Posts Tagged ‘Senate’

State’s tax collections grew 5 percent last budget year

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges. State Department of Revenue figures show general fund tax receipts grew to a record $5.25 billion in the 2014 budget year, […] [...]

McDaniel camp still examining poll books for irregularities

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The campaign of tea party-backed Senate candidate Chris McDaniel says volunteers are trying to examine poll books in all 82 Mississippi counties as he decides whether to appeal Republican primary runoff results. Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran topped McDaniel by nearly 6,800 votes last Tuesday. Cochran received 51 percent. McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel […] [...]

GOP consultant: Tea party complaints ‘racist and stupid’

JACKSON — National Republican leaders trying to appeal to non-white voters are cringing over Senate candidate Chris McDaniel’s complaints that Democrats — most of whom are black in Mississippi — voted in the state’s GOP Senate runoff and helped six-term incumbent Thad Cochran capture the party nomination. “The more the tea party complains about how […] [...]

CARTOON: Childers ready to run down his battered opponent

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Judge tosses lawsuit over crossover voting in GOP runoff

LAUREL — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel aimed at preventing crossover voting in yesterday’s GOP runoff. Ronald W. Swindall filed the lawsuit Monday in chancery court in Jones County. Yesterday, he asked Chancery Judge Deborah Gambrell to dismiss the lawsuit and she did. […] [...]

With Cochran victory, Dems and GOP must regroup

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fresh off Sen. Thad Cochran’s comeback to defeat tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s bitter Republican Senate runoff, the general election matchup between the six-term incumbent and Democratic former Congressman Travis Childers features two pragmatists each trying to wrest a winning coalition out of a jumbled primary. Cochran will have to […] [...]

Absentee ballots pouring in for Cochran-McDaniel race

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Election officials report heavy absentee voting leading into Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, an indication of high interest in the intensely fought race between six-term Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. The candidates’ campaigns and independent groups have spent millions of dollars on a steady […] [...]

Cochran looking to pull more Coast voters in runoff

PASCAGOULA — Hundreds of workers arrive at sunrise at the Ingalls shipyard on the Gulf Coast, and there to greet them are a dozen campaign volunteers with fliers and signs that say, “Save our Jobs.” In the middle is a small, white-haired man shaking the hand of anyone willing to take his own. “I’m Thad […] [...]

DA: No evidence of crime involving tea party officials in locked courthouse

JACKSON — In a letter to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Robert Smith repeated what he has said before: he found no evidence that a crime was committed when three tea party members became locked inside the courthouse on June 3 election night. The report delivered to supervisors yesterday included a cover […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

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