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State GOP votes Gunn as new House speaker

JACKSON — State GOP representatives voted yesterday to back Clinton lawyer Philip Gunn as their candidate for House speaker next year, putting him in line to become the first Republican to lead that chamber in 136 years. The newly elected representatives caucused at Brandon’s City Hall to choose a candidate. Republicans have pledged to unite behind their choice to prevent ...

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GOP candidates line up for House speakership

JACKSON — Five Republicans are seeking the speakership of the Mississippi House, anticipating a takeover of the chamber from the Democrats, who refuse to concede that they’ll lose control of the 122-member chamber. Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, who has served as majority leader, said yesterday by his party’s count, 118 races have been decided, with each party taking 59. That ...

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Lawmakers might examine rural water associations

JACKSON — State lawmakers could examine Mississippi’s rural water associations with an eye toward stronger regulation when the next legislative session begins in January. The interest comes after allegations surfaced about alleged wrongdoing at North Lee County Water Association and widespread customer complaints about being denied access to that association’s board meetings. “You need to have a comprehensive review of ...

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Lawmakers call for reform of patent system

WASHINGTON — Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker say that more job creation could result from the enactment of bipartisan Senate legislation to reform the American patent system. Cochran and Wicker are among 25 senators who have written to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to allow the Senate to debate and vote on the Patent Reform Act of 2009 ...

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Senate expected to pass small business bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is poised to win a long-sought victory as Senate Democrats appear likely to win a key vote that would clear the way for a bill creating a $30-billion government fund to help open up lending for credit-starved small businesses. Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, who sided with GOP leaders in a filibuster in late July, has ...

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States looking to ban government-mandated insurance

Although President Barack Obama’s push for a healthcare overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates. The proposals would assert a state-based right for people to pay medical bills from their own pocketbooks and prohibit penalties against those who refuse to carry health insurance. In many ...

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