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Fact checking Barbour: Denying you raised taxes doesn’t make it so

By Ted Carter Mississippi’s state-hopping governor has hospital administrators across the state scratching their heads and wondering: What’s he talking about? And smokers? He’s got them choking on their Luckys. What Gov. Haley Barbour’s talking about is raising taxes – something he says he hasn’t done but President Obama has. In a speech to the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Monday, ...

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Barbour: Miss. stimulus different than Obama stimulus

By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour pointed at the difference between Mississippi’s stimulus and Obama’s stimulus at The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, California, according to a post by the WSJ’s Marketwatch. Barbour said there has been “a lack of support from the White House for nuclear power, and a wrongheaded bias toward renewable energy production. ‘My ...

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Barbour's silence could be deafening

By Wally Northway Seems folks around the nation and world are listening to everything Gov. Haley Barbour says these days as they wait to hear whether or not he will run for President. However, it may be what Barbour is not saying that is of equal import to Mississippians. So far, Barbour has not even hinted as to what candidate ...

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Khosla fires back at Wall Street Journal

By Amy McCullough Quite the heated exchange on the Wall Street Journal editorial page between the editors and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In a previous editorial, “The Range Fuels Fiasco,” the WSJ used Khosla’s failed Range Fuels business to say that government shouldn’t get involved with startups. (WSJ is now locked down. Most of the editorial can be found at ...

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Is Barbour jockeying for campaign funding from energy sector?

By Amy McCullough Will Barbour use the energy sector to finance his presidential campaign? Sounds like the Associated Press thinks so: Mississippi governor to talk with coal operators MS State Wire Published:Feb. 17, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour is expected to speak with Kentucky coal operators on Thursday. The Mississippi governor would be the ...

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Brown's ouster: Politics as usual (unfortunately)

By Wally Northway It’s déjà vu all over again. And it’s not good déjà vu, either. The recent unceremonious ouster of Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director Butch Brown by the Mississippi Transportation Commission seems to have finally ended the long-running blood feud between Brown and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, though the hatred runs so deep one has ...

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Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures

By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour and a venture capital firm backing three of the most recent green energy startups purchased by the state of Mississippi will both be speaking at a California energy conference for high-rollers hosted by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. ECO:nomics “will bring together the world’s top CEOs, policymakers, entrepreneurs and industry experts to ...

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One size doesn't fit all in the Delta

By Wally Northway In the spring of 1968, my family and I spent a tense night huddled at my grandmother’s house in Greenville. All the lights were doused, the only sound a radio turned down so low it was barely audible. Every now and then somebody would pull a curtain back and peak out a window. The atmosphere was thick, ...

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