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Backers of condemnation curbs see chance to cement property protections

Eminent domain — at least the government taking of private property on behalf of private enterprise — does not seem to offer much room for compromise. You are either OK with the government taking private property for private sector economic development or you are not. If middle ground exists, neither Leland Speed nor Ron Aldridge has found it. Speed, interim ...

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‘Replacement costs’ likely go by wayside with eminent domain vote

A ballot initiative to curb eminent domain in Mississippi to protect private property from private enterprise carries a cost land owners may not have considered, says Randy Kelley, executive director of Three Rivers Planning and Development District. New limits on the state’s eminent domain law through a constitutional change could end the paying of “replacement value” to landowners who sell ...

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Absentee ballot schedule needs speedy eminent domain resolution

Mississippi’s courts must move quickly to resolve a key state constitutional issue —whether it’s legal to limit eminent domain through a voter referendum. Otherwise trouble is ahead for state elections officials who must meet deadlines for printing and distributing ballots on the property rights question. The clock begins to wind down at 9 a.m. July 25 when Circuit Judge Winston ...

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Speed suit: Eminent domain vote repeals constitutional protections

Leland Speed concedes he may be relying on a “technical violation” in a lawsuit to stop a statewide vote on banning the use of eminent domain to take private property. But he’s got to do whatever he can to keep a “dumb” result from occurring, said Speed, a longtime Jackson real estate investor and now interim head of the Mississippi ...

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Barbour not running for president

By Amy McCullough April 25, 2011 STATEMENT OF GOV. BARBOUR “I will not be a candidate for President next year. This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided. “Hundreds of people have encouraged me to run and offered both ...

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Bennie Thompson will run for reelection

By Amy McCullough The MBJ received a prompt response from Thompson’s office. My conversation with Congressman Thompson: Do you plan to run for reelection? I do plan to run for reelection. You have been friends with Hudson’s family and her father Victor McTeer for a long time? I’ve known him ever since he came to the Delta. And so. Politics ...

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Heather Hudson vs Bennie Thompson?

By Amy McCullough Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson recently announced she was running for Congress in Bennie Thompson’s district. Is Thompson running? Thompson’s office returned a call to the MBJ this morning regarding an interview, but at press time none had been scheduled. For the moment at least, we’ll have to keep guessing. UPDATE (11:20 a.m.): Thompson has told MBJ ...

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MBJ Best Political Marketing Tool Award

By Amy McCullough The MBJ’s Best Political Marketing Tool Award (which I just created) goes to Republican gubernatorial candidate Hudson Holiday’s chapstick. “‘IF YOU ARE REALLY CHAPPED'” vote for Hudson Holiday for GOVERNOR of MS.” Fantastic. Gen. Holliday is a Poplarville native who currently serves as a county supervisor in Pearl River County on the Gulf Coast. Read the Magnolia ...

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Fact checking Barbour: Denying you raised taxes doesn’t make it so

By Ted Carter Mississippi’s state-hopping governor has hospital administrators across the state scratching their heads and wondering: What’s he talking about? And smokers? He’s got them choking on their Luckys. What Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking about is raising taxes – something he says he hasn’t done but President Obama has. In a speech to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Monday, ...

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