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9/26/16

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Green Party’s Stein to host town hall in Oxford



Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will make a stop in Oxford next week to lead a student town hall event.

The event will take place Oct. 3 at The Lyric. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the town hall begins at 7 p.m.



Daily Journal
9/27/16

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TRENT KELLY: Mississippians have tools to be successful



During the month of August, I spent a lot of time listening to the concerns of constituents in all 22 counties of the First Congressional District. Many of these conversations included questions about infrastructure funding and the federal government’s role in funding our highways and infrastructure.

The importance of a sound highway program can’t be understated. Before 1987, Mississippi had only two four-lane highways. Today, a major driver of economic development is infrastructure.

Everyone benefits from safe and efficient roads and bridges. One of my priorities as your congressman is to ensure that our state has the resources to address infrastructure issues and continue to be an attractive state for employers and families.



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9/26/16

Posted September 27, 2016 - 7:15 am

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COCHRAN: GULFPORT YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM AWARDED $1.0 MILLION


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today announced that the YouthBuild program in Gulfport has been awarded more than $1.0 million from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The $1,098,940 Labor Department grant has been awarded to CLIMB Community Development Corp. to operate the Gulfport YouthBuild program, which provides educational and occupational instruction to low-income, at-risk youths. The YouthBuild grant requires a 25 percent nonfederal, matching contributions.

“YouthBuild provides young people with an alternative path for completing their education and learning career skills. The Gulfport program will be able to use this funding to continue its good work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The YouthBuild eligible youth education assistance to earn their GED while also gaining construction and other skills that can lead to employment opportunities. Participants can also earn an AmeriCorps education award for post-secondary schooling.

The Gulfport award is one of 77 programs in 35 states to receive FY2016 funding. YouthBuild programs in the United States are operated by autonomous non-profit or public entities, which are required to secure nonfederal public or private funding.

Cochran serves on the Senate appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Labor Department. In early June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $84.5 million for the national YouthBuild in FY2017.


9/26/16

Posted September 27, 2016 - 7:12 am

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Wicker: Ocean Monitoring Bill Cleared by Senate

Legislation Includes Priorities for Gulf Coast, Local Universities


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today announced that the Senate has passed his legislation to reauthorize the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). The bill, S.1886, was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in December 2015. It is cosponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

“I am pleased that the Senate took action on this proposal, working to improve weather forecasting, energy siting and production, and marine navigation safety,” Wicker said. “This program not only benefits Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, but it also plays a role in our national defense, search-and-rescue operations, and marine commerce – impacting efforts to conduct critical scientific studies.”

IOOS was first authorized in 2009 by the “Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing Act.” The program is made up of a partnership of 17 federal agencies and 11 regional associations. It provides scientists and researchers with vital information about the nation’s coasts and oceans, as well as the Great Lakes.

Over half of the marine data now assembled and disseminated by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center – located in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, and part of IOOS – is from non-federal sources.

Ocean modeling teams based at Stennis – made up of the Navy, the GCOOS-RA, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, NOAA, and others – coordinate to develop the best physical and ecosystem models on the Gulf. The NOAA National Weather Service uses the Navy model results for their public safety hurricane forecasts.


9/26/16

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9/26/16

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9/26/16

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Sid Salter: Should unhappy voters ‘park’ presidential votes?



First and foremost, I’m not advocating the whole notion of voters taking a powder on choosing between the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine or the Republican ticket of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence and “parking” their votes with a third party or independent.

The Electoral College renders the notion of third party voting or “parking your vote” as a protest of the major party candidates a moot and futile point in most cases. The electors for the party that gets the most votes in Mississippi will get all the state’s six electoral votes, even if that total for the winning candidate/ticket is less than 50 percent of the state’s popular vote.

So voting for a third-party candidate or “parking you vote” is, in reality, a rather narcissistic exercise that will accomplish little more than making you feel good about being able to say later on that you voted for neither Clinton nor Trump in 2016 — despite the fact that one of them will be living in the White House for the next four years.




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9/25/16

Posted September 27, 2016 - 7:02 am

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Conservative group issues legislative report card



The Mississippi chapter of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity has issued its first report card for state lawmakers, on their voting in the 2016 session.

While most Republican state legislators — who hold a supermajority in both the House and Senate — received an A or a B on the AFP’s 2016 Mississippi Legislature Scorecard, a few received a D or F. Most Democrats received F’s but the A’s were exclusively Republicans.

The grades were based on 32 House votes on bills or amendments and 27 votes on bills in the Senate. AFP said it chose the votes to score based on four “principles”: fairer taxes that allow taxpayers to keep more of what they earn, spending limited to core functions of government, fewer “job-killing and protectionist” regulations and more choice and innovation in education.



Clarion Ledger
9/26/16

Posted September 27, 2016 - 6:59 am

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Jackson lands federal money to halt violent crime




On the heels of the capital city's 50th homicide on Friday, the Department of Justice announced Monday that Jackson is one of 15 sites around the country selected to be in a federal initiative to reduce violence.

Jackson, along with Nashville, is being added to the Justice Department's Violence Reduction Network, which provides resources and funding to help reduce violent crime in partnered cities.



Clarion Ledger
9/26/16

Posted September 27, 2016 - 6:56 am

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi needs more private sector jobs



Of employed Mississippi civilians age 16 and over, 17.9 percent were local, state, and national government workers compared to 13.6 percent nationally.

Of Mississippians age 18 to 64 with jobs, 15.8 percent had no health insurance coverage compared to 11.6 percent nationally. Of those without jobs, 44.7 percent had no insurance versus 28.5 percent nationally.

All these statistics result in large part from our low workforce participation and job growth rates. Just 58.9 percent of Mississippians age 16 and up participate in the workforce compared to 63.9 percent nationally, and, since 2010, private sector jobs in Mississippi grew just 7.3 percent versus 13.6 percent nationally.

To get off the bottom we should avoid foolish criticism and man up to reality. We need more private sector jobs with benefits and more Mississippians working.



Daily Journal
9/25/16

Posted September 26, 2016 - 7:23 am

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Why give all BP funds to Coast? Some area legislators say, ‘Not so fast’



Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are saying not so fast in terms of the three coastal counties receiving all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent massive oil spill.

“I know some people feel some of the money should come to the central and northern parts of the state,” said Rep. William Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville...



...“I have heard proposals to divide the money by the three Supreme Court districts with the Southern District getting half and the Central and Northern Districts dividing the other half,” Bain said.

Both Bain and Arnold mentioned that the funds should be used for the state’s many infrastructure needs.



Daily Journal
9/25/16

Posted September 26, 2016 - 7:20 am

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Chickasaw County legislator barely misses terrorist attack



Mississippi Rep. Preston Sullivan, D-Okolona, was glad to be back at his Chickasaw County cattle farm late Thursday – less than a week after missing by about an hour being at the site of the New York City terrorist bombing.

“We were on the train back to White Plains when it happened. But we had been at that spot about an hour before the bombing,” said Sullivan.

The bombing this past weekend at 23rd Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan injured 31.



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9/26/16

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9/23/16

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Kemper County supervisor arrested



A Kemper County supervisor has been arrested after getting into a fight with a county employee.

Sheriff James Moore says Supervisor Justin Creer and a county employee have both been arrested after getting into a fight just before two Friday afternoon. The sheriff says the incident happened at the county barn and was a domestic dispute. Moore says both have been charged with disturbing the peace.



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9/23/16

Posted September 26, 2016 - 7:06 am

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GEOFF PENDER: Upon further review, 'ree-form' panels appear worthwhile



The announcement months back by House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves that they were forming special legislative “working groups” to study the state budget and taxes and propose reform was met with a good deal of skepticism and cynicism.

I did my part, including a snarky column with a long “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” Pappy O’Daniel analogy — the Republican leaders were calling for “ree-form” when they’re the incumbents and have been in charge a while.

But after the first few rounds of the committees meeting, and more scheduled for October, I’ll concede they appear to be a worthwhile endeavor. They are giving lawmakers deeper insight into what the state’s largest agencies are up to and how they’re spending money.

Now, whether the work of these panels will result in the “comprehensive budget and tax reform” as initially billed remains to be seen. And if panel members thus far have found hundreds of millions of dollars worth of largess in state government that could be easily sliced, then I’ve missed it.




Clarion Ledger
9/24/16

Posted September 26, 2016 - 7:02 am

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Mississippi Ed Dept. travel forms spotty



The Council of Chief State School Officers, a prominent player on the national education stage, covered most of the cost of State Superintendent Carey Wright’s trip last year to Shanghai, China, for a diplomacy event.

It cost the state $789.

But offsetting what may be considered a nominal expense for such a trip are Wright’s travel records, which went to the wrong agency for approval — a violation that can have costly consequences.

Wright did not submit the paperwork to the Department of Finance and Administration for approval as required under state law, instead getting approval from the Board of Education president, John Kelly.




Clarion Ledger
9/24/16

Posted September 26, 2016 - 6:55 am

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Wicker, Durbin Introduce Legislation to Promote Study Abroad

Senators Say Study Abroad Prepares U.S. College Graduates to Compete Globally


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., today introduced legislation that creates a competitive grant program for colleges and universities to expand study abroad opportunities for American college students and encourage more minority, low-income, and non-traditional students to spend part of their undergraduate experience abroad. The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act seeks to bolster young Americans’ foreign language skills and cultural competency. Named after the late Illinois Senator Paul Simon, who preached the value of international education as a means to strengthen the United States’ position in the world, this bill aims to increase the number of undergraduate students studying abroad annually to one million within ten years. Currently, less than two percent of all enrolled post-secondary students in the U.S. study abroad.

“Our nation benefits in the long run when students have the opportunity to study abroad,” Senator Wicker said. “No one can predict what the world will look like in 10, 20, or 30 years. A better understanding of global issues and the global economy helps prepare our young leaders to succeed, regardless of what the future holds.”

“Senator Paul Simon understood the importance of fostering global awareness and understanding in an increasingly complicated and interconnected world. The next generation of American leaders will have to navigate a globally competitive economy and work with people from vastly different cultural backgrounds to tackle the world’s problems,” said Senator Durbin. “By investing in international exchange, we can better prepare our youth and our country for the world of tomorrow.”

Senator Durbin first introduced this legislation in 2006 as the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Act based on the recommendations of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program – of which Durbin was a member. Today’s bill is supported by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Partners of the Americas, the American Council on Education, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Association of American Universities.


9/22/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 8:00 am

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Incentive program saves businesses money



A program believed to be unique to Mississippi has given small businesses in the state a major injection of cost savings as they try to start their operations.

That saving now totals more than $1.5 million in money that would have otherwise gone toward literally “keeping the lights on.”...



...Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley of Nettleton came to DeJournett’s business Wednesday to tout the program he first proposed in 2011 that has now saved 2,826 of Mississippi’s burgeoning small start ups a total of $1.746 million in utility costs by way of reduced rates and alternative deposit options.

Presley’s visit was also part of a tour of his district to announce the renewal of the program by the Public Service Commission for another year.



Desoto Times
9/21/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 7:57 am

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Bill Minor: Eastland held sway over Miss. politics for decades



Two biographies of legendary Mississippi Democratic politician Jim Eastland have emerged in recent months. Significantly, neither was written by a state native, resident or contemporary of Eastland.

For the benefit of millennials, Eastland, otherwise known as "Big Jim," held sway over Mississippi politics for four decades as a U.S. senator from the late 1940s to latter 1970s....



...Although they served together for years in the Senate, Eastland and John Stennis were never very close. Stennis took the scholarly, statesman path while Eastland remained the premiere politician. At the end, however, Eastland confirmed that he used his influence with Ross Barnett, then seen as a hero for opposing admission of the first black to Ole Miss, to keep him from running against Stennis in 1964.



Clarion Ledger
9/22/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 7:54 am

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Special needs voucher use low in region



In total, 22 vouchers have been awarded to students in the 16 counties that make up Northeast Mississippi compared to 165 in the three-county Jackson metro area.

“One of the things that stood out is that before the vote (in the Legislature) there appeared to be a lot of lobbying for the bill coming from Northeast Mississippi, our friends and neighbors,” said Rep. Mac Huddleston, R-Pontotoc, who voted for the proposal.

Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, one of the most vocal critics of the law, said he agrees that more emphasis must be placed on helping students with special needs but said the current legislation does not do that. Bryan said it only establishes a voucher system.

“It seems skewed to more affluent areas,” he said.

Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, said a factor in the low participation rate in north Mississippi is fewer private school options.



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9/22/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 7:50 am

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9/22/16

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9/22/16

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Sid Salter: Many voters like 'none of the above'



In other words, heading into the fall stretch run in presidential politics in Mississippi, there are no visible surprises. Republicans control the state Legislature, seven of eight statewide offices, and five of the state’s six U.S. House and Senate seats and seem on cruise control to win the state’s presidential popular vote and electoral votes in 2016.

But nationally, the presidential polls are tightening significantly. From the rather wide electoral vote lead and adequate popular vote lead projected for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton just weeks ago, the race is today projected to be a popular vote dead heat and an electoral vote lead for Clinton that is anything but certain....


...The bottom line is that both the crunched polling and projection numbers and unscientific street talk underscore the fact that there’s about a 10percent block of voters out there who are feeling pretty headstrong about voting “none of the above” in the presidential race.

In just over six weeks, this interminable election will be over. The bookies — yes, there are betting odds on presidential elections — still favor Clinton. But in this strangest of elections, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about just what that “none of the above” crowd in both parties will or won’t do — and whether some will at the bitter end hold their noses and support the nominees of their parties.



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9/21/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 7:37 am

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9/22/16

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9/22/16

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Wicker Outlines Administration’s Failures in Syria

Miss. Senator Addresses Obama’s Statement That ‘There’s No Ultimate Military Victory’



WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, today questioned Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford during a committee hearing to review U.S. national security challenges and ongoing military operations.





Below is a transcript of Sen. Wicker’s comments:



“In his farewell speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, President Obama stated that ‘there’s no ultimate military victory to be won’ in Syria. As a member of this Committee for many years, I find this assertion to be astounding. Our Chairman and I, along with other members of this Committee, have made repeated admonitions over the years that decisive action needs to be taken against Assad.



“In August 2012, the President delivered his now infamous red-line statement in which he said: ‘We have been very clear to the Assad regime… that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.’



“A year later, disregarding the counsel of your predecessor, Secretary Hagel, the President canceled airstrikes against Assad, who had unleashed sarin gas on his own people outside of Damascus and continued his gruesome use of barrel bombs on civilians. This dramatic demonstration of weakness by the President left a vacuum in the region that was quickly seized by President Putin. We are now faced with an enduring quagmire.



“Sadly, President Obama’s remark that ‘there’s no ultimate military victory’ belies the reality of the Obama foreign policy that has ignored and belittled the advice of our leaders in the Department of Defense.



“To add insult to injury, the President issued this memo yesterday ordering you and General Dunford to consider climate change during our military planning process. Last weekend we dealt with multiple terrorist attacks on our shores; last night we heard that ISIL may have launched a chemical attack on our troops. It boggles the mind that the President would issue such an order during this critical time in our history. There have been 400,000 civilian deaths in Syria. I wonder what the carbon footprint of these barrel bombs would have been and we could have prevented had we acted decisively?



“Mr. Secretary…I just wish that you had been given the appropriate authority by the President to turn around this Administration’s disastrous and misguided national security strategy.”



9/22/16

Posted September 23, 2016 - 7:20 am

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Following an announcement for future induction into the prestigious Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame earlier this afternoon, Marcus Dupree, the legendary football running back from Philadelphia, Mississippi, publicly endorsed Dow Yoder’s election to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Yoder was born in Columbus. After graduating from S.D. Lee High School, he earned a football scholarship to Mississippi College. As a red-shirt freshman, Yoder was part of the Choctaw’s 1989 NCAA Division II National Championship team.

The former Assistant District Attorney and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney has lived within the judicial district in Lowndes, Jones, and Madison counties for nearly 40 years.
Yoder currently resides in Ridgeland, with his wife, the former Melinda Lee Price. He volunteers for the Broadmoor Center for Hope and Healing, and their sons’ local Boy Scout Troop.

The Golden Triangle counties of Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha mark the northern boundary of a district which includes Dupree's home county of Neshoba, along with Noxubee, Winston, Kemper, Leake, Lauderdale, Newton, Scott, Clark, Jasper, Smith, Rankin, and parts of Madison, Attala, Wayne, and Jones counties.

The non-partisan race for the 10 member appeals court follows the retirement of Judge Larry Roberts, of Meridian. Most decisions involve felony criminal appeals from Mississippi’s 22 Circuit Court districts. Court of Appeals cases are assigned by the Mississippi Supreme Court, Mississippi's highest court.

As Co-Chairman for the Friends of Dow Yoder, Marcus Dupree joins Rhonda Keenum, of Starkville, and the former U.S. District Court Judge Charles Pickering, of Jones County.

With greater height and weight than Bo Jackson and Hershel Walker, and faster in a 100 yard sprint, Marcus Dupree was an explosive force from the backfield.
Dupree led Philadelphia High School to a State Football Championship. Oklahoma Head Coach Barry Switzer described Marcus Dupree as the most talented football player to ever wear #22.

A knee injury cut Dupree's promising NFL career short. Mismanagement and fraud by self-described 'sports agent' Kenneth Fairley resulted in financial hardship for Dupree, whose meteoric rise to fame ended prematurely for football fans. His story was depicted in an ESPN 30/30 documentary, 'Marcus Dupree: The Best That Never Was.'

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9/22/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 4:09 pm

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Roger Wicker Waxes Optimistic About the Election

In Missouri, Wicker said he always expected GOP Sen. Roy Blunt would face a difficult re-election but conceded that the Democratic nominee, Jason Kander, has talent — even if he’ll eventually lose because of his position on abortion rights and gun control. “We’ve known from the day they settled on Jason Kander that he’s young and attractive and that he was going to hire an excellent ad agency,” Wicker said. “So I’ll give him that.”

He defended North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr against criticism that he hasn’t worked hard enough during his own re-election campaign. “I’ve been a victim of this myself,” he said. “In 1994, there was this narrative that I won the primary and quit working. It just drove me crazy. And I had a hard time shaking it. I was working my fingers to the bone, exhausted by the end of every day. So I probably know how Richard feels.”

He declined to promise that the NRSC’s independent expenditure arm would run TV ads for Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who are considered the two most vulnerable Senate Republican incumbents of this year’s election cycle. “We’re continuing to look at that,” Wicker said. (The senator did point out that the committee is helping Johnson and Kirk raise money.)

Even though Democrats have withdrawn most of their support from Ohio Democratic Senate nominee Ted Strickland, don’t expect the NRSC or Sen. Portman to start taking the race lightly. “Hillary Clinton wants that state,” Wicker said. “She’s going to try to turn out her vote there. There’s a lot of things that can happen. And so I am just not going to chalk that one up in the victory column until election night.”

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9/22/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 9:11 am

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9/20/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 8:00 am

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BRIAN PERRY / The real puppeteer




While clearly political, the mailer was not electioneering. It didn’t say anyone should oppose Hawkins-Butler for State Auditor, or oppose any of the three supervisor candidates, or suggest any other candidates as better choices.

It didn’t use the “magic” words described by the U.S. Supreme Court in Buckley v Valeo, which currently define “express advocacy” and constitute electioneering: “vote for,” “elect,” “support,” “cast your ballot for,” “Smith for Congress,” “vote against,” “defeat,” or “reject.”

Mississippi state law does not make a distinction between an electioneering piece or anything outside of electioneering when it comes to identifying who paid for the material: “Every placard, bill, poster, pamphlet or other printed matter having reference to any election, or to any candidate” not produced by a candidate or campaign “shall bear upon the face thereof the name and the address of the author and of the printer and publisher thereof, and failure to so provide shall be a misdemeanor….”

But, what of America’s long tradition of anonymous political speech?

Attorney Matt Eichelberger, who represented Brand and Williams, told The Clarion Ledger, “This entire country was founded on the principle of free speech, and that includes anonymous speech. Thomas Payne himself first published ‘Common Sense’ anonymously. When we take away the ability of people to speak about their government anonymously, then we take away the right of people to speak about their government, period.”...


...So for now in Mississippi, if you mention a candidate, put a disclaimer on it. Constitutional or not, “destructive to the republic” or not, it’s the law, and also just good manners.




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9/21/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 7:52 am

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Cochran Commends Arthur F. "Skipper" Jernigan as Mississippi "Angel In Adoption"

For More than 40 Years, Jernigan has been an Advocate for Adoption in Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today commended the work of Arthur F. "Skipper" Jernigan of Madison, who was honored in Washington on Wednesday as an "Angel in Adoption" for Mississippi.

Jernigan is Cochran's nominee to be the recipient of the 2016 "Angels in Adoption" award. The "Angels in Adoption" program, which is sponsored by the nonprofit Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Jernigan, an attorney with Jernigan Copeland & Anderson, PLLC in Ridgeland, has practiced in the area of adoption law for more than 40 years. He has handled hundreds of adoptions for Mississippi Children's Home Services, other agencies and private parties.

"The legal process for adoptions can be daunting. Skipper Jernigan deserves commendation for being an advocate for children and families going through this process. His civic service also makes him worthy of recognition," Cochran said.

Jernigan, a former University of Mississippi football standout and Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was honor Wednesday night at the annual national gala celebration of advocates for children and family involved in adoption and foster care programs.

In addition to handling adoption cases, Jernigan has lectured at numerous conferences on adoption law and is recognized as a leading adoption attorney in Mississippi. Additionally, as part of his pro bono service to the Mississippi Bar and the Jackson community, Jernigan has represented indigent parties on behalf of Mission First in the area of adoption law and related matters.

Jernigan and his wife, Judy Lynn, are involved in church and civic volunteer activities, including Meals on Wheels and the Billy Brumfield House, an affiliate of Stewpot Ministries in Jackson, which serves the homeless and those with severe financial difficulties. Jernigan has served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. He has also served nine years on the board of directors for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems and was named chairman of its Board of Trustees in January 2016.

The nonprofit, nonpartisan CCAI advocates for increased awareness about children in need of a stable home environment and supports eliminating barriers to adoption. CCAI, which does not receive government funding, was established in 2001 as an outgrowth of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption. Cochran and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are members of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption for the 114th Congress.



9/22/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 7:43 am

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PSC commissioners answer questions from constituents on Kemper Project



Members of the Mississippi Public Service Commission told about 40 attendees at the first of three planned “open mic” meetings that they were in a “holding pattern” waiting for Mississippi Power to get the Kemper Project clean coal plant fully operational and submit a request for a rate increase.

PSC Chairman and Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said the commission will stick with the order issued by the commission in August 2014 that said it wouldn’t begin any prudency hearings — which would decide whether the utility or the ratepayers would be responsible for paying the costs of the plant — until it is in commercial operation.



Watchdog MS
9/21/16

Posted September 22, 2016 - 7:41 am

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BOBBY HARRISON: Wicker no nice words for Putin despite Trump endorsement



But when asked about the Russian hacking, Wicker quickly cut me off and said he was not going to respond to everything Trump had said...


...When pressed about his answer, Trump added, “Well I think our country is doing plenty of killing also” before finally saying he would “absolutely” oppose killing journalists.

Now, let me stress that I know Wicker would have immediately condemned any killing of journalists, but obviously he is not opposed to cutting off their questions....


...Wicker wrote in 2014, defending Clinton who had been criticized for making the Putin-Hitler comparison, “Why the reluctance to tell it like it is? Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for his naked aggression is in fact disturbingly similar to Hitler’s rhetoric to defend the Volksdeutsche, a term for ethnic Germans who lived outside the Reich.”

Now, speed forward two-plus years from when Wicker wrote those words, and he is endorsing a candidate who brags about what a great leader Putin is and how he’s proud that Putin praises him.



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Danks: Hood can't indict district attorney



The state attorney general's office doesn't have the authority to seek an indictment against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, says the attorney for his co-defendant, Assistant DA Jamie McBride.

Not only is the indictment against McBride unsubstantiated, attorney Dale Danks said, it's illegal.

Danks argues in his motion to quash McBride's indictment filed Wednesday that the attorney general's office failed to prove that McBride committed the crime of which he's accused.



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9/21/16

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Planned Parenthood wants summary judgment in Mississippi law challenge



Planned Parenthood is asking a federal judge to quickly rule in its favor and overturn a Mississippi law that bans Medicaid spending with any health care provider that offers abortion.



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9/21/16

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Bryant is tight with Trump, but doesn't want patronage



They’ve hit it off to the point Trump has tapped Bryant among a handful of surrogates to make campaign appearances for him across the country as the campaign enters the home stretch. Others include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Bryant has had a good deal of face time with Trump, including recent visits to Trump Tower in New York. State politicos marvel that Trump often makes a B-line to Bryant even in a crowded room of VIPs. One story goes that Trump even ditched his Secret Service detail to get on an elevator with Bryant in Trump Tower, then gave Bryant a personal tour of his “war room.”...



... Some state politicos have already been kicking around the possibility of Bryant as secretary of agriculture or energy or other such post.

But Bryant says he’s not interested in such patronage. He suspects that’s maybe one reason he and Trump “just hit it off.”

“I think one reason we get along so well is that I don’t need anything,” Bryant said last week, shortly after keynoting a Trump fundraiser in Louisiana hosted by Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and others. “I don’t want to go to Washington. No, not at all. I don’t see any circumstances where I would leave Mississippi and the governor’s office and go to Washington. I’m just focused on helping him win.”



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9/21/16

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Dowdy appointed new MBN director



Former U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division Chief John Dowdy will be the next Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics director.

Gov. Phil Bryant's office announced the appointment Wednesday. Dowdy will begin his new duties Nov. 1.

Dowdy is replacing current MBN Director Sam Owens, who is retiring.



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9/21/16

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Longtime Houston lawyer leaves lasting legacy

Hood worked for John Bell Williams in Jackson right out of law school.

“Practicing law in the public sector is not easy and can’t be a popularity contest,” Hood said in 2012. “Keeping a board out of trouble and explaining the finer points of law can create friction. Too often clients want you to do something for them and you know you don’t stand on solid ground. Explaining to them why it is not in their best interest isn’t easy or popular.”

Hood was also quoted on why people hire an attorney.

Hood leaves behind one daughter, Beth Hood Colbert, and two sons, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Mississippi Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Hood, along with six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.


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9/21/16

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ROGER WICKER: Water Resources bill can move projects forward



Earlier this year, I toured a site on the Pearl River in Hinds and Rankin counties where construction of a new underwater dam, also known as a weir, could protect the Jackson metro area from disastrous flooding.

The “Water Resources Development Act” (WRDA) is a step in the right direction for this type of flood-control project, as well as a host of other improvements to our state’s ports and waterways.

As a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I worked to ensure that Mississippi priorities were included in WRDA during the committee process.

Before the final version of the bill was passed, Sen. Thad Cochran and I advocated for provisions like the expansion of the Delta Headwaters Project, which addresses flooding and problems with erosion and sedimentation in the Yazoo Basin.




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9/20/16

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Hattiesburg City Council approves new budget




The Hattiesburg City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and while she says it is atypical, the chief financial officer says it is a budget she is comfortable with....



...The budget also includes a .81 millage increase for Hattiesburg residents, increased starting salaries for Hattiesburg Firefighters who are recent fire academy graduates and no salary increase for the incoming mayor or city council.


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Pascagoula residents demand answers at city council meeting



Pascagoula property owner Mark Everson addressed the city council, questioning how they handled the stop.

Everson told the filled meeting room that he wants the city to conduct a thorough investigation of the police department's role in the incident, and that he wants the city to take action.

"I hope they will step back and recognize their obligation to oversee the affairs of the city, including the police department," said Everson. "I hope that they'll do that in a way they'll review the procedures that are in existence and mash them up with what actually happened in this instance, and finally try to decide whether it was appropriate to use discretion here."

After Everson's comments, the board thanked him for speaking, but didn't mention any further action.



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9/20/16

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Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate flat



Mississippi employers added workers in August, with payrolls rising for the second straight month, while the unemployment rate was flat.

Used by many economists as their top labor market indicator, Mississippi payrolls increased by 3,000 to 1.15 million. That's 12,000 more than in August 2015, but 14,000 below the state's pre-recession high.



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9/20/16

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Mississippi casino revenue falls



Mississippi casino revenue fell in August, as continued strength on the Gulf Coast couldn't overcome continuing losses at Mississippi River gambling halls.

Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $171 million from gamblers in August, down 1 percent from $172.7 million in August 2015.

Statewide gambling revenue is up less than 1 percent over the past year.



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Jackson hires law firms to defend suits



The Jackson City Council chose two law firms to represent the city in three lawsuits Tuesday.

Phelps Dunbar LLP will defend the city in a sexual harassment suit filed by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber's former assistant, Kimberly Bracey, in August. Councilman Tyrone Hendrix said the firm has experience representing a city in a "very similar situation."...



...Bradley Arant Boult Cummings will represent the city in two wrongful termination suits against Jackson, in which both former employees claim they were fired because they are white.



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Fed Survey Shows DHS Improving Morale

However Still Ranks Last for Large Agencies

September 20, 2016 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the results of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to measure worker morale and engagement. The results of the survey indicate that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) experienced a 3 point increase in employee engagement over last year as well as an increase in survey participation.



“I am pleased to see that DHS seems to have reversed a trend and experienced an uptick in employee morale this year. This increase indicates that more of the men and women serving at DHS feel vested in the Department and want to engage to make it better. Should this trend continue, it will be even clearer that Secretary Johnson made morale improvement a top priority. However, despite this modest improvement, DHS is still at the bottom when compared to the other federal agencies and more must to be done to ensure DHS is on the right path. Employee morale and engagement is critical for agency the size of DHS to function effectively – our national security depends on it.”



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Republicans Charge Reid With Slowing Spending Talks




Harry Reid is holding Patrick J. Toomey hostage.

At least that is what a growing number of Republicans are openly speculating, promoting the notion that the Senate's departing minority leader is slow-walking spending talks to keep the most vulnerable GOP incumbents tethered to the Capitol and away from the campaign trail.

"If I were a partisan Democrat, I would want to keep the Senate in session until Election Day, and he’s a partisan Democrat," said Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The one piece of must-pass business before the election is a continuing resolution to patch government funding into December.




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9/20/16

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CHARLIE MITCHELL: PEER’s mission not a priority for Lt. Gov. Reeves?



If the “Star Wars” analogy were continued, today’s Darth Vader is Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.


Why?

The Clarion-Ledger reported last week that Reeves had not appointed Senate representatives to the PEER, which is his job to do.

That puts the brakes on committee work because, remember, the committee has to sign off on reports. No committee, no reports. The most recent one is dated last December.



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9/19/16

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3 town hall meets set to discuss spending BP money




Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has scheduled three town hall meetings to talk about how to spend $750 million in Deepwater Horizon oil disaster money.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2cjprqo) the first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lyman Community Center in Gulfport.

The second meeting will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at Diamondhead City Hall.

The third meeting will be at 2 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Fine Arts Auditorium of the Gulf Coast Community College's Gautier campus.





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9/20/16

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Following Efforts from Wicker and Klobuchar, FDA Announces Accelerated Approval for First Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

WASHINGTON, DC – Following efforts from U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has accelerated approval for the first drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In April, Wicker and Klobuchar led a bipartisan letter urging the FDA to use all available resources and authorities to accelerate the process of getting safe and effective treatments to patients diagnosed with DMD. The Senators also highlighted the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), legislation that provides the agency with improved flexibility to grant approval to rare disease treatments that have proven to be beneficial and allows the FDA to impose post-approval studies to confirm the clinical benefit. The Patient Focused Drug Development initiative, also included in the law, asks that the agency consider the views and experiences of patients as part of the drug review process.

“In the 15 years since I introduced the MD-CARE Act, this ranks as one of the most important milestones in our fight to cure Duchenne,” Sen. Wicker said. “I am thrilled that the FDA has acted within its authority to allow young men and their families to have access to this drug. We should take every opportunity to help improve the quality of life for those living with the disease.”

“Today’s announcement will make a tremendous difference for people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I am proud that through our bipartisan efforts, the Food and Drug Administration was able to use all available tools at their disposal to approve this groundbreaking drug,” said Sen. Klobuchar, a Senate co-chair of the Rare Disease Congressional Caucus. “We are now one step closer to improving the quality of life for those living with this disease.”

In 2014, Wicker and Klobuchar’s legislation to help improve the lives of patients with muscular dystrophy was signed into law by the President. The Muscular Dystrophy Community, Assistance, Research & Education (MD CARE) Act supports medical research and policies to improve treatments and quality of life for muscular dystrophy patients.

In addition to Sens. Wicker and Klobuchar, cosigners of the April letter to the FDA included Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DL), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Angus King (I-ME), James Lankford (R-OK), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Dr. Woodcock,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the expeditious review of candidate therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). In recent years, advancements in science have resulted in progress toward advancing the first-ever disease-modifying treatments for DMD, a goal we hope will be achieved soon.

As the FDA continues its review of potential new therapies for DMD, we urge the agency to utilize all available resources and authorities to accelerate the process of getting safe and effective treatments to patients diagnosed with this 100 percent fatal disease. The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) had a strong focus on accelerating the approval of drugs that treat unmet medical needs, prioritizing the patient perspective in evaluating new drugs and treatments and providing reviewers with flexibility when evaluating drugs for a life-threatening illness. We request you fully employ the tools Congress included in FDASIA and the broad regulatory flexibility the agency is granted through federal regulation[1] to help advance new DMD therapies.

The accelerated approval pathway outlined in Section 901(b) of FDASIA gives the agency the flexibility to grant approval to rare disease treatments that “have an effect on a surrogate endpoint that is reasonably likely to predict clinical benefit,” and allows the FDA to impose post-approval studies to confirm the clinical benefit. In FDA’s draft Guidance, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Related Dystrophinopathies: Developing Drugs for Treatment Guidance for Industry, the Agency expanded on this concept specifically in the context of DMD. We request that the agency consider surrogate endpoints and intermediate clinical endpoints to reduce the time and difficulty of performing clinical studies on treatments for rare diseases like DMD and help new therapies become accessible to patients who otherwise have no option as the agency has done with other deadly diseases such as HIV and cancer.

FDASIA includes multiple provisions focused on addressing the challenges of the rare disease patient community. The patient population of a rare disease is by definition small, meaning clinical trials will be conducted with fewer participants than trials for more prevalent conditions. We encourage the agency to utilize advances in regulatory science that can allow clinical trials in a small population able to provide the evidence necessary for accelerated approval of products that treat life-threatening, rare diseases.

FDASIA launched the Patient Focused Drug Development (PFDD) initiative and charged the agency to take into account the views and experiences of patients as part of the review process. As you know, the DMD community worked collaboratively with regulators and benefit-risk experts to ascertain patient-preference data, collect narratives from the community, and produce draft guidance that informed FDA’s development of the draft Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Related Dystrophinopathies: Developing Drugs for Treatment Guidance for Industry. In addition, the experiences of patient representatives on the advisory committee and testimony of patients at the advisory committee meetings offer important perspectives and information. We urge the FDA to ensure that all of these perspectives are considered in regulatory review.

Patient perspectives are also important in conducting risk-benefit analyses. The FDA notes “that physicians and patients are generally willing to accept greater risks or side effects from products that treat life-threatening and severely debilitating illnesses, than they would accept from products that treat less serious illnesses” and “that the benefits of the drug need to be evaluated in light of the severity of the disease being treated.” Under Title 21 regulations, it is appropriate for the FDA to exercise broad flexibility when reviewing drugs for certain disease types while ensuring safety and efficacy. We urge the FDA to ensure this flexibility is considered in the review of candidate therapies that meet regulatory requirements, while maintaining the rigor necessary to uphold safety and efficacy standards for new drugs.

The risk of doing nothing for a patient with DMD is their certain death. Treatments that are safe and reasonably likely to produce clinical benefit for DMD patients could meaningfully alter their lives.

Members of Congress remain committed to ensuring the FDA has the tools, authorities, and latitude necessary to review and approve safe and effective treatments for rare diseases as quickly as possible. We hope and expect that the agency will fully utilize these tools and authorities when appropriate to provide patients and physicians with new options to treat rare and deadly diseases like DMD.


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Wicker Calls on Democrats to Oppose Internet Transition

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today issued the following joint statement with Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., James Lankford, R-Okla., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, urging Senate Democrats to oppose the Obama administration’s proposed Internet oversight transition set to take place on October 1:

“It is profoundly disappointing that the Obama administration has decided to press on with its plan to relinquish United States oversight of crucial Internet functions, even though Congress has not given its approval. For years, there has been a bipartisan understanding that the ICANN transition is premature and that critical questions remain unanswered about the influence of authoritarian regimes in Internet governance, the protection of free speech, the effect on national security, and impacts on consumers, just to name a few.

“Without adequate answers to these questions, it would be irresponsible to allow the transition to occur in 15 days simply because of an artificial deadline set by the Obama administration.

“In fact, Democrats at both the state and national level have echoed many of these concerns. For example, former President Bill Clinton has warned that ‘[a] lot of people who have been trying to take this authority away from the U.S. want to do it for the sole purpose of cracking down on Internet freedom and limiting it and having governments protect their backsides instead of empower[ing] their people.’

“The issue of Internet freedom should unite us Americans – Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike. Partisanship and political gamesmanship have no place when it comes to the Internet, basic principles of freedom, and the right of individuals in our great nation and across the globe to speak online free from censorship.

“We urge our Democratic colleagues to work with us to ensure this transition does not occur on October 1.”


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Calhoun supervisor plans to plead guilty to seeking bribes



ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) -- A Calhoun County supervisor plans to plead guilty to a federal charge that he solicited bribes.

The trial of Earnest M. Fox of Bruce, set for Monday, was postponed until Nov. 7. Fox was indicted in December on two counts of interference with commerce by extortion and is free on $5,000 unsecured bail.



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9/19/16

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College Board nixes JSU settlement agreement




A five-year legal battle that has racked up more than $200,000 in legal fees and a $382,000 judgment against Jackson State University will continue after the state College Board voted last week against approving a settlement agreement between the school and its former women’s basketball coach.

In July, Denise Taylor Travis and JSU agreed in a settlement conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Anderson to end the case, but it was contingent on College Board approval.



Clarion Ledger
9/19/16

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2016/09/19/college-board-nixes-jsu-settlement-agreement/90692608/

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Southern Miss to Host Climate Change Panel Discussion




The Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a panel discussion regarding climate change on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include Dr. Mark Puckett, Chair of the Department of Geography and Geology; Dr. Mark Klinedinst, Professor Emeritus of Economics; and Dr. Will Watson and Dr. Bill Curtis of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The discussion will focus on climate change from scientific, economic, political, and social perspectives.



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SID SALTER: Are honesty, decency, service their own rewards? Ask MDOT’s Daniels



Sure enough, the MHSP found the owner of the briefcase. Then, lawmen notified Daniels and asked him if he knew that the briefcase contained more than merely documents. There was $10,000 in cash in the briefcase Arthur Daniels found on an isolated roadway.

Arthur recounted this to his colleagues and superiors at MDOT after getting the call from the Highway Patrol: “He then asked me when I discovered that it was that much money ($10,000) in it (the briefcase). I informed him that I did not know that much money was inside it. I only had examined the contents enough to realize that it belonged to someone and I stopped looking through it. He (the MHSP officer) then thanked me for my honesty and said he was going to meet the owner of the briefcase later that day.)

Here’s where the story gets a little strange. The rightful owner – a man from out of state – was located. He got his briefcase back, containing his documents, papers, and his $10,000 in cash....



...So, honesty, decency, and service really are their own rewards. If you don’t believe that, ask MDOT employee Arthur Daniels – who is living proof.




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9/19/16

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Secretary of the Air Force to headline 38th annual Salute to the Military gala



BILOXI, Mississippi -- U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will be the featured speaker for the 38th annual Salute to the Military, set for Oct. 25 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Hosted annually by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, the event traditionally features top military leaders who come to Biloxi to pay tribute to local service men and women.

Among other speakers at the event will be U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Biloxi, as well as chamber president Julie Gresham. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., with the program to follow at 7 p.m.



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9/19/16

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Gov. Phil Bryant's communications director Clay Chandler recently sent back a response to an inquiry by Mississippi Today reporter Adam Ganucheau which called out the bias of the upstart self-described "non-partisan" digital news non-profit.

Chandler's response to Ganucheau is below:



Mississippi Today, or Mississippi News and Information Corporation, describes itself as "a non-partisan, non-profit digital news and information resource."

The "non-partisan" mantra is in their mission. It's on their heading. It's said ad nauseam by its staff on social media. It's touted so much one might begin to think it carries the stench of defensiveness.

But the truth is, they kind of have to say it; they are a non-profit. Any hint of intentional bias puts the ‘ol tax write off at risk, and there are some big pockets taking some big tax write offs thanks to their organization.

I can't name a credible news organization who doesn't at least claim to strive to be fair and balanced, although hints of bias can be found. After all, these organizations are comprised of men and women who bring their personal opinions with them despite their best attempts to present the facts minus spin. Coverage bias, which is basically what is chosen to be covered, is usually the pitfall that captures most organizations that claim to be unbiased. Mississippi Today has about as many paid news staffers as any media organization in Mississippi at this point, yet their band of coverage has been relatively narrow.

Mississippi Today spends so much time and energy defending their "non-partisan" status you have to question what exactly they are fighting against.

Are they calling out the Clarion Ledger (where many of them once worked) or other traditional state media organizations as partisan news agencies? Are they calling out Geoff Pender, Jeff Amy, Bobby Harrison and Emily Wagster-Pettus on their coverage of matters under the Capitol Dome? Are they trying to exonerate Andy Lack of NBC News, who certainly has the mothership of NBC as a vessel to do any kind of news he chooses? Or is it a backhanded slap at citizen journalists like (gasp) blogs such as Y’all Politics or Jackson Jambalaya?

Are they trying to rehabilitate their staffers’ images from the highly-partisan Initiative 42 effort in which many of them were actively involved? "You may remember us as partisans, as big government, spend now, pray later liberals but we've grown past that and are being fair now with this new gig."

Here’s an example of the work they produce:

Patsy “Ma” Brumfield, of Initiative 42 fame, wrote an article early on for Mississippi Today about a fraudster named Gina Palsani that was convicted for fraud. Brumfield's headline read, “Justice’s sister to plead guilty to federal charges.” Then, just one day later, she wrote, “Sister of new Supreme Court justice admits she swindled veterans.”

Again, keep in mind that at this point, Mississippi Today was doing about one (1) new article per day. Not a single other Mississippi news outlet made an issue of state Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam’s relation to Palsani. Brumfield went WAY out of her way to make that point, not once but twice in successive days. It smacked of someone wanting to jab it in the eye of Governor Phil Bryant (who appointed Beam) when there was no evidence anywhere before or since that Justice Beam had anything to do with her sister or the case.

So what exactly is the point of making the distinction of being "non-partisan" over and over and over again, and jumping to its defense every time it's questioned?

Let’s be honest. Everyone has bias. Everyone. We do. We always have. It’s a big part of how this site was founded. However, you can have bias and still be fair. That’s what “professional” journalists seem to miss. The key is being transparent about what that bias is and letting the reader factor that into what they are reading.

Historically, the people you have to look out for in journalism the most are the people who talk the most about being journalists (here's looking at you, Chuck). Maybe it’s time to put the branding aside and just do the news, Mississippi Today. Come on in. The water’s warm. We’ve been doing it every day for 12 years. Let the public judge your non-partisanship and let the chips fall where they may.

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Three candidates are running against incumbent, 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo, the libertarian candidate is Ric McCluskey

Follow link for interview.


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Event aims to inform Moss Point residents about city government options



Recent turmoil in the city of Moss Point has residents buzzing about the city's form of government. The hot topic right in Moss Point: how the city should be governed.

The two most popular forms among residents are the council-manager form, or mayor-alderman form....



...In an attempt to bridge the gap, King is hosting an event Monday night with guest speaker Dr. Joseph Dallas Breen, the interim executive director of the Stennis Institute.



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9/18/16

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Mabus to honor WWII Marines with destroyer naming



Navy Secretary Ray Mabus says two destroyers will be named for Marines who received the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.

He said Saturday in Oxford that the ships will be the first named for Jack H. Lucas and Louis H. Wilson Jr.



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9/18/16

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ROD GUAJARDO: After-school program cuts deserve attention, action



The Mississippi Department of Education said Friday that because employees mishandled grant money, the state will only be able to spend $5.6 million of the state’s $14.6 million allotment of a federal grant for after-school programs, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The other $9 million will go to reimburse school districts and nonprofit groups for costs they incurred earlier, after employees awarded too many grants.

That means that instead of a program that was projected to reach 29,000 students in 67 school districts, it will only reach 7,000 students in 28 school districts.



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Almost $4 million gap in Hinds County budget



Hinds County supervisors approved a $64.3 million general fund budget for the next fiscal year that will give the county's roughly 830 employees an across-the-board, $100-a-month raise beginning Jan. 1.

But the budget will spend about $4 million more than the county is projected to collect in revenue, one supervisor says.

The county will use reserve money to balance the budget for the 2016-17 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.



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9/18/16

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GEOFF PENDER: State needs reform leaps and bounds, not baby steps



Hosemann certainly should be commended. But the website is a teeny, tiny baby step in elections reform for a state that needs to make some large leaps and bounds in order to catch up with the 21st century, or in some cases the 20th century.

The Y’all Vote website will allow people who are already registered to vote to — hold on to your seats — change their addresses via a computer if they move. My, what will they think of next — horseless carriages?

Hosemann, bless his heart, had pushed for far more last legislative session, including online voter registration and early voting, among an “omnibus” list of reforms and improvements. But the Mississippi Legislature often likes to study such things for 30 or 40 years before doing anything hasty. Especially with elections or campaign reform.



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County approves $26M budget with school tax increase included




NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors approved an approximately $26-million revenue budget, which falls short of expenses by approximately $1.4 million.
County Administrator Joe Murray said the difference between revenues and expenditures will be made up with through the county’s cash balance.

“There are beginning cash balances and budgeted ending cash balances in every millage fund,” he said. “I guess you can call them reserves, but it’s basically cash on hand.”

The county also passed a 2.14-mill tax increase from 116.51 to 118.65 mills to accommodate the Natchez-Adams School District Board of Trustees additional request of funds of $450,828.26.



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Pascagoula City Council approves return to polls for prepared food tax vote



A decision was made at Thursday's recessed city council meeting that residents in Pascagoula will return to the polls on Nov. 1 in an attempt to garner the votes necessary to pass a referendum that has sparked controversy among voters and the council.

On Aug. 30, voters in the city of Pascagoula narrowly voted down a 2 percent food and beverage tax intended to improve city recreation facilities. More than half the voters favored the tax as 56 percent voted "yes" while 44 percent voted "no", which fell short of the 60 percent benchmark required for passage.



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State’s uninsured rate drops for second year in row



The rate of uninsured Mississippians dropped for the second year in a row as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to data released by the United States Census Bureau this week.

The uninsured rate fell from 14.5 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent last year. This follows a drop of 2.6 percent between 2013 and 2014, the first year the Affordable Care Act was implemented.

Despite these declines, Mississippi still ranks sixth for uninsured residents, behind only Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. Like these states, Mississippi declined the Medicaid expansion.



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Mississippi sets new score levels for A-to-F school grades



Mississippi's Board of Education is approving a new scoring levels system for assigning A-to-F grades to schools and school districts.

The state Board of Education voted Thursday to approve the system, clearing the way to release the letter grades on Oct. 20.

Last month, the board had discussed a plan that would assign As to the top 10 percent of schools and districts, which led to an outcry from critics who said the board was artificially limiting the number of schools who could earn that grade.

The department received 139 public comments about the plan, all negative. State officials, though, say that was a misunderstanding and that they instead will award As to as many schools and districts as reach particular scoring levels in the state's rating system.



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Miss. Gulf Coast businessman sentenced in Epps bribery scandal



Coast consultant Robert Simmons provided the government “substantial assistance at great risk” in the federal bribery investigation that netted former Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Christopher Epps and others, Simmons attorney K.C. Hightower said Thursday before his client was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison.

Before the hearing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed under seal a record that detailed Simmons’ cooperation, a cryptic court discussion revealed. Simmons pleaded guilty in February to a bribery charge.



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COCHRAN, WICKER VOTE FOR PASSAGE OF WATER PROJECTS BILL TO BENEFIT MISSISSIPPI

Senators Add Mississippi Projects to Water Resources Development Act of 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today voted for Senate passage of bipartisan water infrastructure legislation that includes provisions they developed to authorize federal resources for improving waterways, flood control and other projects in Mississippi.

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S.2848 or WRDA) would authorize U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects throughout the country including navigational improvements, flood control, ecosystem restoration and clean water infrastructure. The bill was passed 95-3.

“This legislation is important to the well-being of our state and the entire nation. Army Corps of Engineers activities in Mississippi benefit affect our economy and the safety of our citizens. I’m pleased that this positive and bipartisan bill will extend and expand the ability of the Army Corps to continue this good work,” Cochran said.

“Federal investments in our nation’s water projects pay enormous dividends,” Wicker said. “Better ports and harbors help businesses and workers stay competitive and keep prices down for consumers. Strengthening dams and levees protect our communities from flooding and can help safeguard critical fishing, shrimping, and oyster grounds. Upgrades to local infrastructure give people the confidence to know that they are drinking safe, clean water. This bipartisan legislation attempts to achieve all of those goals by clearing a backlog of critical projects.”

Wicker serves on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, which wrote WRDA. Cochran, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, serves on the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Army Corps of Engineers and programs authorized in WRDA.

For Mississippi, the Senators concentrated on provisions to expand the ability of the Army Corps of Engineers and other federal agencies to work with state and local officials to improve flood control, inland ports, wastewater infrastructure, conservation, and coastal resilience.

Cochran and Wicker worked to include the following provisions of importance to Mississippi in the Senate-passed legislation:

· Directing the Army Corps to expedite its review of the draft “Integrated Feasibility and Environmental Impact Statement, Pearl River Watershed, Rankin and Hinds Counties MS,” a locally developed flood damage reduction plan designed to provide a permanent solution to Pearl River flooding which continues to pose and imminent threat to the Jackson Metropolitan Area;

· Expanding the Delta Headwaters Project authorization to encompass the entire Yazoo Basin foot hills region, well beyond the 16 small watersheds now authorized. This will allow the Army Corps to work in any watershed within a 15-county area: Holmes, Carroll, Montgomery, Webster, Chickasaw, Calhoun, Grenada, Tallahatchie, Yalobusha, Panola, Lafayette, Tate, DeSoto, Marshall, and Benton;

· Dredging shallow draft ports located on the Mississippi River, such as Natchez, Rosedale, Greenville, Claiborne County, and Vicksburg;

· Authorizing the Army Corps to conduct regional assessments of coastal vulnerabilities and opportunities to increase ocean and coastal ecosystem resilience, which could include shoreline and tidal marsh restoration;

· Increasing the funding authorization for needed environmental infrastructure projects, such as ongoing regional wastewater improvement project in DeSoto County;

· Creating a Gulf Coast Oyster Bed Recovery Plan to address long-term damage to oyster beds caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and floods in 2011 and 2016;

· Updating the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund by highlighting targets for increased funding, extending prioritization for donor and energy transfer ports and emerging harbors, and clarifying that the Corps can maintain harbors of refuge;

· Providing technical assistance for small communities who often lack the resources to comply with and complete the necessary applications to access federal wastewater funding programs.


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The State Election Commission, comprised of Gov. Phil Bryant, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and Attorney General Jim Hood, approved the 2016 Mississippi General Election ballot on Wednesday.

Seven presidential candidates representing seven political parties are on the ballot. Outside of Trump, Clinton and maybe Johnson or Stein, I'm guessing you haven't heard of the others on the ballot unless you're a political wonk with too much time on your hands.

Are you familiar with the American Delta Party? Didn't think so. It seems this upstart group is the brainchild of self appointed nominee Rocky De La Fuente, a recovering Democrat also ran. If you want to know more about them, well, you'll have to wait a while seeing as their webpage doesn't exist quite yet.

Then there's the Constitution and Prohibition parties. If you don't know what beliefs they espouse I'm sure you're not alone in Mississippi.

Notably absent from the presidential list is Independent candidate Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer and House Republican policy advisor who launched his bid as part of the #NeverTrump movement.

But all of this is for naught since Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is set to easily win Mississippi's vote on November 8.

Congressional races in the Magnolia State hold little to no suspense in that all four incumbents are favored to win reelection with ease.

Of note, perennial candidate Shawn O'Hara is back on the ballot in the 4th Congressional District under the Reform Party banner. At least he has some name recognition, unlike that of Democrat challenger Mark Gladney.

With nothing really worth watching on the top of the ballot in Mississippi and no surprises likely in state on election night, it is the judicial races that will hold the attention of most political onlookers, namely the Supreme Court contest between Kenny Griffis and Jim Kitchens given the endorsements flying around from state leaders.

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Natchez Democrat editorial: City aldermen’s actions, behavior shameful




Natchez city aldermen should be ashamed of both the actions taken and their own poor behavior shown at Tuesday’s meeting.

Insults and accusations of aldermen allegedly being “wined and dined” into choosing a particular insurance company for the city’s coverage flew.

In the end, the city may have missed a chance to save nearly $1 million on health insurance premiums.

The insults and accusations are simply inexcusable



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Detailed presentation outlines Jackson County's budget for 2017



The good news for Jackson County residents is there will be no county-wide tax increases in 2017. Also, county employees will see a 3 percent raise.

The report says the county is worth $2.1 billion, and the county’s $82 million ad valorem budget is $1.8 million less than last year.



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BRIAN PERRY/Options for President



Three of the candidates for President or Vice President of the United States who qualified to be on the ballot in Mississippi are from Mississippi.

All told, eight parties qualified: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine for Democrats; Donald Trump and Mike Pence for Republicans; Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for Libertarians; Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka for the Greens; Jim Hedges and Bill Bayes for the Prohibition Party; Darrell Castle and Scott Bradley for the Constitution Party; Rocky De La Fuente and Michael Steinberg for the American Delta Party; and Barbara Dale Washer and Cathy Toole for the Reform Party of Mississippi. The State Board of Election Commissioners was scheduled to certify candidates for the ballot on September 14.

Little can dissuade resolute Republicans from dumping Trump; nor can passionate Democrats be persuaded to abandon Clinton. But some voters fall into a Vign diagram of both #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary, to use the parlance of our times.

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Mississippi hosting session on doing business with Cuba



The state agency that promotes job creation in Mississippi is hosting a session next month about developing trade ties with Cuba.

Mississippi Development Authority says the event takes place Oct. 20 at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson.



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Two sentenced over anonymous campaign mailer; lawsuit dropped



The case of an anonymous campaign mailer in 2015, and a related anonymous federal lawsuit against the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, appear to be over.

Political operative Greg Brand and printing company owner George Williams agreed to a “bill of information” on a misdemeanor election violation and each was sentenced to six months of probation and a $500 fine. Brand said the third person involved in the mail-out and lawsuit was former Madison County Engineer Rudy Warnock. No Hinds County court records available this week referenced Warnock. The attorney general’s office, which prosecuted the case, did not respond to numerous requests for information or comment beyond a short statement that noted Brand and Williams had pleaded guilty and received probation and fines...



...Brand, Williams and an anonymous third person in turn have dropped a federal lawsuit — they had filed as “Anonymous Doe, Anonymous Roe and Anonymous Company” — against Gov. Phil Bryant, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Attorney General Jim Hood. The lawsuit claimed state law requiring information identifying the sender on political mail-outs violates their right to free speech.



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Sid Salter: Expect fight over BP settlement funds



Mississippi got a $2.2 billion settlement from BP, but not all of that is subject to the unfettered will of the Mississippi Legislature. Specifics of the settlement include, over time, $750 million in economic damages that will be subject to state legislative appropriations...


...But upstate, lawmakers are not yet ready to concede to a plan that substantially excludes central and northern counties from benefitting from a portion of the BP settlement.

That’s problematic for the lower six Gulf Coast counties, which don’t possess the numbers in the Senate or the House to impose their will on the rest of their legislative colleagues. So most legislative observers expect a bruising sectional fight over the BP settlement funds that rivals the fight over the state’s Hurricane Katrina relief funds back in 2006.



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Attorney to appeal court ruling on state flag



The Mississippi attorney who sued Gov. Phil Bryant over the state flag filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday.

Carlos Moore of Grenada sued Bryant in February, saying, in part, he "fears for his safety and the safety of other African-Americans because of the state sanctioned hate speech communicated through the current state flag."

Judge Carlton Reeves dismissed Moore's complaint on Sept. 8, saying Moore did not articulate a "cognizable legal injury."



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‘Y’all Vote’ Site Launches,
Allows Mississippians to Change Voter Registration Information Online

Jackson, Miss.—Mississippians no longer have to leave the comfort of their home or office to change their existing voter registration information.

‘Y’all Vote’ — located at http://www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov — launched today in connection with National Voter Registration Month. The site allows citizens already registered to vote to change their voter-roll information by submitting an online application, and acts as an online voter information center aimed at preparing voters to cast a ballot on Election Day.

The 2016 General Election, which includes races for U.S. President and House of Representatives, is scheduled November 8, 2016.

“Using modern technology to streamline the process for registered voters to update their information makes sense for voters and circuit clerks,” said Governor Phil Bryant, who signed legislation enabling Y’all Vote in April 2016. “I am pleased that legislation I signed this year has made it possible.”

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann agreed.

“Making it more convenient for Mississippi voters to change preexisting information, while ensuring the security and accuracy of information submitted, was the ultimate goal of Y’all Vote,” Secretary Hosemann said. “However, there are numerous other benefits, including saving taxpayers’ time and money. We will be able to print less paper applications and process information more efficiently. Voters will not have to pay for postage.”

Changing voter registration information on Y’all Vote is accomplished in three steps online.

For a change in name or address to be processed, a voter must provide his or her county, name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his or her social security number so the voter can be located in the Statewide Elections Management System, Mississippi’s voter registration database. A voter must also be located in the Department of Public Safety database by providing his or her name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license or identification number exactly as the information appears on his or her state-issued license or ID. The new information is then available to the relevant Circuit Clerk, who also checks for accuracy. Providing false information on Y’all Vote is a crime.

Importantly, address changes after October 8, 2016, the deadline for registering to vote in the General Election, require the voter to contact the Circuit Clerk in his or her county in which the voter is currently registered.

Y’all Vote is the product of study groups organized by the Secretary of State’s Office in 2015 which examined the need and feasibility of implementing online voter registration in Mississippi.

During the 2016 Legislative Session, House Apportionment and Elections Chairman Bill Denny (R-Jackson) authored House Bill 809, which provided the Secretary of State’s Office the authority to create the online registration update portion of Y’all Vote. Senate Elections Chairwoman Sally Doty (R-Brookhaven) authored the Senate version of the bill. The legislation, accessible here, passed with overwhelming support from House and Senate members.

National Voter Registration Month, a voter registration awareness campaign sponsored by the National Association of Secretaries of State, runs throughout September.

More than 1.8 Million active voters are registered in Mississippi. With more than eighty (80) percent of the eligible voting-age population registered to vote, Mississippi has one of the highest voter registration rates in the country. For more information on how to register to vote in Mississippi, visit the Secretary of State’s website.


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State Election Commissioners Certify Candidates on November 8 Ballot

Jackson, Miss.—The State Board of Election Commissioners met today to certify candidates on the November 8, 2016 General Election Ballot. Statutory members of the State Board include Governor Phil Bryant, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and Attorney General Jim Hood.

Certified U.S. presidential candidates include:
· Hillary Clinton, Democratic Party;
· Donald J. Trump, Republican Party;
· Darrell Castle, Constitution Party;
· Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, American Delta Party;
· Jim Hedges, Prohibition Party;
· Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party; and
· Jill Stein, Green Party.

All of the certified U.S. presidential candidates filed a Certificate of Nomination and a List of Presidential Electors with the Secretary of State’s Office, as well as a $2,500 qualifying fee.

To view a list of other certified candidates, including candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and non-partisan judicial candidates, visit the Secretary of State’s website.


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Hillary Clinton's Road Warriors

Even Republican operatives concede Clinton's fanned out squad of deputies will move voters.

"It will convert votes. We saw this in the Romney campaign. The Obama team would have huge rallies in early voting states at venues near early voting locations. They have their rally and tell everyone to go vote and have staff outside directing them to the polls," says Austin Barbour, a Jackson, Mississippi-based GOP consultant. "If Hillary can send President Obama to Pennsylvania, Michelle Obama to North Carolina and Bill to Ohio while she is in Florida, that is a huge advantage."

Trump's children have been popping up at events around the country, but not in a consistent or concerted way.

Eric Trump showed up at an Ohio GOP committee meeting last week, receiving a standing ovation from its members. But the visit wasn't pre-announced and therefore didn't gain any publicity or media attention.

Ivanka Trump appeared with her father at a community center in Aston, Pennsylvania, Tuesday night to introduce his speech on child care, but even she has yet to venture out on her own on his behalf. Trump's wife Melania has been all but invisible since her Republican National Convention speech, which was tarred by allegations of plagiarism.

"Trump does have his kids, but of course they don't have as much of an independent touch as Obama, Bill or Biden," says Barbour. "Certainly the Trump campaign can do the same thing, but they haven't bought into the importance of having an organized campaign. This is where it really counts."


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Rep. Gregg Harper Named Guardian of Small Business

Washington, D.C.-The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, today awarded Congressman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) with its biennial Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.

“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Harper is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”

The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. NFIB tracks the votes of every member of Congress. House members and Senators who vote with NFIB members at least 70 percent of the time are eligible for the Guardian Award.

Harper received a 100 voting record during the 114th Congress.

“NFIB is honored to present Rep. Harper with this award,” Duggan said.


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Governor Phil Bryant Appoints Mark McKee Director of Mississippi Office of Homeland Security

Jackson, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Mark McKee Director of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

McKee’s appointment is effective Oct. 10. He replaces Rusty Barnes, who recently retired.

As Director of MOHS, McKee will oversee the agency that establishes, trains and equips strategically placed statewide response teams capable of responding to terrorist incidents and natural disasters. The MOHS is also responsible for critical asset identification, standardized incident response and overseeing the state's fusion center, the Mississippi Analysis and Information Center.

Since 2014, McKee has served as Resident Agent in Charge over Mississippi for the U.S. Secret Service. From 2004-2014, he was a Supervisory Special Agent in the Washington, DC, area over numerous investigative and protection assignments for the Secret Service. His law enforcement and military service spans nearly 30 years, starting in 1986 with the U.S. Coast Guard. He left the USCG in 1991 when he was commissioned a Special Agent with the U.S. Secret Service. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.

In 2007, McKee was sent on special assignment to Iraq, where he served as Supervisory Special Agent with a CENTCOM task force. There, he identified insurgent financiers and coordinated the actioning of those targets with U.S. Special Forces. He also served as an interrogator of enemy combatants and terrorist suspects.

“Mark’s experience and proven leadership ability make him a perfect fit to take the helm at MOHS,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am confident he will serve the people of Mississippi well as he leads this critical agency, whose mission is to safeguard Mississippians. I am delighted he has accepted this appointment.”

McKee graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1989, with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice administration. He completed advanced degree work in executive development programs at Johns Hopkins University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“I was honored and humbled to be considered for such an important job by Gov. Bryant, and I am looking forward to a new and rewarding career supporting the law enforcement community of Mississippi,” McKee said. “I will be bringing almost 30 years of military and government experience to this new position, which I will apply to provide a safer environment that will benefit all Mississippians.”

McKee and his wife live in Madison. They have three children.


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Democrats Fear Their Senate Takeover Chances Dimming

Democrats frequently point with alarm to the massive $42 million haul in August disclosed by two connected fundraising committees run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. That money is now being funneled to New Hampshire, Nevada, Indiana and elsewhere.

Senate Democrats have been pressed to chip in more to make up the deficit. Last week, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, who heads the Senate Democratic fundraising arm, announced in a private meeting that Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York had transferred $2 million from his campaign accounts to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Another concern is Clinton's sometimes weak performance as a candidate, particularly pronounced over the past days as her campaign contended with questions over its handling of her health. Clinton's stumbling exit from a 9/11 memorial Sunday was followed by the disclosure that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said he was "surprised and a little frustrated" that the race was so close, and said it was a concern as Democrats seek to recapture the Senate.

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CBCF to Announce New Voting Rights Initiatives at 46th Annual Legislative Conference



The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) will launch its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) with a strong message about the importance and power of the African-American vote—with a press conference featuring its new Voter Protection Series, on-site voter registration opportunities and other resources available during the more than 100 sessions offered during this year’s ALC.

During the press conference, scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14, the CBCF will explore the impact of voter suppression on American democracy and public policy issues impacting African Americans. Leaders from both the CBCF and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will discuss what is at stake in this presidential election for Black voters—in the first presidential election without the protection of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.



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