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Amid False 2020 Claims, GOP States Eye Voting System Upgrade

For years, Tennessee Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro’s call to require the state’s voting infrastructure to include a paper record of each ballot cast has been batted down in …

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Judge Sentences Two Madison County Men to 150-Plus Years in Prison for Drug Offenses

Madison/Rankin County Circuit Court Judge Dewey Arthur sentenced 34-year-old Carlos Dominique Allen and 42-year-old Torrey Powell to 156 years, collectively, for drug offenses on March 28, 2022.

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Gov. Reeves Signs $524-Million Tax Cut As Education, Infrastructure Funding Woes Remain

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed an income-tax cut Tuesday afternoon that will eliminate $524 million from state revenues.

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Teacher Raise, Tax Cut Top Issues in Mississippi Session

Mississippi legislators have finished their busiest session in years after enacting the largest teacher pay raise in a generation and setting the state's largest-ever income tax cut.

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Mississippi Legislators Work to Approve State Spending Plans

Mississippi legislators on Monday were approving parts of a state budget for the year that begins July 1, and it is substantially larger than the budget for the current year.

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Mississippi Joins States Limiting Outside Election Funding

Mississippi is the latest Republican-led state to ban election offices from accepting donations from private groups for voting operations—a movement fueled by conservatives' suspicion of donations by Facebook founder Mark …

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'Go, Mississippi': State Could Ditch Song with Racist Roots

Mississippi is on the verge of scuttling a state song with racist roots, two years after it retired a Confederate-themed state flag.

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Mississippi Lawmakers Aim to Finish Budget and End Session

Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol on Monday with hopes of finishing their 2022 session.

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Mississippi Governor Signs Largest Teacher Raise in Years

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill Wednesday authorizing the largest pay raise in a generation for the state's public school teachers, long among the lowest-paid in the nation.

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Mississippi House, Senate Pass Separate Redistricting Plans

The Mississippi House and Senate voted by wide margins Tuesday to approve separate plans to redraw legislative districts to account for population changes revealed by the 2020 Census.

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Mississippi Works to Set Budget After Missing Deadline

Mississippi legislators worked on budget proposals Monday after missing deadlines because of a long dispute over a tax cut plan.

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Mississippi House OKs Redistricting; Senators Debate Plan

The Mississippi House on Tuesday approved a plan to redraw its districts to account for population changes revealed by the 2020 Census.

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Sheriff: Rankin County Work-Release Program Is Not ‘Convict Leasing,’ A Vestige of Slavery

ACLU-MS Deputy Director Alicia N. Netterville said that the first iteration of House Bill 747 effectively functioned as convict-leasing by another name.

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Mississippi Reveals Redistricting for State House and Senate

Mississippi legislators on Sunday unveiled plans to redraw the state House and Senate districts to account for population changes revealed by the 2020 Census.

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Mississippi Increases Budget Estimates; Tax Cuts Unresolved

Top Mississippi lawmakers on Friday increased estimates of how much tax money the state will collect this budget year and next.