WLOX – Mississippi holding primary runoffs for US Senate and House

Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, and voters are required to show photo identification.

Candidates have expressed concerns that turnout will be much lower than it was during the first round of voting on June 5.

State Rep. David Baria and venture capitalist Howard Sherman are competing for the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. The winner will face Republican incumbent Roger Wicker and two other candidates in November.

In the central 3rd Congressional District, district attorney Michael Guest and economic developer Whit Hughes are competing for the Republican nomination. Current Republican Rep. Gregg Harper didn’t seek re-election.

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NEWSMS – “Abysmally” low voter turnout troubles Hosemann

Just 13 percent of registered Mississippi voters turned out to cast a ballot a few weeks ago, and runoffs are set for the Republican primary in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District and the Democratic Senate primary. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has led the effort to get voters out to the polls, and he says that those who do vote wield an unusual amount of power if the low turnout continues.

“When you got to cast a ballot, you’re also casting 9 others because were virtually running at a 10% voting range,” he said. “So, when you cast your ballot, you cover 9 other people, so you become very important.”

MBJ – Bill Crawford: Electing champions for military assets important to Mississippi

Wicker, as chairman of the Seapower Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee, played a key leadership role last year in getting Congress to authorize a multi-year expansion of the Navy’s fleet to 355 ships. This will be a boon to both Mississippi and Maine in the coming years, e.g. the Navy hopes to build 10 new destroyers between the two facilities over the next four years.
With Cochran’s retirement this year and 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson’s tendency to cut defense spending, Wicker will be the key player on protecting and growing Mississippi military assets until other congressional leaders can emerge. 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo is in his 7th year as a member of the House Armed Services Committee with key subcommittee assignments. 1st District Congressman Trent Kelly just completed his 3rd year on the same committee with good subcommittee assignments. New Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith has a key position on the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The 3rd District will have a brand new Congressman. Of the two Republicans in the runoff plus the Democratic and Reform nominees, only Whit Hughes has experience with protecting and growing military assets. As Deputy Director at MDA he facilitated the Mississippi Military Communities Council and worked on defense industry recruitment and expansion.
Neither of Hyde-Smith’s major challengers in the November special election to fill Cochran’s seat appears to stack up well regarding military assets. Former Congressman and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy thinks Mississippi shipyards still produce nuclear vessels (https://espyforsenate.com/statement/); they don’t. State Sen. Chris McDaniel voted “present” on the bond bill in 2017 that increased funds for projects designed to protect Mississippi bases from closure. He voted against a similar bill for Columbus AFB in 2016.
Wicker is right to highlight Mississippi’s important role in national defense. Electing champions who will fight to protect and grow our military assets will not only sustain that role but also provide good jobs to many Mississippians. 

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CLARION LEDGER – Mississippi Court of Appeals judge candidate violates rules, special committee says

A Jackson attorney running for the state Court of Appeals is in violation of the Judicial Code of Conduct by not attending a two-hour course on campaign practices, finance and ethics, a special committee on judicial elections says.

Attorney Brad Clanton is one of five candidates running for District 4, Position 2 in the southwest-south central part of Mississippi.

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention said in a statement that it offered campaign seminars on May 18 and May 25. Also, the committee allowed candidates who were not able to attend either of these seminars an opportunity to view a video recording of the seminar to comply with this requirement.

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DAILY JOURNAL – Analysis: Hood fear comes true as Entergy says law ends suit

The leader of Mississippi’s largest privately owned electrical utility said in February that a new law wouldn’t automatically kill a lawsuit by Attorney General Jim Hood, but Entergy Corp. now argues that the law, which doesn’t even take effect until July 1, does put an end to the suit.

That’s just one prong of the company’s argument to U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, seeking to end a suit in which the Democrat Hood alleges the utility overcharged customers.

Entergy Mississippi, a unit of the New Orleans-based company, continues to argue that even before the law, the dispute should have been handled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or at least the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

But citing the law seems to confirm Hood’s fears that Entergy was using its lobbying muscle to cut off the lawsuit, despite denials.

“They did lie to the Legislature,” Hood said. “It was all bogus to get that bill passed.”

Thigpen joins AFP

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