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House could unveil redistricting map today; Senate unsure of timing

JACKSON — The Mississippi House could unveil its own redistricting plan today, capping months of speculation about a new map that could shape lawmakers’ political fortunes for the coming decade. Senate leaders say it could be a few days before a new Senate map is shown to the public because experts and attorneys are still […] [...]

Senate approves voter ID bill; House to do more work

JACKSON — Mississippi voters are a little closer to needing to show photo identification before voting. The Senate voted today in favor of House Bill 921, which would provide framework to set up a constitutional amendment that voters approved in November. However, it remains unclear whether the U.S. Justice Department will approve a photo identification […] [...]

State legislators to vote soon on redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers soon will be asked to vote on new configurations for their own House and Senate districts. It’s a politically sensitive task that could shape their own re-election prospects — and the prospects of their colleagues and their political parties — for the coming decade. The redistricting chairmen, Sen. Merle Flowers of […] [...]

Alderman wants referendum on bringing in gaming

LONG BEACH — Long Beach alderman Leonard Carrubba has suggested putting a nonbinding casino referendum on the November ballot. Carrubba tells WLOX-TV he wants to know if Long Beach voters are for or against a casino in their city. Long Beach voters have turned down gaming before — during two countywide votes. They rejected a […] [...]

Group petitioning for change in form of government

D’IBERVILLE — A group of D’Iberville residents is starting a petition drive to change the city’s form of government from council-manager to one where the mayor wields more power. The city currently operates under a form of government where the appointed city manager makes many of the major decisions and the elected mayor has less […] [...]

New city to hold public hearing on proposed ward boundaries

DIAMONDHEAD — The newly formed city of Diamondhead will hold a public hearing April 2 on its proposed ward lines and officials have posted the maps on their new city website. The Sun Herald reports the website, which officials acknowledge is rudimentary and was developed for $400, shows two proposed maps for the four wards. […] [...]

State lawmakers approve voter identification bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. House Bill 921 furthers an amendment approved by 62 percent of voters in November. Because of the state’s history of racial discrimination, any change to its voting procedures must be approved by the U.S. Department […] [...]

Senate passes bill allowing for appointed school superintendents

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local school superintendents would have to be appointed by 2016, unless voters opt to keep electing their local chief, under a bill the Senate passed yesterday. Another bill would require the state Department of Education to rate schools and school districts on an “A” to “F” scale, instead of the current seven-step […] [...]

Santorum, congressional incumbents win primaries

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rick Santorum won Republican presidential primaries in Alabama and Mississippi but he didn’t gain any ground in the race for delegates against frontrunner Mitt Romney. Romney wiped out Santorum’s gains by winning caucuses in Hawaii and American Samoa Tuesday. For the day, Romney added at least 41 delegates and Santorum won at […] [...]

Consultant recommends four wards for Diamondhead

DIAMONDHEAD — A consultant has proposed four wards for the newly incorporated city of Diamondhead in Hancock County. Mayor Chuck Ingraham tells the Sea Coast Echo the draft map from Bridge and Watson of Oxford is step one of the election process of June 2013. Ingraham says public hearings will be held on the proposed […] [...]

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