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BOBBY HARRISON: Transparency act ignites probable first salvo of the 2019 statewide campaign


Don’t look now, but it appears that Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only elected Democrat, is gearing up to run for governor. Hood, a Chickasaw County native, has never been bashful about sharing his opinion, but in recent months he has been more vocal in criticizing the fiscal policy of the Legislature’s Republican leadership, and to a lesser degree Gov. Phil ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans own malfunction of state government


Republicans now dominate state government and own its performance.   Since 2004, the governor’s office has been held by a Republican. Governors make most appointments to executive boards and agencies in Mississippi.   Lieutenant governors and speakers of the house make a limited number of appointments to Mississippi agency boards. Since 2002, a Republican has made every lieutenant governor appointment. ...

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Leaders of 75 national businesses urge state to scrap gay discrimination law


Mississippi’s Freedom of Conscience law and the widespread perception of it as discriminatory toward gays, lesbians and transgender people have brought an open letter from 75 leading CEOs and business leaders across the country urging state elected leaders to repeal the law that goes into effect July 1. The letter includes the signatures of executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, Castlight ...

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Despite declining revenues, Mississippi makes $415 million in tax cuts over 12 years

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Democrats provided the crucial votes Monday in the Mississippi Legislature to approve $415 million in tax cuts, with some lured by the promise of construction projects paid for with borrowed money. The House voted 73-44 Monday to approve a House-Senate agreement on Senate Bill 2858, with the Senate voting 36-14 to send it Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — “Crazy” to count on tax cuts to generate growth

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  Mississippi tax revenues are running short, so obviously it’s time for a big tax cut. Huh? Yeah, despite a projected $65 million revenue shortfall this year, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed his massive $577 million tax cut proposal through the Mississippi Senate. Reeves argues his plan to phase out the corporate franchise tax, reduce individual and corporate income ...

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Reeves says revenue weakness won’t discourage tax cut plan

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that current weakness in state revenues won’t discourage him from pushing a long-term plan for tax cuts, including the elimination of the state’s corporate franchise tax. “I don’t think revenue in any one day, or any one month, or quite frankly, any one year ought to determine long-term tax policy,” the Republican ...

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Truck driver wins Dem nomination for Mississippi governor

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant poses with his grandson Henry Snell after winning his Republican primary, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Bryant defeated Mitch Young, a Navy veteran from Sumrall who ran a low-budget campaign. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has $2.8 million in his campaign fund, and his Democratic challenger in the November election is a truck driver who reported spending no money so far and who said he didn’t even vote in Tuesday’s primary. Robert Gray won the Democratic primary for governor over two candidates — Vicki Slater, a trial lawyer ...

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(UPDATE) POLLS ARE OPEN — Mississippi choosing Dem and GOP nominees for state offices


UPDATE — Mississippi voters on Tuesday are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. Three other statewide races have Republican primaries only. They are for auditor, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Polls are open until 7 p.m., and voters are required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. Ballots also include some primaries for public ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

Phillip Gunn

We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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