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Sat Mar 23, 2019, 02:27 PM

Voting Rights Act Denied Mississippi Its 'Sovereignty,' Republican AG Candidate Says

JACKSON ó At a Tupelo campaign stop on Monday, Mississippi State Rep. Mark Baker, a Republican candidate for attorney general, said the 1965 Voting Rights Act violated Mississippi's "sovereignty."

Current Attorney General Jim Hood, Baker said, should have joined other red states that successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down the VRA's preclearance requirements in 2013.

"With preclearance, Mississippi and a few other southern states were put in a group and (told), 'You cannot manage your own elections. Your sovereignty is of no value at the federal level,'" Baker, who represents Brandon in the state House, said. "Our attorney general decided that the federal government's thumb on our elections was important in this day and time."

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Hood, who is a Democratic candidate for governor, did not respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon.

'A Code Word for White Supremacy'

Stephanie Rolph, a Millsaps historian who focuses on the South's history of segregation and its opposition to civil rights, told the Jackson Free Press on Friday that Baker's comments hearkened back to the era she studies.

"The use of the word 'sovereignty' certainly would have been a code word for white supremacy in the 1950s or 1960s," she said. "State sovereignty and states' rights were phrases often used to mark resistance to civil-rights advancements in terms of federal legislation."

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2019, 02:29 PM

1. 2000 Florida

 

It's funny these conservatives didn't care about Florida's sovereignty in 2000 as the state was trying to determine how to assign its presidential electors, which the Constitution directly says is up to the states.

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Sat Mar 23, 2019, 02:34 PM

2. State's Rights again

They never give up

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