Congressman Thompson takes shot at President Trump over Iranian strike
We have guided missiles and misguided men. -Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) January 3, 2020
Congressman Palazzo comments on Iranian airstrike
This sends the strong message that if you come for America, you will be met with lethal force. Another successful mission accomplished by our US military under President Trump’s leadership.
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) January 3, 2020
Preliminary numbers indicate that more Mississippians sought insurance through the federal exchange for 2020 than 2019, said Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. Molina had its first year offering plans in 19 counties including five in Northeast Mississippi. Ambetter has reported its numbers went up by about 10,000.
As long as enrollees pay their premiums, that coverage should be uninterrupted through 2020. What will come for 2021 remains to be seen.
“Right now, we see no change at all,” Chaney said. “We’ve got fairly smooth sailing from now until October.”
CLARION LEDGER – MS Legislature: Medicaid expansion can save lives, money. Lawmakers likely won’t pass it.
But Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves strongly opposed what he termed “Obamacare expansion” — and he won. Now, despite the recent bipartisan momentum, it appears unlikely the Mississippi Legislature will pass expansion in the new session that starts Jan. 7. Even if legislators did approve a bill, Reeves could veto it.
“The people voted no,” said Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, vice chairman of the Senate Medicaid committee and an expansion supporter. He said Reeves was “clear about his platform” opposing Medicaid, and beat Democrat Jim Hood by about six points.
Beginning his first term as Commissioner, Maxwell previously held the office of Mayor for the City of Pascagoula. Maxwell is a United States Marine Corps veteran, retired law-enforcement officer and successful businessman. He has previously worked for the PSC serving as Commissioner Curt Hebert’s Chief of Staff.
“I’m grateful and honored to serve in this role as Public Service Commissioner,” Maxwell said. “The support throughout this entire process has been truly humbling and I can’t wait to get to work for the people of Mississippi.”
“Lumberton cares about Lumberton,” Owen said. “They want to see this community grow. They want to see their home grow. I’m excited to see some of the things we might can accomplish. There’s a lot of people here who are very enthusiastic about Lumberton’s future, and it’s a positive one. I’m excited to be a part of that.”
Owen says he has big goals for not just Lumberton, but the entire district.
Glenn McCullough, Jr., the executive director of Mississippi Development Authority, will step down at the end of the month.
McCullough, the former Tupelo mayor, will step down on January 30 and return to a private life.
“It has been an honor to serve at the helm of MDA with our good, talented people and partners to win economic development opportunities for Mississippians,” McCullough said in a statement. “I appreciate Gov. Phil Bryant allowing me to serve in this position and look forward to assisting with the transition of a new director.”
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is continuing a statewide lockdown at all prisons across the state.
In a statement released Thursday MDOC said that movement of inmates will be limited to only emergencies. As a result, there will be no visitation this weekend.
Interview and screening for potential correctional officers on Saturday at the three state prisons won’t be affected.
Now, as farmers in surrounding states are already cultivating and selling hemp, Mississippi remains one of only three states where production is illegal.
A task force on hemp production met three times last year and weighed pros and cons of the issue. Farmers crowded into a room in the Capitol to hear about a new crop they might soon plant. Agricultural experts explained the benefits and hardships of growing hemp without taking a hard stance on the issue, but law enforcement officials on the task force were deeply critical of hemp legalization.