WJTV’s Gubernatorial Debate with Reeves and Hood
Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves released his education proposals Wednesday, saying he has a four-year plan to increase Mississippi teacher salaries if he’s elected governor.
He said the plan will not require a tax increase because Mississippi’s economy is good and state tax collections are exceeding expectations.
“We’ve crunched the numbers and determined exactly how we can ensure that our teachers make much more in the coming years,” Reeves said. “I don’t traffic in false promises of unlimited free money.”
A contested Republican primary and runoff dented the cash cushion of Tate Reeves, but the lieutenant governor still has more money than Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood as the two wrestle for the governor’s chair.
Reeves burned through $5.8 million between July and September to win the GOP nomination, including $3.2 million he dug out of his savings accounts, cutting his once-towering cash pile. Reeves fought off state Rep. Robert Foster and former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. in the Republican primary and runoff.
Reeves was down to $3.3 million on hand as of Sept. 30, but he still had more money for the stretch run to the Nov. 5 general election than Hood, who had $1.3 million on that date.
Hood says he declined debate because YP’s prior involvement
In a @DJournalnow article this week, @HoodForGovernor stated that he declined a @WJTV gubernatorial debate invitation because of the prior participation in post-debate analysis by @alan_lange, Editor of Y’all Politics#mselex #msgovhttps://t.co/6rj5Ja3kii
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) October 10, 2019
Grande headlining MSGOP event to honor Gov. Bryant
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) October 10, 2019
A top official at the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics resigned Tuesday, according to a letter obtained by WLBT today.
Allison Killebrew, the Chief Counsel and Chief of Staff at the Bureau, wrote a resignation letter that was sent to Director John Dowdy and apparently several dozen MBN agents broadbrushing her reasons for her departure, which she says was forced. She confirmed to us that the letter below is hers, in full.
“I am at peace with the decision to resign. While I was not provided with any real choice other than to leave on my own terms by resigning or being terminated, I know I do have the option for my resignation to be in my own words,” Killebrew wrote. “Resignation is appropriate if you ‘have lost all confidence in me;’ your words when I asked why this decision was being made. You should freely choose the counsel who represents you.”
Dowdy told us by text message that “MBN does not comment on personnel matters.”
A U.S. congressional hearing on the immigration raids of Mississippi chicken plants will take place on Nov. 7 at Tougaloo College.
That’s exactly three months after federal agents descended on seven chicken plants in central Mississippi, as part of the largest single-state immigration raid.
Hundreds of agents arrested 680 workers suspected of being in the country without permission, according to federal authorities.
Two days after the raids U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson and other federal lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting documents and announcing an investigation into the raids.
Wicker comments on Syria
Kurdish troops bravely fought alongside Americans and our other allies to defeat the ISIS caliphate. We should continue to stand by our Kurdish friends and oppose Turkey’s invasion. My full statement on the recent developments in northern Syria ⤵ https://t.co/7DZtQ8sVYM pic.twitter.com/9hb6zcgF7c
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) October 10, 2019
Congressman Guest has first bill signed into law
Today, @RealDonaldTrump signed my bill, H.R. 1590, which will help train our law enforcement officers to respond to terrorist threats. I’m proud that my first bill signed into law will help our law enforcement agents in their mission to protect our nation from terrorist activity. pic.twitter.com/bpSzInj3Ml
— Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) October 9, 2019
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office reported 141 bids have been received as of Thursday on 87 parcels of tax-forfeited properties in Forrest County.
Potential bidders have less than a week to place their bids in the online auction that that features property in Hattiesburg and Petal.
Forty-one parcels were sold to “buy it now” bidders for a total of $24,539.89. These bidders were allowed to match or exceed a set offer amount to buy the property before the close of the auction, according to the news release from the Secretary of State’s office.
The auction began Sept. 18, 2019 and will close on Oct. 16 at 11:59 p.m.