Former President Barack Obama issued his first list of endorsements for the 2020 election cycle today which included 118 candidates in 17 states, but none of them included any Democrat seeking the U.S. Senate or U.S. House from Mississippi.
Not Congressman Bennie Thompson.
Not Mike Espy for U.S. Senate.
Not Antonia Eliason for the 1st Congressional District.
Not Dorothy Benford for the 3rd Congressional District.
Governor Reeves to issue order on schools today
We’re still finalizing the plans, but here’s how I’m thinking about them: we have to balance the very real risk of more community spread and the devastating life impact of extended school closures.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) August 4, 2020
Counties and municipalities can apply for assistance through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of COVID-19-related relief programs.
Starting Monday at 9 a.m., applications opened for MEMA’s COVID-19 Relief Program. This program comes from funds allocated from the CARES Act.
According to MEMA, the Mississippi legislature allocated $70 million of CARES Act money to aid counties and cities with COVID-19-related costs.
MSDH: Coronavirus cases over 61k
Today MSDH is reporting 572 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi and 8 deaths. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 61,125, with 1,711 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/QP8mlJ41AN pic.twitter.com/rGK7WoXtdL
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) August 3, 2020
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba says he’s concerned about the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the capital city.
He said he feared this would happen, because he feels the decision based on re-opening was made with political pressure.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the situation is dire.
During an interview on MSNBC, this weekend he spoke about how he feels Governor Tate Reeves opened the state too early and now we’re paying for it.
Members of the State Flag Commission are now reviewing over 2,000 flag design submissions that were sent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. While they select their top 25 in Round One, MDAH has made the submissions available to be viewed by the public.
Members of the Commission have until August 7 to make those top 25 selections. They will then narrow it down to the top 10, top 5 and finally the number one design selection.
Congressman Thompson wants $600 unemployment assistance extended
Time is of the essence, and Republicans must work with Democrats to help save lives and livelihoods now. Let’s be honest, $600 a week is more than what most adults make. Americans deserve more.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) August 3, 2020
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Charles William “Bill” Cook, Jr., of Oxford to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Wicker and Hyde-Smith recommended Cook for the post earlier this year.
“Bill Cook is a terrific choice for the TVA board and would represent our state well as the only Mississippian on the panel,” Wicker said. “Bill has built a successful career managing complex networks of data and information and advising businesses to help them grow and prosper. I know he will bring the same vision and leadership to this position, which is critical to economic development and reliable energy in our state.”
YP – Hyde-Smith welcomes $14M in rural water improvements
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) August 3, 2020
State Representative Dana Criswell (R) is promoting a petition calling on Governor Tate Reeves to allow Hydroxychloroquine Treatment for COVID-19.
“It is time the people of Mississippi take control of their health and well-being during this pandemic,” Criswell writes in an email. “Doctors have been prohibited from prescribing a well documented and safe treatment to combat the COVID-19 virus and pharmacist have been instructed to deny any prescription of Hydroxychloroquine.”
WATE – President Trump fires TVA chair
Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. is expanding operations at its facilities in Verona and Saltillo. The expansions represent a combined corporate investment of $22 million and will create a total of 130 jobs across the two facilities.
“For years, Ashley Furniture has been a prominent employer in North Mississippi, with thousands of Mississippians in the region producing high-quality furniture and bedding products for consumers around the world,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “As the world’s leading furniture manufacturer, Ashley Furniture demands a skilled workforce to manufacture its products so the company can continue to live up to its legacy of superior craftsmanship. Ashley Furniture found that workforce in our great state, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with this company with this amazing $22 million investment and creating even more skilled jobs in Mississippi in the years to come.”
Wayne County residents in favor of keeping a Confederate monument in downtown Waynesboro just gained an ally who says he’s in favor of keeping it right where it is.
Raymel Everett, a former president of the Wayne County NAACP, went before the Wayne County Board of Supervisors during its regular session Monday, telling supervisors that the monument is part of Wayne County’s history, both black and white, and is a monument to dead loved ones who were from Wayne County.
“How would you like it if you went to the cemetery and saw folks taking off a headstone of one of your loved ones?” Everett asked.
Everett said the monument stands in memory of those who were killed and never made it home for a proper burial.