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Senate committee proposes 27-member Common Core commission

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Senators are considering a 27-member commission to suggest changes to the state’s academic standards as part of an effort to change or replace Mississippi’s current Common Core-based standards. The Senate Education Committee voted 10-3 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2161, which would set up the commission to recommend changes to the state Board […]

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State Rep. Aldridge, R-Tupelo, not seeking re-election

January 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Republican state Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo says he’s not running this year for a fourth term in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Aldridge discussed his decision Wednesday. He represents House District 17, located entirely in Lee County. He has served in the House since 2004. Last December, the Mississippi […]

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DAVID HAMPTON: What’s the alternative for Mississippi education?

January 26, 2015

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What is the alternative?        State lawmakers may think that will be the question voters will be asking about the language in a proposed constitutional amendment on education funding. But voters may be asking that question in a different manner. Just what is the alternative to adequately funding education?      The Mississippi House and Senate, […]

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House GOP forcing 2016 debate on Social Security’s finances

January 8, 2015

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans want Congress to address the troubled finances of Social Security’s disability program, setting the stage for a contentious debate that could affect 11 million people in the middle of the next presidential campaign. The House has adopted a procedural rule that could force lawmakers to tackle the issue by the end […]

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

June 30, 2014

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

June 30, 2014

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Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – […]

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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

June 27, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in […]

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OPINION: Stark contrast awaits voters on Tuesday

June 23, 2014

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Three weeks ago, Mississippians weary of the noise in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate were relieved that the race was finally about to be over. Little did we know that an obscure third candidate’s 1.5 percent of the vote would throw one of the closest elections in Mississippi history into a three-week runoff campaign. […]

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Ex-Secretary of State Clark backing Cochran for Senate reelection

June 20, 2014

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Dr. Eric Clark, former Mississippi secretary of state and current executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, is endorsing Thad Cochran in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate. At a press conference, Clark said: “The first comment I would make is that I’m here as a citizen of Mississippi, and not representing […]

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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP leaders have a more nuanced message now

June 18, 2014

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BOBBY HARRISON

Maybe it is not a Paul on the road to Damascus moment, but many Mississippi Republican leaders have experienced an epiphany during the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary elections. For years in Mississippi, the Republican mantra from the top on down is that the federal government is bad and, if only the federal government were […]

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