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State tax collections down nearly $5 million in November

The budget balancing that lies ahead for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and the 2012 Mississippi Legislature just got tougher. The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections fell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. Adding to the difficulty of the balancing act is a projected decline of about ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died today. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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Personhood continues to show disconnect from reality

The supporters of the personhood initiative that failed during the last General Election are pointing to a new post-vote poll that they say shows clearly why personhood was defeated. But, maybe their interpretation of the poll is more telling about why the anti-abortion effort lost and just how disconnected at least of its supporters seem to be. According to a ...

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Occupy Wall Street? In Vicksburg? Really?

Last weekend, The Wife and I made a trip over to Vicksburg just to get away for a couple of days. We had a great time, but there were a couple of surprises. Wandering downtown on a beautiful Saturday, we walked up on a local chapter of Occupy Wall Street standing on a corner on Washington Street. Occupy Wall Street? ...

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*update* Book wrong on Rep. Thompson's quid pro quo accusation

See Nov. 16 post, “Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in ‘Funds for Favors’ report Information in the new book “Throw Them All Out” by Peter Schweizer, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, suggests that Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson created a 2010 earmark benefiting a small California airport to appease Rep.  Nancy Pelosi, who had helped him become chair of the ...

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Rep. Bennie Thompson noted in 'Funds for Favors' report

A new report called “Funds for Favors” authored by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asserts that heading a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives brings rewards beyond the chance to write important bills. The group found that as House members grow in power and seniority, the industries they are responsible for regulating steer more and more ...

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What next for banks after failed debit fee experiment?

Dead in a near blink of an eye. That’s how history will chronicle the big idea banks had for ginning up revenue through a monthly fee to customers for debit-card transactions. Perhaps you can blame awful timing. Parks in cities across the nation began filling up with protests against Wall Street and the banking system at about the same time ...

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Race on for Jackson hotel Go-Zone bonds; some councilmen want new developer bids

TCI Realty of Dallas, a prospective partner with the City of Jackson on a convention center hotel, is racing the clock to gain a $70.1 million share of Mississippi’s tax-exempt Gulf Opportunity Zone bonds before they expire Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the nearly $100 million project faces a council increasingly skeptical about inheriting a development partner from a previous mayoral administration ...

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CARTER: 'Personhood' amendment gone but not forgotten for Bryant, Romney

The landslide defeat of Mississippi’s so-called “Personhood” amendment is being hailed nationally as a huge victory for women in the Magnolia State. But for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and GOP presidential nomination candidate Mitt Romney, the amendment will remain a reminder of the dangers of pandering. Confident in the passage of Initiative 26, Bryant proclaimed at a campaign rally in Northern ...

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