Hyde-Smith Campaign: McDaniel “does not have the courage to vote his own convictions”

MS TODAY – Legislative Democrats vow to work harder for Baria in runoff

State Rep. Robert Johnson of Natchez predicted Monday he and his fellow legislative Democrats will make more of an effort in the June 26 U.S. Senate runoff to ensure a victory for David Baria of Bay St. Louis.

Johnson said some legislative Democrats might have been reluctant to fully engage in the June 5 primary for Baria because a fellow member of the House, Omeria Scott, also was running.

But with the runoff election pitting Baria against Howard Sherman, husband of Mississippi-born actress Sela Ward and an entrepreneur, Johnson said the choice is clear.

“David Baria is not a convenient Democrat,” but a legislator who has been a strong Democrat in the Legislature despite representing one of the most Republican districts in the state, said Johnson, who was flanked by about 12 of his colleagues.

Speaker Gunn swears in new Democrat State Rep. Tracey Rosebud


NEWSMS – Hyde-Smith approves bill to support drone research in Mississippi

The Senate Appropriations committee-passed a bill that would support transportation infrastructure and drone research in Mississippi.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Appropriations Committees, approved the FY2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill.  The bill which passed unanimously would fund transportation infrastructure development and community development programs.

“The Senate is moving forward with appropriations bills to address ongoing and new infrastructure needs in Mississippi and around the country, including supporting air service in rural states,” Hyde-Smith said. “Our bill would also support ongoing research by Mississippi State to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the nation’s airspace. I look forward to Senate consideration of these bills this summer.”

Ohio Congressman to join Congressman Kelly at Desoto County event


CLARION LEDGER – BIPEC ‘legislator report card’ grades given

The Business and Industry Political Education Committee has issued its annual “Business and Jobs Report Card” for state lawmakers, based on how they voted on numerous bills.

Lawmakers’ grades, and the votes used as measures are available here.

Votes used for the grades include whether lawmakers voted in favor of two proposals, including the BRIDGE Act, to provide more spending for state and local infrastructure; whether they voted in favor of borrowing millions for projects that included upgrades at the  shipyard in Pascagoula; whether they voted against a measure that would require private insurance to cover more benefits and whether they voted in favor of a business incentives bill.

Congressman Harper meets with Taiwan Minister Wu


TAIPEI TIMES – Harper says new AIT complex ‘a commitment’

The US government’s US$255 million investment in the new American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) compound is a symbol of its commitment to Taiwan, US Representative Gregg Harper, who co-chairs the US Congressional Taiwan Caucus, said yesterday.

“The opening tomorrow of the new AIT headquarters shows how important our relationship is to the US,” the Republican lawmaker from Mississippi said.

Harper and his wife, Sidney, arrived on Sunday to attend today’s dedication ceremony of the new office complex in Taipei’s Neihu District (內湖). This is Harper’s third visit to Taiwan.

Senators Wicker, Hyde-Smith announces $2.37 million for airport infrastructure rehab, expansion


Mississippi National Guard 155th ABCT receives distinguished service citation