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Analysis: Mississippi getting big turnover in state offices

No matter who wins this year’s elections, Mississippi will have its biggest turnover of state government officials in a long time. At least five of the eight statewide offices will have new occupants. Those are governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. That is a contrast to 2015, when all eight statewide officials — the three above, ...

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Expanded health coverage debated in race for insurance post

Republican Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’s got more work to do as he seeks a fourth term. But Democratic challenger Robert Amos says Chaney is ignoring the most important work he should be doing — advocating for more health insurance for lower-income Mississippians. The state’s chief insurance regulator wouldn’t have the power to expand coverage without support from the ...

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Secretary of state nominees differ on expanding early voting

Two candidates for secretary of state said Monday that they have different ideas about whether Mississippi should change its laws to expand early voting. Under current Mississippi law, absentee voting is limited to people who have a temporary or permanent disability, are at least 65 years old or will be out of town on Election Day. The Republican nominee, state ...

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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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All 8 Mississippi GOP statewide nominees band together to fight Jim Hood

Republican nominees for all eight statewide offices in Mississippi appeared together at a campaign rally Monday, and the nominee for governor, Tate Reeves, predicted that all eight will win this fall. Speaking to standing-room-only crowd of Republicans at a Madison restaurant, Reeves said: “I’ve just got one question for you. Are y’all ready to take the fight to the Democrats ...

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Analysis: Campaign ads bring cute kids and scary politicos

Mississippians could get a reprieve from political advertising now that the rush of the party primaries is over. Starting in about mid-October, though, people who are easily annoyed by political ads will have to keep their TV remotes handy. Voters on Nov. 5 will choose a governor, other statewide and regional officials, state lawmakers and county officials, including sheriffs. Commercial ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge target of GOP attacks. On the day the raids ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — History may repeat itself in 3rd district race

Will history repeat itself in the Third Congressional District election this year?    In 1964 a wealthy, agricultural businessman came out of nowhere to win what was then the Fourth Congressional District seat. Prentiss Walker, then 47, president of Walker Egg Farms and owner of Walker’s Supermarket in rural Mize, won as a conservative on the coattails of Barry Goldwater’s ...

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