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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Delbert Hosemann

Education funding hinges on ballot box

Thousands and thousands of Mississippians have signed petitions to place a referendum on the ballot in 2015 that would require complete funding of MAEP. That’s the first step; now we have to see how many people will go to the polls and vote for something that might raise their taxes or cut other services they want, too. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the issue which serves a good purpose — the education of our children — but promises to bring more discussion before it’s all said and done. (October 12, 2014, Page 4A)

Nonprofits submit funding details

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office released its 2013 Report on Charitable Organizations recently, showing how local charities spend their donations. (December 10, 2013, Page 1, 2)

Letters to the Editor

Lena L. Ward writes to say that there are lots of questions still unanswered when it comes to implementing and paying for the Voter ID law recently passed in Mississippi. (June 6, 2012, Page 4A)

PSC, water boards at odds

Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has given 92 north Mississippi water associations until Friday to send him a copy of their bylaws, however many water associations are questioning if the commissioner has the legal right to do so. (January 25, 2012, Page 1)

Report reveals where money goes

The Secretary of State’s Office recently released its annual Charity Report which shows how much of a charity’s revenue goes toward the stated purpose and how much goes to administrative and fundraising costs. (December 14, 2011, Page 1)

Initiatives may attract more voters

Lafayette County residents will cast their votes for local and state elections as well as three controversial constitutional amendments on the ballot Tuesday. (November 7, 2011, Page 1A)

Domestic Violence agency must ‘cease, desist’

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office has issued a summary “cease and desist” order against Oxford’s Domestic Violence Project for continuing to solicit donations after failing to renew its charitable registration and owing more than $156,000 in back taxes to the IRS. (March 28, 2011, Page 1A)

Few voters at polls

Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.

Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

**UPDATE* Governor says election still on

Governor Haley Barbour has ordered the January 11, 2011 Special Election to proceed as scheduled.

“With inclement weather conditions lingering for voters in the northern parts of the State, we understand circumstances are not ideal for casting a ballot,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We want to encourage voters to exercise caution to ensure safety when heading to the polls.”

(more…) (January 10, 2011)

State checks on charities

To make sure all registered charities are on the up-and-up, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office recently released its 2010 Charity Report that can be viewed online.

Each year, charities are required to file a report with the Secretary of State’s Office that shows how much of their revenue goes toward their stated purpose and how much goes to administrative and fundraising costs.

The report shows how much of donations go toward the charities stated purpose and how much goes toward expenses for non-charitable purposes, such as fundraising and administrative costs. (December 17, 2010, Page 1A)

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