Democrat House members call out colleague Calhoun for helping Republicans pass special needs funding


CLARION LEDGER – Mississippi Legislature: These popular bills never really stood a chance this session.

Keenan Wiley covers several bins of hemp that had justSome bills just never stood a chance.

They may have witnessed plenty of debate. Some even survived until the final days of the Mississippi legislative session, which ended Friday…

  1. Hemp legalization
  2. Cigarette tax hike
  3. Asset forfeiture
  4. Early voting, better options for college students
  5. New state flag

WJTV – Hosemann and Hughes say teacher pay raise is insufficient

WTVA – Mississippi Legislature wraps up its 2019 session

The Mississippi Legislature has ended its 2019 session.

Lawmakers wrapped up their work Friday, saying an emotional farewell to colleagues who are retiring.

During their nearly three months at the Capitol, they approved a $1,500 pay raise for teachers and enacted laws that could help expand broadband to rural areas and could help protect children who are victims of human trafficking. They also voted to ask Congress to call a national convention to consider changing the U.S. Constitution to limit federal spending — a proposal backed by tea party groups.

CLARION LEDGER – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Senate adding $2 million in funding for special needs students.

MBJ – Bill Crawford: Issues can be wild cards in competitive governor’s race

Which of the 13 candidates for governor of Mississippi are you for?

Huh? There are 13?

Yep, three Republicans, nine Democrats, and one independent…

…Well, issues, money, name ID, and turnout determine who wins and who loses. Winning candidates uncover the issues that best resonate with likely voters, align themselves with those issues in voters’ minds, and motivate those voters to turn out on election day. Money plays a key role in candidates’ ability to do these things.

It may sound simple, but it’s not. There are thousands of thick books, complex guides, and YouTube videos on how to win elections. But winning candidates are usually those who pick the best campaign managers, develop the best organizations, pick the right issue messages, and raise enough money, not necessarily the most, to implement campaign strategies.

WLOX – Councilwoman responds to accusations from Gulfport mayor: “I pray for them”

Councilwoman responds to accusations from Gulfport mayor: ‘I pray for them’Gulfport Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines spoke with WLOX News Now in response to allegations made by Mayor Billy Hewes, accusing her and a state senator of “conspiring to kill” Gulfport’s proposed food and beverage tax.

“First of all, I thank WLOX for notifying me that the mayor had issued a press release with my name in it and that he did not send it to me first,” she said. “That’s very important to me.”

Hewes sent a statement to local media outlets Friday accusing the councilwoman of using “fearmongering and speculation to kill multiple projects.” This came just one day after House Bill 1745 died in the Mississippi Senate, which would have authorized the City of Gulfport to levy an additional tax on food and beverage sales to help fund the promotion of tourism and parks and recreation in the city.

“But, for me, how Billy decides to empower me, that I can take over the city and the state and the House and the Senate, it’s not possible,” Holmes-Hines said.

Congressman Kelly introduces bill to address CWD


WJTV – Dispute over Mississippi electricity prices heads to trial

Congressman Guest recaps week in DC


SUNHERALD – Analysis: Lawmakers’ decisions affect people’s wallets

Pocketbook issues were an important part of the 2019 Mississippi legislative session.

Senators and representatives approved pay raises for teachers and state employees.

They voted to expand the availability of home-based health services to help some people stay with their own families and avoid living in nursing homes or state mental hospitals.

They gave more money to the Department of Public Safety so it can hire some workers to relieve long lines at driver’s license stations. It was less money than the department requested, but budget writers said they wanted to do something to address the aggravating problem.

Raytheon awarded $58 million Navy contract


WLOX – U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst on Project Eject

Project Eject is an anti-crime initiative up and running in Moss Point and Jackson County. Joining us with details is Southern District U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

Click here for the video.

WLOX – Waveland mourns the passing of former mayor, Tommy Longo

Waveland mourns the passing of former mayor, Tommy LongoHancock County Coroner Jim Faulk confirmed former Waveland mayor, Tommy Longo died Saturday night.

Faulk said there is no official cause of death until an autopsy is performed but doesn’t believe his death was the result of anything suspicious or unusual.