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BILL CRAWFORD: Unseemly politics belies Christian seeming Mississippi

In 2017 Gallup reported Mississippi had retained its spot as the most religious state in the U.S., with 59% of residents calling themselves “very religious” and another 29% “moderately religious.”   A Pew Research Center report published in 2015 counted 83% of adult Mississippians as Christian. That would approximate 1.9 million adults.   Making up most of the 83% were ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Do Republicans really care about debt reduction?

So, is reducing the national debt still the priority concern for Republican leaders?   Remember the rhetoric:   “The national debt threatens our way of life; it threatens the value of our national currency; and it threatens our ability to pay for entitlements that millions of Americans depend on,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2009. And that’s why ...

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Gunn puts campaign finance bill on fast track

By BOBBY HARRISON Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, has placed on the fast track legislation attempting to prevent political candidates from using campaign finance funds for personal use. Similar legislation was killed during the 2016 session in the House at some personal embarrassment to Gunn. But on Wednesday, the legislation bearing the speaker’s name as the primary author passed the House by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Are big money tax policies best for Mississippi?

As tax collections continue to falter, threatening more mid-year budget cuts, our legislative leaders scurry to shore up the brilliance of their tax cut agenda.    They brought in an “outside expert” to say they’re on the right track.    Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Tax Foundation, told them that adding more consumption taxes and reducing corporate taxes is ...

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Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division

This was the year Republicans seized and wielded a supermajority in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature. Gaining stronger control in the 2015 elections helped the GOP achieve long-held goals in 2016, including appointing superintendents and phasing out the franchise tax. But the 2016 legislative session was at times bitterly divisive. Republicans ramrodded through some measures over intense opposition, and ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Party switch pushes GOP closer to supermajority in House

JACKSON — Republicans are closer to having a three-fifths majority of 74 votes in the Mississippi House because a newly re-elected Democrat is switching parties. Rep. Jody Steverson of Ripley confirmed his decision Thursday to The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. With one other House race unresolved, Steverson’s switch gives the GOP 73 out of 122 seats. Steverson did not immediately ...

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Mississippi proficiency levels dip, as expected, on new test

JACKSON — Nearly half of Mississippi high school students met or exceeded expectations in English last year, while about 27 percent did so in algebra I, according to test results released Thursday. Those are the first findings from Mississippi’s only administration of a multi-state test meant to measure achievement under new academic standards. The results are a big drop from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Harper perturbed by Freedom Caucus actions

The disorder in the U.S. House of Representatives even caused Mississippi’s calm Congressman Gregg Harper to become perturbed. Harper “expressed irritation with the House Freedom Caucus,” reported The Clarion-Ledger, after the caucus failed to support California Congressman Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. “We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to ...

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