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Analysis: Even modest revenue growth good news for lawmakers

End-of-the year revenue collections suggest Mississippi’s lawmakers could have a little extra money to spend when they return for their election-year session in January 2019. Preliminary numbers released by the Legislative Budget Office show that thanks to strong May and June collections, the state’s General Fund ended $88 million over the level that budget writers had estimated back in the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is government the problem or part of the answer to rural poverty?

Rural poverty skyrockets as jobs move away,” read a headline on TheHill.com.  “The number of rural Americans living in poverty has skyrocketed in recent years amidst an economic evolution that has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs.”    The problem is twofold, the article says – key employers in rural areas have shut down or moved away and educated ...

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5 in special election to succeed Gipson in Mississippi House

Five candidates are competing in a special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday in District 77 in parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. If a runoff is needed, it will be July 31. The winner will serve until January 2020, finishing a term started by Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton. ...

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Analysis: Sherman backs Democrats after pain of Senate loss

Howard Sherman was already wondering why Mississippi Democrats seemed so unreceptive to his message before his runoff loss Tuesday. “I’m battling ‘What’s the point?’ a lot,” Sherman told The Associated Press six days before state House minority leader David Baria beat him soundly for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. “There seems to be a very entrenched interest in not ...

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Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi city flying state flag

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit that sought to block a Mississippi Gulf Coast city from flying the state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs suing Ocean Springs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit. Guirola says the plaintiffs haven’t proved they suffered unequal treatment by the ...

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Governor tabs prosecutor in Mississippi congressional runoff

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff. Michael Guest of Brandon, who won 45 percent of the vote in a six-person field on June 6, announced Bryant’s endorsement Wednesday. The 48-year-old district attorney for Rankin and Madison counties faces Madison Republican Whit Hughes in a runoff Tuesday. Hughes won 22 percent of the vote. ...

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Bryant names retired colonel as emergency management chief

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming another retired military leader to run Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency. The Republican Bryant on Monday said he was appointing Gregory Michel as the agency’s director. Michel was the commander of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg from 2015 to 2017. He retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard as a colonel, having joined the guard as a ...

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Analysis: Gun ruling includes Mississippi history lesson

A Mississippi Supreme Court decision about guns in courthouses provided different perspectives from several justices, including a history lesson about gun rights from Justice Leslie B. King, the only African-American currently serving on the nine-member court. The majority of justices ruled Thursday that some chancery judges were wrong to ban people with enhanced concealed-carry licenses from taking guns into courthouses. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will negative issues make election run-offs interesting? 

Low turnout Democratic and Republican primaries last week yielded two surprises. Political novice Howard Sherman was the surprise leader in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Described by the Clarion-Ledger as the “Los Angeles-native venture capitalist and husband of Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward of Meridian,” Sherman will face Mississippi native Baria of Bay St. Louis in the June 26th run-off. ...

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