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Mississippi to build facility for medically fragile children

A new law says Mississippi can borrow money to build a long-term care facility for children with complex medical conditions. Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed House Bill 1160 , which authorizes the state to issue up to $12.5 million in bonds to finance the facility in east Jackson. Lawmakers said it will provide a home-like setting for a small ...

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Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers seek early exit to session

Mississippi lawmakers are aiming for an early end to their scheduled 90-day session. This is the fourth and final year of the current term, and most members of the House and Senate are seeking re-election. Finishing early gives all representatives and senators more time with their families and their other jobs (legislating is a part-time gig, after all). And an ...

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Hood and Reeves headline 2019 Mississippi election field

The top of the ticket for Mississippi’s 2019 statewide election could feature the most competitive governor’s race since 2003, but a dearth of strong Democratic candidates down the ballot shows the party’s continued weakness in Mississippi. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will be favorites in their respective August 6 primaries, but each will have ...

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Candidates for Mississippi statewide and district offices

Here are the major-party and independent candidates running for statewide offices in Mississippi this year, according to the state Democratic and Republican parties and the secretary of state’s office: GOVERNOR Democrat: Jim Hood, Robert Shuler Smith, William Bond Compton Jr, Michael Brown, Robert J. Ray, Velesha Williams, Gregory Wash, Phillip West, Albert Wilson. Republican: Robert Foster, Tate Reeves, Bill Waller ...

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Retired Justice Waller entering GOP primary for governor

A retired chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court says he has the best chance to win the governor’s race because he believes he will appeal to voters across party lines. Bill Waller Jr. of Jackson said he’s filing paperwork Friday to enter the Republican primary. It’s the last day for candidates to qualify for statewide, regional, legislative and county ...

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Mississippi lawmaker back at Capitol weeks after a stroke

A state senator has returned to the Mississippi Capitol, just over a month after he had a stroke. Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton received a standing ovation Wednesday from his colleagues and spectators in the Senate chamber. He waved and blew kisses in response. Burton had a stroke Jan. 24, a week before his 63rd birthday. He has been ...

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No guarantee of state employees’ raises in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers are agreeing to an early set of recommendations for a $6.1 billion state budget. More work is coming in the next few weeks. The state House passed bills Tuesday to fund dozens of state programs for the year that begins July 1. The Senate did the same on Wednesday. The two chambers will exchange bills for more work. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: More than Presidents Day has morphed into the mundane

Established in 1885 on February 22nd to venerate George Washington’s birthday, Presidents Day in 1971 was moved to the third Monday in February to accommodate three-day weekends for federal employees. It then morphed into a celebration of all presidents. Today it has morphed again into just another day when the Post Office and banks are closed. Much else our nation ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Constructive conservatism needed to thwart rise of Socialism

What would Adam Smith, the father of modern capitalism, think of capitalism in America today? You see, it was Smith’s notion that despite natural greed, individuals in a free, capitalistic society would be led by “reason, principle, conscience” to act morally and compassionately. Capitalism would be the economic mechanism by which wage earners and the middle class would accumulate wealth. ...

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Reeves: Strong revenue no reason to ‘spend, spend, spend’

Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that Mississippi tax collections are better than expected for the first half of the budget year, but he said that doesn’t mean the state should spend more money. The state budget year started in July. From then through December, state revenues were $85.5 million higher than they were during the same period a ...

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