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Mississippi Senate

Breaking a commandment — or ignoring it?

President Ronald Reagan regularly quoted what he called the 11th commandment — Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at national and Mississippi politics where it appears a number of Republicans aren’t following those directions at all. (February 26, 2014, Page 4)

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    Public charter schools give parents choice

    Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves writes a guest column talking about charter schools and what they can offer to students, families and school districts in the state. (February 20, 2012, Page 4A)

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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)

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        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)

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          Tollison switches political parties

          The Mississippi Republican Party announced Thursday in Jackson that long-time Oxford Democratic Sen. Gray Tollison has changed political parties and is now a registered Republican. (November 11, 2011, Page 1)

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            House, Senate races heating up

            Several candidates filed just days before Wednesday’s deadline for state House of Representatives and Senate races. Lafayette County has four districts with elections coming up this year and one Senate race. See all who qualified in today’s EAGLE. (June 2, 2011, Page 1A)

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              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)

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                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)

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                  Redistricting meeting set Friday

                  With the results of the 2010 Census calculated, the Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment has scheduled a series of public meetings to allow the public an opportunity to discuss the effects the census will have on redistricting for the Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives.

                  The first in this series of meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Johnson Commons ballroom on the campus of the University of Mississippi. (February 9, 2011, Page 1)

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                    James Alexander Ventress: The Father of Ole Miss

                    Mississippi House of Representatives member James Alexander Ventress, in early February of 1840, introduced a bill “to provide for the location of the State University.” He was chairman of the house committee on the seminary fund. The House passed the bill on Feb. 10 and then sent it to the state Senate. The Senate quickly passed the bill and sent it on to the Gov. Alexander G. McNutt, for him to sign into law. He signed the bill on Feb. 20, 1840. (August 20, 2010, Page 3B)

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