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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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Bryant: Open-government laws should apply to lottery group

Gov. Phil Bryant says that if Mississippi creates a state lottery, the public should have access to information about the group that operates it. Reporters asked the governor Friday about a lottery bill that legislators are debating during a special session. The bill passed Thursday by the Senate says a Mississippi lottery corporation wouldn’t be subject to state laws on ...

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Talks loom on dividing Mississippi’s oil spill damage money

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to determine how $700 million in oil spill damage payments should be divided, and who should spend the money. Legislators were working on answers Wednesday, a day before the start of a special session, even though Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue on a list of items to be considered. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler dividing ...

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Analysis: Road money session waits on lieutenant governor

JEFF AMY A special session to seek more money for Mississippi’s roads and bridges could be drawing near. But nothing is likely to happen without Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ agreement, and many observers aren’t sure what he wants. Gov. Phil Bryant has been facilitating talks among himself and fellow Republicans Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, seeking an agreement. “Any ...

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Report lauds quality of Mississippi’s preschool program

A new report released Wednesday says Mississippi’s state-funded preschool program, though small, continues to score well on quality measures. The report by the National Institute for Early Education Research, says Mississippi’s program meets nine of 10 standards set by the institute. Nationwide, states provide preschool for about a third of 4-year-olds, but Mississippi’s state program reaches only 3 percent of such children, ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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Governor indicates transportation special session possible

The conclusion of the 2018 legislative session does not mean efforts to find consensus on a plan to spend more money on transportation have ended for the year, multiple officials have said. And if those efforts are productive, Gov. Phil Bryant could call a special session of the Legislature to adopt them. “Gov. Bryant is working with House and Senate ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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Hyde-Smith officially appointed to US Senate seat

The governor of Mississippi appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Cochran, who is 80, is stepping down April 1 because of poor health. Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 nonpartisan special election to ...

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Mississippi gov won’t appoint self to Senate

The Latest on the upcoming vacancy U.S. Senate vacancy in Mississippi (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Mississippi’s Republican governor says he will not appoint himself to succeed longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Gov. Phil Bryant says there’s “something nefarious” about a governor appointing himself to another office. Bryant also says: “Washington’s not where I want to be just now” and ...

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