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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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Chaney campaign contributions reach $448,000

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has decided that being elected to a third term is worth nearly $500,000. Chaney is being challenged by auto body shop owner John Mosley, who has put $158,000 into his campaign coffers from his own pocket as the two Republicans face each other on Aug. 4 in a primary that will decide ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

The fair has its own rituals, of which the carnival rides are small part.

JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

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JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools

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  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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Chief Anderson apparent winner in Choctaw chief run-off

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PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson has won a second term as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Neshoba Democrat reports complete, but unofficial, results after the counting of absentee ballots Wednesday showed Anderson with 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for former chief Beasley Denson. The runoff was Tuesday. Anderson unseated Denson, ...

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Anderson leads Denson, for now, in Choctaw chief runoff

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PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was to count absentee ballots Wednesday to decide the runoff election for chief. Multiple media outlets report the unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff showed incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson with a 54-vote lead over former chief Beasley Denson. Tribal officials say 370 absentee ballots remain to be counted. Anderson unseated Denson, ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

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We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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Former Vicksburg mayor released from federal prison

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VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul E. Winfield, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2013, is living at a halfway house and working in a Jackson law office. A Bureau of Prisons spokesman tells The Vicksburg Post that Winfield, who was an inmate at the federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, was transferred to the halfway house Feb. 25. ...

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