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Gunn puts campaign finance bill on fast track

By BOBBY HARRISON Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has placed on the fast track legislation attempting to prevent political candidates from using campaign finance funds for personal use. Similar legislation was killed during the 2016 session in the House at some personal embarrassment to Gunn. But on Wednesday, the legislation bearing the speaker’s name as the primary author passed the House by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Are big money tax policies best for Mississippi?

As tax collections continue to falter, threatening more mid-year budget cuts, our legislative leaders scurry to shore up the brilliance of their tax cut agenda.    They brought in an “outside expert” to say they’re on the right track.    Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Tax Foundation, told them that adding more consumption taxes and reducing corporate taxes is ...

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Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division

This was the year Republicans seized and wielded a supermajority in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature. Gaining stronger control in the 2015 elections helped the GOP achieve long-held goals in 2016, including appointing superintendents and phasing out the franchise tax. But the 2016 legislative session was at times bitterly divisive. Republicans ramrodded through some measures over intense opposition, and ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Analysis: Conflict puts lawmakers’ own speech in peril

  A majority of Mississippi House members voted willingly last week to limit their own power of speech in their own chamber by eliminating something called the point of personal privilege. The decision was an astonishing turn of events led by Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn and his allies, and the change came in response to Democrats requesting that bills ...

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Party switch pushes GOP closer to supermajority in House

JACKSON — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties. Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed his decision Thursday to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. With one other House race unresolved, Steverson’s switch gives the GOP 73 out of 122 seats. Steverson did not immediately ...

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Mississippi proficiency levels dip, as expected, on new test

JACKSON — Nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in algebra I, according to test results released Thursday. Those are the first findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results are a big drop from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Harper perturbed by Freedom Caucus actions

The disorder in the U.S. House of Representatives even caused Mississippi’s calm Congressman Gregg Harper to become perturbed. Harper “expressed irritation with the House Freedom Caucus,” reported The Clarion-Ledger, after the caucus failed to support California Congressman Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. “We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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