Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

UPDATED — Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi dies

JACKSON — U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, a fiscal and social conservative elected to Congress in a Republican wave of 2010, died. He was 56. Elizabeth Parks, the spokeswoman in Nunnelee’s congressional office, said he died at his home in Tupelo, Mississippi. Parks released a statement from Nunnelee’s family: “Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home […] [...]

Bill would duplicate Miss. law on abortion death statistics

by Published: February 6,2015

Tags: Business, government, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has voted to make the state keep track of how many women die because of abortion. There’s one catch: That requirement has been in state law since 2004. Senate Bill 2043 (http://bit.ly/1zUyjxa ), which passed the Senate on Thursday, tells the state Health Department to establish a Maternal Mortality Review Committee. […] [...]

Rethinking Farish Street — Mayor, Jackson city council want to take over redevelopment effort

Jackson’s mayor and City Council say they want to begin calling the shots on redeveloping downtown’s Farish Street. Voicing frustration last week with the years of starts, stops and legal entanglements that have marked the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s handling of the now-dead redevelopment, Mayor Tony Yarber and the council say they want the entire project […] [...]

Bill fails that would limit attorney general’s power to sue

by Published: February 5,2015

Tags: Business, government, law, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi House members are rejecting new restrictions against Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to file lawsuits or hire outside lawyers. The House voted 66-49 Wednesday to reject a House Bill 1201, which would require the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state to approve the attorney general’s filing of any lawsuit in which […] [...]

House panel approves small bump in sales tax money to cities

by Published: February 3,2015

Tags: Business, economy, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Mississippi’s nearly 300 cities and towns could get a little more sales tax money under a proposal lawmakers are considering. House Bill 1110 was passed Tuesday by the House Ways and Means Committee and appears headed to the full House. Right now, cities get 18.5 percent of the 7-cent cent sales tax collected […] [...]

Bill: Let home school students play public school sports

JACKSON — Mississippi home school students would be able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at their local public schools under a bill moving forward in the state Senate. The Senate Education Committee approved it on a split voice vote Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for further debate. Proponents say home school students […] [...]

Miss. considers joining ‘SEC primary’ for presidential race

by Published: February 2,2015

Tags: 2016 presidential race, Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Lawmakers will debate whether Mississippi should take part in a regional presidential primary, beginning in 2016. The move would help create the “SEC primary,” named after the Southeastern Conference in sports. The Southeast is a stronghold for Republicans in presidential politics. Secretaries of state, including Republican Delbert Hosemann of Mississippi, have endorsed a […] [...]

Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some […] [...]

Wistful, humorous Romney looks back as he ponders ’16

by Published: January 29,2015

Tags: Barack Obama, Business, Mississippi, Mitt Romney, NEWS, Politics

STARKVILLE — Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn’t. Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP’s 2012 nominee — who still says he’s mulling another bid in 2016 — talked to Mississippi State University students like a commencement speaker. He urged them […] [...]

Attorney McRae challenging Miss. treasurer in GOP primary

by Published: January 28,2015

Tags: Business, David McRae, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — First-time candidate David McRae said Tuesday that he’s challenging Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch in this year’s Republican primary. The 34-year-old attorney from Ridgeland said he wants to root out wasteful spending in state government — something that falls more squarely under the job description of the state auditor than the state treasurer. “I […] [...]

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