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Republicans: Seven elected officials to switch to GOP

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Republican Party says at least seven local elected officials are switching to the GOP. State party spokesman Brett Kittredge says in response to a question from The Associated Press that the officials are from Leake, Jones and Newton counties. Party chairman Joe Nosef will announce the names of the new Republicans during a news conference ...

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Gunn names chairs of House committees, some Dems included

JACKSON — Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn has named chairs for the House’s 40-plus committees, allowing the House to move ahead with business With the GOP takeover of the House, Republicans were named to head all of the House’s major committees. Unlike four years ago, though, when Speaker Billy McCoy froze out GOP members from chairmanships after they failed to ...

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GOP candidates line up for House speakership

JACKSON — Five Republicans are seeking the speakership of the Mississippi House, anticipating a takeover of the chamber from the Democrats, who refuse to concede that they’ll lose control of the 122-member chamber. Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, who has served as majority leader, said yesterday by his party’s count, 118 races have been decided, with each party taking 59. That ...

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Brock tapped by Dems as interim executive director

JACKSON — The Mississippi Democratic Party has retained Travis Brock as its interim executive director. Brock, a Kentucky native, is a veteran of state and national campaigns throughout the country. Most recently, he served four years as executive director of the Nevada State Democratic Party. He has also served as national field director of Tom Vilsack for President, political director ...

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Two more state lawmakers switch to GOP

JACKSON — Two more Mississippi lawmakers have switched from Democrat to Republican. State Reps. Margaret Rogers of New Albany and Russ Nowell of Louisville announced their switch today during a news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. With the changes, there are now 53 Republicans and 68 Democrats in the state House of Representatives, with one vacant ...

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PSC commissioner Posey changes parties

JACKSON — Central District Public Service commissioner Lynn Posey yesterday announced his switching of his party affiliation from the Democratic Party to the Mississippi Republican Party. In making his announcement, Posey said…”the Democratic Party’s continued swing to the left has left me so out of sync with the party that I feel I must switch to the Republican Party whose ...

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Franks asks judge to toss extortion lawsuit

TUPELO — Jamie Franks has asked the Lee County Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by local school superintendent Mike Scott. No trial date has been set in the lawsuit. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Franks argues the lawsuit doesn’t support Scott’s claims. Scott was elected Lee County superintendent in 2007 as a Democrat. Scott ...

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Superintendent accuses Franks of extortion

TUPELO — A school superintendent said in a lawsuit filed July 23 that Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks tried to commit extortion by pressuring the superintendent to resign over an affair with Franks’ wife. Mike Scott was elected Lee County superintendent in 2007 as a Democrat. Scott, who is married, said in the suit filed in Lee County Circuit ...

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County Dems flip to GOP

JACKSON — Simpson County’s Republican contingent got a bit bigger today. At a press conference at the Mississippi Republican Party building in Jackson, chairman Brad White announced that seven of the county’s elected officials were switching their party affiliations from Democrat to Republican. They are: • District 13 District Attorney Eddie Bowen • Sheriff Kenneth Lewis • Supervisor Mickey Berry ...

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