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Barbour joins 'tax the rich' chorus

Former Gov. Haley Barbour, in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning, became the latest Republican to say he’d live with raising the tax rates on top income brackets as part of a broad fiscal cliff deal. “[As] a Republican, I would take raising the rates on the two top brackets if, in return, we had tax reform ...

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White House tells Mississippi, Medicaid expansion is ‘all-or-nothing’ deal

Mississippi and other states reluctant to accept full participation in the Affordable Health Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid learned today they can forget about gaining a full share of Obamacare funding. Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican leaders in the Legislature have insisted the state won’t join in the expansion of Medicaid to cover more than 300,000 of the state’s uninsured ...

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Analysis: West Point's Turner earned respect across party lines

JACKSON — Current and former Mississippi lawmakers, across party lines, are mourning the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Bennie Turner of West Point, who died Nov. 27. He was 64. Turner, an attorney, was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and took office in January 1993. The most recent configuration of his district included all of Clay County and ...

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Zombies? Civil War? What the heck, it's just business

A new nation created in rebellion to the reelection of President Obama and hordes of zombies stalking the land like holiday shoppers in a mall parking lot  on Black Friday. Both scenarios gave a boost to firearms and gun accessory sales at Dwayne Ems’ booth last weekend at the Capital City Gun Show in Jackson. Ems is quite willing to ...

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Education votes in Georgia, California just might reflect Mississippi views

The results of voting on a pair of education-related issues in Georgia and California Nov. 6 could give Mississippi’s elected leaders an idea of how voters in The Magnolia State may be evolving in their views on charter schools and overall funding for education. Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to override local school board rejections ...

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Put down that margarita: Booze calories nearly equal to soda's for U.S. adults

NEW YORK  — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent of the calories adults consume, ...

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Lt. Gov. Reeves mourns passing of former Greenville mayor Chuck Jordan

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves released a statement Wednesday concerning the death of former Greenville mayor Chuck Jordan … “Elee and I are terribly sad to learn of Chuck Jordan’s passing. Chuck was more than a great political supporter. For us, he was a great friend. Chuck’s passion for his hometown of Greenville and the Mississippi Delta was evident to all ...

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UPDATED: Sorry, gov — Mississippi takes first steps to join Affordable Care Act

  The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred Wednesday: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittable a blueprint for a free market exchange designed to link health insurance ...

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Entergy Mississippi workers returning home; crews helped restore service following Superstorm Sandy

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi crews are returning homeafter nearly three weeks spent helping restore utility service to victims of Superstorm Sandy. “We sent about 150 workers, including our company employees and contract workers, to the Northeast,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi director of transmission and distribution. “They were very successful in helping our sister utilities in their time of need, ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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