At a recent Mississippi Press Association forum, gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller Jr. was asked if elected how he was going to pass a gasoline tax increase for road and bridge repairs through the Legislature since it had been his party blocking the effort.
The state is expected to receive about $117 million from tobacco companies for the upcoming budget year (which started July 1 ) as a result of the lawsuit settlement the state reached in 1998 with the cigarette makers.
Mississippi is the only state in the nation where a candidate could garner a majority vote (more than 50 percent) and not win the statewide office he or she was pursuing.
Just about the time legislators were passing a bill during the 2019 session to strengthen the state’s Telephone Solicitation Act, the office of Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley got a report of how a north Mississippi woman was scammed out of $5,000.
To win the governor’s mansion this November, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, the front-runner in the Republican primary, must do at least two things – convince voters he is competent and convince them that the state is heading in the right direction.
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi challenging a provision in the state Constitution that could potentially result in this year’s governor election being decided by the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Attorney General Jim Hood might not have to win Hinds, the state’s most populous county, to capture the Democratic nomination for governor, but doing so would make his path to victory much easier.
Oral arguments have been scheduled for the week of June 10 by a three judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the lawsuit over whether the 102-mile Mississippi Senate District 22 should be redrawn to strengthen black voting power before elections later this year.