WJTV – Reeves, Hood spar over taxes

WDAM – Trump Jr. to campaign for Reeves in the Pine Belt on Thursday

Trump Jr. to campaign for Reeves in the Pine Belt on Thursday

Donald Trump Jr., the son of U.S. President Donald Trump, will be in Mississippi on Thursday to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves.

WDAM has confirmed Trump will make an appearance at a private fundraising event at Longleaf Plantation in Purvis on Thursday afternoon. We’ve been told media will not be allowed to attend the event.

Trump will also appear at an event that’s open to the public later in the evening in Oxford.

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Records: Hood’s office spent nearly 300 hours investigating Reeves and the frontage road

Lawyers and an investigator working for Attorney General Jim Hood logged nearly 300 hours looking into his opponent for governor, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and whether Reeves influenced plans for a now-halted state road from his Flowood neighborhood to a nearby shopping center.

According to attorney general records newly obtained by the Clarion Ledger, at least three attorneys and one investigator — not including Hood — spent time on the probe since summer 2018. The investigation likely cost taxpayers at least $15,000, based on average AG attorney salaries and other factors. Hood’s office did not provide its own cost estimate.

Hood in September released a 43-page report on whether Reeves applied political pressure to get the $2 million frontage road built. It found Reeves may have violated a Mississippi Constitution section meant to prevent corruption, and that he helped thwart efforts to obtain documents for the investigation. But the AG’s office said it would take no further action.

Hood releases ad focused on rural hospitals, Medicaid expansion

 

DAILY JOURNAL – AG candidate Fitch campaigns on building coalitions with statewide groups

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Republican candidate for Attorney General Lynn Fitch is campaigning on the idea of building coalitions with law enforcement officials and other statewide groups to tackle issues like the opioid crisis and protecting Mississippians from human trafficking…

…“Those are a lot of very important and very complex agencies,” Fitch told the editorial board. “So, I’ve been able to do that in that capacity … And then I’ve been in private practice. And that truly sets me up to have the most unique and most qualified position going in because I now have an intersection of the law, the policy, finance and administration.”

Fitch’s campaign comes at a time when the state’s mental health system has been taken over by the federal court system over its lack of resources, particularly with community mental health care centers. The federal takeover stemmed from a lawsuit by the federal justice department.

CLARION LEDGER – Secretary of State election: What you need to know about the DuPree and Watson race

Republican Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula, left, and Democratic former Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, both candidates for secretary of state, confer following a forum sponsored by Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol Press Corps, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi only allows early voting if the voter has a valid excuse. They must have a permanent disability, be at least 65, or be out of town on Election Day. A majority of states now allow no-excuse early voting, allowing citizens to cast ballots in-person before an election.

DuPree: He said he wants to increase access and participation in elections, and would advocate no-excuse early voting in Mississippi. “Why should I have an excuse to vote? That’s like, why do I have to give an excuse to breathe?” He said the state should not be “putting impediments up” to keep people casting a ballot. He also said Mississippi should move its statewide elections to presidential election years to increase participation.

Watson: He said the “system, as-is, is working” and does not advocate allowing no-excuse early voting. “There are a lot of excuses you can use, that work … In my opinion, it’s easy enough as it is,” adding he would advocate more election and voting education in communities to encourage voter turnout.

WJTV – Race for Ag and Commerce Commissioner: (D) Rickey Cole and (R) Andy Gipson

Congressman Thompson wants House Republicans held accountable for storming secretive Schiff impeachment hearings

 

Congressman Thompson joins Speaker Pelosi for Afghanistan visit

 

WTOK – Guest joins chorus of Republicans unhappy with closed-door hearings

Congressman Palazzo: Schiff running a partisan investigation in secret

 

WLOX – Sen. Wickers call for comprehensive study of Lower Mississippi River flood controls

Sen. Wicker calls for comprehensive study of Lower Mississippi River flood controls

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker wants the federal government to have a better plan the next time waters rise in the Mississippi River.

The senator on Wednesday submitted a formal request to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to authorize a comprehensive study of water management techniques, structures, and features along the Lower Mississippi River in the 2020 Water Resources Development Act.

Wicker also pushed representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider adjustments to flood control infrastructure to reduce the severity of impacts from the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway.

WLOX – UMMC opens Mississippi’s first primary care clinic for the LGBTQ community

UMMC opens Mississippi’s first primary care clinic for the LGBTQ communityRob Hill, State Director for Human Rights Campaign of Mississippi, understands first-hand what it’s like to not always feel accepted, and that’s why he say’s the new LGBTQ care clinic will be a huge hit.

“It really does offer an opportunity for LGBTQ people to find a place where they know for sure the doctors and staff will be competent to their specific needs,” said Hill.

Back in 2015, the medical center opened a mental health facility specifically for LGBTQ people, but many people said they needed their physical needs met too. That’s when the care clinic came into play.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s TEAM Clinic has one goal in mind: giving the LGBTQ Community a safe environment to get the care they need.

Gov. Bryant promotes Saints’ player head band to raise funds for St. Dominic Hospital

 

WXXV – Governor Bryant cuts ribbon on water outfalls