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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in a gated community outside Jackson. ...

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McDaniel not conceding to Cochran, but supporters are

JACKSON — Tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel still isn’t conceding to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff, but some groups that spent millions supporting McDaniel are walking away. McDaniel supporters are examining poll books to try to find people who voted in a Democratic primary June 3 and the Republican runoff Tuesday. “This is being done ...

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A Q&A with Gov. Phil Bryant — Energy, oil and other things

Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this month delivered a keynote address to oil company executives and others gathered in Houston for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit. Upon his return, the governor’s office agreed to answer a series of questions on the subject of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Here is the Q&A: Q — Does the governor have plans in the remainder ...

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Big investment in Halcón drilling reflects confidence in a lucrative TMS

A private equity firm’s pledge to invest up to $400 million in Halcón Resources’ deep drilling in Mississippi and Louisiana could lead to a doubling of Halcón’s 2015 operations in the region. The investment from Apollo Globe Management allows Halcón to accelerate its drilling for oil and gas on the 314,000 acres the Houston-based company has leased within the Tuscaloosa ...

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GOP consultant: Tea party complaints 'racist and stupid'

JACKSON — National Republican leaders trying to appeal to non-white voters are cringing over Senate candidate Chris McDaniel’s complaints that Democrats — most of whom are black in Mississippi — voted in the state’s GOP Senate runoff and helped six-term incumbent Thad Cochran capture the party nomination. “The more the tea party complains about how black voters vote for Republicans, ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The new minimum wage and our economy

Imagine you make $7.50 an hour. Imagine your work week is limited so that your employer does not have to share responsibility for your healthcare costs or provide other benefits. Imagine your having to take a second job where you are also paid $7.50 an hour and work less than 30 hours a week. Let’s say you are fortunate enough ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit over crossover voting in GOP runoff

LAUREL — A Mississippi judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a supporter of Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel aimed at preventing crossover voting in yesterday’s GOP runoff. Ronald W. Swindall filed the lawsuit Monday in chancery court in Jones County. Yesterday, he asked Chancery Judge Deborah Gambrell to dismiss the lawsuit and she did. Mississippi voters do not register ...

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With Cochran victory, Dems and GOP must regroup

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fresh off Sen. Thad Cochran’s comeback to defeat tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s bitter Republican Senate runoff, the general election matchup between the six-term incumbent and Democratic former Congressman Travis Childers features two pragmatists each trying to wrest a winning coalition out of a jumbled primary. Cochran will have to chase Republicans who backed his ...

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Cochran downs Tea Party's McDaniel in wild runoff

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s Republican primary runoff Tuesday, dealing another blow to tea party groups trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel’s 49.5 percent with 98 percent of precincts reporting. The race attracted $12 million in spending ...

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