Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Tate Reeves

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to eliminate Mississippi’s $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker and decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit. Republican Reeves is seeking his second term, and he announced his election-year legislative agenda Monday during a speech at the Capitol. He says he wants to revamp the school […] [...]

House proposes different school funding amendment language

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers on Monday proposed alternate wording for a state constitutional referendum on school funding, raising the likelihood of a showdown on the House floor as early as Tuesday. The proposed language was approved 8-4 by the House Constitution Committee, said Chairman Scott Delano, R-Gulfport. House Concurrent Resolution 9, sponsored by House Speaker […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Key legislative issues for business owners

With the mid-term elections behind us and Congress returning to Washington soon, business owners and operators are wondering what the new year may have in store for them.  Here are four key national issues that could affect how you run your business in the years ahead: Immigration Reform There’s ongoing debate nationwide over the need […] [...]

Cochran becomes chairman of Senate Appropriations panel

by Published: January 9,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Senate, Thad Cochran

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved an organization resolution that, among other things, affirmed committee chairmanships for the new Congress. Cochran’s selection was initiated by Republican members of the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday. Cochran, 77, was re-elected to a […] [...]

Wicker named chairman of Senate seapower subcommittee

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker has been named chairman of the Senate seapower subcommittee. The announcement was made Thursday by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. The Subcommittee on Seapower is responsible for Navy and Marine Corps programs and procurement, maritime issues, and strategic lift programs for the Department of Defense […] [...]

Miss. House leader urges defeat of education amendment

by Published: January 8,2015

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

The second-highest leader of the Mississippi House said Thursday that legislators have fulfilled their promises to improve public schools, and he urged voters to defeat an education funding proposal that will be on the ballot in November. House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, said that if people don’t like the record of the Republican-led […] [...]

Ward elected No. 2 leadership post in Senate

JACKSON — Mississippi senators have unanimously elected one of their Republican colleagues, Giles Ward of Louisville, as the new president pro tempore, the Senate’s second-highest leadership post. He will preside over the Senate when Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is unavailable. As pro tem, Ward succeeds Republican Terry Brown of Columbus, who died in September. […] [...]

Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy […] [...]

Joe Meadows appointed Harrison Co. supervisor

by Published: January 6,2015

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, law, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

GULFPORT — Joe Meadows has been appointed to fill the seat of former Harrison County Supervisor Kim Savant, who resigned last month before pleading guilty on a federal bribery charge. Meadows, a retired lawyer who was the Harrison County Board of Supervisors’ attorney for almost 20 years, will serve the remainder of Savant’s term, which was set […] [...]

Prosecutors’ wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi […] [...]

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