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YP Daily Roundup 8/7/20

Y’all Politics releases “On the Stump” 2020

Y’all Politics “On the Stump” is a virtual event connecting Mississippians with their elected officials and candidates in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has canceled most county fairs and political rallies. Speakers include state and federal officials and candidates.

You can watch the full broadcast here.

YP – Legislators confirm House, Senate leaders calling this back in session on Monday

MSDH: Coronavirus cases over 64k

YP – John Fleming, Assistant to the President and native Mississippian, talks COVID-19 response with YP

Mississippi native Dr. John Fleming is currently serving in the Trump Administration as the Assistant to the President for Planning and Implementation.  In that role, he is active in the meetings of the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Fleming spoke with Y’all Politics today, offering his perspective on the challenges the Administration has faced during the pandemic and what Americans should know that is often missed by the mainstream media.  He also spoke highly of the leadership in Mississippi under Governor Tate Reeves and commented on how Mississippi is weathering the health crisis.

WTOK – Some Mississippi school districts can cut up to 10 days from their academic calendar

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The Mississippi State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to allow some school districts the ability to cut up to 10 days from their academic calendars.

School districts in Mississippi are required to provide 180 days of instruction each academic year to students. However, Thursday’s order by the Board of Education will allow eight counties hit hard by the coronavirus to shave off some of that time.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday delayed the start of school for grades 7-12 in eight counties with more than 200 cases of COVID-19 and 500 cases per 100,000 residents.

YP – MDE helps equip school districts with distance learning technology

YP – Espy desperately wants Mississippi seen as battleground for U.S. Senate

Mississippi Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy continues to find time to talk to out-of-state media and podcasters, trying all he can to raise national interest in a race here in the Magnolia State that most political observers have essentially written off as “Safe Republican” in favor of incumbent U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

In an interview with Mark Thompson (aka Matsimela Mapfumo, aka ministter) on a podcast based out of New York with black advocates as their target audience, Espy says everyone overlooks Mississippi as it is traditionally a deep red state.

“Everyone overlooks Mississippi because it’s Mississippi,” the Democrat candidate said. “They call us that we are not a battleground state. Well, we are a battleground state because we have the numbers to win.”

YP – Hyde-Smith: MS universities, community colleges awarded $3.5M

CLARION LEDGER – Federal judge in Mississippi: Doctrine shielding police from lawsuits is wrong

A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the principle of qualified immunity, which protects law enforcement officers from being sued for some of their actions.

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that Clarence Jamison, a Black resident of Neeses, South Carolina, filed against a white Mississippi police officer, Nick McClendon. The lawsuit said McClendon used Jamison’s race as a “motivating factor” for pulling McClendon over in traffic and searching his car.

In dismissing the case, Reeves cited court precedents on qualified immunity, but he wrote that the principle has shielded officers who violate people’s constitutional rights.

WJTV – Secretary of State discusses election preparations in Mississippi