The Clarion-Ledger, 5/16/7

State Rep. Jamie Franks, the lone Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, promised to support a cigarette tax increase and challenged the two Republican candidates to do the same.

“No way,” Bryant said. “As a Republican, it’s not my nature to sign a pledge to increase taxes.”

Said Ross: “I’m not into making pledges to increase people’s taxes, especially when the overall tax burden on Mississippi needs to be reduced going forward.”