Analysis: Hob Bryan effective as leader of Democrats in Mississippi Senate

There’s no such title as minority leader in the Mississippi Senate.

“We’re too disorganized,” jokes Sen. Hob Bryan.

But the Amory Democrat can be considered his party’s Senate chief, anyway. Bryan has been leading the Senate effort to expand Medicaid under the 2010 federal health care law, and he managed to get a bill out of the chamber that at least kept that possibility open.

Of course, House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, had the bill killed in the Rules Committee, leaving lawmakers without an obvious way to reauthorize Medicaid. The state law governing the federal-state insurance program expires June 30, although some say Gov. Phil Bryant could run it by executive order.