CLARION LEDGER – Out-of-state money pouring in to Mississippi special Senate race

Federal Election Commission reports show the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sinking $750,000 on ads to help newly appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith. Gov. Phil Bryant recently appointed Hyde-Smith to Cochran’s seat temporarily, and he is backing her in the Nov. 6 special election.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, has benefited from $580,800 in spending from the Remember Mississippi PAC, which was created to back him. Remember Mississippi’s report for the first quarter of this year shows it had one main contributor, billionaire conservative campaign contributor Richard Uihlein of Illinois. Uihlein is contributing to numerous conservative candidates across the country.

Uihlein contributed $250,000 to Remember Mississippi this quarter, the bulk of the $253,700 the PAC reported in contributions for the quarter…

…Other Remember Mississippi contributors include:

– Billionaire Robert Mercer of New York: $500,000

– Thomas Patrick, New Vernon Capital, Louisiana: $50,000

– Canary Wellhead Equipment of Oklahoma: $25,000

Another PAC, the Mississippi Victory Fund run by Henry Barbour and former state Sen. Merle Flowers, supports Hyde-Smith. It reported no spending through March 31 but has raised $75,000, with contributions of $25,000 each from former Gov. Haley Barbour, businessman W.D. Mounger and Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanderson.

McDaniel takes jab at latest poll showing him running behind, calls it a “false narrative” and “one of the establishment’s dirty trick”



CLARION LEDGER – Perry Parker leads Michael Guest, Whit Hughes, others in #MS03 fundraising

But perhaps the most important information gleaned from the first round of campaign finance reports was that Harper has made clear his choice to succeed him.

Harper’s campaign committee and a separate federal PAC controlled by him contributed more than $10,000 to Madison/Rankin District Attorney Michael Guest. This should come as no real surprise given that key Harper supporters and former staffers — not to mention his daughter — joined the Guest campaign. However, Harper had previously indicated he would remain neutral during the primary…


Perry Parker

Total raised: $342,032.00

• Cash on hand: $272,533.01

Whit Hughes

Total raised: $304,354.00

• Cash on hand: $206,450.95

Michael Guest

Total raised: $280,911

• Cash on hand: $216,213

Morgan Dunn

Total raised: $103,700

• Cash on hand: $103,073.29

Sally Doty

Total raised: $80,861.40

• Cash on hand: $53,819.44

Katherine “Bitzy” Tate

Total raised: Report not available.

• Cash on hand: Report not available.


Michael Aycox

• Total raised: $100

• Cash on hand: -$1,356.21

Michael Evans

• Total raised: Report not available.

• Cash on hand: Report not available.


Matthew Holland

• Total raised: Report not available.

• Cash on hand: Report not available

WTOK – Six GOP candidates express loyalty to Trump

Six Republican candidates for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are saying they will be loyal to President Donald Trump. The candidates spoke at a forum Monday in Starkville.

Republican incumbent, Gregg Harper, is not seeking re-election. Party primaries are June 5.

The Republican field has two health care professionals, Whit Hughes of Madison and Morgan Dunn of Magee; a state senator, Sally Doty of Brookhaven; a businessman, Perry Parker of Seminary; a district attorney, Michael Guest of Brandon; and an educational consultant, Katherine “Bitzi” Tate of Jackson.

State Rep. Jeramey Anderson takes his #MS04 Congressional bid to California


WLBT – Hosemann on cyber attacks and federal involvement in Mississippi elections

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office is making sure Mississippi soldiers who are deployed, or deploying, will still have a vote in the upcoming federal elections.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act provides special absentee voting privileges for active members of the US Armed Forces and National Guard.

“This process of allowing individuals to participate in the voting booth, its so critical when you think of the fact that the only reason we are able to cast a ballot at all is because of what they are doing in Syria, Turkestan, Turkey and all the other places all over the world,” said Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

Sen. Wicker chairs hearing on US Navy Shipbuilding


DAILY JOURNAL – Legislative oversight group says DOT focus on maintaining existing roads

The report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee of the Mississippi Legislature reiterates what Transportation officials have been saying for sometime – that because of lack of funds they have essentially postponed the construction of new four-lane highways as they work to maintain existing roadways.

During the recently completed 2018 legislative session, there were efforts to pass bills that would curtail efforts by MDOT to build new highways. MDOT officials said at the time they were focused on maintaining the existing transportation system and were not building many new roadways.

The PEER report was released during an ongoing effort by legislators to find additional funds for what most concede is a deteriorating transportation system.

Lt. Gov. Reeves speaks at Baptist Missionary Association



Representative Steve Holland has been to more awards dinners than he can count in his long career. But this one, at Tupelo’s Summit Center, is extra special.

“Want to basically say, aw shucks,” Holland said.

The lifelong Lee County resident is this year’s recipient of the “Red Rasberry Humanitarian Award.”  It is given by the Regional Rehabilitation Center, to someone who has promoted and championed the services of the non profit.

CLARION LEDGER – Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Lee not seeking reelection

After qualifying to run for another term, veteran Court of Appeals Chief Judge Joe Lee now says he won’t seek reelection in November.

Lee will have served 20 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals at the end of term.

But Lee said Tuesday in a statement that he has withdrawn his qualifying papers.

“It is time I step aside and permit qualified candidates who otherwise would not run against me the opportunity to seek the office. I will continue to serve out the remainder of my term,” Lee said.


Forbes Tate Partners (FTP) today announced that Ryan Taylor, who most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), has joined its strategic communications and public affairs practice as Vice President. Ryan joins FTP as the firm’s public affairs practice continues to expand rapidly, bringing over a decade of public sector and campaign experience with him.

In his new role as Vice President, Ryan will help lead the firm’s public affairs consulting teams and design winning strategies for advocacy campaigns in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Ryan brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor and communications strategist for four U.S. Senators and a Member of Congress. Ryan also worked as a policy advisor on federal regulatory issues for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Republican Policy Committee, handling regulatory matters related to Dodd-Frank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.