WLOX / WLBT – Mississippi Governor’s race ramps up

Millsaps poltical science professor Nathan Shrader explains why you’re seeing a common thread from GOP candidates.

“This is a stronger than usual Democratic candidate,” explained Dr. Nathan Shrader. “Which is why I think you see both the Waller and Reeves campaigns sort of stressing the idea that yeah they’re the ones that can beat him. Because they’re not used to being in this position of being threatened to this degree in a general election by the Democrat.”…

…So, what does all this mean for Jim Hood?

“He needs to show an overwhelming level of support within his own party because now you see Reeves and Waller and those Republicans already aiming at him,” added Shrader. “So, he needs to convincingly win his party nomination.”

WTOK – Waller speaks to Republican women Thursday

US NEWS – Taggart intends ‘crusade’ against drugs as Attorney General

The Associated PressRepublican Andy Taggart of Madison says he’s running for Mississippi attorney general to wage a “crusade” against illegal drugs.

He and his wife, Karen, have spoken publicly about one their three sons, Brad Taggart, who struggled with drug problems before taking own life as a young adult.

“Karen and I have spent the last six and a half years trying to find the most effective ways to redeem the loss in our own lives and have come to the conclusion that this really is the right way to do it,” Taggart said about his campaign to become the state’s top legal officer.

“Trying to encourage policymakers in Mississippi to refocus on the manner in which we grapple with the drug war, which I believe to be the greatest earthly danger to young people in our state, is the right leadership role for me to take on at this stage of my life and career,” he said.

Britton releases ad for Sec. of State


Democrat Lt. Governor candidate Hughes to host town hall in Cleveland


Bryant proud of Alabama Gov. Ivey for standing up for life


WJTV – Governor Bryant travels to Uzbekistan to promote trade

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is on a trade mission to the central Asian country of Uzbekistan.

Bryant spokesman Bobby Morgan says the governor and others left Sunday and will return Saturday.

The delegation includes Mississippi National Guard Adjutant Gen. Durr Boyles, Mississippi Development Authority director Glenn McCullough and others from state government and the private sector.

Morgan tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the Mississippi National Guard and the Uzbekistan military have been jointly training for six years in a state partnership program.

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN / CLARION LEDGER – Ole Miss professor who urged people to stick their fingers in senators’ food granted tenure

The state College Board on Thursday spent nearly two hours behind closed doors before granting tenure to a University of Mississippi assistant professor who once encouraged confronting Republican U.S. Senators at restaurants as political protest.

Assistant sociology professor James Thomas was criticized last October after calling for interrupting senators’ meals in response to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“Don’t just interrupt a Senator’s meal, y’all,”  Thomas wrote on Twitter on Oct. 6. “Put your whole damn fingers in their salads. Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out.”

Thomas’ employer and Gov. Phil Bryant denounced the tweet, with the latter calling the statements “troubling.” Some people called for Thomas to be fired over his comments.

Sen. Wicker’s father makes Fox News headlines


WXXV – Mark Baker running for Attorney General

Congressman Thompson critical of White House over “right-wing terrorism”


CLARION LEDGER – There are inmates on death row. But Mississippi hasn’t executed anyone in years.

A gurney is used to strap death row inmates for executionA federal lawsuit filed on behalf of two Mississippi death row inmates and joined by four others was put on hold last July until the U.S.Supreme Court ruled in the Missouri case.
Mississippi death row inmates asked for the delay, and State Attorney General Jim Hood didn’t oppose the motion.

Hood’s office spokeswoman, Margaret Ann Morgan, said Wednesday, “Our case is still stayed. We are continuing to review the decision in the Missouri case as well as our options moving forward.”

Jim Craig, an attorney for some of of the inmates, said there is a May 26 deadline, which is 30 days after the Bucklew opinion becomes final, to report to Judge Henry Wingate about the case.

Craig, however, said that no matter the outcome of the federal lawsuit, don’t expect an execution in Mississippi this year. He said the losing side will surely appeal, meaning the case likely won’t be completed this year.

Wicker speaks to Shipbuilders Council


WJTV – State Fire Academy Groundbreaking Ceremony