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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP primary may set record

The June 3 election where state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran most likely will produce the largest Republican Party primary turnout in the state’s history. In the 2012 Republican Party primary for president, 294,100 people voted in the election won by Mitt Romney. People voting in the Republican primary that year far outpaced ...

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Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of last winter’s mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four ...

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Senate Rejects Last Sequester Bills

Time for Plan B! Wait, there is no Plan B? As expected, the Senate rejected rival bills aimed at preventing the looming sequester Thursday, meaning that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will almost definitely kick in on Friday. Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to pass. With no other plan in ...

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Mississippi and abortion the subject of one national political columnist

In this column, Robert Shrum says sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’ Shrum says the party might never find its way back. Later in the piece, Shrum says … One of Limbaugh’s targets, Steve Schmidt, a veteran of ...

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GUNS, AMMO & OBAMA: Post-election firearms economics creating anxiety among buyers, sellers

The promoter who puts on the most gun shows each year in Mississippi says the re-election of President Obama and the law of supply-and-demand have combined to create an uncertain future for promoters such as himself. The viability of the 10 shows David Chancellor presents each year hinges on meeting the expectations of customers who come to his shows in ...

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Carville, Matalin agree on new home in Bay St. Louis

The property that so many Bay St. Louis residents knew as New Orleans musician Pete Fountain’s place now belongs to a couple well known for their politics. Political commentators and consultants James Carville and Mary Matalin have bought the Beach Boulevard property and plan to build a home there starting early next year. It will be a getaway for the ...

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Jobless rate dips in November

Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.5 in November, as some people gave up looking for jobs. That’s down from 10.6 percent in October, but above the 10.2 percent rate in November 2010. Mississippi remains tied for the third-highest jobless rate among the states. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show the number of unemployed people fell from 144,100 in October to ...

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Pew poll: Americans want banks to give more details on checking accounts

Republicans in Congress may want the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to die in its infancy, but most Americans are looking forward to the work the bureau will do in bringing more transparency to bank checking account transactions, a new poll has found. Americans with checking accounts believe banks must do a better job of disclosing terms, conditions and fees associated ...

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LaForge issues statement on earkmark debate

Cleveland native Bill LaForge, a past national president of the Federal Bar Association, has issued a statement on the topic of earmarks that has become a national issue and rallying cry in the recent national elections. LaForge calls the efforts to eliminate earmarks as “shortsighted”, giving all of the budgeting power to the executive branch. See the complete statement here ...

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