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Obama: Republicans blocking recovery efforts

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking his case against Republicans to millions of Americans today, faulting the party for refusing to help him turn around the sluggish economy or support some proposed new tax breaks for businesses the party has backed in the past. Facing devastating poll numbers and prospects of big losses, Democrats are in danger of losing ...

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Recession? Campaign spending on record pace

WASHINGTON — Turns out politics, for all its focus on the gloomy economy, is a recession-proof industry. This year’s volatile election is bursting with money, setting fundraising and spending records in a high-stakes struggle for control of Congress amid looser but still fuzzy campaign finance rules. Based on the latest financial reports, House and Senate candidates in this election cycle ...

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Pols quiet about intentions at Neshoba County Fair

NESHOBA COUNTY — Gov. Haley Barbour says the entire Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians should get to vote on a proposed casino in Jones County. His comments came during a speech at the Neshoba County Fair. The proposed casino was approved by a split vote of the tribal council. Little else of any interest was said. None of the politicians ...

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Superintendent accuses Franks of extortion

TUPELO — A school superintendent said in a lawsuit filed July 23 that Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks tried to commit extortion by pressuring the superintendent to resign over an affair with Franks’ wife. Mike Scott was elected Lee County superintendent in 2007 as a Democrat. Scott, who is married, said in the suit filed in Lee County Circuit ...

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Experts: Spill not campaign weapon

Strategists say it is hard to attack opponent on such an issue when there is a shared enemy like BP   It figures that only two of Mississippi’s four congressional races will have much drama at all between now and November.  The 1st District race between incumbent Travis Childers, D-Booneville, and challenger Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, is tight, with the Nunnelee ...

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Spell won't seek fifth term as ag commissioner

JACKSON — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell said today he won’t seek a fifth term, opening the field for one of the eight statewide offices voters will fill in 2011. Spell, 67, announced the decision today to his staff and to The Associated Press before sending a letter to supporters. “Because next year, 2011, is an election year, I wanted ...

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Cochran wants financial regulation vote

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has voted against an effort to limit debate and move toward a final vote on a financial regulatory reform bill, a measure he believes will adversely affect local businesses that offer credit to their customers. Cochran voted against a cloture motion to the Financial Stability Act (S.3217). The Senate voted 57-42 to defeat the ...

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Bounds jumps parties, Franks angry

JACKSON — A Mississippi House member has switched from Democrat to Republican. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Rep. Scott Bounds announced his decision during a news conference today at Republican Party Headquarters in Jackson. Bounds noted his “conservative philosophical and policy beliefs” as the reason for his change. The announcement drew an angry response from Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks. In ...

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GOP's Steele apologizes for mistakes

NEW ORLEANS — In damage control mode, GOP national chairman Michael Steele has sought to quell the furor over his management of the Republican National Committee by acknowledging errors and vowing to learn from them. “I’m the first here to admit that I’ve made mistakes, and it’s been incumbent on me to take responsibility to shoulder that burden, make the ...

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