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Early voting abuse concerns Secretary of State, lawmakers

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers this year rejected a proposal to stop making liars of their fellow citizens, at least when it comes to early voting. Current state law allows any registered voter who is disabled or at least 65 years old to cast an absentee ballot before election day. […]

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House OKs school charter plan

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation that would allow students in C, D and F school systems to cross district lines to attend charter schools passed the House Monday. Earlier this session, in the House Education Committee, Rep. Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, a key charter school proponent, said of the legislation, “it […]

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Court gets involved in legislative bill reading

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A Hinds County circuit judge ordered Wednesday the House leadership slow down the speed by which they read bills. Circuit Judge Winston Kidd issued the order, requested by Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, who maintained the leadership was having the bills read on the House floor at […]

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Attorneys argue over court role in Mississippi flag dispute

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Attorneys are arguing about whether a federal court has the power to decide if the Confederate battle emblem should be removed from the Mississippi flag. The state attorney general’s office, arguing on behalf of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, said flag design should be decided through the political […]

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PRIMARY ELECTION: Tuesday’s ballot includes Congressional race

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Tuesday’s primary has most people talking presidential politics, but voters in North Mississippi also have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the state’s 1st Congressional District. Republican incumbent Trent Kelly faces challenger Paul Clever, a political newcomer, for the Congressional seat. The winner of the Republican primary […]

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Legislation opens charter schools to more districts

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Charter schools could open anywhere in the state under legislation that passed the House Education Committee on Wednesday. Under the current charter school law, which was enacted in the 2013 session, charter schools are limited to D and F school districts without the approval of the […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Voters fear corrupt politicians

          DANIEL GARDNER: Voters fear corrupt politicians It’s official: according to the 2015 Chapman University Survey of American Fears, more than half of us (58 percent) fear corruption of public officials more than any other fear. Perhaps this fear is driving voters to non-traditional candidates like those leading the polls in […]

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Bryant wants flag vote on 2016 ballot

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant expressed support for placing a referendum on whether to change Mississippi’s embattled state flag on the 2016 presidential ballot. He said voting during a presidential year would ensure a large turnout. “The more people vote, the better off we will be,” said Bryant […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Show business over substance

The media is all abuzz about The Donald and last week’s debates on FOX. Calling the prime time event a “debate” is akin to calling a three-ring circus a serious inquiry into the origins of life. The earlier debate with the seven lower polling candidates in the GOP presidential race was much more informative. FOX’s […]

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FLOYD INGRAM: Electing leaders is choosing a future

This column is being written on Monday prior to Tuesday’s county and state elections. I hope the best candidates win. But after more than 25 years of covering elections, I’ve found it is rarely the best or worst who get elected – it’s the same ones year after year. That changed this year in Chickasaw […]

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PERS retirees must stay vigilant

Dear Editor, Two years ago, a bill was introduced into legislature to make changes to the Public Employees Retirement System, know as “PERS.” This bill was sponsored by Senator Nancy Collins of Tupelo. The introduction of this bill had the support of some Republican senators and representatives as well as the leadership in both houses. […]

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Changes to inmate program will hurt cities

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal CHICKASAW COUNTY – They are used for everything from trimming city property and digging into drainage problem to picking up trash along county roads and general labor at community events. Changes to the Mississippi Department of Corrections policy of sending state inmates to county facilities have local supervisors and mayors […]

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MARTY WISEMAN: The church and politics

Time was when it was rare that folks would dare engage in partisan political discussions within the confines of a Christian church. Certainly the advice offered by many a wise sage to avoid discussion of politics or religion with friends was especially observed in the Lord’s house. The fact that the mythical wall that had […]

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DANIEL GARDNER: Social issues are election issues

              What roles will social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and religious freedom play in the 2016 presidential race? On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court decided abortion was a legal right, thus settling the debate … right! In January of this year an estimated 600,000 people marched in […]

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