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Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for ‘nice guy’

Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves is now trying to become governor. To advance to the general election ballot in November, he must first win his own party’s nomination. Reeves is competing in a Republican primary runoff ...

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Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor’s race

The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor says no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood says Thursday that he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night between Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. Hood said ...

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Dem governor candidate Hood: Cut Mississippi grocery tax

The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Wednesday that he wants to reduce the state’s 7% grocery sales tax to give working people a break. Attorney General Jim Hood told The Associated Press that he wants to at least cut it in half and possibly eliminate it altogether. Appearing at a locally owned grocery store in the Delta town of ...

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Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn’t undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod not guilty of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge during a one-day ...

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Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that “two good people” are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as state treasurer, and Bill Waller Jr. is a retired chief justice of the ...

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What will a C-Note get you in Mississippi? How about over $16 extra

Tax Foundation study examines “real” value of $100   By TED CARTER Mississippians or visitors to Mississippi with $100 in their pockets are walking around with a $16.69 bonus. But head over to Arkansas and you will lose more than a dollar of the bonus. In Alabama, you’ll lose even more of it. If you stay in Mississippi, at least ...

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Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge target of GOP attacks. On the day the raids ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are GOP candidates willing to tackle rural issues?

Rural Mississippians, as I wrote last week, will have a big say in the August Republican primary runoffs. Politicians who ignore their plight may be in for a big surprise. Take, for example, Tippah County on the northern border of the state. Republican voter turnout in the first primary was up 4,809, a 732% gain. A key issue in Tippah ...

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ROBERT FOSTER — The runoff election for governor is too important to sit on the sidelines

Gubernatorial runoffs are a rare occurrence in Mississippi’s history. In fact, the most recent was nearly three decades ago. Like so many of you, I have struggled to reach a decision on the right plan of action in this runoff election. For months, I pitched my conservative outsider resume and platform of fresh ideas and a new perspective for our ...

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O’Rourke visits Mississippi towns targeted in ICE raids

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has become the first presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people for being in the country illegally. The former Texas congressman resumed campaigning Friday after suspending his White House bid for nearly two weeks and staying in his hometown of El Paso, where ...

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