Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

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 […] [...]

Special education voucher bill advances in state Senate

by Published: January 28,2015

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

JACKSON — Lawmakers are pursuing multiple options to help special education students, as a reprise of last year’s fight over vouchers for special education students looms. On Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee approved Senate Bill 2695, which gives $7,000 in state money to the parent of any Mississippi special education student who wanted to withdraw […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD — More jobs, but fewer with jobs, huh?

by Published: January 26,2015

Tags: Alabama, Business, education, jobs, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Bryant, Politics

“Mississippi added 8,800 more jobs in 2014 than in 2013,” so noted Gov. Phil Bryant in his optimistic State of the State address last week. Over the same period, 16,700 fewer Mississippians had jobs. So says the same report that the governor’s figure came from.   Huh?   The Mississippi Department of Employment Security, as […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Roger Wicker: Profile in discouragement

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker has become a voice in the Wilderness, a Lone Voice in the Wilderness. Last week the United States Senate voted 98-1, declaring, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Most folks have a hard time reading the words “Sense” and “Senate” together […] [...]

State Sen. McDaniel traveling Mississippi to promote PAC

JACKSON — Tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is traveling Mississippi promoting a political action committee he formed after losing a 2014 Republican primary to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel, R-Ellisville, filed papers in the Mississippi secretary of state’s office Nov. 6 to create United Conservatives Fund. And he said Friday in a statement […] [...]

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