CLARION LEDGER – Tate Reeves makes first appearance as Governor-elect

WDAM – Governor-elect Tate Reeves talks future of his administration, vision for the state

Governor-elect Tate Reeves talks future of his administration, vision for the state

During his first public appearance at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Two Mississippi Museums, Governor-Elect Reeves talked about his administration going forward…

…“Fortunately, as I have done in the past in working with members of both parties and members from every geographic region in the state, we’ll do that once we get our administration put together as well,” said Reeves.

As governor he will appoint heads of state agencies, including replacements in the event of a vacancy of a U.S. House or Senate Seat.

He would not go into detail about who will serve in his administration, but has named Brad White to lead his transition team…

…“No, I am not softening on my stance on Medicaid expansion,” added the governor-elect.

WXXV – Gov. Phil Bryant to announce new Restoration Projects from Mississippi Coast Coliseum

Bryant honored by MS Automotive Manufacturers


WLOX – Sec. of State-Elect Michael Watson reflects on election win

Sec. of State-Elect Michael Watson reflects on election winMichael Watson made history in Mississippi’s General Election, becoming the first statewide candidate from South Mississippi to win an election in almost 20 years.

Click here to watch the full interview.

WCBI – Democratic legislators weigh in on the future of the party

Outgoing Speaker ProTem Snowden says Republican Caucus chose wisely with Speaker, new ProTem


MBJ – Bill Crawford: Campaign season yields some interesting results

Unofficial results show Reeves beat Hood in the hotly contested governor’s race by 449,252 to 400,336. Given the hoopla, you might have expected this to be a record turnout.


In the not so hotly contested 2011 race, where Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant beat Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree by 544,851 to 348,617, the top two candidates pulled 43,880 more votes than this year. In the hot 2003 race, where Haley Barbour beat incumbent Gov. Ronnie Musgrove by 470,404 to 409,787, they pulled 30,603 more votes.

Yes, there were independents and odd party candidates in 2019 and 2003, but they only pulled 10,763 and 14,296 votes, respectively. Something else brought down this year’s total.

Something to mull over at the coffee shop, huh?

NEWSMS – Mike Tagert to join MSU

Mike Tagert has been named as associate director for Corporate and Economic Partnerships within Mississippi State University’s Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED). 

In that role, Tagert also will serve as chief executive officer of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership (GSDP). He assumes his new duties Jan. 7, 2020, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum said, “Mike Tagert’s unique skill set in the multimodal transportation arena and in economic development makes him an excellent fit for our work as we continue to position our academic research as a key component of Mississippi’s jobs creation engine.”

WLOX – New bill aims to grow South Mississippi’s space industry

New bill aims to grow South Mississippi’s space industry

Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith introduced the LIFT Act last week. The act’s full name is the Licensing Innovations and Future Technologies in Space Act.

The bill would modernize training for the federal commercial space licensing workforce and promote collaboration with academia and industry by creating a centralized training facility for safety and licensing personnel.

The new facility would be located at the NASA Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

Stennis already certifies rockets and other technologies. This bill, if passed, will increase the workforce of future space explorers and help us explore worlds beyond our own.

WXXV – Groundbreaking ceremony for USM’s Ocean Enterprise Facility

DAILY JOURNAL – Rep. Trent Kelly, Sen. Roger Wicker speak at Veterans Day Programs


Military veterans were recognized for their service by Rep. Trent Kelly and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., at Veterans Day programs in northeast Mississippi on Monday.

Kelly addressed seventh and eighth grade students at Guntown Middle School during a Veterans Day program on Monday morning that began with a moment of silence as band director Robin Hill played “Taps.”

Kelly has spent 33 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard as a combat engineer and currently serves as a brigadier general.

He recognized veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and those who served in recent and ongoing wars like the Gulf War, Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan.