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(UPDATE) POLLS ARE OPEN — Mississippi choosing Dem and GOP nominees for state offices

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UPDATE — Mississippi voters on Tuesday are choosing Democratic and Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor. Three other statewide races have Republican primaries only. They are for auditor, treasurer and insurance commissioner. Polls are open until 7 p.m., and voters are required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification. Ballots also include some primaries for public ...

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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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Pickering and Butler vie for GOP nomination for auditor

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photograph, Mary Hawkins Butler, a nine-term mayor of Madison, who is also a Republican candidate for Mississippi auditor, speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. Butler sharply criticized second-term state Auditor Stacey Pickering on his use of campaign money to pay for travel, vehicles and a garage door. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Stacey Pickering says he’s as aggressive a state auditor as Mississippi has ever had. His challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Mary Hawkins Butler, says that’s not enough. Pickering is touting his record as he seeks a third term in the office that oversees the finances of state and local government. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Democrat ...

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Fitch tries to hold off GOP primary challenge from McRae

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JACKSON — First-term Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is trying to fend off a Republican primary challenge from a fellow attorney who used to work in the Unclaimed Property division of her office. David McRae accuses Fitch of wasting taxpayers’ money on office decor and of mismanaging a state-sponsored college savings plan. Making his first run for public office, McRae has ...

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2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party’s nomination for re-election Tuesday. The Republican is already talking about pushing for tax cuts during a second term, and he’s paying little attention to anyone else running for governor. While opponents say Bryant has failed to pull Mississippi out of persistent poverty, he points to the state’s decreasing ...

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GOP hopeful Ted Cruz to visit Tupelo, Olive Branch Aug. 11

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OLIVE BRANCH — Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will visit two north Mississippi cities this month. The Commercial Appeal reports that the junior senator from Texas has stops scheduled Aug. 11 at restaurants in Tupelo and Olive Branch. The conservative Republican will be at Connie’s Fried Chicken in Tupelo at 9 a.m. and at Sweet Pea’s Table in Olive Branch ...

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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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Chaney campaign contributions reach $448,000

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has decided that being elected to a third term is worth nearly $500,000. Chaney is being challenged by auto body shop owner John Mosley, who has put $158,000 into his campaign coffers from his own pocket as the two Republicans face each other on Aug. 4 in a primary that will decide ...

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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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