Gov. Bryant, Congressman Palazzo meet with local officials ahead of #TSGordon

WTOK – House member resigns, special election set

Gov. Phil Bryant has set Nov. 6, 2018, as the special election date for House District 85.

The seat became vacant Aug. 31 when former Rep. America “Chuck” Middleton resigned from the Mississippi House of Representatives.

The qualifying deadline is September 17.

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CLARION LEDGER – Charlie Mitchell: 8 weeks until Mississippi elects 2 Senators

For Espy to win, (1) McDaniel, whose star is fading, must poll enough votes to finish third and force a runoff between Hyde-Smith, who is likely to finish first and Espy, who is likely to finish second. Then, (2) voter turnout on runoff day, Nov. 27, will be decisive.

If Espy can forge a coalition of state Democrats and enough others who don’t see Trump’s endorsement of Hyde-Smith as a plus, he wins. If not, Hyde-Smith, who may well cruise to a win without a runoff, will remain in the Senate.

Historically, turnout in special elections — and especially special election runoffs — is tiny. That, of itself, may be decisive.

As for the regular election, there’s far less drama. The Republican establishment orchestrated a brilliant sequence to the benefit of incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker.

With the filing deadline impending earlier this year, McDaniel filed to unseat Wicker. But when Cochran’s resignation followed the filing deadline, McDaniel opted out of that race and into the special election, courting but not receiving the interim appointment by Bryant.

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WTOK – Court: No special status for Confederate group over symbols

Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the university in September 2014 in chancery court, weeks after Ole Miss announced it was distancing itself from these images on the Oxford campus.

The school renamed a street that had been called Confederate Drive and installed plaques to provide historical background, including on a Confederate soldier statue.

A chancery judge moved the lawsuit to state circuit court, and a circuit judge dismissed it in March 2017.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the dismissal, saying Sons of Confederate Veterans has no greater interest in the university’s actions than anyone else in the general public.