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State flag debate surfaces at Neshoba County Fair

Fairgoers hold their state flags at the Neshoba County Fair. Fairgoers hold their state flags at the Neshoba County Fair.
NESHOBA COUNTY, MS -

The final day of political speaking did not go by without several mentions of the Mississippi flag.

A group of attendees handed out state flags and some held signs that read "Keep the flag, change the Speaker," referring to House Speaker Phillip Gunn (R) who was the first statewide elected official to come out against the flag.

Gunn did not waste time addressing the group at Thursday's political stump speeches, saying the beauty of a free country like America was the opportunity to have different opinions.

Governor Phil Bryant, who will likely face Democrat Vickie Slater in the November general election, said he expects the flag debate to come up in January when the legislature convenes. However, Bryant said "there are too many ifs" to know how he stands on the possibility of changing the flag.

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