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DAVID DALLAS — Our flag and states’ rights at the Neshoba Country Fair

Ronald Reagan spoke at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980 as he was running for his first term of President of the United States.

In the final months of his first successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gave his most enduring speech right here in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. More important even than his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. According to Republicans like Condoleezza Rice and George Shutlz, the better known “wall” speech was pure rhetoric that did little to end the ...

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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

The fair has its own rituals, of which the carnival rides are small part.

JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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Gunn: State's GOP needs to heal after Senate primary battle

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Republican Party needs to heal divisions created by a hard-fought U.S. Senate primary that is still being protested by tea party conservatives, House Speaker Philip Gunn said yesterday. “The enemy is not other conservatives. The enemy is not even the Democratic Party,” Gunn, R-Clinton, said at the Neshoba County Fair. “The enemy is out-of-control spending, government ...

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Giles Ward will not seek reelection to Senate

LOUISVILLE — State Sen. Giles Ward, a Republican from Louisville, has announced he will not seek a third term in state Senate. Ward made announcement yesterday in a speech at the Neshoba County Fair. The 66-year-old Ward represents Senate District 18, which is comprised of all of Leake and Neshoba counties and a part of Winston County. Ward is chairman ...

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RAY MOSBY: Paranoia strikes deep with Phil Bryant during Neshoba speech

“Paranoid state: Transient psychotic disorder in which the main element is a delusion, usually persecutory or grandiose in nature.” —Abnormal Psychology and Modern Life ROLLING FORK — The Republican cheerleader camp that the fabled Neshoba County Fair has turned into in recent years is usually a lot more noteworthy when there’s an election coming up, but this year’s may go ...

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Reeves attacks graduation rate omission at Neshoba County Fair

PHILADELPHIA — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says the Mississippi Board of Education made a mistake when it decided to omit high school graduation rates from school ratings this year. Reeves, speaking Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair, also said he is determined to push a broader charter school law through the Legislature in 2013. The Republican lieutenant governor said he ...

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Reeves, Hood top Wednesday Neshoba fair speakers

PHILADELPHIA — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood will headline the first day of political speeches at the Neshoba County Fair. Also scheduled to speak Wednesday are State Auditor Stacey Pickering, Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall. Speaking at the east Mississippi fair is a decades-old tradition for politicians, ...

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Photo book examines life at the historic Neshoba County Fair

Surely the Neshoba County Fair makes everyone’s list of unique things in Mississippi. Billed as Mississippi’s Biggest House Party, the campground fair is not a typical county or state fair. It began in 1889 and covers 60 acres, most of which is a race track. A horse racing track in Mississippi is in itself a novelty. Memphis native Michael Whitaker ...

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