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Mississippi GOP reps safe after baseball practice shooting

Associated Press A Texas congressman says a gunman first fired shots at Mississippi Rep. Trent Kelly and missed before shooting a Louisiana congressman while the Republicans practiced for a charity baseball game in a Washington suburb. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas was at the practice and witnessed the shootings that wounded Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and several others in Alexandria, ...

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State thus far has not benefited from ‘Trump effect’

  By JACK WEATHERLY In the short view, the outlook for the Mississippi economy has improved nicely. The economy for 2017 is projected by the Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center (URC) to expand by 1.9 percent over 2016, up 0.4 percentage points from the last previous estimate. But the expansion is far below the 2.6 percent growth for ...

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Mississippi governor sets special session to start June 5

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is calling Mississippi legislators back to the Capitol for a special session starting June 5. He is asking them to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that begins July 1. Legislators ended their three-month regular session in late March without passing budgets for the attorney general’s office or the Department of ...

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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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Term-limited Mississippi governor moves campaign cash to PAC

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has cleaned out his campaign fund and put most of the money into a political action committee. The Republican can’t seek a third term in 2019 and has said he has no ambition to seek other statewide offices. The latest campaign finance reports, filed this week, show the Friends of Phil Bryant campaign committee spent just ...

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Senate passes ‘Blue Lives’ bill, House eyes alternate plan

A bill that would double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics passed the Mississippi Senate by a 37-13 vote Thursday, despite impassioned cries against it from African-American senators. Senate Bill 2469 , a “Blue Lives Matter” proposal that moves onto the House, says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police officers, firefighters or ...

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In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama’s agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat “one of the most consequential presidents in recent history.” Lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under Obama’s signature health care law, among other things. However, the Senate adopted a resolution Thursday saying the first ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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