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The Mississippi state House advanced legislation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state’s flag. The Mississippi flag is the last state flag in the country to still include the stars and bars of the Confederacy.

By a margin of 85-35, the chamber voted to suspend the rules in the House on Saturday so they can consider a bill to alter the state flag. The Senate followed and passed the resolution with a 36-14 vote. Lawmakers reached the two-thirds majority needed to suspend the rules to consider the change. A separate vote can now happen on a flag bill, which only requires a simple majority to pass, and then it can be sent to the governor.

If the governor approves of the flag change, a commission would design a new Mississippi state flag that will not include the Confederate battle emblem, but will include the phrase “In God We Trust.” A commission to resign the flag will be created by Sept. 14, 2020. A new design would be put on the Nov. 3 ballot. If voters approve of the new design, it will become the new state flag. If voters reject the design, the commission will offer another redesigned flag during the 2021 legislative session.

The Magnolia State’s flag was adopted in 1894 and it features a red field topped by a blue “X” with 13 white stars.

“The eyes of the state, the nation and indeed the world are on this House,” said Republican Jason White, the second-ranking office in the Mississippi House. “I know there are many good people who … believe that this flag is a symbol of our Southern pride and heritage. But for most people throughout our nation and the world, they see that flag and think that it stands for hatred and oppression.”

“I don’t think we can move forward together if we say, ‘Ýou can have any flag you want except … this one,'” said Republican Rep. Chris Brown. “If we put the current flag on the ballot with another good design, the people of Mississippi will change it. I believe that. Let’s not steal their joy. They want to show the world that they’re moving on.″

“Some of you when you come in here don’t notice that flag up in the corner,” said Democratic Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton. “There’s some of us who notice it every time we walk in here and it is not a good feeling … It ought to be something that fills us with a sense of pride, so we know it’s about us, not just some of us.”

“I think it was a historic moment in our state and it was the right thing to do,” said Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn. “The bottom line is the image of our state hangs in the balance.”

Also on Saturday, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said for the first time publicly that he would sign a bill to change the flag.

“The legislature has been deadlocked for days as it considers a new state flag,” Reeves said on Twitter. “The argument over the 1894 flag has become as divisive as the flag itself and it’s time to end it. If they send me a bill this weekend, I will sign it.”

“For economic prosperity and for a better future for my kids and yours, we must find a way to come together. To heal our wounds, to forgive, to resolve that the page has been turned, to trust each other. With God’s help, we can,” Reeves wrote on Facebook. “No matter where you are … I love you, Mississippi.”

Walmart announced this week that it would no longer display the Mississippi state flag in its stores. Earlier this month, the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference told Mississippi that if it does not change its flag, the state might be barred from hosting championship events.

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GEORGE EADY June 28, 2020
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WITH ALL OF THERE ASS KISSING. THERE IS NO WINNERS
Harley June 28, 2020
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We have a state taken over by people moving here from Michigan and other northern states who are the ones pushing this racist agenda to destroy Mississippi's pride. Racism will not stop by removing a flag, statues, etc. because the african americans will continue to bring it up at every opportunity. They do not want to be inclusive, if they did they wouldn't push for everything to be separate for black people. We do not have white only organizations in this state, only race with that requirement is black. Many people including my own were once slaves in another land, they came to America for a better life, to build this country to be the freedom beacon of the world. I feel like our politicians are back dooring the flag removal giving the citizens no choice in keeping our state flag. This issue was raised, voted on years ago, and our flag was saved. Most of the politicians that made promises to us will now be voted out, thanks to their way of removing the state flag! One term Tate for me!
Sandy June 28, 2020
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Caving to “counter culture” bullshyt! Why is the south specially targeted to make all of these changes? Has anyone considered the taxpayer cost to make these changes? Instead of focusing on the horrors of the past, why not pat ourselves on the backs for the strides we’ve made and move forward? Freakin COWARDS
carlos June 28, 2020
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Screw you "tater"...you and your assholes in Jackson have lost my vote....period...useless dirtbags
John Goult June 28, 2020
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Yep. Sounds Just like when the ISIS, TALABAN, CCP, NO KOREA AND YOUR FAV ”NAZI’S” burned books, destroyed history! Keep it up! The WAR IS ABOUT TO START FOR REAL!
Gail M Williams June 28, 2020
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If the terrorist protestors, can wear BLM shirts and fly BLM flags, it’s racist and Black Privledge to tell Southerners we can’t fly the Confederate flag , that our families carried into war.
Raymond A Martucci June 28, 2020
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These Jackass's in our government need to go work in some other country. This country never had this problem until these Jackass's we have now. Go to North Korea and see a country of problems see how far it gets you. These people in our government are not Americans they are liars and only looking out for their paychecks
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Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, believes that former President Donald Trump “let us down.”

Haley’s remarks come as the former president’s legal team prepares to present its defense of Trump during his second impeachment trial in the Senate.

In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

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Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

“[I]t’s bigger than the party,” she insisted. “I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back.”

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The White House announced on Friday that it was suspending Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo after a report surfaced alleging that he sexually harassed and threatened a female reporter who was getting ready to publish a report revealing that he was dating a reporter who had previously been tasked with covering Democrat Joe Biden.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

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“The Vanity Fair piece indicates that Politico editors reached to the WH after the incident first occurred and the WH acknowledged it was inappropriate,” Spectator editor Amber Athey wrote on Twitter. “But they clearly didn’t have any interest in disciplining Ducklo until his behavior was made public.”

New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi wrote on Twitter: “I covered Donald Trump for 6 years. It is saying something that this behavior — from a Biden official — shocks me.”

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