The Starkville Daily News Reports Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has declined an invitation to participate in Republican gubernatorial candidate debate at Mississippi State University that will feature the other two GOP candidates expected to appear on the ballot.
The debate will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 2 on the MSU campus in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.
Gubernatorial candidates Bill Waller Jr., former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, and State Rep. Robert Foster, of DeSoto, have agreed to participate in the debate, the group said via press release on Saturday.
MSGOP releases ad on Jim Hood ahead of Sen. Warren visit
Jim Hood, he’s with them not us. pic.twitter.com/ogsW5kOaRL
— Mississippi GOP (@MSGOP) March 16, 2019
Morning stops in Cleveland, MS and Greenville, MS
*Coverage may be pooled. If interested, please RSVP here. More details to come.
CNN Town Hall in Jackson 8 p.m. CT (event begins)
Mississippi lawmakers are aiming for an early end to their scheduled 90-day session.
This is the fourth and final year of the current term, and most members of the House and Senate are seeking re-election. Finishing early gives all representatives and senators more time with their families and their other jobs (legislating is a part-time gig, after all). And an early wrap-up gives incumbents more time to campaign in their home districts.
The session started Jan. 8 and is scheduled to end by April 7.
Congressman Palazzo appointed to Naval Academy Board of Visitors by House leadership
#ICYMI I was recently appointed by House Leadership to serve on the Board of Visitors for the US Naval Academy.
It’s an honor to receive such an important appointment that allows me to further invest myself into the institution that is molding our military leaders of tomorrow.
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) March 16, 2019
Congressman Guest recaps week in DC
We had a big week in Washington! My bill, the Terrorist & Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act, passed the Committee on Homeland Security and is one step closer to being approved by the full House of Reps. Next week, I’ll be back home in MS making stops around the district. pic.twitter.com/fGggxHwX09
— Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) March 15, 2019
Eight bills were originally put to the state legislature asking for school supplies to be added to the holiday but all eight bills died. However, late Sunday night, Rep. Scott DeLano said one of the Senate bills had been amended to add school supplies back to the list of items included in the tax-free holiday.
The amendment to Senate Bill 2955 would make school supplies like paper, pens, and notebooks tax free during the sales tax holiday weekend that is held each summer before school starts.
DeLano said the amendment must still be considered by the Senate this week in order to stay alive this session.
Congressman Thompson sends letter to ICE over new reports of tracking Trump protestors
#ICYMI: This week, Chairman @BennieGThompson — along with @RepKathleenRice, @RepEspaillat, and @RepYvetteClarke — sent a letter to @ICEgov demanding answers about news reports of ICE tracking Trump Administration protesters.
Read the letter below ?? pic.twitter.com/R6hEqaaHxc
— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) March 18, 2019
State Rep. Anderson gets A+ from Planned Parenthood for support of #StayOutHerPants
I’ve always stood for a woman’s right to decide what’s best. I’m a strong believer that the decide should be made by the woman with consultation from her doctor. Tell Mississippi lawmakers to #StayOutHerPants. Im proud of my A+ rating from @ppmn @PPact @ppmississippi pic.twitter.com/1bBxUvojqJ
— Rep. Jeramey Anderson (@jerameyanderson) March 14, 2019
“People die every day who would live if the government would intervene, and some of them die even when the government intervenes and tries to help them, so let’s not make such a big deal out of it.”
Is our pro-life position in Mississippi to let some people die and call that no big deal?
If not and we care about lives like that of the young black mother in rural Chickasaw County, our pro-life position has some hard work to do.
Why did that emergency room in the Chickasaw County hospital close? State Sen. Russell Jolly, of Houston, told the Clarion-Ledger the hospital was forced to close its emergency room because Mississippi did not expand Medicaid. “They could not keep that emergency room open because they couldn’t get paid.” The Chickasaw Journal reported the hospital “wrote off $3 million in unpaid medical bills” the year before it closed its emergency room.
Sen. Wicker questions military leaders on ship procurement
This week I asked military leaders about their plans to procure amphibious ships. These Mississippi-built ships are critical to the @USNavy’s & @USMC’s mission to secure forward naval bases & launch close range attacks. https://t.co/WrQ5XYDapi
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) March 15, 2019
Federal prosecutors said Friday that Wilkinson County Deputy Christopher James and another resident of the southwestern Mississippi county, Kelvin Tolliver, have been indicted on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.
James also works as a guard at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
An indictment says the two men conspired to create documents showing Tolliver’s all-terrain vehicle had been stolen so he would no longer have to repay a bank loan. The indictment says Tolliver submitted a claim to Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., which paid $12,800.