DAILY JOURNAL – Senate refuses Hood’s request for frontage road project information

Senate Pro-Tem Terry Burton has sent a letter to Attorney General Jim Hood saying senators and their staff will not respond to his request for any documents related to the plan to build a frontage road from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ neighborhood to a nearby shopping center.

Burton, R-Newton, said the Senate would not comply even though there is “nothing to cover up.”

He added, “When we get a request like that, that is what we send to everybody. The law says we have control of our records.”

In a statement Thursday morning, Hood responded, “ I want to make clear to all senators, staff and other recipients of the litigation hold letter, dated July 18, 2018, that the Senate rules will not protect them from a court order to disclose any and all records pertaining to this civil inquiry. Anyone who refuses to disclose or destroys such evidence would be subject to contempt or other civil proceedings. If any criminal investigation caused a grand jury subpoena to be issued for these records, destruction of such evidence could be considered obstruction of justice.

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GULFLIVE – Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith to headline candidates forum in Gautier

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith will headline a candidates forum set for Friday night in Gautier.

Hosted by Gautier Mayor Phil Torjusen and friends of the candidates, the forum will be held at Shell Landing Country Club from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m…

…Although not confirmed, Torjusen said U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo may attend, but representatives from his campaign will be on hand, regardless, along with those from the office of U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker.

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CLARION LEDGER – Gov. Bryant helping raise money for Michael Watson’s secretary of state campaign a year out

Gov. Phil Bryant is helping fellow Republican Sen. Michael Watson raise money for a run for secretary of state next year, an invitation from Watson’s campaign shows.

It’s somewhat unusual for a governor to keynote such a fundraiser that far down ticket and this far out from elections and before party nominees have been chosen in primaries.

Watson, 40, serving in the state Senate since 2008, has long been considered a contender for higher office. He was strongly urged by GOP leaders to run for Congress in 2010, but didn’t because of the birth of one of his three daughters.

Watson, of Pascagoula, is one of only a few people who have formally announced candidacy for races in next year’s statewide elections. He’s seeking to replace Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who has said he will seek a higher office next year, but hasn’t officially said which one. Hosemann is widely believed to be set on a run for the lieutenant governor’s office, which will be open next year.

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WTVA – Former Starkville mayoral candidate Johnny Moore dies

Former Starkville mayoral candidate Johnny Moore has passed away at the age of 58.

He challenged Lynn Spruill in the 2017 Democratic primary and challenged the outcome when he lost to her by a narrow margin.

A special judge ruled last month against him in that challenge.

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