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Update: What’s Going On With The Sun Herald?

February 1, 2011
tags: 2010 census, Personhood Mississippi, Phil Bryant
by Brett

A relatively non-controversial AP article covering campaign finance numbers appeared in outlets throughout the state, including the Sun Herald. The Sun Herald article was the same, but what looks to be a photshoped image of Phil Bryant- meant to be holding not one, but two Rebel flags- appeared on the site for hours and wasn’t taken down until mid-morning today.

How the picture made it on to the site, and why it took so long to be removed, is very interesting to say the least.

You can view an image of how the full screen appeared here.

Update: Elizabeth Crisp did some digging and apparently this photo is not a result of some very fine photoshop work, but rather an actual photo from the 2008 re-opening of the Beauvoir. You can view video of that here, and as you see that the flags in front of Bryant make sense. So this wasn’t a hoax, just a very interesting use of this picture considering it has nothing to do with the context of the article.

And here is a picture of the podium from which Bryant was speaking. You can see the flags on each side:

Democrats sign on to Personhood. Despite being mocked by many liberals, it looks like at least three pro-life Democratic legislators are endorsing the Personhood Amendment, which would define life at the moment of conception in Mississippi. Voters will decide on the measure in November and it is expected to pass rather easily.

According to a Personhood press release, House Speaker Billy McCoy is one of those backing it. He said this: “That term (definition of a person) is defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization. This definition corresponds to my personal pro-life beliefs.” McCoy publicly signed the initiative in 2009 when they were collecting signatures.

Other Democrats who have signed on include Senators Nickey Browning of Pontotoc and Eric Powell or Corinth.

Census data expected Friday. 2010 Census data from Mississippi is expected to arrive on Friday, which means legislators will be able to begin work on reapportionment and we will be able to analyze the numbers. For some time now, we have seen estimates but obviously what we get on Friday is the real- and final- information.

Regarding reapportionment, a number of cities have requested their own representatives in the legislature; rather than having a couple people who cover parts of the city and may live outside of it. We’ll find out soon enough, but it’s going to be tough to fit everyone’s wishes into the final plans.

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