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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

By Bill Crawford So, on Tuesday we get a clear choice. We can pick the candidate who wants to save America from Thad Cochran, or the candidate who wants to save Mississippi from Chris McDaniel. To hear McDaniel and his Tea Party cronies tell it, Cochran is joined at the hip with Barack Obama and the cause of everything bad ...

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Neshoba Democrat spotlights McDaniel's bush league Senate record

The weekly Neshoba Democrat has put forth some strong reporting in compiling information on why state Sen. Chris McDaniel is an inferior choice for the U.S. Senate. In short, the Democrat says, McDaniel’s Senate work over his six years in the body is that of a lightweight whose legislative efforts consisted mainly of trying in vain to get specialty car ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP leaders have a more nuanced message now

Maybe it is not a Paul on the road to Damascus moment, but many Mississippi Republican leaders have experienced an epiphany during the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary elections. For years in Mississippi, the Republican mantra from the top on down is that the federal government is bad and, if only the federal government were run like Mississippi, then everything ...

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Letter to the editor: Mississippi’s children put at risk by Chris McDaniel’s plan

I am deeply concerned by media reports of U.S. senatorial candidate Chris McDaniel’s support for abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and eliminating nearly $800 million in federal funding from our Mississippi schools. I would rather not become a part of any political battle between candidates for office. However, the serious nature of these statements by state Sen. McDaniel leaves ...

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Investigators find employee let tea party officials into courthouse

An investigation shows a county employee let three tea party members into the Hinds County Courthouse after everyone went home election night, according to District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. “I can confirm that it was a county employee,” Smith said yesterday in a statement. “There is at least one reason why there is no burglary charge as originally was suggested ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed thinking of the deficits and ...

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Cochran is the right choice for Mississippi farmers

Mississippians, and in particular rural Mississippians, have long benefitted from a steady and unwavering champion in Washington—Thad Cochran. In a town that so often doesn’t work, Sen. Cochran has worked diligently on behalf of Mississippi’s farmers, cattlemen, poultry growers, timber owners, and small businesses and rural communities across our state. In just the last year, as Ranking Member on the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Ingalls’ next ship depends on Cochran’s clout

By Bill Crawford Who knew the House Appropriations Committee would rush to load the gun for Jackson County voters? Last week I wrote that Jackson County voters played Russian roulette with their economic future by voting for challenger Chris McDaniel over Senator Thad Cochran, the only member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation with enough seniority to fund ships for Ingalls Shipbuilding. ...

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Coalition of ag producers form 'Farmers for Thad'

Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state’s agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder. Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state’s agricultural production base, has come together to support Cochran’s bid for reelection ...

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