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Texting ban likely on way to governor

April 1, 2014

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 By Bobby Harrison/ Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — The use of a hands-held cell phone to text or read or post on a social networking site while driving will be prohibitive under a proposal that passed both chambers of the Legislature. The proposal, which passed the 52-member Senate with three dissenting votes and 104-16 in […]

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DAVID HAMPTON: Looking back at the Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage

March 27, 2014

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By David Hampton The memories are vivid. The events of the civil rights struggles 50 years ago are not fading recollections to those who were there — those who personally endured the acts of racial hatred and bear the wounds of those turbulent times. I listened to many of the veterans of the civil rights […]

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NRA endorses Thad Cochran

March 25, 2014

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Thad Cochran

JACKSON, Mississippi – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran has announced that he has been endorsed for reelection by the National Rifle Association (NRA). “The Second Amendment is a pillar of freedom upon which our great nation was built,” Senator Cochran said. “My pledge to the people of Mississippi is to continue supporting our gun rights, and […]

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Treasurer Fitch: Today’s pepaid college program restart will help erase shortfall

March 24, 2014

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By Lynn Fitch The Board of Directors for the College Savings Plans of Mississippi voted Monday to reopen Mississippi’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program (MPACT) for new enrollees beginning in fall 2014. The decision to reopen MPACT brings full circle a process the Board and the State Treasurer’s Office began 18 months ago. In 2012, […]

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Cochran deemed most vulnerable among Senate incumbents in GOP primaries

March 21, 2014

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Mississippi’s Thad Cochran the most likely among Senate GOP incumbents to fall to a Tea Party candidate this cycle? Yep, according to an assessment by political writer Ben Domenech at The Federalist Cochran’s refusal to drink the tea makes him susceptible to a one-way ticket back to Mississippi. The pork takeout stand Cochran has been […]

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

March 20, 2014

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A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey […]

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BOBBY HARRISON: Teacher pay raise politics gets complicated for House

March 19, 2014

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BOBBY HARRISON

House Speaker Philip Gunn’s decision unexpectedly to jump out front in support of a teacher pay raise this past December was arguably both good policy and good politics It appeared to be a proposal that was nothing but a win-win for Gunn and the House leadership. After all, Mississippi is beginning, again, to fall further […]

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CRAWFORD: Most state workers can’t get a break

March 17, 2014

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By Bill Crawford State employees can’t get a break. Well, most can’t. In 2012, Mississippi had 58,135 state employees earning an average salary of $41,870, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Pew Charitable Trusts study reported this was significantly higher than the $35,263 average private sector salary in Mississippi. Couple this with the […]

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Sauce from The Shed causing rift at White House?

March 17, 2014

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A pair of Coast restaurateurs have found out that one of their products is being served at a rather high-profile place — the White House. The owners of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint say they couldn’t be happier to know that Vice President Joe Biden requests the White House chef to cook his barbecue […]

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Lawmakers say no to cities’ request for new sales tax

March 17, 2014

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It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, […]

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