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YP Daily Roundup 7/9/21

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YP – No known door to door COVID vaccination promotion efforts in Mississippi

President Joe Biden made news this week when he said the government needs to go door to door to promote COVID vaccinations as mass vaccination sites wind down while shifting more vaccines to family doctors and local pharmacies…

…Y’all Politics sought comment from the Mississippi Governor’s office related to such a push from the Biden Administration. Governor Tate Reeves’ spokesperson provided a statement, saying the White House’s plans are light on details.

“The vast majority of Mississippians are already aware that if they want a vaccine, they have access to it,” said Bailey Martin with the Governor’s office. “Governor Reeves continues to encourage Mississippians to get vaccinated, but believes in their right to decide what is best for them and their families. President Biden’s plans are light on details and heavy on invading people’s right to privacy.”

Following the President’s comments, the Biden Administration was quick to note that this effort is more about making vaccines more available in local communities, from the workplace to neighborhood pharmacies and through mobile clinics, than it is actual door knocking.

MSDH COVID-19 Reporting

YP – AG Lynn Fitch sues Google for antitrust violations

Bipartisan Coalition of States say Google illegally maintains an App Store monopoly; unfairly edges out competition.

“This is a business-friendly office, but when companies use unfair business practices that harm consumers, we will step in to protect Mississippians. Google used its position of dominance to restrict competition, suppress innovation, and limit consumer choice. I joined this lawsuit to protect Mississippi consumers in pursuit of fair competition, innovation, and consumer freedom,” said Lynn Fitch.

Attorney General Lynn Fitch joined a coalition of 37 attorneys general, to file a lawsuit against Google, alleging exclusionary conduct relating to the Google Play Store for Android mobile devices and Google Billing. This antitrust lawsuit is the latest legal action against the tech giant, claiming illegal, anticompetitive, and unfair business practices. The States accuse Google of using its dominance to unfairly restrict competition with the Google Play Store, harming consumers by limiting choice and driving up app prices.

YP – Kevin Raymond appointed as the Director of the Driver Service Bureau

Commissioner Sean Tindell has announced the appointment of Kevin Raymond to Director of the Driver Service Bureau.

In his prior role, Raymond served as Deputy Director of the Driver Service Bureau. Before joining the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Raymond served as Chief Administrator to the Chief of Marine Patrol for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. He is a seasoned law enforcement officer and began his career with the Biloxi Police Department. Raymond later joined the Gulfport Police Department and was appointed to the rank of Commander. He also served as Deputy Chief of Police with the Moss Point Police Department.

Raymond is a United States Air Force veteran. He proudly served for four years before being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant.

Child Tax Credit payments rollout next week

WTOK – Former state Sen. Sampson Jackson looks to the future

Jackson, a life-long Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 1991 and was elected to six more terms representing District 32, which includes Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee, and Winston counties.

“I went to the retirement board to talk to a woman over there. I asked her to pull my information up. She asked me why am I still working after she looked at my information. She said I can make the same amount of money from the office at home in retirement. She said I have 48.5 years in the (state of Mississippi) retirement system. I didn’t realize I had that much time,” said Jackson…

…Voters will elect a new District 32 senator in an upcoming special election, which has not yet been scheduled by the governor. Jackson said his son, Keith Jackson, is going to run for the seat.

“If he is elected, I will guide and show him the ropes in the Senate. I don’t care how much knowledge you know. The main thing to be successful in the Mississippi State Senate, you have to build relationships with co-workers as well as with the leadership,” said Jackson.

WLBT – Sec. Watson orders Canton election officials to certify results or show cause why they won’t

Secretary of State of Mississippi Michael Watson

Canton’s Municipal Election Commission has just days to certify the 2021 general election or tell the state why it refuses to do so.

July 6, Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson submitted a show-cause order to the commission demanding it certifies the results or provides a written response telling him why the results are not being certified.

If the commission does not comply, Watson informed members that his office would petition the court to compel it to do so.

The order excludes the two races that are headed to re-election.