A federal court is ending a dispute over a 2015 Mississippi House race that originally went to a tiebreaker but was then overturned by the legislature.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says that federal courts lack jurisdiction over a dispute about a state legislative seat.
In a decision Friday, the appeals court ordered a district court judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by five voters who supported Democrat Bo Eaton.
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Most recently, state government leaders have been debating enacting a state lottery as a means of funding the state’s growing infrastructure needs. Many observers still anticipate a special legislative session to address infrastructure concerns, and a lottery proposal may well be intertwined in that effort.
But with the lottery still mired in political limbo, Mississippi could well be poised to be in the sports betting business within months. In 2017, Mississippi lawmakers passed a law legalizing sports betting within the state’s existing casinos if federal laws allowed it. The U.S. Supreme Court removed the final federal legal hurdle to sports betting in Mississippi when it ruled on Monday to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act that had kept states from drafting their own sports betting regulations.
CLARION LEDGER – Mississippi’s first openly gay U.S. congressional candidate speaks outDemocrat Congressional candidate Michael Aycox wants to put it out there: Yes, he’s gay.
An investigator with the Newton Police Department, Aycox said he’s heard whispers of folks questioning his sexuality. It’s no secret, he said, but he views his sexuality with the same relevance as his hair color.
However, he’s also aware that he is the first openly gay candidate in a Mississippi congressional race.
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In June 2006, Kenneth Jones said he was hired as a lobbying compliance officer by the Mississippi secretary of state.
Almost a decade later of employment, in 2016, he said he applied for director of compliance with the secretary of state’s office. He said didn’t get the job and the reason given was that he wasn’t the “right fit.”
Jones, who is African-American, said the job was given to a white male with less experience, less education and fewer qualifications.
The decision to hire someone else has led to a federal lawsuit filed this month by Jones against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and several of his employees.
Jones is alleging violation of his rights and racial discrimination.
The secretary of state’s office is disputing Jones’ claims.
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A Meridian city councilman says he wants to take a closer look at how the city conducts its business.
Ward 5 City Councilman Weston Lindemann says he will host a news conference later this week to address certain aspects of city business.
Lindemann got into a heated conversation with Meridian’s chief administrative officer, Richie McAlister, at Tuesday’s city council meeting over landscape work that was done near the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience.