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Retired judge to oversee Miss. election challenge

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Mississippi — A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s victory in a Republican primary runoff. The state Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County. McDaniel […] [...]

Analysis: LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit […] [...]

Medicaid could boost Mississippi health jobs

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant wants to create more health care jobs in Mississippi, one of the poorest and most medically under-served states in the nation. He also opposes putting more Mississippi residents on Medicaid under the federal health care law that Democratic President Barack Obama signed in 2010, even with the federal government paying most […] [...]

Analysis: 2012 not stressful for incumbents

This is a comfortable election year to be a sitting U.S. representative, U.S. senator or appellate judge in Mississippi. Incumbents have raised far more campaign cash than challengers, adding to their built-in advantage of name recognition. Judicial candidates are extremely limited in what they’re allowed to say, so it’s tough for a challenger to pick […] [...]

Analysis: Coffee, tea and punditry from Barbour

In some scenarios, Haley Barbour would have been traveling the United States these days as the Republican nominee for president. Instead, he’s on the sidelines doing what he does best — dispensing political advice for GOP loyalists. Since finishing his second term as Mississippi governor in January, Barbour has been in demand as a talk […] [...]

ANALYSIS: Parties involved in nonpartisan races

by Published: August 26,2012

Tags: Bill Waller Jr., judicial elections, Phil Bryant

Mississippi has nonpartisan judicial elections in name, if not in practice. Candidates for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and other judicial posts run without party labels — Democrat, Republican or other. But that doesn’t stop political parties or other interest groups from getting involved in the campaigns by spending money, making endorsements, Tweeting or sending […] [...]

Bryant seeks to limit role of government

First-term Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes no apologies about his belief in small government and his pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps philosophy. That’s made the Rankin County Republican popular with Tea Party groups his first seven months in office, but could cause heartburn for people who believe government can play a substantial role in making life better. Lawmakers might […] [...]

Report criticizes Mississippi on its security at the voting booths

by Published: August 5,2012

Tags: elections, Rutgers Law School, voting rights

Mississippi is one of the three lowest-ranked states in a national report that evaluates two parts of the electoral system — voting machines used by people who cast their ballots in person and long-distance voting methods used by military people or other Americans living overseas. The report was issued this past week by the Rutgers […] [...]

Agencies seek to preserve state heritage

Culture Club isn’t just a 1980s British band featuring guys who wear makeup. In Mississippi, it’s the nickname that leaders of some state agencies have jokingly given themselves. Executives from the Arts Commission, the Library Commission, the Humanities Council and the Department of Archives and History meet regularly to discuss ways to preserve and promote […] [...]

ANALYSIS: Mississippi voter ID law not yet fully funded

Is Mississippi hurting its own case as it seeks federal approval for a voter ID law? A bill signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would require every voter to show a driver’s license or other photo identification before casting a ballot. It also promises the state will provide a free photo ID card to any […] [...]

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