In Mississippi, we have a word for this vague landmass "between New Orleans and Mobile." It's "Mississippi." cc: @CC_Yale Image
Sally is going to "approach the coast between Louisiana and Alabama," according to Bloomberg.

What coast is that, Bloomberg? 🤔 Image
And yep, Katrina made landfall in Mississippi, bringing a 28-foot storm surge that swept many out to sea and killed hundreds of Mississippians. Most deaths in New Orleans resulted from the failure of the levee system.
Y'all, there is an "official" FB page for "The Landmass Between NOLA and Mobile" and my post made it on there. 😂
facebook.com/46176239719704…
Another one! It is hitting MISSISSIPPI you fools.

Apparently the only way for our state's name to get mentioned is for one of us to do something super racist. Image
Meanwhile, USA Today has gifted us with... Alabama.

So I guess that make Mobile Mississippi now.
FYI, here's how to write a tweet/headline about a hurricane hitting Mississippi:
Twitter is now mocking me. Image
FFS, Mississippi has a name! I'm not shocked that @nytimes is doing this, too, but really—can y'all stop disrespecting Mississippi—which, I'll remind you, has more Black elected officials per capita than any other state.

Y'all know our name when it's a story about racism.
"Louisiana to the Panhandle" is a new one (he did correct himself after being admonished, though!).

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20 Sep
NEW: Democratic Mississippi US Senate candidate Mike Espy raised more in one day than any candidate in state history after Justice Ginsburg's death.

His $500,000 weekend haul is more than triple what the GOP incumbent raised over a three month period.
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Along with a record-breaking surge in campaign donations, hundreds of new volunteers signed up this weekend to help the Espy campaign make calls and send text messages to potential voters.
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Mike Espy is polling better in his race against GOP U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi than Amy McGrath is against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.

Dems have donated $47.3 million to McGrath.

They've given $1.35 million to Espy.

He'd be MS's first Black senator since 1881.
People always, always write off Mississippi. It's cross partisan and it's across all sorts of topics—from weather to political campaigns. The soft bigotry of low expectations, indeed.
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If AG Fitch's appeal succeeds, Mississippians under 65 with health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease or cancer would have to vote in person even though those conditions put them at greater risk for severe illness or death from #COVID19. mississippifreepress.org/5709/mississip…
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Let's be frank: The 2020 election is about whether the US, as a free democratic republic with a president—not a ruler—, survives.
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But the top issue this year is the survival of a representative American republic where elections are free and fair.

Without it, we have no say over the fate of those other issues.
Y'all know the famous Ben Franklin, quote about what kind of government we have: "A republic—if you can keep it."

This year, the option to decide NOT to keep it is very much on the ballot.

We have that choice. We can choose to end the American experiment in 2020.
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NEW: The whole Southern Miss football team marched out of practice to protest racial injustice.

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5 years later, USM named its stadium for him.
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USM's Carlisle-Faulkner Field is named partly for L.E. Faulkner, a Republican businessman.

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And consider this: Dozens of schools just had their first day of class TODAY.
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