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Wicker, Hyde-Smith vow to vote to block taxpayer funding for abortions

Mississippi Senators are among 48 Senators who pledged to vote against any legislation that undermines the Hyde Amendment. 
On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) joined over forty of their Senate colleagues in a unified message to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer. The 48 Senators vowed to vote against any legislation that undermines the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion, or any other pro-life protections.
The pledge is similar to a 2021 pledge that forced the President and pro-abortion lawmakers to halt in their efforts to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and other existing pro-life protections from FY2022 appropriations bills (PL.117-103).
In the President’s FY2023 budget request, it recommends ending the Hyde Amendment and increasing taxpayer funding for domestic and international abortion services.

“We write to express our unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment and all other longstanding pro-life protections,” the Senators wrote.”For more than 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has ensured that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, saving the lives of nearly 2.5 million preborn children. As you know, the Hyde Amendment is supported by both a substantial majority of the American public and a bipartisan majority of sitting United States Senators, and was most recently signed into law by President Biden in Public Law 117-103.”

“Nevertheless, President Biden’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 once again proposes to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and other existing pro-life protections, while also increasing taxpayer funding for the abortion industry at home and abroad, including through massive funding increases for the Title X family planning program,” the Senators continued.

The group of Senators renewed their commitment from February 2021 for FY 2023, when they wrote to Schumer that they are committed to vote against the enhancement of any legislation that would eliminate or weaken the Hyde Amendment or any other current-law pro-life protections, or otherwise undermine existing Federal pro-life policy.

“We urge you to start where we finished by making a baseline commitment to maintain the same pro-life protections that were included in Public Law 117-103, and to eschew any taxpayer-funded giveaways that benefit the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry. The American people, born and preborn, deserve nothing less,” the Senators concluded.
The letter is endorsed by the Susan B. Anthony List, Family Research Council, March for Life, Catholic Vote, National Right to Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, and Alliance Defending Freedom.
You can read the signed letter below.
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Pre-Midterm Primary Campaign Finance Reports for Mississippi Congressional Candidates Released

See where each candidate stands ahead of Tuesday based on the latest FEC filings.
The 2022 Mississippi Congressional Midterm Primary Elections are days away. Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7th to vote for their party’s nominee, with the top vote-getter in the Democratic and Republican Primary moving on to the General Election in November.
Y’all Politics previewed the Midterm Primaries here in Mississippi earlier this week, giving readers a look at who is in the ballot and what the likely outcome may be when the dust clears on Tuesday night. You can read that article here.
READ MORE: Mississippi Midterm Elections are Next Tuesday. Who’s on the Ballot and What is the Likely Result?
Throughout the Primary season, Y’all Politics has also been tracking the campaign finance reports filed by each candidate with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Below are the latest filing numbers as of the May 18th Pre-Primary reporting from each of the candidates on the ballot next Tuesday:

1st District
Republicans:

Trent Kelly (incumbent)– Raised this period: $112,000– Cash on hand: $227,000
Mark Strauss– No Report Showing

Democrats:

Hunter Avery– No Report Showing
Dianne Black– Raised this Period: $4,900– Cash on hand: $3,100

2nd District
Republicans:

Michael Carson– No Report Showing
Ron Eller– Raised this period: $3,600– Cash on hand: $2,000
Brian Flowers– Raised this period: $16,000– Cash on hand: $14,200
Stanford Johnson– No Report Showing

Democrats:

Bennie Thompson (incumbent)– Raised this period: $133,000– Cash on hand: See note below

NOTE: There appears to be a reporting issue with Thompson’s latest filing. On the previous report ending March 31, 2022, it shows Thompson had a cash on hand balance of $1,804,000. On this latest May 18th filing for April 1 through the reporting date, it shows Thompson only has $214,000 cash on hand. During that period, the report only shows disbursement of $102,000. 

Jerry Kerner– Raised this period: $15,100– Cash on hand: $2,500

3rd District
Republicans:

Michael Guest (incumbent)– Raised this period: $148,000– Cash on hand: $293,000
Michael Cassidy– Raised this period: $7,100– Cash on hand: $79,600
Thomas Griffin– No Report Showing

Democrats:

Shuwaski Young– Raised this period: $1,200– Cash on hand: $300

4th District
Republicans:

Steven Palazzo (incumbent)– Raised this period: $147,000– Cash on hand: $283,000
Carl Boyanton– Raised this period: $1,700– Cash on hand: $464,000
Raymond Brooks– Raised this period: $5,000– Cash on hand: $500
Mike Ezell– Raised this period: $19,000– Cash on hand: $77,000
Kidron Peterson– No Report Showing
Clay Wagner– Raised this period: $16,000– Cash on hand: $208,000
Brice Wiggins– Raised this period: $47,000– Cash on hand: $94,000

Democrats:

Johnny DuPree– Raised this period: $11,500– Cash on hand: $15,000
David Sellers– Raised this period: $3,000– Cash on hand: $3,400

Polls for the June 7th Primary will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.  Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is legally entitled to cast a ballot. Check with your local Circuit Clerk if there is a question as to where you should vote on Tuesday. […]

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Gulfport City Council to vote on new police chief on Tuesday

The Gulfport City Council will consider a new police chief come Tuesday night.
Last week, Mayor Billy Hewes announced that he had chosen Adam Cooper as the city’s new police chief, following the upcoming retirement of Chief Chris Ryle.
Cooper, who has served as the Gulfport Police Department’s Chief of Operations since 2018, has been with the department for 27 years.
“After a thorough nationwide search with highly-qualified internal and external candidates, I am proud to announce Adam as our next Chief of Police,” Hewes said. “He has committed his professional career to public safety and serving this city. His dedication, internal knowledge, and integrity make him the perfect fit to lead our police force moving forward.”
If ratified by the City Council, Cooper’s official start date as chief will be May 1, 2022.
Gulfport is Mississippi’s second-largest city with a population of 72,926. […]