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Thursday Morning Election Notebook

July 7, 2011

A couple notes on the 2011 elections…

** Lucien Smith is set to release his first campaign ad of the election cycle. You can view it here.

A couple points on the ad: It will go up today, and I was told this is likely the earliest a treasurer candidate has ever gone on the air. The ad was produced by Stuart Stevens, who does media for the likes of Haley Barbour and Roger Wicker.

** Phil Bryant received the backing of the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association, along with other law enforcement leaders, during a news conference at the state capitol yesterday.

Bryant said this in receiving the endorsement: “As a former Deputy Sheriff, I know how important it is to support local law enforcement officials as they work to make our communities safe. I am pleased to receive the endorsement from the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association and the other law enforcement leaders who are joining my campaign. I understand the challenges our law enforcement officials face, and I pledge to do all I can to support them. Fighting drug crime, punishing sexual predators and protecting our children are all critical tasks, and we must continue to support law enforcement with the tools and resources they need.”

** The Mississippi Medical Political Action Committee sent out a press release announcing that they will be issuing a formal gubernatorial endorsement at the Mississippi State Medical Association headquarters in Ridgeland today at 12:30.

** Billy Hewes is opening three new North Mississippi campaign offices this week. Yesterday he opened an office in Columbus at 3101 Highway 45 North, along with a new office in Olive Branch at 7289 Goodman Rd.

Today, he will open a new office in Tupelo at 215 North Church Street at 4:45.

Hewes said this about visiting Tupelo, where he will spend the entire day: “Tupelo is a very important hub of North Mississippi’s economy. I have had the privilege of helping attract economic development projects to the area as President Pro Tempore of the State Senate, and I look forward to hearing from business owners about what I can do as Lt. Governor to continue helping them bring jobs to the area. I am also looking forward to visiting with the staff of the North Mississippi Hospital and seeing the good work they do. Mental Health funding is an issue facing Mississippi that we must have the courage to deal with in the near future.”

** Tate Reeves will be opening a campaign office in Hattiesburg today at 2:30. The new office is located at West Hardy Street between 34th and 35th Avenue.

Reeves said this about Hattiesburg specifically: “We’ve been in the Hattiesburg area often this year and will continue to work hard to earn the support of voters. My message of lowering our state’s debt burden, focusing on economic development and job creation, and prioritizing spending on education and public safety is being well-received in Hattiesburg, as it has been all over the state.”

** Republican PSC candidate (Northern District) Boyce Adams will have a fundraiser later tonight in Oxford. Special guest for the evening is Bo Robinson, the man who held this seat until retiring in 2007. In 2007, he supported Brandon Presley, but he has been on the campaign trail for Adams for some time now even with Presley running for re-election. You can check out the invite here.

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