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Gov. Bryant backs Trump, says Clinton victory is unacceptable

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump stands during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he is supporting Donald Trump for president. The second-term Republican governor had endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz before Mississippi’s primary in March. But, soon after Cruz ended his campaign Tuesday, Bryant issued a statement saying he is with the New York businessman, who has proclaimed that transgender people can use whatever bathroom they want. Bryant ...

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Leaders of 75 national businesses urge state to scrap gay discrimination law


Mississippi’s Freedom of Conscience law and the widespread perception of it as discriminatory toward gays, lesbians and transgender people have brought an open letter from 75 leading CEOs and business leaders across the country urging state elected leaders to repeal the law that goes into effect July 1. The letter includes the signatures of executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, Castlight ...

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95 Mississippi authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT law

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, best selling author and former Mississippi lawmaker John Grisham speaks about his writing process at the Mississippi Book Festival, at Galloway Methodist Church Sanctuary, in Jackson, Miss. Ninety-five Mississippi authors, including Grisham and Donna Tartt, are calling on state officials to repeal a law that will let government workers and business people cite religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

A former U.S. poet laureate, winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and best-selling authors including John Grisham are among 95 Mississippi authors urging state officials to repeal a law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. The writers said in a letter released Monday that House Bill ...

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Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show, citing state’s new law

FILE- In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Bryan Adams performs at the Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta. Adams said in a statement Sunday, April 10, that he is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

BILOXI — Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. Adams said in a statement Sunday night that he was canceling a show Thursday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The singer says he can’t “in ...

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Major studios, Motion Picture Assoc. of America decry new religion law


By TED CARTER Representatives of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures and Universal have joined the Motion Picture Association of America in opposing Mississippi’s religion-based law that allows circuit court clerks, faith organizations and businesses to refuse service to gay people and others. In response to a query Friday, the Motion Picture Association of America said of the Mississippi law, “The MPAA ...

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State film office won’t address movie industry reaction to anti-gay law


By TED CARTER The state agency that recruits movie and television production to Mississippi said Thursday no films or shows in production have pulled out of the state in protest of a new religion-focused law that opponents say legalizes discrimination. But beyond that, neither the Film Office nor the Mississippi Development Authority that oversees the office has anything to say. ...

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House budget leader chosen as new Mississippi revenue chief

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JACKSON — A top Mississippi budget writer is poised to become the new commissioner of the state tax collection agency. Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday that he is nominating House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, to be commissioner of the Department of Revenue. If the Senate confirms him, Frierson would start the $140,000-a-year job on July 1. He would ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reader says sales tax best for funding roads and bridges


“Sales tax is the only fair tax we have,” wrote a reader. “Can you find out how long it would take for a two percent sales tax increase to fund restoration of our highways and bridges?” Hmmm. Let’s quantify the issue. The MEC/Blueprint Mississippi report entitled “Ramping Up Mississippi’s Economy Through Transportation” identified what’s needed to restore our highways and ...

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Bryant appoints Will Longwitz

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Sen. Will Longwitz as Madison County Court Judge. He replaces Steve Ratcliff, who recently was elected circuit judge for the 20th Judicial District that includes Madison and Rankin counties. Longwitz will resign his Senate seat, which he has held since 2012. Longwitz represented District 25, which includes parts of Madison, Ridgeland and Northeast Jackson. He ...

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Analysis: Bryant says he’d sign corporate franchise tax cut

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  More than a few observers walked away from Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech believing they’d heard the second-term Republican oppose plans for this year’s Legislature to cut the $242-million-a-year corporate franchise tax. The governor, though, says that’s not true — it’s more a matter of emphasis. Here are the key words late in the 27-minute speech, ...

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