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2 go to runoff in Rankin, Simpson for Mississippi House seat

Two candidates are heading to a special election runoff to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Hayes Patrick and Price Wallace advanced from a field of five candidates Tuesday in District 77 in parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. Patrick runs a country store in Puckett, and Wallace is a farmer from Mendenhall. The runoff is July 31. The ...

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Mississippi delays road to lieutenant governor’s subdivision

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is putting the brakes on a plan to build a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. Transportation commissioners said they made the decision during conversations Tuesday. It happened after the Clarion Ledger reported that the department’s executive director, Melinda McGrath, said there was “political pressure” from the Legislature to ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi legislative district dilutes black vote

A state Senate district in Mississippi dilutes black voting power and should be redrawn, three African-American plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit asks a judge to order legislators to reconfigure the district before the 2019 state elections. District 22 has a 51 percent black voting-age population, and the suit says it lacks “real electoral opportunity” for African-Americans. ...

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Agency: ‘Political pressure’ drives $2M road to Reeves’ home

The head of the Mississippi’s road-building agency says political pressure is why her cash-strapped department is building a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. “Yes. Political pressure. From the Legislature,” Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath told the Clarion Ledgerwhen asked why construction is starting this month on the road. “We ...

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5 in special election to succeed Gipson in Mississippi House

Five candidates are competing in a special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday in District 77 in parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. If a runoff is needed, it will be July 31. The winner will serve until January 2020, finishing a term started by Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton. ...

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Analysis: Sherman backs Democrats after pain of Senate loss

Howard Sherman was already wondering why Mississippi Democrats seemed so unreceptive to his message before his runoff loss Tuesday. “I’m battling ‘What’s the point?’ a lot,” Sherman told The Associated Press six days before state House minority leader David Baria beat him soundly for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. “There seems to be a very entrenched interest in not ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Trump and Melania

This week, Ford Williams parodies President Trump’s ego and Melania’s wardrobe. Ford’s cartoon series, #justsayin, is in its third year of publication.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has lampooned Obama, Hillary, Trump, Dak, Lil’ Wayne, Samsung, Gov. Bryant, Coach Hugh Freeze, HB 1523, Ole Miss, the Neshoba ...

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Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi city flying state flag

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit that sought to block a Mississippi Gulf Coast city from flying the state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs suing Ocean Springs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit. Guirola says the plaintiffs haven’t proved they suffered unequal treatment by the ...

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Governor tabs prosecutor in Mississippi congressional runoff

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff. Michael Guest of Brandon, who won 45 percent of the vote in a six-person field on June 6, announced Bryant’s endorsement Wednesday. The 48-year-old district attorney for Rankin and Madison counties faces Madison Republican Whit Hughes in a runoff Tuesday. Hughes won 22 percent of the vote. ...

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Democrat Rosebud is sworn in to Mississippi House

A newly elected member has been sworn in to the Mississippi House of Representatives. Democrat Tracey Rosebud of Tutwiler took his oath of office Monday at the state Capitol. He will serve until January 2020 in District 30, which includes parts of Bolivar, Quitman, Sunflower and Tallahatchie counties He fills the end of a term started by Democrat Robert Huddleston ...

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