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BOBBY HARRISON: Presley could be hope for Democrats under right circumstances

Mississippi Democrats – and by extension the national Democratic Party – could face a dilemma in 2018. They will have to decide whether to try to run a legitimate, adequately funded candidate in Mississippi for the office of United States senator. Conventional wisdom is that incumbent Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo will be difficult for a Democrat to defeat ...

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College Board approves less debt for children’s hospital

The University of Mississippi Medical Center won approval Thursday from College Board trustees to borrow up to $91 million from outside sources to finance expansion of its children’s hospital. The hospital and medical education complex had asked trustees for permission to borrow up to $132 million. But parent University of Mississippi is now agreeing to lend up to $40 million ...

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Nosef resigning as chairman of Mississippi Republican Party

The Mississippi Republican Party is looking for a new chairman. Joe Nosef, in a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant Wednesday, announced he was stepping down from the post he’s held for nearly six years. The Clarion-Ledger reports Bryant thanked Nosef for his service and wished him the best in the future. In his resignation letter, Nosef said he plans to focus on ...

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CECIL BROWN — STEM education is Mississippi’s bridge to a brighter future

  As advocates for our community, we sometimes become so focused on the fight against poverty that we don’t pause to build the bridges that will help folks actually improve their lives. Policymakers are worried about finding abundant, high quality jobs that are critical to healthy economic growth. Meanwhile, companies are scrambling to find qualified applicants to meet the growing ...

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Officials: Vote should cover costs to solve transportation woes

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Republican Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall said during a speech last week that each 1 cent tax increase on a gallon of motor fuel generates about $20 million annually. Based on that calculation, the state’s current 18.4 cent per gallon motor fuel tax would have to be more than doubled to generate the ...

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington, his office announced on Monday. The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month. The announcement by Cochran’s chief of staff Brad White came as Republicans controlling the Senate had hoped to pass a budget measure ...

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Analysis: Wicker praises Trump as ’18 Senate race approaches

Facing a potential Republican primary battle in 2018, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is stepping up his praise of President Donald Trump, who won the state with 58 percent of the vote last November. When Trump spoke to the United Nations in September, Wicker said the president “was unapologetically clear and firm about America’s priorities, namely our resolve to ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE — Changes to Mississippi campaign finance laws affect business community

Mississippi campaign finance laws are about to change, and it’s not just officeholders and candidates that need to be prepared for the changes. Businesses and other organizations that seek to participate in elections and ballot measures through political committees must also be ready. On April 11, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law Senate Bill 2689, legislation instituting several reforms ...

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Madison ‘true value’ up $3 billion in last 10 years

By JULIA MILLER Economic growth is the goal of any elected official. Madison County officials have seen the success of their business-oriented policies by an explosion of both assessed and true value, according to Madison County Tax Assessor Norman Cannady. In 2008, Madison County had a true value of just over $9 billion. Preliminary numbers for 2017 suggest a true ...

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MSU alumnus Tooke named Forest Service chief

Tony Tooke, a 1983 alumnus of Mississippi State University, is the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the national agency responsible for the management and protection of 154 national forests throughout the nation. A Detroit, Ala., native, Tooke’s career with the U.S. Forest Service began at age 18 and continued through his collegiate days. He most recently served as ...

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