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House majority whip Moss retiring from Legislature

CORINTH — State House majority whip Harvey Moss says he will retire from the Legislature after 28 years, defending what he called a legacy of fighting for conservative morals and leading key legislation that improved the state’s economy. Moss first took his seat in 1984 and counts the 1987 transportation bill — a highway expansion funded by a five-cent tax ...

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Hosemann to fight redistricting battle to 'final conclusion'

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has responded to the NAACP’s announcement that it would appeal the ruling of a three-judge federal panel concerning redistricting. Hosemann wrote in a statement: “A month ago, the federal court sided in our favor to follow the state constitution and give our elected lawmakers another year to finish the redistricting process. The court ...

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Realtor group endorses Bryant for governor

JACKSON — Yesterday, Phil Bryant’s campaign for governor received another key, pro-business endorsement at a news conference in Jackson. The Mississippi Association of Realtors formally endorsed Bryant citing his proven record of conservative, pro-business leadership. Dee Denton, president of the Mississippi Association of Realtors, said, “Phil also understands that good government is key to helping more Mississippians achieve the American ...

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NAACP to appeal panel's ruling on redistricting

JACKSON — The NAACP says it will appeal a federal panel’s ruling that candidates for the Mississippi Legislature this year will run in current districts. Carroll Rhodes, attorney for the NAACP, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the appeal will be filed within 30 days in the U.S. Supreme Court. He would not discuss the details. The candidate qualifying deadline was June ...

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Speed sues Hosemann to keep eminent domain off ballot

Mississippi Development Authority interim executive director Leland Speed has sued Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, in an attempt to keep the eminent domain petition off November’s ballot. ••• READ THE COMPLETE STORY HERE ••• If you’ll recall, the petition seeks to prevent the taking of private land for private development. It keeps in place the state’s authority to seize private ...

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Barbour sets special election to fill Gordon's seat

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour has set a Nov. 8 special election date to fill the unexpired term of the state Senate seat held by the late Sen. Jack Gordon. The post represents District 8, which includes parts of Calhoun, Chickasaw, Grenada and Lee counties. The vacancy was created by Gordon’s death on May 7. The qualifying deadline for ...

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McCoy will not seek another term in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi Democratic House Speaker Billy McCoy says he won’t seek re-election to Legislature. The 68-year-old announced his decision in a news release today, saying no single issue led him to step aside when this term ends this coming January. His announcement comes one week before the June 1 qualifying deadline for legislative candidates. McCoy represents House District 3 ...

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Hosemann: Legislators should follow the Constitution

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a strongly worded statement saying legislators, not a federal court, should decide on redistricting. Allowing a federal judge to render a decision is counter to the state Constitution, Hosemann says. Hosemann wrote in an open letter to the public: “As a fervent believer in state’s rights and the state Constitution, it ...

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Mayor Hudson to make run for Thompson's seat in Congress

GREENVILLE — Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson says she’s preparing to run for Congress in Mississippi’s 2nd District. The seat has been held since 1993 by Democrat Bennie Thompson of Bolton. It was not immediately clear whether he’s seeking another two-year term in 2012. Hudson, a Democrat, says she has hired national Democratic political strategist and pollster, Celinda Lake. Hudson ...

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Lawmakers gone, but redistricting fight continues

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are gone from the Capitol, but arguments about legislative redistricting are continuing with a flurry of papers filed in federal court. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The 122 state House districts and 52 Senate districts need ...

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