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Adam Lynch
The preliminary leak of a pivotal court decision reveals the U.S. Supreme Court is ready to overturn Roe v. Wade and put gay and interracial marriage on notice. Politico obtained a draft majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito and labeled “Opinion of the Court,” in which conservative justices sided with the state of Mississippi...
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An ongoing investigation by Mississippi Today reporter Anna Wolfe and state auditor Shad White continues to uncover one incriminating possibility after another of greed and collusion. Former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears to have conspired with former MDHS head John Davis to use the state’s welfare program as a personal slush fund to enrich themselves...
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The Mississippi Secretary of State’s website lists all Chancery, Circuit and Appeals court judicial races up for contest this year, as well as one special election for the Desoto County district attorney’s office. That list shows less than 10 of those roughly 100 actually qualifying as a race. The vast majority of these positions contain...
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The Republican controlled Mississippi House was willing to let teacher pay raises die another year, keeping Mississippi at the lowest pay level in both the Southeastern and national average.  The House and Senate produced two competing versions of a pay raise this legislative session, but House leaders were willing to jettison the raise entirely for...
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The Republican supermajority is considering two different bills to hollow out the state’s budget at a time when consumer prices are exploding across the nation and state schools are woefully underfunded. Senate Finance Chairman Josh Harkins, R-Flowood, shepherded Senate Bill 3164 through Senate debate last Wednesday with a 40-to-11 vote, passing the bill and sending...
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Mississippi’s white majority in the House and Senate slaughtered a host of pro-democracy bills this month, punctuating that the state remains the most difficult in which to vote for minorities and low-wage workers. Certain bills must meet a Feb. 1 deadline in the Mississippi House in order to survive. If committee chairs never bring the...
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Sen. David Blount delivered a harsh critique to a Republican plan to let GOP ideologues tamper with Mississippi elections.  “This is nuts,” said Blount, a Jackson senator with strong familiarity with the state’s election process, having worked under former Secretary of State Eric Clark during Clark’s 1995-to-2007 term.   “What this bill would do is it...
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Hell, more or less, froze over in late January, and it had nothing to do with nationwide winter storms. Mississippi’s hyper-conservative GOP-dominated Senate openly passed around a knock-off joint. “Well, they’ll stone you when you’re tryna be so good,” recited Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, who approached the Senate podium with the intent to kill off...
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Mississippi House members approved legislation ending personal income tax in Mississippi this week, and economists are warning it will be a budget killer.  “I looked at the fiscal note (on this thing) and they are 100 percent offsetting the cost of these cuts with the revenue surplus that came from federal sources like ARPA (American...
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There’s a new lender in town, and he’s aiming to put predatory loans out of business.  For those in the know, a payday loan—also known as “cash advance” loan or “check advance” loan—is packaged as a short-term, high-cost loan that should be repaid by the borrower’s next payday. Lenders proclaim the due date to be two or four weeks from...
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