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Backers tout Obama as best choice for the Magnolia State

Mississippians just don’t seem to know what’s good for them. That, in effect, is what state Democratic Party leaders are saying as they look ahead to Tuesday’s election. With polls of Mississippi voters showing the Democrats’ presidential candidate, Barack Obama, trailing Republican John McCain by anywhere from 8% to 13%, Democratic party officers and prominent Obama allies said that on ...

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What would a McCain-Palin administration mean to the state?

It has been a while (1980 and President Jimmy Carter) since the Democrats’ nominee for President has outpolled the Republican contender, and it has not even been close. In 2004, President George W. Bush took 59.5% of the Mississippi vote, compared to Democrat John Kerry’s 39.8%. Most polls have that trend holding this year. Republican Sen. John McCain is projected ...

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Economy, education cornerstones of Musgrove’s campaign

After four years of being on the outside looking in, Ronnie Musgrove jumped front and center into Mississippi politics when he announced in January that he was running against his friend and former roommate Roger Wicker for the right to fill retired Sen. Trent Lott’s old seat. Musgrove once was a state political celebrity, representing Panola County in the state ...

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Industry advocacy orgs lining up with support for Roger Wicker

It has been 14 years since interim Republican Sen. Roger Wicker was involved in an election in which there was even a little doubt that he would be victorious. In November 1994 Wicker, then a state senator from Tupelo, Wicker defeated Democrat Bill Wheeler for the right to represent Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District. He replaced longtime Congressman Jamie Whitten, who ...

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Banner week for business developments in late October

Good news for a change. At a time when troubling news about the economy is dominating the headlines, Mississippi had a slew of successes in the business world in late October. “We recently had a banner week for Mississippi,” said Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). “This would have been a great week any time, but ...

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‘We aren’t going to get out of this overnight,’ commissioner says

The federal government has pledged $700 billion to invest in troubled banks in the country with the intention of unfreezing credit markets. But there have been concerns about some banks hoarding the money or spending it for other purposes instead of using it to make loans to keep the country’s credit markets open. The bailout didn’t require banks to put ...

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Business backers: Supreme Court elections vital

The business community in Mississippi is united in endorsements for the Mississippi Supreme Court, and says the election is critical to continuing the progress made since tort reform legislation was passed in 2004. A number of business advocacy groups are endorsing the following candidates in races for four slots on the Supreme Court: • Northern District Place One. Incumbent Justice ...

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Bryant wants Mississippi to be ‘leader in the energy field’

The cost of energy and its availability is a favorite talking point of candidates for state and national office. There is near-universal agreement that the U.S. must do something to lessen its dependence on foreign oil. The disagreement arrives when it comes time to discuss how to reach that end. One way to make it happen is projects such as ...

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Pittman sets the record straight: jobs aren’t going overseas

A shockwave went through Mississippi’s business community recently when it was reported that Gail Pittman Inc. was closing its Ridgeland manufacturing facility and shipping 45 jobs overseas. The news broke late in the afternoon of Friday, October 17 and made for a long weekend for Gail Pittman, the CEO of her namesake company that has been handcrafting pottery and dinnerware ...

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State Port’s goal? International shipping leader, supporters say

The Mississippi State Port at Gulfport is looking forward and backward. The facility continues to rebuild from the destruction of Hurricane Katrina but is also looking far into the future with a plan for growth. Considered a driving economic force for the state, there was no question the port would be rebuilt. In the three years since the storm, however, ...

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