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Cochran's American Conservative Union rating takes nosedive

Veteran GOP senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache: a scathing appraisal and conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, one of the right’s most influential assessors of Republicans, the Washington Post reports. In its new annual scorecard, which was shared with The Washington Post on Wednesday, the ACU shows Cochran, ...

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Human Rights Campaign joins in call to reject Miss. bill it calls ‘anti-gay’

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone if they felt doing so ...

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No decision yet by Childers on Senate race

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Booneville Democrat, has yet to decide whether he will enter the race for U.S. Senate. “I have not made a decision,” was the only response from the former Prentiss County chancery clerk recently when asked whether he would enter the fray to replace veteran U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. The ...

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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to have been suffering from an ...

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Enerkem’s biofuel plant in Pontotoc still on drawing board

The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Seid Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Five years have passed, and a planned $100 million ethanol plant is no closer to being built. Little has changed from a year ago, when company officials said they were committed to the project and were working to “move the ...

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Defense Department to cut Army to pre-WW II size

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is to submit his ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reporter says Chris McDaniel hedging on key issues

By Bill Crawford If you sense something fishy about Senator Thad Cochran’s upstart opponent, it may be the flip-flopping. Republican senate candidate Chris McDaniel’s issue fickleness was exposed in a recent article by Politico.com reporter Alexander Burns. McDaniel promotes himself as an anti-government, anti-spending purist in the mold of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, both of whom, for example, ...

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals process all but ensures that ...

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UPDATED: State's Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in the state. The measure also ...

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