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Analysis: Influence of Senate Conservative Coalition wanes

March 15, 2015

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JACKSON — Nearly two years ago, the newly formed Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition was preparing to make life uncomfortable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican whom the coalition’s leaders viewed as too willing to work across party lines. Now, the coalition has mostly unraveled, and seven of its 11 original members have even […]

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Eric Martin Satz nominated to serve on TVA board

March 13, 2015

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NASHVILLE — The White House has nominated venture capitalist Eric Martin Satz to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Satz is partner at venture capital and private equity firm TNCV. If he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Satz would serve on the federal utility’s board until May 2018. He would replace […]

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Mississippi Power, regulators, ask Kemper decision rehearing

March 13, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Power Co. and the Public Service Commission are asking the state’s highest court to reconsider its ruling overturning rate increases to fund the company’s Kemper County power plant and ordering $200 million in refunds. In separate court filings Thursday, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. and the regulatory body argued the […]

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North Mississippi US House race grows to 11 candidates

March 12, 2015

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JACKSON — Henry Ross, an attorney, former mayor and former circuit judge from Eupora, said Thursday that he’s running to fill a vacant U.S. House seat in north Mississippi. His announcement brings to 11 the number of candidates, so far, in the race to succeed Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who died of brain cancer in February. […]

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

March 9, 2015

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Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine […]

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Report: Florida bans ‘climate change’ from use by state agencies

March 9, 2015

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Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, […]

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Speaker Gunn notes loss to Mississippi with death of House predecessor Tim Ford

March 2, 2015

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Addressing the Stennis Capitol Press Forum luncheon Monday, Speaker of the Mississippi House Philip Gunn spoke of the sorrow and loss he and the rest of Mississippi feel with the sudden death last Friday of Tim Ford, who served a decade-and-a-half as Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Ford, an Oxford resident and partner […]

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Former Jackson councilman Quentin Whitwell jumps into congressional race

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — Four candidates, so far, say they’re running for an open U.S. House seat in north Mississippi. More are expected to enter the race. The 1st District seat has been vacant since Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee died Feb. 6. Candidates face a March 27 deadline to qualify for the nonpartisan special election, which is […]

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

February 26, 2015

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As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering […]

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is […]

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