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Waide to announce political intentions in December

JACKSON — Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation president David Waide says he’ll announce Dec. 6 whether he’s running for governor or any other statewide office. That’s the day Waide will end his 14 years as head of the politically influential group that has about 205,000 member families. Waide has been mentioned as a possible 2011 candidate for governor, lieutenant governor or ...

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Poll: Republicans more unpopular than Democrats

WASHINGTON — If anyone is scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections. Yet Democrats trying to exploit the GOP’s unpopularity in hopes of hanging onto control of Congress face a problem: People who dislike Democrats seem ready to vote in greater numbers than ...

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New GOP 'compact' pledges no new taxes

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Republican Conference says the party’s new “Pledge to America” compact is designed to roll back “failed economic policies” and rein in the healthcare overhaul. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana tells CBS’s “The Early Show” the document being released today represents the party’s response to what its lawmakers have heard at town meetings and ...

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Cochran counters Democrats with tax bill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation to preserve individual income tax rates at their current levels rather than allowing those rates to increase at the end of the year. Cochran is cosponsoring the Tax Hike Prevention Act of 2010, a broad tax policy bill aimed at extending all of the individual income tax relief approved by Congress ...

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Democrats divided on Obama's proposed tax hikes

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are confronting deep divisions in their nervous ranks over whether to support President Barack Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans — or just punt the entire matter until after voters go to the polls Nov. 2. Democratic leaders committed to Obama’s proposal were to hear today from endangered lawmakers who fear that raising ...

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Geithner: GOP's tax cut support welcomed

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the administration is encouraged to hear Republicans say they would support President Barack Obama’s plan to extend tax cuts to the middle class. Geithner says in a speech that the administration would welcome the GOP votes. The Obama administration has proposed extending the 2001 and 2003 Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class. ...

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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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