Democrats yet to act on Senate candidate

    JACKSON — The qualifying deadline of March 1 to run for the U.S. Senate is quickly approaching and the question remains of whether the Democrats will field a viable candidate. State Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has indicated that he will not run. That leaves former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Prentiss […]

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Teacher pay now in Reeves’ court

  JACKSON — It will be interesting to see how the teacher pay plan passed earlier this week by the House is handled in the state Senate — handled specifically by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The Republican ┬áReeves has said he would prefer a merit pay raise based on student achievement instead of a plan […]

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Senate gives governor his wish, but maybe not his man

  JACKSON — The inner workings of the Mississippi Legislature can be a sight to behold. During Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech on Jan. 22, he urged the Legislature to pass a bill to add “In God We Trust” to the state seal. The request was not unusual knowing the governor’s conservative […]

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Barbour moved State of State to nighttime

JAKSON — Used to be the governor’s State of the State speech was conducted during the afternoon, actually at noon. But Haley Barbour who worked for years in Washington D.C., first for former president Ronald Reagan and then as a lobbyist moved the State of the State to nighttime when he was elected governor in […]

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MEC’s Common Core position highlights split

  JACKSON — The Mississippi Economic Council’s restatement Wednesday of its support of Common Core national academic standards further highlights the split in the Republican Party on the issue. The Tea Party, which represents a prime constituency for the Republican Party, is making an all out effort to block the enactment of Common Core in […]

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MEC studying Medicaid expansion

  JACKSON — Little momentum among the state’s political leaders appears to exist for expanding Medicaid, as is allowed under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but the Mississippi Economic Council is studying the issue. Blake Wilson, president of the MEC, said there is a committee of his group looking at the issue […]

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Senate race might be tricky to poll right now

JACKSON — The much publicized PPP poll indicates that veteran U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran could face the most serious challenge of his career if he opts to run for a seventh term next year. The poll by the Democratic firm finds that 55 percent of Republican Party primary voters would prefer someone “more conservative” than […]

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If legislators maintain form, pay raise will come in 2015

  JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant’s budget proposal, which he released earlier this week, would increase state spending by $282 million or nearly 5 percent. But it does not provide a pay raise for state employees or teachers. The legislative leaders will release their budget proposal in December, and it is doubtful that their proposal […]

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Web site appears to boost disqualified candidate

JACKSON–  The three-member state Elections Commission on Monday denied Jackson attorney Latrice Westbrooks a spot on the ballot to run for a Court of Appeals post because she does not live in the district. Westbrooks does not argue with the fact that she lives outside District 2  — by less than a mile. The only […]

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Immigration hearing misses unique perspective

JACKSON — Perhaps the most intriguing person signed up to speak at last week’s hearing on whether the state should strengthen and enforce federal immigration laws was John Palmer, a successful Jackson businessman and former ambassador to Portugal during the George W. Bush administration. House Judiciary B Committee Chair Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, allowed all people […]

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