde-Smith: Defending Kavanaugh Is ‘My Duty’ as a Woman in Congress

While addressing the Senate floor for the first time, Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defended Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, after a third woman accused the judge of ...

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‘Killing Unborn Children’ Point of Kavanaugh Accusations, McDaniel Claims

The women accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault are part of a “charade” to keep abortion legal, U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel of Mississippi claimed in ...

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Trump to Campaign with Hyde-Smith in North Mississippi

The Cindy Hyde-Smith for U.S. Senate campaign announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump will join her for a rally in north Mississippi on Oct. 2.

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Espy Says Ford Allegations ‘Credible’ as Gov. Patrick Endorses Him

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced his support for Democrat Mike Espy’s candidacy in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate special election at a Hattiesburg press conference on Saturday.

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Deval Patrick to Join Mike Espy in Hattiesburg Saturday

Former Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will campaign with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy on Friday, Sept. 21, in downtown Hattiesburg.

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Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for Cochran's U.S. Senate Seat

Former Texas Congressman Ron Paul urged voters to elect "courageous leaders" like Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, "to stand up to the establishment in Washington" in an endorsement McDaniel's ...

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Hyde-Smith: McDaniel's 'Toxic Image' Similar to Roy Moore's

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is criticizing her opponent, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, for recent comments she says "demeaned" black Mississippians and a history of "derogatory" comments about women.

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‘It Only Matters What You Answer To’: The JFP Interview with Mike Espy

Mike Espy has neither sought nor served in public office since 1994; this year's U.S. Senate special election marks Espy's re-entry into politics as he runs in the special election ...

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Mississippi Judge a Thorn in Kavanaugh’s Past

By late January 2003, White House attorney Brett Kavanaugh's frustration grew as he and other White House lawyers struggled to correct course on the narrative surrounding the 5th U.S. Circuit ...

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