State Sen. McDaniel continues church circuit rider tour
It was incredible to share a Sunday morning with the people of Red Creek Baptist Church in Wiggins 🙂 pic.twitter.com/ORlJaHwk1S
— Sen. Chris McDaniel (@senatormcdaniel) May 6, 2018
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Gov. Bryant, U.S. Senators Wicker, Hyde-Smith attend Airbus celebration in Columbus
Wonderful celebration at @Airbus Columbus today to highlight the delivery of more than 400 Mississippi-made UH-72A Lakota Helicopters to the @USArmy. That’s a great credit to our skilled workforce who will continue to work for our Armed Forces. pic.twitter.com/V2OLrZw1In
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) May 4, 2018
This whole drama started back in late 2016, when the Federal Highway Administration decided it wanted to take a closer look at low-rated bridges in Mississippi.
The agency’s assistant division administrator, Don Davis, told county supervisors at a meeting in January that a federal review found Mississippi had more low-rated bridges still open and carrying traffic than any other state. Federal officials ordered inspections of the 120 lowest-rated bridges. Of the first six they looked at, federal officials concluded four were unsafe and needed to be closed. Local governments were leaving 114 of the 120 bridges open, but federal officials concluded 65 of those bridges needed to be closed.
This is where everything went bad.
The feds concluded that counties and cities were leaving unsafe bridges open, and that the Office of State Aid Road Construction wasn’t effectively policing those local decisions. The feds ordered lots more inspections, first finding 89 of another 139 low-rated bridges unsafe, and then ordering the state to inspect all 2,200 bridges that have timber pilings underneath.
DAILY JOURNAL – Espy, Shelton offer similar campaign pitches
Shelton’s first campaign stump speech late last month emphasized his hometown roots, his City Hall record and urged voters to send the “next generation of leaders” to Washington, subtly emphasizing his relative youth.
In a conversation with a Daily Journal reporter, Espy unspooled a few details of how he’ll pitch himself to voters. He emphasized his experience in federal office, highlighted agriculture issues and talked about retaining young Mississippians to remain in the state.
But whether Espy and Shelton directly tangle or not, each man is attempting to claim a similar strategy, downplaying partisan affiliation, identifying as pragmatic and highlighting conservative credentials.
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Robert Clark receives Honorary Doctorate of Public Service at MSU
Congratulations to former House Speaker Pro Tempore Representative Robert Clark upon his Honorary Doctorate of Public Service Degree from Mississippi State! pic.twitter.com/AGmxn3z4yE
— MS Democratic Party (@msdemocrats) May 4, 2018
Economic growth slowed in Mississippi in 2017, with economic growth ranking 46th among states.
Gross domestic product numbers released Friday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis measure economic output of each state.
Mississippi’s economy grew 0.3 percent in 2017, compared to 2 percent growth in 2016. Growth was led by wholesale trade and durable goods manufacturing. Weakness was widespread across the economy. Sectors shrinking included government, nondurable goods manufacturing, agriculture, construction and arts, entertainment and recreation.