WLOX – Gov. Bryant sets special election deadline for U.S. Senate

Mississippians interested in running for U.S. Senate have until 5pm on April 24 to qualify for the seat long-held by Senator Thad Cochran and now filled by Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

The election will be held on November 6, 2018, the date already set for this year’s general election. If no candidate receives a majority of votes on that date, a runoff will be held November 27.

State Rep. Jeramey Anderson, candidate for #MS04 in interview: “I’m a liberal Democrat, without a doubt”



GULFLIVE – Packages sent to Ocean Springs mayor, board with white sheets inside

They arrived at Ocean Springs City Hall Monday afternoon — eight packages shipped via Amazon, with one addressed to Mayor Shea Dobson and one each for the seven members of the board of aldermen.

Inside each package was a set of white bed sheets — and a note:

“Hi Mayor/Alderman, I wasn’t quite sure of your size, so just consider this a do-it-yourself kit. Your other option, of course, being to grow a spine, publicly denounce the Klan and take down the flag. From Sarah Halstead.”

The packages appear to have been sent by Sarah Halstead — a former Ocean Springs resident now residing in Roanoke, Va., according to her Facebook page.

WLOX – New state flag lawsuit set to be filed in court tomorrow

Members of the Mississippi Rising Coalition are continuing their efforts to get the state flag removed from Ocean Springs city buildings.

A new state flag lawsuit is set to be filed in federal court Wednesday in Gulfport. This action by the Mississippi Rising Coalition comes after a second video appeared on YouTube. In the 10-minute video, a voice says he represents the United Dixie White Knights. The United Dixie White Knights admitted to sending the first video to the organization last week.

WJTV – MDOT disappointed lack of funds for worker raises

WDAM – Feds not requiring Mississippi to redo school rating system

Federal education officials say Mississippi won’t have to restructure its system for assigning A-to-F letter grades to public schools.

The U.S. Department of Education said in a news release Thursday that Mississippi’s plan provides transparency about how schools and districts are performing.

The federal department also said the Mississippi’s partnerships among public, private and Head Start programs for preschool children “will provide a solid foundation to prepare students for school.”

WJTV – Mayor Lumumba, US Sen. Bernie Sanders holding MLK town hall

CLARION LEDGER – Poll: Mike Espy leading Cindy Hyde-Smith, Chris McDaniel in Senate race

A poll commissioned by Democrat Mike Espy’s U.S. Senate campaign shows him leading Republicans Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel in a three-way race as the two Republicans split votes.

The poll was taken by Chism Strategies in the days after Gov. Phil Bryant announced his appointment of Hyde-Smith to temporarily fill the seat until a Nov. 6 special election…

…The poll of 603 likely general election voters shows Espy leading with 34 percent, Hyde-Smith with 27 percent and McDaniel at 21 percent.

WCBI – Commissioner of Insurance visits the Columbus Rotary Club

CLARION LEDGER – Charlie Mitchell: MPB radio and TV told to prepare to go it alone

Tucked into Section 12 of House Bill 1593 was a directive to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: “…Initiate a planning process to transition from receiving any state general funds beginning in Fiscal Year 2022.”

What a nutty, nutty, nutty idea.

As adjournment neared, the conference report on MPB’s $12 million total appropriation for the coming year passed the House 89-25 and the Senate 36-16.

Sen. Wicker pleased with Air Force decision on Colonel’s religious belief on sanctity of marriage