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CLARION LEDGER – As election looms, AG Jim Hood says he’s “personally” investigating Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (left) and Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate ReevesThree months before Mississippi’s gubernatorial general election, Attorney General Jim Hood said he has decided to delay — and personally rewrite — a report examining his political rival Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves.

For more than a year, Hood has investigated Reeves over a proposed $2 million frontage road project that would have connected Reeves’s private subdivision to a nearby shopping center. A 2018 Clarion Ledger investigation found the road was fast-tracked because of political pressure.

Hood is the Democratic nominee for governor, and Reeves nearly clinched the Republican nomination on Tuesday. While Hood insists his final report will be apolitical, his stated goal of finishing the report before the general election guarantees it will have political implications in the race for governor and raises conflict of interest questions.

“I gotta time it so everybody doesn’t say it’s politics,” Hood told the Clarion Ledger in June, adding it could be finished in as little as two weeks. “I’m trying to do it as quickly as possible. I don’t want it to affect politics.”

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WDAM – Lt. Governor Tate Reeves spars with MN Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on Twitter

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves spars with MN Congresswoman Ilhan Omar on TwitterRepublican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves tweeted Wednesday praising the ICE raids that happened across the state of Mississippi.

Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar replied to his tweet, thus starting a social media sparring match. The Democratic Representative has recently been the subject of criticism from President Donald Trump concerning the topic of immigration.

Congresswoman Omar replied to Lt. Governor Reeves calling his statement the “language of dehumanization”.

MBJ – Bill Crawford: Will new GOP primary voters make difference in runoff?

Roughly 95,000 more Mississippians voted in the Republican primary this year than four years ago, a 34% increase. This pushed Republican turnout over Democratic turnout for the first time.

These new GOP primary voters could noticeably impact the August 27th runoffs…

…Comparing 2015 official to 2019 unofficial results, Rankin, DeSoto, Harrison, Madison, Jackson, Hinds, Jones, Lee, Lamar, Forrest, Lauderdale, and Hancock Counties did increase their turnout, but that accounted for only 7% of the 34% total increase. They did provide 53% of the total GOP vote, but this was down from 64% in 2015.

Meanwhile, many rural counties, especially in north Mississippi, increased turnout by some amazing percentages – Quitman, Chickasaw, and Tippah Counties over 700%; Bolivar and Grenada over 500%; Alcorn, Benton, Itawamba, Tishomingo, and Panola over 400%; Union, Franklin, Kemper, Tunica, Prentiss, and Sunflower over 300%; Lawrence, Clay, Wilkinson, Pontotoc, and Yalobusha over 200%. Another 24 counties had increases over 100%.

Only six counties, including a biggie, DeSoto County, saw GOP turnout decline. The others were Pearl River, Oktibbeha, Leflore, Montgomery, and Simpson.

The county with the biggest numerical gain was Alcorn at 5,267 (a 406% gain), followed by Tippah at 4,809 (a 732% gain), and Itawamba at 4,720 (a 439% gain).

Notably, almost half of the total increase came from the 24 north Mississippi counties located on or above Highway 32.

DAILY JOURNAL – Analysis: Runoff candidates need to keep voters motivated

Analysis: Runoff candidates need to keep voters motivatedThomas Martin, 26, is a physical education teacher at a private elementary school in Jackson. He lives and votes in the Jackson suburb of Madison and said he chose Reeves for governor.

“I feel like he holds a lot of the values that we hold,” Martin said.

Martin said it’s important to him that Reeves supports President Donald Trump and that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant endorsed Reeves…

…Mississippi has one restriction about voting in runoffs: A person who voted in one party’s primary may not vote in the other party’s runoff.

People who did not vote on Aug. 6 may vote on Aug. 27.

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WLOX – “Here are the facts:’ ICE spokesman releases statement ahead of planned protests after raids in Mississippi

'Here are the facts’: ICE spokesman releases statement ahead of planned protests after raids in MississippiBryan D. Cox with U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement Sunday ahead of planned protests after nearly 690 people were detained across Mississippi in what was the largest single-state work site enforcement operation in the nation’s history.

In the statement, Cox wrote that people planning to protest are doing so “based upon incomplete information and/or rumors.”…

…“Here are the facts,” Cox began. “Every child who had two parents arrested last week had at least one parent released within 24 hours due to humanitarian reasons.”

Cox said that the agency also expedited the processing of adults who identified that they had a child in need of care and also coordinated through school liaison officers to ensure parents and children impacted by the raids were identified.

“The reality is adults with children are arrested everyday — and every arrest by any law enforcement agency, by definition, ‘separates’ a person from their family. The use of sensationalist language applied to ICE arrests — and only ICE arrests — only fuels misinformation and is an unfair double standard,” Cox stated.

Cox also wrote that the only reason there may be any confusion about what took place Wednesday would be because there are those who’ve “ignored and/or misrepresented comments made by this agency and the U.S. Attorney to advance a false narrative.”

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NEWSMS – Hyde-Smith announces water infrastructure upgrades

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced $11.4 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants and loan guarantees to support water and wastewater infrastructure projects in six Mississippi counties.

Systems in Clay, Coahoma, Lauderdale, Panola, Perry, and Tishomingo counties will receive USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program funds for water infrastructure upgrades, including new water wells, meters, and related improvements.

“This USDA program is designed to specifically assist rural communities with fewer than 10,000 residents provide safer and more efficient water services to people,” Hyde-Smith said.  “I’m pleased residents throughout Mississippi will benefit from this round of awards to improve rural infrastructure.”

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WLBT – Pelahatchie alderman: Mayor’s failure to sign paychecks will delay some employees’ pay until next week

Pelahatchie alderman: Mayor’s failure to sign paychecks will delay some employees’ pay until next week

At least five employees with the town of Pelahatchie won’t be paid Friday because Mayor Ryshonda Beechem has refused to sign their paychecks, Mayor Pro Tempore Margie Warren tells 3 On Your Side.

Those affected include the town clerk, a police officer, and other personnel who do not utilize direct deposit, including Beechem herself, according to Warren.

Warren said those paychecks can only be cashed with two signatures — hers and Beechem’s.

Beechem declined to comment, instead referring questions about the issue to her attorney, Thomas Bellinder.