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Liquor opponents get no answers from aldermen

CORINTH — The Corinth board of aldermen has declined to get into discussion of what liquor rules it might put into effective if sales are approved by voters next week. Liquor opponents pressed aldermen to announce how they planned to control how liquor is sold and where it can be sold. Corinth voters will decide Dec. 11 whether to approve ...

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Elections and the evolving status of Federalism

With the presidential election holding our attention of late it has been easy to overlook the phenomenon that the 10th amendment to the United States Constitution is becoming supercharged. This rapidly evolving status of our federal system is almost as intriguing as the presidential election itself. It has not been long since the Tea Party was crying out in anguish ...

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Longtime Democratic lawmaker Turner dies at 64

WEST POINT — Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died yesterday. He was 64. Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died yesterday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he had been hospitalized ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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NFIB director backs governor's call for tax reduction action

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, Mississippi state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released a statement in response to Gov. Phil Bryant’s call to stop delaying the accelerated tax reduction as part of his proposed budget for fiscal 2014. Aldridge wrote: “This would make a big difference to a lot of small businesses. By no longer delaying the ...

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Leaders call $5B revenue estimate 'conservative'

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and top lawmakers say they’ve set a conservative estimate that the state can spend about $5 billion in the coming year. Bryant met yesterday with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They agreed on a 1.4 percent increase in the revenue estimate for the current year, which ends June 30. The new total is just over ...

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Charter school opponent moved off Education Committee

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House has shuffled committee assignments in a way that makes it easier to pass charter school legislation he supports. Speaker Philip Gunn recently moved Democrat Linda Whittington of Schlater off the Education Committee and made her vice chairwoman of the Tourism Committee. He gave Whittington’s seat on the Education Committee to Republican ...

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