Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Memorial for ex-speaker of Mississippi House set for Tuesday

JACKSON — A memorial service is set for former Mississippi House Speaker Tim Ford, who died of a heart attack Friday in Oxford. He was 63. The Balch & Bingham law firm, where Ford was a partner, announced Sunday that visitation is 3-5 p.m. Monday and 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Parkway Funeral Home and Memorial […] [...]

Analysis: MAS targets unfunded mandates on counties

by Published: February 23,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, taxes

JACKSON — The Mississippi Association of Supervisors is rallying the rank and file to oppose several bills making their way through the 2015 Legislature. Among them are bills to boost the salaries of court reporters, constables and sheriffs. The association considers them unfunded mandates. All appear to have overwhelming support in the Legislature. The association […] [...]

Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlements earmarked for mentally ill

by Published: February 21,2015

Tags: Business, Jim Hood, Legal Affairs, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […] [...]

Mississippi lawmakers working on early version of budget

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: budget, Business, finance, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are working on early proposals to fund state government during the year that begins July 1. The House passed several budget bills Wednesday, including one that would add about $106 million to schools. The proposed education budget includes about $40 million to give pay raises to teachers. It would put tens […] [...]

Mississippi appeals blocked abortion law to US Supreme Court

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: abortion, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce an abortion law that had been declared unconstitutional by a lower court. In papers filed Wednesday, state Attorney General Jim Hood asks the nation’s highest court to overturn a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant […] [...]

Potential field taking shape for Nunnelee’s vacant Miss. House seat

HERNANDO  — Speculation has begun in earnest over who will succeed the late Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s First District House seat, and conventional wisdom is that DeSoto County will play a key role in determining who North Mississippi’s next congressman will be. At least three DeSoto County names — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, state Sen. […] [...]

Town of Lake to annex land along Interstate 20 in Scott Co.

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

LAKE — A Scott County judge has approved the town of Lake plan to annex 20 acres southwest of Interstate 20 where Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores wants to locate. Chancery Judge David Clark signed an order earlier this month to grant the town’s annexation petition. The landowner had agreed to the annexation. Steve […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — The impersonator grabs the spotlight

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans

Uh oh, former state senator Tim Johnson and Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef have turned the public spotlight on an ugly thing politicians like to keep under the rug.     Johnson is a successful impersonator, mostly of Elvis Presley. Nosef suggests Johnson also impersonated being a Republican. Over a 20-year period Johnson was elected as […] [...]

House could reverse vote pausing third grade reading mandate

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers staged a brief revolt Tuesday against plans to fail thousands of poorly reading third graders this spring, but that movement is already melting away. A number of House Republicans joined all but one Democrat to amend House Bill 745 to wait another year before requiring school districts to hold back […] [...]

Autism insurance proposals advancing in Miss. Legislature

by Published: February 10,2015

Tags: autism, Business, GOP, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are pushing bills that would require insurance companies to offer autism coverage on health plans sold in the state. Senate Bill 2581 passed the Senate on a split vote Tuesday, with 39 senators voting for the bill and six voting against it. Republican Sen. Will Longwitz of Madison says autism treatment […] [...]

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