It’s Valentine’s Day, and that means #mslegvalentines on Twitter

Follow the hashtag today for some Valentine’s fun. Here are few notable mentions from previous years…

YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith vote against limiting President’s war powers in Iran

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) sponsored the measure that passed in a 51-45-4 vote Thursday.  Republican Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Jerry Moran, Lamar Alexander, Bill Cassidy and Todd Young voted to approve the action, while Democrats Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Michael Bennet did not cast a vote.

Mississippi Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, voted against the resolution, S.J. Res. 68, which would prohibit military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran.



7 MS legislators endorse Bloomberg for President

CSpire’s computer science in schools initiative gains traction in MS Senate with bill filing

YP – If Mississippi is going to deregulate wine sales, let’s do it all the way

There is a well-moneyed effort percolating in the Mississippi legislature to allow wine sales in grocery stores.  Sounds simple enough.  But the regulatory underpinnings make this a lot more complicated that meets the eye.

First, it’s important to understand how wine and liquor are regulated.  Every drop of legal hooch in Mississippi goes through the ABC – The Alcoholic Beverage Commission which is a division of the Mississippi Tax Commission.  It all comes through a warehouse in the metro Jackson area and can then be distributed to ABC licensed retailers…

…Wine in grocery stores is something that’s a convenience and something that in the end analysis is a good thing.  But a sense of fair play says that it’s something that at the very least should be phased in so that the current licensed retailers whose stores are often their only source of revenue aren’t screwed in the process.



Gov. Reeves hosts Ambassadors for Uzbekistan

Congressman Thompson takes issue with Trump, Barr; calls them “clowns”

NEWSMS – Bill to provide equal benefits to National Guard and Reserve introduced in Congress

Mississippi Congressman Steven Palazzo, California Congressman Mike Levin, and Ohio Congressman Mike Levin have announced the introduction of the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2020.

The bipartisan legislation would provide parity in GI Bill benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserves who increasingly conduct similar training and missions as other servicemembers, but do not receive equal benefits.



The bill was also introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).

YP – Congressman Guest denounces bill to protect criminal from deportation

SUNHERALD – McClatchy files bankruptcy to shed costs of print legacy and speed shift to digital

McClatchy was founded more than 162 years ago and has won more than 50 Pulitzer Prizes.

McClatchy Co. filed for bankruptcy Thursday, a move that will end family control of America’s second largest local news company and hand it to creditors who have expressed support for independent journalism.

The Chapter 11 filing will allow McClatchy to restructure its debts and, it hopes, shed much of its pension obligations. Under a plan outlined in its filing to a federal bankruptcy court, about 55 percent of its debt would be eliminated as the news organization tries to reposition for a digital future.

The likely new owners, if the court accepts the plan, would be led by hedge fund Chatham Asset Management LLC. They would operate McClatchy as a privately held company. More than 7 million shares of both publicly available and protected family-owned stock would be canceled.



MS PSC Commissioners hit the Hill in D.C.