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Louisiana billboards advocating Medicaid expansion spur legal threats from state

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Mardi Gras celebration has ended and a war with the progressive political group MoveOn.org has begun. MoveOn.org’s lawyers received a cease-and-desist letter from state of Louisiana officials Thursday, one day after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the state would pursue legal action to try to take down a billboard criticizing ...

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Oxford unanimously passes pro-LGBT resolution

Oxford has unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Oxford joins two other Mississippi cities — Starkville and Hattiesburg — which both passed similar resolutions earlier this year. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following statement: “Like so many cities ...

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Baptist, Methodist ministers join to decry gay discrimination legislation

Five Mississippi Baptist and Methodist pastors have sent a letter to state legislators urging them to keep discriminatory language out of a so-called “Religious Freedom” bill that passed the House in late January and is now before House Judiciary Committee B. An amended version of the bill, SB2681, cleared the House Judiciary Committee B Tuesday morning. The amendments, as urged ...

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Cochran, Wicker join GOP vote to kill far-reaching veterans' benefits bill

Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans. The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion. “I don’t know how anyone who voted ...

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Gene Taylor, now a Republican, announces bid for 4th congressional district

The Sun Herald has reported that former Congressman Gene Taylor is filing papers today to run as a Republican against incumbent Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo-R. Taylor lost to Palazzo in 2010. They will face each other in the June 3 congressional and senate primary. Also on the ballot will be state Sen. Chris McDaniel-R against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran-R. ...

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Travis Childers running for Senate

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Travis Childers of Booneville, the former 1st District U.S. representative, announced Friday he is running for the Senate seat held since 1978 by Republican Thad Cochran. Childers, a Democrat, was long-time chancery clerk of Prentiss County before winning a special election in 2008 to replace Roger Wicker in the U.S. House. “I look forward to ...

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide it,” explained Gators Dockside general ...

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Cochran's American Conservative Union rating takes nosedive

Veteran GOP senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache: a scathing appraisal and conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, one of the right’s most influential assessors of Republicans, the Washington Post reports. In its new annual scorecard, which was shared with The Washington Post on Wednesday, the ACU shows Cochran, ...

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