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Will Wicker face McDaniel challenge in 2018 Senate race?

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal In the summer of 2014, little-known state Sen. Chris McDaniel came within a political eye lash (one-half percent or 1,720 votes) of defeating the iconic Thad Cochran and putting himself in position to be Mississippi’s next U.S. senator. But McDaniel failed to garner a majority vote in that hot and contentious June Republican Party ...

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Mississippi already shares some voter info with other states

Mississippi’s top elections official says he is consistent by sharing some voter information with other states while also telling a national group to “jump in the Gulf of Mexico” as it requests similar data. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told The Associated Press on Friday that Mississippi has participated since at least 2009 in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program . Thirty ...

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Analysis: Faces, usually not parties, change in 4-year term

Some faces may change in the Mississippi Legislature during a four-year term, but parties often don’t. The 52 senators and 122 representatives might want to look at their colleagues on inauguration day. Most will still be at the Capitol at the end of the term. Because of resignations or death, some will not. Legislators are approaching the midpoint of the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘Shared Services’ still no laughing matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. It came to mind when the Governor made his budget proposal. (No, not our current governor. I wrote this and the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: American politics declining into profiteers vs moochers

Americans now live in a political environment dominated by extremes. One burgeoning faction, looking through red tinted lenses, seeks “freedom from.” Another, looking through blue tinted lenses, seeks “access to.” A fading faction, looking through clear lenses, fears all will become tinted.   The grassroots conservative movement sees national government as the great enemy and seeks freedom from oppressive taxation and ...

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Mississippi governor seeks several changes in budget process

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is asking legislators to tweak the budget process to ease rating agencies’ concerns about the state’s finances. The Republican on Friday released the agenda for a special legislative session that begins Monday. It includes a list of proposals that Bryant calls the “Fortify Act.” He is asking legislators to build up savings in the state’s rainy ...

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Nearly $74K paid in legal fees in Mississippi election spat

The Mississippi public has paid nearly $74,000 to defend legislators in a federal lawsuit by voters who say they were disenfranchised in a state House race that went to a tiebreaker and was later flipped, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Five-term Democratic incumbent Bo Eaton won the tiebreaker in a drawing of straws overseen by the secretary ...

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith opens up on sexuality

Longtime Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has opened up about his sexuality and the impact it has had on his career. Smith mentioned in a recent speech at the University of Mississippi, where he graduated, that he had never stood in front of a group of people to talk about being gay, but added that he has “nothing to hide.” Smith says ...

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Attorneys general: Restore guidance to aid student borrowers

Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia are faulting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back Obama-era guidance they say is helping protect student loan borrowers. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic attorneys general Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Lisa Madigan of Illinois called on DeVos to restore the memos instituted by the federal Education Department last ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Public contract reforms unsung but epic

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention.    Longtime champion of contract reform Representative Jerry Turner passed legislation that completely revamps the public contract review board and tightens ...

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