YP – Mississippi Runoff Elections set for Tuesday, November 24th

While the General Election has passed, Mississippi still has a number of runoff elections on tap for tomorrow – Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – that voters should be aware of and plan accordingly to go to the polls and cast their vote.

According to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, there are 17 races still left to be decided, including filling the vacancy in the Mississippi House of Representatives in HD 87.

Here is a list of the races on the ballot this Tuesday by county with the position, district and candidates shown.

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YP – Public Health and Wellness Committee: Dobbs explains vaccination plan to Legislators once FDA approves one

On Monday, the Public Health and Welfare committee in the Mississippi Senate heard from members of the healthcare sector on matters concerning COVID-19 and others who work in hospitals around the state.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs with the Mississippi State Department of Health opened the meeting with a discussion on the current state of COVID-19 in the Magnolia State. He also explained how the MSDH will roll out vaccinations once one is made available by the FDA.

Dobbs said schools were initially doing a good job fighting the virus, but lately students and faculty have not been so lucky.

MSDH COVID-19 report

YP – MDE delivers devices to schools

YP – Parents Campaign, MAE oppose Governor Reeves’ FY 2022 budget recommendations

Education groups have come out in opposition to Governor Tate Reeves’ FY 2022 Executive Budget Recommendations.

The Parents Campaign issued a statement expressing their unhappiness that Reeves did not include any mention of a teacher pay raise…

…The Mississippi Association of Teachers also released a statement on the Governor’s recommendations calling them “concerning.”

YP – PEER Committee releases review of Medicaid Non-emergent Transportation Program

The Mississippi Legislative Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee has released its report entitled: A Review of the Division of Medicaid’s Non-Emergency Transportation Program.

The PEER Committee concluded that the Division of Medicaid (DOM) has an opportunity to further improve its cost-efficiency of the non-emergency transportation (NET) program by factoring the weight of costs for non-utilizing NET beneficiaries into its next procurement.  PEER says DOM should consider revising the scoring process in factoring in implementation costs to eliminate potential bias towards the existing NET broker.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann pushes Delta pump comment period

YP – Hyde-Smith advocates for Yazoo pumps

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YP – Congressman Thompson calls for Biden to appoint blacks but not those that make “our white brothers” comfortable

Mississippi’s 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson (D) appeared on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show “Politics Nation” over the weekend to make the case for Biden to appoint blacks in his Administration that are acceptable to the “black community,” not those that make “our white brothers” comfortable.

“The Biden Administration is purporting to be as diverse, I’m convinced they will be. But you know we have to look at them,” Thompsons told Sharpton. “I’m told that the civil rights community is looking forward to having its opportunity to sit down and talk with President Biden and Vice President Harris to talk about what their concerns. Sometimes people get sidetracked. They’ll meet with education. They’ll meet with healthcare. They’ll meet with financial services. But sometimes civil rights get overlooked, and I think you and others understand that we have to keep civil rights on the front burner.”

Thompson then uses his time to differentiate between blacks, segregating them out as those that make “our white brother” comfortable and those “that the black community support.”

Thompson comments on Biden DHS pick

YP – McRae announces Black Friday Giveaway to encourage college savings

WTVA – Councilman Whittington enters Tupelo mayoral race

Tupelo councilman Markel Whittington announced his candidacy for Tupelo mayor.

He currently serves Ward 1 on the city council.

“The citizens of my ward have trusted me to be their council person for the last 12 years, and through this time serving Ward 1 I have learned the essentials of governing this city,” he stated.

Whittington is a longtime Tupelo businessman.