NEW: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker voted for more than $3.6 trillion in stimulus spending under Trump last year.

But he says he'll vote 'No' on Biden's stimulus because it “would add to the mountain of debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay.”…
In 2009, Sen. Roger Wicker cited concerns about the debt as he voted against Obama's stimulus $830billion stimulus, calling it "the most expensive piece of legislation in the history of our republic.”

Under Trump, he voted for the $2.2 trillion CARES Act.…
Since he joined the U.S. Senate, @SenatorWicker has twice voted against stimulus bills when under Democratic presidents, calling them "Spending Bills," and twice voted for stimulus bills under a Republican president—Trump—calling them "relief packages."…
“Biden’s push for a $1.9 trillion stimulus bill is premature. Over $1 trillion in aid from previous packages has yet to be distributed,” said Sen. Wicker.

But he voted for the Trump-backed December stimulus, lamenting "months of unnecessary delays."…
In Mississippi, $369 million in CARES Act funds remained unspent as of Jan. 24 and the state had spent $0 of the $1 billion that Congress sent Mississippi to support education under the December 2020 stimulus bill.…
For those of you asking how Sen. Wicker voted on Trump's 2017 tax cuts that cost $1.9 trillion tax cut, here:
After Sen. Wicker voted to acquit Trump, he said, "I hope we can put this trial behind us & recommit to the cooperative spirit we need to meet our republic’s pressing challenges.”

2 days later, he said he announced his renewed opposition to stimulus…
Sen. Roger Wicker on stimulus/relief bills:

2009, $0.83T (Under Obama):
AGAINST: "will take Americans decades to pay for."

2020, $3.6T (Trump)
FOR: "will bring much needed financial relief"

2021, $1.9T (Biden)
AGAINST: "will add to the mountain of debt"…
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NEW: University of Mississippi Police are pursuing a criminal investigation into Ole Miss Information, the anonymous whistleblowers who tipped @MSFreePress off about racist emails between UM officials and prospective wealthy donors. #UMEmails…
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Just help set 4 up with vaccine appointments. If you know anyone who needs them, esp if they don't have access to or skill to use technology or just might not know when appointments are available, give them a call NOW and help them set up an appointment:
Appointments are going QUICKLY and there likely won't be many if any left an hour from now, so get on it!
Remember, the more people you can help get COVID-19 vaccine appointments and get the shot in the arm, the closer we all will get to herd immunity and ending this pandemic.

So if you need a selfish motivator, there's that, too!
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When a politician's main talking points are some variation of:
-"I'm a true _______" (conservative/progressive)
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Religion was also used as a tool to support abolition, civil rights, et al.
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Because Christianity ≠ conservative white evangelicals. You're erasing *a lot* of folks.
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Mississippi's excess death toll in 2020 was 7,314.…
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Black Lives Matter MS President Reginald Virgil:

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