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DSU holds Veteran’s Day program

November 25, 2015 – 6:38 pm | Comments Off

Aallyah Wright
News Editor
A Veteran’s Day Program (consisting of a lunch and a lecture) was scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 11, in the Capps Archives Museum, Seminar Room at Delta State University. …

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Mississippi House of Representatives

November 25, 2015 – 7:54 pm | Comments Off

Conor Bell
Assistant News Editor

The future of the Democratic Party in Mississippi looks bleak after Republicans gained seven seats in the state House of Representatives after the election on Nov. 3.

Some longtime Democrats like Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville and Rep. Sherra Lane of Waynesboro saw defeat to Republican challengers.

One of the biggest losses to the Democrat Party was when House Minority Leader and Democrat Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto, who has served in the state Legislature since 1984, lost with 45 percent of the overall vote to GOP challenger Vince Mangold.

Moak had been targeted by the Republicans, according to Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole.

“They spent a lot of money and worked very hard with a very negative campaign to beat [Moak],” Cole told The Clarion-Ledger. “That was an upset. I think this was pretty much a status quo election.”

It was a perfect storm for Democrats on Nov. 3. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant did not have serious challenger with Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver with zero political experience.

Gray was elected by a wide margin in the August primaries beating Madison attorney Vicki Slater who was seen as the party favorite. No one knew who Gray was, and he had spent little money on the campaign heading into the primaries.

A challenger like Gray in the Governor’s race allowed Republicans to focus more resources on races in the state Legislature among others, but the Republicans failed to claim the highest ranking Democrat in office, Attorney General Jim Hood.

Hood has been revered as the “Last Democrat in Dixie” and ran against former U.S. Assistant Attorney and Republican Mike Hurst this year. The three-term incumbent Hood won with 55 percent of the vote.

Despite the loss, Republicans are trying to squash out the Democrats in every way possible including having Democrats change parties.

Rep. Jody Stevenson of Ripley was elected Democrat, but turned red after Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said the Republican Party was searching for a Democrat to switch giving the party a supermajority in the House chamber.

Republicans have also gerrymandered some long-time Democrats out of their districts. After the House lines were redistricted, Bennett Malone of Carthage, a Democrat who had served since 1980, saw his district consolidate with Republican Jason White’s.

Malone retired earlier this year due to health concerns and could not run for office, but he was another trophy the Republicans could claim.

Southern Democrats lost respect for the national party due to civil rights legislation in the 1960s. Republicans were able to capitalize on this in the 1970s and 1980s planting a seed that is finally blooming after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008.

The trend has continued and is now uprooting local elections with more and more chancery clerks, sheriffs and superintendents of education running on the Republican ticket.

In the near future, Mississippi’s Democratic Party will be the party of African Americans and liberals while the state’s Republican Party will be the party of whites and conservatives.

This polarization will be a detriment to Mississippi. There will not be any accountability for elected officials when this solidifies.

Mississippi has operated under a one-party system in the past and the effect was abysmal (i.e. segregation, corruption, poor education standards, etc.).

Balance between both parties in the Legislature is what Mississippi needs, but with the tactics the Republicans have pulled recently, it will be years before that balance can be reached again.

About interactions

November 25, 2015 – 7:51 pm | Comments Off

Laura Orsborn
Lifestyles Editor
Have you ever had an interaction with people at an establishment and walked away wondering just how they landed their job? Is it just me? Possibly I am just on my high horse. …


November 25, 2015 – 7:50 pm | Comments Off

Aallyah Wright
News Editor
I just really despise how women are stereotyped and degraded for every single thing that they do, what they stand for, and/or how they look in appearance. In many situations, women are underestimated …

After Graduation Life

November 25, 2015 – 7:48 pm | Comments Off

Tiago Doneux
As graduation approaches, I feel like sharing some of my concerns in which I believe all you will have at this point of your life. It’s time to look for a job, a new …

Would you like some scandal with your sports?

November 25, 2015 – 7:46 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
In the best world, sports show amazing values of success, respect, trust, sincerity, to quote only them. Well, we do not live in the best world. We live in our world where the …

DSU Statesmen and Lady Statesmen earn road victories

November 25, 2015 – 7:34 pm | Comments Off

Florian Mondoloni
Sports Editor
Statesmen and Lady Statesmen swimming and diving teams finished first place overall after defeating Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State on Nov. 13, at Arkadelphia, Ark.
The women’s team took over Henderson State 224.00-67.00 and …

Lady Statesmen lose exhibition game

November 25, 2015 – 7:29 pm | Comments Off

Matteo Zengaro
Online Editor
The Lady Statesmen lost 57-66 to Alcorn State in their first and only exhibition game of the season in Lorman, Miss.
The Lady Statesmen went down early in the first half and were unable …

Statesmen start off with two wins

November 25, 2015 – 6:52 pm | Comments Off

Tiago Doneux
The Statesmen basketball team opened their regular season with two victories on the road as part of the GSC/SSC Showdown held in Livingston, Ala. On Friday, Nov. 13, the Statesmen beat Eckerd College, and …

Thanksgiving through the eyes of a foreigner

November 25, 2015 – 6:50 pm | Comments Off

Aallyah Wright
News Editor
When thinking about the season of giving, people are reminded of all of things that they are forever grateful and thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that many people may take …

Staff spotlight: Fawn Ussery

November 25, 2015 – 6:45 pm | Comments Off

Laura Orsborn
Lifestyles Editor
Fawn Ussery, Library Assistant II, came to Delta State to pursue her love of all things history, and stayed to give back to her alma mater.
Hailing from the small town of Rolling Fork, …

Wright Art Gallery presents Muslim/American exhibition

November 25, 2015 – 6:40 pm | Comments Off

Aaron Payne
Assistant Copy Editor
Located in the Wright Art Center Gallery from November 9 through November 13 was a Muslim/American, American/Muslim art exhibition.
This exhibition showcased work done by Robert E. Gerhardt and was opened for people …