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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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DAVID DALLAS: Getting a grip on LGBT issues

Last week Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-medal winner, admitted to ABC’s Diane Sawyer and a national television audience that he is transgender. What that means is Bruce Jenner, despite his masculine accoutrement, feels more like a woman and would like to identify himself as one. Jenner won the decathlon in 1976, the most grueling event in the games, requiring strength, ...

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Cruz backs runoff investigation; tea party group calls Cochran 'scum'

WASHINGTON — In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation yesterday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud they cited in the bitterly fought race. One day after Sen. Thad Cochran was certified the primary winner ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE — Compromise is not a four-letter word

A guest column in this paper recently contended that federal spending and its detrimental effects was the most important issue in Mississippi’s Republican primary election for United States Senate. I absolutely concur on the importance of this issue. As the father of two children under four and another due in August, I am greatly distressed thinking of the deficits and ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Chris McDaniel: Mississippi's next four-decade senator

By David Dallas I worked for the Republican Steering Committee in Washington D.C. during the final throes of the George Herbert Walker Bush presidency after he had broken his no-new-taxes promise. No matter how you read his lips, George the First had betrayed the Reagan Revolution. He had compromised with Democrats and, now-extinct, liberal Republicans to save the country from ...

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HARRISON: Tea Party's Chris McDaniel has made waves in Senate

JACKSON – Chris McDaniel, the man who could replace political icon Thad Cochran in the United States Senate, has been at times an outspoken member of the Mississippi Senate where he currently serves. McDaniel, R-Ellisville, is chair of the Senate’s Conservative Coalition, which consists of 10 of the chamber’s 32 Republicans. It is generally viewed as a group that has ...

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CRAWFORD: Roger Wicker watching the Tea Party blitz

Senator Roger Wicker must be anxiously watching the Tea Party blitz against fellow Senator Thad Cochran. The two senators have much in common. For example, until they were banned by House Republicans, Wicker’s record for delivering earmarks was second only to Cochran’s. The Tea Party claims earmarks were a major factor in escalating deficits. They weren’t, but the claim is ...

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Blue Cross contract impasse with HMA may create opening for other insurers

» Other plans more than happy to step in, says head of Mississippi Association of Health Plans The market’s invisible hand eventually will decide the outcome of a nearly two-month standoff between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and Health Management Associates over provider reimbursement levels. In the meantime, executives of Mississippi’s other health care insurers will have their eyes on new ...

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Tea Party's McDaniel running for U.S. Senate against Thad in 2014

ELLISVILLE, Mississippi — Second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel said Thursday that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in 2014, a decision that likely pits him against longtime incumbent Thad Cochran in the Republican primary. Cochran turns 76 in December and is expected to announce late this year whether he’ll seek re-election to the Senate seat he first won in 1978. ...

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Rejection of Blue Cross offer to reinstate 4 hospitals as in-network hardens HMA impasse

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi reacted with puzzlement to Health Management Associates rejection Wednesday of the insurers’ offer to reinstate in-network provider status to four HMA hospitals. HMA said Wednesday it could not accept terms that included pre-certification for in-patient admissions of Blue Cross policyholders. Blue Cross said it found that objection surprising since the pre-cert condition is ...

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