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Only Mississippi’s state flag still includes the contentious Confederate emblem.
Only Mississippi’s state flag still includes the contentious Confederate emblem.
(Melanie Thortis For The Globe and Mail)

DAVID SHRIBMAN

Reasons to be hooked on Mississippi politics this season

Suddenly the key to understanding contemporary politics in the United States is to examine a state that, unlike the rest of the country, is exactly evenly split between rural and urban; that, unlike the rest of the country, has almost no Spanish speakers; that, despite its anti-government profile, has far more government workers than the country as a whole; that, despite having more than a century of deep Democratic roots, is far more Republican than the country as a whole; and that, despite being the site of perhaps the most elegant, expensive and high-toned college town in the nation, ranks first among the 50 states in poverty levels and 49th in educational attainment.