U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy (D) has accepted an invitation to debate opponent and incumbent Cindy-Hyde Smith (R) in a public debate on November 20, one week before the run-off election.
Hyde-Smith endorsed by National Right to Life
Proud to be endorsed by @NRLC! Ronald Reagan once said, “the real question is not when human life begins, but what is the value of human life?” I’d argue that ALL life has value in the eyes of God — and I’ll never abandon my belief all children are guaranteed the right to life. pic.twitter.com/TnzW7xrTGg
— Cindy Hyde-Smith (@cindyhydesmith) November 12, 2018
Reporters present at the press conference pushed Hyde-Smith to speak at greater length, but she refused.
“I put out a statement yesterday, and that’s all I’m going to say about it,” she said.
She then deferred to Gov. Phil Bryant, who proceeded to engage with media and speak on Hyde-Smith’s behalf.
Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith earlier this year to replace the now retired Thad Cochran. All three are Republicans, and Hyde-Smith faces Democrat Mike Espy in a Nov. 27 runoff election.
“I know this woman and I know her heart,” Bryant said. “I knew it when I appointed her and know it now. She meant no offense by that statement.”
Wicker, Bryant back Hyde-Smith following comments
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) November 13, 2018
State Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller Jr. announced Friday he will retire at the end of January but in an interview with the Clarion Ledger did not rule out seeking another office.
“I have elected to tender my resignation and retire from public service effective Jan. 31, 2019, completing more than 21 years of service on the Mississippi Supreme Court and 10 years as chief justice,” Waller said in a statement. “It has been my highest privilege to be elected as a justice of the Supreme Court and serve as chief justice of Mississippi.”
When asked Friday about rumors he would possibly run for governor, Waller didn’t rule it out.
“I’m not closing any doors at this time,” Waller said. “I will decide after I retire Jan. 31.”
WTVA – Former Senator Thad Cochran honored at the University of Mississippi
The University of Mississippi honored former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran’s impact on the university, the state and the nation on Sunday.
The UM School of Law hosted an event to raise funds to support the Thad Cochran endowment. It will provide scholarship opportunities for law students.