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Carmichael, GOP nominee twice for Mississippi governor, dies

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MERIDIAN — Gil Carmichael, a two-time Republican nominee for Mississippi governor in the 1970s and head of the Federal Railway Commission under President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 88. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says Carmichael died of a heart attack Sunday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Services were pending Monday at Wright’s Funeral Home in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fuel tax issue will show Republicans can lead, or not

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The Governor, Lt. Governor and Legislators started new four-year terms this month. Most are returnees. Most are Republicans. The main difference between now and four years ago is that Republicans now hold “super” majorities in both the House and Senate. That means they can pass revenue, tax, and bond bills (along with general and appropriations bills) with Republican votes only.   ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — America leaving behind No Child Left Behind

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America is about to leave behind former President George Bush’s landmark No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education program.   The House of Representatives voted 359 to 64 last week for the new “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The Senate is expected to vote this week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.   This could be good news for ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism nothing new

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Legislative Republicans, especially House Speaker Philip Gunn, often talk about their accomplishments during the current  four-year tenure that is quickly coming to an end. “Since Republicans gained control,” they often say as they tout their record as any good politician would do. It is true that Republicans gained a majority in the Mississippi House four years ago for the first ...

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Dearing leads Senate race, but Tea Party’s Sojourner not conceding

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JACKSON — Democrat Bob Dearing appears to have unseated Republican Melanie Sojourner in a Mississippi Senate race that took a week to count. But, Sojourner says Thursday that she’s not conceding because some voters have expressed concerns about “problematic precincts” in the Nov. 3 election. Senate District 37 stretches through Adams, Amite, Franklin and Pike counties. If Dearing holds onto ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will GOP strength result in politics or progress?

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Voters gave Republicans greater control over the Mississippi Legislature. What will they do with this increased power… play politics or push for progress?   The last four years, with slightly less control, the Republican majority made fiscal progress by eliminating reliance on one-time funding for ongoing expenditures and slowing the upward trend in bonded indebtedness. They passed improvements to education such ...

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ANALYSIS — One-party rule returns in Miss., with GOP in charge

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In the wake of another electoral debacle for Mississippi’s Democrats, it’s time to pull V.O. Key down off the bookshelf. Key was a political scientist who literally wrote the book on politics in Dixie. “Southern Politics in State and Nation,” published in 1949, remains a master work, the founding text of an entire specialty of American political science. But what ...

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Party switch pushes GOP closer to supermajority in House

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JACKSON — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties. Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed his decision Thursday to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. With one other House race unresolved, Steverson’s switch gives the GOP 73 out of 122 seats. Steverson did not immediately ...

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Mississippi proficiency levels dip, as expected, on new test

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JACKSON — Nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in algebra I, according to test results released Thursday. Those are the first findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results are a big drop from ...

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