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The Other Side: Mississippi Today’s Political Podcast
33 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
E180 House leader discusses where the Mississippi medical marijuana stands
Mississippi Today political reporter Geoff Pender talks with Rep. Lee Yancey, who has led the House’s efforts to pass a medical marijuana program. Yancey detailed legislative negotiations about the marijuana program, as well as an impasse lawmakers have reached with Gov. Tate Reeves over several details of the proposal.
14 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
E179 What is Mississippi doing with its huge pots of federal funds?
Mississippi Today journalists Adam Ganucheau and Geoff Pender discuss how Mississippi is behind many other states in determining how to spend billions in federal coronavirus-related stimulus funds.
32 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
E178 Federal funds provide opportunity to fix child care program for working parents
Mississippi’s voucher program to help single working parents has been underfunded and difficult to navigate because of red tape. Carol Burnett and Matt Williams of the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care initiative explain how an influx of federal pandemic stimulus dollars could help.
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
E177 Federal court hears case challenging Mississippi’s felony disenfranchisement law
Jackson attorney Rob McDuff of the Mississippi Center for Justice discusses with Mississippi Today’s political reporters Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender the efforts of him and others to invalidate state constitutional provision crafted in 1890 to prevent African Americans from voting.
57 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
E176 COVID town hall with Dr. Edney, Dr. Woodward, Lt. Gov. Hosemann
Mississippi Today hosted a virtual town hall last week with key state leaders including Dr. Dan Edney, chief health officer at the Mississippi Department of Health, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, chief executive of University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann. We also heard from several key education leases. Listen to the full town hall on this week’s episode of The Other Side.
23 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
E175 Where is the medical marijuana special session lawmakers promised?
Mississippi Today journalists Adam Ganucheau, Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender discuss where in the process lawmakers are on passing a medical marijuana program to replace the one struck down by the Mississippi Supreme Court in May. Officials had promised a marijuana special session in August. Where are they?
19 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
E174 Will Mississippi lawmakers eliminate the income tax and raise others?
Mississippi Today reporters Geoff Pender and Bobby Harrison join Adam Ganucheau to discuss Mississippi lawmakers' two-day hearings, when experts talked about the pros and cons of cutting the state's income tax and raising other taxes.
23 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
E173 Top lawmaker still hopeful of 2021 special session to enact medical marijuana
Mississippi Today political reporters Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender discuss medical marijuana with Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, who has been leading the negotiations with Rep. Lee Yancey, R-Brandon, in hopes of reaching a compromise between the two legislative chambers on the issue.
22 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
E172 COVID-19 is rapidly spreading among Mississippi children
Dr. Anita Henderson, a Hattiesburg pediatrician, joins Mississippi Today's Adam Ganucheau and Kate Royals to discuss the dramatic increase of COVID-19 delta variant cases among children. While experts are unsure whether the delta variant is more virulent or causes more severe illness in children, they are sure of this: There is far, far more of it.
27 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
E171 Where is Gov. Tate Reeves as the COVID crisis reaches its peak?
Mississippi Today's political team discusses the recent leadership of Gov. Tate Reeves. As the state's COVID-19 crisis has become more dire than ever — as the state's hospital system is reportedly days to failure — Reeves has been largely out of the public eye and is receiving criticism from every quarter.
32 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
E170 Are state leaders prepared to make best use of billions in federal coronavirus-relief funds?
State Rep. Robert Johnson of Natchez, the House Democratic leader, expresses concerns during an interview with Mississippi Today’s Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender that state leaders are not taking adequate steps to determine best way to spend about $6 billion coming to various governmental entities in Mississippi from the American Rescue Plan.State Rep. Robert Johnson of Natchez, the House Democratic leader, expresses concerns during an interview with Mississippi Today’s Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender that state leaders are not taking adequate steps to determine best way to spend about $6 billion coming to various governmental entities in Mississippi from the American Rescue Plan.
22 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
E169 Gunn and Reeves, potential political foes, provide political red meat at Neshoba but avoid attacking each other
Mississippi Today journalists Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender recap events from the recently completed Neshoba County Fair and address other issues facing the state, ranging from medical marijuana to teacher pay raises to Critical Race Theory.
20 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
E168 Delta variant, lack of vaccinations bring fourth COVID-19 wave to Mississippi.
Mississippi Today reporters Will Stribling and Geoff Pender discuss the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as Mississippi schools prepare to start the year. They also discuss what the state’s leaders doing (or not) to promote vaccinations.
17 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
E167 How, exactly, does redistricting in Mississippi work?
Mississippi Today’s Adam Ganucheau and Bobby Harrison break down the redistricting process, Which Mississippi lawmakers will commence during the 2022 legislative session.
35 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
E166 Poll warns of possible political consequences if initiative process not fixed
Brandon Jones, policy director for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Action Funds, talks with Mississippi Today’s Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender about results of the poll his organization commissioned on reinstating the ballot initiative process that was struck down by Mississippi Supreme Court.
18 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
E165 How Mississippi's economy could be boosted by medical marijuana
Jessica Rice, the executive director of the Mississippi Cannabis Trade Association, talks with Mississippi Today's Adam Ganucheau and Geoff Pender about the potential economic impact of a medical marijuana program in the state.
34 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
E164 Mississippi native Karen Hinton discusses her storied political career
Mississippi Today’s Bobby Harrison and Geoff Pender talk with former Mississippi journalist Karen Hinton, a Jones County native who became an adviser to politicians such as Mike Espy, Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, and later made national news as part of #MeToo movement.
25 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
E163 Secretary of State Michael Watson on how to fix ballot initiative, medical marijuana
Secretary of State Michael Watson said he believes Gov. Tate Reeves should call a special session of the Legislature to address issues created by a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Initiative 65 medical marijuana program and Mississippi voters’ right to ballot initiative. Watson gives his take on the ruling and what might happen moving forward. He said his office will also have numerous issues before the 2022 legislative session, dealing with election issues, business services, and the public lands his office oversees.
23 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
E162 Mother of patient, Initiative 65 advocate on what’s next for medical marijuana in Mississippi
Angie Calhoun of Puckett became an advocate for medical marijuana after her teenage son suffered a debilitating illness and standard pharmaceutical treatments didn’t work — and brought horrible side effects. Calhoun is now chairwoman of the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association. Like many others, she is waiting to see whether state lawmakers will re-enact a medical marijuana program after the state Supreme Court shot down the one voters overwhelmingly passed in November. Calhoun said she hopes Mississippi’s politicians will observe the will of the people.
19 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
E161 Here's why we launched NextGen Mississippi
Mississippi Today's Editor-in-Chief Adam Ganucheau discusses the newsroom's latest project to dig into why young people are leaving Mississippi in droves or are stuck here wanting to leave. He joined WJTV's Byron Brown on their Sunday political show called "Mississippi Insight" to explain the rationale behind the new project.
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