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Cindy Hyde-Smith

Accountability | Mississippi

Hyde-Smith’s Family Connected to Brutal Jim Crow-Era Murder of Black Voter Activist

By Chad Smith on November 20, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s husband is related to a man who killed a black World War I veteran in 1955 as he was returning absentee ballots from black voters, according to a documentary filmmaker who researched the lynching of Emmett Till and other murders in Mississippi.

Corruption & Secrecy | Mississippi

Hyde-Smith Pushes Livestock Legislation Despite Conflict of Interest

By Chad Smith on November 19, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., is a cattle farmer by trade, and she is hoping that playing up her agricultural background in a rural state will pay off in next week’s special election runoff. But in her elected roles, it was the other way around, as she used her political offices -- first as state senator, then state agriculture commissioner and now as U.S. senator -- to boost her ag interests and supporters in the industry, according to a review of her financial disclosures and the legislative record.

Accountability | Mississippi

Top Hyde-Smith Aide Called Out Trump’s Lack of Substance and ‘Hateful’ Rhetoric

By Chad Smith on November 15, 2018.

A top campaign official for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been highly critical of Donald Trump’s style and substance, or lack thereof, illustrating the struggle for some Republicans — even in a conservative bastion like Mississippi — to embrace the man who now defines their party.

Accountability | Mississippi

In State with Bloodiest Lynching History, Hyde-Smith Says She Would Attend ‘Public Hanging’

By Chad Smith on November 13, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who represents the state with the highest number of lynchings during the Jim Crow era, said earlier this month that she would be more than happy to attend a “public hanging” if a prominent supporter invited her.