WLOX – Mike Espy accepts invitation to debate Cindy Hyde-Smith before run-off elections

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


DAILY JOURNAL – Hyde-Smith deflects questions about ‘public hanging’ comments

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


MBJ – Bill Crawford: Hyde-Smith will trump Espy in run-off

Many thought this run-off might decide partisan control of the U.S. Senate. Instead Republicans have already secured their majority, taking much of the limelight off this race. That dimming importance just further dims Espy’s chances.
Then there’s that McDaniel vote. It’s not going to Espy.
“We now have to unite,” McDaniel told his loyal base, as reported by Mississippi Today. “Mr. Espy cannot be allowed to win this seat. President Trump wants us to unite, and we will unite. We will back Cindy Hyde-Smith.”
Oh, there may be a debate or two and an Obama or Clinton may be spotted, along with a Trump to stir interest, but this party is all but over.

CLARION LEDGER – State Chief Justice Bill Waller to retire in January

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.