DAILY JOURNAL – Recess renews calls for Senate candidates debate

As primary-style infighting between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Chris McDaniel continues to dominate a Mississippi special election, an upcoming recess of the U.S. Senate has reignited calls for a scheduled debate.

Following a deal reached between Senate leadership, the upper chamber of congress recessed Friday and will remain in recess until after the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

That means Hyde-Smith, and Sen. Roger Wicker – both incumbent Republicans facing re-election – will likely be in Mississippi during the three weeks before election day.

Up to now, Hyde-Smith has declined to participate in debates, citing the need to be in the nation’s capital to perform her duties as senator.

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MBJ – Bill Crawford: State job recovery more modest than terrific

Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession.

Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before.

But, there is more to the story.

Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate unemployment rates) hit 1,223,887 in July. That was up 0.3% from 1,219,739 in July 2008 and a new record.

Total non-farm jobs (the number of jobs at Mississippi establishments) reached 1,165,500 in July. That was up 1.9% from 1,143,800 in July 2018 and a new record.

However, over the same multi-year periods, U.S. employment grew 7.2% and non-farm jobs 8.4%.

While employment was up overall, it was not up in two-thirds of the 82 counties.

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CLARION LEDGER – Rep. Steve Holland has been longtime advocate for “the least of these”

Rep. Steve Holland, master of the spot-on sound bite, is rethinking his decision to retire from the Mississippi Legislature after this coming session. After serving his constituents in Lee and Monroe counties 35 years, Holland has found they are loathe to let him go. His ethic of hard work, colorful commentary and dedication to improving the lives of everyday Mississippians has worn well.

After suffering a series of major health setbacks about four years ago, Holland announced that he was not sure he had the mental and physical stamina for the job and would not run for reelection. Because the work Holland has always done at the Mississippi Legislature requires physical and mental stamina.

Members of our state Legislature can be divided into show horses and work horses. Steve Holland has always been a work horse. He knows what’s in the bills assigned to his committees, and can effectively and colorfully argue either a bill’s benefits or its shortcomings on the floor.

WTVA – Mississippi to get nearly $500,000 in securities settlement

Mississippi will get nearly $500,000 in a settlement involving a company that was selling unregistered securities.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the penalties are part of a $26 million multi-state settlement with LPL Financial LLC. Securities regulators say the company had been selling unregistered securities since 2006, not doing enough to make sure its employees complied with state and federal laws.

A consent order finalized the settlement earlier this week.

WTOK – Gulf Coast mayor backs medical marijuana at petition event

WLOX-TV reports that Ocean Springs Mayor Shea Dobson hosted Saturday’s gathering at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center to support the petition drive for the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign.

For a legalization measure to appear on the November ballot, 86,185 registered voters in Mississippi must sign petitions in favor of the initiative.

Dobson has been very open about his support for the legalization of medical marijuana. He says he is not in support of legalizing recreational marijuana.