WJTV – Debate Night Arrives: Governor candidates set for primetime showdown

WCBI – Hood: Deal should bring Mississippi better internet

Hood said Wednesday that under the Mississippi agreement, the new company will make a next-generation “5G” network available to at least 62% of Mississippi’s general and rural populations within three years of the merger. He said that by six years, the company will make the fast service available to 92% of Mississippi’s general population and 88% of its rural population.

Hood is a Democrat running for governor. He said the deal should help with education and economic development because of better internet access.

Hood confirms vote for Clinton in 2016


WDAM – Lt. Governor candidate Hosemann proposes plan to raise state employee salaries

Lt. governor candidate Hosemann proposes plan to raise state employee salaries

Secretary of State and Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Delbert Hosemann was in Waynesboro on Wednesday visiting community leaders, law enforcement and supporters in the area.

Along with his plan to speed up the process of getting a Mississippi driver’s license, Hosemann also talked at length about his proposal to raise state worker’s salaries.

Under the plan, state employees would receive up to a 3% pay increase, which would be funded by a 1% savings in administrative and overhead expenses in almost every state agency.

However, departments in education, mental health, Child Protective Services, corrections along with district attorneys and trial judges would be exempt.

Gov. Bryant goes on CNN with Van Jones


CLARION LEDGER – Auditor Shad White: State agencies must improve when it comes to cybersecurity

Shad WhiteWhether we like it or not, our personal information lives on state government computers. If you are a government employee with the state health insurance plan or if you are on Medicaid, your personal health information may be on those computers. If you pay taxes in Mississippi, your income information is on those computers. If you went to a Mississippi public school, your grades and other private information may be on those computers. If you are a former government employee with a state pension, detailed personal information is on those computers.

And all that information is at risk according to a recent study from my office.

WDAM – Palazzo discusses Syria withdrawal, impeachment inquiry

Palazzo discusses Syria withdrawal, impeachment inquiry

Palazzo said he disagreed with the president’s decision to withdraw from the region.

“I think this is the same mistake President [Barack] Obama made in Iraq when we withdrew the troops that actually created a vacuum and created ISIS and the caliphate,” Palazzo said. “And we had to go back and spend more blood and treasury to kind of defeat this enemy. And I’m hoping, not trying to be an armchair general, but I’m hoping this isn’t going to create another vacuum, that there’s generals in a room and that they have a plan.”

Palazzo said abandoning an ally is not in the best interest of national security.

“I don’t like the fact that we’re abandoning our Kurdish allies,” Palazzo said. “We’ve been fighting side by side with them for almost 20 years now, and they helped do the dirty work and rooting out ISIS and destroying the enemy. We’re going to find less and less friends if this is how, if we are truly, again, we don’t have all the facts, this is just breaking news right now, if we’re truly abandoning our allies over there to possibly be slaughtered. It’s just not going to help us in the future.”

YP – Revenue collections up in Mississippi


WJTV – MSU president responds to PETA

WJTV – US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

ap_264623332521 judge's gavel AP Images_229566A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials.

Friday’s hearing comes less than a month before the gubernatorial election between Republican Tate Reeves and Democrat Jim Hood.

Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the 122 state House districts. If nobody wins both, the election is decided by the House, now controlled by Republicans.

Attorneys for black plaintiffs say because of the way state House districts are drawn, the electoral system dilutes African American votes.