Palazzo Endorses Hosemann for Lt. Governor

Purvis, Miss. (WDAM) – Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo endorsed Delbert Hosemann for Mississippi Lieutenant Governor on Friday.

Palazzo cited Hosemann’s “strong business sense, fiscal conservatism and support for law enforcement.”
Hosemann clinched the Republican nomination with a decisive win over Shane Quick in the August primary.

“In Mississippi, we have so much potential, and we’re heading in the right direction. We don’t need to go another way. We need leaders who in their heart, mind, and soul, want to make Mississippi a better place for future generations,” Palazzo said. “Living within our means, growing our revenues, fostering an economy where our young people will stay in our State, and improving our educational systems—Delbert Hosemann is an easy choice for Lieutenant Governor because these are his goals and he has a record of getting things done.”

Hosemann is in his third term as Mississippi Secretary of State.
“Congressman Palazzo has worked hard for the Pine Belt and Mississippi Gulf Coast, securing funds to shore up infrastructure and protect our natural resources and unique industries in his district,” Hosemann said. “We are a better State because he is looking out for us in Washington. I’m looking forward to continuing our strong relationship in this new role.”

Hosemann will face Democrat J. P. Hughes Jr. in the general election on Nov. 5.

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Congressman Michael Guest Endorses Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor

Brandon, Miss. (WLBT) – Delbert Hosemann picked up the endorsement of Congressman Michael Guest Wednesday afternoon.

This is Hosemann’s second endorsement from a member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation in two weeks, with Congressman Trent Kelly endorsing Hosemann in late August.

“We need a conservative leader who can effectively address some of the most important issues facing our State, such as the economy, public education, healthcare, and infrastructure,” said Congressman Guest.

“Delbert Hosemann is the right person for this job, and I urge Mississippians to vote for him in November,” he continued.

The General Election in Mississippi is November 5, 2019.

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Cong. Kelly Endorses Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor

Tupelo, Miss. (WCBI) – A candidate for Lieutenant Governor picked up an endorsement from a U.S. Congressman.

Republican Congressman Trent Kelly endorsed Delbert Hosemann in his run for Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor.

Congressman Kelly announced his endorsement of Hosemann during a news conference at the Tupelo Furniture Market.

Kelly said Hosemann’s experience as secretary of state has given him experience in budgeting and management, which he will take to the office of Lieutenant Governor.

“He’s just a man of integrity, he does great work for the state of Mississippi, but most importantly, he cares and he’s very forward-thinking, you know, he wants to do a lot of work as lieutenant governor on education and transportation, which people don’t always think of as Republican issues, but Delbert’s going to make it those issues,” Cong. Kelly said.

“I mean, you think about his history as a general , fighting in wars, district attorney, now leader in Congress on Armed Forces Committee, Trent Kelly has a rudder and I’m glad he’s steering our country the way it ought to be steered,” Hosemann said.

Hosemann faces Democrat J. P Hughes Junior in November.

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SOS Hosemann Demands Action from Corps on Spillway, Pumps

Vicksburg, Miss. (Mississippi Today) – Warren County resident Lauren Stubblefield, a flood victim and seventh generation Mississippian, stood in front of the Mississippi River Commission and painted a vivid image of her home on Floweree Road.

“Imagine your favorite place in the world,” Stubblefield said. “Close your eyes and imagine that place filling up with several feet of the most toxic, stagnant, nasty water you can imagine. And imagine that water sitting there for months as everything rots in it. Imagine the animals that starve because you can’t feed them.

“Then imagine going back to that place when the water goes down. Imagine the filth and the mold, the fungus, the smell. If you haven’t experienced that, you need to go up just a few miles up the road. And you can see it all. That is the truth that we are living.”

Other flood victims, local and state leaders joined Stubblefield during the commission’s annual low-water inspection on Wednesday to air their feelings about federal flood control policies, mainly focusing on the months of backwater flooding in the Delta and the deaths of marine wildlife in the Gulf.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who was the first to speak, criticized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reliance on the Bonnet Carré spillway in Louisiana.

When the Mississippi River is high enough, the Corps opens the spillway to prevent flooding in New Orleans and surrounding areas. However, the opening also allows freshwater into the Mississippi Sound, killing species such as oysters, crabs and shrimp. Until this year’s openings, the Corps had never opened the spillway twice in a year, and never in consecutive years.

“Not one of us in Mississippi thinks this is a one-off event,” Hosemann said. “Not one of us. We think this will occur again. The time to address these issues is today. You have the authority to do that.”

Hosemann, presenting alongside the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, cited subsequent losses totaling 95 percent of the state’s oysters, 56 percent of shrimp, and 50 percent of blue crab.

Hosemann requested the Corps conduct an environmental impact statement of the Mississippi Sound, as well as a study of how the Morganza Floodway — a seldom used spillway that diverts water into the Atchafalaya Basin — could help mitigate the damages.

“The amount of water that’s coming down the Mississippi River is historic,” he said. “We recognize that you have to operate the entire valley from Iowa to Mississippi. However, when you get to the Morganza spillway, you have the flexibility to divert some of that flood water.”

A ‘pumps’ decision awaits

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awaits new data on the Yazoo Pumps in order to review it’s 2008 veto of the project, state and local officials echoed Stubblefield’s impatience.

The flood took two lives in June, when two people drowned trying to escape the waters in Holly Bluff. Peter Nimrod, chief engineer of the Mississippi River Levee Board blamed the tragedy directly on the EPA’s veto of the pumps.

“Those two who drowned are on your hands, EPA,” Nimrod said.

About half a million acres went underwater from the flood, including about 230,000 acres of farmland. Andy Gipson, the state commissioner of agriculture and commerce, said that the state’s economy took a $500 million hit this year from crops that could not be planted.

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AP: Republican Nominee for Lt. Gov Snags 86% of Vote

Jackson, Miss. (AP) – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann seems to have this elections thing pretty much down.

Hosemann, who won all three of his races for Secretary of State by comfortable margins, opened his bid for lieutenant governor by outdistancing Shane Quick of DeSoto County in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

The results are unofficial until certified by the state.

Hosemann, who has served as secretary of state for the past 11 years, will face Democrat J. P. Hughes Jr., a state representative from Oxford, in the Nov. 5 general election.

A Democrat has not sat in the lieutenant governor’s seat since 1999.

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EDITORIAL: ‘Go With Hosemann’ on Aug. 6

Greenwood, Miss. (Greenwood Commonwealth) – As far as Delbert Hosemann, endorsing him over token challenger Shane Quick is a no-brainer in the GOP primary for lieutenant governor.

He has been a top-notch secretary of state. He would be the same if elected lieutenant governor.

After Tuesday, he will still have to get by a tougher challenger in November from Democrat Jay Hughes.

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Opinion: Hosemann ‘Most Organized’ at 2019 Fair

Neshoba County, Miss. (Y’all Politics) – Statewide election year political speaking is always amped up under the Pavilion at the Neshoba County Fair. If you missed the fair, you can catch every speech on Wednesday and Thursday on our YouTube channel as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Almost as important as the speeches themselves in evaluating where a candidate really stands in a campaign is the amount of organization (signs, volunteers, supporters in the Pavilion). By that measure, a few campaigns stood out. Delbert Hosemann was probably the most organized candidate at the Fair this year and Jay Hughes was a close second. For gubernatorial campaigns, you’d expect a pretty high level of organization and the campaigns of Tate Reeves, Jim Hood, Bill Waller and Robert Foster all had vocal supporters and real presence.

Though he’s only running for re-election to his House seat, House Speaker Philip Gunn gave a very uncharacteristic speech at Neshoba. Usually known for being folksy and self-deprecating, he came out in a very no nonsense way pushing back on the narrative that the Mississippi media establishment is desperately trying to sell that Mississippi is destitute and failing. He called it “hogwash” that Mississippi is not improving in a variety of areas including roads, education and healthcare and made forceful policy cases for conservative governing principals and in a way provided some cover for the rest of his fellow Republicans.

In terms of the mechanics of just speech giving, three really stood out in my mind. Phil Bryant recapped his political accomplishments in his last speech there citing without a note the laundry list of things he is proud of. He even gigged the media assembled by saying there’d be a lot to “fact check”. He remains his political generation’s most gifted speaker.

But the speech that really stood out was the one from the man that Bryant appointed as Auditor, Shad White.

Although he doesn’t have a ton of sexy material to work with as State Auditor, his level of preparation and delivery was tops, and I think he is serving notice that his political future is exceptionally bright. The last speech, again on delivery, that was notable was that of Andy Taggart. He imbued an emotion and a clarity of thought to his remarks that no other candidate did.

There are four major races that deserve at least a little more analysis in terms of their presence at Neshoba.

Governor

Republican Tate Reeves and Democrat Jim Hood generally stayed on their slow motion collision course with each other. While Republicans Bill Waller and Robert Foster made their own cases and had lots of supporters to cheer them on, it didn’t seem like much changed on the Republican side of the equation in the last week before the August 6 primary.

Likewise, leading Democrat challengers Robert Shuler Smith and Velesha P. Williams as well as a host of other Democrats tried to make their case to lead the Democrat party.

Interestingly, Hood seemed to spend most of his effort running away from the Democrat party, whose nomination he seeks and Reeves seemed content to continue to try and tag Hood with his party’s label.

Again, two other candidates out there that lurk are “Big” Dave Singletary, who donned “weed” socks and a golf shirt to his first Neshoba appearance, and Bob Hickingbottom. Singletary is running on a pro-marijuana platform and Hickingbottom is a Jacksonian who has been involved in politics. Singletary has been shown in polls to be taking 3-4% of the vote. Hickingbottom, who is black, is running as the Constitution Party candidate and may give black voters disaffected with Jim Hood in November a place to express a protest vote. But the combination of those two could actually be relevant down the home stretch.

Lt. Governor

Republican LG candidate Shane Quick had one of the more, shall we say, interesting speeches at the Fair. But this is still a two person race between Republican Delbert Hosemann and Democrat Jay Hughes. Again, Hughes, like Hood, knows that the Democrat party label is a drag for him and is trying desperately to get outside the party label. Both Hughes and Hosemann are very disciplined and well funded candidates. Hosemann remains a heavy favorite, but that race will be fun to watch.

Secretary of State

This race will be decided in the Republican primary. Michael Watson and Sam Britton have been going toe to toe. Watson seemed to be the better organized, but this one could go either way. The winner will run against Johnny Dupree, who was defeated as the Democrat nominee for Governor in 2011 by Phil Bryant.

Attorney General

The aforementioned Andy Taggart gave a stemwinder of a speech. Mark Baker had a big campaign organizations there and also gave a very animated speech arguing that he’s clearly the most reflexively conservative candidate in the race as he took shots at both Lynn Fitch (over her donors and law experience) and Andy Taggart. Lynn Fitch ignored the attacks and sought to burnish her credentials for AG with her support for Trump. This race is most certainly headed for a runoff.

The winner of that fight will be heavily favored over Jennifer Riley-Collins, a retired Colonel and former attorney with the ACLU of Mississippi.

Finally, just a note that Y’all Politics has committed to provide the most complete Neshoba County Fair political coverage available. You can follow us on our Youtube channel as speeches are continually uploaded. Sarah Ulmer and Courtney Carter literally lapped the field in their coverage of the event on social media, and the archival value of making speeches available have tremendous impact to holding politicians accountable before and after elections.

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Hosemann: ‘I Don’t Over-Promise, I Over-Deliver’

Neshoba County, Miss. (WLBT) – Part of what makes these Neshoba speeches interesting this year is the timing. They’re happening less than a week out from the primary.

But the race that drew a big crowd Wednesday was the Lt. Governor’s race, and it’s not expected to be a primary fight.

Republican Delbert Hosemann does have a Republican challenger in Shane Quick. Quick has never held public office and many fair-goers were seeing and hearing from him for the first time Wednesday. Democrat Jay Hughes doesn’t have any primary opponents.

Hughes and Hosemann are getting a jump start on jabs ahead of what they anticipate to be a general election fight.

“It’s likely going to come down to Mr. Hosemann and me,” said Jay Hughes. “It may not. And he’s a good man but we have different experiences. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and I was born with a plastic spoon in mine.”

“It’s beyond me how you can work for four years in the legislature and have so little influence,” said Delbert Hosemann as he referenced Hughes.
That idea of experience played a big role in the way Hughes and Hosemann talked to the fair crowd.

“Look at my record,” said Hosemann. “I don’t over-promise. I deliver.”
“I believe that those life experiences and my values are what make me the best candidate for Lt. Governor,” said Hughes.

But there was clear common ground on several issues, specifically the need to strengthen public education.

“Mississippi will only succeed if public education succeeds,” noted Hosemann.

“I believe from the bottom of my heart that it all starts with public education and that’s public education,” Hughes explained.

When asked what separates them, here’s what they say.

“I’m going to be able to be elected and go in and serve the people and do what’s right instead of what’s popular and what special interest wants,” Hughes said.

“The biggest one is I can do it,” Hosemann said. “Realistically we’re going to have a Republican Senate and Republican House and my ability to work and lead is critical.”

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Jobs, Education Top Hosemann’s Platform for Lt. Gov

Jackson, Miss. (AP) – With a big campaign fund and a well-known name statewide, Delbert Hosemann is focused on the general election for Mississippi lieutenant governor. But he does have a challenger on Aug. 6 for the Republican nomination — Shane Quick of DeSoto County.

Hosemann, after three terms as secretary of state, seeks to ascend to a powerful office that traditionally controls the state Senate. He’s pledging yearly pay raises for teachers, a broad expansion of Mississippi’s preschool program for 4-year-olds, more focus on career training and community college, and improved roads and bridges.

“We can run the government better,” said Hosemann. “Those savings that come from running the government better are going into transportation and infrastructure.”

Along those lines, he touts his management of the secretary of state’s office, both in cutting expenses as well as in improving technology and service. He promises to be “way up in the state agencies” examining their spending and success in meeting goals.

Hosemann said he wants to improve career technical education, as well as college classes offered to high school students on a dual-enrollment basis. While he said too few Mississippi students earn college degrees, Hosemann said “the other 70% need a meaningful economic job.” He also indicated he supports expanded free tuition for community college, already available to students in some counties.

Hosemann is noncommittal on whether he supports expanding the state-federal Medicaid health insurance program to currently uninsured adults. He said he hasn’t evaluated a proposal by the Mississippi Hospital Association to require beneficiaries and hospitals to cover the state’s costs. However, he says “there has to be some economic contribution by anyone receiving health care, anyone who can possibly afford it.”

Quick, a first-time candidate who works in health care, is running a low-budget campaign focused on tea party and libertarian themes.

Hosemann had raised $883,000 this year through June 30, spent $520,000, and had $3 million on hand thanks to fundraising in prior years. By contrast, Quick had raised $101 and spent none of it. Quick said a lack of contributions from companies and lobbyists will enable him to “truly represent the common man’s point of view.” He also touts his lack of political experience as “part of the foundational basis of my candidacy.”

Quick says he wants to judge proposed legislation based on whether it’s acceptable “to the common, law-abiding citizen.”

“Is this bill or legislation infringing on my rights, freedom or liberty?” is the test Quick says he would use.

Quick says he favors allowing public money to be spent on private schools and says he favors competition as a way to drive down health care costs and expand access. Quick said he lost much of his hearing following a flu shot, calling himself a victim of vaccine injury.

“I am not an anti-vaccine person. I am a vaccine-injured person who recognizes that some things need to be different about our policy,” he said.

In November, the Republican nominee will face Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford, a one-term state representative who is unopposed for his party’s nomination.

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SOS Fights to Ensure Election Integrity, Security

JACKSON, Miss. (WAPT) – Ever since the 2016 presidential election, the issue of foreign operatives and hackers manipulating the voting process has been a huge concern.

Hackers tried 200,000 times on Election Day to jam the polling place locator on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his office works year-round to identify and stop any potential problems.

“We have been meeting and giving cybersecurity information to our circuit clerks and our election commissioners in a lot of instances,” Hosemann said. “We’ve started dual authentication if they want to get into the statewide election management system.”

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, which is the only federal agency focused full time on elections, says states have only spent about 29% of the $380 million Congress allocated in spring 2018 for election security. Congress gave states five years to spend those funds. Eleven states, including Mississippi, still have at least one precinct that uses paperless voting equipment that does not provide a voter-verified paper ballot to allow for risk-limiting audits.

Hosemann said there’s an independent audit going on right now of every county. There have also been tests of the system from outside entities.

“We’ve had a review by Homeland Security. I’ve asked them to come to Mississippi and they did. We got very high marks from them. We’ve had independent groups come and try to penetrate the system. We were able to thwart all of those,” Hosemann said.

Thirty-nine counties have started using their allocations. Some used all of the funds and some are awaiting approval of the expenses.

The funds for Hinds County were rejected. The Secretary of State’s Office said Hinds County officials requested more than $176,000 — of the more than $320,000 that’s allocated for them for repaving entire parking lots at several polling places. Only the portion of a parking lot designated for the handicapped is eligible for funding, so Hinds County has submitted a corrected application.

Hosemann said with all the checks and balances, Mississippi is well-prepared and he doesn’t want anyone scared that their vote won’t be counted and will be stolen.

“We’re not connected to the internet for any of our voting, so there’s nobody who’s going to take your ballot,” Hosemann said. “If you go and cast it, it’s going to be counted.”

Hosemann advised residents not to take everything that’s said on social media as truth, because those are some of the tactics used to keep voter participation down.

“They try to drive you to where you don’t trust one or the other, or what not, so you don’t participate. If you don’t participate and cast your ballot, they win — the Russians win,” Hosemann said.

Hosemann wants voters to know that everything is being done to make sure the right to vote is protected.

“I spend a part of every day on cybersecurity,” Hosemann said.

The Aug. 6 primary election is for statewide, state district, legislative, county and county district offices. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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