WJTV – No endorsement yet; Hosemann sidesteps question on if he will support Reeves

Congressman Guest endorses Hosemann for Lt. Governor

 

CLARION LEDGER – Sid Salter: Issues the same, framing will be different as Reeves/Hood showdown looms in November

Sid SalterTo put a finer point on it, the same votes who chose twice chose Republicans Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant as governor also chose Democrat Hood as their attorney general.

And Hood is campaigning on some of the same themes that made former Chief Justice Bill Waller a thorn in the side of Reeves in the GOP primaries – Medicaid expansion as a means to save Mississippi’s rural hospitals, a pay-as-you-go program of infrastructure improvements (although Reeves has accused Hood of a “flip-flop” on raising the state’s gas tax,), and more money for public education at multiple levels.

To be sure, Hood is the best hope that state Democrats have had in a gubernatorial campaign since Ronnie Musgrove in 1999. Like Waller, Hood’s campaign style has a more populist appeal and unlike Waller, he is not afraid to give as good as he gets in the heat of political battle. Hood is a prosecutor well skilled in making his case and driving home his points with little concern for stepping on toes or hurt feelings.

WLOX – Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health system

Federal judge intervenes in Mississippi mental health systemA federal judge is taking charge of Mississippi’s mental health system, saying the federal government has proved the state isn’t doing enough to serve people outside the confinement of mental hospitals.



In a ruling late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves said he wants to appoint an outsider to oversee changes. He’s asking the state and federal governments to suggest someone for the role.

The U.S. Justice Department argued during a monthlong trial this summer that Mississippi’s movement toward community services was far too slow, forcing hundreds or thousands of people into avoidable hospital stays. Reeves found that Mississippi is violating a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said “unjustified” mental hospital confinement is illegal.

WXXV – Jim Hood weighs in on mental health issues in Mississippi

WLOX – ‘This is much worse then BP.’ AG Jim Hood meets with coast oyster providers about impacts of freshwater intrusion

‘This is much worse than BP:' AG Jim Hood meets with coast oyster providers about impacts of freshwater intrusion

Attorney General Jim Hood paid a visit to Crystal Seas Oysters in Pass Christian Tuesday, speaking with workers there about the ongoing struggles related to the freshwater intrusion plaguing the Mississippi Sound…

…“This is much worse than BP because with BP we saw the oil and knew they had the money to put a fund together,” said Hood. “There was a light at the end of the tunnel. But for folks here, there are two issues: Is someone going to pay for the damage that’s been caused, and if so, will they keep releasing it? Will it happen every year or will we just be out of business? That’s what people are facing here on the coast, and I think the federal government owes them some assurances.”

Hood says he has written letters to Congress hoping they will put together a fund to help those affected on the coast. He hasn’t seen any movement yet but says he’s waiting to take action to prevent litigation issues.

WLOX – Phil Bryant endorses Lynn Fitch in Attorney General race

Phil Bryant endorses Lynn Fitch in Attorney General raceGovernor Phil Bryant is endorsing Lynn Fitch in the race for Mississippi Attorney General.



In a tweet Wednesday morning, Bryant threw his support behind the two-term state treasurer, saying “Let’s make it happen!”

Hood, Hosemann, Hughes to speak at Tupelo Hob Nob

 

WTVA – State accuses eight companies of making calls to people who signed up to stop them

The Mississippi Public Service Commission charged eight companies accused of calling people who signed up with the state registry to stop telemarketing calls.

The eight companies are MediaStratX, United Support, Advanced Marketing Science+Siptones, Olufemi Davis Phipps, Ameri Help, Emergent Marketing, Fusion Data Services and CMWEBIT.

The state accuses the eight of making a combined 775 illegal calls.

WLOX – Gun owners weigh in on survey sent out by Rep. Palazzo on gun control

Gun owners weigh in on survey sent out by Rep. Palazzo on gun control

Gun control is at the center of national conversations following a string of mass shootings and Walmart’s decision to limit ammunition sales. This prompted Congressman Steven Palazzo to send out a survey to constituents in South Mississippi.

The survey include one question: Do you support new gun control legislation? Yes. No. Unsure…

…To take Palazzo’s survey, click HERE.

WTVA – Wicker: Automakers voluntarily agree to implement changes to prevent hot car deaths

FOX 13 – New center will train thousands for jobs in North Mississippi

WLOX – Mississippi getting more than $19M to combat the opioid crisis

Mississippi getting more than $19M to combat the opioid crisisMississippi is getting more than $19 million over the next three years to combat the ever-growing opioid crisis in America. The money will help expand access to treatment and support near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.

The money is part of $1.8 billion in overall funding announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

WCBI – Ten people running for open seat on Columbus city council