Want to know who qualified for state offices? Here you go…

Democrat: Jim Hood, Robert Shuler Smith, William Bond Compton Jr, Michael Brown, Robert J. Ray, Velesha Williams, Gregory Wash, Phillip West, Albert Wilson.
Republican: Robert Foster, Tate Reeves, Bill Waller Jr.
Independent: David R. Singletary.
Democrat: Jay Hughes.
Republican: Delbert Hosemann, Shane Quick.
Democrat: Jennifer Riley Collins.
Republican: Mark Baker, Lynn Fitch, Andy Taggart.
Democrat: Johnny Dupree, Maryra Hodges Hunt.
Republican: Sam Britton, Michael Watson.
Democrat: Addie Greene.
Republican: Eugene S. “Buck” Clarke, David McRae.
Democrat: No candidate.
Republican: Shad White (incumbent).
Democrat: Robert E. Amos.
Republican: Mike Chaney (incumbent).
Democrat: Rickey Cole.
Republican: Andy Gipson (incumbent).
Democrat: Brandon Presley (incumbent)
Republican: no candidate.
Democrat: Dorothy “Dot” Benford, Ryan Brown, Bruce Burton, De’Keither A. Stamps.
Republican: Brent Bailey, Nic Lott.
Democrat: Connie Moran, Sugar Stallings.
Republican: Dane Maxwell, Perry Parker, Kevin Schulz.
Democrat: Joey Grist.
Republican: Trey Bowman, John Caldwell, E.A. Hathcock, Jeremy A. Martin, Geoffrey O. Yoste.
Democrat: Willie Simmons, Marcus Wallace.
Republican: Butch Lee, Ricky Pennington, Jr.
Democrat: No candidate.
Republican: Tom King (incumbent), Tony Smith, Chad Toney

WTVA – Hood and Reeves headline 2019 Mississippi election field

Republican Party Chairman Lucien Smith said he expected his party to maintain its House supermajority, but would only predict a “strong majority” in the state Senate. As evidence of Republican strength, one of the last white Democrats, Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth, switched parties to qualify as a Republican on Friday. Longtime Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville filed as an independent, in part to avoid a primary challenge, but also saying he was sick of partisanship and noting he had been one of three remaining elected white Democrats in Lee County.

And House Minority Leader David Baria, a Bay St. Louis Democrat, announced he was leaving the Legislature. It’s the third term in a row that the House Democratic leader has left the chamber, after House Speaker Billy McCoy retired in 2011 and Rep. Bobby Moak was defeated in 2015. Republicans now hold both those seats, and will be strong contenders to take over Baria’s seat.

“The majority of Mississippians know the kind of policy we’ve got,” said state Republican Chairman Lucien Smith. “We’re the only conservative party in the state and we’ll spend between now and November reminding voters of that.

Moak, now the state Democratic Party Chairman, said his party won’t be competitive everywhere, but intends to press Republicans to answer for their policies on things like schools and roads.

DAILY JOURNAL – Party switches comes as qualifying ends

State Rep. Nick Bain is in his second term as a Democrat, representing House District 2, which includes Alcorn County. He announced re-election plans earlier this year, but not until Friday, the last day of qualifying, did it become publicly known that he will change parties and run for re-election as a Republican.

A Republican, DuJuana Frazier Thompson., had previously qualified in that district to challenge the Democratic incumbent.

Following Bain’s party switch, Thompson promptly dropped out of the race…

See the source image…Longtime state Rep. Steve Holland announced he’ll run for re-election as an independent, rather than as a Democrat. This, however, is a seeming maneuver to avoid a primary fight with former justice court judge Rickey Thompson.

Holland has outspokenly identified as liberal. Thus, regardless of the outcome of the House District 16 race, the winner looks certain to caucus with Democrats.

CLARION LEDGER – Attorney General race gets surprise, high-profile GOP candidate on qualifying deadline

Longtime state Republican leader, attorney and author Andy Taggart confirmed Friday  he has qualified to run for attorney general this year…

…Taggart will face state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon and state Treasurer Lynn Fitch in the August Republican primary. As of late afternoon, the only Democrat to announce or qualify to run for that primary is Jennifer Riley Collins.

Taggart is considered a patriarch of the state Republican Party. He served as chief of staff for the late Gov. Kirk Fordice, who in 1991 became the first Republican elected governor in Mississippi since Reconstruction. This was when the state — and much of the Deep South — was still staunchly Democratic before the Republican wave that started in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

Baria, MS House Democrat Leader, not running for reelection

NEWSMS – Hood announces relief program in Wells Fargo settlement

See the source imageMississippians who have not yet been made whole through existing remediation programs from the December 2018 Wells Fargo settlement can now seek to have their inquiry or complaint reviewed by a Wells Fargo escalation team for possible relief.

Attorney General Jim Hood announced that Wells Fargo has begun a consumer redress review program, which was a key component of the settlement to resolve claims that the bank violated state consumer protection laws by (1) opening millions of unauthorized accounts and enrolling customers into online banking services without their knowledge or consent, (2) improperly referring customers for enrollment in third-party renters and life insurance policies, (3) improperly charging auto loan customers for force-placed and unnecessary collateral protection insurance, (4) failing to ensure that customers received refunds of unearned premiums on certain optional auto finance guaranteed asset/auto protection (“GAP”) products, and (5) incorrectly charging customers for mortgage rate lock extension fees.

Shad White unopposed for Auditor after being appointed last year by Gov. Bryant 


Van Jones gives Mississippi credit for criminal justice reform efforts at CPAC


MBJ – Bill Crawford: The new Republican reality: Debt, debt and more debt

Sigh. As Pogo told us, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”

P.S.  Mississippi is not immune to the debt dilemma. State financial reports show our public debt continues to grow. The two largest components, bonds and notes payable at $5.6 billion and the PERS unfunded pension liability at $16.9 billion, total $22.5 billion. That’s up from $19.7 billion in 2012.

Shhh. This occurred, too, with Republicans in control of the Legislature and Governor’s Mansion.

Former state Democrat chief running for Ag Commissioner


Reeves, Foster campaign in Jackson County for Mardi Gras


Former State Senator, now Alderman Tony Smith challenging King for Southern Transportation Commissioner


RollCall highlights Wicker’s data privacy efforts


Congressman Michael Guest recaps his week in DC


WDAM – Lumberton mayor seeks to get beer, light wine sales in Lamar County

The mayor of Lumberton is working toward making Lamar County a wet county.

“The question that always comes up in conversations is why is Lamar County not wet? Other counties are moving toward this and we’re the only ones not wet,” said Lumberton Mayor Quincy Rogers.

Rogers has been working to make Lamar County wet since around 2016. He started a petition in efforts of getting people on board with the idea.