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Should the person who wins the popular vote be governor? We asked top Democratic and Republican candidates

By BOBBY HARRISON / Mississippi Today Mississippi has its own unique electoral system that like the federal Electoral College for president could prevent the person with the most votes – even a majority of the vote – from being elected to  office. Under the federal system, each state is awarded the number of electoral votes totaling its two senators and ...

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Analysis: Lawyers argue over abortion access in Mississippi

In 2015, on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said: “I am as committed as ever to ending abortion in Mississippi.” Reproductive rights lawyers cite Bryant’s statement in their recent court filing as they ask a federal judge to permanently block a law the governor signed this year to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Conservative Foster pushing for Medicaid reform

Successful DeSoto County small businessman Robert Foster is one of the more conservative members of the Mississippi Legislature, e.g. the American Conservative Union gave him a 95% “conservative” rating in 2018. Serving his first term as a state representative, Foster decided not to seek re-election but put his name on the ballot for governor. He said his experience these four ...

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2 Ex-Mississippi workers face house arrest for embezzlement

Two former Mississippi employees will not serve prison time for stealing water bill fines. The SunHerald says Kenya Bowens and Lakeshia Benton will serve two years under house arrest and five years on post-release supervision for embezzling nearly $14,000 from the Moss Point water department. Judge Dale Harkey sentenced both women to a total of 12 years in prison Tuesday, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — It’s not Socialism unless we say it is

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Yes, it really is a word. Back in the day we thought we were something because we could spell what we thought to be the longest word in the dictionary. Didn’t really know what it meant, but we had the spelling down. It’s one of the many isms of little popularity today in contrast to those that never fade, ...

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US hiring slows amid trade tensions, weaker global economy

U.S. hiring stumbled in May as employers added just 75,000 jobs, a sign that businesses have become more cautious in the face of weaker global growth and widening trade conflicts. Last month’s modest job gain followed a much healthier increase of 224,000 in April. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate remained at a nearly 50-year low of ...

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Mississippi investigates shooting death of official’s father

The father of Mississippi’s agriculture commissioner has died, and authorities are investigating whether he was shot by a sheriff’s deputy. The Simpson County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday it had “an officer-involved shooting.” The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said it is examining the case and declined to release details. A source who spoke directly to law enforcement about the investigation but ...

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Auditor demands repayment over mishandling of borrowed money

Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding two former city administrators pay money he says was lost because of their mishandling. Auditor Shad White issued letters Wednesday to former Pascagoula City Manager Joe Huffman and former City Comptroller Bobby Parker. He says the two improperly mixed $27 million the Gulf Coast city borrowed in 2017 into its general fund. White’s office says ...

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Trade war comes to Louisville, Jack Daniels takes tariff hit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Led by strong sales for its whiskey and tequila brands, Brown-Forman Corp. reported higher fourth-quarter net income Wednesday despite taking a hit from the Trump administration’s tariff fight. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related price adjustments shaved 1 percentage point off its full-year net sales growth. ...

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Mississippi Capitol hosts funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

Flags in Mississippi are flying at half-staff to honor a Republican former U.S. senator who brought billions of dollars to the state. The first of two funeral services for Thad Cochran is taking place Monday at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. The second is on Tuesday at a church in the city. Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday in ...

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