YP – Mississippi flies new flag over State Capitol
The state of Mississippi officially flew a new flag for the first time since 1861. Replacing the former flag is the “In God We Trust” flag which was selected by a Commission and voted on by the public in the November 2020 election.
The flag was ratified by the Mississippi Legislature within the first two days of the 2021 session. HB 1 was voted on by the House and Senate, officially allowing the bill to move forward to the Governor who signed it into law on Monday at 2:30pm.
The signing took place at the Two Mississippi Museums before officials made their way to the State Capitol building where three flags were raised atop the building.
Gov. Reeves on the new flag: We need to come together
Today I signed the bill to ratify a new banner for our state. It is done with the hope that we can work together and serve one another. We need to come together in this country. pic.twitter.com/2dyESfR2Xo
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) January 11, 2021
State Senator David Blount has introduced a bill that would commit Mississippi’s electoral votes to the national presidential election winners regardless of what Mississippians voted.
In an interview, Blount stated, “I believe the person who gets the most votes should win. It’s getting a lot of interest across the country.”
In Mississippi in 2020, Donald Trump received 57.1% of the vote while Joe Biden received only 41.1% of the vote. Under the bill in an identical situation, all of Mississippi’s electoral votes would be pledged to Biden, thus disenfranchising millions of Mississippi voters.
Congressman Thompson wants “perpetrators” of the Capitol riot to be on TSA watchlist
They also requested the current status adding the perpetrators of last week’s attack on the Capitol to watchlists.
— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) January 12, 2021
On Monday, Republicans in the U.S. House blocked consideration of a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office with nine days until the Inauguration Day for President-elect Joe Biden…
…Y’all Politics asked the Mississippi federal delegation two ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions on Monday as this week in D.C. is about to unfold so as to clarify their positions on both invoking the 25th Amendment and impeachment of President Trump.
See the questions with their responses here.
MSDH daily COVID-19 report
Today MSDH is reporting 1,227 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 19 deaths, and 221 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of #covid19 cases for the year is now 240,309, with 5,186 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/SZvR25YZFY
— MS Dept of Health (@msdh) January 11, 2021
Attorney General Lynn Fitch joined a bipartisan coalition of 48 attorneys general in pushing federal regulators to examine recent progress in the national fight against opioid abuse.
“The opioid epidemic has ravaged communities around the globe, bringing devastation from the loss of loved ones and the crippling impact on our healthcare system and economy,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch. “I remain unwavering in my commitment to end the opioid epidemic in Mississippi and will continue to leverage all tools at my disposal to protect our families and our communities.”
The bipartisan coalition seeks a progress report regarding recent steps taken by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to combat the opioid crisis, given the new authorities Congress granted the agency in 2018.