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Gov. Bryant Appoints Kilgore District Attorney for Eighth Judicial District

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Steven S. Kilgore district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District. Kilgore replaces Mark Duncan, who Bryant recently appointed circuit judge for the Eighth District, which encompasses Leake, Neshoba, Newton and Scott counties. Kilgore has served as an assistant district attorney in the Eighth District since July 2007. Prior to that, he spent one year in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will Mississippi tax cuts have results like Kansas?

Is Kansas a lesson for Mississippi?   Conservative Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican controlled Kansas Legislature enacted massive state tax cuts five years ago, making Kansas the national poster child for anti-tax advocates.   Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature, led by newly elected moderate Republicans, reversed those deep tax cuts following huge budget shortfalls and limited economic growth. ...

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Another Mississippi city furls Confederate-themed state flag

A Mississippi city with a history of racial strife is the latest local government to stop flying the state flag, which features a Confederate emblem that critics see as racist. Three black officials in McComb voted to remove the flag from city property. A white official voted to keep it. The flag was not originally on the agenda for Tuesday’s ...

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Mississippi manufacturing leads downturn in state economy

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economy slipped again in April primarily because manufacturing workers’ average workweek fell below 40 hours for the first time in six years. The “manufacturing employment intensity index” is one of three indices that declined in April, sending the Leading Index of Economic Indicators (MLI) downward, according to a monthly report issued by the Institutions of ...

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Mississippi GOP reps safe after baseball practice shooting

Associated Press A Texas congressman says a gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly and missed before shooting a Louisiana congressman while the Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game in a Washington suburb. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and several others in Alexandria, ...

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Legislative leaders still not providing budget comparisons reflecting change

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only statewide elected Democrat, says his office is absorbing larger budget cuts than any other state agency. Hood said the appropriation bill approved by the Legislature in Monday’s special session will provide the agency 28 percent less funding than the Legislature provided in the 2015 session for the fiscal ...

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Analysis: Rep’s silence after lynch remark strains relations

In 2015, a white Mississippi lawmaker went to the front of the state House chamber and apologized for saying in an interview that black people in his town were getting food stamps and what he called “welfare crazy checks.” The apology by a deflated-looking Republican Rep. Gene Alday of Walls lasted only about 30 seconds. It was received by tepid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD – Voters sovereign except when they aren’t

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January: To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority to govern. The Mississippi Constitution makes clear that, ‘All power is vested in and derived from the people.'” Hmmm. In ...

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‘Y’all Vote’ website earns international recognition

Mississippi’s new online voter information center, Y’all Vote, has been internationally recognized by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts’ 23rd Annual Communicator Awards. The website earned Awards of Distinction in the Features, Visual Appeal, and Function categories. Launched in September 2016, Y’all Vote provides citizens with a host of election information including first-time voter registration applications, military and overseas ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Constitutional Law

Let’s face it. The last time you studied constitutional law, marriage probably involved opposite genders. With the Donald in office and Anderson Cooper fulminating, we could all use a refresher on Con Law if for no other reason than to impugn the media’s talking heads and occasionally float a zinger at a cocktail party. The Backdrop.   The perfervid Declaration ...

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