Legislative News from Jay Hughes

JUDGE POLITICIANS BY ACTIONS – not by promises, words or spin. Bills that died in the HOUSE Committees this week (meaning they were not allowed to be voted on in the committee, or out of the committee, so no way to know who would have voted how):
CLASSROOM SUPPLIES: Require all $36 Million taxes collected have to ACTUALLY be used for classroom supplies, instead of only $12 Million (HB395)
SALES TAX DIVERSION to Counties (18.5% like cities) for Roads & Bridges HB4, 191, 394
VO-TECH Education Programs in Each School District (HB15)
TESTING: Replace end-of-subject exams with ACT (HB25, HB411, HB719, HB939, HB982, HB996)
TEACHERS: Allow to serve in legislature without suspending retirement benefits (HB408)
DYSLEXIA COORDINATOR in each School District (HB25)
PAY RAISES FOR TEACHERS & Teacher Assistants (HB103HB536, HB699)
VACCINES – Allow religious exemption like 47 other states (HB1505)
Pay raises for HIGHWAY PATROL (HB264)
NOAH’S LAW: Minors could not purchase pure caffeine tablets/powder (HB1285) (Passed the House unanimously the last two years, only to be killed by Lt. Gov. Reeves)
PRIVACY: Require Secretary of State to use last 4 of DL# or ID# instead of SSN (HB397)
NURSE PRACTITIONERS: Broaden scope of practice (HB1275, HB398)
DIVORCE – Allow “Separation” as a ground, for spouses being forced to stay married long after they separated (HB1340)
FIRE PROTECTION – Divert half of homeowner insurance premium tax back to counties to improve fire rating and lower home insurance premiums (HB741)
DONATIONS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Allow tax deduction and specific use of the donation (HB409)
EQUAL PAY for Women (HB1257, HB1258 & HB717) (BUT: When actually offered as an amendment on the floor Friday, in the light of day, the Amendment passed almost 2-1. NOW, let’s See what Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves thinks about equal pay for women and whether he will allow the bill to be brought up for a real vote)
MORE on PRIORTIES when we see what Bills are allowed to actually be voted on in the House and the Senate. Each chamber has until Thursday to vote on bills on their respective calendars (the ones that made it out of committees).
Jay Hughes
It ALL starts with education!


Complements of the Republican Super-Majority

Senators left in the dark about new education funding bill 

Ask your state senator what’s going on with the proposed new education funding bill and you’re likely to hear back “I don’t know.” Twenty Republican senators told Mississippi Today in interviews this week that they are not privy to Senate leadership plans for the House public education bill. Couple those 20 Republicans with the 19 Democrats who are rarely consulted on legislative plans and that means at least 39 of the 52 Mississippi state senators don’t have a clue about what’s going to happen on education funding more than a month into the legislative session.



Hamer-Winter Democratic Dinner Announces Keynote Speaker

Mississippi’s Democrats announces the Inaugural Hamer-Winter Dinner on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  Senator Doug Jones, D-AL will deliver the Keynote Address.  The reception and silent auction begins at 5 p.m. follow by the Dinner at 6.  The venue for the Dinner is the Brandon Municipal Complex, 1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon, MS 39042.

Annual Awards to be presented include:

  • CLAUDE RAMSEY AWARD presented to an individual Labor Union member or organization who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to the goals and objectives of the Democratic Party.
  • THE WILLIAM F. WINTER LEGENDARY PUBLIC OFFICIAL AWARD presented to an elected official or former elected official who has demonstrated through action, word and deed a lasting and sustained commitment to the ideals, goals and objectives of the Democratic Party.
  • THE FANNIE LOU HAMER AWARD presented to an individual member of the Democratic Party who best exemplifies and continues to carry forth the work, spirit and ideals of Fannie Lou Hamer.
  • THE STANFORD YOUNG AWARD presented to a Democratic attorney who has consistently demonstrated through service, loyalty and dedication a genuine commitment to the ideals and goals of the Democratic Party.
  • THE EVELYN GANDY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented to a female Democratic activist in recognition of a lifetime of loyalty, service, giving, involvement, and commitment to the goals and objectives of the Democratic Party.
  • THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS AWARD presented to the Young Democrat who exemplifies through service, loyalty and dedication a genuine commitment to the ideals and goals of the Democratic Party.

Tickets Available – Call 601-969-2913 or through ActBlue.

Hamer Winter Dinner 2018 flyer v2 (1)

Doug Jones coming to Mississippi

Federation of Democratic Women Announce Speakers for Empowering Women Tea

Deborah Denard Delgado is serving her fifth term on the City Council representing Ward Two in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.   The area comprises the eastern and northeastern parts of the City and borders the Leaf River and Bouie River; it is the site of the Urban Renewal Overlay District known as “Twin Forks Rising,” which was initiated by Councilwoman Delgado.

Councilwoman Delgado is founder and chairperson of the Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival, an annual celebration of the cultural heritage of the historic black business and entertainment district in Hattiesburg that is now in its 12th year.  She serves on the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities (NLC), having previously served on the Board of Directors.  During her tenure in office she has been a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Mississippi Municipal League (MML) as well.  She is a Past President of the MS Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.  In addition, Councilwoman Delgado is a member of the Board of Directors and is past president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). She is former president of the NBC-LEO Foundation and is current vice president for TRUST for the World Conference of Mayors.  She is founding director of the Repair S.H.O.P., Inc., a non-profit organization ministering to the spirit, health, outlook and prospects for the future of persons living in depressed communities.


Kathryn Rehner is the Project Director for the Mississippi Health Access Collaborative (MHAC) at the University of Southern Mississippi. MHAC aims to create sustainable access to health in the 24 southernmost counties in the State. She developed the health access model being implemented through MHAC as the Coordinator for the City of Hattiesburg’s E3 Health Initiative. This model has brought 2.5 million dollars in grant funding for health access to south Mississippi. In the fall of 2017, Rehner ran to break the republican supermajority in the MS legislature as a candidate for MS House District 102. Although she lost, she has gained valuable experience as a social worker and as a public servant. Most importantly, she is not done fighting. She received her MSW from the University of Alabama.


This event is free, non-partisan, and open to all women considering running for political office or wanting to work on political campaigns.  The Tea is Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Crosby Memorial Library on Goodyear Blvd. in Picayune.  Come for the information and the fellowship.  For more information, contact FDW President Ruthie Long at 985-788-1158

Empowering Women Tea and Social



January 20, 2018:  “Empowering Women,” a Tea and Social, free and open to the public, with women from government and businesses as guest speakers.  Come join the Pearl River County Federation Democratic Women at the Crosby Memorial Library, 2 to 5 p.m.  Topics will include, but not limited to “How women can increase their influence and achieve goals of empowering themselves through a network of support with other women and not being afraid to stand for something.” 

Please contact Ruthie Long at 985-788-1158 or Debbie Craig at 601-569-9921 for more information.

Hamer-Winter Democratic Dinner

The Annual Hamer-Winter Democratic Dinner (formerly JJH) will be held on Saturday, January 27 in the Brandon Civic Center located at  1000 Municipal Dr, Brandon, MS 39042.  Details will follow soon.  Join Democrats from across the state as we celebrate and honor our own. 



2016 JJH Dinner 


   Chairman Rickey Cole           Fires Up the Crowd
   PRCDEC Chair Accepts           Fannie  Lou Hamer              Outstanding Activist                        Award


Meet Stacey Abrams, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Georgia


Local Democrats have the opportunity to meet Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia.  Stacey’s roots are in both Gulfport and Hattiesburg.


When:  Friday, December 22nd

Time:  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Hattiesburg’s Historic Train Depot,  308 Newman St.

Stacey has roots in both Gulfport and Hattiesburg.  Come out and support our Democratic candidate from Georgia.


Pearl River County Democrats Gather to Celebrate Hanukkah/Christmas 2017

Pearl River County Democrats celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas at Ryan’s in Picayune.

Tuesday evening, members of the Pearl River County Democratic Party took time out of their schedule to some enjoy fun and a good meal.  Of course, when Democrats get together, politics is the main course.  It’s good to take some time just to relax before a long election season in 2018 and 2019.  

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Democratic politics in Pearl River County is welcome at our meetings.  Contact the chair, Agnes Dalton at rockman1935@aol.com or join our Facebook pages – Pearl River Democrats, Picayune Democrats, or Young Democrats of Pearl River County.

Also, watch for a meeting in your neighborhood soon.

Democrats Respond to Trump Attending Opening of New Civil Rights Museum




December 5, 2017

Contact: Jacqueline R. Amos


Phone: 601-213-8018


The Mississippi Association of County Democratic Chairs and Hinds County Democratic Party Chairperson Jacqueline R. Amos issued the following statement:


        “ Yesterday, we learned with great dismay that the President will participate in the opening ceremonies of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum this Saturday.  As the direct political heirs to the Freedom Democratic Party and in the spirit of Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, we call upon all the authorities involved to cancel any appearance and remarks by President Donald Trump immediately.  Any reasonable person knows that the presence of such a hugely divisive and polarizing figure will pervert and diminish what could otherwise be a healing and teaching moment for our state.  Mr. Trump attained to the highest office in the land by appeals and tactics that do great and lasting violence to our civil rights heritage.  His campaign appealed to the very worst demons of the American soul.  He is a disgraceful president, a malicious influence, and an abominable human being.  He has no place at a celebration of the very values and aspirations his presidency is clearly committed to destroy.              

Mr. President, leave Mississippi alone.  We have had far too much experience with your kind already.”