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Jackson Needs a Transparency Movement

Every time Jackson has a city election, the Jackson Free Press news team spends the last week or so following the money, trying to track down shadowy, unregistered or unreported, ...

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Vote Chokwe A. Lumumba on April 22

The JFP continues to support Chokwe A. Lumumba for mayor on April 22 and look forward to Yarber's continued leadership on city council.

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Bypass the Legislature on MAEP, Medicaid LGBT Rights

In the past six years alone, under a Republican-led Senate and, until 2012, a Democratic-led House of Representatives, MAEP has been shorted by more than $1 billion.

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Stop the Death Penalty Now, Mississippi

If you were unsure last week whether Mississippi should immediately declare a moratorium on the death penalty, then now it's hard to deny the evidence.

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Show Us the Campaign Money—On Time

On Tuesday, April 1, candidates seeking the office of Jackson mayor are required to submit their campaign-finance reports.

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Stop the Execution of Michelle Byrom

Michelle Byrom is clearly not guilty of the crime for which the state plans to execute her next week.

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Stop Endangering Lives with ‘Hot’ Police Pursuits

Here in Jackson, the police department has caught up with modern criminal-justice best practices based on the reality that high-speed police pursuits must be limited to situations where the risk ...

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Take a Breath, Jackson

Still, it is completely irresponsible for both elected officials and supposedly "real" media outlets to spread the rumor that Lumumba was murdered.

Economy

State Worker Pay Raise Could Jumpstart Economy

Last month, in a story that didn't receive a huge amount of media coverage, state economist Darrin Webb told a legislative panel that the state of Mississippi is—not projected to ...

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Yes, We Need To Continue Talking About ‘It’

People who go through structured discussions that focus on race and culture in America frequently report that it can dramatically change their lives.

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Felons Deserve Voting Rights Back

Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, wants states to roll back laws that prevent people who have been convicted of a felony from voting.

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Embrace All Forms of Downtown Housing

The building at 300 W. Capitol St. is the nicest public housing in the state. Or so its last two occupants—currently, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, and his predecessor, Haley Barbour—like ...

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Editorial: Shop Local, Shop the Best

When we launched the Best of Jackson reader poll back in 2002, we did it in part because we wanted people to fully grasp all of the wonderful and unique ...

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Give Teachers Raises

As long as we have had a public-education system, we have debated how much public-school teachers deserve to paid. The answer is simple: a whole lot more than they're earning ...

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Make Prison Reform Real

Our story last week about the Mississippi Department of Corrections' decision to end its longstanding practice of allowing conjugal visits has been getting a lot of attention in and outside ...

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Council Must Seek Public Input on Fee Hikes

As City Reporter Tyler Cleveland reports this week, the Jackson City Council quietly, on Nov. 19, added a $5 ticket surcharge for events at Thalia Mara Hall when the municipal ...

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Wish for Continued Downtown Growth in 2014

Downtown is leaving 2013 with a bang with a number of exciting new restaurants with opening of Tom Ramsey's La Finestra and the reopening of the Iron Horse Grill. Fischer ...

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City Must Give More Notice to City Council

The Jackson City Council was frustrated last week when the Mayor Chokwe Lumumba introduced two emergency items at its special meeting Monday afternoon.

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DA Smith Should Recuse from Thomas Killing

Both the DA and Jackson police seem to be assuming that the killing would fall under the state's Castle Doctrine, but it is entirely unclear whether a grand jury would ...

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Rethink ‘Family Values’

A Mississippi judge won't let Hernando resident Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham get a divorce from the woman she married in San Francisco in 2008, nor is she getting any help from ...

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