Blogger's arrest shakes up Mississippi Republican primary
May 17th, 2014
10:38 PM ET
2 months ago

Blogger's arrest shakes up Mississippi Republican primary

Updated 2:30 p.m. ET, 5/18/2014

(CNN) – The arrest of a man who allegedly obtained an image of a senator's bedridden wife has shaken up an already intense Republican primary battle in Mississippi.

Political blogger Clayton Kelly was arrested Thursday, accused of exploiting a vulnerable adult and illegally and improperly obtaining a photo of her without her consent for his own benefit, according to the Madison Police Department.

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Filed under: Mississippi • Thad Cochran
Challenger goes up with first spot in Mississippi Senate primary battle
April 22nd, 2014
03:39 PM ET
3 months ago

Challenger goes up with first spot in Mississippi Senate primary battle

(CNN) - A Republican state senator in Mississippi, who has mounted a primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, touts his conservative credentials in first campaign television commercial.

The ad from Chris McDaniel comes six weeks before he faces off against the six-term incumbent in Mississippi's GOP primary. Cochran's campaign has already gone up with five spots over the past two months.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race
Airwaves heating up in Mississippi Senate race
April 7th, 2014
04:12 PM ET
4 months ago

Airwaves heating up in Mississippi Senate race

Updated 6:05 p.m. ET, 4/7/2014

(CNN) – Two leading fiscal conservative groups are going after Thad Cochran, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election.

Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Action announced Monday they would each begin airing television ads against the Mississippi incumbent.

And Cochran's team is hitting back with an ad of their own, slamming GOP challenger Chris McDaniel for his views on government assistance programs and post-Hurricane Katrina disaster relief in the state. And Cochran is also getting assistance from an outside group as the ad wars in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary heat up.

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Filed under: Club for Growth • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
GOP Sen. Cochran says he doesn't know much about the tea party
February 18th, 2014
02:51 PM ET
5 months ago

GOP Sen. Cochran says he doesn't know much about the tea party

(CNN) – While some Republican incumbents with primary challengers are trying to woo conservatives, Sen. Thad Cochran says he's not too familiar with the tea party.

"The tea party is something I don't really know a lot about," the six-term senator from Mississippi told reporters. "It's a free country. We have open opportunities for people to participate in the election process."
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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
Six-term Sen. Cochran will run again in 2014
December 6th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
8 months ago

Six-term Sen. Cochran will run again in 2014

(CNN) - Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, will run for a seventh term next year, his spokesman Chris Gallegos confirmed to CNN.

Until Friday, it was unclear whether the longtime Senator would try to keep his seat. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, already faces a primary challenger in conservative state Senator Chris McDaniel.
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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
After Supreme Court ruling, states see green light for voter ID laws
June 25th, 2013
06:14 PM ET
1 year ago

After Supreme Court ruling, states see green light for voter ID laws

(CNN) – With the Supreme Court's ruling Tuesday on the Voting Rights Act, Mississippi and Texas announced they're ready to move forward with their controversial voter identification laws.

Eleven states in the past two years have approved laws that would require voters to show identification at voting booths. But Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act required some of those states with a history of voter discrimination to get "precleared" by the federal government before making any changes to voting laws.
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Filed under: Mississippi • Texas
Mississippi gov’s surprising remark on working moms
June 4th, 2013
07:47 PM ET
1 year ago

Mississippi gov’s surprising remark on working moms

Updated 1:11 p.m. ET Wednesday 6/5

(CNN) – The recently renewed debate over working mothers gained more traction Tuesday when a Republican governor suggested the country’s education problems were the result of both parents holding jobs.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, speaking at a Washington Post education forum, seemed to anticipate the backlash his comments may spark, but proceeded anyway after being asked why America’s schools had fallen behind compared to other countries.
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Filed under: Mississippi
Affidavit: Dust mask tied to suspect tests positive for ricin
Federal law enforcement officials search a second home in connection with the investigation of ricin-tainted letters being sent to President Barack Obama and other officials. In Tupelo, Mississippi on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Tupelo Taekwood Plus, the former karate studio of James Everett.Dutschke, is searched. (Vivian Kuo/CNN)
April 30th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Affidavit: Dust mask tied to suspect tests positive for ricin

(CNN) – A dust mask linked to 41-year-old Mississippi man James Everett Dutschke, among other samples, tested positive for ricin, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

Federal authorities arrested Dutschke on Saturday on charges of possessing and using ricin in connection with letters sent to, among others, President Barack Obama.

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Filed under: Mississippi
April 29th, 2013
07:19 AM ET
1 year ago

The Mississippi ricin case - a web of small-town intrigue

Oxford, Mississippi (CNN) - Was it a tiff between an Elvis impersonator and a martial arts instructor in the birthplace of the King that caused headlines around the world?

We may find out Monday when a former tae kwon do instructor from Tupelo, Mississippi, appears in court, accused of sending ricin-tainted letters to President Barack Obama and others.

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Filed under: Mississippi • President Obama
April 24th, 2013
10:23 AM ET
1 year ago

FBI searches for clues in ricin investigation

(CNN) - FBI agents on Wednesday searched the former martial arts studio of a Tupelo man in connection with the investigation into ricin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama and other officials, the man's lawyer, Lori Basham, told CNN.

Agents in hazardous materials suits had searched James Everett Dutschke's home on Tuesday, the same day prosecutors dropped charges against the man arrested last week on suspicion of sending the letters.

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Filed under: Mississippi • President Obama
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