BY: Chris McDaniel @senatormcdaniel Five robed Justices of the United States Supreme Court can jolt a nation as surely as anything can. And last week they did just that with two rulings that border on the absurd. In what are truly troubling decisions, the Court determined that unenumerated federal Obamacare subsidies are, in fact, existent … Continue reading MCDANIEL: The Supreme Court: Lawlessness in the Name of Love
With the dust settling from the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Secretary of State’s Office is focusing on the implementation of the voter identification. Implementation regulations were proposed on December 12, 2012 for public comment. “I intend to make the Voter ID regulations final in the … Continue reading Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations
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
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, effectively taking the teeth out of 50 years of Department of Justice discrimination against Southern states. You can read the full opinion HERE. The ruling would require Congress to go … Continue reading PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.
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.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had the choice to bypass the normal Justice Department pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and go straight to a 3-judge federal panel in order to argue for approval of the state’s Voter ID bill. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that he … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Section 5 Should Go: Federal law is being misused to victimize black Mississippians
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.
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.
The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or more commonly called ObamaCare, has left many people asking what's next – and what does it mean here in Mississippi. While some people say ObamaCare will come as an economic boost with “free” money, the reality is simple: no money is … Continue reading Governor Bryant on ObamaCare in Mississippi: “No money is free.”
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