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Analysis: Conservatives eye constitution to cut spending

Some Mississippi lawmakers are again seeking constitutional changes to balance the federal budget and limit federal government power. The House last week voted for a resolution calling for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, passing the resolution and sending it on to the Senate on a 76-42 vote. This may sound familiar to Magnolia ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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Beau Rivage charter program keeps growing with 23 percent of airport’s business

By LISA MONTI Keeping things running at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, with its 1,740 hotel rooms, 24-hour casino, 10 restaurants, award-winning golf course and other swanky amenities, is a massive operation. To ensure that the slots are spinning, the dealers stay busy and the hotel rooms are full, the MGM Resorts property has created its own air charter service ...

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Hyde-Smith officially appointed to US Senate seat

The governor of Mississippi appointed state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith on Wednesday to succeed fellow Republican Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate. Cochran, who is 80, is stepping down April 1 because of poor health. Hyde-Smith, 58, would be the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress. She will immediately begin campaigning for a Nov. 6 nonpartisan special election to ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: New U.S. senators in Mississippi don’t come along often

In my lifetime, Mississippi’s two United States Senate seats have been held by five men – John Stennis, James Eastland, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott and Roger Wicker. During roughly the same time period, there have been 12 presidents, 13 governors of Mississippi, 18 No. 1 hits (a disputed number) by Elvis Presley, 11 head football coaches at Mississippi State University ...

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Two Mississippi Republicans say governor will appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran

Two Mississippi Republicans say governor will appoint Cindy Hyde-Smith to U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran. The state’s governor will appoint Mississippi’s first-ever female member of Congress to fill the Senate vacancy that will soon be created when veteran Sen. Thad Cochran retires, three state Republicans told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a 58-year-old Republican, has ...

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Key decisions to be made this week before legislators finalize budget

How much money the Legislature will have to fund education, health care, law enforcement and other vital services for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning July 1, will be dependent on some key actions during the coming week. As of right now, the Legislature’s official revenue estimate is that the state will have slightly less revenue – $1.5 million or .03 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — McDaniel switcheroo shifts hot seat from Wicker to Bryant

Call it what you will, state Senator Chris McDaniel blinked. Despite his earlier caustic rhetoric, he will not challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in the Republican Primary. Instead, he will compete in what he hopes will be an easier pathway to the Senate, the special election to fill retiring Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat. Assuming his billionaire funders stick with ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislature has flubbed responsibility for good schools

With all the noise about school funding, school choice, vouchers, and teacher shortages, perhaps a look at some fundamentals would be helpful.   Remember 2015? The Initiative 42 referendum to put full funding for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) in the state constitution? That initiative and the Legislature’s alternative both failed. So Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution remains ...

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Mississippi demands $100K from Canton utilities board members

Officials say utility board members in a Mississippi city owe nearly $100,000 to the state auditor’s office after using public funds for personal use. The Clarion Ledger cites a Thursday statement from State Auditor Stacey Pickering as saying five members on the Canton Municipal Utilities Board of Commissioners used board funds to pay for an attorney when they were not members. Cleotha ...

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