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Refusal to grant vaccination exemptions makes state a measles free zone

January 30, 2015

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  Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud. The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles.  George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its  last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has […]

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Obama abandons plan to roll back tax-free status of 529 college savings plans

January 27, 2015

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After a national backlash that included criticism from Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, President Obama has backed off a plan to tax the popular  529 college savings plans. The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Obama abandoned the tax plan after a mountain of criticism from lawmakers and parents alike. The Post characterized the rollback as […]

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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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WaPo: Tea Party Super PACs spending lavishly but not on candidates

April 27, 2014

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When the Tea Party Patriots threw its support last month behind Matt Bevin, the underdog conservative challenger trying to unseat top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, President Jenny Beth Martin vowed the group would be “putting our money where our mouth is.” So far, its super PAC has mustered just $56,000 worth of mailers in Kentucky […]

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

March 20, 2014

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A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey […]

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Obama to raise minimum wage to $10.10 for government contract workers

January 28, 2014

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President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document, the Washington Post reports. Obama will […]

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WaPo’s Meyerson: When it wants to slum, business still goes to the South

June 26, 2013

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A drop of 3.8 percent in the hourly wages of U.S. workers in the first quarter of 2013 marked the steepest decline since the government began measuring in 1947. Washington Post opinion writer Harold Meyerson takes this wage drop as a sure sign that the so-called economic recovery will continue to be one of higher […]

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