Y’all Politics announces “On the Stump” connecting officials, candidates to Mississippians

One of the most treasured political traditions in Mississippi is the opportunity for elected officials and candidates to climb up on a stump or stage at a county fair, talk directly to voters, and sometimes even get under the skin of their opponents.

During COVID-19 when these opportunities aren’t plentiful, Y’all Politics is continuing that tradition with a virtual video event called “On the Stump.” Mississippians across the state will be able to tune in online and hear directly from our elected leaders and those running for office.

Y’all Politics “On the Stump” will be aired on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube on August 6, 2020.

YP – Espy raises $640K this quarter: Hyde-Smith retains 2:1 campaign cash advantage

Incumbent Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s July filing shows $212,000 in contributions this period with $1.2 million cash on hand, leaving her with nearly a 2:1 cash advantage over Democrat Mike Espy in their upcoming race for the second time in as many years.

Espy’s filing shows some $640,000 this period with $680,000 cash on hand.

Joseph O’Hern, Espy’s campaign manager, noted that “10,000 individuals” contributed to the Espy campaign during this reporting period. A substantial volume of Espy’s contributions continue to come from out of state interests and notable national Democrat party donors.

MSDH: Coronavirus cases near 40,000 in state

Rep. Jeramey Anderson calls for statewide mask mandate

YP – Rep. Manly Barton hospitalized with COVID-19

According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, over 40 individuals at the Capitol including staff and legislators were diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly after they adjourned at the beginning of July.

One of those lawmakers is Representative Manly Barton. He has now been hospitalized.

In a post on Facebook by House Appropriations Chairman John Read, he asked people to join with him in prayer for Barton who had been sent to the hospital.

Rep. Earle Banks in hospital with COVID-19

Gov. Reeves, FEMA Administrator Gaynor visit MS Coast to talk hurricane planning

YP – Chinese Social Media App TikTok, Attacked by Republican Lawmakers

Congressman Michael Guest (MS-03) joined a group of Republican lawmakers in calling for the restriction of social media sites linked to the Chinese Communist Party from accessing United States markets. The letter specifically cites TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, as threats to U.S. national security and expresses concerns about the apps’ use in stealing personal and private data from Americans.

“One of the greatest challenges to our country’s national security is protecting the personal information and technology we use every day,” Guest said. “Defense of American citizens starts with restricting tools used by companies and foreign governments with malicious intent, such as those linked to the Chinese Communist Party. We would never allow foreign governments to fly spy drones over our communities, therefore we should fight back when our adversaries attempt to gain access to American households through our phones and computers.”

YP – Thompson emphasizes importance of extending Federal Unemployment Compensation for MS-02

As the COVID-19 public health and economic crises persist across the nation, Rep. Thompson is highlighting the need for Congress to extend the $600 weekly emergency unemployment payments that are due to expire on July 31. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program, which provides this critical assistance to families who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic. If the Senate does not pass the House-approved Heroes Act before the end of the month, this benefit will abruptly end.

“Mississippi Second Congressional District’s workers and families are facing tremendous strain due to the COVID-19 crisis, and the last thing Congress should do is allow a critical lifeline like emergency unemployment compensation to expire in a few short weeks,” said Rep. Thompson. “This assistance allows Americans who have lost their jobs during the pandemic to afford life’s necessities, like food, housing payments, and medications. In May, I voted for the Heroes Act, legislation that passed the House of Representatives and extends the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program through the end of the year. Now, the Senate must also pass this crucial bill and protect Mississippi’s families from utter disaster.”

YP – Batesville manufacturer reopening, creating 60 jobs

WLOX – Mississippi Aquarium will open August 29th

Mississippi Aquarium will open August 29th

August 29th is a somber anniversary for many on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. On that day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and changed the coastline forever. August 29, 2020 will mark a new beginning as the $98 million Mississippi Aquarium opens for business in Gulfport.

The long awaited opening date was announced live on WLOX News at 6pm by Mississippi Aquarium CEO Kurt Allen, who said they purposely wanted to highlight the revitalization of the coast. He said there are so many great stories of recovery and rebuilding, and now the Mississippi Aquarium will be another one of those.

The aquarium includes more than 80,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a shores of Mississippi exhibit, an outdoor boardwalk, an aviary, and habitats for various marine life including otters, crocodiles, fish and more.