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Today in the Party of Calhoun


The Attorney General who brought the lawsuit that will end reproductive freedom in America is straight out of Central Typecasting:

In the small town of Holly Springs, Miss., everyone knew the Fitch family. Fitch’s father, Bill, made his money in consumer finance in Memphis,before returning to Mississippi to start a small consumer lending business and revive the family farm, an 8,000-acre property on the outskirts of town. Fitch and her sister spent childhoodweekends there, riding horses and hunting quail.

Fitch followed the traditional Mississippi path into politics, said Hayes Dent, who ran Fitch’s first campaign for state treasurer in 2011. She went to the University of Mississippi and joined a sorority, he said, then used that network to launch her career as a lawyer and politician. When Fitch decided to make her first run for office in 2011, Dent drove out to Holly Springs, of his own accord, to ask Bill to fund the campaign.

By that point, Bill had turned the farm — known as the Galena Plantation — into one of the country’s premier quail hunting destinations, a favorite retreat of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Visitors had the option to stay in the original home of Nathan Bedford Forrest,a Confederate general and the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, which Bill transported 40 miles and, according to the Fitch Farms website, restored “to its former glory.”

Stay tuned for next week’s episode, where the Attorney General bringing the lawsuit to get the Clean Air Act ruled unconstitutional takes you on the tour of the family theme park, Pitchfork World, celebrating the life of Ben Tillman. It has long been one of the favorite vacation spots of Supreme Court justice Sam Alito.

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