No one has said much about what happened earlier this month in Mississippi, but we Republicans are crowing about the shift of the Mississippi state legislature to Republican control for the first time since U.S. Grant was President. That's big.
Going back in history, Mississippi was just shredded by the Civil War. Before the Civil War Mississippi was the jewel of the south. It had commerce, growth, everything.
Then after the war Mississippi was punished by sending black federal troops to enforce voting rights, and uninformed freed blacks voted themselves into power. It had been illegal to teach black folks to read. In the town of Okolona, for instance, there was not a single member of the town council who could read law.
In about 1875, Grant grew tired of continuously sending troops to Mississippi and refused to do so any longer. I'm being a little brief, but that's the root of the events. Democrats took over, and I mean big time.
That is one more than the party needed to wrest majority control from Democrats for the first time in 140 years.
State Representative Donnie Bell's announcement after the election that he was switching political parties to become a Republican brings that party's total count in the House to 64 seats compared with Democrats' 58 seats.
Hederman said he was confident the majority would hold steady after the final vote counts were tendered.
"We've looked at the numbers, and they're just not there for the Democrats," Hederman told Reuters. "It's a great day for the state of Mississippi."
Rickey Cole, executive director of the Mississippi Democratic Party, could not be reached for comment on Monday.