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GOP senator should explain ‘hanging’ remark, challenger says

A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi needs to fully explain her comment about a “public hanging,” her black Democratic challenger says. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith made the remark in a video that surfaced Sunday. She praised a cattle rancher at a Nov. 2 campaign event in Tupelo by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be ...

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Espy, Hyde-Smith in runoff, Wicker wins other race

A Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate in Mississippi and one of her Democratic challengers will compete in a Nov. 27 runoff. Mississippi voters will either elect a woman to the Senate for the first time ever or will send a black man to the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy ...

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ANALYSIS: Hood’s downcast pitch clashes with sunny GOP take

At times, it seemed like the politicians addressing the Mississippi Economic Council last Thursday were mainly there to boost or oppose Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith’s bid to retain the U.S. Senate seat to which Gov. Phil Bryant appointed her. Lt. Gov Tate Reeves even made it explicit, saying he wasn’t going to talk about the 2019 state elections, which relieved him ...

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Analysis: Groups pump money into Mississippi US Senate race

Interest groups are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi. It’s pocket change compared to millions being spent in Texas and Florida, but enough to buy advertising and pay for get-out-the-vote efforts in the mostly rural state. The winner gets the final two years of a six-year term. In reality, though, victory could ...

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Ads pick up in Mississippi special election for US Senate

Candidates and political action committees are increasing advertising ahead of the crowded Nov. 6 special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith released a TV ad Tuesday showing her in blue jeans and boots at her family’s cattle auction in Brookhaven. She relates cattle ranching to serving in Washington and says: “You can’t be afraid ...

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Analysis: First achievement for special district? Get going

Mississippi was supposed to have a special district for troubled schools operating by now. But when, or if, the achievement school district will actually start is anyone’s guess. A year after a search for a superintendent stalled out, the Mississippi Department of Education has yet to start looking again. The achievement school district law, which is another in a series ...

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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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BILL CRAWFORD: Unseemly politics belies Christian seeming Mississippi

In 2017 Gallup reported Mississippi had retained its spot as the most religious state in the U.S., with 59% of residents calling themselves “very religious” and another 29% “moderately religious.”   A Pew Research Center report published in 2015 counted 83% of adult Mississippians as Christian. That would approximate 1.9 million adults.   Making up most of the 83% were ...

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Governor names 5 to new Mississippi Lottery Corp. board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming four businesspeople and a longtime educator to the board that will oversee creation and operation of a Mississippi lottery. Bryant announced his choices Friday. Starting the lottery is expected to take months. Philip Chamblee of Madison directs the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association and the Mississippi Propane Gas Association. Gerard Gibert of Ridgeland ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State job recovery more modest than terrific

BILL CRAWFORD Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before. But, there is more to the story. Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate ...

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