Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Appointees Named to Flag Commission

Leftenent Governor Gilbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Phillipus Gunn issued the following statements.

Leftenent Governor Hosemann

A former Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, longtime Vicksburg attorney, and former public school teacher from the Coast will serve as Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann’s appointees to the Commission to design a new State flag.

Hosemann’s appointees include former Justice Reuben Anderson of Jackson, J. Mack Varner of Vicksburg, and Sherri Carr Bevis of Gulfport.

“These three individuals, and the others who are charged with recommending a new flag, have a heavy responsibility to bear in the coming weeks. Because of their character, and the diversity of their backgrounds and perspectives, I have confidence they will come to a conclusion which will be respectful of our past and reflect a bright future,” Hosemann said.

The Commission, established by House Bill 1796, is charged with making a recommendation to the general electorate on the design of a new flag. The Speaker of the House and Governor are also provided three appointees for a total of nine members. The legislation requires the Commission to make its selection by September 14, and provides any new design must include the words “In God We Trust,” which also adorns the State seal.

To become Mississippi’s new state flag, a majority of qualified electors voting in a special election set for November 3, General Election Day, must approve the design.

“Ultimately, the people of Mississippi will decide whether this design, or some other design, should be the flag of our future,” Hosemann said.

Anderson served as the first African American Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1985 to 1991. He received his undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, and law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Anderson currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Varner currently practices family and business law in Vicksburg. He received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College, and law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is the past president of the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Vicksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and formerly served on the Board of Trustees for Millsaps College.

Bevis was recently named Community Relations Liaison to the Singing River Health System. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Mississippi State University and a master’s degree from George Washington University. She previously worked as Assistant Secretary of State for External Marketing for the Secretary of State’s Office, and as a public school teacher in the Bay-Waveland and Hancock County School Districts. Bevis is the current national president of the Mississippi State Alumni Association.

Speaker Gunn

Jackson, Miss. – Under the terms of House bill 1796, Speaker Philip Gunn has selected his appointments to the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag.

Robyn Tannehill, mayor of  Oxford, Mississippi.

“Robyn’s background as a businessperson in the marketing industry, and as a community leader in
north Mississippi makes her a perfect member of the commission.  She is known for her passion for
Mississippi and for having a forward-thinking vision for her community and our state.  I’m
confident that she will be a vocal and active member of the commission.”

Dr. Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

“Dr. Graham has proven herself to be a visionary leader for the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Her dedication to preparing our students for jobs in the 21st  century through focusing on and growing workforce development initiatives is exemplary. Everyone admires the work of Dr. Graham and she will be a great voice for Mississippians on the commission.”

TJ Taylor of Madison, Mississippi

“TJ Taylor has been a member of my staff for five legislative sessions.  He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College Law School.  He has served as policy advisor, general counsel and currently serves as policy director for my office.  He has been a key figure in the success of the effort to build support and ultimately pass legislation to change the state flag and ultimately form this commission.  His passion for this issue and his calm demeanor will add much to the commission’s process while representing the voice of a
younger generation of Mississippians.


Anonymous said...

Totally not biased!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty underwhelming.

Anonymous said...

Let the Turnip Wars begin!

Anonymous said...

Good to know, so we can place blame at the correct people when they bring us a horrible looking and lame flag to vote on.

Anonymous said...

Why would any person agree to serve on such a committee? That's like being on the school board. Crappy job, lots of phone calls from mad people, zero pay.

Anonymous said...

How much will this undertaking cost taxpayers by the time it is over?

Anonymous said...

“Ultimately, the people of Mississippi will decide whether this design, or some other design, should be the flag of our future,” Hosemann said.

YEA RIGHT!!!!! Hoseman, Gunn, & TATER TOT have already made the decision for the people of Mississippi. NO STARS & BARS on the new flag.

Let the people vote including the 1894 flag.

Right now the 3 Amigos couldn't get elected "RAT CATCHER"!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just hope they come up with a better flag than those who design our car tags. And they need to remember one thing: what looks good from 18 inches away does not look as good from 25 feet away.

Anonymous said...

was hoping Oprah was selected-

Anonymous said...

Do all the hardcore (McDanielites) keep the flag folks realize that flag is democrat one? Or is it just me??

Anonymous said...

The speaker and lieutenant governor need to be reminded that it's going to be imperative they provide photographs of everyone they pick to be on this commission. In today's world, the race of those making decisions on the choices the public will have for a new flag will be the single most important factor in which designs are accepted and which are rejected. Sad, but true.

Anonymous said...

And Morgan Freeman.....

Anonymous said...

Thank you for naming the traitors.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Dilbert and his royal highness Gutless Gunn found more cronies. just show the flag you want and quit jacking the taxpayers around. Its a fix from the word GO

Anonymous said...

2:48, thats what she said

poor fella

Anonymous said...

What an absolute waste of time and money. They didn't need all this to kill the one we had. Just let the leftist media or the ncaa pick one. Or maybe one of those huge corporations that will now bring their business to Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

" Pretty underwhelming".

That's an understatement 1:59.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see that among all 3 million people in MS that were available -- since in drawing up this bill Hosemann and Gunn made sure that they could pick whoever the hell they wanted, while restricting Reeves to a specific group for each of his three appointments -- this is where they went. The obvious one, of course, is Bevis due to her special relationship with Hosemann.

Wish Tater had a free hand in making his choices instead of having to pick school kids or whatever the restrictions that these two powerhungry hacks put on his choices, so we could see whether he could come up with better choices, but thanks to the H/G partnership we won't have that choice.

Snuffy SMITH said...

I'm still flying my old flag , I don't give a shit what happens.!!

Anonymous said...

Why do we even need one at this point. Money pit before all is said and done.

Anonymous said...

Both of them appointed several who suck up to them. This is undeniable. Noticeably absent are: An officer of the NAACP and a member of Sons Of Confederate Veterans. But, Ole miss is represented well, Igbart's Vicksburg buds and Gunn's minions. Let's just be damned sure there's a brown fist in the finalists.

Anonymous said...

We are not going to get to make the choice of flags. We have already done that. Any other flag will not be the choice of the people.
How about we ask black lives matter what they are going to choose for us?
You can bet your ass the people will not have a choice.

Anonymous said...

Mack Varner? A 75 year old Vicksburg lawyer who has been a hermit for the past forty years? Oh...but Delbert 'knows the family'.

What about Charles Evers, George Flaggs and Chancellor Khayat? Oh, wait...How did they forget Haley's boy, Nic Lott?

Anonymous said...

The Oxford nanny!

Anonymous said...

" You can bet your ass the people will not have a choice. "

From what I've heard, you are correct 5:23.

It's my understanding there will be only one design for a (up or down) vote on the November ballot.

If the design fails, we will not have a flag for a while.

Then this "committee" will have enough time to put up more designs for a vote.

I have no idea if this is true, but I heard it from a State Representative. His exact words was something to the effect, " that is the only way Delbert and Gunn could pass this bill in a weekend session".

I guess time will tell.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would request the input of Minister Farrakhan.

Anonymous said...

Mack Varner is no hermit, that’s the last thing I would call him.

Anonymous said...

Why are we even doing this at all? The last time the issue came up, the change-it crowd came up with a reasonably attractive design. Why can't we just use that and skip the drama? You could have one meeting, say "yep, it's a design", and send it on out to the ballot.

It's not like they filled the committee with, say, graphic designers who might have meaningful professional input.

Anonymous said...

Mark my words, it is going to be the stupid state seal. They will do that in an effort to stave off the lawsuits over "in god we trust" by saying they are just using an existing logo.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Betsy Ross had this many critics.

Anonymous said...

Just another misstep from Reeves, Gunn, Hosemann, and Harkins bowing down to any change in the wind.

Thought that changing the flag would bring SEC Championships, a NASCAR track, endless Fortune 500 companies and a renewed vision for Mississippi.

Nope. A state is made up of people. And unfortunately, Mississippi is made up of some of the dumbest, uneducated, and hateful people on this planet.

We will have an ugly flag that nobody likes. It’s will look retarded.

Anonymous said...

I heard they're hoping this will all blow over, and we can go back to the way it was and put the statues back up, etc.

Anonymous said...

Let’s don’t get sidetracked by the flag!.

I am retired Military with over 36 years of Service. The US Flag and or any flag is not important enough for me to get sidetracked of the real issues we face in life.

I am patriotic and love this Country, but spending this much time and energy on a flag is not of highest priority.

We elected Representatives of this State to make decisions. The decision was made, now let’s move on.

The Committee is a Farce!

Anonymous said...

These are good people, and they will do a fine job.

P.S. it no longer matters whether you oppose the change. Get over it.

Thomas Gentry said...

Whatever the commission comes up with they will have missed the target.So let us raise and salute the red flag of Maggie's Drawers .

Anonymous said...

Tannehill's design will be similar to a tshirt patchwork quilt, using merch from Oxford establishments permanently lost to Serving Oxford Safely. Flag must be lowered at 10pm.

Anonymous said...

Whatever they come up with, assuming they will, can't be more ridiculous than Reeves' notion that two flags would be a reasonable solution.

How about two verdicts at trial? That way both families would be happy.

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