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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

Phillip Gunn

We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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No Supreme Court action on Mississippi abortion clinic law

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it. The justices’ silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a lower court order blocking Mississippi from enforcing the law will remain in ...

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Former state lawmaker, Roger Ishee, dead at 85


GULFPORT — Former state Rep. Roger G. Ishee, who served 15 years in the Mississippi House, has died at the age 85. The Mississippi Supreme Court announced his death Monday. Ishee was the father of Court of Appeals Judge David Ishee. The elder Ishee died Sunday in New Orleans. The cause of death was not released. Ishee was born in ...

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Choctaw Chief Anderson in runoff with former chief


PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson will face former chief Beasley Denson in a runoff. Complete, but unofficial, returns show Anderson leading six other candidates in her re-election bid. There are more than 300 absentee ballots to be counted. A runoff election date has not been set, but it must be no more than 30 days from Tuesday’s ...

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Mississippi Association of REALTORS endorses Joel Bomgar


The Mississippi Association of REALTORS has announced its endorsement of Joel Bomgar for the Republican primary in Mississippi House of Representatives District 58. Derek Easley, Governmental Affairs Director for MARPAC, said, “As Mississippi’s largest business trade association with over 5,500 members statewide, we are proud to endorse Joel and his efforts to be the next representative for District 58.”  MARPAC’s mission is to ...

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MARTY WISEMAN — Presidents going it alone


There has been quite an “end zone dance” of late by conservative Republicans across the bitterly anti-Obama red states. The reason for such unbridled glee centers upon President Obama’s failure to persuade the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to undo an injunction by a federal judge in Brownsville, Texas.  This injunction blocks the implementation of Obama’s executive order allowing some ...

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Mississippi May revenue collections slow


JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections for May were $107.2 million below what state officials had expected. The shortfall leaves revenue $84.5 million below what officials estimated would be collected through May. The fiscal year ends June 30. While disappointed with the revenue collections, House Appropriations Chair Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, said the state’s fiscal condition is healthy. He says the state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round


The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber

Thad Cochran

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday. The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. The senator’s former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after ...

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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries


JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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