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BILL CRAWFORD — Gov. Bryant serious about public contracting reforms


Gov. Phil Bryant continues to take seriously the reform of public contracting in Mississippi.    Last November, Bryant, responding to the contract scandal that erupted from the arrest of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, established a special task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) contracting and procurement processes.     In December, the five-member task ...

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Bryant orders contracting reforms in wake of Epps, McCroy scandal

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State agencies will be forced to operate more openly in advertising, amending and awarding contracts, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says in a issuing a pair of executive orders Thursday on state contracting. The orders also mandate increased professional knowledge of contracting among Mississippi Department of Corrections contract workers. One of the orders, Order 1362, requires agencies posting contracts online to ...

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Bryant announces broadband investment of $15M

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GULFPORT — Gov. Phil Bryant is pledging $15 million for development of a broadband corridor along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Multiple news sources report Bryant made the announcement this week at a meeting of business and community leaders in Gulfport. Bryant says the money will come from BP and other companies responsible for 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Officials say ...

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Analysis: Bryant lets suffrage bills stand without signature


  JACKSON — In his first term, Gov. Phil Bryant has allowed eight bills to become law without his signature. All have been suffrage bills. Mississippians convicted of certain felonies lose the right to vote. Those who lose their vote have to be pardoned by the governor or go to the Legislature, where it takes a two-thirds majority to restore ...

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Bryant tells grads there is a ‘bit of Superman in us all’


POPLARVILLE — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is encouraging community college graduates to find their inner superhero. The Sun Herald reports that Bryant spoke Thursday during commencement at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. He told the crowd that he believes “there’s a little bit of Superman in us all.” He says he became a Superman fan when he was a ...

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Bryant nominates Columbus periodontist to College Board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday nominated a periodontist from north Mississippi to serve on the 12-member state College Board. Dr. John W. Starr Jr., 57, lives in Columbus and has offices there and in Starkville. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Bryant chose Starr for a nine-year term that ...

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. ...

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Bryant to speak at Export Summit in May

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker May 7 at a conference to provide access to export and trade-related experts across the industry to Mississippi’s small and medium-sized firms. The 2015 Export Summit will be held at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Mississippi Development Authority officials say in a news release that one-on-one, pre-arranged meetings ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant confronts tale of two Mississippis

The tale of two Mississippis persists.   One Mississippi is made up of people comfortable with their way of life. Some are well off and more than comfortable. But, for others, their hard-earned finances along with faith, family, and friends make their lives good enough. For the most part, this group might like a tax cut, but surefire oppose tax ...

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KILL BILL: Common Core death knell heads to Gov. Bryant's desk

JACKSON — A bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant would establish a group to study whether Mississippi should modify or walk away from Common Core academic standards. The House and Senate on Tuesday both passed the final version of Senate Bill 2161. If Bryant signs the bill into law, an 11-member commission would make recommendations about academic standards to the ...

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