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Reeves: Strong revenue no reason to ‘spend, spend, spend’

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that Mississippi tax collections are better than expected for the first half of the budget year, but he said that doesn’t mean the state should spend more money. The state budget year started in July. From then through December, state revenues were $85.5 million higher than they were during the same period a ...

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Mississippi could see push-pull on Medicaid expansion

Just as the leader of Mississippi’s Medicaid program cracked open the door Monday to the idea of expanding health coverage to some of the state’s uninsured residents, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seemed to slam it shut. Medicaid Director Drew Snyder told House Appropriations Committee members Monday that the agency continues to hear from hospitals about how many patients don’t have ...

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Mississippi treasurer Fitch running for attorney general

Mississippi’s second-term state treasurer says she is running for attorney general because she wants to protect gun rights, fight opioid abuse and crack down on human trafficking. Republican Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland is traveling the state this week to discuss her candidacy for the state’s top legal job. She began her career 34 years ago as an assistant attorney general. ...

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Dem chosen to lead prominent committee in Mississippi House

The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House is appointing a Democrat to lead one of the top committees. Speaker Philip Gunn says Thursday that Democratic Rep. Angela Cockerham of Magnolia is the new chairwoman of the House Judiciary B Committee. The chairmanship was previously held by Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton, who left the House last year to become state ...

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Analysis: Guns and abortion could be election-year issues

Mississippi lawmakers have released few significant policy proposals as they prepare for their three-month session that begins Tuesday. This is an election year, and most of the 122 House members and 52 senators will put their names on the ballot to seek a new four-year term. A few lawmakers are retiring, and a few are pursuing statewide offices. Some of ...

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Appointed ag commissioner seeks election in Mississippi

A Republican appointed last year to be Mississippi’s agriculture commissioner is now seeking election to the statewide post. Commissioner Andy Gipson of Braxton filed qualifying papers Wednesday at the state Republican Party headquarters. He served a decade in the state House of Representatives before Republican Gov. Phil Bryant chose him to succeed Cindy Hyde-Smith when she left the agriculture commissioner’s ...

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Candidates start qualifying for 2019 Mississippi elections

Candidates are starting to file for statewide and regional offices and legislative seats in Mississippi. Wednesday was the first day to submit qualifying papers. The deadline to enter races is March 1. Party primaries are in August and the general election is in November. Five of the eight statewide offices will not have incumbents running, which means 2019 will be ...

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Bryant taps jobs agency leader for Workers Comp Commission

The director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security is being nominated for the state Workers Compensation Commission. Mark Henry of Brandon was chosen for the three-person commissionWednesday by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. If confirmed by the state Senate, Henry would succeed commissioner Thomas Webb, whose six-year term expired Monday. Bryant spokesman Knox Graham says Henry will remain at Employment ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — 2019 will be a big year for Mississippi politics

It’s upon us, the new year, the much anticipated big political year for Mississippi. Yep, 2019 is the year when most state, regional, and local officials will be up for re-election and/or replacement. But, the really big thing will be the gubernatorial showdown between Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood. Oh, that November confrontation is not a ...

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Democratic state senator won’t seek re-election

A northeast Mississippi Democrat says he won’t seek re-election to the state Senate in 2019. Sen. J.P. Wilemon of Belmont tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journalthat he will complete his fourth term in the Senate but won’t seek a fifth. Wilemon, a retired banker who served as a Belmont alderman for 36 years, cites his age. The 78-year-old says he ...

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