DAILY JOURNAL – Billy J. McCoy, former Speaker of House, dies

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Billy J. McCoy, the former speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, died on Tuesday at North Mississippi Medical Center after receiving treatment at the hospital for two weeks. He was 77.

McCoy, a Democrat, was first elected to the House in 1980 as a representative from Rienzi, a town in Alcorn County. He then went on to be elected by his fellow House members in 2004 to serve in one of the most powerful roles in state government.

“A great man, a great legend in Mississippi history has crossed the chilling waters of Jordan,” longtime state Rep. Steve Holland said. “His service will go down in history as one of the most progressive members of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He loved the last and most vulnerable among us.”

DAILY JOURNAL – Mike Espy announces 2020 Senate run

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Mike Espy, the former U.S. secretary of agriculture, announced on Tuesday he will run a second time for the U.S. Senate, which will likely set up a rematch against current U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith.

“I’m Mike Espy, and over my lifetime, I’ve seen a lot of changes in Mississippi, but progress in Mississippi is still too slow,” Espy, a Democrat, said in a campaign video. “Too many people are hurting because they’re looking for work and can’t find a decent job.”

Espy releases Senate announcement ad


Randle considers primary challenge of Sen. Hyde-Smith


HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Next Secretary of State wants to get rid of Mississippi’s Jim Crow-era election law

Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson says he will push to change Mississippi’s controversial two-part election process for statewide candidates.

“I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” the Republican state senator told the Clarion Ledger Tuesday as he discussed priorities for his new job that begins next year.

Nowell to lead Watson SOS transition


Hebert, Herring to lead Fitch AG transition team


Wicker hits Democrats over Bolivia


WLOX – Mississippi agencies receive $1.7 million to combat human trafficking and provide services to trafficking victims

Mississippi agencies receive $1.7 million to combat human trafficking and provide services to trafficking victims

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $100 million in funding, including grants to the Mississippi Department of Health and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety totaling $1.7 million dollars.

The money will be used to combat human trafficking and to provide vital services to trafficking victims throughout the United States.

The Mississippi State Department of Health received a $900,000 Office of Victims Crimes grant and The Mississippi Department of Public Safety received a $800,000 Bureau of Justice Assistance grant.

Gov. Bryant announces $53 million in RESTORE projects


CLARION LEDGER – Trump appeals court nominee Judge Halil “Sul” Ozerden in jeopardy following GOP revolt

Judge Halil "Sul" Ozerden

President Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won’t support him.

Trump nominated federal judge Halil “Sul” Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in June. The New Orleans-based court handles cases from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Senate Judiciary Committee says it removed Ozerden from a planned vote Thursday at the request of the White House. A White House spokesman declined to comment.

Ozerden, a close ally of White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, faces opposition from Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri. They have questioned Ozerden’s dismissal of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s health care law and other rulings they say show he is not a true conservative.