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Heather Hudson vs Bennie Thompson?

By Amy McCullough Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson recently announced she was running for Congress in Bennie Thompson’s district. Is Thompson running? Thompson’s office returned a call to the MBJ this morning regarding an interview, but at press time none had been scheduled. For the moment at least, we’ll have to keep guessing. UPDATE (11:20 a.m.): Thompson has told MBJ ...

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MBJ Best Political Marketing Tool Award

By Amy McCullough The MBJ’s Best Political Marketing Tool Award (which I just created) goes to Republican gubernatorial candidate Hudson Holiday’s chapstick. “‘IF YOU ARE REALLY CHAPPED'” vote for Hudson Holiday for GOVERNOR of MS.” Fantastic. Gen. Holliday is a Poplarville native who currently serves as a county supervisor in Pearl River County on the Gulf Coast. Read the Magnolia ...

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Fact checking Barbour: Denying you raised taxes doesn’t make it so

By Ted Carter Mississippi’s state-hopping governor has hospital administrators across the state scratching their heads and wondering: What’s he talking about? And smokers? He’s got them choking on their Luckys. What Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking about is raising taxes – something he says he hasn’t done but President Obama has. In a speech to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Monday, ...

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National bankers group encouraged by bid to quash debit-fee cap

By Ted Carter The American Bankers Association says legislation introduced in the Senate Tuesday gives it hope that banks can avoid a pending cut in the fees they receive from merchants on debit card transactions. The so-called Durbin amendment, named after sponsor Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, mandates the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors put a cap on the fees ...

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Barbour: Miss. stimulus different than Obama stimulus

By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour pointed at the difference between Mississippi’s stimulus and Obama’s stimulus at The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, California, according to a post by the WSJ’s Marketwatch. Barbour said there has been “a lack of support from the White House for nuclear power, and a wrongheaded bias toward renewable energy production. ‘My ...

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Barbour's silence could be deafening

By Wally Northway Seems folks around the nation and world are listening to everything Gov. Haley Barbour says these days as they wait to hear whether or not he will run for President. However, it may be what Barbour is not saying that is of equal import to Mississippians. So far, Barbour has not even hinted as to what candidate ...

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Khosla fires back at Wall Street Journal

By Amy McCullough Quite the heated exchange on the Wall Street Journal editorial page between the editors and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In a previous editorial, “The Range Fuels Fiasco,” the WSJ used Khosla’s failed Range Fuels business to say that government shouldn’t get involved with startups. (WSJ is now locked down. Most of the editorial can be found at ...

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Is Barbour jockeying for campaign funding from energy sector?

By Amy McCullough Will Barbour use the energy sector to finance his presidential campaign? Sounds like the Associated Press thinks so: Mississippi governor to talk with coal operators MS State Wire Published:Feb. 17, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour is expected to speak with Kentucky coal operators on Thursday. The Mississippi governor would be the ...

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Senate OKs changes to Jackson special option sales tax legislation

By Ted Carter Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson overcame a key challenge Thursday in his quest to overhaul the city’s antiquated water and sewer system.The city’s sole legislative priority for the year – a bill amendment that would enable the city to bond major water and sewer upgrades through 2023 – received Senate approval by a 38-9 margin.Bill sponsor Sen. John ...

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Brown's ouster: Politics as usual (unfortunately)

By Wally Northway It’s déjà vu all over again. And it’s not good déjà vu, either. The recent unceremonious ouster of Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director Butch Brown by the Mississippi Transportation Commission seems to have finally ended the long-running blood feud between Brown and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, though the hatred runs so deep one has ...

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