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Hosemann: ‘Mississippi’s elections are not rigged’

Mississippi’s secretary of state says absentee voting is disappointingly down from the last presidential election, and turnout might be below 50 percent. Delbert Hosemann also repeated many times during a news conference Tuesday that Mississippi’s elections are not rigged and cannot be hacked because voting machines don’t connect to the internet. In his words, “The Russians are not going to ...

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Mississippi asks court to uphold law affecting LGBT rights

Mississippi’s Republican governor is asking a federal appeals court to uphold a state law letting merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the “religious objections” law moments before it was to take effect July 1, ruling that it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for lesbian, ...

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Program allows takeover of derelict properties

It’s been more than six months since Selectman Donovan Hill first proposed allowing McComb residents to buy blighted properties for little money but the city board this week voted to enact the plan. Hill brought the idea to the board in March after seeing it introduced in Jackson. Its intention was to improve the safety and appearance of neighborhoods and ...

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Analysis: Campaigning in big states not the same as rigging

When Phil Bryant ran for governor in 2011 and 2015, there were parts of Mississippi where he didn’t spend much time or money, and there were reasons for that. Issaquena, Sharkey and Jefferson counties have small populations. They are also politically predictable, with a long history of voting for Democrats. Bryant is a Republican, so he spent money and effort ...

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Mississippi seeing low-key congressional campaigns

Mississippi’s U.S. House races are low-key, with all four incumbents enjoying comfortable fundraising leads over their challengers. ____ 1st DISTRICT Republican Rep. Trent Kelly won a June 2015 special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Alan Nunnelee, who died earlier that year. Kelly, of Saltillo, is a former district attorney. He defeated one opponent in the GOP primary ...

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$7 million in projects planned in Mississippi Delta

More than $7.2 million will soon be invested in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta Regional Authority and its federal and state partners are investing the money into strengthening Mississippi’s workforce, infrastructure and economy. Chris Masingill, the organizations co-chairman, said Wednesday in a news release they to invest in the construction of a new levee in Natchez, a new Amtrak platform ...

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Business group unveils Mississippi bicentennial banner

The state chamber of commerce has unveiled a banner to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial. Mississippi Economic Council president Blake Wilson said it is not intended to replace the state flag that’s been in use since 1894. Some MEC leaders in the past have said the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag is racially divisive and hurts economic-development efforts. Wilson said ...

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Mississippi gov: Electoral college unfair to small states

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it’s wrong that a presidential candidate could be elected by focusing on larger “liberal” states and ignoring smaller ones. Bryant — who has a master’s degree in political science and used to teach American government classes at Mississippi College — said the electoral college is set up to “favor the states like ...

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Cuba opportunities, pitfalls dominate MDA trade summit

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Republic of Cuba was depicted as a land of opportunity for Mississippi businesses, though with a heightened sense of risk. About 150 people attended the “Doing Business in Cuba Summit” on Oct. 20 at the South Warehouse in Jackson. Speakers at the Mississippi Development Authority event told of a country struggling to emerge from more than ...

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State economists lower growth forecast for rest of year

  By TED CARTER Mississippi’s state economists have pulled back on an already-weak economic forecast for the rest of 2016, projecting that the state’s economy will grow only 1.5 percent instead of the 1.6 percent previously predicted. The new report from state economists includes at least some good news on jobs, forecasting a 1 percent increase in payroll employment for the ...

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