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Democratic state senator won’t seek re-election

A northeast Mississippi Democrat says he won’t seek re-election to the state Senate in 2019. Sen. J.P. Wilemon of Belmont tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journalthat he will complete his fourth term in the Senate but won’t seek a fifth. Wilemon, a retired banker who served as a Belmont alderman for 36 years, cites his age. The 78-year-old says he ...

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Analysis: Top 2 GOP counties could split in governor primary

The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates’ strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations. Two of ...

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Auditor demands more than $200,000 from chancery clerk

Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding that a southwest Mississippi official repay more than $200,000 to county government. State Auditor Shad White on Thursday released a report saying Lincoln County Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop needs to repay the money, The Daily Leader of Brookhaven reported. Auditors contend Bishop improperly paid eight employees with $163,000 in county money instead of fees collected ...

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Dem Brown won’t run again as Mississippi utility regulator

One of Mississippi’s three public service commissioners says he’s not seeking re-election in 2019. Central District Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat from Jackson, made the announcement Monday. Brown is in his first term on the three-member utility regulatory body after 16 years in the Mississippi House. During Brown’s tenure, the commission has wrestled with the resolution of Mississippi Power Co.’s ...

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#justsayin takes a look at Melania and her trees

In this cartoon, Ford Williams lampoons the media coverage that conjured horror scenes out of Melania Trump’s cranberry red Christmas Trees in the White House. The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series – #justsayin – reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford has lampooned Obama, Hillary, Trump, Dak, Lil’ Wayne, Samsung, Gov. Bryant, Coach ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Ramsey reminds us of how we could, no should, be

Civility, service, family,” award-winning cartoonist Marshall Ramsey wrote in the starry sky of his pictorial tribute to the late President George H. W. Bush. “Today, we remembered a president and what he was capable of being,” Ramsey wrote last week in a discussion of the cartoon. He noted Bush’s overwhelming, and mutual, familial love. He noted his ardent civility. And, ...

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