At some point last year after the Democrats lost control of the House, Rep. Steve Holland (D - Plantersville) told me he might author a bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico the "Gulf of America". I thought he was kidding, but he wasn't. Holland's intent is to point out how absurd and racist many Republican initiatives are, especially with respect to immigration.
Predictably, many people missed the joke, assuming the worst about Mississippi (precisely because of the people that Holland is making fun of). Holland made his intentions known in interviews with the Jackson Free Press and the Mississippi Business Journal. There are gems from Holland in both interviews, and I highly recommend you read them for yourself.
The funny thing about it is this: Speaker Gunn (R - Clinton) triple-referred the bill. In the past, bills have routinely been double-referred as a method of killing them, but Gunn decided to go all out on this one. ("Double-referred" means a bill is assigned to two committees instead of one, making it much less likely that the bill will clear both committees before the committee deadline.) That begs a question for Speaker Gunn, though. Did he triple-refer this bill because he was afraid of the bill making it to the floor, where Republicans would have make a potentially dangerous vote against it? There certainly exists an element of Mississippi Republicans that wouldn't take kindly to their representatives voting against renaming the Gulf of Mexico, after all.