The Republican race for Governor isn’t a done deal. Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Jr. are heading to a runoff in three weeks.
Tate Reeves carried the majority of the counties but Bill Waller, Jr. was able to win some of the more populous counties including Hinds, Madison and Rankin…
…Reeves had more pointed criticisms for Waller Wednesday.
“I respect Justice Waller,” said Reeves. “He is a good man. But he’s not a conservative.”…
…“Honestly if you want higher taxes and you want more Obamacare in Mississippi,” added Reeves. “There are two choices now for you in Mississippi. You can choose Jim Hood or you can choose Bill Waller.”…
…Waller and Reeves tell us they spoke with Foster Wednesday and both seem to be jockeying for his supporters’ votes.
Less than 24 hours after winning the Democrat Governor’s race, Jim Hood launches an online store.
Supporters can now purchase T-Shirts and caps in support of the next election.
— Jim Hood (@HoodForGovernor) August 7, 2019
Taggart challenges Fitch to three debates before runoff
— Sen. Brice Wiggins (@bricewigginsMS) August 7, 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, executed multiple federal criminal search warrants this morning for evidence relating to various federal crimes, as well as administrative search warrants searching for individuals illegally present in the United States, at seven sites across the State of Mississippi, announced Acting Director of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence, Jere Miles, HSI Special Agent in Charge in New Orleans, and Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi.
“HSI’s worksite enforcement efforts are equally focused on aliens who unlawfully seek work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hire them,” said HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Miles.
“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country. I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable. We are a nation of laws, and we will remain so by continuing to enforce our laws and ensuring that justice is done,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.
Democrat State Rep. Dortch sees ICE alien arrests as “terrorizing families”
How are we in any way ok with our government terrorizing families…children. https://t.co/rTCmYLqYKS
— Jarvis Dortch (@jarvisdortch) August 8, 2019
In a surprising turn of events, Biloxi Councilwoman Dixie Newman has pulled ahead by one vote in the special election for the state Senate seat of District 50 over opponent former state representative Scott DeLano.
As officials counted affidavit ballots, three votes were presented without verified identification. The voters have four business days to bring back ID to verify the votes.
If they do not bring in ID during that time, Newman will officially be declared the winner.
WTOK – Jeff Tate wins Senate District 33 primary
The race for Public Service Commission, Southern District will feature two Coast residents, each with experience serving as mayors.
Republican Dane Maxwell, who is currently the mayor of Pascagoula, will face Democrat Connie Moran, the former mayor of Ocean Springs, in the November election for the state seat.
Maxwell ousted Kelvin Schulz in the primary, winning with 68% of the vote. Moran beat opponent Sugar Stallings with 78% of the vote.
Maxwell worked for the Public Service Commission for many years serving as Chief of Staff for then Commissioner Curt Hebert. He said that experience is what’s going to help him navigate the role of commissioner if elected.
Primary Election sees shift to right
For the first time, more people chose to vote in the Republican primary than the Democrat primary. To every R activist who made a call, attended a meeting, or asked a local D to switch parties, THANK YOU! Let’s keep the momentum up through the fall to win up and down the ticket!
— Lucien Smith (@LucienSmith) August 7, 2019
But, officials report voter turnout after the primary elections was relatively low on the Coast.
- In Harrison County, 29,005 ballots were counted, bringing the voter turnout percentage to 22.71 percent.
- In Hancock County, 10,920 ballots were counted, bringing the voter turnout percentage to 30.9 percent.
- In Jackson County, the voter turnout percentage was close to 29 percent.
- In Pearl River County, the voter turnout percent was 30.15 percent.
- In George County, 6,216 ballots were counted, bringing the voter turnout percentage to 41.96 percent.
This election has been deemed as one of the biggest elections in this area in awhile.
Sen. Wicker advances pro-life cause in the Senate
As a state senator, I authored legislation giving Mississippi the strongest restrictions on abortion of any state in the country. I continue that fight today. #WickerReport #ProLife https://t.co/hdY897adPC
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) August 7, 2019
Attorney General Jim Hood joined a bipartisan coalition of 39 attorneys general in a letter to Congressional leadership, asking for the removal of federal barriers that currently prevent health care providers from offering treatment for opioid use disorder.
Opioid use disorder is the physical and psychological reliance on opioids. In 2018, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics confirmed 342 overdose deaths (more than 28 Mississippians dying per month,) and 61.4% of those were opioid-related.
Affidavit ballots are in for Forrest County races, and the there will be a runoff for the Republican nomination for the Forrest County Sheriff.
Charlie Sims and David Bassett will face off for the nomination on Aug. 27. Bassett received just under 50% of the vote with Sims slightly trailing with almost 48%.
Incumbent sheriff Alex Hodge will face challenger Macon Davis in a runoff in three weeks, after neither got 50 percent of Tuesday’s primary vote.
Davis pulled in about 48%, and Hodge trailed with 41%.
A handful of local sheriffs either lost in their reelection bids or were forced into an August 27 runoff.
Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell lost in the Democratic primary to former Justice Court Judge Kevin Crook, who advances to the general election.
Noxubee County Sheriff Terry Grassaree was defeated by law enforcement officer Tom Roby in the Democratic primary.
Meanwhile, Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix will be in a Democratic primary runoff with Jeff Tompkins in three weeks.
And Yalobusha County Sheriff Lance Humphreys was forced into an August 27 runoff with Luther Folson for the Democratic nomination.
Gov. Bryant creates Census committee
Today I announced and signed an Executive Order for the creation of the Mississippi Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census. The Committee Chairman will be Giles Ward, the Vice-Chairman Dr. John Green, and Secretary Emily Kruger. pic.twitter.com/EFURLVbsKO
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) August 7, 2019
Enviva Announces Execution of Lease Option at Port of Pascagoula
Enviva Holdings, LP (“Enviva” or “the Company”), the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, today announced that it exercised an option with the Jackson County Port Authority to lease property in the Bayou Casotte Harbor in the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, where it plans to build and operate a deep-water marine terminal. Enviva intends to use the Pascagoula terminal to ship sustainably sourced wood pellets under long-term contracts with customers across Europe and Asia who are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint.
“The Port of Pascagoula is a key asset for global commerce and an economic engine for Mississippi,” said John Keppler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enviva. “We appreciate the leadership of Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves for creating a pro-business environment in Mississippi. This project is only possible because of the hard work of dozens of officials in Jackson County including the Port Authority, Mayor Dane Maxwell, Senator Michael Watson, Representative Charles Busby, the Board of Supervisors, and the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. They were instrumental in helping us secure this critical component of our supply chain, which will enable us to export our product to meet the increasing demand from our Asian, European, and Caribbean customers.”
Enviva plans to invest over $60 million to build the new Pascagoula terminal, which is expected to directly employ approximately 30 full-time workers and support about 150 direct and indirect jobs during construction.