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Pickering says he’s confident in the case built against Jones County Judge.

Pickering says he’s confident in the case built against Jones County Judge.

The state auditor said Wednesday that his office is confident in the data collected and the demand issued against Judge Billy Joe Landrum.

“We do expect that money to be paid back to the citizens and to the local government in Jones County and we will hold him accountable for that at the appropriate time,” said State Auditor Stacey Pickering.

The investigation into Judge Landrum’s use of funds…

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Mississippi lawmakers question whether local school districts spending money wisely

State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned Tuesday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula.

The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the 2016…

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Posted 15 hours ago

Group files petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

Group files petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.

The group, Mississippi for Cannabis, is hoping to place an initiative on the November 2016 election ballot.

The group filed the petition Monday with the Secretary of State’s satellite office in Hernando, says petition organizer Kelly Jacobs. It’s the initial process in the ballot process.

“Now we are…

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Posted 15 hours ago

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

Mississippi Tourism Director wants more funding.

Mississippi’s tourism budget is among the lowest of any state in the country and while there are goals for increasing tourism, “The plan starts with more funding,” said Malcolm White, executive director of Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division.

“This is a spend-money-to-make-money business,” he said.

Competing states and destinations have much larger budgets, and he said, “When…

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Posted 1 day ago

Breaking: Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.

A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled against the Obama Administration in a case challenging the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services decision to extend tax subsidies to states without a state health insurance exchange.

The decision comes on the heels of several other rulings, including the opinion of the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Sebelius.

Much of the discussion in political and legal…

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Posted 1 day ago

WINTEREGG: Hey Republicans! The top 9 things NOT to say to Millennials.

WINTEREGG: Hey Republicans! The top 9 things NOT to say to Millennials.

BY: JD Winteregg|ANMNews.com

We Millennials understand that there are a lot of well-meaning people out there from the Boomer generation–and even some of the older Gen Xers–who really want to connect to our generation in a political sense. They talk emphatically about reaching the Millennial demographic. “If only we could just educate them on the issues,” they say. “If only we could get them to…

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Posted 1 day ago

Legislative changes to DUI law go into effect on Wednesday.

Legislative changes to DUI law go into effect on Wednesday.

Changes in Mississippi’s DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system.

The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take effect this year. Legislators also made some changes during the 2014 session.

According to a summary of the law, when a person is convicted of their first…

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Posted 2 days ago

DAY: Top 10 toss-up Senate races of 2014

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BY: Jared Day | ANMNews.com

With the 2014 midterm election only a month away, the outlook for Republicans is favorable as they seek to win the six seats necessary to take control of the Senate. Many key Senate battleground races show just a point or two separating Democrats and Republicans. Democrats have kept things close by leading among women in every battleground Senate race.

Republican…

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Posted 3 days ago

With less than two weeks until deadline, supporters of constitutional amendment to fund education feeling confident.

With less than two weeks until deadline, supporters of constitutional amendment to fund education feeling confident.

Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot.

State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 signatures of registered voters at least 90 days before the start of the 2015 Legislature to put the…

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Posted 3 days ago

PLUNKETT: Look for politics to be played during legislative budget negotiations this week.

PLUNKETT: Look for politics to be played during legislative budget negotiations this week.

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett

Lt. Gov. Reeves pens Op-Ed in preparation for this weeks Joint Legislative Budget Committee meetings.

Tuesday, September 30 begins the negotiations for leaders at the state Capitol to pull together a state budget for FY 2016. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves penned an Op-Ed this week to set the tone for his perception of what the state budget should address. As would be…

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