Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Supreme Court’

Higher education, tourism officials ask for more state funding

JACKSON — The two systems that run Mississippi’s public universities and community colleges each want lawmakers to increase their budgets by more than $75 million, arguing more state spending on higher education will help residents earn higher incomes and bolster the future of the state. State agencies are presenting requests to the 14-member Joint Legislative […] [...]

Cochran’s legal counsel asks Court to toss McDaniel’s lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran are asking the state Supreme Court to throw out a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team filed documents late Wednesday with the court asserting that a circuit judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit by state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In their own filing, Cochran’s […] [...]

Cochran’s team prepares for court in election dispute with McDaniel

JACKSON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s attorneys were preparing legal arguments trying to block a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team faced a midnight yesterday deadline to file arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court, and attorney Mark Garriga said the papers could be filed late in the day. The attorneys were […] [...]

Jackson schools join Musgrove-led lawsuit over MAEP underfunding

JACKSON — Jackson Public Schools is joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding. The board voted 2-1 yesterday to join, with two abstentions, said spokesman Sherwin Johnson. Jackson alone has been shorted $85 million because of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010. The […] [...]

Lawsuit settled involving state’s cap on non-economic damages

JACKSON — The parties in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a legislatively imposed cap on how much juries can award in non-economic damages say they have settled the case. Oral arguments had been set for tomorrow in Jackson before the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Supreme Court canceled the hearing and allowed the parties 90 […] [...]

PEER: Backlog of parole candidates costing state

JACKSON — Mississippi prison officials say they’re working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group. The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report today that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they’re eligible, […] [...]

Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel

JACKSON — An Alabama-based group is filing legal arguments to support Chris McDaniel as he tries to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. The Mississippi Supreme Court granted permission today for Conservative Action Fund to file briefs. Justices said the group may participate in oral arguments Oct. 2, but only […] [...]

McDaniel cites Gunn’s challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the […] [...]

McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before […] [...]

Supreme Court to mull removing justice court judge

TUPELO — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether to remove a Lee County justice court judge from office. The state Commission on Judicial Performance filed a document with the high court Wednesday, recommending the removal of Judge Rickey Thompson. Thompson could not immediately be reached yesterday, and it was not immediately clear how soon […] [...]

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