Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told the Sun Herald he’s worried a new levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of South Mississippi in danger because water would be pushed toward Hancock County and other Coast areas.
He said he’d spoken with residents in Pearlington and south Hancock County after Hurricane Isaac in 2012. They recalled their experiences of watching the water rise in those low-lying areas, which were also hard hit by Hurricane Katrina and other storms. The new proposals in Louisiana, which began to make news early this year, give Hosemann pause about what storm surges could do to the Coast if those plans are carried out.
“These people have overcome so much,” he said. “We simply cannot put them at risk. This is not a question to me. There simply cannot be any levee structure that would increase the probability of increased water in Mississippi.”
In the last few months, Coast officials have come out against the idea a levee should be built to either close or partially close Lake Pontchartrain. The plan, which would involve a 24-foot barrier levee, is one of several under consideration to protect St. Tammany Parish, which is just across the state line from Hancock County.
Louisiana officials said earlier this year they’re looking at various proposals to reduce flooding in problem areas there, but have no intention of building levees that would flood Mississippi, according to The Associated Press.
U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study the proposals’ effects on South Mississippi’s coastal counties.
Gov. Phil Bryant also asked Hosemann to study the issue and he’s working with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources ahead of discussions with Louisiana officials. Hosemann said Bryant and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both Republicans, have a good working relationship.
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Gov. Phil Bryant will join GE Aviation President/CEO David Joyce on Tuesday for the grand opening of the company’s new 340,000-square-foot aviation components factory in Ellisville, Miss.
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, both R-Miss., also are scheduled to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony in the Howard Technology Park.
The company, a unit of General Electric Co., expects to hire 250 workers within five years to make composite parts for aircraft engines and systems.
Gov. Phil Bryant has selected Jamie Miller as his choice to head the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Bryant made the announcement at a 10 a.m. news conference at the DMR headquarters in Biloxi.
The governor said Miller, who has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Southern Mississippi, fully understands how important the Coast’s resources are to teh state’s well being. He also touted Miller’s government and private sector experience.
“With this Gulf Coast, these coastal resources that God has given us, it is so important to have a man like Jamie Miller, who has taken the opportunity and the challenge to become the next director of DMR.”
Miller, 40, of Gulfport, had been U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo’s chief of staff until he left that job in December after a little more than a year. He left to return home to the Coast.
He had also served eight months as deputy chief of staff for the congressman, who was elected in 2010. Miller had also worked as a coastal ecologist with DMR from 1997 to 1999, as well as Pascagoula’s deputy city manager and as policy adviser under Gov. Haley Barbour.
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A Democratic state lawmaker said Wednesday he’s filing a resolution that urges Mississippi’s entire congressional delegation to support federal spending for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
The resolution by Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis isn’t expected to mention Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo by name. But, it’s a rebuke of Palazzo’s vote last week against putting $9.7 billion into the National Flood Insurance Program.
Palazzo was the only Mississippi congressman who voted against it. He has been sharply criticized, in his district and beyond, since the vote. Palazzo said he was concerned because the bill didn’t reduce other federal spending. He joined 66 other Republicans in voting against the bill.
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Nearly 400 students from 20 South Mississippi schools turned out Tuesday to hear about the value of hard work and the rewards of following their dreams during the first Palazzo Youth Leadership Summit.
The summit, hosted by 4th Congressional District Rep. Steven Palazzo, brought together juniors and seniors from high schools in the district who were chosen by superintendents and teachers for their ability to lead and commitment to overcoming adversity.
The event was held at the University of Southern Mississippi and featured speakers who had faced hard times to become leaders in their fields, including Gov. Phil Bryant and former New Orleans Saints’ running back Deuce McAllister.
“We wanted to give them some real life role models, some people who have excelled in their fields, so they can learn from their lives and emulate them,” Palazzo said.
Bryant told the students how he grew up poor in Moorhead, the son of a diesel mechanic and a housewife. He never dreamed of getting a college education, but he took out a student loan and attended Hinds Community College and Southern Miss.
“Believe that you can do whatever you can dream of,” he said. “You can do things you haven’t dreamed of. A young man can grow up to be a congressman or a governor from simple means.”
The Democrat challenging Palazzo is Matthew Moore, 36, of Biloxi, a community college honors student who’s making his first run for public office. Moore has been treasurer of the Harrison County Democratic Executive Committee, a post he resigned to run for Congress. He entered the race in early September after the man who had won the Democratic primary in the spring, Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg, withdrew for family and business reasons.
Moore said Palazzo, who is assistant Republican whip in the House, votes too much along party lines.
“I think that’s awfully arrogant to assume everyone in south Mississippi has such a right-wing, conservative viewpoint such as his,” Moore said.
“My forte is in customer service,” said Moore, who was an assistant manager for a paint company before a back injury cost him his job. “We’re the taxpayers and the taxpayers are the customers of government. We don’t just deserve better, we’ve earned better.”
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Officials are letting Democrats put a different nominee in south Mississippi’s 4th District congressional race.
State election commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to let Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg withdraw and Matthew Moore of Biloxi take his place.
State law says if a party nominee withdraws for a nonpolitical reason such as illness, the party may put a substitute on the ballot.
The Hattiesburg Patriot is reporting:
In what is most definitely an unusual twist in Mississippi politics, unnamed sources close to the Democratic nominee Michael Herrington said he is preparing to rescind his letter to withdraw as the elected Democratic nominee in the 4th congressional district. Herrington submitted a September 3rd letter to withdraw from the 4th congressional district race as the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo. Herrington cited his paraplegic mother’s care as his primary reason for bowing out. Apparently, circumstances have now changed.
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The Sun Herald is reporting that the Mississippi Democratic Party has nominated Biloxi’s Matthew Moore to run against U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in November:
Moore replaces Democrat Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg, who recently dropped out of the race because his mother was sick. Moore’s nomination has to be submitted to the state election officials for approval before he can appear on the ballot. The Democratic Party also announced Thursday that Vicki Slater, of Madison, would be the nominee for the third congressional district race.
“We are pleased that Vicki and Matthew have stepped forward to be our party’s standard bearers for the fall,” Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said in a statement. “They will give the voters of the third and fourth districts an opportunity to elect much better representation to Congress on Nov. 6th.”
Mississippi PEP posted a link to a report by the Hattiesburg Patriot on Monday that Herrington was expected to step down and the names of two former and one current Democrat legislators were being tossed around as possible replacements. The second place finisher in the District 4 Democrat primary, Jason Vitosky, commented on the post and then called our office. He had this to say in the comment:
“If the Democratic Party does not even RECOGNIZE the second place finisher, then I, the only other person that qualified for the position, would like my $200 back that I paid in order to qualify as a candidate. To NOT recognize me would seem to be a fraud on the democratic process.
I am every bit as viable of a candidate as those who were thrown OUT of office.”
In a phone conversation with Mississippi PEP Managing Editor Keith Plunkett on Monday, Vitosky reserved further comment until he had an opportunity to talk with Democrat Party Chairman Rickey Cole.
The Hattiesburg Patriot is reporting that Democratic candidate Michael Herrington is dropping out of the race for the Fourth Congressional District against Republican Representative Steven Palazzo, Reform Party candidate Robert Claunch, and Libertarian candidate Ron Williams. Herrington won the Democratic primary with 83.7% of the vote against Jason Vitosky of Gulfport, Mississippi; but is expected to step down as early as Tuesday morning. Unnamed sources within the Democratic party told the Hattiesburg Patriot that Herrington is likely to be replaced with one of the following potential candidates:
1. State Representative David Baria (House District 122)
2. Former State Representative Dirk Dedeaux (House District 93)
3. Former State Representative Brandon C. Jones (House District 111)
Mississippi state law does not recognize the second place finisher in the party primary as the back-up candidate in the general election should the winnerDemocratic nominee Michael Herrington
withdraw. State law allows the Democratic party to submit a replacement candidate should the primary winner drop out of the general election, as long as the party nominee is in place by Thursday September 6, 2012. Executive Director and Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, Ricky Cole is presently in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention and was not available for comment.