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GOP rep set to enter 2019 race for Mississippi governor

A first-term Republican state lawmaker is set to start his 2019 campaign for Mississippi governor, although he says he hasn’t started raising money. Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando is making an announcement Tuesday evening in DeSoto County. Foster told The Associated Press on Monday that he feels a “calling” to run for governor, and it’s “not based on the promises ...

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Dem Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019. Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday. Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House. During Brown’s tenure, the commission has wrestled with the resolution of Mississippi Power Co.’s ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Melania and her trees

In this cartoon, Ford Williams lampoons the media coverage that conjured horror scenes out of Melania Trump’s cranberry red Christmas Trees in the White House. The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series – #justsayin – reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has lampooned Obama, Hillary, Trump, Dak, Lil’ Wayne, Samsung, Gov. Bryant, Coach ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Ramsey reminds us of how we could, no should, be

Civility, service, family,” award-winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey wrote in the starry sky of his pictorial tribute to the late President George H. W. Bush. “Today, we remembered a president and what he was capable of being,” Ramsey wrote last week in a discussion of the cartoon. He noted Bush’s overwhelming, and mutual, familial love. He noted his ardent civility. And, ...

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Davis joins Mississippi State Personnel Board as general counsel

The Mississippi State Personnel Board recently announced that Richard Davis will serve as the agency’s general counsel. In this role, Davis will be chief advisor to the executive director regarding policy, procedures, and administrative programs. He will also be MSPB’s liaison to the governor’s office and legislators. Davis has more than seven years of legal experience. Prior to joining MSPB, ...

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Analysis: Espy had strong showing for Dem in Mississippi

Mike Espy lost a hard-fought U.S. Senate contest in Mississippi but had the strongest showing of any Democrat seeking that office the past 30 years in a state where Republicans have steadily increased their power. Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, received 46.2 percent of the vote, and Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who had been serving in the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith trumped Espy handily in run-off

As expected, Cindy Hyde-Smith trumped Mike Espy in the run-off election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Thad Cochran. Yes, trumped, both literally and figuratively – literally because she won handily 54% to 46% and figuratively because President Donald Trump flew into Mississippi the day before the election and stumped for her in Tupelo and Biloxi. As I wrote ...

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Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about “public hanging.” Hyde-Smith on Tuesday defeated Democrat Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary who was trying to become the state’s first African-American senator ...

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BRANDON PRESLEY: Rural Mississippians deserve internet service the same as anyone else

Ask any elected official in Mississippi if people living in rural areas deserve the same quality of life as people living in cities and you will probably get a quick “yes” but, that isn’t what current state policy says. Internet service has become a necessity for modern life, but far too many Mississippians live in the “digital dark,” lacking access ...

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Officials: Columbus operated at $881K deficit on ‘bogus budget’

Columbus city officials say they were surprised to learn the city operated at a nearly $881,000 deficit over the last fiscal year. The Commercial Dispatch reports City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle presented the news to the city council last week. Rawle says decreased sales and property tax collections hurt revenue, while excess overtime for public safety departments increased spending.Rawle ...

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