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

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 ‘Great Compromise’ or the ‘Connecticut ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

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. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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

  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 at the close of the ...

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Poll has Sen. Thad Cochran leading McDaniel substantially

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 and McDaniel were tied at ...

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Cochran runs ads against 'powerful interests'

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 Mississippi voters. The ad says ...

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

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 working poor. In the meantime, ...

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

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 installment payments on items they ...

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Texting ban likely on way to governor

 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 the House on Tuesday, now ...

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NRA endorses Thad Cochran

JACKSON, Mississippi – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran has announced that he has been endorsed for reelection by the National Rifle Association (NRA). “The Second Amendment is a pillar of freedom upon which our great nation was built,” Senator Cochran said. “My pledge to the people of Mississippi is to continue supporting our gun rights, and to keep fighting any efforts ...

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