Mississippi’s incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran narrowly bested his Tea Party backed opponent in a runoff primary election on Tuesday. The victory was billed by many as a rebound for the GOP establishment just a week after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his seat to a Tea Party challenger.
But when the Speaker of the House announces he is suing the President of the United States, is there any real difference between the Republican establishment and the ultra-conservative wing of the GOP?
Host Melissa Harris-Perry will talk with the New York Times’ Nick Confessore, New York University professor Cristina Beltran and the New York Post’s Robert George about what the Mississippi primary means for the GOP, why Thad Cochran had to reach out to black Democratic voters to win his party’s nomination, and how we should consider the distinction between mainstream and fringe on the Right.Speaking of Mississippi, Harris-Perry will talk with civil rights icon Julian Bond about the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, as the Magnolia State prepares to honor the activists who participated in the season long campaign of voter registration and non-violent civil disobedience that helped lead to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
This Monday is an important deadline for over one thousand North Carolinians who were victims of horrific treatment at the hands of their government. For 45 years, from 1929 to 1974, the North Carolina State Eugenics Board coerced or forced thousands of its citizens to be sterilized. A disproportionate number of the victims were black, poor, or disabled. The current governor, Pat McCrory, has since apologized on behalf of the state–which has sanctioned $10 million in reparations for survivors. However, of the 1,800 eligible to receive recompense, less than half have come forward ahead of the June 30 deadline. In an MSNBC Original report, we’ll hear the emotional story of one survivor and her family.
This week is also a big week in Supreme Court decisions, with controversial unanimous rulings on abortion clinic buffer zones and President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Our host and her panel will dive into those decisions and also look ahead to the major decisions still to come next week. We’ll also welcome the activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, who has come up with a creative way to fight sexual harassment on the street.