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GOP Rep. Mark Baker running for attorney general; Hood undecided

Republican state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon announced Tuesday that he is running for Mississippi attorney general next year, saying he believes the office “needs to be reformed from the inside out.” Baker is the first candidate in what could be an open race for attorney general. Democratic incumbent Jim Hood is considering running for governor in 2019, though Hood ...

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Document: Democratic candidate was Republican in California

More questions are being raised about the party loyalties of Howard Sherman, who is running as a Democrat for the Mississippi U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Roger Wicker. Jackson lawyer Sam Begley on Tuesday provided The Associated Press with a California voter registration document showing Sherman registered as a Republican there and voted in the 2012 and 2016 ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — All about streets

Depending on the perspective, there are good streets and not-so-good streets.  And then there are great streets.  This writer has a bias toward streets that are canopied. In Mississippi, that means streets that have treetops over them. Some streets in Ocean Springs, Jackson and Laurel come to mind. This column is about great streets as defined by the Project for ...

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District 3 candidates from diverse backgrounds

A diverse field of candidates, ranging from Jackson-area-professionals, to small town business owners to east Mississippi chicken farmers, are vying for the 3rd District U.S. House seat. While much of the statewide election focus has been on the special Senate election to replace 80-year-old Thad Cochran, who resigned earlier this year for health reasons, the 3rd District race also will ...

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Laurel looks to annex nearby community

An eastern Mississippi city is looking to annex a small unincorporated community south of city limits. WDAM-TV reports the city of Laurel hopes to annex the nearby community of Pendorff. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says annexation would benefit both city and community residents, allowing the city to upgrade Pendorff’s municipal services and increase the city’s tax base by $3 million in five ...

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Analysis: What’s a test for? Task force may have to answer

If Mississippi’s going to examine how much the state and school districts are testing students, leaders might do well to first question what those tests are supposed to accomplish. Should state tests measure how a school or district is doing corporately, how a student is doing, or both? Because long-simmering efforts to kill the tests that Mississippi gives high school ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Primaries for Harper seat coming June 5

June 5 primaries to begin choosing who will fill the 3rd District congressional seat abandoned by Rep. Gregg Harper are six weeks away. Six candidates are seeking the Republican nomination, two the Democratic nomination.    With no other significant races on the June ballots, turnout will be the key factor. That means get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities will be critical. While free social media ...

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Many other states have increased gas tax for transportation

Mississippi is not the only state struggling with transportation needs, according to a report by the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee. The report released this week cites the National Conference of State Legislatures as saying states have been in “a near constant state of crisis for about a decade” in terms of funding for transportation needs. The report ...

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Mississippi GOP hopefuls decry federal spending, regulations

Republicans running for an open congressional seat in Mississippi are advocating cuts in federal spending and regulations. The six GOP candidates in the 3rd District spoke Wednesday night in Jackson at a forum sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a group promoting free markets and limited government. The Republican field has two health care professionals, Whit Hughes of Madison and Morgan ...

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Mississippi city offers up historic properties to developers

A Mississippi city is soliciting requests for proposals to develop three downtown properties it owns. The Sun Herald reports Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich wants to capitalize on the success of a lucrative deal to rent the city’s old library as a restaurant. The city will consider proposals for two 19th century properties: the Magnolia Hotel, which houses a Mardi Gras museum, ...

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