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'Personhood' campaign wants birth control out of the debate

Yes on 26 campaign director Brad Prewitt is quickly irritated at the mention of “birth control” and the possibility a Nov. 8 victory for his coalition’s “personhood” amendment would restrict doctors from prescribing contraceptives. His organization, he says, wants to outlaw abortion and the “morning after” pill in the state — not birth control or fertility clinics, though legal scholars ...

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Mississippi Medical Association: 'Personhood' initiative worries physicians

The Mississippi Medical Association says physicians could be placed in a “perilous position” by passage of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that defines life as beginning at fertilization. The Mississippi Medical Association insists it has not adopted a position on the so-called Initiative 26 but emphasized passage of the anti-abortion “personhood” amendment would change the way many Mississippi ...

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Banking commissioner's departure opens up replacement question

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour or his successor have the option of going into the financial services regulatory realm or into the banking sector itself to replace the retired John Allison as banking commissioner. Allison says the load of regulatory changes facing the financial sector has led state banking supervision offices across the nation to fill their top ranks with seasoned ...

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Hotel deal seen as lifeline for Jackson Convention Complex

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is clear about why he worked hard the last several months to broker a $96 million deal to get a convention headquarters hotel built. It’s a rescue mission — pure and simple, according to Johnson, who said he fears the city’s not-yet 3-year-old Convention Complex will soon begin withering and the area around it will ...

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Speed not conceding fight against eminent domain limits

Things haven’t been going Leland Speed’s way in his court challenges to a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would curb Mississippi’s power to take private property for large economic development projects But don’t look for Speed, a real estate executive and interim Mississippi Development Authority chief, to walk away from the fight. “I’m inclined to go forward,” said ...

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Head of public employee retiree group claims Barbour ‘coming after us’

By Ted Carter The head of the Mississippi Retired Public Employees Association says several legislators have warned him that Gov. Haley Barbour will work after he leaves office to alter the benefits structure of the state’s $20 billion public employers retirement system. Specifically, Barbour will lobby for curbs on retiree cost-of-living increases and will push for conversion of Public Employees ...

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Barbour joins 'super PAC' for 2012 campaigns

As reported by several media outlets, Gov. Haley Barbour announced plans to join a conservative “super PAC” of groups co-founded by former Bush advisor Karl Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie to help raise $240 million for the 2012 election cycle. The PAC comprises American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS, which reportedly raised $71 million in 2010. ...

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County spending data now online at SeetheSpending.org

Policy group puts data online for citizens; may sue Hinds County JACKSON – Mississippians can now see the details of spending decisions made by 62 of the state’s 82 counties at SeeTheSpending.org in an easily searchable format. “People are frustrated with the direction of government, and they feel helpless to do anything about it,” said Forest Thigpen, president of the ...

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High court: Eminent domain vote a go but later review possible

The Mississippi Supreme Court Thursday dashed Leland Speed’s bid to keep a constitutional amendment limiting eminent domain off Mississippi’s November ballot. But in issuing the 7-2 ruling, the justices said they would be willing to reconsider Speed’s arguments if the amendment passes. The court essentially ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the matter, since no change to state law ...

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Day of reckoning ahead for Mississippi's Public Employment Retirement System

Panel studying possible changes to state retirement system benefits Upgrades in retirement benefits granted to Mississippi’s public sector workers a decade ago could get rolled back as the state, its cities, counties and school districts struggle to stay financially afloat. Citing an “unsustainable” burden on Mississippi taxpayers inching toward $1 billion annually, Gov. Haley Barbour wants a close look taken ...

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