By Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - “You see, I think it’s a good thing to train people to work, to help them to find a job, to help them become productive citizens and live the American dream.”

-Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, discussing his decision to require some single adults receiving food stamps to work, participate in job training or provide community service.


“The time has come for our elected leaders to put country and state ahead of self, to become servant leaders again. We need statesmen - we don’t need political operatives who want to engage in gamesmanship.”

-House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, alluding to partisan tensions in the state House.


“They love their country, but they’re worried about their country, and so am I. They’re worried about the kind of country they’re going to leave their children and grandchildren. They’re worried about the kind of jobs the next generation is going to have. They see the economy sputtering and stalling. They’re worried about our country’s standing in the world.”

-U.S. Sen Roger Wicker, a Republican, discussing his breakfasts with veterans in Tupelo.


“We didn’t disenfranchise anybody. We trusted each other.”

-Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, on why a recent appeals court ruling that overturned voter identification requirements in Texas may not portend a similar challenge in Mississippi.


“The strike zone is defined and it must be followed.”

-Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis, who’s challenging Jim Kitchens for a Supreme Court seat, on his judicial philosophy.


“I haven’t done anything dishonest, I haven’t done anything dishonorable, and I kept my oath of office.”

-Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens, on why he should be re-elected.


“Certainly we have to take a hard look at how we can uplift Mississippi women.”

-Treasurer Lynn Fitch, a Republican, calling for a state law guaranteeing women get equal pay for equal work.


“If the state budget is being mismanaged, it’s the hard-working honest people of Mississippi who will suffer the consequences, not the politicians. That is not right, and it is not fair. The budget mess can be cleaned up, but it will take political courage and a little bit of common sense.”

-Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat, in a speech focused on the state budget.


“I’m not on the Court of Appeals because I’m a good politician. I’ve been around good politicians and I’m not one.”

-Court of Appeals Judge Jack Wilson, on seeking election the first time after he was appointed to the post by Gov. Phil Bryant.


“I’ve been a judge for 19 years. We need experienced trial judges on the court.”

-Madison County Court Judge Ed Hannan, candidate for the Mississippi Court of Appeals.


“They’re targeted in our communities and they’re shot like dogs on the street, apparently because some people think they don’t get justice.”

-Dow Yoder, candidate for the Mississippi Court of Appeals, on recent police shootings.

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