WJTV – Reeves and Waller campaign on education in Hattiesburg

WLBT – Decision 2019: Campaign trackers and what they do

It’s no secret that statewide campaigns are constantly under the microscope. But one tactic that’s being discussed more openly, as of late, is the use of trackers.

“I have two trackers,” said gubernatorial candidate Robert Foster. “One of them’s been on me since January and one of them’s been on me since March.” That’s one instance of trackers being called out this week…

…“It’s opposition research out in the open,” said Hinds County Republican Party Chairman Pete Perry. “And it has transformed into that. I think when it started it was a little more shady when it wasn’t as common and only a few folks were doing it.”

“It’s just a fancy name for something that goes on in every campaign,” explained President of Chism Strategies, Brad Chism. “If someone uses the term tracker as a dirty word, chances are, they’ve got something to hide.”

WJTV – AG candidate address blackface photo from yearbook

Reeves talks about his father


CLARION LEDGER – Sid Salter: Immigration: ‘Country’s full’ but U.S. farm, construction labor shortages persist

Sid SalterWhat isn’t full at this point is a ready supply of agriculture and construction industry labor.

AgWeb.com reported in August that a 2018 CoBank study entitled “Help Wanted” cited the following findings:

First, as the U.S. economy continues to grow and unemployment dwindles, labor scarcity and wage inflation threaten the rural economy and put additional stress on the profitability of the agriculture industry at a time of depressed commodity prices. Manual laborers are chasing higher wages offered in industries like transportation, construction, hospitality and mining, forcing agriculture employers to increase wages at a faster rate to compete.

Second, the scarcity of farm labor is also exacerbated by the shrinking number of migrant workers from Mexico. In addition to immigration controls like tightening borders and increased immigration enforcement, birthrates in Mexico are falling and populations are moving toward urban areas, leaving fewer people with agricultural backgrounds who would be interested in U.S. farm work.

Wicker convenes hearing on broadband mapping


Congressman Thompson requests Acting DHS Secretary to testify before Committee


NEWSMS – Hyde-Smith calls for regulations of lab-grown meat

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced the Cell-Cultured Meat and Poultry Regulation Act of 2019 that would codify the responsibilities of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over food products grown in laboratories from animal cell cultures.

“Our federal food safety laws need to be updated to address the scientific effort to create imitation meat in laboratories,” said Hyde-Smith who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee and as chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security. “American consumers deserve to know the food they eat is unadulterated, wholesome, and properly labeled, and the federal agencies responsible for these guarantees deserve clear direction from Congress over jurisdiction.

The legislation would place cell-cultured food products derived from livestock, poultry, or any other amenable species under FSIS jurisdiction by amending the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act, the primary laws governing the FSIS jurisdiction and oversight responsibilities.

Gov. Bryant promotes donor privacy in National Review


Hosemann, Maxwell campaign in Jackson County


Hood speaks to County Supervisors


WCBI – Special judge appointed in contested Brooksville mayor’s race