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Hyde-Smith spoke of ‘difficult’ voting for liberals in video

A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about “liberal folks” and making it “just a little more difficult” for them to vote. A campaign spokeswoman for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith criticized the video, saying the senator was joking. The brief clip appeared on social media days after another video showed Hyde-Smith praising someone at a ...

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Mississippi Democrat says he’d be ‘senator for everybody’

Mike Espy is doing a balancing act as he runs for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. As an African-American Democrat, Espy needs a strong voter turnout among black people, who make up 38 percent of the state’s population. But he can’t win without some white support in a conservative Southern state where voting patterns tend to break along racial lines. While ...

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Dem running for Mississippi governor: Help ‘least among us’

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general on Wednesday launched his 2019 campaign for governor of one of the poorest states in the nation, citing the biblical mandate to help the needy. “Jesus taught us to fight for the poor and the elderly and the widows and the children — the least among us,” Jim Hood said in announcing his candidacy in his ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP leaders call Democrats dangerous enemy

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi Democrats are a scary, dangerous enemy. Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves set the stage in Neshoba County Fair speeches. Gunn focused his speech on stern warnings about Democrats, according to a Y’all Politics report. Reeves claimed he had been “under attack from Democrats and their liberal allies in the media,” reported ...

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Mississippi delays road to lieutenant governor’s subdivision

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is putting the brakes on a plan to build a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. Transportation commissioners said they made the decision during conversations Tuesday. It happened after the Clarion Ledger reported that the department’s executive director, Melinda McGrath, said there was “political pressure” from the Legislature to ...

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RUSS LATINO: Freedom isn’t ‘frightening’

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt   In a recent column—ominously headlined “Koch thought machine will influence Mississippi elections”—Bill Crawford takes aim at Charles and David Koch. The premise of the article is not new.  Like so many others who have tread this path before him, Crawford leans heavily on inaccuracies and ...

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GOP Rep. Mark Baker running for attorney general; Hood undecided

Republican state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon announced Tuesday that he is running for Mississippi attorney general next year, saying he believes the office “needs to be reformed from the inside out.” Baker is the first candidate in what could be an open race for attorney general. Democratic incumbent Jim Hood is considering running for governor in 2019, though Hood ...

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Reports indicate McDaniel running against Wicker

State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, an anti-establishment Republican, appears poised to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo in the Republican primary. Various national publications have reported on McDaniel’s plan to challenge Wicker. McDaniel, 46, a Jones County attorney, announced on Facebook Monday night his intention to make an announcement at noon Wednesday at Jones County Junior College ...

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Rumors in state House have Gunn replacing Cochran

Speculation in the Mississippi House is that Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, is in line to be appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Multiple members of the House – both Republican and Democrat – say there were members of the House positioning themselves to replace Gunn, who some say could resign before the current session is ...

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Candidate says he will push for prosperity in Mississippi

A Mississippi native who worked in international finance said Wednesday that he is running for Congress because he wants to bring “a new era of wealth and prosperity” to the state. Perry Parker of Seminary is one of five Republicans running in the 3rd District, which makes a diagonal across the central part of the state from Natchez to Starkville. ...

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