An anti-masker testifies about how hard her life is:

"I am discriminated against every day in my county. Sometimes multiple times a day. I am told: 'Stand back! ...You can't come in!' The best one? 'Leave.' ... We're treated like we're not even human."
(Somebody tell me this is a joke).
While you're here, consider donating to the Mississippi Free Press to support non-profit journalism.

Every community should have access to real info & historic context to create dialogues about building stronger futures for our citizens, families & kids.…
This 1:1:1 ratio on the original tweet is wild, y'all. And the RTs are 4:1 QTs. 😂 Image
Super important #COVID19 related story:

Mississippi election officials may ask voters to remove masks while checking ID at the polls, Sec. of State Michael Watson's #COVID19 "Polling Place Safety" rules say.

Precincts are barred from requiring masks.…
NEW: Less than a week after Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves ended his statewide mask mandate, #COVID19 cases are spiking.

Hospitalizations are rising.

Shools reported the most new cases in any single week.

Our progress is "unraveling," Dr. Dobbs says.…

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8 Oct
THREAD: I know a lot of people are giving money to candidates right now, but there is a young mom in Pascagoula who really needs help.

Alaina Durden is 26 and battling a mysterious illness. She has no health coverage. #FightingForAlaina 1/
"Alaina’s health has drastically declined over the last year. ... Diabetes & blood pressure issues have always been a known battle. ...She currently has no medical insurance so she have not received the proper medical attention she rightfully deserves." 2/ Image
Alaina is a friend of my husband, @wspittman. Because of her sudden, unexplained and untreated health decline, she has been unable to properly care for her son.

She needs help purchasing medical insurance, food, prescriptions and proper medical care. 3/
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26 Sep
🚨: In a 2019 dissent, Amy Coney Barrett said the Constitution protects the right of non-violent felons to own guns, but does NOT protect their right to vote.

Gun ownership is an "individual right," but voting is a "civic right" belonging "only to virtuous citizens", she wrote.
Two Ronald Reagan appointees, Justices Ripple and Flaum, disagreed, ruling that guns rights are also reserved for "virtuous citizens."

Only Amy Coney Barrett claimed it should be more difficult to revoke gun rights than voting rights.…
You may wonder why Amy Coney Barrett focuses this opinion on what people thought in the 18th & 19th centuries; the answer is simple: She is an originalist. Instead of viewing the Constitution as a living document, she interprets it based on the world of the time it was written.
Read 10 tweets
26 Sep
THREAD: As Trump announces Amy Coney Barrett, read this March 31, 2016 speech Hillary Clinton gave that the national media mostly ignored:

"In a single term, the Supreme Court could demolish pillars of the progressive movement. ..." 1/…
HRC, 2016: "I see this as make-or-break. If you care about the fairness of elections, future of unions, racial disparities in universities, the rights of women or future of our planet, you should care about who wins the presidency & appoints the next Supreme Court justices.” 2/
In the 3/30/2016 speech, HRC also rejected GOP claims that they believed in the principle of presidents not choosing new SCOTUS justices in election years:

"We chose a president...twice. And I’ll tell you, those are not high-minded principles—they are low-minded politics." 3/
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24 Sep
As a Mississippi reporter where many pols never take questions, I loathe when they avoid the press. Biden taking few questions sucks.

But the national press must also be responsible.

Today's an odd day for an 1,100-word story on Biden's chronic lateness. 1/
When the AP bullet points Trump giving himself an A as the 200,000th American is confirmed dead of #COVID19 by Biden only answering 3 questions, that's irresponsible.

Especially since Trump is also saying he needs a SCOTUS justice who will decide the election in his favor. 2/
Today, Trump refused to agree to a "peaceful transfer of power" if he loses—raising the possibility of a violent conflict so he can hold onto power even if Joe Biden is the clear winner.

"Get rid of the ballots...There won't be a transfer."
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22 Sep
Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy's Senate campaign says they have raised over $1 million since Justice Ginsburg's death Friday.

The news comes as a Tyson Group poll showed Espy trailing Hyde-Smith by 1 point (previous polls had him trailing by 5-10 points).…
Justice Ginsburg said on her death bed that her "most fervent wish" was that she not be replaced until after the inauguration, but Trump looks likely to fill the seat with support from both senators (Cindy Hyde-Smith & Roger Wicker) and now Mitt Romney.…
Trump's new pick could jeopardize voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and health care access for millions of Americans.…
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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.…
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.…
Mike Espy: "“That’s Mississippi—the landmass that they overlooked. ... So I look at that and think about what’s been done to our campaign by the Democratic establishment in Washington. They’re overlooking this Mississippi possibility—they really are.”…
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