Stories about Mississippi

Four Mississippi Supreme Court seats up for election in November

Four Mississippi Supreme Court justices are facing non-partisan elections on November 3, 2020. Incumbent Justice T. Kenneth Griffis is opposed by Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Latrice Westbrooks. Incumbent Justice Josiah Coleman is opposed by Third Chancery District Justice Percy L. Lynchard. Leslie King and Mike Randolph are both running unopposed.

Currently, five judges on the court were appointed by a Republican governor and four judges were initially selected in a nonpartisan election.

The nine justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court are each elected to eight-year terms in nonpartisan general elections. There are no primary elections for judicial candidates in Mississippi. Justices must face re-election if they wish to serve again.

The governor names a temporary judge whenever a midterm vacancy occurs on the court. If four or fewer years of the term remain, the appointed justice serves out the remainder of the term. If more than four years are remaining, the appointee will run in the next general election, taking place nine months or more after the vacancy occurs, and then serve the remainder of the term.

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Mississippi to allow restaurants, bars, and outdoor recreational facilities to reopen May 7

On May 4, 2020, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) announced that restaurants, bars, and outdoor recreational facilities in the state would be permitted to reopen effective May 7.
Restaurants and bars must close no later than 10:00 p.m. and must adhere to social distancing and other guidelines.
Outdoor recreational facilities can operate from 9:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., also subject to social distancing guidelines.
Reeves commenced the state’s reopening plan on April 24, when he eased some restrictions imposed on businesses as a result of the state’s original stay-at-home order. That order, which was implemented on April 3, expired on April 27.
Mississippi is one of 27 states progressing through a reopening plan. Of those 27 states, 17 have Republican governors. The remaining eight have Democratic governors.

Mississippi executive order extends eviction suspension

On April 24, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) issued executive order 1477, extending his “safer-at home” order through May 11. As part of the order, the governor extended the suspension of evictions in the state through May 11. Prior to the order, the suspension on evictions was set to expire on April 24.

Ballotpedia is tracking state and local government actions suspending or modifying evictions and home foreclosures in response to the coronavirus pandemic

To date, 40 states have implemented policies related to evictions or foreclosures on wither the state or local level.