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BILL CRAWFORD: Ingalls’ next ship depends on Cochran’s clout

By Bill Crawford Who knew the House Appropriations Committee would rush to load the gun for Jackson County voters? Last week I wrote that Jackson County voters played Russian roulette with their economic future by voting for challenger Chris McDaniel over Senator Thad Cochran, the only member of Mississippi’s congressional delegation with enough seniority to fund ships for Ingalls Shipbuilding. ...

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Coalition of ag producers form 'Farmers for Thad'

Thus far in his bid to win reelection to the U.S. Senate, Sen. Thad Cochran has received support from the state’s agriculture community. Now, a group of farmers is stepping forward to make their pro-Cochran voices louder. Farmers for Thad, a coalition of Mississippi farmers representing the state’s agricultural production base, has come together to support Cochran’s bid for reelection ...

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UPDATED: U.S. Chamber boosting Cochran with $308,000 in new ad spending

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is about to re-enter the Mississippi Senate race, laying down TV reservations for the last week of the runoff campaign between Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and his challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, Politico reports. Politico said two sources closely monitoring the state say that the Chamber will start a fresh round of advertising beginning Monday. ...

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DeSoto jury convicts former Southaven mayor on defrauding, embezzlement counts

SOUTHAVEN, Mississippi – Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis faces a lengthy prison term when he is sentenced July 10 for defrauding his city government and embezzling money from it. A DeSoto County jury convicted Davis Wednesday afternoon on one count of making false representations to defraud the government and one count of embezzlement.   A press statement from State Auditor ...

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Ron Paul backs tea party challenger in Miss. race

WASHINGTON — Former presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday added his name to the list of tea party supporters of Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi a seventh term. McDaniel and Cochran were heading toward a June 24 runoff that illustrates the split within the GOP between its anti-establishment, tea party-flavored wing and its ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Jackson County vote for McDaniel risks Ingalls jobs

By Bill Crawford Wow! Jackson County went for Chris McDaniel over Thad Cochran in the Senate Republican primary, putting the jobs of relatives, friends, and neighbors at risk. Talk about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs. No county is more dependent on military spending than Jackson County. Think Ingalls Shipbuilding, the state’s largest private sector employer with approximately ...

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Nunnelee to have surgery to remove brain tumor

A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is scheduled for surgery Monday to remove a small mass found on his brain. Rep. Alan Nunnelee was hospitalized in May after experiencing nausea and fatigue, with doctors finding what Nunnelee describes as an intracranial mass on the right side of his brain. Yesterday, he said in a statement that further tests at the ...

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Politico: National Democrats giving to Travis Childers' Senate bid

By Alexander Burns June 5, 2014 12:30 PM EDT National Democrats have already spent tens of thousands of dollars aiding underdog Senate candidate Travis Childers, the moderate former congressman who hopes to make the Mississippi race competitive in the event that Republicans nominate insurgent conservative Chris McDaniel. Childers has raised only a small sum of money for his race, just ...

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