WLOX – Bryant signs BP settlement bill into law in grand styleWLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi
I signed the BP Oil Spill settlement legislation into law today on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I thank @tatereeves & @PhilipGunnMS for their leadership in passing this into law during the 2018 Special Session. pic.twitter.com/IKEJTcZJH6— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 5, 2018
Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball on #MSSen raceThe one final race worth mentioning is a special election in Mississippi, where three major candidates are competing in a jungle primary this November, followed by a likely runoff on Nov. 27. It may be that the single major Democrat in the race, former congressman and agriculture secretary Mike Espy, is favored to finish first in the all-party primary, followed by appointed Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), the insurgent who nearly beat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in a primary runoff the last time this Senate seat was on the ballot in 2014 (Cochran resigned earlier this year for health reasons). Assuming Hyde-Smith and Espy advance to the runoff, the Republican should have an advantage in a racially-polarized electorate where an almost-uniformly Republican white electorate making up somewhere around 60% of the electorate can outvote a uniformly Democratic black electorate making up around 35% or so of the electorate. The race should be competitive but it’s hard to see how Espy could get to a majority in such a state, so long as Hyde-Smith advances to the runoff too. But depending on how the other states go, the Mississippi Senate runoff could extend the Senate battle to a form of overtime.
#MSSen: Espy advocates for expansion of paid family leave
The United States is the only modern nation without a national paid leave program. A child’s birth or adoption may mean stretched finances and unsettling concerns about whether caring for a new baby will cost parents their jobs. We must expand paid family medical leave. pic.twitter.com/VasTASbxqy— Mike Espy (@espyforsenate) September 5, 2018
CLARION LEDGER – Cindy Hyde-Smith’s participation in October debates unclear, will depend on work scheduleAll three challengers are accepting two debate invitations for a U.S. Senate race in Mississippi, but it’s unclear if Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith will take part.
Her campaign spokeswoman Melissa Scallan says Hyde-Smith’s participation will depend on the Senate work schedule in Washington.
Debates are scheduled for Oct. 4 and Oct. 23 in Jackson.