NEWSMS – Mississippi Congressman Trent Kelly: Proud to serve and protect

Trent Kelly is a humble man who feels honored to serve our state in two capacities; Congressman and Brigadier General in the Mississippi Army National Guard.

In an interview with JT on SuperTalk Mississippi on Thursday, Kelly said, “Our veterans and military are so important; not only those who are currently serving, but also the men and women who have served in the past and their families. We have a duty and obligation to make sure we take care of those folks, because they take care of us when we ask.”

When asked about his service in Congress and in the Mississippi Guard, Kelly said he is honored to both serve and protect. “That’s the greatest thing about where I am right now, the things I get to do now actually affect and impact soldiers’ lives and hope we make them better. It’s really good to be able to help those soldiers from that position as well as this one.”

WLBT – Stacey Abrams speaks at Tougaloo College commencement

See the source imageAbrams gained national attention narrowly losing her historic bid to become the country’s first black woman governor.

She’s now considering a 2020 run for U.S. Senate or president, or another campaign for Georgia governor in 2022.

Abrams comes from a long line of Tougaloo graduates. However, she completed her undergraduate at Spellman College, another historically black college.

MBJ – Bill Crawford: State population trends make healthcare issue big

Looks like these two conservative neighboring states are using Medicaid expansion to help grow their populations and provide needed healthcare to their citizens.

What will conservatives in Mississippi do?

Emmerich is clearly fed up with conservative politicians who won’t even talk about the issue, much less solve it – notably Tate Reeves and Philip Gunn.

Salter says “there is no more important question for political candidates than this one: How do you plan to pay for public health care?”

Wicker marks World Press Freedom Day


NEWSMS – 42 AGs seek funding for nonprofit legal services

Attorney General Jim Hood has joined a bipartisan group of 42 Attorneys General in a letter to the U.S. House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to request funding for the Legal Services Corporation. 

Established by Congress in 1974, LSC is a nonprofit legal service which promotes equal access to justice for all Americans by funding independent nonprofit legal aid programs.

The Attorneys General are asking for LSC funding in the Fiscal Year 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. LSC provides millions of dollars in funding to legal aid organizations that serve and support low-income individuals, veterans and military families, seniors, survivors of domestic violence, victims of natural disasters, and disabled individuals.

Davis to chair SLDS


SUNHERALD – What do ‘crucial’ Coast constables do, and how much do they make? Here’s a breakdown.

On the surface, a county constable’s job looks pretty cushy.

You get to be your own boss, meet lots of people, ride in parades and set your own hours. The pay can be great. One Harrison County constable cleared $223,000 in 2017…

Constable pay in 2017

Location Gross income Expenses Net Income
Harrison County
James Morgan, Dist. 1 $135,755 $19,413 $116,340
Paul Johnson, Dist. 2 $119,850 $92,655 $27,195
Alan Weatherford, Dist. 3 $54,600 $32,029 $22,571
Sammie Taylor, Dist. 4 $223,695 $159,044 $64,651
Jeff Migues, Dist. 5 $123,380 $19,306 $104,074
Jackson County
Ty Thompson, Dist. 1 $68,525 $13,595 $54,930
Calvin Hutchins, Dist. 2 $127,130 $34,812 $92,318
Shane Langfitt, Dist. 3 $60,200 $41,310 $17,091
Kerry Fountain, Dist. 4 $76,515 $18,672 $57,843
Hancock County
Terry Necaise, Dist. 1 $16,075 $7,051 $7,224
Ray Seal Jr., Dist. 2 $29,660 $18,315 $11,345
Theresa Beeson, Dist. 3 $38,410 $16,479 $21,931