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Lawmakers again seek role in choice of standardized tests

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Lawmakers are seeking to revive efforts to force the state Board of Education to consider using standardized tests written by the ACT organization. The move comes as state Superintendent Carey Wright defends the process by which the state Department of Education sought proposals for a contract to administer tests in grades 3-8 and […]

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Mississippi vehicle inspection stickers could be eliminated

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could be poised to eliminate its $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker. The House voted 112-7 Thursday to approve the final version of a bill to wipe out the sticker. It was not immediately clear whether Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would sign House Bill 982. If he does, the sticker requirement would end […]

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Reeves proposes more income tax cuts, bumping total to $550M

March 16, 2015

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JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to cut income taxes by a larger amount than he has previously proposed. The Republican says Monday he wants to increase the size of his tax cut to $550 million over 15 years. That would include $300 million in income tax cuts, eliminating the first $350 […]

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State asks to keep drug supplier’s name secret during appeal

March 16, 2015

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As he turns over $46 million in legal settlement money, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says some state leaders want to limit his litigation options in order "to serve the special interest of big business."

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi’s execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name. Earlier this month, Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens ruled that the state’s public records law required release of the information, sought by […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blog takes McDaniel conservatives to task

March 15, 2015

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The Mississippi based political blog “Y’all Politics” has taken the “MS Tea Party” and Chris McDaniel’s Conservative Coalition to task:   “I’ve said this before, but if the MS Tea Party is serious about doing anything but Facebook Memes and TwitterBombs, they need to have real candidates, raise money, party build and run folks for […]

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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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Hernando mayor running for transportation commissioner

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has qualified to run for northern district transportation commissioner. Johnson filed papers Tuesday at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. He is challenging fellow Republican Mike Tagert of Starkville, who has been commissioner since 2011. The district covers the northern one-third of the state. No Democrat has yet […]

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Gunn backs $1.38B plan to phase out personal income tax

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Speaker Philip Gunn and other House Republicans are lauding their plan to eliminate Mississippi’s personal income tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 15-7 Tuesday to advance House Bill 1629, moving it to the full House where it will need a 60 percent majority to advance. Gunn, of Clinton, says the plan […]

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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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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

February 20, 2015

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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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