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GOP candidates line up for House speakership

JACKSON — Five Republicans are seeking the speakership of the Mississippi House, anticipating a takeover of the chamber from the Democrats, who refuse to concede that they’ll lose control of the 122-member chamber. Rep. Tyrone Ellis, D-Starkville, who has served as majority leader, said yesterday by his party’s count, 118 races have been decided, with each party taking 59. That ...

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Secretary of State adds cost of initiatives to ballot

JACKSON — Key information involving three initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot was not included so a reprint has been ordered, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office said yesterday. Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said Attorney General Jim Hood contacted their office last week saying he believed the “fiscal analysis” — the cost to taxpayers for ...

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State's GOP want judge to draw redistricting map

JACKSON — The Mississippi Republican Party is asking federal judges to redraw the state’s four U.S. House districts before the 2012 elections. In court papers filed this month, the party said there’s “no likelihood” that legislators will handle congressional redistricting on time. The next regular legislative session begins Jan. 3. That’s 10 days before the congressional candidates’ qualifying deadline for ...

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Hosemann concerned about absentee ballots

JACKSON — Initial inquiries showing a high number of absentee ballots cast in certain counties across the state in the 2011 primary election have caused concern for the Secretary of State’s Office. “Absentee balloting appears to be increasing in this state,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We have information dozens of ballots had been witnessed by the same person. ...

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Supreme Court sets deadline for eminent domain briefs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys until Aug. 12 to file briefs in a challenge to an eminent-domain ballot initiative. The court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case. Jackson businessman Leland Speed appealed a decision by a Hinds County judge that the initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in ...

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McCoy: No compromise with Senate on redistricting

JACKSON — House Speaker Billy McCoy has given the Senate an ultimatum — approve his chamber’s redistricting plan as is, or the matter will immediately go to the U.S. Department of Justice. McCoy, D-Rienzi, released a statement informing Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and others he has no intention of negotiating a compromise. Legislators are redrawing the 122 House districts ...

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Last defendant sentenced for voter fraud

ASHLAND — The last defendant in a Benton County voter fraud case has been sentenced to five years in prison. Attorney General Jim Hood says in a news release that David Massey of Hickory Flat was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit voter fraud and three counts of voter fraud. Massey entered an open plea Jan. 11 before ...

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Hosemann says voter ID should pass next year

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi voters will have a chance to shape the state’s history next year, as three statewide referendums will be on the November 2011 ballot. The Natchez Democrat reports Hosemann, speaking yesterday at a local civic club, says he expects a requirement for voters provide an ID when at the polls to pass. ...

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Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that corporations may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on business efforts to influence federal campaigns. By a 5-4 vote, the court overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said companies can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to produce ...

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