Sen. Wicker on Mueller hearing: No collusion, no conspiracy, no obstruction

 

Sen. Hyde-Smith on Mueller hearing: Get past the partisan wild goose chases

 

WJTV – State Audit Report finds DHS failed to meet federal requirements for fourth year in a row

WDAM – Could governor primaries head to a runoff?

Could governor primaries head to a runoff?

Voters will go to the polls Aug. 6 for the primary election. Two front runners on the Republican ticket are Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and former Chief Justice Bill Waller. Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law, Matt Steffey, said Mississippians may see a runoff.

“Getting to a runoff I think would be a great accomplishment for Justice Waller,” Steffey said. “I think for Justice Waller getting into a runoff and going head to head with Tate Reeves is a promising development.”…

…“I think there is a lot of separation between the top two candidates, Reeves and Waller, but it doesn’t take much, even 10%, could mean the difference between an outright victory for a candidate in the runoff,” said Steffey. “So, I wouldn’t at all be surprised on the Republican side a runoff three weeks from the upcoming election day.”

Much of the same elements hold true for the Democratic side in the gubernatorial race, according to Steffey. He said two top contenders are Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. Smith has won many elections in Hinds County and is an experienced politician taking on the seasoned candidate, Hood.

WTOK – Attorney General candidate Andy Taggart visits the MAX

DAILY JOURNAL – Williams runs for governor on policies of healthcare, education reform

Valesha WilliamsVelesha Williams is a newcomer to state politics, but she wants to perform an upset in the Democratic gubernatorial primary with a message of redirecting state funds toward repairing infrastructure and improving the state’s education and healthcare systems.

Williams, a former officer in the U.S. Army and a former public school educator, said she was enjoying retirement, but felt led to run for governor after feeling God tell her to run for the highest position in state politics.

The core message Williams is promoting is improving the lives of all Mississippians and bringing the state up from its last place rankings in education and healthcare.

WAPT – Campaign commercials pick up as primary election nears

Gov. Bryant promotes job creation in Mississippi

 

Treasurer candidates McRae releases ad featuring Bryant

 

WTOK – Gulf states US reps back fisheries disaster request

U.S. House members from three Gulf Coast states are backing their governors’ request for a fisheries disaster declaration, saying freshwater flooding into saltwater ecosystems has killed oysters and hurt the fishing industry.

The letter released Wednesday asks Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for the disaster declaration sought by the governors of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. A news release says seafood and recreational fisheries have been harmed by a deluge of freshwater from a spillway west of New Orleans, diluting normally brackish and salty waters.

*** The letter released Wednesday was signed by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Republicans Garret Graves and Clay Higgins of Louisiana, Steven Palazzo, of Mississippi, and Bradley Byrne, of Alabama.***

Lott releases ad in Central PSC race

WLOX – Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services celebrating record number of adoptions

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services celebrating record number of adoptionsThe Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services is celebrating a new record for the number of foster children who now have adoptive homes.

According to CPS, 657 adoptions were finalized between July 1, 2018 and June 30th of this year. 647 adoptions were finalized the previous year.

So far this month, another 23 adoptions have been finalized, with 129 more waiting for final approval by courts.

WJTV – Payrolls are up in Mississippi

Preliminary data show Mississippi’s employers set another new record for payrolls in June.

Payrolls – which are economists’ top labor market indicators – rose slightly to 1.17 million people in Mississippi last month. That’s 14,000 more than in June 2018.

The state’s unemployment rate held steady at 5% from May to June. That’s above June 2018’s 4.7% rate.

Wicker reintroduces Energizing American Shipbuilding Act

 

Congressman Guest backs Israel

 

CLARION LEDGER – Appeals court: County will have to pay ex-employee fired for running for sheriff

Lamon K. Griggs is shown in this photo taken of a computerChickasaw County government will have to pay a former county employee a $203,000 judgment who claimed in a lawsuit he was fired for running for sheriff, according to a ruling by The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Last year, U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock upheld an $83,000 jury award from 2017 and she added three years of front pay of more than $120,000 to the judgment in favor of Lamon K. Griggs in his lawsuit against the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors.

Now the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the ruling in favor of Griggs, saying there was evidence to support that a majority of the Board of Supervisors had a retaliatory motive in the firing.

“The evidence is sufficient to support the jury’s verdict,” a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals said.