Governor Reeves was joined by pastors from across the state to declare Sunday, December 20th, as a voluntary day of prayer, humility and fasting.
“Today, I am signing a proclamation to declare a Day of Prayer, Humility, and Fasting on Sunday, December 20th,” Governor Reeves said. “As we’ve done throughout the history of this country, we will go to the Lord and ask for his protective hand over us as we enter 2021.”
While there have been many challenges throughout this year, from flooding, tornados, and especially COVID-19, it is important for Mississippians to trust in God.
MSDH daily COVID-19 report
Today MSDH is reporting 2,343 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 42 deaths, and 239 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 185,643, with 4,294 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/hGP9wedcmN
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) December 16, 2020
YP – Lt. Gov. Hosemann says teacher pay raise, dual accreditation, scope of practice all on 2021 agenda
Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann said he is looking to the 2021 Legislative session as one with a positive agenda. On his agenda are another teacher pay raise, work on the education budget, dual accreditation, eliminating year-round school barriers, scope of practice issues, and addressing shipment of alcohol in the state.
However, before they can get to work, Hosemann said lawmakers and leaders need to really consider a push back of session, at least until the pandemic is more under control and a vaccine is more accessible.
The NFIB Research Center released its latest national survey focusing on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed shutdowns has had on small businesses. This is the 14th survey since early March. One-in-four small business owners reported that they will have to close their doors in the next six months if the current economic conditions don’t improve, up 5% from last month. Another 22% of owners anticipate they will be able to operate no longer than 7-12 months under current economic conditions.
“Many small businesses are facing additional challenges right now related to weather conditions and renewed business restrictions across the country,” said Holly Wade, Executive Director of NFIB’s Research Center. “The next few months might prove to be the most difficult time for small businesses since the initial shutdown last spring. It is crucial that Congress provides financial relief for small businesses as we head into the winter months.”
Mississippi State Auditor Shad White joined Y’all Politics today to recap the work his office has done in 2020 and give a look ahead to what is on their legislative agenda in 2021.
YP – Amicus briefs pile up in support of Madison Mayor’s case against Medical Marijuana Initiative 65
Amicus briefs are piling up in the Madison Mayor versus Secretary of State case challenging whether the medical marijuana Initiative 65 was properly before Mississippi voters in the November General Election.
The Mississippi Department of Health has filed a brief supporting Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler’s position, arguing that there are many content problems with the constitutional amendment, including “its wide-ranging scope and conflicts with existing state and federal law.”…
…Others who have currently filed amicus briefs in the case supporting Madison’s position before the Mississippi Supreme Court are:
- State Senators Angela Hill and Kathy Chism, and State Representative Jill Ford
- Mississippi Municipal League
- Mississippi Sheriff’s Association
- Mississippi State Medical Association and American Medical Association
The Mississippi office of NFIB, the state’s leading small business advocacy organization, today presented its coveted Guardian of Small Business award to Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn and state Sen. Nicole Boyd…
…The Guardian of Small Business award is the most prestigious honor that the National Federation of Independent Business bestows on legislators in recognition of their efforts to support small businesses. The NFIB Mississippi Leadership Council, an advisory board comprised of NFIB members, voted to present the award to the legislators for their outstanding leadership on small business issues.
YP – Hyde-Smith: #GASen Democrat Warnock “most radical liberal candidate this country has ever seen”
Mississippi U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith took to Twitter on Tuesday to show support for her Republican colleagues in the Georgia Senate runoff elections , saying, “We must hold the line in Georgia.”
Hyde-Smith also took on the Democrat challenging Senator Kelly Loeffler, the Republican businesswoman who was appointed to the seat by Governor Brian Kemp. Loeffler is running against Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Warnock has come under fire for past political and theological statements conservatives and the Christian community alike view as radical.
Attorney General Lynn Fitch joined a multistate coalition of 10 states in a lawsuit against Google for multiple violations of Federal and State Antitrust Laws.
“Google’s exclusionary practices not only locked out competition, which distorts the market and reduces innovation,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch, “but also the company’s misrepresentations to consumers, particularly regarding their privacy, cause real harm to consumers. I joined this lawsuit to protect competition and innovation in our technology markets and to protect consumer privacy for all Mississippians.”
The Internet revolutionized the way people consume content as well as the type of ads that companies can purchase to reach consumers, including online display ads.
YP – Longtime Mississippi Educator Selected as Lt. Governor Hosemann’s State Board of Education Appointee
A former educator with more than 40 years’ experience in Mississippi schools has been selected as Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann’s appointee to the State Board of Education.
Dr. Ronnie L. McGehee of Madison has been selected to serve an eight-year term ending in July 2028, pending confirmation by the Mississippi Senate.
The Mississippi State Board of Education includes nine members from across the State, with two appointed at-large by the Lieutenant Governor. The Board oversees the State Department of Education, working with the State Superintendent of Education to establish statewide education policy ranging from curriculum to accountability.