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Accountability | Mississippi

Mississippi’s GOP Senators Quiet About Reeves’ Racist Fraternity Photos

By Chad Smith on February 15, 2019.

Mississippi’s two most powerful leaders in Washington declined to weigh in on reports that the state’s lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, belonged to a fraternity whose members dressed in blackface and Confederate uniforms.

Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, have yet to comment on the revelation, which has drawn...

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Mississippi GOP Gubernatorial Front-Runner Tate Reeves’ Fraternity Yearbook Page Included Blackface

By Chad Smith on February 8, 2019.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ college yearbook showed members of his fraternity in what appeared to be blackface and dressed as Confederate soldiers and referred to him being “at the Robert E. Lee bar” at a time when the fraternity’s racism was a major issue on campus.

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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.

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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.