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US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

A federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials — an electoral process that critics say is designed to thwart black political power. The hearing happens less than a month before the Nov. 5 gubernatorial election between Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Democratic Attorney ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Why process matters

Process is defined as “a series of actions or operations conducing to an end,” according to Merriam-Webster. Goal is defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” The situation with the hiring of a new chancellor at Ole Miss is a good example of why the process can be as important as the goal. The goal was clear: Hire ...

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Analysis: Debate will show contrasts for Reeves and Hood

The major-party nominees for Mississippi governor will spell out their differences on education, the economy and other issues in their first — and possibly only — debate before the Nov. 5 general election. The faceoff between Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves takes place in front of an audience starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at ...

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Specialty car plate sales rise as blue guitars fade to brown

By MARY PEREZ / Sun Herald Those blue guitar license plates are disappearing across Mississippi and any car or truck that still wears one come in January will be an easy target for a traffic ticket. “The reissue started in January 2019 and will be completed in December,” said Kaitlin O’Dougherty, spokeswoman for Mississippi Department of Revenue. That means by ...

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Protesters shout down Ole Miss chancellor announcement

A news conference that was supposed to name trustees’ choice for a new chancellor at the University of Mississippi never happened, as protesters shouted down the expected announcement of former Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce . After pleading for civility, Trustee Ford Dye retreated from the lectern Friday in an on-campus hotel ballroom in Oxford, as protesters refused to ...

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Mississippi’s voter registration deadline is Monday

Mississippi residents who want to help choose a governor are facing a voter registration deadline. The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day people can register in person. Circuit clerks’ offices are required to be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. They will also be open until 5 p.m. Monday. Registration forms that are mailed must ...

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MDAC announces two staff members

Commissioner Andy Gipson announced two new staff members of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC). Gayle Fortenberry was named Agriculture Workforce Development Coordinator. In this position, Fortenberry will serve as a liaison between MDAC and agriculture industry employers, agricultural education program representatives and potential agricultural employees in high schools, colleges and universities to coordinate the Mississippi Agriculture Workforce ...

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Trump endorses GOP’s Reeves in Mississippi governor’s race

President Donald Trump is tweeting that Tate Reeves, the Republican nominee in the Mississippi governor’s race, has his “Complete & Total Endorsement.” Reeves is the current lieutenant governor. He faces Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two other candidates in the Nov. 5 election. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant cannot seek a third term, and he endorsed Reeves months ago. Trump ...

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TODD SMITH — White House to launch impeachment response plan

Top White House officials will soon present President Trump with a wide-ranging response strategy to the growing threat of impeachment, following a week of mixed messaging and growing angst within Trump’s adviser team. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be among those who present the president with the plan for a rapid-response ...

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Analysis: Elections don’t always run according to calendar

Elections usually end when the calendar says they should, but sometimes they go into overtime. In one Mississippi Senate race on the Gulf Coast, a Republican primary that started in August won’t be resolved until the Nov. 5 general election because a judge ordered a new round of voting in a few precincts. In another Senate district that stretches from ...

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