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State Rep. Patterson switches from Democrats to GOP

BILOXI — State Rep. Randall Patterson of Biloxi switched to the Republican Party on Thursday, boosting the GOP majority in the lower chamber of the Mississippi Legislature to 66-56 with 2015 elections just around the corner. Patterson, a 66-year-old mechanical contractor who has served in the Legislature as a Democrat since 2004, made the announcement Thursday at Biloxi City Hall ...

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McDaniel cites Gunn's challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court for a ...

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Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this year. The plan is the ...

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Group faces challenges in fighting new religious freedom law

JACKSON — A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being ...

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Bryant calls special session of Legislature for storm-recovery funding

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has called the Mississippi Legislature into special session starting tomorrow to help pay state government’s share of recovery costs after the deadly April 28 tornadoes. The governor said yesterday that lawmakers will be asked to provide up to $20 million for disaster response and recovery costs through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Initial estimates of ...

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Ford, Perry chosen to manage Capitol City's new tax

JACKSON — A former speaker of the Mississippi House and a prominent Republican will help oversee how the city of Jackson spends money generated by a 1 percent sales tax that took effect earlier this year. The Clarion-Ledger reports that former Speaker Tim Ford and Hinds County Republican chairman Pete Perry will serve on a board that will develop a ...

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Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippi public schoolteachers can look forward to a $2,500 pay increase over the next two years on top of normal annual raises, with Gov. Phil Bryant signing a bill yesterday that he says he hopes will aid performance. “What we are trying to do with this bill today is get the best and the brightest in the classroom,” ...

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Controversial religious freedom bill not dead yet

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to study a much-disputed religious practices bill, keeping it alive for possible further action. The House passed Senate Bill 2681 by an 80-37 vote yesterday after it had been amended to call for a study panel of the combined House and Senate Judiciary committees. An amendment that inserts the phrase “In God We Trust” ...

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House rejects Senate's teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators will meet to discuss differences in their pay raise proposals for Mississippi public school teachers. The move comes after the House rejected a Democratic attempt to agree to the Senate’s pay raise proposal by a 71-50 vote yesterday. Democrats argued that the House should accept the Senate plan because there’s a chance that House ...

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