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State Personnel Board Director denies allegations that Gov. Bryant influenced rejection of #CommonCore testing contract.

State Personnel Board Director denies allegations that Gov. Bryant influenced rejection of #CommonCore testing contract.

Mississippi State Personnel Board Director Deanne Mosley issued the following statement Friday night regarding the rejection of a four-year contract for Common Core testing.

“As communicated to Superintendent Wright and her staff, the $8 million contract she submitted could not be approved as a legal and proper expenditure of taxpayer funds as it did not follow Mississippi procurement laws. The…

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Posted 50 minutes ago

McDaniel challenge filed with Supreme Court says previous ruling to dismiss ignored 1986 election law overhaul.

Defeated Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

Just hours before a midnight deadline, attorneys for McDaniel, a state senator who was supported by tea party groups, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late Thursday.

The arguments…

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Posted 10 hours ago

Eric Clark retiring from Community College Board.

Eric Clark retiring from Community College Board.

Eric Clark on Friday announced he’s retiring as director of the state Community College Board effective June 30 of next year.

Clark, former longtime secretary of state, has served as director of the college board since January of 2008. He was secretary of state for 12 years and served 16 years in the state Legislature. He also taught history and government at Taylorsville High School, Jones…

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Posted 11 hours ago

Candidates begin lining up to fill remainder of Brown’s term in state senate.

Candidates begin lining up to fill remainder of Brown’s term in state senate.

1 qualifies, others intend to run for Senate

Terry Brown’s predecessor in the Mississippi State Senate has qualified to run for the rest of his term, while at least two others have confirmed they also plan to do so.

Bill “Doc” Canon, whom Brown replaced in 2003, was certified for the race Thursday afternoon. Ward 6 councilman Bill Gavin and retired insurance agent Bobby Patrick also confirmed to

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Posted 17 hours ago

Mississippi unemployment rate now next to last at 7.9%

Mississippi no longer has the highest unemployment rate in the nation in August, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department.

The Mississippi unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in August, breaking a string of three straight monthly increases. That’s compared to 8 percent in July and 8.6 percent in August 2013.

Georgia had the worst jobless rate at 8.1 percent.…

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Posted 1 day ago

Mississippi Board Of Education approves $8.3 million emergency contract for #CommonCore testing

Mississippi Board Of Education approves $8.3 million emergency contract for #CommonCore testing

The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract Thursday that means Mississippi’s public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards.

The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson PLC in a closed session.

The one-year stopgap comes after the state Personal Service Contract Review Board told…

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Posted 1 day ago

SALTER: Fine print raises skepticism of both approaches to #MAEP ‘full funding’

SALTER: Fine print raises skepticism of both approaches to #MAEP ‘full funding’

BY: Sid Salter

Musgrove’s lawsuit is suspect based on the prospect of a windfall for the trial lawyers involved, including Musgrove. The former governor’s case is likewise weakened based on his performance while in a leadership role in state government, a period in which he only succeeded once in getting full funding for MAEP while actively taking part in the budgetary give-and-take with the…

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Posted 1 day ago

Ike Brown: “I’m still kicking Republicans in the ass.”

Ike Brown: “I’m still kicking Republicans in the ass.”

Democratic Party officials convicted of felonies can continue to serve on their county executive committees despite a new state law that prohibits felons from serving on political executive committees

Longtime Democratic political operative Ike Brown said a new state law doesn’t apply to him because under the constitution a law can’t be retroactive.

Brown said his message to Republicans is why…

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Posted 1 day ago

Former Mississippi lawmaker Vince Scoper dies at 81; served 8 years in House and 20 in Senate

Former Mississippi lawmaker Vince Scoper dies at 81; served 8 years in House and 20 in Senate

Former Mississippi state Sen. Vince Scoper of Laurel has died of esophageal cancer. He was 81.

He died Sunday, and a funeral was held Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Laurel.

Scoper served the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and was among the first Republicans elected to that chamber since Reconstruction. He served in the Mississippi Senate from 1980 to 1984 and 1988…

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Posted 1 day ago

Gov. Phil Bryant intervenes in same-sex divorce case in DeSoto County

Gov. Phil Bryant intervenes in same-sex divorce case in DeSoto County

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce.

The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham’s appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The high court said Monday that it would hear the case instead of assigning…

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