State of Mississippi secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Cindy Hyde-Smith: Require voter ID before voting

Q: Support voting rules that prioritize preventing the possibility of fraud, even if they limit access?

Mike Espy (D): Probable No. Says "I stand firmly for civil rights, voting rights & women's rights."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): Yes. Voted for legislation requiring specific forms of voter identification in order to vote.

Chris McDaniel (R): Yes. Helped defeat bill giving felons the right to vote & instituting early voting. Instead, pushed for a stronger voter-ID bill.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election Oct 9, 2018

Mike Espy: I stand firmly for voting rights

Q: Support voting rules that prioritize preventing the possibility of fraud, even if they limit access?

Mike Espy (D): Probable No. Says "I stand firmly for civil rights, voting rights & women's rights."

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R): Yes. Voted for legislation requiring specific forms of voter identification in order to vote.

Chris McDaniel (R): Yes. Helped defeat bill giving felons the right to vote & instituting early voting. Instead, pushed for a stronger voter-ID bill.

Source: 2018 CampusElect Guide on MS Senate Special Election Oct 9, 2018

David Baria: Government should be a straight shooter & disclose actions

We should expect our government to shoot straight with us. That includes disclosure of lobbyist and special interest involvement in the law-making process. I have consistently authored bills for increased openness in government including measures to make it easier for citizens to access government records, bills calling for more robust open meetings laws and proposals to require more complete campaign money disclosures from lobbyists and candidates.
Source: 2018 MS Senate campaign website, BariaForMississippi.com Jun 26, 2018

Tate Reeves: Sunshine Act: transparent process for awarding contracts

He fought for transparency for how agencies spend taxpayers' dollars. Agencies are now required to post budget requests and disclose each source of revenue. Stronger reporting requirements were placed on taxpayer-funded incentive programs. He pushed the passage of the AG "Sunshine Act," which requires a transparent process for awarding legal contracts. The boards of public hospitals are required to operate in the sunlight so employees, patients and taxpayers can monitor the fiscal management.
Source: 2019 MS Governor campaign website LtGovReeves.ms.gov Mar 21, 2018

Roger Wicker: Responded to FEC inquiry about mixed House & Senate funds

Musgrove and Wicker each alleged that the other has violated federal campaign finance laws. Each side denied the allegations.

Musgrove charged that Wicker violated campaign-finance law by combining funds from two separate 2008 election accounts and therefore exceeded the limit on individual contributions from some individuals under federal law. Musgrove said Wicker transferred $550,000 from his 2008 House of Representatives election account to his Senate election fund.

Wicker’s staff contends they’ve responded to an FEC inquiry saying the money is from a previous election cycle, and not from Wicker’s 2008 House bid, which had already begun when he was chosen to replace Trent Lott. But Musgrove’s staff contends Wicker “didn’t have adequate funding in his House account prior to the 2008 cycle to transfer the funds.”

Musgrove said in a news release, “This type of Washington politics needs to change. Rather than wait for the FEC to fine him, Wicker should return the illegal contributions.”

Source: Gulf South Free Press on 2008 MS Senate Debate Jul 17, 2008

Ronnie Musgrove: Wicker mixed House & Senate funds & should return funds

Musgrove charged that Wicker violated campaign-finance law by combining funds from two separate 2008 election accounts and therefore exceeded the limit on individual contributions from some individuals under federal law. Musgrove said Wicker transferred $550,000 from his 2008 House of Representatives election account to his Senate election fund. The accounts were called “Wicker for Senate” and “Friends of Roger Wicker.”

Wicker’s staff contends they’ve responded to an FEC inquiry saying the money is from a previous election cycle, and not from Wicker’s 2008 House bid, which had already begun when he was chosen to replace Trent Lott. But Musgrove’s staff contends Wicker “didn’t have adequate funding in his House account prior to the 2008 cycle to transfer the funds.”

Musgrove said in a news release, “This type of Washington politics needs to change. Rather than wait for the FEC to fine him, Wicker should return the illegal contributions.”

Source: Gulf South Free Press on 2008 MS Senate Debate Jul 17, 2008

Mike Espy: Imposed USDA-wide job freeze and cuts

Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy imposed a department-wide job freeze and announced that he will cut the department's Washington bureaucracy before he approves a reduction in field offices. He also plans to address the recent problems with tainted beef. The job freeze, which was not publicly announced, came on Espy's first day in office, Jan. 22, and was coupled with his promise to review a George Bush Administration plan to close more than 1,200 Agriculture offices outside Washington.
Source: Los Angeles Times on 2018 MS Senate Special Election Feb 2, 1993

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