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Campaign finance high on agenda for session

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Legislators, stinging from criticism they received during the 2016 session for their inability to pass campaign finance reform, no doubt will place a priority on the issue during the 2017 session, starting at noon today. Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Philip Gunn said in separate, recent interviews that ...

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Retired trooper chosen to lead Mississippi Senate security

The Mississippi Senate has chosen a retired Highway Patrol officer for its top security job. As the new sergeant-at-arms, Ronnie Stewart of Crystal Springs will oversee security in the Senate chamber and Senate committee rooms at the state Capitol. He succeeds Rick Hux of Seminary, who retired last year. Stewart served as drug court coordinator for a circuit court district ...

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November bad month for state revenue collections

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – The 2017 Mississippi legislative session will not be starting on a rosy note in January in terms of state revenue collections. November was a particularly dismal month for revenue collections. The report recently compiled by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee reveals that in November revenue collections were $35.2 million or 8.8 percent below the ...

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Governor, legislative leaders look to limit civil service protection

By BOBBY HARRISON Both legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant are proposing to limit Mississippi’s civil service protection, which has been a hallmark of most state governments for more than a century. The civil service system was established to prevent elected political leaders from firing and replacing government employees with their supporters. In Mississippi, the civil service protection is granted through ...

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Mississippi lawmakers propose spending cuts for coming year

Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Thursday, and members adopted a recommendation for the state to spend almost $6.2 billion during fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. That is a reduction of $195.3 million from the current year. “I would advise agencies to ...

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State ‘noncore’ programs under Bryant scrutiny

By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant listed what he called three state-supported programs that are not core functions of government, and as such need scrutiny for belt-tightening. The filmmaking industry is one, and has drawn the most public attention since he issued his budget recommendations on Nov. 15. The Legislature will have the final say on the state budget in ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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US judge hears arguments in Mississippi House election spat

A federal judge hears arguments Friday over whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws. Voters who filed suit are demanding that Democratic former Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville be seated in place of Republican Rep. Mark Tullos of Raleigh. The election in Smith and Jasper counties was certified a tie, ...

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Chamberlin, Wilson win Mississippi judicial runoff elections

Runoffs on Tuesday decided one seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, one on the state Court of Appeals and two in the state House of Representatives. Judicial candidates run without party labels. Because the legislative races are special elections, those candidates also run without party affiliation. ____ SUPREME COURT Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando won a seat on the ...

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Analysis: Term’s 2nd year could see action on schools, roads

Mississippi lawmakers could be gearing up for the most productive portion of their current term. And, for better or worse, they’re already discussing parts of an ambitious agenda for 2017. The three-month legislative session begins Jan. 3, and it will be the second year of a four-year term. The first year is a time of adjustment. Freshmen are learning how ...

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