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GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith will trump Espy in run-off

The hand has begun writing on the wall. The not-so-slim lady is tuning her pipes. The Nov. 27 run-off between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is all but a done deal, with Hyde-Smith the clear winner.   Barring a political miracle, that’s what the numbers and political realities say.   The numbers first.   Espy needed a strong, above average ...

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Espy, Hyde-Smith in runoff, Wicker wins other race

A Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and one of her Democratic challengers will compete in a Nov. 27 runoff. Mississippi voters will either elect a woman to the Senate for the first time ever or will send a black man to the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy ...

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ANALYSIS: Hood’s downcast pitch clashes with sunny GOP take

At times, it seemed like the politicians addressing the Mississippi Economic Council last Thursday were mainly there to boost or oppose Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith’s bid to retain the U.S. Senate seat to which Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her. Lt. Gov Tate Reeves even made it explicit, saying he wasn’t going to talk about the 2019 state elections, which relieved him ...

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Analysis: Groups pump money into Mississippi US Senate race

Interest groups are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi. It’s pocket change compared to millions being spent in Texas and Florida, but enough to buy advertising and pay for get-out-the-vote efforts in the mostly rural state. The winner gets the final two years of a six-year term. In reality, though, victory could ...

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Mississippi city judge displays flag without rebel symbol

A Mississippi judge says his courtroom now displays a proposed new state flag designed by an artist rather than the 124-year-old Mississippi banner that includes the Confederate battle emblem. Clarksdale Municipal Judge Carlos Moore ordered the state flag removed from the courtroom on his first day there in 2017. He says on Tuesday, he started displaying a flag designed by ...

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Hyde-Smith open to debate in potential Mississippi runoff

A Mississippi Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate says she would not mind debating a Democratic challenger if they get into a runoff for the special election. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith told The Greenwood Commonwealth on Wednesday that she thinks Mike Espy “would be very civil.” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned ...

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Natalie Guess appointed to CMR

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Natalie Guess to the state Commission on Marine Resources representing nonprofit environmental organizations. Guess will serve a four-year term that will end June 30, 2022. Guess is the executive director of Unmanned Coast and the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions under the Magnolia Business Alliance. She is also a health and wellness coach and speaker. Guess ...

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