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Attorneys: Mississippi gov properly vetoed parts of bills

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves acted within his constitutional powers when he issued partial vetoes of budget bills this year, the state attorney general’s office is arguing in court papers. The attorneys filed their arguments on behalf of the governor Thursday in Hinds County Chancery Court. They were responding to a lawsuit filed Aug. 5 by the two top leaders ...

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Gunn: Mississippi legislators to return by early October

Mississippi legislators will probably return to the Capitol before Oct. 5 to examine how the state is spending coronavirus relief money it received from the federal government, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday. Gunn said the House and Senate will evaluate “what has been spent, what has not been spent and do we need to shift some of those ...

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Reeves backs insurance exec for new Mississippi GOP chairman

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he will support Gulf Coast businessman Frank Bordeaux to become the new chairman of the state Republican Party. Jackson attorney Lucien Smith has been chairman the past three years. He said in a news release Monday that he will not seek to remain in that role but will nominate Bordeaux during the next ...

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Analysis: Quirky or serious, legal opinions guide officials

Can a Mississippi school district give financial rewards to students who do well on college entrance exams? Can a city government remove a dilapidated building if the owner does not do it? Is the sheriff’s son allowed to work as a volunteer deputy? These are among the questions that government officials have asked Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch this year. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Broken promises, record deficits, and surging debt

Well, if COVID-19 hadn’t come along the “greatest economy ever” would be well on its way to keeping President Donald Trump’s promise to balance the budget and eliminate the national debt. No, budget deficits and the national debt have increased every year since he took office. What? The year before Trump took office in 2016 the deficit was $585 billion ...

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Mississippi absentee ballot rules challenged amid pandemic

Voting rights groups filed papers Thursday asking a federal judge to temporarily lift some limitations in Mississippi’s absentee voting process. They said doing so would ease some safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi requires absentee ballot applications to be notarized. The state also requires most people to provide an excuse to vote absentee, such as being out of town ...

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AT&T will provide records after a government subpoena

Major telecommunications conglomerate AT&T has agreed to provide the state of Mississippi records detailing how it used the almost $284 million it was paid by the federal government to expand internet access in the state. AT&T originally denied requests last week for records related to work it completed in the state to provide fixed wireless service access through the Connect ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves less politicizing than Trump on COVID-19

Gov. Tate Reeves bemoaned the politicization of COVID-19 coronavirus last week, reported Mississippi Today. He complained that there are “certain groups that want to politicize everything.” Hmmm. To whom was the governor addressing his concern? The “certain group” most politicizing the pandemic is led by his political hero, President Donald Trump. News reports aplenty, starting back in March, attest to ...

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After victories, Medicaid expansion revisited in Mississippi

After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed. They say the changing tide has followed rising income inequality, joblessness and pressure from hospitals in economic turmoil — issues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. “There have ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Russians use active measures to invade America

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming was a 1966 comedy about an accidental Russian invasion on the west coast. The Guatemalans are coming, the Guatemalans are coming was the comedic response when our president in 2018 projected an immigrant invasion on the Mexican border. Of the two it turns out the Russian invasion was no joke. “Active measures” ...

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