WTVA – A look at Mississippi candidates’ campaign finance filings

GOVERNOR

Republican

— Tate Reeves of Flowood: Raised $1.1 million in June and $3.7 million so far this year. Spent $1.2 million in June and $3.1 million so far this year. Cash on hand, $5.8 million.

— Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson: Raised $227,254 in June and $983,760 this year. Spent $392,480 in June and $610,323 this year. Cash on hand, $373,437.

— Robert Foster of Hernando: Raised $22,585 in June and $130,125 this year. Spent $32,067 in June and $135,294 this year. Cash on hand, $7,128.

Democrat

— Jim Hood of Houston: Raised $332,635 in June and $1.3 million this year. Spent $105,119 in June and $867,827 this year. Cash on hand, $1.5 million…

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Republican

— Mark Baker of Brandon: Raised $29,171 in June and $131,882 this year. Spent $35,809 in June and $140,490 this year. Cash on hand, $370,295.

— Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland: Raised $87,803 in June and $399,010 this year. Spent $283,736 in June and $446,018 so far this year. Cash on hand, $231,335.

— Andy Taggart of Madison: Raised $61,321 in June and $419,072 this year. Spent $45,952 in June and $302,181 this year. Cash on hand, $119,392.

Democrat

— Jennifer Riley Collins of Clinton: Raised $69,055 in June and $109,882 this year. Spent $31,776 in June and $62,997 this year. Cash on hand, $46,885.

Bryant on MPE teachers’ union: I never had their support running for Governor nor did I want it

 

WLOX – Hosemann says Corps should change rules, open Morganza spillway

Hosemann says Corps should change rules, open Morganza spillwaySecretary of State Delbert Hosemann has called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the Morganza Spillway by whatever means necessary.

Hosemann said he has been meeting with the Corps to get them to open the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River to relieve the effects of the Bonnet Carre’ spillway on South Mississippi.

Hosemann said the strict interpretation of the wording in the statute governing the Corps’ operation “has caused Mississippi economic harm.” On Thursday, he sent a letter to the Corps and the Mississippi River Commission asking specific questions he believes will lead to a change. (Read the full letter here: https://bit.ly/2XIwaSr)

WTOK – Palazzo: Mississippi coast still open for business

Wicker urges Congress to avoid a Continuing Resolution

 

Hyde-Smith seeks to end hidden abortion costs in insurance plans

 

YP – Changes coming at Lottery Board? Bryant concerned about potential ethical issues

This past weekend, the Vice Chairman of the newly formed Mississippi Lottery Corporation, Gerard Gibert, publicly socialized interest for a run against US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, presumably in a Republican primary.

At the Jacinto 4th of July gathering in Alcorn County, Gibert openly mused about a prospective US Senate candidacy, and was actually introduced to the crowd as a prospective US Senate candidate.

What was, in essence, a stump speech sent off immediate warning bells with Governor Phil Bryant, and Bryant administration lawyers evaluated options during the holiday weekend.  The concerns, communicated with Y’all Politics, was that Gibert, as someone who has been out front in public appearances for the Lottery Corporation, could knowingly or even unknowingly receive support for a political candidacy (announced or unannounced) through the vendor relationships that will be created from the state lottery which is anticipated to take in over $300,000,000/year in gross receipts.  The concern also is that it could conflate the interests of the Lottery Corporation with that of a political candidate or campaign (even a prospective one).

SUNHERALD – ICE will now house detainees in a second Mississippi prison

See the source imageSome detainees are already protesting as a second Mississippi prison holds undocumented immigrants for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox told The Clarion Ledger Wednesday that Adams County Correctional Center started housing detainees in June due to the “situation at the Southwest border.”

Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ told The Natchez Democrat that their numbers may grow to 660 detainees this month while federal inmates are relocated.

The U.S. Marshal Service meanwhile said it was housing “approximately 575 prisoners” as of February at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility.

NEWSMS – Guest questions trade matters preventing Mississippi ag products from going to EU

Congressman Guest questioned Heritage Foundation European trade expert, Dr. Ted Bromund, on how Congressional and Executive Branch negotiators can pursue trade opportunities in Europe for American agriculture. Dr. Bromund expressed that the solution to stalled trade negotiations lies in European political leadership, explaining that trade barriers have been caused by the European agriculture constituency that refuses to play by fair-market rules.

“We cannot negotiate an industrial free-trade agreement without negotiating an agriculture free-trade agreement,” Bromund said. “We have to call on European political leaders to exercise significant political leadership as the Congress is trying to do in this U.S. case. To push European ag producers, and to push European ag consumers, to recognize importing U.S. agriculture goods is a good thing, a healthy thing, and an important thing for the wider health of the U.S.-EU trade relationship.”

YP – ACU makes ad buy to support Hyde-Smith

 

WDAM – WCU receives $600,000 grant from MDE to help prepare new teachers

WCU receives $600,000 grant from MDE to help prepare new teachersWilliam Carey University was recently awarded a grant that will help to prepare new teachers.

In partnership with the Mississippi Teacher Residency program, the university received a total of $600,000 out of a $1.7 million grant from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE).

Last year, the MDE received a $4.1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish teacher residency programs in the state to address the shortage of diverse and effective teachers in schools. The grant allows the MDE to provide money for collaboration between higher education institutions and school district partners to develop undergraduate teacher residency programs.

WJTV – Mississippi Crime Lab facing critical staff shortages

WLOX – VT Halter wins $2.9 million Navy contract

VT Halter wins $2.9 million Navy contractVT Halter Marine in Pascagoula has been awarded a new contract worth nearly $2.9 million from Naval Sea Systems.

Halter was one of just four U.S.-based companies to be awarded a contract under the Common Hull Auxiliary Mission Platform, also called CHAMP. In all, the contract win is $2,899,252.