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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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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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Civil rights leader and political figure Charles Evers passes away at 97 | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Civil rights and political leader Charles Evers has passed away today at age 97. A World War II veteran, Evers succeeded his slain brother, Medgar Evers, as NAACP Field Secretary and head of the organization following his assassination.  Charles then went on to a notable political history. He was elected as the Mayor of Fayette in 1969, becoming the first black mayor of a bi-racial town in Mississippi since Reconstruction.  He later went on to run unsuccessfully for Governor in…

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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 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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2020 #msleg wrap up; Medical marijuana, criminal justice reform, rural broadband and DMR without a budget | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The 2020 Mississippi Legislative session took an unexpected turn when the world seemingly shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 18, session was recessed subject to call by the Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House. The members would not return until the end of May to complete their work. Sine Die, or more like sine-don’t came just over a month later on July 1, 2020. Due to a resolution passed, the Legislature won’t official sine die until October…

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Dean Kirby will be next Senate Pro-Tem | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Y’all Politics has confirmed that State Senator Dean Kirby of Pearl will be the next Senate Pro-Tem.  His selection is still subject to an official vote of the Senate membership that will be seated in January, but he has secured the support of the majority of the Senate Republicans and Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann. In a statement, Hosemann said, “Dean Kirby is one of the most well-respected members of the Senate, and I’m so pleased his colleagues support and recognize…

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Tennessee Has Staggering Rate Of Bankruptcy Due To Medical Debt – Politics Article

The State of Tennessee is in the midst of a health care crisis, where its residents are struggling with debt, bankruptcies, and a lack of access to health care, while suffering from some of the highest rates in the United States of preventable illnesses. In December 2013, 32-year-old Katie Phillips in Knoxville, Tennessee gave birth to her son, Keegan, who was born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that produces a variety of symptoms. Keegan spent three months in the…

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Roger Wicker appears on Meet The Press to push back on impeachment narrative | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press yesterday to discuss the pending impeachment inquiry. Appearing after Rep. Adam Schiff, Wicker made the case that Democrats simply haven’t made theirs and pushed back on the Chuck Todd narrative that it had been a bad week for President Trump. Wicker also defended President Trump against accusations that he wrongfully reinstated a Navy Seal who had been dismissed through disciplinary action through military channels. WATCH: Whether the president should make…

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Documents Show Police Trained To Crack Down On Immigrant Rights Protesters – Politics Article

Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum. The 15-minute action in February highlighted the stories of Jakelin Caal Maquin, Felipe Gomez Alonzo, and Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, three migrant youth who died in Border Patrol custody between May and December 2018. The four activists—Amanda Tello, Nicolas Cruz, Monica Chan, and Skylar Ruch—are among 16 people…

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Yall Politics | Trump leaders endorse Sen. Roger Wicker and more bad news for Chris McDaniel #mssen – Politics Article

In another in a long line of seemingly meaningful behind the scenes moves that should impact the Mississippi Senate seat up in 2018, Senator Roger Wicker announced today that he has garnered 65 Chairs/Co-Chairs of the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign in Mississippi. This after a McDaniel oriented PAC released a list of grassroots people urging him to run that featured only one or two elected officials and no one particularly close to the Trump campaign. What is likely even worse…

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