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Refusal to grant vaccination exemptions makes state a measles free zone

  Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud. The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles.  George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its  last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has a school children vaccination rate ...

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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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WaPo: Cochran signals won't back new voting rights after minorities saved his job

Well, that didn’t last long. Thad Cochran removed his disguise as a friend of Mississippi’s blacks and other minorities within days of these same folks pushing him into Victory Lane in his GOP Senate primary runoff with tea partier Chris McDaniel, the Washington Post reports. Let’s see how the senator’s betrayal figures into some future primary races in which establishment ...

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WaPo: Tea Party Super PACs spending lavishly but not on candidates

When the Tea Party Patriots threw its support last month behind Matt Bevin, the underdog conservative challenger trying to unseat top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, President Jenny Beth Martin vowed the group would be “putting our money where our mouth is.” So far, its super PAC has mustered just $56,000 worth of mailers in Kentucky on Bevin’s behalf — less ...

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey — some legal, some illegal ...

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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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BP avoids trial, agrees to pay $7.8B Gulf oil spill claims

BP will pay an estimated $7.8 billion to settle a lawsuit over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill with attorneys representing thousands of individual plaintiffs and businesses on the eve of a major trial in a New Orleans federal court, the company said Friday night. The Washington Post reported the settlement does not include claims made by Mississippi ...

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