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Lt. Gov. Reeves mourns passing of former Greenville mayor Chuck Jordan

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves released a statement Wednesday concerning the death of former Greenville mayor Chuck Jordan … “Elee and I are terribly sad to learn of Chuck Jordan’s passing. Chuck was more than a great political supporter. For us, he was a great friend. Chuck’s passion for his hometown of Greenville and the Mississippi Delta was evident to all ...

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UPDATED: Sorry, gov — Mississippi takes first steps to join Affordable Care Act

  The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred Wednesday: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittable a blueprint for a free market exchange designed to link health insurance ...

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Entergy Mississippi workers returning home; crews helped restore service following Superstorm Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi crews are returning homeafter nearly three weeks spent helping restore utility service to victims of Superstorm Sandy. “We sent about 150 workers, including our company employees and contract workers, to the Northeast,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi director of transmission and distribution. “They were very successful in helping our sister utilities in their time of need, ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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Immigration could test Bryant allegiances to GOP, Tea Party

Gov. Phil Bryant and other Republican leaders in Mississippi state government may soon find themselves pressured by national GOP leaders to be kinder and gentler on immigration. In the end, the first-term Republican governor could find himself pulled one way by a national party that wants to soften its image as anti-immigrant to regain at least some of the Hispanic ...

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CARTER: Barbour all wet blaming storm for Romney loss

Haley Barbour is not sounding like the rational voice the Republican Party so badly needs in the wake of the thrashing it just took in the presidential election. As a Rider of the Storm, he’s proving to be a false prophet. The former GOP chair and two-term Mississippi governor is telling anyone who will listen that hurricane Sandy broke Mitt ...

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Barbour says Sandy stopped Romney's momentum

Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour spared Chris Christie his wrath, but Mother Nature didn’t get away so easy. “Hurricane Sandy saved Barack Obama’s presidency,” he told the Today show Thursday. “It broke the momentum that Romney had coming into the end of October.” See complete post …

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Percolating with Bill Crawford: PERS has another bad year

from Bill Crawford … It’s time for the PERS Board and Executive Director to fess up to the serious problems facing the state retirement system. It’s time for the Legislature to put politics aside and face up to these problems. It’s time for us retirees to tune in to reality, take our medicine now, and avoid drastic measures that may ...

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Banks get reprieve from Basel III capital requirements

In a move that takes immediate pressure off of community banks in Mississippi and elsewhere in the nation, federal bank regulators say they do not expect to enact new capital requirements on Jan. 1 based on the Basel III International Accords. In a statement Friday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said the delays stems from the massive ...

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Mississippi notable for its 2012 ‘blueness,’ Rove says

Sakes alive! Mississippi’s turning blue? Not really – but it did make “blue” history of sorts in Tuesday’s presidential election. It had the distinction of being only one of two states to go a bit more blue than in the 2008 election, GOP strategist Karl Rove notes his post-election assessment of nationwide voting. Here is what Rove said on his ...

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