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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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OTHER VIEWS — Legislature scared to take on flag issue

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With last week’s actions at two of the state’s largest universities, it is becoming clear that Mississippi may be setting itself up for an angry, bitter, divisive and messy fight over the state flag that it really doesn’t need. Last Monday, University of Mississippi officials quietly took down the state flag, which includes the controversial Confederate battle emblem, at the ...

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Power of incumbency prevails in Mississippi — Bryant wins another term

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant speaks as his wife Deborah listens next to him during an election day party, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 in Jackson, Miss. Bryant easily won a second term as Mississippi governor Tuesday, defeating a truck driver who ran a low-budget campaign as the Democratic nominee. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — For the first time in a single year, Mississippi voters have re-elected all eight statewide officials. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday won a second term, easily defeating two challengers who ran low-budget campaigns — Democrat Robert Gray, a truck driver who said he surprised even himself by winning the party primary in August; and the Reform Party’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — GOP debate fails voters

Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, and Donald Trump joke during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“We need the strongest military on the face of the planet,” said Carly Fiorina, one of the “winners” of last week’s Republican presidential debate. “And, specifically, what that means is we need about 50 Army brigades, we need about 36 Marine battalions, we need somewhere between 300 and 350 naval ships, we need to upgrade every leg of the nuclear ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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