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Cochran calls scheme to photograph ill wife 'amateurish'

HATTIESBURG — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said yesterday he thinks it’s “kind of amateurish” that supporters of his primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and used her image in a political video against him. The six-term Mississippi incumbent said the motivation behind the video is beyond his understanding, and he’s leaving the matter to ...

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Barbour, Lott on hand in London to announce new Butler Snow office

JACKSON — The law firm of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada is opening an office in London, England. The announcement was made in London by Parliament members Hugh Bayley of the Labour Party, and Tobias Ellwood of the Conservative Party and former U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, former Gov. Haley Barbour and former U.S. Rep. John Tanner of Butler Snow. ...

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Davis resigns, turning over mayor's office early

SOUTHAVEN — Mayor Greg Davis’ term does not end until next month, but he announced at yesterday’s aldermen meeting that he is resigning from the job he has held for 16 years a little early. Davis said he would step down as mayor effective June 28 and pass the reins over to Darren Musselwhite, who defeated him in the June ...

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New politician wins office after clerk pulls slip from hat

WALLS — A political newcomer has won an election drawing for alderman in Walls, DeSoto County’s smallest municipality. The Commercial Appeal reports that Tammy Patrick and incumbent Jimmy Doyle each got 18 votes in a six-person race for five seats on the Board of Aldermen. Town clerk Amie Carr pulled a slip of paper out of a basket to decide the ...

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Judge sets trial date for campaign finance case

ABERDEEN — A federal judge has scheduled a trial for June 3 on challenge to Mississippi’s campaign finance law. At issue is whether a citizen must register with the state before spending more than $200 in a year to influence voters. The lawsuit contends they do not. In 2011, five Lafayette County residents sued the state of Mississippi, claiming the ...

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Congressional delegation splits over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — All three Republicans in Mississippi’s House delegation voted against legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff, while the state’s only Democrat representative voted for it. Republican U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo cast no votes, while Democrat Bennie Thompson voted for the legislation that passed 257-167. Nunnelee said in a statement after the vote that out-of-control ...

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Hosemann responds to NAACP regarding redistricting

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a statement following the NAACP’s legal action regarding redistricting. Hosemann wrote: “It has always been my position the Mississippi Legislature should be able to redistrict itself and not the federal courts. The Mississippi House and Senate adopted fair redistricting plans that even received approval by the Department of Justice. We believe ...

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Five candidates qualify for Greenville mayor's race

GREENVILLE — Five people have qualified to run for mayor of Greenville in the Oct. 22 special election. The Delta Democrat Times reports the special election comes 30 days after former Mayor Chuck Jordan announced his resignation. Jordan made his decision after learning he has advanced-stage pancreatic cancer. Under the city charter, an election must be held within 30 days ...

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Commissioners delay decision on Dems' replacement candidates

JACKSON — State election commissioners have delayed a decision on whether to let Democrats replace their nominee in south Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District. Commissioners will meet again to discuss the issue tomorrow, which also is the deadline for commissioners to give county elections officials the sample ballot for the Nov. 6 elections. In March, Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg won the ...

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