Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

Wicker wants Obama to strengthen anti-seafood fraud efforts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have asked President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to better coordinate their efforts to fight seafood fraud that they say threatens the livelihoods of American fishermen and harms consumers. According to the senators, seafood fraud is a serious problem in the United […] [...]

Ricin letters suspect to appear at change-of-plea hearing

TUPELO — A Mississippi man accused of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge is scheduled to appear at change-of-plea hearing today, according to NBC News. James Everett Dutschke, of Tupelo, has denied sending letters containing the deadly substance ricin. In November, while Dutschke was behind bars, he was charged again with attempting to […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters pleads not guilty

TUPELO — A man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has pleaded not guilty to a new indictment. James Everett Dutschke was scheduled for an arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Oxford, but his lawyer filed a waiver of appearance and entered the not guilty plea on his […] [...]

Dutschke accused of trying to frame Curtis for ricin letters again

TUPELO — A Mississippi man charged with sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials has been charged with trying for a second time to frame the man first arrested in the case — this time, by having someone else send a poisoned letter. James Everett Dutschke has been jailed since April on […] [...]

Governor declares emergency ahead of Karen; river, reefs closing

GULF OF MEXICO — Tropical Storm Karen was poised to become the first named storm to hit the U.S. during what had been a relatively quiet hurricane season. Karen was forecast to lash the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a weak hurricane or tropical storm. A hurricane watch was in effect from Grand […] [...]

Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it […] [...]

How much influence would Bennie Thompson have in an election to replace him?

Mississippi 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, was one of the names floated Monday as a possibility to replace outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. Thompson has represented the 2nd District — which encompasses the Mississippi Delta and parts of Hinds County — since the early 1990s. His seat is considered the safest in the […] [...]

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Hello, Mr. President, can you hear me now?

My kids, all three of them, are really big fans of President Obama. It has nothing to do with their political affiliation, mind you, considering they are all 8 and under. My 7- and 8-year-olds got to meet him and shake his hand when he was running for president back in ’08, and, from then […] [...]

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