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1 Miss. flag initiative withering, but supporter plans more

JACKSON — One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die. But, a flag supporter says others are being filed.

Greg Stewart is director of Biloxi’s Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. He’s among those pushing a ballot initiative to enshrine Mississippi’s flag design in the state constitution.

Stewart says Wednesday that the first proposed initiative will die because sponsors won’t gather signatures on it.

He says they don’t like don’t like the way Attorney General Jim Hood rewrote the summary that voters would see if the initiative gets on the ballot, which would happen in 2018 at the earliest.

A Hinds County judge this week said he won’t second-guess the attorney general’s power to write a summary for any citizen-sponsored initiative.

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