Controversial Comments

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

As major legislative actions in Mississippi like redistricting and voter ID hinge on approval from the Department of Justice, whether the state gets a fair review is being called into question, thanks to facebook.

According to a blogger from PJ Media, a woman by the name of Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi allegedly posted a comment on the site which reads "disgusting and shameful. Hey, that should replace the state motto... Mississippi: Disgusting and Shameful... Forget the magnolia state motto."

On the Department of Justice website, Gyamfi is one of the people responsible for reviewing whether voting changes meet the requirements of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act.

Three on your side contacted the department and even reached out to Gyamfi about the alleged comment, but no response has been given.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he is aware of the post but isn't quite ready to make a public statement on what it could mean for Mississippi.

"I have spoken to the Department of Justice immediately, so I think I'll wait for a day or so before and give me time to cool down," said Hosemann.

Voter ID already passed through the legislature, while redistricting maps await final approval from lawmakers.

"I saw some real improvement here. I think they made good steps with the house plan," said Hosemann.

Hosemann had not yet reviewed the plan from the senate but hopes the house plan will sail through the approval process, which leaves the question of will the state have to have a new election for the new districts. Hosemann says he hopes not.

"Those elections are expensive, sometimes a statewide election can cost $2 million," said Hosemann.

Lawmakers like Rep. Bobby Shows say last year's elections were for four year terms and that's how it should stay.

"If we did run again it's not going to change the makeup all that much so I would say stay where we're at until the next regular election time comes up," said Shows.

A set of three judges will be the deciding factor on that, but nothing will happen without that approval from the Department of Justice.


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  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    So what if they verify the post and identify the poster? It is a true statement.
  • by cw on May 3, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    it is everyones personal decision to vote or not as they see fit. I for my one vote will not be showing my ID so I will not be voting for the first time in 30 years.I view the voter id law as an attack on my personal privacy and believe it is only the first step in more government control on the common man.
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      by Ronnie on May 3, 2012 at 12:37 PM in reply to cw
      Attack on your privacy? You do know they already have your name and info on the books, right? All they're going to do is make sure your ID matches up with what they already have. And this isn't an example of the government controlling anything. It's just plain common sense to have to prove who you are with a simple photo ID before you do something as monumentally important as voting.
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        by cw on May 5, 2012 at 06:17 AM in reply to Ronnie
        the bush vote proved its not that important especialy in miss.
  • by hypocricy on May 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM
    Gov. Bryant can slander Democrats by calling those who voted Democrat "murderers, who's only gaol in life is to murder children. This was no anonymous comment and he even stands behind his words. Remember he is governor of all not just republicans. Yet where is the outrage and anger of Delbert Hoseman (hypocrite). If what this DOJ employee says is true, it does not compare to the Gov.'s statement. The same people that voted against personhood elected him governor. Yet he insists on passing anti-abortion legislation. Dems didn't vote down personhood Republicans did. In fact a state supreme court has ruled personhood petition unconstitutional in said state. We are living in a totalitarian system. We should want at least a dual party system. Voter ID, personhood, redistricting smells of ram-it-down your throat you don't know, we know better politics.
  • by Ed on May 2, 2012 at 09:31 AM
    Voter ID is not nearly as important as Absentee Voting. Early voting would help a lot. But were are too busy cussing our Government to see the Real problem.
  • by MS Citizen Location: Meridian on May 2, 2012 at 07:23 AM
    @C- Yes this should be news. Apparently you are not aware of what is going on... MS as well as some other states, counties and towns throughout the country have an additional hurdle (Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act of 1965) to pass certain laws. If the judge is biased, then MS would not get a fair shake. Ultimately, MS Voters went to the polls and voted, and even though the majority voted to pass the VOTER ID, the federal government still gets to stick their finger in our business.
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      by C. on May 2, 2012 at 02:51 PM in reply to MS Citizen
      Yes, totally unjustified persecution by the big ol' evil Feds over some tiny little things that (allegedly!) happened like a thousand years ago... cry me a river.
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        by Mack on May 2, 2012 at 04:06 PM in reply to C.
        Sorry C., this did not happen like a thousand years ago. Try less than 100, more like 50 when my family's chruch was burned for hosting equal rights forums.
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          by C. on May 2, 2012 at 08:00 PM in reply to Mack
          Yes, I know the history, I was mocking those who like to pretend nothing happened. Sorry for any confusion.
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      by Mack on May 2, 2012 at 04:02 PM in reply to MS Citizen
      The majority of Mississippians also voted for slavery.
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        by Anonymous on May 6, 2012 at 09:51 AM in reply to Mack
        Mississippi seceded because of slavery. The Talibaptists would vote for slavery today in a heartbeat if they could. Meanwhile, they will do all they can to create legalized slavery, which includes many white people too stupid to realize it.
  • by C. Location: Meridian on May 1, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    First, this is 'news'? Second, anyone with even a half-functioning brain will know that blog comments are anonymous and the commenter can use any name they like. This individual was publicly identified by name on the DoJ website. 'PJ Media', if that's 'Pajamas Media', isn't exactly a friendly space for the sentiments expressed in the comment. Way too easy for this to be a set-up, unless and until somebody comes up with hard evidence such as an IP address or a flat out confession. What a bunch of garbage.
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      by Tolliver on May 2, 2012 at 07:49 AM in reply to C.
      You missed something. The post was on Facebook; not a blog. Not anonymous, and easy to verify.
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        by C. on May 2, 2012 at 02:48 PM in reply to Tolliver
        Ever heard the saying 'if it sounds too good to be true...'? I couldn't think of a better excuse for the pro-poll tax crowd than this. Many, many examples of public figures slandered by fake Facebook/Twitter accounts using their names. Easily done. And you're right, easily verified - if anyone's interested in doing so. More likely most will just assume it's a fact and she'll be fired; many examples of that happening, as well.
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          by Tolliver on May 3, 2012 at 06:20 AM in reply to C.
          You think the DOJ didn't immediately verify this? If it was fake, they could have (and would have) avoided a bunch of crap by just announcing it. And I'd love for you to give me some examples of federal employees that were fired just because someone else made a Facebook account in their name and posted crazy stuff.
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