WTOK – Tough political talk at the Neshoba County Fair

DAILY JOURNAL – Bryant: Hyde-Smith was right choice for Senate

Mississippi’s Republican governor says he’s satisfied he chose the right person to temporarily fill a U.S. Senate seat, even while acknowledging that some of his own supporters disagree.


Gov. Phil Bryant spoke Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair. The annual gathering is known as “Mississippi’s Giant House Party.”

Bryant chose Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who retired in April. She faces three challengers in a November election to fill the final two years of the term.

WJTV – Candidates vie for Thad Cochran’s former seat in the U.S. Senate

CLARION LEDGER – Senate candidate draws battle lines

Chris McDaniel supporters were the most vocal, at times bordering on disruptive Thursday, as their candidate slammed both Democrats and establishment Republicans.

All five major party Senate candidates spoke Thursday during the final day of the political speeches. Supporters and onlookers of the candidatures crowded in and around the tin-roofed Founder Square Pavilion.

WLOX – Senate special election draws big interest at Neshoba County Fair

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CLARION LEDGER – Senate hopefuls’ speeches ignite Neshoba Fair crowd

WJTV – Sparks fly at Neshoba between candidates in U.S. Senate race

Gov. Bryant takes on “damn lies”

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Chris Werle: Trent Lott pushing bipartisan solution to climate change debate

Some people just have a knack for grabbing headlines, especially when you haven’t heard their name for about a decade.

Former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott attracted a lot of attention with his latest venture, joining big oil corporations, environmental groups and prominent conservative strategists James Baker and George Shultz in calling for a plan to mitigate the effects of global warming.


In a recent editorial from the Wall Street Journal, Lott introduced his new PAC entitled Americans for Carbon Dividends, or AFCD (www.afcd.org). The goal of his PAC is to promote legislation that will not only help to limit carbon emissions and promote sustainable energy development but will also be pro-business by stimulating innovation and economic growth.

SUNHERALD – 4 GOP lawmakers, head of Christian magazine back Mississippi’s medical marijuana campaign

Rep. Dana Criswell, R-Olive Branch, said he supports legalizing medical marijuana but wrestles with reconciling his views on promoting individual liberty with reducing government regulation.

“I have struggled with this issue both politically and personally because there is this idea that we’re creating some more government here in order to (pass) this, and that really bothers me. And I’ve spent a lot of time talking about this with some of the others on the steering committee because I have tried to consistently vote against anything that creates more government,” Criswell said.

“But there’s such a negative connotation with marijuana that this is the only way I think this can happen… So I’m accepting some government control although it keeps me awake at night.”

In addition to stressing regulation, Bomgar says attaching the names of prominent people to the campaign signals to other potential supporters that it’s safe to support legalizing medical marijuana.

“It’s incredibly valuable for the public to see that prominent leaders in our state have signed up publicly on the steering committee. Medical marijuana is something whose time has come,” Bomgar said. “It adds legitimacy to the campaign, but it also makes it clear where this campaign is headed with this tightly controlled, tightly regulated approach.”

Gov. Phil Bryant, in a Facebook posts, has already opposed the measure, saying: “I will be voting ‘no’ if this makes it on the ballot. With all the pharmaceutical advancements we have seen, it would seem strange to bring pot into the equation.”

WLOX – IP Casino becomes 2nd Coast casino to offer sports betting

IP Casino becomes the second Coast casino to open sports betting. The first sports book opens Friday. Participants will be able to place wagers at the Biloxi casino starting at noon. The casino’s sports book is located on the second floor near the sports’ bar.