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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP primary may set record

April 16, 2014

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BOBBY HARRISON

The June 3 election where state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran most likely will produce the largest Republican Party primary turnout in the state’s history. In the 2012 Republican Party primary for president, 294,100 people voted in the election won by Mitt Romney. People voting in the Republican […]

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Tate Reeves to take part in CCIM panel on ‘State of Commercial Real Estate’

April 14, 2014

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Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will join a panel of commercial real estate professionals Thursday for a discussion titled “The State of Commercial Real Estate.” The Mississippi Chapter of CCIM forum is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Realtor Association building at 4274 Lakeland Drive, Flowood. Brian Estes, 2014 president of the Mississippi CCIM, […]

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CRAWFORD: Cochran has always represented state interests, not PACS’

April 14, 2014

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By Bill Crawford History shows that our founding fathers struggled to determine how states should be represented in Congress. “During the summer of 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia established equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives,” says the official U.S. Senate web site. “Called the […]

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

April 13, 2014

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A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. […]

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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack’ system

April 10, 2014

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  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex […]

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Poll has Sen. Thad Cochran leading McDaniel substantially

April 8, 2014

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Thad Cochran

According to Harper polling, released Monday, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran continues to lead his Republican primary challenger Chris McDaniel. Cochran leads McDaniel 52-35 percent, a net +7 percent gain for McDaniel since mid-December when it was found Cochran leading 54-31 percent. The ideological construct of the race has shifted favorably for McDaniel. In December, Cochran […]

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Cochran runs ads against ‘powerful interests’

April 7, 2014

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Thad Cochran

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran is running ads against “powerful interests” that are funneling millions of dollars to his challenger in the Republican primary. Two of those outside groups, meanwhile, are airing their own ads criticizing the six-term Mississippian. Cochran’s television ad released Monday says his GOP rival, Chris McDaniel, wouldn’t do anything to help […]

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Jindal’s least favorite billboard up for one more week – at least

April 2, 2014

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BATON Rouge, Louisiana — A delay in a federal court ruling Wednesday assures that Louisiana’s governor must live at least another week with that bothersome MoveOn.org sign on Interstate 10 just outside Baton Rouge. The sign ridicules the Republican governor for refusing to expand Medicaid health insurance to more than 240,000 of the Bayou State’s […]

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State to end sales tax on interest paid on store-financed merchandise

April 2, 2014

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Toting the note just got easier for Mississippi car dealers and other merchants who finance their customers’ purchases. Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 260 Tuesday puts a July 1 end to sales taxes on interest and other finance charges at buy-here-pay-here retail locations, including auto dealerships and furniture and appliance stores that arrange […]

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Texting ban likely on way to governor

April 1, 2014

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 By Bobby Harrison/ Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — The use of a hands-held cell phone to text or read or post on a social networking site while driving will be prohibitive under a proposal that passed both chambers of the Legislature. The proposal, which passed the 52-member Senate with three dissenting votes and 104-16 in […]

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