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Bryant, businesses mum on anti-gay provisions of ‘Freedom of Conscience’ bill

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By TED CARTER Mississippi’s governor and its business leaders have stayed silent as a decisive legislative vote approaches on a bill supporters say protects “freedom of conscience” and opponents say invites businesses and government to discriminate against gays, lesbians and trans-gender people. House Bill 1523, dubbed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” by House Speaker Philip Gunn ...

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Bryant appoints Will Longwitz

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Sen. Will Longwitz as Madison County Court Judge. He replaces Steve Ratcliff, who recently was elected circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District that includes Madison and Rankin counties. Longwitz will resign his Senate seat, which he has held since 2012. Longwitz represented District 25, which includes parts of Madison, Ridgeland and Northeast Jackson. He ...

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Analysis: Bryant says he’d sign corporate franchise tax cut

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  More than a few observers walked away from Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech believing they’d heard the second-term Republican oppose plans for this year’s Legislature to cut the $242-million-a-year corporate franchise tax. The governor, though, says that’s not true — it’s more a matter of emphasis. Here are the key words late in the 27-minute speech, ...

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Bryant sounds bullish on economic development as MDA seeks budget increase

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By JACK WEATHERLY  The Mississippi Development Authority’s request for a $7.7 million budget  increase for fiscal 2017 comes at a time of belt-tightening. Yet Gov. Phil Bryant – who is fond of calling himself Mississippi’s No. 1 salesman and puts jobs creation as a top priority – sounded supportive of the request in his Executive Budget Recommendation issued Tuesday night ...

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Bryant names Madison state senator to county court judgeship

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JACKSON — A special election to the state Senate is coming after Gov. Phil Bryant named state Sen. Will Longwitz, a Madison Republican, to become a county court judge in Madison County. The appointment, announced Tuesday, is effective Wednesday. The move creates a vacancy in state Senate District 25, which covers parts of Madison and Hinds counties. Bryant says he’ll ...

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Former Bryant chief of staff Lucien Smith returns to Balch & Bingham

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Lucien Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant’s former chief of staff, has joined Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office as a partner in the Governmental Relations Section. Smith brings lengthy experience in government relations  from  serving as counsel to multiple Mississippi governors, as well as experience in business and financial litigation. Before working with Gov. Bryant, Smith was an attorney in Balch’s Jackson ...

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Bryant names Brookhaven’s John Davis to head DHS

Veteran human services professional John Davis has been promoted to executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, replacing Ricky Berry, who is retiring Jan. 31. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Monday afternoon. Davis is a  Mississippi native with 24 years  in human services, including work on the local, regional and state level. He has served as the department’s deputy administrator for the last four years. Before that, he was ...

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Gov. Bryant fuels popularity with blue-collar conservatism

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JACKSON — Phil Bryant was at the front of the room Thursday before the Mississippi Economic Council, relishing being governor again. He pledged to support the business group’s call for higher road funding — but otherwise made no earth-shattering pronouncements. The 61-year-old was having fun, retelling the joke he uses to sum up reaching the state’s top office after a two-decade ...

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Bryant names new chief of staff as current chief leaves

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JACKSON — Joey Songy will be Gov. Phil Bryant’s new chief of staff as the Republican begins his second term. Bryant announced Monday that Lucien Smith, who has served as his chief of staff since December 2013, will leave the administration to become a private lawyer. Smith declined through Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler to say where he planned to work. ...

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