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Gov. Bryant backs Trump, says Clinton victory is unacceptable

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he is supporting Donald Trump for president. The second-term Republican governor had endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz before Mississippi’s primary in March. But, soon after Cruz ended his campaign Tuesday, Bryant issued a statement saying he is with the New York businessman, who has proclaimed that transgender people can use whatever bathroom they want. Bryant ...

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Bryant signs appointed superintendents into law

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that changes all public school district superintendents to appointees. Monday’s signing of Senate Bill 2438 eliminates the election of school superintendents in all districts. Fifty-five of the state’s 144 school districts elect their superintendents. The new law requires their school boards to appoint superintendents after their current terms end. That ...

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(UPDATED) Gov. Bryant bucks business community, signs anti-gay bill

By TED CARTER Mississippi business organizations and the state’s major employers ultimately did not have influence sufficient to dissuade Gov. Phil Bryant from signing House Bill 1523, legislation the governor says protects religious freedoms but opponents say legalizes discrimination against gay people and others. Putting aside protests from business groups and businesses across the state, Bryant Tuesday morning gave his ...

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

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

  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

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

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

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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