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State lawmakers: Jobs top priority

As they head down to Jackson next week, Lafayette County representatives expect to deal with issues concerning the budget, the state retirement system and redistricting. (December 28, 2011, Page 8)

Going from blue to red

Representation of Lafayette County in the House and Senate has gone from a Democratic to a Republican majority. Read the thoughts of politicians, party representatives and a  political science expert as to what, if any, effect this will have on Oxford. (November 17, 2011, Page 1)

Mayo wins District 12 House of Representatives race

Oxford Alderman Brad Mayo said he will most likely resign his position from the city board after winning Tuesday’s election in the race for District 12 House of Representatives. See the results of all House races that include Lafayette County in the district. (November 9, 2011, Page 1)

Highway name change would honor fallen biker

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors and local House Rep. Tommy Reynolds are asking the State Legislature to allow a 4.5 mile portion of Old Sardis Road to be renamed the Kevser Ermin Memorial Highway, named after Ermin who was killed last month while riding her bike along that road. (November 8, 2011, Page 1)

More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

Funds low for election chests

Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)

Lawmakers reflect on 2011 session

State legislators shared an update with the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation and business leaders on Wednesday. A focus on education and mental health caused the most strain on planning of this year’s budget. (May 5, 2011, Page 5)

House headed for a shake-up

When State Rep. Warner McBride announced Tuesday he was not seeking re-election this summer, he joined two other House incumbents who have been serving Lafayette County in choosing not to return to Jackson.

In other words, three of Lafayette County’s four lawmakers will be leaving the state House. As a result, Lafayette County’s political pull in Jackson could be weaker for a while. (April 20, 2011, Page 1A)

Mapping out the future

Charged with redrawing district maps to reflect the population changes revealed by the 2010 Census, the Joint Legislative Reapportionment and Congressional Redistricting Committee told local residents Friday the committee is committed to creating districts that are fair, legal and representative during a public hearing aimed at gaining community input into the redistricting process. (February 14, 2011, Page 1A)

Lafayette’s population booms

Data released this week from the U.S. Census shows Lafayette County as being the fastest growing nonmetropolitan area in Mississippi with a 22.2 percent increase of population since 2000. The city of Oxford also grew over the last 10 years going from the 35th biggest city in the state to the 20th biggest city. (February 4, 2011, Page 1A)

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