WJTV – Reeves, Hood spar over taxes
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
Tate Reeves refuses to help keep our rural hospitals open and improve access to healthcare for hardworking Mississippi families. My new ad, out statewide today, highlights the bipartisan support behind expanding access to healthcare—one of the pillars of my campaign. #MSgov pic.twitter.com/kEcDMNiXiu
— Jim Hood (@HoodForGovernor) October 23, 2019
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
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
Today, Chairman @BennieGThompson sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms regarding the blatant Republican security breach at a House SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) today. https://t.co/52DC9Wn7Sy pic.twitter.com/rfWD43Yguo
— House Homeland Security Committee (@HomelandDems) October 23, 2019
Congressman Thompson joins Speaker Pelosi for Afghanistan visit
Each time we visit our troops in Afghanistan, I am struck by the courage & dedication with which they carry out the U.S.-NATO mission. Grateful to them & their Afghan partners for their service and for providing operational updates to our bipartisan delegation. pic.twitter.com/dQaOLzoSkl
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 22, 2019
WTOK – Guest joins chorus of Republicans unhappy with closed-door hearings
Congressman Palazzo: Schiff running a partisan investigation in secret
House Democrats have abandoned legislating while they work to overturn a presidential election. House Republicans want to pass USMCA, secure our borders, lower prescription drugs, and do so much more, but are being stonewalled by Pelosi’s partisan politics. #StoptheSchiffShow pic.twitter.com/lzVW5QGo7g
— Cong. Steven Palazzo (@CongPalazzo) October 23, 2019
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.
“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
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) October 23, 2019