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Judge sets trial date for campaign finance case

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has scheduled a trial for June 3 on challenge to Mississippi’s campaign finance law. At issue is whether a citizen must register with the state before spending more than $200 in a year to influence voters. The lawsuit contends they do not. In 2011, five Lafayette County residents sued the state of Mississippi, claiming the ...

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Political acts of problematic perspicacity

Jenny says to Forrest Gump, “Are you stupid or something?” Forrest replies, “Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a state-run health insurance exchange.  Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) passed in 2010 and upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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Ailing state lawmaker withdraws letter of resignation

WEST POINT — Mississippi House officials say ailing Democratic Rep. David Gibbs of West Point remains a member of the Legislature. A letter of resignation from Gibbs was never filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, so the resignation never took effect, said Nathan Wells, chief of staff for Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn. When the legislative session opened Tuesday, ...

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Powell wins House seat; nine to vie for Senate post

BRANDON and HINDS COUNTY —Brent Powell has been elected to the Mississippi Legislature during a special House election. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Brandon Republican garnered more than 51 percent of the vote. He avoids a Jan. 29 runoff election. Powell faced Republicans Bradley Lum and Scot Allen, and independent Benny L. Hubbard. They were vying for the seat left by ...

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Cochran selected as ranking member on ag committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has been selected as ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for the 113th Congress. “I will use the experiences I’ve gained in serving on the committee since 1979 to help quickly advance a new Farm Bill that will meet the needs of our country’s farmers, small businesses and ...

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Congressional delegation splits over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it. Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167. Nunnelee said in a statement after the vote that out-of-control ...

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Mayor Davis indicted; accused of misappropriating taxpayer money

SOUTHAVEN — A North Mississippi mayor has been indicted on three charges related to his alleged misuse of taxpayer money. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was indicted today on one count each of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements. Davis has been under scrutiny since November 2011 when the Mississippi Auditor’s office told him to repay $170,000. The amount was ...

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