NRA Endorses Hosemann, Cites Clear Commitment to 2nd Amendment

Jackson, Miss. (Y’all Politics) – Citing his clear commitment to upholding Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) endorsed Delbert Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor in the 2019 Mississippi Republican Primary.

“Delbert Hosemann will protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” NRA-PVF Chairman Jason Ouimet said. “The NRA encourages all freedom-loving Mississippians to vote Hosemann for Lieutenant Governor on August 6.”

Hosemann, former recipient of the Kirk Fordice Freedom Award from the NRA Central Mississippi chapter, received an “A” rating from the NRA-PVF. This rating is reserved for solidly pro-gun and pro-hunting candidates.

“The U.S. and Mississippi Constitutions afford us certain rights as it relates to keeping and bearing arms, and I look forward to helping defend those rights as Mississippi’s next Lieutenant Governor,” said Hosemann, an avid hunter and lifetime member of the NRA.

As a steadfast conservative who spent most of his career as a businessman in the private sector, Hosemann’s platform touches several major areas centered on growing Mississippi’s economy. These include: refocusing on skills training and increasing the State’s educated workforce; reducing unnecessary regulations and streamlining state government; encouraging small business and start-up growth; shoring up aging infrastructure; and improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes.

Hosemann announced his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in early January with a three-day tour to businesses in Vicksburg, Brookhaven, Columbus, DeSoto County, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Meridian, Rankin County, Tupelo, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Since then, Hosemann and his wife, Lynn—along with campaign staff and dozens of volunteers—have been on the road participating in forums, roundtables, festivals, and other events across the State.

The Republican Primary Election in Mississippi is Tuesday, August 6, 2019. For more information about the campaign, visit www.delberthosemann.com.

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SOS Partners with Communities to Eliminate Blight

Jackson, Miss. (WLBT) – 3 On Side introduced you to a pastor in south Jackson, in June, ARM’d with determination to transform his community.

He made a proposition to the Secretary of State in that report and now Delbert Hosemann responds in this Taking Back Our Streets follow up.

Pastor Lanford Porter had a message for the Secretary of State in my first report. It was about the eyesore across the street from his church that was once Apple Ridge Shopping Center.

“And if the Secretary of State would sign a piece of paper and sign this property over to us, we would implement a plan that would turn this into a mecca in the desert,” said Pastor Porter.

Delbert Hosemann said, “We’re ready to go. I have met with him by phone and we have decreased the price on AppleRidge. It’s appraised at $475,000 and we’ve told them that we’ll sell it for $47,000.”

In fact, Hosemann says it’s the goal of his office to return land like Apple Ridge to productive use.

Now there are plenty of properties all over the state of Mississippi for sale at a discount and you can bid on those properties at an auction online, all you have to do is go to the Secretary of State’s website, scroll down to tax forfeited property, click on view auction and there you have it.

“Go on the website. There’s a bid price and you don’t even have to put any money up and then in 30-days, we’ll come and right away, you will know in 24 to 48 hours, we’ll come back to you and either counter and tell you to do this or accept your bid and then within 30-days, we go through the process of issuing the patent. The governor has to sign it. I have to sign it. It usually closes in about 60 days so, it’s a pretty quick process, really.” said the Secretary of State.

And those property sales are beneficial in many ways.

Hosemann said, “Like the Jackson Public Schools got over a million dollars from this property that we sold. That’s really important, but even more important is that it’s back on the tax rolls.”

As for the $47,000 price tag on the old Apple Ridge Shopping Center, Pastor Porter said he’s not worried.

“I always believe that whenever God gives a vision, he always makes provision and he uses people to bring those visions to pass, so we plan on partnering with other entities in the community that could help us to bring that to pass,” said Pastor Porter.

Secretary of State Hosemann said, “When I talked to the pastor, he was indicating he’s going to be asking a lot of people for money and I would encourage him to do that. That’s a corner stone out in that community. If it’s gets converted to either residential or come back as commercial, it certainly would exceed, the six acres would exceed $47,000 dollars.”

But what about crime in the community? Pastor Porter indicates the transformation from eyesore to affordable home ownership will address that problem.

“But when you give people hope; when you give them the ability or the chance to own their own property, they have a tendency to not only take care of their own homes, but take care of their own community.” said Pastor Porter.

So, it could be a win-win for all involved and 3 On Your Side will continue to monitor the progress and give you updates.

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Gov. Bryant, SOS Hosemann Brief Public on Tropical Storm Barry

Gulfport, Miss. (WLBT) – Gov. Phil Bryant spoke once again to officials at the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center after Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday.
While the storm did strengthen to a hurricane for a few hours, it made landfall over Louisiana as a tropical storm.

“So, the good news is that much of the punch has been taken out,” Bryant said. “However, this event is not over. There is a lot of water out there, and it is headed our way.”

Areas of the Mississippi Gulf Coast have been experiencing heavy rains and high winds all day Saturday. Areas of Hancock County are experiencing flooding and sand has blown onto Highway 90 in Harrison County.

“I would tell everyone to be extremely careful. Please slow down. It is wet and we do not want injuries from an automobile accident,” Bryant said.

This storm comes during a particularly rough period of time for the Mississippi Gulf Coast as freshwater intrusion from the Bonnet Carré Spillway has had a negative impact on the local economy and environment.

“This storm is only part of a long range disaster that has occurred along the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Bryant said.

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SOS Asks Army Corps for Answers on Coast Spillway Operation

Gulfport, Miss. (Sun Herald) – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an immediate review of the operating manuals and use of the Bonnet Carré Spillway and Morganza Floodway to deal with flooding on the Mississippi River.

The Corps regulates when the Bonnet Carré opens to prevent the Mississippi River flooding in New Orleans. The spillway was opened for 44 days from February until April and again on May 10. It remains open and the fresh water continues to flow.

This is the first time it was opened twice in one year, and has brought “devastating ecological damage to oyster reefs, fisheries and marine life,” Hosemann said Thursday.

The blue-green algal bloom that followed the fresh water intrusion into the Mississippi Sound closed every beach along the Coast during the peak of the tourist season. It also killed dolphins, oysters and other marine life.

With Tropical Storm Barry threatening a foot of additional rain over the area, Hosemann asked in his letter why the Morganza Floodway was not opened this year and whether the Corps would support flexibility in the law regarding the operation.

He posed 14 additional questions — and asked for answers in 30 days.

The Army Corps announced in May it would open the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana for only the third time in 65 years and funnel part of the river’s flow into the Atchafalaya Basin, which is freshwater. The spillway never was opened.

Hosemann said he has met with Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser, commander of the Army Corps in Vicksburg and president of the Mississippi River Commission. The issue with the Morganza has to do with one sentence of statutory regulations written 90 years ago, he said, that say the spillway won’t open until 1.5 million cubic feet go by.

It had reached just shy of that level this spring, he said, and had the Morganza been opened as scheduled, the river level would be lower now before the tropical storm hits.

He acknowledged that bureaucracy moves too slowly to get the problem solved in time for this weekend’s tropical storm. But he said it’s imperative the issue is resolved so this doesn’t happen to the Mississippi Coast again.

Asked why nothing was done during the last 5 years when the Bonnet Carre was open repeatedly, Hoseman said, “”Maybe nobody ever asked. But I’m going to.”

Hosemann’s letter follows a May 28 meeting in Biloxi attended by most of the Coast’s 12 mayors to join forces and look for help. Several mayors attended Thursday’s press conference in Gulfport.

Attorney General Jim Hood threatened last month he will sue the Army Corps over environmental damages as a “last resort.”

Hosemann said Mississippi needs more information from the Army Corps to determine the cause and extent of the damage in the Mississippi Sound to determine what should be the next steps should be.

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SOS Auction Aimed at Returning Parcels to Tax Rolls in Rankin County

Rankin County, Miss. (Clarion Ledger) – The Mississippi secretary of state’s office is taking bids for 300 tax-forfeited properties in Rankin County.

A news release from the office says the properties are valued at more than $497,000.

Bids can be placed through an online auction portal until July 24.

In recent years, tax-forfeited properties have been sold in Bay St. Louis, Bolivar County, Greenville, Greenwood, Hinds County, Jackson, Jones County, Madison County, McComb, Meridian, Pearl River County, Waveland and Yazoo City.

The release says the sales have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for schools, cities and counties.

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SOS Releases Fourth Survey of Mississippi Businesses, More Than 6,700 Respond

Jackson, Miss. (Y’all Politics) – Hundreds of Mississippi businesses are currently providing apprenticeship opportunities to students, according to a new Secretary of State’s Office survey of Mississippi business owners.

The survey, sent to about 97,000 domestic business owners in the State, marks the fourth installment in a series of questionnaires sent by the Secretary of State’s Office related to workforce needs. More than 6,700 contacts from limited liability companies (LLCs), limited partnerships (LPs), and corporations responded.

“Real-world experiences can help our students determine what career or college path they want to take before they receive their diploma on Graduation Day,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “It also makes good economic sense for businesses to invest in our schools. Their future employees are sitting in our classrooms.”

Among other responses, the survey also showed:

More than 70 percent of businesses have less than 5 percent “turn over” in staff each year;
About 25 percent of businesses are at full employment and are considering expanding. Between 20 and 30 percent are not at full employment; and
Most businesses are not using talent assessment tools to hire employees, but almost 15 percent said they would consider using one in the future.
The full survey is available here:

http://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Documents/Yall_Business/Y%27all%20Business%20Surveys%20for%20web.pdf.

The Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for managing the corporate documents of about 190,000 foreign and domestic LLCs, corporations, and limited partnerships. Businesses are surveyed on a variety of topics intermittently throughout the year. Results are used to address business needs and improve economic development tools like Y’all Business (www.yallbusiness.sos.ms.gov), a website developed by the Secretary of State’s Office which offers free consumer and demographic information to burgeoning businesses. Results are shared with educational entities, business leaders, and economic development and state government stakeholders.

For more information about the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division, visit www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices or call (601) 359-1633.

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Hosemann Talks Life on the Campaign Trail in Starkville

Starkville, Miss. (Starkville Daily News) – Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican who is also running for lieutenant governor, stopped by the SDN office on Monday to talk about voting efforts from his office, security for Mississippi’s election process and his life on the campaign trail. For more, read Tuesday’s Starkville Daily News.

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OPINION: New SOS, PSC Law Limiting Scam Callers Protects Mississippians

Tupelo, Miss. (Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal) – You will be hard pressed to find individuals who are not annoyed by the continual flow of phone calls from telemarketers. And as much of a harassment as it can be to receive calls soliciting sales of cruise lines, home security systems or time shares, it becomes much worse when the motivation of the caller is malevolent.

State officials are trying to provide more relief from telephone scammers with recent changes to the state’s Telephone Solicitation Act, as reported by the Daily Journal’s Taylor Vance.

During a joint press conference on Monday between Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the officials announced changes that will remove existing exemptions for charities.

Currently, charitable organizations are required to register with the Secretary of State’s Office, but many are exempt from the solicitation requirements and are allowed to request donations by phone and by text. The problem is many dubious charities were taking advantage of this provision and were making a significant number of cold-calls, trying to scam people and steal money.

“When we looked into these complaints and began to work and investigate, what we found was there was a paid telemarketing firm almost consistently that was being paid to make these calls,” Presley said. “This (law) will enable us to work with the Secretary of State’s office and to put a stop to much of this activity which sometimes, quite frankly, can border on being criminal activity.”

Mississippians are known for their generosity, as the most charitable state in the nation. It is despicable that anyone would try to prey on that by soliciting funds for a false charitable organization. But such is the world we live in.

The new law was first introduced in the Mississippi Legislature by state Sen. Sally Doty, was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant and will go into effect on July 1. It will require organizations paying telephone solicitors to comply with the Telephone Solicitation Act. They will be required to register with the Public Service Commissioner’s office and purchase the state’s “no call” list.

Telemarketers and other individuals who violate the law will be fined $10,000 for each offense committed. Presley emphasized that legitimate charities that don’t hire outside firms to call donors will still be exempt from the law.

We believe the change is a good one that will shield Mississippians from calls that are annoying at best and malicious at worst. We also think that by making it more difficult for dubious charities to operate, the changes will screen out scammers, thus increasing the credibility of legitimate, respectable charities working hard to serve fellow Mississippians and make our state a better place to live. We salute the officials who worked to improve the law.

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Mississippians Continue to Show Strong Support for Hosemann’s Lieutenant Governor Bid

Jackson, Miss. (Clarion Ledger) – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves continues to raise more campaign cash than his rivals in the gubernatorial race, raking in about $546,000 in May.

The fundraising brings the total raised across Reeves’ several campaign accounts to $6.3 million, according to reports filed with the state Monday.

That’s roughly $5 million more than his Democratic rival, Attorney General Jim Hood, who reports about $1.2 million to spend, though likely faces a less competitive August primary race than Reeves. Hood raised about $210,000 in May, and spent about $153,000, reports show.

Another prominent Republican candidate, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., raised more than $175,000 in May, and has $541,000 in his campaign coffers ahead of his Aug. 6 contest with Reeves and Republican state Rep. Robert Foster.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann continues to raise big money — $259,000 in May — in his bid for lieutenant governor. That brings him to about $2.9 million in his war chest, and without a well-known primary opponent, he won’t need to spend much of it until later in the year.

Here are fundraising details from other statewide candidates whose reports were posted Monday:

Governor

Robert Foster. The Republican state representative from DeSoto County raised $35,000 last month, and spent slightly more than that. He reports having more than $16,000 to spend.

Velesha Williams. The Democrat from Jackson reported bringing in $2,900 in May, almost all of it a loan from herself. She’s reported bringing in $21,000 on the year to her campaign account.

Robert Shuler Smith. The Democratic Hinds County District Attorney reported raising $3,400 in May, most of it from two individual donations. He spent about $2,000 on social media, and has about $1,700 in cash to spend.

Lieutenant governor

Jay Hughes. The Democratic state representative from Oxford bought in about $12,000 in the past month. He did not report injecting any of his own money into his account during the period, as he has several times previously. Hughes spent about $81,000, including significant expenditures on consulting and radio ads. He now has $93,000 in his campaign accounts.

Attorney General

Andy Taggart. The Republican brought in about $52,000 this period. He spent about $171,000, most of it on advertising, and has about $104,000 in cash on hand ahead of a heated August Republican primary.

Lynn Fitch. The Republican state treasurer brought in $52,000 in May, and spent roughly the same amount. She has more than $400,000 to spend after fundraising going back several years.

Mark Baker. Republican Baker brought in about $27,000 in May, and spent about $18,000. He still has about $377,000 in cash to spend ahead of a competitive primary, after prior fundraising.

Jennifer Riley Collins. The Democrat and executive director of the Mississippi ACLU reported raising about $14,600 in May, and spending slightly more than that. She has about $9,600 leftover in her campaign coffers.

Secretary of State

Johnny DuPree. The Democrat and former longtime mayor of Hattiesburg brought in $4,400 last month, and a total of about $24,000 since the start of the year. But he’s been spending at a faster clip: His report says he spent nearly $2,500 more last month than he had in his campaign account.

Sam Britton. The Republican Public Service commissioner for the southern district reported bringing in about $57,000 last month — but about $50,000 of that was a loan from himself. He spent $173,000 last month, and now reports having about $279,000 in cash leftover to spend.

Michael Watson. The Republican state senator raised $36,000 in May, spent about $75,000, and has more than $450,000 in cash to spend after prior fundraising.

Treasurer

Buck Clarke. The Republican Senate Appropriations Committee chairman raised about $34,000 last month, and $100,000 so far this year. He now has more than $225,000 in cash on hand after prior fundraising hauls and spending only $12,000 last month.

David McRae. The Republican brought in $5,800 last month, and spent about $47,000. He still has $322,000 in his campaign account after loaning himself $500,000 earlier this year.

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Hosemann Joins PSC to Protect Citizens From Scam Callers

Jackson, Miss. (WCBI) – The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and Secretary of State’s Office announced changes Monday to the Telephone Solicitation Act affecting registration requirements of charities. Currently, charitable organizations operating in Mississippi are required to register with the Secretary of State’s Office, but many are exempt from solicitation requirements under state law and may solicit via phone call or text message.

A recent change in the law, which takes effect July 1st, means these calls and messages may be covered under the provisions of the Telephone Solicitation Act.

One of these changes focuses on paid telephone solicitation by charities. Organizations using volunteers to fundraise are currently exempt from the law. Beginning July 1st, organizations paying telephone solicitors will be covered by the Telephone Solicitation Act and be subject to penalties if they fail to comply. Failure to register and/or calling consumers on the No Call List could result in the Public Service Commission issuing fines of up to $10,000 per violation.

The amendment is aimed at protecting consumers from scam callers soliciting Mississippians, through robo-calling or other means, and claiming they represent a legitimate organization.

The PSC and Secretary of State’s Office have notified charitable organizations across the state of the change and look forward to working with them if they have any questions about their registration status.

“This change in the law will protect consumers,” said Public Service Commission Chairman Brandon Presley. “There are folks out there who call or text and say they are with a charity and solicit donations, but they aren’t and they’re lining their own pockets. This change is one way we can keep scam artists from stealing money from our citizens. It’s affecting everyone, but hitting our elderly on fixed incomes especially hard. That’s a shame and a disgrace. We must do everything we can to protect the public from those who wish to do them harm.”

“Mississippi is an incredibly gracious and charitable state,” Southern District Commissioner Sam Britton said. “However, there are bad actors out there posing as legitimate organizations that intend on taking advantage of people willing to give. We look forward to working with the Secretary of State’s Office to continue to combat this problem to further protect Mississippians from scam artists and to hold these criminals accountable.”

“Our number one priority in our Charities Division is to ensure donated funds are received by those who need them the most, not scammers,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “This important partnership with the PSC is another stick we can use to carry out this important mission, and we are grateful to the PSC for taking the lead on it.”

The PSC and Secretary of State’s Office encourage anyone motivated to donate to a charitable organization to research the organization prior to giving to ensure that they are legitimate and avoid ever giving out private information, particularly a credit card number over the phone.

For more information about the PSC, visit www.psc.ms.gov. For more information about the Secretary of State’s Office’s Charities Division, including the agency’s most recent Report on Charitable Giving, visit www.sos.ms.gov/charities.

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