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YP Daily Roundup 7/9/20

YP – Governor Reeves vetoes education budget and two criminal reform bills

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.

On Tuesday, Reeves indicated a veto would be a possibility after noting the Legislature had failed to fund the teacher incentive program by approximately $26 million affecting over 20,000 teachers’ pay.

YP – Legislators say Teacher Incentive Program can be fixed in January, no veto needed

State Senator Brice Wiggins (R), vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, defended the cut, adding that everyone took a hit due to the challenging budget.  However, Wiggins does not view this as a reason for the Governor to veto the bill…

…House Appropriations Chairman John Read (R), appearing on the Gallo Show on SuperTalk Wednesday morning, said the teacher incentive program is handled by the Department of Education and since there was no testing last year to serve as a guide, they were told there would not be awards…

…Read, who noted there was some miscommunication, said the situation can be resolved when the Legislature returns in January, just as it did when the Department of Education miscalculated the number of teachers and lawmakers had to fund the deficit appropriation at the start of the 2020 session.

“It’s bad but nobody’s going to lose their money,” Read said. “I can assure you that everyone that’s in the awards program will receive their money.”

YP – Watson issues statement on online behavior of Election Commissioners

YP – Governor Reeves on COVID-19: Our hospital system is being stretched thin

Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves held a press briefing to give an update on the current situation of COVID-19 in Mississippi and discuss the state’s ongoing strategy to limit transmission.

“Our hospital system is being stretched thin. COVID-19 numbers are rising steadily,” Reeves said. “We have placed additional restrictions on hospitals to deal with the surge, and more county-specific orders are coming shortly. The risk is real and everywhere.”

WAPT – 36 at State Capitol test positive for COVID-19

Rep. Earle Banks

The COVID-19 outbreak at the State Capitol has resulted in 36 people testing positive for the virus, health officials said.

Of the 36, 26 are legislators, according to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

State Rep. Earle Banks confirmed Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Banks, of Jackson, said he has worn a face shield and a mask while inside the Capitol. Banks sits next to Rep. Bo Brown in the House chambers. Brown confirmed last week that he had COVID-19.

WLBT – Rep. Ronnie Crudup Jr. reveals he has coronavirus: ‘I’m doing fine’

Rep. Ronnie Crudup Jr. reveals he has coronavirus: ‘I’m doing fine'

Representative Ronnie Crudup Jr. of District 71 has revealed he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

He said he was tested Monday at the Capitol and received the news Tuesday evening…

…“I haven’t had many symptoms and I’m doing fine,” Crudup said. “I’m just isolated in my room for the next two weeks. My wife and children are getting tested tomorrow.”

Crudup said he wore his mask ‘95% of the time’ while in the Capitol and public spaces, but that ‘5% can make a big difference.’

VICKSBURG POST – Vicksburg lawmaker among those who have contracted COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers — including State Rep. Kevin Ford of Vicksburg — have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

Ford told The Post on Wednesday morning he had a fever for several days and got tested in Jackson Monday along with others at the capitol. He said he learned of the diagnosis Tuesday evening.

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YP – City of Jackson has been canceled

Now, as the cancel culture revolution is sweeping across America, the City of Jackson is removing the statue of its namesake to focus on “progress and unity.”

In a 5-1 vote Tuesday, the Jackson City Council authorized Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s administration to remove the statue of Andrew Jackson that stands in front of City Hall.  The Mayor supported the removal, noting the former President’s “heinous acts of genocide” in the lead up to the Trail of Tears that relocated American Indians and his being “one of the most brutal slave owners.”

YP – Guest invites MS veterans to join VA tele-townhall

WTVA – Shelton slammed Trump during congressional coronavirus hearing

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton strongly criticized President Trump’s performance concerning the coronavirus.

Shelton did that Wednesday during testimony before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, which is looking into the federal government’s response to the disease.

WLOX – Satanic Temple threatens lawsuit if ‘In God We Trust’ appears on new Mississippi flag

Satanic Temple threatens lawsuit if ‘In God We Trust’ appears on new Mississippi flag

A nontheistic religous organization called the Satanic Temple is threatening to sue Mississippi if the state moves forward with its plan to include the words “In God We Trust” on the new state flag.

A letter sent by the Satanic Temple to Attorney General Lynn Fitch cites constitutional concerns regarding the First Amendment, saying the phrase “In God We Trust” is not representative of all Mississippians.

“While the Satanic Temple supports the removal of the Confederate flag, removing one divisive symbol of exclusion only to replace it with a divisive phrase of exclusion does not eliminate exclusion, but rather moves it from one group to a collection of others,” states the letter sent to Fitch.

For comparison, the letter points out that including the words “In Satan We Trust” on the flag would likewise cause Christians to “be a bit put off.”

ROLL CALL – House bid to remove Confederate statues at Capitol sets up fight with Senate

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

As demands for racial justice dominate the national consciousness, the House is moving along a draft Legislative Branch spending bill that would mandate statues of Confederates and others “with unambiguous records of racial intolerance” be removed from the Capitol.

But the top Legislative Branch appropriator on the Senate panel, Chairwoman Cindy Hyde-Smith, is not calling for the removal of Confederate statues, setting up a potential fight on the provision when it reaches the chamber…

…Hyde-Smith, a Republican, has said it’s not up to Congress to decide whether Confederate statues should represent certain states in the Capitol. Her spokesman, Chris Gallegos, offered an emailed statement that she issued last month.

“There are clear rules and procedures set for the designation, receipt, and placement of statues in the United States Capitol,” Hyde-Smith said. “Any state, including Mississippi, can avail itself to that process if it wants to exchange statues. How to best depict the history of our nation is always up for debate, but it is not the role of Congress to dictate to states which statues should be placed in the Capitol.”

YP – Wicker, Bennet introduce American Infrastructure Bonds Act

WDAM – Lamar Co. petition for vote on beer, light wine sales still short on signatures

Lamar Co. petition for vote on beer, light wine sales still short on signatures

The petition requesting a vote on the sale of beer and light wine in Lamar County is still circulating and in need of signatures.

“We’re not looking for heavy alcohol, just beer and light wine,” said Lumberton Mayor Quincy Rogers…

…The petition currently has more than 3,000 of the 6,000 signatures needed for it to be placed on the November ballot.

WTOK – Former JSU president found guilty of several charges stemming from Feb. prostitution bust

Dr. William Bynum and his lawyer, Dennis Sweet, leaving courtroom. (Source: WLBT)

Former Jackson State University President Dr. William Bynum was found guilty Wednesday of several charges stemming from his arrest in connection to a prostitution sting earlier this year.

Bynum and his attorney, Dennis Sweet, made no comment upon entering. He did not admit guilt in court to the charges.

Clinton police charged him with procuring the services of a prostitute, false statement of identity and simple possession of marijuana.

A Clinton Justice Court judge found Dr. Bynum guilty, sentencing him to 6 months suspended, $250.00 for prostitution charge, $350.00 for marijuana and $350.00 for false statement of identity.