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Analysis: Neshoba speeches bring humor and serious messages

The Neshoba County Fair has long been a place for Mississippi politicians to engage in drama, hyperbole, and their own form of comedy as they try to win favor with potential voters. The candidates who appeared to have the most fun at the fair last week were those unburdened by competition in the party primaries. Democrat Addie Lee Green is ...

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Mississippi PSC candidates hate robocalls, but then differ

The 10 candidates running for Democratic and Republican nominations for the Public Service Commission agree the utility regulator should do more to crack down on robocalls and telemarketers. Beyond that, their priorities diverge. They’re competing to replace current central district Commissioner Cecil Brown, a Democrat who’s retiring, and southern district Commissioner Sam Britton, a Republican who’s running for secretary of ...

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#justsayin’ takes a look at Tate Reeves and Jim Hood at the Neshoba County Fair

In this cartoon, Ford Williams caricatures Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood and their road paving feud. The scene is the Neshoba County Fair Pavilion where both elected officials will campaign for Governor. The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series – #justsayin – reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist.  In the series, Ford ...

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Hood and Reeves speaking at ‘Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty’

Two of the top statewide elected officials are speaking at the Neshoba County Fair, a get-together known as Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are making back-to-back speeches Wednesday on the fairgrounds south of Philadelphia. Reeves is expected to talk about tax cuts and say Republicans have pulled the state budget into ...

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#justsayin — New cartoon series appears in the MBJ

The Mississippi Business Journal is launching a new cartoon series entitled #justsayin by Ford Williams of Ridgeland.  The irregular and slightly irreverent cartoon series reflects the world views of a Generation Z cartoonist. The first cartoon in the series is in this edition, the first day of the 2016 Neshoba County Fair.  The setting of the cartoon is the Fair’s ...

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Oxford joins league of college town hotel chain

By JACK WEATHERLY You might say Oxford has joined another league. No, Ole Miss hasn’t left the Southeastern Conference. But a hotel in a chain situated in college towns around the country has opened there. Graduate Oxford, a 136-room, four-story hostelry with what could be called a studied local theme, recently opened. “Every square inch of Graduate Oxford has been ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Our flag and states’ rights at the Neshoba Country Fair

In the final months of his first successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gave his most enduring speech right here in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. More important even than his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. According to Republicans like Condoleezza Rice and George Shutlz, the better known “wall” speech was pure rhetoric that did little to end the ...

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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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Gunn: State's GOP needs to heal after Senate primary battle

PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Republican Party needs to heal divisions created by a hard-fought U.S. Senate primary that is still being protested by tea party conservatives, House Speaker Philip Gunn said yesterday. “The enemy is not other conservatives. The enemy is not even the Democratic Party,” Gunn, R-Clinton, said at the Neshoba County Fair. “The enemy is out-of-control spending, government ...

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