NEW: U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is claiming that Georgia's new voter restrictions law "actually expands voting opportunities."

The Mississippi Republican is referring to a part of the law that mainly benefits rural white voters in GOP strongholds. 1/…
Sen. Roger Wicker: “(Delta) Airlines CEO caves to the left with a false narrative about the new Georgia voting law, which actually expands voting opportunities. He should be ashamed of himself.”

But does it really? (Read on). 2/…
Georgia's new law restricts voting in a number of ways, particularly ones most likely to impact Black voters.

But it actually requires rural polling places, typically in majority white, GOP-leaning parts of the state, to offer more early voting. 3/…
The state's large majority Black precincts, particularly around Atlanta, already offer Saturday or even Sunday early voting.

The new law will require many rural white precincts with fewer options to offer Saturday voting and encourages Sunday voting. 4/…
Days before Republicans voter restriction bills flooded Georgia's legislature, the Heritage Foundation's political arm visited with GOP lawmakers in Georgia.

They're spending $24 million on pushing voting restrictions in 8 swing states. 5/…
Georgia's Republican lawmakers had considered nixing Sunday voting altogether, but the final version of the bill does not do that.

Last week, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS said she opposes Sunday voting because it would offend her as a Christian. 6/…
"In God’s word in Exodus 20:18, it says, ‘Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.’ So that is my response to Senator Schumer,” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said while lecturing Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is Jewish.

(The Sabbath is on Saturday). 7/…
(The verse Hyde-Smith cited from the Hebrew Bible, Exodus 20:18, actually says, “When the people saw the thunder and lighting and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance.”). 8/…
“Black Christians who go to church on Sunday morning & then go vote afterwards ... can determine what honors the Sabbath and satisfies their religious duties for themselves—they don’t need Cindy Hyde-Smith to do it for them," says @JemarTisby. 9/…
Notably, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith took the oath of office for her current term in office on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.

She also has a history of holding campaign events on Sunday. @thisislarrison has the receipts. 10/…
Today, Sen. Roger Wicker is also attacking Coca-Cola, Delta and other companies like Apple for criticizing Georgia's voter restrictions. He's using the hashtag #CorporateWokeHypocrites. 11/…
Even as @SenatorWicker praises the Georgia law, claiming that it "expands" early voting, he has not endorsed early voting in his own state, Mississippi.

Mississippi offers no early voting options and only has a limited absentee voting option. 12/…
A group of Mississippi voters filed a ballot initiative today to implement at least 10 days of early voting in the state. They must gather more than 100,000 valid signatures to get it on the 2023 ballot, however. 13/…
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Another note: President Biden was wrong when he said the law ends early voting at 5 p.m.

It requires counties to offer early voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but allows local officials to make early voting available as early as 7 a.m. or as late as 7 p.m.…

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1 Apr
When folks say Georgia's voting restrictions law "expands" early voting, they're talking it requiring counties to allow Saturday voting & hold 8 hours of early voting.

Large majority Black counties already do this.

So who benefits? 1/6
A lot of rural white counties in Georgia don't offer Saturday voting or Sunday voting and, in some cases, only do half days of early voting.

This law requires GOP-leaning white to hold early voting on Saturdays & for at least 8 hours (9-5). 2/6
So this "expansion" isn't for areas with majority Black voters or Democratic-leaning voters. It's to force majority white counties to make sure Black voters don't have an advantage.

Read 6 tweets
1 Apr
The news dudes pretending that maybe the intent of the Georgia Jim Crow law isn't so bad & that people are overreacting simply aren't qualified to tell the truth in this moment of peril for democracy.

To bolster his view, he cites the Heritage Foundation.
The Heritage Foundation, mind you, is one of the key forces behind these anti-voter Jim Crow laws:

"Heritage, through its politics arm Heritage Action for America, is planning to spend $24 million across 8 states: AZ, FL, GA, IA, MI, NV, TX and WI."…
The Heritage "Fact Check" says that there's no need to worry about the Jim Crow law letting the state usurp control over elections from select counties (surely they wouldn't target Democrat counties in Atlanta?!).…
Read 7 tweets
31 Mar
BREAKING: After Mississippi lawmakers failed to pass early voting and Gov. Reeves vowed a veto if they did, one lawmaker and some citizens are taking the matter to voters.

They'll file a ballot initiative tomorrow mandating 10 days of early voting. 1/…
If petitioners gather enough signatures and voters adopt the proposed change, the Mississippi Constitution would require AT LEAST 10 days of early voting, including the two Saturdays prior to the election.

Currently, Mississippi offers no early voting. 2/…
“Long lines discourage voting, and last year, Gov. Reeves stated he would veto early voting legislation. This year, there were nine early voting bills submitted, but none of them got out of committee," said House Rep. Hestor Jackson-McCray. #MSLeg 3/…
Read 17 tweets
30 Mar
TIMELINE THREAD: From day one, Gov. @TateReeves' approach to the novel coronavirus pandemic has been to follow the virus' lead.

Repeatedly, instead of proactive measures to stop #COVID19 from pushing us to crisis mode, he waits until we are deep into crisis to take action.

March 11, 2020: MS confirms 1st case as WHO declares pandemic. Gov. Reeves is vacationing in Spain.

March 24, 2020: Reeves will "wait-&-see" before issuing shelter-in-place order (1 Dead)

April 1, 2020: Reeves issues "shelter" order (22 Dead)…

June 26, 2020: Dr. Dobbs predicts mass death, hospitals overwhelmed. (1,022 Dead)

July 9: Health leaders beg for mask mandate as ICUs fill up. (1,204 Dead)

Aug. 4: Reeves issues mask mandate, says: "I want to see college football." (1,753 dead)…
Read 9 tweets
30 Mar
This clip, starting at 11 seconds, where @CindyHydeSmith talks about entering politics as a woman & the "crusty old buzzards" who didn't want hear there, is the kind of human story I hoped she'd share with me when I begged her campaign for a sit-down interview in 2018. 1/
Both of her opponents that year, a Republican and a Democrat, sat & talked with me for hours both about issues and about who they were.

But Sen. Hyde-Smith's campaign didn't trust that she, our first woman senator, to withstand a prolonged interview with a journalist. 2/
So I never got that chance to do a sit-down interview with Sen. Hyde-Smith & let her share her ideas and her human side and stories.

The closest I ever got was her swearing on her daughter's life (while side-hugging her) that she'd never voted for Hillary Clinton. (Disputed) 3/
Read 6 tweets
30 Mar
NEW: For some, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith's claim that a new voting rights bill would "undermine" the 19th Amendment was absurd.

For Black Mississippians, it recalled a time when white feminists not only excluded Black women, but used racism for advantage. 1/…
“As a woman in Congress right now, I am the beneficiary of the women who fought for women to have the right to vote. This (bill) would undermine all of this," Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said last week as she announced her opposition to #HR1. 2/…
“If we want to talk about suffragists, that’s part of why #HR1 is necessary. Because if you feel like this is going to take away what suffragists did, well, HR 1 aims to move past that bc it was only for white women..."
—Arekia Bennett, @MSVotes 3/…
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