Bryant, Reeves file qualifying papers for President Trump to be on Mississippi ballot
I am glad to be able to file the qualifying papers in Mississippi for @realDonaldTrump to be on the ballot in 2020. Mississippians are excited to vote and re-elect President @realDonalTrump once again. @MSGOP @TeamTrump. pic.twitter.com/UMOCPaupss
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) January 6, 2020
Mississippi lawmakers will be sworn in Tuesday to begin their four-year term with Republicans maintaining control of both the House and the Senate.
The opening day will be filled with formalities…
…Republican Tate Reeves is completing his second term as lieutenant governor, and he will preside over the 52-member Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday. The next lieutenant governor, Republican Delbert Hosemann, will be inaugurated Thursday, along with most other statewide elected officials. Reeves’ inauguration as governor is Jan. 14.
YP – Madison County hires Mike Espy as Board Attorney in split vote
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) January 6, 2020
Drew Snyder has been in charge of Medicaid for the past two years under current Gov. Phil Bryant. Snyder is an attorney.
Reeves will be inaugurated as governor on Jan. 14.
WCBI – Steve Holland reflects on years of legislative service and life after politics
Under an executive order signed by Trump in September, states and localities are now required to provide written consent to the federal government if they want to continue accepting refugees.
It effectively ends all refugee resettlement, unless both states and cities opt in. A federal lawsuit could block the order, but many states and cities have already consented to accepting refugees.
According to the U.S. State Department, Bryant has not provided that consent — and a crucial deadline for refugee resettlement is approaching this month.
WLOX – Gov. Bryant says blame falls on inmates for violence in state prisons, not his administration
Governor Bryant has been providing updates on Twitter and faced cameras for the first time Monday. He says order has been restored, but questions linger about the state of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
“It’s easy to stand back and say what you ought to be doing when you’re managing a prison under these conditions,” explained Bryant. “It is a very difficult job to do.”
Governor Phil Bryant says the blame for the recent violence falls not on his administration or MDOC, but squarely on those behind bars.
WJTV – Congressmen on prison conditions in Mississippi
Congressman Bennie Thompson tells WLBT, “What it’s done is it’s created a real uneasiness among a lot of members of congress as well as people here in the US because now people want to know, ‘Are we safe? Can I go about my daily activities?’”
While a draft is not in the works, it was ended in 1973, Congressman Bennie Thompson says he wants to hear a classified briefing on the circumstances that led to the assassination when he gets back to Washington…
…Congressman Michael Guest said, “I believe that if Iran chooses to take military action against either us or others in the Middle East, we are prepared to act decisively in that case and we are prepared to do everything we need to defend our interests in the Middle East.”
WCBI – State lawmakers give preview of upcoming legislative session
Congressman Guest, who has served Mississippi’s Third Congressional District since January 2019, filed qualifying papers at state’s GOP headquarters in Jackson this afternoon as he launched his re-election bid.
After signing the papers, Guest reflected on his first year in office and looked ahead to the future. The former Madison & Rankin County DA said Congress must continue to focus on comprehensive immigration reform, supporting law enforcement & military members, and more.
Gas prices in the state are higher than they were at this time last week, according to www.GasBuddy.com.
The prices at the pumps in Mississippi have increased by 1.8 cents per gallon over the past week to an average of $2.28/gallon. Meanwhile, the average price for gas has declined nationally during the same time.