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Legislature delivers redisticting plan to Justice Department

JACKSON — Legislative leaders say plans for new district lines for the House and Senate have been delivered to the Department of Justice. House Elections Committee chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the legislative plan was delivered this week. The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts have to be updated after each Census to account ...

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Thompson raises $1.2M; his three opponents combined get less than $8,000

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson’s campaign war chest tops $1.2 million, far more than his Republican and independent opponents, according to recent filings with the Federal Election Commission. The FEC reports cover the period ending June 30. Thompson is running for an 11th term in Mississippi’s 2nd District. Thompson’s Republican opponent Bill Marcy of Vicksburg reported $5,853 ...

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Bryant sets date for election to fill Flowers' Senate seat

DESOTO COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant says the election to fill a state Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Merle Flowers will be held during the Nov. 6 elections. Bryant says in a news release holding the election for Mississippi Senate District 19 in DeSoto County on that day will save the cost of a special election because ...

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Justice Dept. approves redistricting; opponents still unhappy

JACKSON — The U.S. Justice Department has approved Hinds County’s redistricting plan, but opponents remain unhappy. Critics of the plan say it leaves a number of communities fragmented for no good reason. A department spokesman said the plan was approved last week. The plan’s opponents say it splits apart communities that have long voted together. For instance, Pete Perrry of ...

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Consultant expected to release remap proposal to city council

JACKSON — A consultant firm hired by the city of Jackson to help with City Council redistricting efforts says it’s almost ready to submit a final remap proposal for the council’s vote. D.L. Johnson Consultants says the proposal relies heavily on the input of each council member. The Clarion-Ledger reports Hollis Watkins, one of the consultants, noted in a progress ...

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Hosemann: Response to voter ID initiative 'limited'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office reports its outreach initiative offering assistance to individuals with no acceptable forms of photo voter identification has received limited response in its first two weeks. “We have inundated the state with outreach initiatives requesting these individuals contact our office,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “So far, only 75 individuals have contacted our ...

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Organizers suspend campaign to bring vote on liquor

PHILADELPHIA — A petition drive for a liquor election in Philadelphia has been temporarily suspended, organizers say. The Neshoba Democrat reports organizers say they will resume the drive once the Justice Department rules on a bill that allows a vote on legalizing liquor sales in cities like Philadelphia with populations of at least 5,000. The law, once approved, would take ...

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Rikard will not seek re-election after 16 years as mayor

OLIVE BRANCH — Mayor Sam Rikard will not run for re-election next year. Rikard tells the Commercial Appeal after 16 years as mayor, he is looking forward to having more time for family. The 58-year-old Rikard served eight years as alderman before being elected to a first term as mayor in 1997. Olive Branch has only had three mayors since ...

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City sets public hearings to discuss ward redistricting

GAUTIER — Two public hearings have been set on the redistricting of wards in the city of Gautier. The Mississippi Press reports the city council scheduled the hearings for July 2 and July 16. The city’s population soared from 11,681 in the 2000 census to 18,572 in the 2010 count, a 59 percent increase. City officials have pointed to the ...

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Another Rankin County city to vote on liquor sales

BRANDON — A vote on liquor sales is coming this fall in Brandon as Rankin County continues to shed its dry county status. It’s a change that began in 2009 when 77 percent of Flowood residents voted in liquor sales. Pearl later followed when it voted to allow liquor sales by the glass. But Brandon isn’t allowing a free flow ...

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