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ANALYSIS — Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30


  The Mississippi Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on open meetings and the state College Board is 30 years old this year. The ruling removed any doubt the constitutionally created public bodies — including the state College Board — must comply with the Open Meeting Act. Justice Lenore Prather wrote in the 1985 unanimous decision: “The open meeting legislation is no ...

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Hosemann thinks new voter ID law will hold up in court

JACKSON — Mississippi’s photo voter identification law may survive legal challenges because the state has made plans to provide free ID cards in many locations, the secretary of state says. Republican Delbert Hosemann told lawmakers he expects the U.S. Justice Department to reject Mississippi’s law after reviewing it under the Voting Rights Act. “It’s likely that the state of Mississippi ...

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Personhood continues to show disconnect from reality

The supporters of the personhood initiative that failed during the last General Election are pointing to a new post-vote poll that they say shows clearly why personhood was defeated. But, maybe their interpretation of the poll is more telling about why the anti-abortion effort lost and just how disconnected at least of its supporters seem to be. According to a ...

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Occupy Wall Street? In Vicksburg? Really?

Last weekend, The Wife and I made a trip over to Vicksburg just to get away for a couple of days. We had a great time, but there were a couple of surprises. Wandering downtown on a beautiful Saturday, we walked up on a local chapter of Occupy Wall Street standing on a corner on Washington Street. Occupy Wall Street? ...

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CARTER: 'Personhood' amendment gone but not forgotten for Bryant, Romney

The landslide defeat of Mississippi’s so-called “Personhood” amendment is being hailed nationally as a huge victory for women in the Magnolia State. But for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and GOP presidential nomination candidate Mitt Romney, the amendment will remain a reminder of the dangers of pandering. Confident in the passage of Initiative 26, Bryant proclaimed at a campaign rally in Northern ...

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99 Percenters in Smith Park channel voice of populist Yarbrough

The young folks who have gathered in Jackson’s Smith Park every day since early October likely never heard of Ralph Webster Yarborough. They’re carrying on his work, though. The late “People’s Senator” from Chandler, Texas, left Washington as the last of a breed of public official — one who could get elected by speaking and working of behalf of just ...

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'Personhood' prop splits Mississippi religious leaders

Mississippi religious leaders are split on a “personhood” initiative on next Tuesday’s ballot. Initiative 26 would amend the state constitution to declare life begins at fertilization. The state’s largest religious group, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, supports the proposal, as does the Tupelo-based American Family Association. >> RELATED STORY: Barbour votes for Personhood amendment after all >> RELATED STORY: Op-Ed — ...

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