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TODD SMITH — U.S. is split on media treatment of Trump

In the wake of numerous contentious encounters between President Donald Trump’s White House and the national press corps, Americans disagree on the news media’s coverage of the new president and his administration. Just over a third of Americans (36 percent) think the media have been too tough on Trump, while just under a third (31 percent) think it has been ...

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Bills would empower Mississippi’s legally weak governor

Mississippi lawmakers passed three measures Thursday that could strengthen the traditionally weak powers of the governor. Senate Bill 2567 would allow Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint the director of the Department of Mental Health, who is currently named by a freestanding board, while House Bill 1425would allow the governor to veto any new regulation proposed by some boards. Meanwhile, House members also ...

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1 lottery bill remaining after 2 chances fizzle in House

Lottery supporters in the Mississippi House snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Wednesday, leaving only one bill that could be used to create the statewide game of chance. The defeat happened when House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, ruled that a lottery amendment could be considered as part of House Bill 967, a measure to regulate and set a tax ...

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Proposed updates to election laws OK’d in Mississippi House

Proposals to update some Mississippi election laws are advancing in the Legislature. The House passed two bills Tuesday, sending them to the Senate. House Bill 373 would authorize online, first-time voter registration for people with a valid Mississippi driver’s license. House Bill 1054 would create a group to study a system to restore voting rights for people convicted of nonviolent felonies such ...

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3 chances for lottery, but all could fizzle in House

The Mississippi House could have multiple ways to vote on creating a lottery in the next several days. But Speaker Philip Gunn opposes the game of chance and the proposals could die without ever coming up for debate. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville has tried to amend two bills to add a lottery. House Bill 967 would regulate and ...

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Top school districts could become exempt on reports to state

The Mississippi House voted Monday to exempt top-rated school districts from having to report information about curriculum and some other matters to the state Department of Education. House Bill 1224 also would allow A- and B-rated districts to offer financial incentives to teachers. Some lower-rated school districts have difficulty attracting teachers, and current state law lets them forgive student loans ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers love to praise the folks back home

Mississippi legislators will flail their arms and raise their voices to disagree about substantial issues like education funding and state employees’ job protection. But they generally find bipartisan peace and harmony in the act of commending the folks back home. The House and Senate adopt hundreds of resolutions each year to congratulate sports teams, beauty queens, writers, actors, singers, painters, ...

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Jury finds Miss. agency discriminated against female worker

A female employee of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety was awarded more than $46,000 by a federal jury that found the agency discriminated against her because she is a woman. Ola Kirk, a master sergeant in the department’s Driver Services Division, filed a lawsuit in 2014 claiming she had been passed over for promotion to lieutenant because of her ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Mississippi’s prescient governor

Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant endured some rancorous criticism for his decision to forgo an expanded Medicaid program.  Now, with actual data refuting the doctored projections used to originally support expansion, the twice-elected governor is “looking prescient” – to borrow a phrase from a Wall Street Journal editorial. Background on ACA and Medicaid Expansion The 2,700-page 2010 federal Patient Protection and ...

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No funding map, lawmakers say property-rich areas won’t lose

JEFF AMY, Associated Press It could be weeks before Mississippians see any real proposals from their representatives on a new school funding formula, but some lawmakers said Tuesday they won’t require any districts to contribute more property taxes — something that could markedly drive up costs of other changes recommended by a consultant. The Senate Education and House Appropriations committees ...

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