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GOP titans clash in Mississippi's Senate race

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran is facing his toughest primary challenge in nearly 36 years in the Senate, from a tea party favorite who casts him as an out-of-touch Washington insider. But Cochran is meeting state lawmaker Chris McDaniel’s barbs with a potent weapon: the Barbour family’s political machine. While Cochran has the backing of the formidable statewide ...

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House rejects Senate's teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators will meet to discuss differences in their pay raise proposals for Mississippi public school teachers. The move comes after the House rejected a Democratic attempt to agree to the Senate’s pay raise proposal by a 71-50 vote yesterday. Democrats argued that the House should accept the Senate plan because there’s a chance that House ...

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Crowded field lines up for Jackson mayoral election

JACKSON — The race to fill out the remaining three years of the late Chokwe Lumumba’s mayoral term is likely to be a blend of familiar and fresh faces. Three-term Jackson mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who lost in the 2013 Democratic primary, announced yesterday that he will seek to reclaim his former seat. It would be second comeback for Johnson, ...

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Big job ahead for state economists in assessing business incentives

The University Research Center and its economists are accustomed to analyzing the effectiveness of incentives for specific economic development projects. They are about to enter some more challenging analysis territory. The Legislature is on the verge of requiring periodic evaluations of the value of tax credits, sales tax rebates and other incentives the Mississippi Development Authority uses to bring business ...

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Bills requiring evaluation of incentives make progress

House and Senate bills that mandate evaluations of the return Mississippi gets on its tax credits, sales tax rebates and other economic development incentives have passed their respective bodies unanimously and now await conference committee action. The idea is to gauge how well they create jobs and other economic benefits in exchange for the costs to the state. Sen. David ...

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Bills to force ‘convincing’ need before using alternative tax methods clear key committees

Mississippi legislators are moving ahead with plans to raise the bar on the state Department of Revenue’s use of alternative tax methods. Though the two Republican-sponsored bills clear key committee votes Tuesday, whether the measures make it to conference committee is far from certain. And what any final bill that comes out conference would look like is equally uncertain. Mostly ...

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Ex-Democrat Taylor cleared to run in primary as Republican

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Former Democratic Mississippi congressman Gene Taylor will stay on the Republican primary ballot opposing incumbent U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo. After a closed meeting of the state Republican executive committee yesterday, Chairman Joe Nosef said members voted 25-10 to certify Taylor’s place on the June 3 ballot. Taylor was elected to the U.S. House as a Democrat ...

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Gene Taylor, now a Republican, announces bid for 4th congressional district

The Sun Herald has reported that former Congressman Gene Taylor is filing papers today to run as a Republican against incumbent Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo-R. Taylor lost to Palazzo in 2010. They will face each other in the June 3 congressional and senate primary. Also on the ballot will be state Sen. Chris McDaniel-R against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran-R. ...

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