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GOP state senator files to run for Mississippi treasurer

A Republican state lawmaker has filed to run for Mississippi treasurer. Sen. Buck Clarke of Hollandale submitted qualifying papers Thursday at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. The second-term state treasurer, Republican Lynn Fitch, is preparing to run for attorney general. Clarke has been a certified public accountant since 1979. He was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 2003 ...

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Republican Guest joins Mississippi congressional delegation

Mississippi’s newest member of Congress, Republican Rep. Michael Guest, says he will “uphold the morals and values” of his community, state and nation. Guest said in a speech in Washington that he will “remain humble,” take his responsibilities seriously and “represent the people of Mississippi in a way that brings honor and glory to our Heavenly Father.” Members of Congress ...

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Analysis: Top 2 GOP counties could split in governor primary

The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates’ strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations. Two of ...

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GOP rep set to enter 2019 race for Mississippi governor

A first-term Republican state lawmaker is set to start his 2019 campaign for Mississippi governor, although he says he hasn’t started raising money. Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando is making an announcement Tuesday evening in DeSoto County. Foster told The Associated Press on Monday that he feels a “calling” to run for governor, and it’s “not based on the promises ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith trumped Espy handily in run-off

As expected, Cindy Hyde-Smith trumped Mike Espy in the run-off election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Thad Cochran. Yes, trumped, both literally and figuratively – literally because she won handily 54% to 46% and figuratively because President Donald Trump flew into Mississippi the day before the election and stumped for her in Tupelo and Biloxi. As I wrote ...

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Hyde-Smith spoke of ‘difficult’ voting for liberals in video

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote. A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social media days after another video showed Hyde-Smith praising someone at a ...

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Mississippi Democrat says he’d be ‘senator for everybody’

Mike Espy is doing a balancing act as he runs for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. As an African-American Democrat, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. But he can’t win without some white support in a conservative Southern state where voting patterns tend to break along racial lines. While ...

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Dem running for Mississippi governor: Help ‘least among us’

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general on Wednesday launched his 2019 campaign for governor of one of the poorest states in the nation, citing the biblical mandate to help the needy. “Jesus taught us to fight for the poor and the elderly and the widows and the children — the least among us,” Jim Hood said in announcing his candidacy in his ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP leaders call Democrats dangerous enemy

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the stage in Neshoba County Fair speeches. Gunn focused his speech on stern warnings about Democrats, according to a Y’all Politics report. Reeves claimed he had been “under attack from Democrats and their liberal allies in the media,” reported ...

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Mississippi delays road to lieutenant governor’s subdivision

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is putting the brakes on a plan to build a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. Transportation commissioners said they made the decision during conversations Tuesday. It happened after the Clarion Ledger reported that the department’s executive director, Melinda McGrath, said there was “political pressure” from the Legislature to ...

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