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NY Times: Loser or not, McDaniel’s time in spotlight may have just begun

July 3, 2014

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Mississippi Tea Party dreams were extirpated last week when State Senator Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran. Yet if some of Mr. McDaniel’s most outspoken contemporaries are any guide, he may actually have greater political influence as a loser, the New York Times reports. Read the story:

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Gov. Bryant comments on Hobby Lobby ruling

June 30, 2014

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Gov. Phil Bryant

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant weighed in on The Supreme Court ruling Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

June 30, 2014

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Bill Crawford

Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – […]

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WaPo: Cochran signals won’t back new voting rights after minorities saved his job

June 29, 2014

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Well, that didn’t last long. Thad Cochran removed his disguise as a friend of Mississippi’s blacks and other minorities within days of these same folks pushing him into Victory Lane in his GOP Senate primary runoff with tea partier Chris McDaniel, the Washington Post reports. Let’s see how the senator’s betrayal figures into some future […]

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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

June 27, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in […]

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Chancery clerk issued demand for funds he didn’t steal

June 25, 2014

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A chancery clerk is on the hook for hundreds of thousands dollars of missing funds, though he didn’t steal the money or profit from it. Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Jim Witt has been served with a demand in the amount of $503,246.43 from the Office of State Auditor. From August 2007 through December 2012, the […]

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NY Times: McDaniel ‘voter integrity’ squads plan to ‘question’ black voters at polls

June 23, 2014

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  The groups supporting challenger Chris McDaniel think they have the right to question voters in the GOP Senate primary runoff about their voting intentions for November’s general election for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat, reports  the Times Editorial Blog. Here is the Times’ report: Several right-wing groups have banded together to form a “voter integrity […]

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OPINION: Stark contrast awaits voters on Tuesday

June 23, 2014

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Three weeks ago, Mississippians weary of the noise in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate were relieved that the race was finally about to be over. Little did we know that an obscure third candidate’s 1.5 percent of the vote would throw one of the closest elections in Mississippi history into a three-week runoff campaign. […]

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Fixing leaks and turning back old age: Capitol getting specialized face lift

June 20, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Capitol building here is getting its first restoration and repair in 30 years, the state Department of Finance & Administration said in announcing the start of the 2-year, $6.9 million project. Work crews are installing massive construction scaffolding that will envelop different parts of the 110- year-old structure over […]

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Ex-Secretary of State Clark backing Cochran for Senate reelection

June 20, 2014

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Thad Cochran

Dr. Eric Clark, former Mississippi secretary of state and current executive director of the Mississippi Community College Board, is endorsing Thad Cochran in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate. At a press conference, Clark said: “The first comment I would make is that I’m here as a citizen of Mississippi, and not representing […]

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