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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Secretary of State’s office says low voter turn out for Tuesday’s runoff and special election | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Based on the telephone calls to The Secretary of State’s Office, voter turnout for the Republican primary runoff election in Congressional District 2 and the special election in House District 88 seems to be low. The call volume into the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline has been well below average, with most calls relating to polling location changes. These are the temporary polling location changes that were reported to our office: PRECINCT LOCATION TEMPORARY LOCATION Christ United Methodist Church 6000…

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WATSON: How Mississippians can help get our businesses back on track | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

COVID-19 has undermined the wellbeing of Mississippi far beyond the scope of public health. Businesses are closing, and, more often than not, their owners and workers can do little to nothing to stem the change in economic tides. The temporary shutdown did more than send workers home for a few months; it has paved the way for a historic economic shift. The threat of the virus and social distancing efforts are propelling our online infrastructure more rapidly than for which…

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Sen. Derrick Simmons offers resolution to change the design of the Mississippi State flag | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Today in the Senate, Sen. Derrick Simmons (D) offered a resolution to suspend the rules in an attempt to provide legislation to change the design of the Mississippi state flag. The bill was co-authored by Democrat Senators Blount, Horhn, Norwood, Thomas, Jordan, Butler, Blount, Jackson 11th, Simmons 13th, Barnett and Jackson 32nd. Senator @SenDTSimmons has just introduced a resolution to suspend the rules for consideration of SB 2446 to change the #Mississippi state flag #msleg pic.twitter.com/wrtjR7g6ha — Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics)…

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Can the state flag be changed this session? | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Protests surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis have spread across the nation. Since then, conversation has risen in Mississippi on whether or not state leaders should call for the removal and change of the state flag. Currently, Mississippi’s flag contains the Confederate battle symbol, which is largely viewed as a racist symbol. Sen. Derrick Simmons Senator Derrick Simmons (D), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, said that conversations have been underway between both…

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