Shanks wins HD 60 seat in #msleg

WTOK – Mississippi cigarette tax increases nearly dead

With less than three weeks left in the 2018 regular session, an effort by Mississippi lawmakers to raise tobacco taxes has failed so far.

Senate Bill 3048, which could have been used to raise taxes, is dead after the House Ways and Means Committee didn’t take it up before Tuesday’s deadline…

…However, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith, a Columbus Republican, says it’s still possible that lawmakers could rewrite any of four bills to increase taxes.

Senators Wicker, Cochran announce National Park Service grants to Mississippi civil rights projects

WLBT – State employees say a pay raise is overdue – Jackson, MS

WJTV – Mississippi’s U.S. Senators react to Tillerson exit

Sen. Thad Cochran (R)-MS:

“I commend Secretary Tillerson for his service to the nation.  The Secretary of State position is important to ensure we maintain our standing around the world.  I have great confidence in CIA Director Pompeo and hope the Senate acts expeditiously to confirm him as the new Secretary.”

Sen. Roger Wicker (R)-MS:

“Secretary Tillerson should be commended for his service to our country. Mike Pompeo will make an outstanding Secretary of State, and I am hopeful that the Senate will act quickly on his confirmation.”

Congressman Palazzo congratulates Pompeo on Sec. of State nod from President Trump

Congressman Thompson says Trump administration “continues to demonstrate chaos, dysfunction and confusion” with Tillerson announcement


Colleagues are applauding longtime state Rep. Tyrone Ellis as he returns to Mississippi’s House chambers after retiring in June.

Representatives recognized the Starkville Democrat Tuesday for his 37 years of service in the House. As one of the longest-serving representatives at the time of his 2017 retirement, Ellis led House Democrats for several years beginning in 2008.

Ellis had two years left in his four-year term when he left. After a November special election for the seat, Democrat Cheikh Taylor now represents District 38.

Gov. Bryant attends International Homeland Defense and Security Summit in Biloxi

CLARION LEDGER – McDaniel supporters call for Bryant to appoint him to Cochran’s seat (of course they do)

FreedomWorks and state tea party activists on Wednesday plan to call for Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint state Sen. Chris McDaniel to the U.S. Senate seat Thad Cochran will vacate April 1…

…On Tuesday, Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler said: “Gov. Bryant will announce the U.S. Senate appointment once he decides who that will be. That decision has not been made. But he will not be affected by any political group or dynamic. The governor believes Sen. McDaniel should focus his energy on the campaign to which he is committed.”

McDaniel on Tuesday said his campaign is not involved with the event, but he appreciates his supporters.

CLARION LEDGER – Charlie Mitchell: Tate Reeves knows how to punish those who don’t toe the line

The eight Republican defectors were Nickey Browning of Pontotoc, Videt Carmicheal of Meridian, Dennis DeBar of Leakesville, Tommy Gollott of Biloxi, Briggs Hopson of Vicksburg, Chad McMahan of Guntown, J. Walter Michel of Jackson and Joseph Seymour of Vancleave. Several said not a single school superintendent — the ones who deal with funding and budgets every day — was enamored by what Gunn and Reeves kept calling a vast improvement and proof positive of their personal devotion to public schools.

Now the eight have to worry about vengeance.

Reeves is not the first Machiavellian lieutenant governor of Mississippi, but he puts several of his predecessors in the shade when it comes to punishing those who don’t toe the line.

Congressman Kelly speaks on military readiness at House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing