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David Ishee appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that he has appointed Judge David M. Ishee to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Ishee’s appointment is effective Sept. 18. He will replace Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson, who has accepted the appointment of commissioner of Mississippi Child Protection Services. “Judge Ishee’s extensive experience in presiding over cases for more than two decades in Mississippi ...

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House leader’s top aide becoming $10K-a-month consultant

A top aide to the Mississippi House speaker will become a $10,000-a-month consultant. Nathan Wells has been Speaker Philip Gunn’s chief of staff since 2012, when House members elected the Republican from Clinton as their leader. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Wells has made $135,000 a year as a full-time House employee. Wells says he will run his own company focused on energy ...

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City settles sexual harassment lawsuit against former mayor

Mississippi’s largest city is settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against a former mayor. WJTV reports that the Jackson City Council on Tuesday approved a city payment of $10,000 to settle the lawsuit filed in 2016 against Tony Yarber, who was mayor at the time. Kimberly V. Bracey was hired as Yarber’s executive assistant when he became mayor after winning a 2014 special ...

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Court asks Mississippi governor to defend Confederate emblem

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking attorneys for Mississippi’s governor to file arguments defending the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The court on Tuesday set a Sept. 28 deadline for the filing. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem. Critics say the symbol is racist, and supporters say it represents history. Carlos Moore, an African-American attorney ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Does generals’ ‘coup’ put war-bringers in charge?

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to the Army Times said, “They say it can’t happen here, but if it does, it probably will be pretty much as Knebel and ...

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Analysis: Pressure rises on pension fund to seek more money

An outside adviser is telling Mississippi’s public pension system that it should change its accounting policies in a way that would sharply increase required contributions to keep the system solvent over the long run, adding to financial pressure on the Public Employees Retirement System. GRS Retirement Consulting made the recommendations last week, as part of its audit of the system’s ...

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Gov. Bryant Presents Excellence In Government Awards

Gov. Phil Bryant (second from left) recently honored Samantha Atkinson (center) and Dr. Raj Shaunak with the 2017 Excellence in Government Awards which are designed to encourage the development of innovative systems of public administration. The awards program was established by the Mississippi State Personnel Board at the direction of the Legislature in 2012. Atkinson, director of the performance audit ...

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Jackson-area students complete summer internships with Cocharn

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended four Jackson-area students who completed eight-week summer internships in his Washington office and the Senate Appropriations Committee. Carley Causey of Jackson worked with Cochran’s administrative staff this summer, in addition to working on constituent services. Causey, a Jackson Preparatory School graduate, is a senior business law major at the University of Mississippi. She ...

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Most Mississippi government travel money is spent in-state

Mississippi government agencies are spending most of their travel money in-state rather than out-of-state. A legislative watchdog released a report Wednesday about travel spending during the budget years that ended in June 2015 and 2016. About 81 percent of agencies’ travel money was spent inside Mississippi each of those two years, and just under 19 percent was spent in other states. International ...

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Senate panel to again study transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  JACKSON – The Senate Transportation Committee has two days of hearings scheduled for Thursday and Friday for members to again hear about the poor condition of the state’s transportation system. The final segment of the hearings, called by Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, will be a discussion of possible solutions. Thus far, finding ...

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