State Auditor Shad White to Nike: Hope the giant flag in my office doesn’t hurt your delicate feelings


NEWSMS – Senate and House Lawmakers press HHS to end hidden abortion surcharge

Senate and House lawmakers, led by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Congressman Michael Cloud (R-Texas), today pressed the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) to quickly finalize a rule to end a hidden surcharge within many health plans that funds elective abortion services.

Hyde-Smith and Cloud sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, signed by 25 Senators and 103 Representatives, that stresses the importance of swiftly replacing an Obama-era rule that violates congressional directives in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to keep abortion service charges separate from other premium payments.

“There is an urgency to ensure people are not unknowingly supporting abortions if they’re enrolled in ACA health plans.  The Obama administration strayed far from the law by allowing hidden abortion surcharges on people who would never condone their hard-earned money going to support abortions,” Hyde-Smith said.  “The regulations need to be corrected as soon as possible.”…

…The letter was also signed by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congressmen Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), and Michael Guest (R-Miss.).

Wicker chairs Helsinki Commission in Poland


WLOX – Federal lawsuit filed challenging Mississippi’s meat alternative labeling

Federal lawsuit filed challenging Mississippi’s meat alternative labeling

There’s a legal fight brewing over what meat substitute products should be called. The state of Mississippi is being sued in federal court.

Labels use terms like “bacon”, “burgers” or “chorizo,” but they often also show that it’s 100% vegan. Makers of plant-based foods claim they will no longer be allowed to use terms like “meatless meatballs” or “veggie burger.”

“People understand that foods labeled as meatless do not contain meat,” said Institute for Justice Managing Attorney Justin Pearson. “Customers seek out these foods specifically because they are vegan. However, for sellers of vegan foods it is extremely helpful to explain to customers the characteristics of the foods using meat product terms.”

Mississippi’s new law, that took effect Monday, seeks to crack down on the way those products are labeled. But this federal lawsuit argues that’s a violation of the first amendment rights for companies like Upton’s Foods.

Ag Commissioner Gipson releases statement on labeling lawsuit


Taggart releases ad for AG focused on fighting drugs


WTOK – Cyrus Ben defeats Chief Anderson in Tribal Chief runoff

Unofficial election results are complete for the race for chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Former tribal council member and businessman Cyrus Ben defeated incumbent Phyliss J. Anderson by a wide margin.

YP – Jeremy Martin talks about his run for Northern Transportation Commissioner


Hyde-Smith, Reeves participate in announcement at Vicksburg Military Park


Mabus throws shade on Bryant’s Space Force


DAILY JOURNAL – Public Service Commission launches investigation into Northwest Itawamba Water Association

Rural Internet MississippiNorthern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has launched an investigation into Northeast Itawamba Water Association following a report of system overcapacity from the Mississippi Department of Health.

Presley’s office made the announcement late Tuesday morning.

According to the docket filed by Presley’s office with the statewide Public Service Commission, Northeast Itawamba Water Association is serving roughly 1,500 customers via two systems — Ridge and Salem. The Salem System is now operating at 104% design capacity. Because of the system overload, the Mississippi Department of Health’s Bureau of Public Water Supply has placed a moratorium on the system, prohibiting the water district from connecting new customers to it.

Auditor: Former Stone Co. Utility Authority assistant indicted for embezzlement


Congressman Thompson comments on conditions at border