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Palazzo defeats Taylor in 4th Congressional District primary

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Steven Palazzo has won the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Palazzo, a 44-year-old two-term incumbent from Biloxi, defeated four challengers in the primary, including Gene Taylor, a Democrat-turned-Republican who served 22 year in Congress before Palazzo beat him in 2010. Palazzo won just more than 50 percent in the primary, questioning the sincerity of ...

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Cochran-McDaniel, Taylor-Palazzo races too close to call

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in ...

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Veteran politician Taylor looks to return to Congress after party change

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gene Taylor has run for Congress 13 times before now, but never before as a Republican. Not that the 60-year-old seems much different. As he campaigns to reclaim his 4th District seat from Steven Palazzo in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Taylor is still running the same homespun campaign that won him 22 years in the House as ...

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Lawmakers petition Obama for expedited disaster declaration

WASHINGTON – Mississippi’s congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Reps. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today sent a letter to President Obama requesting full consideration of Gov. Phil Bryant’s request for an expedited federal disaster declaration in the wake of devastating weather events ...

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Senate committee approves transfer of Yellow Creek to state

IUKA — A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation authored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to authorize the transfer of property in Tishomingo County to help promote economic development in North Mississippi. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved S.212, a bill to approve the transfer of Yellow Creek Port properties in Iuka from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), ...

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State's congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one of the lead negotiators. President ...

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Palazzo, Nunnelee held hard line; voted against shutdown resolution

Mississippi Republican Reps. Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee voted against a resolution last night that ended the 16-day partial government shutdown. Republican Rep. Gregg Harper and Democrat Bennie Thompson and U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans, voted for the resolution. Palazzo says the resolution did nothing to address health care overhaul and did nothing to reduce spending. ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Jordan Downs

Jordan Downs is carrying on a family tradition of public service started by his grandfather, state Rep. Ray Rogers. As U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper’s senior policy advisor, Downs has been on hand for everything from fiscal cliffs to sequesters and all legislative points in between. Each week, Downs is faced with daily challenges involving real world issues from the environment ...

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Harper expects fiscal sequester if Dems don’t drop tax insistence

Get used to the idea of $85 billion in automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs starting next Friday under a sequester deal Congress made with the White House in August 2011. At least that’s the indication U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper gave during a stop last Wednesday at the Mississippi Capitol for the Madison County Business League’s annual League & ...

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Analysis: 2012 not stressful for incumbents

This is a comfortable election year to be a sitting U.S. representative, U.S. senator or appellate judge in Mississippi. Incumbents have raised far more campaign cash than challengers, adding to their built-in advantage of name recognition. Judicial candidates are extremely limited in what they’re allowed to say, so it’s tough for a challenger to pick apart an incumbent’s record and ...

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