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Federal judge hears arguments in lawsuit challenging Mississippi election law



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A federal judge heard arguments yesterday in a case challenging Mississippi’s election law.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III is aware of the time constrictions of the case, which was filed last June. Now, less than four weeks from the Nov. 5 general election, the case has yet to be decided, and Jordan did not indicate when his ruling could be expected.

Mississippi’s unique election law requires candidates running for statewide offices must win not only the popular vote across the state but must also win in a majority of the state’s 122 house districts. If a candidate fails to win both, the decision goes to the state House of Representatives.

Opponents of the law say the mechanism, which dates back to 1890 and the Jim Crow era, prevents African Americans from ever being the deciding factor in statewide elections.

“The architects of this system for electing candidates to statewide office had one goal in mind: entrench white control of State government by ensuring that the newly enfranchised African-American citizens … would never have an equal opportunity to translate their numerical strength into political power,” lawyers for the plaintiffs wrote in the suit.

While the state has the highest percentage of African Americans in the nation, they are concentrated in 25 counties and 42 legislative districts. The balance of Mississippi’s 82 counties and 122 districts are majority white and vote majority Republican.

The result may be that in the upcoming election, any Democrat winning the popular vote for statewide office will find that the majority Republican state House of Representatives will decide for the Republican candidate instead.

Recent polls show Democrat Jim Hood with a narrow lead over Republican Tate Reeves in the election for governor, so the antiquated law may be pivotal in that election.

In addition to the governor’s race, November’s election will also decide the state’s next lieutenant governor and attorney general.

The Republican defendants in the case, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn, want Jordan to dismiss the case.

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A happier ending



You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.


It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.

A bewildered Taylor Ransone surveys the damage from the car that struck the back porch of his house.

On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.

The car came down the side street, where people are standing, swerved left, missed the grey car parked behind the home and impacted the back porch with enough force to dislodge the pillar.

The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.

Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”

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Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor



Ask the Mayor anything.


Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.


The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.


Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.


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Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12



Kamille Cupcake McKinney

The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.

She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.

Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.

If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841  or call 911.

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