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ROGER WICKER — Stand with Hong Kong protesters

For almost six months, the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets to protest the abuses of the Chinese Communist Party. Recent clashes make clear that police are stepping up their cruelty, with beatings becoming the go-to tactic of repression and rubber bullets occasionally being replaced by live ammunition. Despite this brutality, the brave protesters are continuing to ...

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Mississippi tax official, ex-employee settle harassment suit

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi employee against a county tax collector has been settled. The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that the suit against Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair was settled by the county for $100,000 late last month. A county attorney sought to have the lawsuit dismissed and a federal judge approved the request after both sides agreed ...

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Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway construction program and in overhauling Mississippi’s school funding formula a decade later. ...

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Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy dies at 77

Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, an advocate for public education and economic opportunities for the less fortunate, died Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 77. Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville said McCoy died at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks. Holland’s funeral home is handling arrangements for the funeral, ...

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Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE —Let innovation happen in Mississippi

Today’s technology has helped usher in what is commonly referred to as the sharing economy. This is a broad term we use for an economic system where services are provided in exchange for a fee, via a third-party facilitator. The most common examples of the sharing economy are ridesharing and homesharing apps, such as Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, or HomeAway. On ...

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Ole Miss backtracks on conservative speaker’s cancellation

The University of Mississippi says a lecture by a conservative journalist is back on after initially being cancelled. The Oxford Eagle reports Daily Wire contributor Elisha Krauss will speak in the university’s student union on Wednesday. The talk was originally set to be inside the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, but Krauss said she was told by a professor that ...

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Mississippi Democrat Espy to run again for US Senate in 2020

Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy is announcing another run for U.S. Senate, setting up a 2020 rematch with Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith. Espy made the announcement Tuesday morning, telling supporters by email that “I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi and the United States.” A former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and U.S. House member, Espy lost ...

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Analysis: Democrats evaluating Mississippi election losses

Some Mississippi Democrats are second-guessing the party’s strategies after Republicans swept all eight statewide offices in this year’s general election. The two Democrats at the top of the ticket were Attorney General Jim Hood, who lost the governor’s race to Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and state Rep. Jay Hughes, who lost the lieutenant governor’s race to Secretary of State ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Campaign season yields some interesting results

As Thanksgiving looms one thing we can all be thankful for is that Mississippi political campaigns are over and done. No more negative ads. No more recorded telephone calls. No more yard signs decorating every open space on major thruways. The just ended campaign season did have some interesting results, though. Republicans in January will take over all statewide offices. ...

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