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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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Senate Democrats joining redistricting lawsuit

JACKSON — The Senate Democratic Caucus has voted to join a lawsuit that’s been filed over Mississippi redistricting. The group of Democrats voted yesterday to hire an attorney. Sen. Bob Dearing of Natchez says the lawmakers want to protect their interests. The current redistricting lawsuit was filed by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored ...

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Judge recuses himself from redistricting lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers show no signs of resolving their redistricting fight before the scheduled end of their session in a few days, but there was a significant development yesterday in a related court case. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan removed himself from a legislative redistricting lawsuit filed by the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP because Jordan learned that one ...

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Michel not seeking reelection to State Senate

JACKSON — State Sen. J. Walter Michel, a Republican from Jackson, says he’s not seeking re-election. Michel says in a news release he wants to devote his attention to his commercial real estate business. Michel’s district covers portions of Madison and Hinds counties. He’s been in the Senate since winning a special election in 1999. Michel is chairman of the ...

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Senate rejects proposal to vote again on redistricting plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has rejected a proposal aimed at jump-starting negotiations over legislative boundaries, an action that came after nearly all of the chamber’s Republican members met privately with Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, tried a parliamentary maneuver yesterday that would have allowed the Senate to vote anew on its map of new Senate districts ...

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Lawmakers joining NAACP lawsuit over redistricting

JACKSON — Mississippi’s redistricting battle has become more complex, and with less than two weeks left in the legislative session it is unclear whether the debate will be resolved in the state Capitol or in a federal courtroom. The House Elections Committee voted along party lines yesterday to join a federal lawsuit filed by the state chapter of the National ...

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