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U.S. court backs 200 Mississippi pardons

WASHINGTON — The Mississippi Supreme Court upheld Thursday over 200 pardons issued by former governor Haley Barbour, including convicted rapists and killers. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood had challenged the 215 pardons from Barbour, a Republican whose second term ended in January. Hood said Barbour’s pardons did not stand up…

Kentucky’s Democratic governor wins re-election

LOUISVILLE, Ky (Reuters) – Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Steve Beshear won re-election to a second term on Tuesday, beating back challenges from two rivals. With nearly 90 percent of the state’s 3,571 precincts reporting, the incumbent had garnered 56.1 percent of the vote, according to the state board of elections website.…

Poll: Mississippi’s ‘Personhood Amendment’ will be a close vote

The polarized issue that is Proposition 26, Mississippi’s “Personhood Amendment” that would classify fertilized embryos as human beings, appears to be going down to the wire when the state’s residents vote on whether to adopt it as law Tuesday evening. According to a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 45…

Johnny DuPree wins Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor

OXFORD, Miss (Reuters) – Mississippi voters chose Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree on Tuesday as the Democratic nominee for governor in one of four states due to hold gubernatorial contests in the fall. DuPree, 57, beat out Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett, 63, in a primary runoff election. DuPree had…

Haley Barbour: ‘I’m lobbyist, a politician and a lawyer’

At least one Republican presidential contender isn’t running from his past. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was proud of his past as a “lobbyist, a politician and a lawyer” when he was asked about it Sunday. “You said last year, you’re the governor of a poor state, you have a distinct…

Battle over leadership of Republican Party heats up

In the wake of Republican successes in last week’s election, the party’s attention has turned to the question of whether the often-embattled Michael Steele is the best person to lead the Republican National Committee going into the 2012 campaign. During the last two years, Steele has come under fire for…

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