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Obama abandons plan to roll back tax-free status of 529 college savings plans

After a national backlash that included criticism from Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, President Obama has backed off a plan to tax the popular  529 college savings plans. The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Obama abandoned the tax plan after a mountain of criticism from lawmakers and parents alike. The Post characterized the rollback as “a major political miscalculation”  in ...

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Senators push FEMA to implement flood insurance reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) have sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate requesting a meeting to discuss a plan to implement the recently passed flood insurance reform law and reinstating rates as Congress intended. The senators want Fugate to explain why property owners ...

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama's minimum wage hike order

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and how many future Mississippi companies ...

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Obama to raise minimum wage to $10.10 for government contract workers

President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document, the Washington Post reports. Obama will also renew his call for ...

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CARTER: HHS advises Jurassic approach for health insurance sign-ups – use letter, phone or visit

President Obama’s admission Monday that something is really, really wrong with the federally built health insurance market websites left the impression that our commander in chief would call in drone strikes on all the sites if only they’d stay up long enough to be viable targets. Though no heads have rolled at HHS that we know of over the exchange ...

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New curbs on military surplus gun imports among Obama’s new firearms rules

WASHINGTON — Striving to take action where Congress would not, the Obama administration announced new steps Thursday on gun control, curbing the import of military surplus weapons and proposing to close a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations, the Associated Press reports. Four months after a gun control drive collapsed spectacularly ...

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Senate Rejects Last Sequester Bills

Time for Plan B! Wait, there is no Plan B? As expected, the Senate rejected rival bills aimed at preventing the looming sequester Thursday, meaning that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will almost definitely kick in on Friday. Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to pass. With no other plan in ...

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MBJ: Mr. Governor, jobs – not disunion – are what Mississippians value

’Ole Miss has its black bear. Not to be outdone, the Governor’s Office has its pander bear. What besides a pander to the “civil-war-is-around-the corner “ crowd could be behind Gov. Phil Bryant’s order to his lieutenants in the Legislature to adopt measures that have their foundation in the long-discredited mid 19th century idea of state nullification of federal laws? ...

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CARTER: Barbour all wet blaming storm for Romney loss

Haley Barbour is not sounding like the rational voice the Republican Party so badly needs in the wake of the thrashing it just took in the presidential election. As a Rider of the Storm, he’s proving to be a false prophet. The former GOP chair and two-term Mississippi governor is telling anyone who will listen that hurricane Sandy broke Mitt ...

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Mississippi notable for its 2012 ‘blueness,’ Rove says

Sakes alive! Mississippi’s turning blue? Not really – but it did make “blue” history of sorts in Tuesday’s presidential election. It had the distinction of being only one of two states to go a bit more blue than in the 2008 election, GOP strategist Karl Rove notes his post-election assessment of nationwide voting. Here is what Rove said on his ...

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