Congressman Thompson: I support Speaker Pelosi. Impeach Trump
I support @SpeakerPelosi. Impeach Trump!
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) September 24, 2019
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) September 25, 2019
Congressman Palazzo on impeachment inquiry: This is a sad day for our country
This is a sad day for our country. The baseless political attacks against @realDonaldTrump continue.
Pelosi and her cronies have been waiting for this day since the moment President Trump was sworn into office. pic.twitter.com/K924ea8Qr9
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) September 24, 2019
Mississippi Cong. Michael Guest (MS-03) released a statement saying Democrats have repeatedly relied on unfounded claims to fulfill their desire of impeaching a president who was democratically elected by the American people.
“I have little confidence that this inquiry is motivated by anything other than the political games that so many in the Democratic Party prefer over their responsibility to this nation,” said Guest. “Americans deserve an infrastructure bill, immigration reform, and solutions to the opioid drug crisis. I will continue to work with those Members of Congress who are focused on creating a better future for our nation instead of a partisan impeachment inquiry.”
The state’s largest education advocacy group formally endorsed Jim Hood in his quest to become Mississippi’s next governor.
The Mississippi Association of Educators and their PAC made the announcement Tuesday.
“Our public school students and educators have been asked to do more with less for far too long,” said MAE President Erica Jones. “Public education in Mississippi is suffering the long-term effects of shamefully low teacher salaries, under-resourced classrooms, and underfunded teacher supply funds. We are facing the most profound teacher shortage crisis in our state’s history. Unless we elect leadership committed to reversing these trends, our struggles to recruit and retain educators and to provide the kinds of opportunities our students deserve will continue.
Thanks to alumni and friends dedicated to expanding his legacy, an endowment has been established for scholarships, educational opportunities and preserving his congressional archives.
The UM School of Law hosted a tribute event recently to honor the service of the 10th longest-serving senator in American history and build resources in several areas. The Cochran Endowment provides law scholarships, an international law fellowship, a military promise program, preservation of his collection in the University Libraries’ Modern Political Archives and resources to the law dean’s strategic initiatives.
“We are so grateful to all individuals and organizations who contributed to these endowments,” said Susan Duncan, UM law dean. “Sen. Thad Cochran has impacted the lives of all Mississippians, and we are honored to continue his legacy. The generous contributions from alumni and friends to honor Sen. Cochran will change the lives of so many students who wish to pursue legal careers and help current and future generations understand American history.”
“The endowments support areas of great importance to the longtime public servant who earned both undergraduate and law degrees from Ole Miss,” Duncan said.
HUD Secretary Carson to speak at Gov. Bryant’s Opportunity Zone conference
I am honored that @SecretaryCarson, Secretary of @HUDgov, is speaking at the Southeastern Regional Opportunity Zone Summit Oct. 1st. I look forward to welcoming him back to Mississippi. His expertise on Opportunity Zone‘s is something you don’t want to miss. pic.twitter.com/VGm1bpMesI
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 24, 2019
Mississippi lawmakers sent a letter to FEMA last week decrying the emergency agency’s decision to deny millions of dollars to Biloxi.
Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with and Representatives Steven Palazzo from the coast and the Delta’s Benny Thompson, all notified FEMA that the decision to retroactively deny $15.5 million in infrastructure funding for Biloxi is “unacceptable” and should be reversed.
The letter, which was dated Sept. 13, 2019, noted that the FEMA decision to de-obligate $8.8 million that was already approved and spent nearly ten years ago is “statutorily prohibited,” echoing a MEMA assessment of the issue.
WCBI – State Auditor addresses importance of voting on National Voter Registration Day
In the social media post, Marx said, “I always said I would continue to serve as long as it was enjoyable and I felt like I was able to make a difference. Well, those two criteria are not as evident as they once were.”
Marx said the direction the city is headed financially played a part in his decision to step away from city hall at the end of his third term.
State Sen. Wiggins: Do we really want a return to the old ways under MS Democrats?
Wow. Until 2011, MS was governed by @msdemocrats …. & we remained last in educational rankings. Since 2011, higher standards, highest graduation rates, Top 5 nationally & leader in early education, highest growth on NAEP. Do we really want a return to “the old ways”?😬 #msleg https://t.co/P0sT5O7nzG
— Sen. Brice Wiggins (@bricewigginsMS) September 24, 2019
WJTV – State senator on board with Canton leaders’ plans to stop flooding
Mississippi Reads One Book is designed to try to strengthen the connection between home and school by having elementary students, families, and schools all read one common novel together, and this year’s title is “The World According to Humphrey” by Betty G. Birney…
…Rutherford announced that the two videos will be done by famous Pine Belt natives, Ben and Erin Napier from HGTV’s Home Town, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre.
“We are very grateful to our guest readers, Brett Favre and Ben and Erin Napier. Their commitment to Mississippi Families and this project is much appreciated,” said Rutherford.
Read to Them Director Bruce Coffey said that the secret to family literacy is to create a symbiosis between home and school.
Wicker-led US Senate Commerce Committee to hold hearing on fishery disasters
— Senate Commerce (@SenateCommerce) September 24, 2019
Hyde-Smith announces $56 million contract to continue Ship Island restoration
A $56.6 million contract has been awarded to continue Ship Island restoration work. I’m pleased that work on the next two phases of this project should be completed in the coming year. https://t.co/1CFAefakL3 pic.twitter.com/JeMrX8kF4K
— U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) September 24, 2019
News 7 Investigates took a look at that new budget, and after breaking down the numbers, uncovered it includes pay raises for the mayor and aldermen. According to numbers from city hall, board members and the mayor are set to get a $320 a month raise once the new budget kicks in Oct. 1. That’s $23,040 a year total.
Last week, Mayor Quincy Rogers agreed to an interview about the new budget. That interview never happened. After repeated calls, we simply got a text message from the mayor saying, “I can’t talk right now. I’ll call you back shortly.” That was Monday at 12:10 p.m. News 7 is still waiting on that call.
A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation has been booked into the Hinds County jail following an indictment charging her with embezzlement.
Attorney General Jim Hood made the announcement Tuesday afternoon.
Forty-year-old Selena Standifer of Brandon turned herself in to authorities Friday.
She is accused of converting more than $1,000 in gift cards to her own use in December of 2015 while employed at MDOT. The gift cards were the property of the department.