Gov. Bryant: DOMA ruling has no effect on Mississippi


Same-sex married couples in Mississippi may in the near future enjoy some 1,100 potential federal benefits given to married people — how and when it happens, though, is unclear. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on the federal Defense of Marriage Act says the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage in states where same-sex marriage is … Continue reading Gov. Bryant: DOMA ruling has no effect on Mississippi

SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.

Supreme Court won’t hear Mississippi NAACP challenge to legislative redistricting.


The Supreme Court won't order new legislative elections in Mississippi over complaints about the timing of the state's redistricting. The Mississippi NAACP had challenged the state's 2011 state elections because the Legislature did not immediately use the 2010 census to draw new district lines in 2011. The state House and Senate instead argued for several … Continue reading Supreme Court won’t hear Mississippi NAACP challenge to legislative redistricting.

Medicaid: Sad stories begin in time to try to sway election.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett I have always had a good relationship with Mississippi’s Associated Press reporters as a Political and Communications Strategist. But, not all AP writers are as ethical in the practice of their craft. The media picture has become more muddied. The internet, community reporting from bloggers close to story makers, and … Continue reading Medicaid: Sad stories begin in time to try to sway election.

Senator Giles Ward: Medicaid expansion costs would be too much.


Sen. Giles Ward, R-Louisville, brought up the June ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "The ruling surprised a lot of people, including me," Ward said. "But the Supreme Court got one thing right - this entire legislation is a tax." Ward went on to say the … Continue reading Senator Giles Ward: Medicaid expansion costs would be too much.

Salter: Poverty is not just a voter ID issue, it’s a Mississippi reality


The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law released a study last week that concluded that voter identification laws would have a more profound impact on supposed voter suppression in states with poor, sparsely populated and rural populations like Mississippi than in states not similarly situated. The fact is that … Continue reading Salter: Poverty is not just a voter ID issue, it’s a Mississippi reality

Salter: In Mississippi, Medicaid is focus of health care ruling


The top drawer political reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care reforms known as “Obamacare” is one founded deeply in the 2012 federal election cycle and the inexorable grind of partisan politics. But in Mississippi, the central focus of the decision for state policymakers in both the executive and legislative branches of … Continue reading Salter: In Mississippi, Medicaid is focus of health care ruling

Lawmakers prepare for Medicaid battle in 2013


Now that the Supreme Court has ruled the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare constitutional, Mississippi, like every other state, is left with the option of expanding Medicaid. Whether to do that will be a major focus of the upcoming 2013 legislative session, according to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and two local Republican lawmakers. "It's terrible public … Continue reading Lawmakers prepare for Medicaid battle in 2013

Chris McDaniel: Despite SCOTUS Ruling on Healthcare Law, “Right-to-Privacy” Contradiction Offers Glimmer of Hope for Mississippi Challenge


BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel In the Supreme Court's recent decision affirming Obamacare's individual mandate, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended the mandate to carry health insurance, but then recognized that the Constitution still limited Congress from imposing other mandates. “Other provisions of the Constitution also check congressional overreaching,” Ginsburg wrote. “A mandate to purchase a particular … Continue reading Chris McDaniel: Despite SCOTUS Ruling on Healthcare Law, “Right-to-Privacy” Contradiction Offers Glimmer of Hope for Mississippi Challenge

October trial set in Mississippi suit over health care law


A federal judge in Mississippi has scheduled a trial for October in a lawsuit that claims the Obama Administration's health care law is illegal, in part based on arguments that it violates individual privacy rights by forcing citizens to buy insurance. The lawsuit was one of several filed around the country challenging the Affordable Care … Continue reading October trial set in Mississippi suit over health care law