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Legal time spent on religious freedom bill racking up

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By BOBBY HARRISON A spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood said his office has spent more than 400 hours defending House Bill 1523, which allows government officials and businesses not to provide services for same-sex weddings. The legislation, passed during the 2016 session, was struck down recently by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves for the Southern District of Mississippi. Hood ...

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AG: State’s leadership not focused on people

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act, ...

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Hood: Legislative leadership too focused on social issues, tax cuts

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By BOBBY HARRISON Attorney General Jim Hood, not ruling out a campaign for governor in 2019, said Thursday that the legislative leadership is focusing on social issues and corporate tax cuts instead of legislation that “will help people.” Hood, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, reiterated that he believes the Republican leadership of the Legislature hastily passed the Budget Transparency and ...

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AG Hood hints at lawsuit over budget woes

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says a lawsuit may be filed if his official opinions are ignored and there are efforts “to sweep up” special funds designated for specific purposes to prop up a cash-depleted state budget. “I just want them to follow what they wrote,” said Hood, who met with the media Monday ...

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Hood: Legislature can’t legally take some special funds

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The uncertainty about the state budget for the quickly approaching new fiscal year, starting July 1, might have intensified, based on three official opinions recently issued by the office of Attorney General Jim Hood. The official opinions, issued upon the request of the Secretary of State’s office, the Torts Claims Board and for the AG’s ...

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Mississippi attorney general seeks more wiretap authority

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JACKSON — Fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood says he’s asking Mississippi lawmakers to give his office the power to do wiretaps to investigate human trafficking and white-collar crime. The wiretap authority is one of several requests the Democrat is making this year to the Republican-controlled Legislature. Hood said Wednesday that during last year’s campaign, his Republican opponent frequently criticized him ...

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CLARKE REED — Will Attorney General Hood join the fight against the illegal carbon rule?

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We have seen a steady expansion of federal power during President Barack Obama’s term in the White House. The latest example is the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Carbon Plan, a mandate that will effectively put the federal government in control of how Mississippi produces electricity which will cause prices to skyrocket.  Mississippi families in turn will be hard pressed ...

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Mississippi in multi-state probe of VW’s bogus emissions tests

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2015 file photo shows the Volkswagen logo at the building of a company retailer in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined more than two dozen other states in investigating whether German car manufacturer Volkswagen used deceptive trade practices to convince consumers that their cars were environmentally friendly, when they weren’t. Attorney General Jim Hood’s office declined to say whether Mississippi joined the multi-state investigation. The office said only that “the nature of this investigation has been ...

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State looking to Hood for guidance on same-sex benefits signups

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By TED CARTER State officials are awaiting word from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood on when to extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state and school employees. The Department of Finance and Administration, the state agency that administers worker benefits to state and public school workers, says it needs guidance from Hood on whether to make the benefit signups ...

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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

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Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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