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‘They Don’t Trust The People’: Lawmakers Want To Weaken Voter Power, McDaniel Warns

Sen. Chris McDaniel's side profile is visible as he listens to someone ask a question, the image of an American flag is visible in the background behind him

State leaders are considering the prospect of a special session to repair Mississippi’s ballot initiative law after the state Supreme Court nullified it earlier this month in a decision that also killed the voter-approved medical-marijuana law. But even if lawmakers come to the rescue to quell widespread voter anger, some will use the opportunity to weaken direct democracy in the Magnolia State, one Jones County Republican is warning.

Exclusive Donor Event: MFP Discusses Unmasking Backroom Deals, Hidden Agendas in Mississippi

MFP exclusive event with Donna Ladd and Ashton Pittman

There’s so much happening at the Mississippi Free Press I hardly know where to start.  Our first donor event is Tuesday, March 26, at 6 p.m. I’ll sit down with editor Donna Ladd and reporter Ashton Pittman to talk about their nationally recognized University of Mississippi email series to go deeper into the conversation about how they started at the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism ceremony. (Watch them here at 40:00.) It’s a terrific opportunity to learn how deep investigative reporting works and ask questions about the tough decisions involved.