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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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Analysis: School funding debate bumpy, but direction unclear

Despite an eventful couple of days in discussions about rewriting the state education funding formula, the public is no closer to knowing what changes lawmakers will consider to the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Instead, Mississippians got a lot of outrage from people who oppose changes because they don’t trust Republican legislators. First, there was Tuesday’s detour into the Legislature’s ...

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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more

Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Granny’s voting odyssey

Tuesday was election day. As a result, Donald J. Trump is the next President of our United States. Many people thought we’d elect a woman to be our next President, but we didn’t. No judgment: it’s all a part of the American experiment. My grandmother is 96. She was born in 1920, the year women in this country were given ...

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US stocks sharply higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

U.S. stocks surged in afternoon trading Monday, putting the market on course to snap a nine-day losing streak. Financial and health care stocks led the broad rally, as investors focused on the latest turns in the presidential race in the final hours before Election Day. The FBI announced late Sunday that its review of newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails found ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: Many factors in play with politics of the state flag

In 2001, supporters of those wanting to change the controversial state flag, led by the Mississippi Economic Council, tried to have an election without telling anyone. They did not get the desired result. In that April statewide vote, 494,323 (64.4 percent) voted to keep the current state flag, which has the Confederate battle emblem as a significant portion of its ...

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FBI investigating arson, ‘Vote Trump’ tag at black church

The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of an African-American church in Mississippi, where someone spray-painted “Vote Trump” in what the mayor called a “heinous, hateful, cowardly act.” The pulpit and pews were burned, and soot stained the brick around some windows. Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. said the fire was set by someone ...

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Hosemann: ‘Mississippi’s elections are not rigged’

Mississippi’s secretary of state says absentee voting is disappointingly down from the last presidential election, and turnout might be below 50 percent. Delbert Hosemann also repeated many times during a news conference Tuesday that Mississippi’s elections are not rigged and cannot be hacked because voting machines don’t connect to the internet. In his words, “The Russians are not going to ...

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Analysis: Campaigning in big states not the same as rigging

When Phil Bryant ran for governor in 2011 and 2015, there were parts of Mississippi where he didn’t spend much time or money, and there were reasons for that. Issaquena, Sharkey and Jefferson counties have small populations. They are also politically predictable, with a long history of voting for Democrats. Bryant is a Republican, so he spent money and effort ...

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Mississippi seeing low-key congressional campaigns

Mississippi’s U.S. House races are low-key, with all four incumbents enjoying comfortable fundraising leads over their challengers. ____ 1st DISTRICT Republican Rep. Trent Kelly won a June 2015 special election to fill the unexpired term of Republican Alan Nunnelee, who died earlier that year. Kelly, of Saltillo, is a former district attorney. He defeated one opponent in the GOP primary ...

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