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Holland says he plans to file retirement papers this week


By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Long-time state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, announced from the House floor Wednesday that he would file retirement papers by 5 p.m. Thursday. The announcement, made during special session debate on giving the governor additional authority to fill budget holes during the final days of the current fiscal year, was a bombshell. At the end of ...

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Mississippi Senate confirms victory of Democrat Bob Dearing


  JACKSON — Senators from both parties lined up to shake hands with Democrat Bob Dearing on Monday evening after they voted to confirm his narrow victory in an election that his Republican opponent sought to overturn. The vote in the Republican-majority chamber was 47-3 to confirm Dearing and reject a petition by former Sen. Melanie Sojourner, who had said ...

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ANALYSIS — Presley, at the helm of utility regulator, could get his chance

Public Service Commission chairman Lynn Posey, left, listens as Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stresses the need for accountability from Mississippi Power Company in issuing refunds or credits to customers after the commission voted to comply with a state supreme court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion power plant in Kemper County, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Start thinking of him as Chairman Presley. Brandon Presley has never been shy and retiring. But with a second Democrat coming onto the Mississippi Public Service Commission, the Northern District commissioner will likely take center stage at the utility regulatory agency. With Democrat Cecil Brown of Jackson being sworn into the Central District commission seat, replacing Republican Lynn Posey of ...

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Rankin election leaders propose parties take on more duties

BRANDON — The Rankin County Election Commission is looking to share more duties of running primary elections in the county with party executive committees going forward. In an email to the county’s Republican and Democratic committee chairmen, the election commission proposed the parties take on more of the duties, including sending poll workers and managers to training, coordinating with the ...

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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says ...

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State GOP chairman calls on McDaniel to hurry with challenge

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef says Chris McDaniel should hurry up and challenge the June 24 runoff results if McDaniel intends to do so. “Since some have said they believe this election was stolen, every day that goes by without either a challenge or concession is bad for everyone involved, no matter which side of this primary ...

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Justices rule against McDaniel as he seeks birthdates on poll books

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday that circuit clerks must redact voters’ birthdates before poll books are open for public inspection. The ruling is a blow to state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s effort to examine election materials as he seeks evidence of improper voting to challenge his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican ...

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Will McDaniel file challenge of his runoff loss to Cochran?

ELLISVILLE — State Sen. Chris McDaniel is expected to announce today whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel’s first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee. His campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, has said McDaniel could file ...

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McDaniel turns to Supreme Court in bid to count votes

JACKSON — U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked yesterday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He’s trying to prove people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally voted in ...

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Lack of time, money hurting McDaniel's effort to toss Cochran's win

JACKSON — A tight timeline and potential cash crunch could make it impossible for tea party-backed Chris McDaniel to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel has called the outcome a sham and excoriated Cochran on television and talk radio for seeking votes from “liberal Democrats.” While McDaniel stops short of mentioning race, Mississippi is ...

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