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Analysis: Mississippi has options for new secretary of state

Mississippi voters are choosing a new secretary of state this year, and the two candidates are divided over some big proposals for the office. Democrat Johnny DuPree says he would push legislators to authorize online registration for new voters. Republican Michael Watson says he’d support that only with assurances that cybersecurity wouldn’t be compromised. Watson says he wants the secretary ...

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GOP runoff cuts Reeves’ cash, but Democrat Hood still trails

A contested Republican primary and runoff dented the cash cushion of Tate Reeves, but the lieutenant governor still has more money than Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood as the two wrestle for the governor’s chair. Reeves burned through $5.8 million between July and September to win the GOP nomination, including $3.2 million he dug out of his savings accounts, cutting ...

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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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Critics cite lack of transparency in Glenn Boyce’s appointment as UM chancellor

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal OXFORD • Glenn Boyce, the former commissioner of higher education and president of Holmes Community College, will be the next Chancellor of the University of Mississippi according to multiple sources familiar with the hiring process. The announcement comes after the state Institutions of Higher Learning laid out a perspective timeline that did not have the search process ...

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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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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Predatory vs. preposterous policies at play in Mississippi?

Choosing to appease the insatiable desires of grasping businesses and consumers, politicians spew ever more promiscuous policies from our nation’s capital. As noted in recent columns, hindrances to unscrupulous businesses preying on consumers are diminishing while preposterous promises of succor to consumers are expanding. Predatory practices are the dark side of Republican pro-business policies on the one hand while preposterous ...

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TODD SMITH — American trust erodes for Congress, tech leaders

The public gives high scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers on empathy, transparency and ethics, yet they rate members of Congress and leaders of technology companies lower, according to a new Pew Research Center report that examines public confidence in eight groups of people who hold positions of power and responsibility in America. The new survey looked at ...

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