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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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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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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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USDA Accepting Applications for Mississippi Hemp Production Licenses | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act (Senate Bill 2725) was signed into law on June 29, 2020. This act legalized the cultivation of hemp under a state plan to be created and implemented by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. Although the act allowed for a state hemp cultivation program, the necessary funding to implement the state program was not appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature. “I appreciate the Mississippi Legislature providing farmers with access to a new agricultural commodity.  However, the…

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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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MS Dept. of Revenue issues Temporary Suspension of ABC alcohol orders | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi ABC has experienced unprecedented growth in its liquor orders over the last four months, the Mississippi Department of Revenues said Friday in a release. “We are experiencing a 29% increase in case sales. We have shipped over 1,330,000 cases of wine and spirits in the last 4 months. This has resulted in orders taking an average of one week for delivery. We currently have approximately 100,000 cases in our system waiting to be delivered,” the release stated. In…

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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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Governor Reeves: Education budget bill cuts teacher pay program by $26 million | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Governor Tate Reeves is reviewing the bills passed by the Legislature over the last week, and one of them has caught his attention – the education budget bill. A vital program that rewards teachers, the School Recognition Program, was cut by some $26 million, a move Reeves says is “a major problem.” “The education bill has a major problem. The legislature cut a teacher pay program by over $26 million—a massive cut. It’s the program that rewards teachers in schools that…

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Moak could be ousted as MS Democrat chairman | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

It is no secret Mississippi Democratic Party faithful are unhappy with the job Bobby Moak has done as Chairman. In June, a letter signed by former Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, 2nd Congressional District Chairman Willie Griffin, and past chairman of the 1st Congressional District James Hull said Moak had failed the party members in “both transparency and trust” in what the three called a grossly mishandled election process of at-large members and mismanagement of the State Convention process.…

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KIEFER: Pandemic brings rural broadband opportunity, but we are squandering it | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Thousands of families in Mississippi cannot receive a cellphone call in their homes because of weak signals — a problem that the Department of Education plan to buy them a wireless hotspot that depends on the cellphone network will not cure. Thousands more depend on AT&T’s abandoned copper wires in the ground for decaying and failing 4 Mbps DSL service. The balance of unserved and underserved rural Mississippians depend on expensive satellite connections with capped data and throttled speeds that…

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MSGOP mourns Mounger’s passing | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

One of the founding fathers of the Mississippi Republican Party died at 94 on Friday. Billy Mounger, born in Jackson in 1926 where he lived most of his life, was a graduate of West Point and the University of Oklahoma. He served our nation in the Air Force before striking out on his own in the oil and gas business, where his success allowed him to follow various philanthropic pursuits. Mississippi Republican leaders are mourning his passing, sharing statements on…

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MS Republican Congressmen oppose Democrat-led police reform bill | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

All three of Mississippi’s Republican Congressmen voted against the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” passed mainly down party line in the U.S. House Thursday night. Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-04), who is a co-sponsor of South Carolina Senator Tim Scott’s JUSTICE Act, said the Democrat leadership’s bill undermines the work of those in law enforcement. “Once again, House Democrats have blocked Republicans from the democratic process even though we have expressed the need for positive reforms in law enforcement,” Palazzo…

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