WJTV – Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren kicks off 2020 campaign

CLARION LEDGER – Elizabeth Warren

WLBT – More Democratic presidential candidates expected to campaign in Mississippi

“I don’t think this is strange at all, just because there are so many Democratic candidates,” notes Shrader.

And that’s why we could see more visits leading up to the Democratic convention.

“What you’re going to see more and more of with the Democratic field that seems to get larger by the day,” explained Shrader. “You may have 20-some candidates running for the Democratic nomination.

“The hunt for delegates is going to take them to every state and it’s going to take them to states that you may not see happening as early,” he continued.

Unlike Republicans, Democrats don’t have a winner take all system for delegates at the national convention. And Shrader thinks that gives them a greater incentive to hit up every state for votes.

Reeves ties Hood to Warren, national Democrats


WTVA – 2 new members join Mississippi House after special elections

Two new members have joined the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn swore in Solomon Osborne and Ronnie Crudup Jr. on Monday after each won a special election Tuesday to fill vacancies.

Osborne is representing District 32 in parts of Leflore County. Former Rep. Willie Perkins resigned to become a chancery judge.

Crudup is representing District 71 in parts of Hinds County. Former Rep. Adrienne Wooten resigned to become a circuit judge.


Gov. Bryant joins Toyota for 2020 Corolla ceremony


WTOK – Lottery ticket sales could start this year in Mississippi

The new Mississippi Lottery could start selling tickets sometime during the final half of this year. That’s according to Gerard Gibert, who is one of five board members of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

Gibert told The Associated Press Monday that the board in recent weeks has hired the Balch & Bingham law firm, which has offices in Mississippi and other states.

He says the board will soon start the process of choosing banking services and hiring a president to run the day-to-day business of the corporation.

CLARION LEDGER – Black residents’ voting power diluted: Court order Mississippi to redraw Senate district

A federal appeals court told Mississippi lawmakers to redraw a state Senate district where a judge found that black residents’ voting power had been diluted.

A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the order Friday, denying a request by state officials to delay the impact of a ruling that U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves issued last month.

Reeves said Senate District 22 should be redrawn because it fails to give African-American voters an “equal opportunity” to elect a candidate of their choice. The appeals court wrote that a majority of members on its three-judge panel found “there is not a strong likelihood” that state officials ultimately would persuade them to overturn Reeves’ ruling.

Sen. Wicker encouraged by continued economic success


WDAM – Circuit Clerk outlines process of purging voters from roll

The Forrest County Circuit Clerk Gwen Wilks said her office is responsible throughout the year to make sure ineligible voters are removed from the system for whatever reason.

“We physically purge people, but the election commissioners are the ones who go through and figure out who to purge and they just send us a list and we do it for them,” said Wilks.

She laid out the main reasons the election commissioners would have to request a person be purged from the voting roll.

“One of the reasons is death. If someone passes away, then they’ll get it through the newspaper or different ways like that so that someone that dies will be purged,” Wilks said.

WTOK – Unclaimed property event this Thursday

Gov. Bryant endorses Rep. Hood in HD35


WLOX – U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal of Singing River Pension Plan settlement

The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal from objectors of the Singing River Pension Plan Class Action Settlement Monday.

The latest ruling paves the way for $156,000,000 being paid into the plan.

“This is a great day for the pension members,” said lead attorney Jim Reeves. “Frivolous appeals have delayed funding for years and cost the plan millions. That should be all over with this ruling.”

Palazzo seeks to protect U.S. shipbuilding interests

Congressman Steven Palazzo recently led a group of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in a letter to President Trump expressing strong opposition to temporarily waiving the Jones Act for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

The Jones Act requires ships moving between U.S. ports to be American-crewed, American-owned, American-built, and American-flagged. The act helps ensure thousands of shipbuilding jobs aren’t lost to overseas competition while also protecting the national defense interests.

Palazzo said the letter follows a short-sighted Congressional proposal to permanently repeal the Jones Act.

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – He’s dating a married woman. And he’s a judicial candidate with a past. The mud is slinging.

Dale Beavers“What do you think about candidates and office holders who commit adultery,” the Hattiesburg Patriot asked in a post on its Facebook page. “Judicial candidate Dale Beavers is seen posing for a picture with his girlfriend and her son. Beavers’ girlfriend happens to be another man’s wife, and there are no active divorce proceedings.”

Beavers’ Facebook profile, where the picture was posted, has since been hidden from public view or deleted.

The Hattiesburg American checked with Forrest and Lamar county chancery courts and there are no divorce proceedings on file for Randy Winfield and his wife, Suzanne Winfield, Beavers’ fiancee.

Randy Winfield and his attorney were not available for comment for this story.

DAILY JOURNAL – Vitter in running for University of South Florida job

djr-2018-11-10-news-vitterp3Former University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter is among four finalists selected to interview for the presidency of the University of South Florida.

A search committee at that university – based in Tampa, Florida – named four finalists on Monday, with interviews beginning Wednesday and continuing for several days.

These finalists were selected from 33 applicants, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Vitter served as chancellor as the University of Mississippi from January 2016 until January 2019. He vacated that post by resignation and has continued since at the university as a professor of computer science.

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