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Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson to name Keith Davis as Chief of Staff

Secretary of State-elect Michael Watson announced that he will be hiring Keith Davis as his Chief of Staff. Watson was elected in November with 59% of the vote to become Mississippi’s next Secretary of State. Keith Davis is currently serving as the Chief of Enforcement for the Department of Marine Resources (DMR), a position he has held since July, 2014. ...

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Secretary of state nominees differ on expanding early voting

Two candidates for secretary of state said Monday that they have different ideas about whether Mississippi should change its laws to expand early voting. Under current Mississippi law, absentee voting is limited to people who have a temporary or permanent disability, are at least 65 years old or will be out of town on Election Day. The Republican nominee, state ...

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Former Legislative Director Upchurch is new chief of staff at Secretary of State’s Office

Nathan Upchurch, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s long-time Legislative Director, recently assumed the Agency’s Chief of Staff role. A native of Kosciusko, Upchurch earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University. Since 2013, Upchurch has been the Secretary of State’s Legislative Director. Among other responsibilities, Upchurch developed the policy and legislative agenda for the Agency, assisted in ...

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Secretary of State’s Office Earns Two Awards for Y’all Business, Charities Online

Two websites operated by the Secretary of State’s Office have earned top awards in creativity and digital communication. Y’all Business, www.yallbusiness.sos.ms.gov, took home a 2017 Platinum dotComm award, and Charities Online earned a Gold. dotComm Awards is an international competition administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Y’all Business, Mississippi’s resource for free economic development information, relaunched in ...

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Secretary of State business site updated

MBJ staff Y’all Business, the Secretary of State’s online resource for Mississippi economic development information, has been expanded. The office said in a news release on Wednesday that it surveyed more than 78,000 businesses in planning for the revamp.  Businesses were asked about their greatest barrier to developing or expanding their business in Mississippi. New information on Y’all Business includes: ...

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Jeremy Martin to serve as assistant secretary of state for North Mississippi

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has announced Jeremy Martin has been promoted to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for North Mississippi. He has served as the North Mississippi Service Coordinator since 2008. As Assistant Secretary of State for North Mississippi, Jeremy is responsible for managing the North Mississippi offices in Tupelo and Hernando while representing the Secretary of State’s office in ...

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State’s ‘Y’all’ website pulling visitors worldwide

By LYNN LOFTON  A website by the Secretary of State’s office to promote economic development in Mississippi has attracted a large number of visitors since its Sept. 30 launch. The site, www.YallBusiness.sos.ms.gov, brings together economic, census and consumer data into one comprehensive website. It also has a link on the main Secretary of State website. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann ...

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Hosemann to launch crowd funding program

By JACK WEATHERLY  Crowd funding has been around for a few years. Sometimes it’s a shop that’s about to go under. Someone sends out the rallying cry and the money pours in, sometimes. And maybe there is a lasting benefit, maybe not. But the phenomenon has become more varied. And in some cases more sophisticated, with a longer-range perspective. By ...

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MDMR receives Tidelands check for $9.5M from Hosemann

BILOXI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented a check for $9.5 million to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to fund projects to increase public access to waterways and marine conservation management. Hosemann made the presentation yesterday to MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller. The Tidelands Trust Fund Program began in 1994. Mississippians own the public trust tidelands, the ...

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Hosemann issues warning on Annual Business Services

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is warning Mississippi-registered businesses to not be deceived by a company that tries to get businesses to pay to submit an annual minutes statement. Hosemann’s office says it has received numerous complaints about a company called Annual Business Services that requests sensitive information and $125 to prepare an annual minutes statement for filing ...

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