WTOK – Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019.

Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday.

Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House…

…Before serving in the Mississippi House, Brown was the state’s chief financial officer and a chief of staff for Democratic Gov. Ray Mabus.

CLARION LEDGER – This Miss. Democrat won’t run again and issues harsh assessment of state leaders

“Over and over we hear that the number one item on business shopping lists is an educated workforce, while our educators and children struggle to deal with leaking roofs, inadequate and outdated technology and overcrowded classrooms,” Brown said.

He hit Republicans for what he described as a longstanding failure to adequately manage the state budget, citing “significant budget cuts” over the past four years, and state employees long going without a raise. And he criticized the Legislature’s elimination of corporate franchise tax, which he said will benefit large corporations from outside of Mississippi the most, and said it needed to be reinstated.

Brown posed a question to the state’s current leadership:

“When you leave office, would you rather be remembered for cutting taxes on out of state corporations, or would you like to be remembered for improving heatlh care, raising children’s test scores and creating jobs through Medicaid expansion?”

WJTV – Arming teachers in Mississippi is a possibility

DESOTO TIMES – Strong voter turnout for 2018 elections

In DeSoto County recently for an event that may be a precursor to a future campaign run for higher office next year, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said a total of 889,971 voters turned out in the Magnolia State for the Nov. 27 U.S. Senate runoff race between Mike Espy and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who claimed election in the final vote.

The Secretary of State declared the process to be a huge success because of the turnout and the fact there were almost no voting issues.

“We voted over 1.8 million people in the two elections,” Hosemann said, “We had almost no issues. We are not Florida,” Hosemann added, referring to problems with alleged uncounted ballots and other allegations in Florida during the midterm elections in November.

“The Circuit Clerks and Election Commissioners all worked really well,” Hosemann added. “They just were exceptional.”

WTOK – Students being tested on proficiency in cursive writing, reading

Gov. Bryant congratulates newly National Board Certified Teachers

 

Congressman Palazzo commends passage of Unmanned Maritime Systems Legislation

NEWSMS – Presley applauds FCC investigation into cell companies

Today, Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley applauded the Friday announcement by the Federal Communications Commission into possible false coverage maps provided to the federal regulatory body concerning a pending process for the funding of cellular towers.

Presley praised the investigation but said that the issues the FCC is seeing in the filings by the companies is the same issue many consumers face daily when they buy a cell phone. Presley says that plenty of proof exists to show that maps provided by some carriers to consumers at the point-of-sale are flawed at least and possibly intentionally misleading.

After the FCC’s coverage map for its funding auction was published earlier this year, Presley convened task forces in each of the thirty-three counties of North Mississippi, in essence deputizing the citizen-members to collect cell coverage data. Several months and tens of thousands of speed tests later, the PSC submitted their results on November 26th.

State Auditor White announces completion of office compliance audit

 

WJTV – ACA Enrollment down in 2018, signups end Dec. 15

MDA Exec Director: Mississippi currently in the longest sustained period of employment growth in 20 years

 

Stacey Wilkes announces reelection bid for HD 108

What better day than on Mississippi’s 201st birthday to announce I will be seeking re-election to continue to represent District 108 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. It is a great honor to serve and a great responsibility I do not take lightly. I promise to continue to serve with integrity, with Christian conservative leadership, and with a vision for the future.

As a freshman legislator, I was The Legislator of the Year for the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Association. I received The One Rural Award from the Mississippi Rural Health Association and was invited to attend an annual dinner with the Governor and special guest, former US Senator Jim Demint, for the top 10-12 conservatives in the House. I was also named Vice-Chairman of Marine Resources. In addition, I was the leading legislator in the battle for the coastal portion of the BP settlement funds.

I’ve stood up for what’s right, even when I stood alone. I’ve worked hard on legislation and to resolve issues for my constituents as well as for many outside of my district. I’ve participated in local events at our schools, spoke to various organizations, and attended as many community events as possible.

I am humbled by the overwhelming support I’ve been shown over the past year, and I ask for your prayers, your continued support, and for your vote.
Happy Birthday, Mississippi!

Otis Anthony sworn in as new HD31 State Rep

 

Randy Rushing to seek reelection in HD78

I have been asked several times in recent days if I plan on seeking re-election next year. I feel I need to go ahead and announce my re-election plans. I have been fortunate to represent the citizens of Leake, Newton, and Scott Counties (District 78) for the past 7 years. I currently serve as Chairman of the Municipalities Committee, and serve on County Affairs, Corrections, Military Affairs, and Ways and Means. I continue to gain knowledge, experience, and resources to help make District 78 and Mississippi a better place to live. I would be honored to return in January 2020 to continue my work for all of you! Thank you for your continued support!

Sen. Wicker remembers Bush 41

 

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