Elected Officials

Nominations for the 4th Annual Mississippi Top 50 Awards Now Open | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Mississippi is graced with tremendous talent in government, the political sphere, business, media and culture. The Mississippi Top 50 Awards were created to recognize those that help move the conversation in Mississippi forward, either by virtue of their position or their talents. Those honored are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state at this time. It is a bipartisan group that comes from the ranks of local, state and federal elected and appointed officials; political leaders; government…

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Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Palazzo Announce $30M in Aid for U.S. Shrimp Industry | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

USDA Purchase of Shrimp to Support Struggling Producers, Provide Healthy Seafood to American Families U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has authorized the purchase of up to $30 million in U.S.-produced shrimp for distribution to community food and nutrition programs nationwide. The announcement comes after the Mississippi lawmakers sent a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue requesting that he use his authority to purchase and distribute…

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Wicker, Hyde-Smith Welcome Nomination of Bill Cook to TVA Board | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

President Trump Picks Oxford Entrepreneur for Five-Year Term U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Charles William “Bill” Cook, Jr., of Oxford to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Wicker and Hyde-Smith recommended Cook for the post earlier this year. “Bill Cook is a terrific choice for the TVA board and would represent our state well as the only Mississippian on…

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Mississippi Coast doctor on hand as President Trump signs orders aimed at lowering drug prices | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed four executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. Per a White House release, the President signed four sweeping executive orders which together will significantly lower the cost of prescription drugs while increasing access to life-saving medications such as insulin: The first order directs federally qualified health centers to pass along massive discounts on insulin and epinephrine from drug companies to low-income Americans. The second order will allow the safe, legal importation of prescription drugs from…

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Families, state to benefit from Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children, the first-of-its-kind in the state, is set to begin construction in 2021, as announced in December 2019. The medical status of its patients will vary. Some children who will live at this center have been injured in accidents. Others have congenital or genetic conditions, and still others may be dependent on ventilators or feeding tubes to survive, with many often relying on wheelchairs for mobility. What all of these cases have in common…

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Mississippi is looking for a new CIO | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services is looking for a new Executive Director. Informally known as Mississippi’s CIO, this position oversees the state of Mississippi’s IT infrastructure and IT spend from all agencies.  The position is open due to the retirement of Craig Orgeron from state service, who served at ITS for over a decade. More information about the search can be found at the ITS website. Applications for the position will be accepted through August 31, 2020.  A…

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Wicker, Hyde-Smith, & Palazzo Celebrate $6.67M Grant for Pearl River Community College Workforce Center | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

RESTORE Act Funding to Support Workforce Development in Hancock County U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Representative Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today celebrated the award of $6,670,007 to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to complete infrastructure work at the Pearl River Community College (PRCC) Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Academy in Kiln. The funds are being made available as part of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast…

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Governor Tate Reeves Announces His Appointments for the Mississippi Flag Commission | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced his appointees for the Mississippi Flag Commission to redesign the new state flag: a civic leader, a tribal chief, and a business leader. Signing House Bill 1796 at a bill signing ceremony on June 30, the Mississippi Flag Commission was established to redesign the state flag for voters to decide on in November. Under the bill, the Governor had to choose his appointees from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Economic…

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Who will MS Dems choose Saturday as last minute options shuffle in and out? | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

In a flurry of last minute maneuvering, State Rep. Earle Banks has emerged as one of two candidates to replace outgoing Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Moak.   Moak announced Friday afternoon that he would not seek to retain the chairmanship but would be endorsing Banks for the top spot. Other party leaders have expressed support for Judge Tyree Irving, who sources claim had a majority of votes – at least before Moak exited and Banks entered the fray. Banks, 66,…

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Public school extracurriculars not available for homeschoolers, even some distance learners | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

While most parents are preparing to send their children back to school in a few weeks, some school districts in Mississippi are allowing distance learning or a hybrid option for those concerned about their family contracting the coronavirus in a traditional classroom setting as the pandemic continues. There is one caveat that could factor into a parent’s decision, however, that being whether the student could participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities if they choose the distance learning option. Various…

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Guest Cosponsors Legislation Introduced in U.S. House to Protect Statues from Vandalism | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) cosponsored legislation regarding prosecution and punishment for defacing statues and monuments. The bill begins with an overview of the anarchist and extremist behavior that has taken place in the United States in recent weeks and the efforts to “indiscriminately destroy anything that honors our past and to erase from the public mind any suggestion that our past may be worth honoring, cherishing, remembering, or understanding.” The legislation’s text resembles the Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments,…

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WATCH: Governor Reeves talks schools during daily update on fight against COVID-19 | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

“We need to continue stepping up to fight this virus. Over 1,000 new cases today—same yesterday. We also need to safely provide quality education for our kids. Some conversation on schools in today’s briefing,” said Reeves on Facebook. The stricter measures put in place for 13 of Mississippi’s counties are set to expire on Monday, however Reeves said he fully anticipates those orders to be extended. “I can sign whatever executive order I can sign but if you the people…

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Chinese Social Media App TikTok, Attacked by Republican Lawmakers | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) joined a group of Republican lawmakers in calling for the restriction of social media sites linked to the Chinese Communist Party from accessing United States markets. The letter specifically cites TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, as threats to U.S. national security and expresses concerns about the apps’ use in stealing personal and private data from Americans. “One of the greatest challenges to our country’s national security is protecting the personal information and technology we use…

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Mississippi revenue only off $42.5 million for FY 2020 even through COVID-19 | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

It appears the fiscal sky did not fall despite the economic shut down as Mississippi worked to flatten the impact of the coronavirus during April and May. Total state revenue collections for the month of June FY 2020 are $8,612,029 or 1.14% above the sine die revenue estimate. Fiscal YTD revenue collections through June are $42,453,800 or 0.72% below the sine die estimate and YTD total revenue collections through June 2020 are $151,032,338 or 2.53% below the prior year’s collections.…

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Governor Reeves Issues Additional Social Distancing Measures for 13 Counties | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Governor Tate Reeves has announced additional social distancing measures for thirteen counties identified as hotspots within our state to limit transmission around the communities and protect the health of all Mississippians. Consulting with our state health experts, thirteen counties were identified as localized regions with spikes in cases and at a higher risk for transmission: Claiborne, Desoto, Grenada, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Quitman, Rankin, Sunflower, Washington, and Wayne Counties. Governor Reeves signed a new executive order establishing additional restrictions for…

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Governor Reeves vetoes education budget and two criminal reform bills | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Governor Tate Reeves has vetoed the bulk of the FY 2021 education budget, two criminal reform bills and a handful of smaller bills on Wednesday night before the midnight deadline. Warning: this is a long read. But I want to keep you up to date on what is happening in your state government and be… Posted by Tate Reeves on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 On Tuesday, Reeves indicated a veto would be a possibility after noting the Legislature had failed to…

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