Hurricane Sally downgraded from Cat 2 to Cat 1, continues shift to the East

The National Hurricane Center’s latest report show Hurricane Sally’s maximum sustained winds have lowered to 85 mph, making it a Category 1 Hurricane. That is down from the Category 2 and 100 mph winds reported on Monday.

Sally’s track has also shifted more East, with a landfall likely on the Mississippi/Alabama border near Pascagoula and Mobile.

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YP – Governor Tate Reeves Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Tropical Storm Sally

Governor Tate Reeves has declared a State of Emergency as Tropical Storm Sally rolls onto the Mississippi coast.

YP – MDOT responders prepare for Sally

YP – Governor Reeves Extends Safe Return Order and Relaxes Restrictions on Businesses, Social Gatherings as COVID-19 Numbers Improve

Governor Tate Reeves announced that he is extending the social distancing measures under the Safe Return order with a few amendments relaxing restrictions as Mississippi flattens the curve on new COVID-19 cases.

Continuing to work with state and national health experts on a data-driven, measured strategy to limit transmission, Governor Reeves has extended the Safe Return order until Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00 PM….

…Under the amended Safe Return order, group gathering limitations are now at no more than 10 indoors or 50 outdoors when social distancing is not possible. If people are able to social distance, group gatherings are set at no more than 20 indoors or 100 outdoors.

Maximum capacity has also been increased to 75% for retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, and seated dinners at reception halls and conference centers. Party sizes in restaurants are now limited to 10 people per table, and gyms can be open 24 hours a day.

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YP – Election fraud remains a real concern, and Mississippi has taken steps to combat it

Concerns over election fraud have increased in recent months as mail-in voting has been expanded in various states during the pandemic.  A prevailing media narrative is that election fraud is largely a partisan claim Republicans use to suppress Democrat turnout.

Reuters recently asserted as much in an article entitled, “How a small group of U.S. lawyers pushed voter fraud fears into the mainstream,” where the news organization called worries over the vulnerability of our election systems a “once-fringe theory,” claiming the concerns  were now “a staple of Republican politics, due largely to the efforts of a small network of lawyers who have promoted it for two decades, funded by right-wing foundations.”

Mississippians know full well the realities of election fraud.

YP – Bill to legalize marijuana could pass Congress next week with Congressman Thompson’s support

Mississippi Democrat Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02) has cosponsored the MORE Act – Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act – essentially legalizing marijuana. While 11 states have already made it legal, the other 39 would have to vote to legalize the drug if the MORE Act passes.

Congress could take up the bill on the floor next week for a full vote of its members.

The primary sponsor of H.R. 3884, or the MORE Act, is New York Congressman Jerry Nadler.  It was introduced in the U.S. House in July 2019 and passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in November 2019.

YP – Hyde-Smith backs resolution recognizing September as Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month

WLOX – Diamondhead special mayoral election postponed due to Hurricane Sally

Diamondhead special mayoral election postponed due to Hurricane Sally

The special election for the next Diamondhead mayor has been postponed due to Hurricane Sally.

The special election was originally scheduled for Sept. 15 to fill the seat left open by the recent passing of Mayor Tommy Schafer.

MBJ – BILL CRAWFORD: Reeves less politicizing than Trump on COVID-19

Unlike Trump, who has now distanced himself from his top health experts, Reeves has consistently stayed closed to his. While not as fast or comprehensive as state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs might have wished, Reeves has implemented his recommendations for a statewide mask mandate, social distancing, targeted shutdowns, and other protective provisions to slow down virus contagion.

Consequently, Mississippi has recently seen a much better and faster improvement in case numbers and related deaths than the U.S. as a whole. Monday Sept. 7, the state reported no coronavirus deaths for the first time since late March.