Mississippi loses Brookhaven officers, State Trooper over weekend


WTOK – Mississippi’s Senators continue support for Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh

Hyde-Smith gives Lindsey Graham a big hug, shoutout for Kavanaugh hearings


#MSSen: Baria, Espy call for halt to SCOTUS Kavanaugh confirmation, McDaniel says push forward


CLARION LEDGER – Challenger won’t debate unless Cindy Hyde-Smith does

A Democrat in a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi says he won’t take part in debates unless Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith also participates.

Mike Espy’s campaign manager, Oleta Fitzgerald, sent a letter Friday to sponsors of an Oct. 4 debate in Jackson. Fitzgerald writes that a debate without the person occupying the Senate seat “is unacceptable.”

Hyde-Smith’s campaign has said she won’t participate in debates if she has to be in Washington on Senate business. She’s scheduled to appear at a campaign rally Tuesday in northern Mississippi with President Donald Trump.

DAILY JOURNAL – Mississippi’s senate candidates speak on tariff impacts

David Baria: “A trade war with China right now makes no sense. Tariffs are taxes. Plain and simple. They hurt Mississippi farmers and consumers. The president’s tariffs have driven soybean prices to a nine-year low. And the $12 billion he says will help ease the pain is what a Republican farmer called a Band-Aid on a broken leg. Farmers don’t want aid. They want trade.”…

…Mike Espy: “I will work with Democrats, Republicans and the White House to move us away from the cliff of retaliatory tariffs that harms the fortunes of Mississippi farmers. I believe in the important principles of free trade and believe that when trade is fair, American farmers will win … Our yields are second to none, but to be profitable good yields need customers around the world, including China. We should not jeopardize those markets by engaging in a dubious trade war.”

Gov. Bryant applauds state tax collections


WTOK – VP attends winging at NAS

Vice President Mike Pence was greeted with cheers and rounds of applause at his son’s winging ceremony

The vice president’s son, First Lieutenant Michael Pence, was one of eight men to earn the “Wings of Gold.” The VP proudly looked on as his son made the transition from student pilot to naval aviator.

“Vice President Pence has been a servant of our country in the private sector and in politics. As our vice president he represents our executive branch so well and is such a huge supporter of our department of defense,” said guest speaker, retired Capt. Sterling Gilliam.

Congressman Palazzo introduces AQUAA Act


MBJ – Bill Crawford: Uncertainty dims hallelujah economic times for Republicans

Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest since December 2000. Total nonfarm employment is nearly 150 million, the highest ever.  And average wages are the highest ever.

This should be hallelujah time for those in charge, i.e. Republicans.

It’s not. That nasty thing called uncertainty is the problem.

“The one thing all human beings do when they are confronted with uncertainty is pull back, withdraw, disengage,” said former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, “and that means economic activity, which is really dealing with people, just goes straight down.”

Uncertainty over continued economic growth is rising. Increasing oil prices due, in part, to sanctions on Iran; rising inflation due, in part, to tax cut stimulus during an already rising economy; other price increases due to tariffs; increasing costs for health care; and rising interest rates have the potential to negatively impact consumer spending. With consumption accounting for approximately 68% of GDP, lower consumer spending would slow economic growth.

Congressman Kelly receives Taxpayers’ Friend Award


WLBT – Mississippi Attorney General warns against e-cigarette use among teens

If you hear your kids talking about “JUULING,” they’re not talking about a new jewelry trend.

Instead, they could be puffing away at something that looks more like a flash drive.

“These things, and they do look like something you’d use with a computer, are just drug delivery systems,” said State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. “They’re specifically nicotine delivery systems and nicotine is very addictive.”

Attorney General Jim hood is joining forces with other state agencies and organizations for a public awareness campaign.

“The problem is, grown ups may use it to get off cigarettes,” noted Hood. “But it’s just a gateway for young people.”

WTVA – Mississippi’s top election official: Vote to honor veterans

Mississippi’s top elections official is urging people to vote this November as a way to show respect for military veterans.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says 13 percent of eligible Mississippi voters cast ballots during party primaries in June. He says he would like to see a higher turnout in November.

The secretary of state’s website has a space where people can declare that they are voting in honor of someone who has served in the military, past or present.