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May 12 election set to fill north Mississippi US House seat

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has set a May 12 special election to fill a vacancy in the U.S. House. The seat for the 1st Congressional District in north Mississippi has been open since the Feb. 6 death of Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee. Candidates have a March 27 deadline to qualify for the race, […]

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Hood wants some of $46 million of suit settlement earmarked for mentally ill

February 20, 2015

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Call it a sharing of the spoils of war at an opportune time.. Just as he qualifies for a reelection bid, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is handing over around $46 million to Gov. Phil Bryant and the Legislature from legal settlements obtained from the likes of Standard & Poor’s, Merck & Co., HSBC Bank […]

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

February 20, 2015

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Attorney General Jim Hood

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has […]

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

February 20, 2015

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JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male […]

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Gov. Phil Bryant names 4 men to 9-year College Board terms

February 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has named four men to nine-year terms on the College Board that would begin May 9. Delta Council Executive Vice President Chip Morgan of Leland was named to a central district seat to succeed Bob Owens of Jackson. Businessman Thomas Duff of Columbia was named to a southern district seat […]

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Jackson lawyer files as Democrat for governor

February 19, 2015

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Associated Press Jackson attorney Vicki Slater has announced her campaign for the Democratic Party nomination for governor. Slater made the announced Thursday at the state Capitol in Jackson. Feb. 27 is the deadline for candidates to qualify for this year’s election Republican Gov. Phil Bryant announced Wednesday he is running for re-election. Slater is making […]

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Alday says he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for remarks on black people

February 17, 2015

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JACKSON — A DeSoto County House member is apologizing for remarks he made to a newspaper about black people in his hometown. Rep. Gene Alday, a Walls Republican, made a brief speech Tuesday as the House began business, describing himself as “deeply sorry.” Alday told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper in a story Sunday that in Walls, […]

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Iran bill dies, new version likely

February 17, 2015

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COLLINS

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Legislation designed to prevent the state from contracting with companies that do business with Iran and perhaps affecting the state’s relationship with Toyota Motor Corp., died a quiet death Monday in the Senate. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly last week, died on the Senate calendar when the Senate leadership opted […]

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

February 16, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, […]

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Small-hospital aid bills fire up Medicaid debate

February 16, 2015

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Bills advancing in the Mississippi Legislature are re-ignitingdebate on whether the state should expand Medicaid as allowed under federal law. Thus far the Republican leadership in the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant have blocked the Medicaid expansion that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The expansion would provide health […]

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