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Justice Department upholds Mississippi’s new state House, Senate districts

  The U.S. Justice Department has approved Mississippi’s redistricting plans for the state House and Senate. Legislative leaders received word of the approval Friday, the Associated Press reported. The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts had to be redrawn to reflect population shifts revealed by the 2010 Census. Lawmakers approved new plans in the spring. Any election changes in ...

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CARTER: Gray Swoope playing risky political card in Florida

Gray Swoope, the former head of the Mississippi Development Authority who left for a similar role in Florida in early 2011, has inserted himself into a political blame game in the Sunshine State. Swoope has been assigned the role of a blocking back of sorts for Rick Scott, Florida’s hugely unpopular Republican governor and the man who appointed him head ...

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Elton John, Delbert Hosemann and Steve Holland — A triumphant trio

It was a packed house Tuesday night at the Mississippi Coliseum, and it would appear that nothing is better for political relations than the healing voice of Elton John. While they may not be perfect political bedfellows, front and center (literally on the front row) for the events were Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Rep. Steve Holland, a ...

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‘Provocative’ film to spotlight media portrayal of women & girls

With female reproductive rights and the debate over the definition of sexual assault filling the news daily, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi has picked an opportune time to premiere a documentary in Jackson on how the media portrays women. In a press statement announcing the Sept. 13 showing of “Miss Representation” LaFawn A. Gilliam of the Women’s Fund promised a ...

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Sen. Burton will head new energy committee; Polk to lead education panel

Mississippi state Sen. Terry Burton has been picked to chair the newly created Senate Energy Committee and Sen. John Polk has been chosen to lead the Universities and Colleges Committee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday after making the appointments. Burton, R-Newton, will lead the 15-member Energy Committee, which oversees legislation related to the oil and gas industry, public utilities ...

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Fannie, Freddie chief’s rejection of mortgage reductions has bankers smiling

  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac won’t be taking part in the Obama administration’s home mortgage principal reduction program. That’s bad news for underwater homeowners but cause for rounds of high-fives among executives in the nation’s financial sector. The setback for homeowners came Tuesday when Federal Housing Finance Agency Acting Director Ed DeMarco bowed to pressure from Wall Street and ...

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ABA chief says Weill ‘misguided’ in wanting big banks broken up

Who would have expected this reaction? The head of the American Bankers Association is disappointed and dismayed by the about-face Citigroup chairman emeritus Sandy Weill has done on breaking up the nation’s big banks. Push the pause button on such thinking, Frank Keating, ABA president & CEO, urges. Weill, often described as godfather to the too-big-to-fail movement, announced on CNBC ...

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Carter: Recreational ‘shooters’ in for pointless persecution after Aurora

First, a whack- job congressman from Texas, Louie Gohmert, went on the radio and blamed Friday’s mass murders at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on our nation’s increasing “godlessness.” Absurd, of course. But Rep. Gohmert’s mutterings shouldn’t actually bother us. He’s just the crazy old uncle we keep up in the attic. What should bother us is that the crowds ...

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Offshoring — it's all good, economic study says

Here’s a little something that might not go down easy for workers in Mississippi and elsewhere in the United States: Offshoring of jobs and the influx of immigrant labor into the country do not – on the whole – damage the U.S. labor force, says a new paper from the London School of Economics Center for Economic Performance. In fact, ...

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State insurance chief disputes report he’s putting Exchange on hold

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney is puzzled by a story in another newspaper Friday reporting that he will wait until after the November elections to do further work on a state health insurance exchange for individuals and businesses as part of the Affordable Care Act. “I want to make it clear that my position regarding the Health Insurance Exchange has ...

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