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Former Bryant chief of staff Lucien Smith returns to Balch & Bingham


Lucien Smith, Gov. Phil Bryant’s former chief of staff, has joined Balch & Bingham’s Jackson office as a partner in the Governmental Relations Section. Smith brings lengthy experience in government relations  from  serving as counsel to multiple Mississippi governors, as well as experience in business and financial litigation. Before working with Gov. Bryant, Smith was an attorney in Balch’s Jackson ...

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Bryant appoints Chancery Judge Dawn Beam to Supreme Court

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Tenth District Chancery Judge Dawn Beam, a mother of five and former state child services attorney, has been selected by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace Justice Randy Pierce on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Pierce is leaving the high court Jan. 31. Beam will join the court Feb. 15 to fill Pierce’s unexpired term.  Beam’s term will run until the position ...

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Bryant elevates Judge Maxwell to Supreme Court

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James D. Maxwell II of Oxford has been appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court effective Jan. 1. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the appointment Wednesday afternoon. Maxwell replaces former Justice David Chandler, whom  Bryant recently appointed executive director of the Mississippi Department of Family and Children’s Services. Maxwell, who lives in Oxford, has served on the ...

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Bryant reappoints Charlotte Corley banking commissioner


Gov. Phil Bryant has reappointed veteran banking regulator Charlotte Corley as banking commissioner. Bryant first appointed Corley, a Gulfport native and 30-year veteran of the Department of Banking & Consumer Finance, to head the department in November 2014. She replaced Jerry Wilson after his retirement. Wilson had taken over for longtime commissioner John Allison. Corley has been a banking regulator ...

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Group adds Bryant aide

Chris Champion has joined Cornerstone Government Affairs as vice president of its Jackson office. Champion, a native of Greenwood, has held the position of policy director for Gov. Phil Bryant, where he oversaw the Governor’s legislative agenda and advised him on state and federal issues. He also acted as the Governor’s designee to the Tennessee Valley Authority Regional Energy Resource ...

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Hinds County retreat seeks resort status from state

JACKSON — Providence Hill Farm, a 1,250-acre retreat in northwest Hinds County, has been given approval by the Hinds County Board of Supervisors to seek state status as a resort area. The Mississippi Department of Revenue is responsible for approving resort status for an establishment or area. The process begins with the board of supervisors issuing a resolution in support ...

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Gilich wins special election for Biloxi mayor

BILOXI — Businessman Andrew “FoFo” Gilich will become the new mayor of Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports that Gilich defeated Winfield “Windy” Swetman III in a special-election runoff Tuesday. Gilich becomes the city’s first new mayor since 1993. He will serve the final two years of a term started by former Mayor A.J. Holloway, who resigned earlier this year. Ten ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Apple Core, Baltimore

Protesters chant in front of police Monday, May 4, 2015, in Baltimore. Lt. Col. Melvin Russell said police pursued a man who was spotted on surveillance cameras and appeared to be armed with a handgun. Police said the man was taken into custody after a brief chase, during which a gunshot was heard. (Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Baltimore has always been a favorite city of mine. When I was working and living in D.C., Baltimore was always a nice getaway. I spent some great summer weekends at old Memorial Stadium before it closed and Camden Yards right when it opened. I hung out in great little neighborhoods and wonderful, tiny, family-run restaurants. I had friends who were ...

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. ...

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