WLOX – Tupelo mayor drops out of U.S. Senate race

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is dropping out of the race for U.S. Senate, saying it’s just not the right time.

“After much prayer and consideration I have reached the decision that I will be withdrawing my candidacy for U.S. Senate in the special election to replace retired Senator Thad Cochran, and request that my name not be included on the November ballot,” Shelton said.

CLARION LEDGER – U.S. Chamber poll shows Cindy Hyde-Smith leading Mike Espy, Chris McDaniel in Senate race 

A poll commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Mississippi’s special Senate election shows Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, whom the Chamber is backing, leading the race.

The live poll of 500 likely voters from May 1-3 was conducted for the Chamber by GS Strategy Group of Idaho. It showed:

⁃ Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith: 30 percent

⁃ Democrat Mike Espy: 22 percent

⁃ Republican Chris McDaniel: 17 percent

⁃ Democrat Jason Shelton: 4 percent

The survey did not poll for a fifth candidate, little known Democrat Tobey Bartey of Gautier, a late entry into the race. On Tuesday, Shelton announced he was dropping out of the race.

Gov. Bryant: Mississippi is happy to do our part to help secure our border


WLOX – Coast Lawmakers say BP Settlement funding & lottery could be taken up in special session

Tuesday, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce hosted a post-legislative briefing.

The event moderated by WLOX News Director Brad Kessie featured State Senators Joel Carter and Michael Watson, along with State Rep. Manly Barton. The politicians talked to a room full of business leaders about the legislature’s 2018 accomplishments and the goals still remaining…

…Sen. Michael Watson called on South Mississippi residents to get more involved in the process, so the bulk of the BP funds can be directed to the Coast. The BP distribution could be taken up in a special session along with roads and bridges. Sen. Joel Carter would like to see a compromise struck dealing with BP and roads and bridges.

Senators Wicker, Hyde-Smith and Congressman Harper support withdrawal from Iran Deal


THE HILL – Key Dem blasts ‘inhumane’ Trump policy on border crossings

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) blasted the Trump administration’s recently announced policy to increase its prosecution of parents crossing the U.S. border illegally, calling the move inhumane.

“This misguided policy is another statement of cruelty from President Trump‘s Department of Homeland Security,” Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement.

“Let it be clear: the Department of Homeland Security’s official policy is now to separate families – including mothers from their young children – when they seek assistance at the border between ports of entry,” Thompson said in a statement.

“Criminalizing parents seeking protection for themselves and their children is inhumane, excessively punitive, and can deliberately interfere with their ability to seek asylum.”

WLOX – Attorney General Jim Hood warns of computer scam

It may be easier than you think to get sucked into a computer scam. Attorney General Jim Hood is even issuing a warning for our state about a recent rash of attacks through seemingly technical problems…

…If you or someone you know may think they’re being attacked by a scammer, there are numbers to call. The attorney general suggests calling the consumer protection division at 601-359-4230 or 800-281-4418.