WTOK – MMA endorses Hyde-Smith in Senate race

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association board of directors voted unanimously to endorse Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in a November special election.

After Thad Cochran’s resignation in April with two years remaining in his 6-year term, Hyde-Smith was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to serve until a replacement could be elected.

“We have chosen to support Sen. Hyde-Smith in her campaign for election because she has been an advocate for Mississippi’s manufacturing industry,” said Jay Moon, MMA president and CEO.

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DAILY JOURNAL – Democratic candidate’s comments about Mexican immigrants causes firestorm

Speaking last Wednesday, Evans, who is the Democratic nominee for the 3rd District U.S. House seat, described a purported conversation he had with a woman in southwest Mississippi who said Mexican immigrants were taking jobs away from her three sons.

“Do you want to pay these Mexicans back tonight?” Evans said he asked the woman. “I said, ‘I guarantee if your three boys want to work tonight I will get them a job … You have your boys in Philadelphia tonight at that chicken plant, we will put all three to work.’”

Evans said the woman said the boys did not want to work in the chicken plant because they had college degrees. He said if the boys did not have jobs it was not the fault of undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

“I ain’t seen a Mexican cross the border yet with a college education,” he said. “… These Mexicans coming over here, most of them want to work. I want to secure the border. I am all about putting up the wall, securing your border and keeping the Mexicans out.

“But folks you have to realize our farmers of the state have to have immigrants. If you want a clean motel room, you have to have immigrants to clean them. If you want your chickens caught and your produce picked, our farmers need immigrants.”

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CLARION LEDGER – AP ANALYSIS: 1 woman’s prayer could shape Mississippi politics

Amid the red dirt and hubbub of the Neshoba County Fair last week, Debbie Hood sat on a wooden bench and quietly contemplated a reporter’s question: Is she ready for her husband to run for Mississippi governor next year?

She is the wife of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who’s in his fourth term as the state’s top legal officer. While her husband is a longtime prosecutor who’s comfortable in front of big crowds, Debbie Hood is an intensely private person…

…So, while Jim Hood was shaking hands outside the shotgun-style cabins on the fairgrounds Wednesday, an Associated Press reporter sat with Debbie Hood and asked if she is still praying.

She said she is.

“That’s where I am: If it’s the Lord’s will,” she said, choosing her words in the careful manner of someone unaccustomed to being interviewed.

Debbie Hood did not seek out the conversation, and she thought for a few seconds when asked if she consented to having her responses in print. She said it was fine.