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  • With Mississippi’s new law, more states have banned ranked-choice voting in 2024 than any other year

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    On May 13, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) signed SB 2144 into law, banning ranked-choice voting (RCV). With the new law, more states have now banned RCV in 2024 than in any other year. Mississippi joined Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Alabama, who all adopted legislation banning RCV this year, and became the ninth state overall to prohibit the electoral system. SB 2144 bans RCV “in…

  • Mississippi bill to expand Medicaid with work requirements dies in negotiations (2024)

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    A Medicaid expansion bill in Mississippi died in negotiations between the Mississippi House and Senate, primarily over the inclusion of work requirements in the final version, resulting in its failure to pass before the session deadline on May 2, 2024. The Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1725 on February 28, 2024, with a…

  • Mississippi issues cease and desist order to BlackRock, warns of potential fines

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    Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson (R) on March 26, 2024, sent a cease and desist letter to BlackRock arguing the firm misled investors regarding the extent of its commitment to ESG strategies and threatened to fine the asset manager. Watson specifically said BlackRock’s claim that the firm’s non-ESG funds did not “seek to follow…

  • All candidates for U.S. House Mississippi District 2 Republican primary runoff complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

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    Both of the candidates running in the April 2, 2024, Republican primary runoff for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District — Ronald Eller (R) and Andrew S. Smith (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. Here are the candidates’ responses to…

  • Mississippi House advances Medicaid expansion with work requirements

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    The Mississippi House of Representatives passed H.B. 1725 on February 28, 2024, which would expand Medicaid eligibility for people who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level and meet work requirements. The bill directs the Mississippi Division of Medicaid to apply for a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

  • Three Mississippi U.S. House primaries are contested this year

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    This year’s filing deadline for candidates running for Congress in Mississippi was Jan. 12, 2024. Twelve candidates are running for Mississippi’s four U.S. House districts, including four Democrats and eight Republicans. That’s three candidates per district, less than in the previous three election cycles. There were 5.75 candidates per district in 2022, 3.75 candidates per…

  • Mississippi House passes constitutional amendment for new state initiative and referendum process that would prohibit initiatives related to abortion

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    The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would create a new state initiative and referendum process. On Jan. 24, the constitutional amendment, House Concurrent Resolution 11, was passed 80-39. Among House Republicans, 78 voted ‘Yes’ and one voted ‘No’. Among House Democrats, 38 voted ‘No’ and one voted ‘Yes’. The one…

  • Reeves, Presley, and Gray running in Mississippi gubernatorial election

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    Incumbent Tate Reeves (R), Brandon Presley (D), and Gwendolyn Gray (independent) are running in the general election for governor of Mississippi on Nov. 7, 2023. Reeves was elected in 2019 by five percentage points. According to Mississippi College political science professor Glenn Antizzo, Reeves’ margin of victory was “less than the usual split between Republicans…

  • All candidates for Mississippi House of Representatives District 66 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

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    Both of the candidates running in the Aug. 29, 2023, Democratic primary runoff election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 66 — Roshunda Harris-Allen (D) and Fabian Nelson (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office. Here are the candidates’ responses…

  • Results from Mississippi’s battleground House primaries

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    Mississippi voters decided 44 contested state House primaries on Aug. 8, a decade-low for the chamber, down one from the previous low in 2019. Ballotpedia identified six battleground primaries in the chamber: one between Democrats and five between Republicans. In Mississippi, a candidate wins a primary outright if they receive a majority vote. Otherwise, the…