The retail megastore chain is asking the Mississippi Republican to return its campaign donation in the wake of a controversial comment Hyde-Smith made during a campaign trail stop about a “public hanging.” Walmart’s donation recall comes after the company was called out on social media by actress Debra Messing for contributing $2000 to Hyde-Smith’s campaign.
Under Brown’s proposal – which was supported by the logging industry in the state but opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups - landowners would be permitted to cut trees up to 36 inches in diameter, a jump from the current 26 inches, on properties that are 300 acres or less without getting a timber harvest permit and would also be able to build roads up to 600 feet long. The landowners must also prove that the intent for both cutting down trees and building the roads was to thin forests to reduce fire risk.
In what is the last battle of the 2018 midterm season, a special runoff election is taking place in just over a week to decide who will fill Mississippi’s second seat in the Senate. The run-off pits Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith against her Democratic challenger, former Secretary of Agriculture and ex-Democratic Rep. Mike Espy.
Lawmakers are returning to Washington on Tuesday for the first time in more than a month and with control of the House flipping to the Democrats after the midterm elections, Republicans are readying themselves for an impending internal struggle on Wednesday over who will assume leadership of a party that is in the minority for the first time since 2011.