Wednesday, June 12, 2013

You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea


It's been fifty years, today.  Fifty years since a cowardly product of this state's wretched obsession with hate and self-destruction lashed out and killed a man dreaming of and working for a better future for us all.

Mr. Evers' dedication to Mississippi and those of us who live here was staggering. May God bless the soul of Medgar Evers, may He comfort those who loved him, and may He give us the strength to continue the work Mr. Evers could not complete.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Politico: "Mississippi's Medicaid Plan May Fail"

In today's edition of Politico, Kyle Cheney, writes about the ongoing battle struggle floundering of responsibility from Governor Bryant over the seemingly obvious decision to expand Medicaid.

There are a couple of good quotes here, some that have become old-hat in these parts, including that of House Minority Leader, Rep Bobby Moak:
The federal government will pay for expansion for the first three years, then gradually scale back to paying 90 percent of the cost.
“I feel confident that the members of the House will make a decision that’s best for their district,” Moak said.
As well as industry leaders that see the need:
Mississippi has the most to gain from Medicaid expansion. Conversely, we also have the most to lose,” said Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Care Access Program. “We’re at the bottom of all the health indicator lists. If we do not expand Medicaid, we will solidify our place at the bottom for at least a generation to come.”

 Hospitals and nursing homes, too, are fretting.

“We continue encouraging Mississippi legislators to come to an agreement quickly to fund the existing Medicaid program beyond June 30, so it does not cause any disruption in services to our nursing home residents,” said Vanessa Phipps Henderson, executive director of the Mississippi Health Care Association.
National eyes are on our state to do the right thing for its people, especially since so many partisan Republicans have already seen the writing on the wall. 

How far will Governor Bryant go to avoid giving Democrats a political victory?

And does he know that his actions could lead to his state's long term defeat?


Monday, June 10, 2013

"Wound Licking" and "Soul Searching" - The Sun Herald's coverage of Blue Tuesday

Check out what the Political Editor for the Sun Herald, Michael Newsom, had to say about Blue Tuesday today.

Newsom fuses the terrible Tuesday for the Mississippi Republican Party, which includes Governor Bryant's insistence that women in the workplace contributed to mediocrity in public education, with the failure to elect municipal leaders across the state. Some takeaways:

The Republican Party was licking its wounds late Tuesday night...the results were really ugly for the GOP in races the party had targeted.
Relating to Mayor Moran's re-election:
There never was a solid backing for McKay from the business community and the GOP base there. Also, the push to make party affiliation a major factor for municipal voters still hasn't caught on. Moran ran a good campaign and effectively sold the city's accomplishments under her watch.
 Continuing:
On election night, McKay was clobbered, coming in 25 percentage points behind Moran.
Now, he and his party begin the worn-out TV news political cliché -- the time of soul searching.

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Newsom suggested that the Republican Party's only win was beating independent, disgraced former Republican Greg Davis, and reminded Cottonmouth readers of what they may already know:

 The Mississippi Republican Party is in disarray.  And The Mississippi Democratic Party is capitalizing on that opportunity.