Posts Tagged ‘Republican party’

State Rep. Patterson switches from Democrats to GOP

BILOXI — State Rep. Randall Patterson of Biloxi switched to the Republican Party on Thursday, boosting the GOP majority in the lower chamber of the Mississippi Legislature to 66-56 with 2015 elections just around the corner. Patterson, a 66-year-old mechanical contractor who has served in the Legislature as a Democrat since 2004, made the announcement […] [...]

Cochran’s legal counsel asks Court to toss McDaniel’s lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran are asking the state Supreme Court to throw out a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team filed documents late Wednesday with the court asserting that a circuit judge correctly dismissed a lawsuit by state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In their own filing, Cochran’s […] [...]

Cochran’s team prepares for court in election dispute with McDaniel

JACKSON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s attorneys were preparing legal arguments trying to block a rival’s attempt to overturn the senator’s Republican primary victory. Cochran’s team faced a midnight yesterday deadline to file arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court, and attorney Mark Garriga said the papers could be filed late in the day. The attorneys were […] [...]

Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel

JACKSON — An Alabama-based group is filing legal arguments to support Chris McDaniel as he tries to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. The Mississippi Supreme Court granted permission today for Conservative Action Fund to file briefs. Justices said the group may participate in oral arguments Oct. 2, but only […] [...]

McDaniel cites Gunn’s challenge in his attempt to overturn loss to Cochran

JACKSON — Unsuccessful tea party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel is invoking a big Mississippi political name as he tries to revive his challenge in a U.S. Senate race: state House Speaker Philip Gunn. McDaniel lost to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary. Now, the state senator from Jones County is asking the […] [...]

McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss

JACKSON — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran. Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late yesterday, hours before […] [...]

Former state Sen. Scoper dies of cancer at 81

LAUREL — Former Mississippi state Sen. Vince Scoper of Laurel has died of esophageal cancer. He was 81. He died Sunday, and a funeral was held yesterday at First Baptist Church in Laurel. Scoper served the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1972 to 1980, and was among the first Republicans elected to that chamber since […] [...]

Childers critical of Cochran over vote on women-pay bill

JACKSON — Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said yesterday that if he’s elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs. “I have learned to listen to the women in my family, especially concerning family issues. I only have […] [...]

Election panel meets in wake of McDaniel-Cochran dispute

JACKSON — A 51-person panel convened by Mississippi’s Secretary of State plans to examine possible changes to voting and elections practices. At its first meeting yesterday, the panel took up one of the most troublesome issues in the aftermath of the Republican primary fight between U.S. Sen Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel: Who […] [...]

Supreme Court to hear arguments in McDaniel’s election lawsuit Oct. 2

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Oct. 2 as a candidate tries to revive a lawsuit that challenged his Republican primary loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran. The high court yesterday released a schedule for the appeal by state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Justices said they will handle the case quickly, as […] [...]

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