Reeves receives NRA endorsement
I have fought for our gun rights every day. As governor, I will never allow the national liberals who are threatening those rights to gain an inch here. I am honored to have this important endorsement from the @NRA and the trust of 2nd Amendment voters in Mississippi! pic.twitter.com/6b4JnyH4wi
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) July 9, 2019
Reeves campaign releases new ad for Governor
I love Mississippi, and that’s why I’ll fight for it. No matter the cost, I will do what’s right for the people of this state. pic.twitter.com/wMk4ckpZ27
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) July 9, 2019
Foster follow ‘Billy Graham Rule’ to respect wife, campaign denies female reporter request to travel alone with candidate
Before our decision to run, my wife and I made a commitment to follow the “Billy Graham Rule”, which is to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise of our marriage. I am sorry Ms. Campbell doesn’t share these views, but my decision was out of respect of my wife. https://t.co/5tjH2x2g65
— Robert Foster (@RobertFoster4MS) July 10, 2019
Mississippi government collected nearly 5% more money during the state budget year that recently ended than it did the year previous year.
Newly released information from the Legislative Budget Office shows that’s an increase of about $278 million.
Total state revenue was nearly $6 billion during fiscal 2019, which ended June 30. It was about $5.7 billion in 2018.
Gov. Bryant endorses Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King’s re-election bid
Thanks Commissioner King. Your leadership has been invaluable during times of natural disasters in South Mississippi. You have my full support for re-election. https://t.co/MGiHkUqUNR
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) July 9, 2019
Baker receives NRA endorsement
— Chase Baker (@ChaseBaker_5) July 9, 2019
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is allocating some state funds to help pay for the cost of testing and monitoring the waters of the Mississippi Sound during the recent algae bloom.
Tuesday, the governor announced on Twitter that he approved $500,000 from the State’s GOMESA allocation to go to the University of Southern Mississippi for water testing.
The Mississippi Beach Monitoring Program regularly tests the offshore waters for bacteria levels, and through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issues public health advisories when appropriate.
Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering was recently awarded the William Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award by the National State Auditors Association (NSAA). During their annual June meeting in Cherokee, North Carolina, Pickering was given the honor for his leadership as the state auditor of Mississippi.
Pickering served as NSAA’s president in 2017-2018, was a member of the U.S. Comptroller General’s Domestic working group, and was recognized as a champion for improving state government accountability and transparency during his three terms as Mississippi’s State Auditor. The Mississippi Office of the State Auditor received the NSAA Excellence in Accountability Award in 2012 for their work on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Pickering accepted the award by video, as he is currently deployed to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, supporting U.S. Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa.
CLARION LEDGER – Sid Salter: Neshoba County Fair 2019 political heat should include more than the thermometer
There will be just over seven hours of political speaking at the 2019 Neshoba County Fair, but most of the attention will focus on a half-hour on Thursday morning, a half-hour on Thursday afternoon, and a half-hour or so on Wednesday afternoon.
Gubernatorial contenders Tate Reeves, Jim Hood, and Bill Waller Jr.speak back-to-back between 10:10 to 10:40 a.m. on Thursday. The Attorney General contenders speak Thursday afternoon back-to-back. The secretary of state candidates will speak back-to-back on Wednesday.
Wicker, Hyde-Smith announces $13 million for Mississippi airport improvements
Today @SenHydeSmith and I announced the award of more than $13.39 million for improvements to seven airports in Mississippi. This third round of FAA grants will go a long way toward improving air service and safety at these Mississippi airports.https://t.co/lvqLfgFvGM
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) July 9, 2019
WTVA – City of Houston votes in favor to buy and sell alcohol in town
HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Mississippi environmental board approves air quality permit for Enviva wood pellet plant
A state environmental board on Tuesday approved the air quality permit for what could be the largest wood pellet plant in the world, opening the door for the controversial southeast Mississippi facility to break ground later this summer.
Environmental groups and other opponents of the plant, proposed by Maryland-based Enviva, raised concerns in recent months about dust and other air contaminants that would be emitted by the facility, and a lack of state-mandated controls. But the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board unanimously signed off on the permit with little discussion.
State leaders, including Gov. Phil Bryant and Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, say the plant will be an economic boon for Lucedale and George County, and boost a struggling timber market in the southeast corner of the state. The state and George County have offered the company millions of dollars in tax breaks and other financial assistance.