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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

Robert Gray of Jackson, Miss., who won the Democratic primary for governor, stands outside the governor's office at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Cochran vs. McDaniel, the final chapter

Chris McDaniel (left) and Sen. Thad Cochran

Perhaps now, nearly a year later, the final chapter has been written in one of the ugliest Republican primary races in U.S. Senate history. It was just too tawdry a tale to end after aging and “established” Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran pulled out a controversial victory over the state’s Tea Party darling, Chris McDaniel. The Tale of the Mississippi’s Republican ...

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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

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JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting a proposed constitutional amendment on ...

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, ...

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, dean of Mississippi journalists.  “Bryant ...

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Potential field taking shape for Nunnelee's vacant Miss. House seat

HERNANDO  — Speculation has begun in earnest over who will succeed the late Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s First District House seat, and conventional wisdom is that DeSoto County will play a key role in determining who North Mississippi’s next congressman will be. At least three DeSoto County names — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, state Sen. David Parker of Olive Branch ...

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House bill would clarify who can vote in primary runoffs

JACKSON — A bill clarifying who can vote in party primary runoffs is moving forward. The House Thursday passed House Bill 1069 (http://bit.ly/1BE2wy3 ) by a vote of 101-19. It makes it a misdemeanor to vote or try to vote in one party’s primary runoff after voting in another party’s primary. The bill, which moves to the Senate, would put into ...

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State Sen. McDaniel traveling Mississippi to promote PAC

JACKSON — Tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is traveling Mississippi promoting a political action committee he formed after losing a 2014 Republican primary to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel, R-Ellisville, filed papers in the Mississippi secretary of state’s office Nov. 6 to create United Conservatives Fund. And he said Friday in a statement that he’s planning a five-city ...

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