Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

Cochran calls scheme to photograph ill wife ‘amateurish’

HATTIESBURG — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said yesterday he thinks it’s “kind of amateurish” that supporters of his primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and used her image in a political video against him. The six-term Mississippi incumbent said the motivation behind the video is beyond his understanding, and […] [...]

National spotlight shines on Cochran-McDaniel fight for Senate seat

JACKSON — Mississippi’s Senate primary has morphed from a high-profile proxy for the national fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by clandestine images of Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife in an online video. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who aims to deliver a rare victory for the tea party […] [...]

Senators write letter to EPA administrator over regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Growing concern among farmers, ranchers, rural communities and agriculture interests has led U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to seek answers on a wide assortment of environmental regulations planned by the Obama administration. All Republican members on the agriculture panel have signed a letter asking […] [...]

Decision on nuclear waste sites stalled in Congress

Nuclear power plants across the United States are building or expanding storage facilities to hold their spent fuel — radioactive waste that by now was supposed to be on its way to a national dump. The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced […] [...]

Cochran calls scheme to photo ill wife ‘bizarre’

MADISON — Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said yesterday that it’s “unfortunate” and “sort of bizarre” that somebody photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and posted her image online in a political video against him. A conservative blogger and three others have been arrested in the past week and charged with […] [...]

Senate Committee approves $27.5M for Special Ops training at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — More than $27.5 million has been included in a Senate spending bill to further develop Special Operations forces training facilities at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Bill today. The measure is now cleared for consideration by the […] [...]

Ag commissioners visit border, see need for immigration reform

SOUTH TEXAS  — Agricultural leaders from states far from the U.S.-Mexico border, including Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, visited Texas yesterday and said they are more convinced than ever of the need for immigration reform after a tour of border security operations in the Rio Grande Valley. The eight state agriculture commissioners who joined Texas […] [...]

Investigation into Rose Cochran photos yields three more arrests

MADISON — Mississippi authorities have arrested a total of four men in the investigation of photos taken of the ailing wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The arrests today included attorney Mark Mayfield, a member of the board of the Central Mississippi Tea Party; Richard Sager of Laurel; and John Mary of Hattiesburg. The three […] [...]

Portions of forest to get beetle-fighting effort through farm bill

CHICKASAW COUNTY – A battle against a growing southern pine beetle infestation in Mississippi’s Tombigbee National Forest will be fought by the U.S. Forest Service using designations authorized in the 2014 farm bill. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday officially designated portions of the Tombigbee National Forest as a landscape-scale insect and disease treatment area […] [...]

New leadership course looks to bringing more women into politics

COLUMBUS — Organizers of a leadership course for college students say they’re trying to increase the number of women in Mississippi politics. Twenty-six female students from in-state universities and community colleges are taking part this week in the bipartisan course at Mississippi University for Women. Tomorrow, they are meeting at the state Capitol with Gov. […] [...]

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