Haley Barbour

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Haley Barbour Apologizes for Obama 'Hot Poker' Dig

Sorry, but I wasn't talking about branding prez, he says

(Newser) - Haley Barbour has apologized for a rude, crude—and some would say racist—suggestion about what to do to President Obama. "While I would love" for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to "put a hot poker to Obama’s butt , I thought he did what he was supposed... More »

GOP: OK, It's Romney

Also, Paul Ryan says he'd be open to vice president slot if asked

(Newser) - Republicans watched Rick Santorum's convincing victory in Louisiana last night, eyed his burgeoning numbers in Wisconsin, and ... took to the Sunday talk shows today to concede that Mitt Romney would win the nomination, and that they are OK with that. A look around your Sunday dial, as per Politico... More »

Mississippi High Court OKs Haley Barbour Pardons

Attorney general had challenged their constitutionality

(Newser) - Looks like Haley Barbour is in the clear: The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the controversial pardons the Republican former governor made before leaving office, the AP reports. The state's Democratic attorney general had challenged some of the 198 pardons, saying they fell short of a state requirement: Those... More »

Barbour's Pardoned Convicts Go Missing

Mississippi AG seeks 5 men who didn't meet clemency requirements

(Newser) - First, Haley Barbour issued a spate of controversial last-minute pardons ; then, a judge rejected a number of them , calling back five men who'd been released from prison. But the dust still hasn't settled: Those five men, convicted of murder and robbery, are nowhere to be found. The Mississippi... More »

Miss. Judge Quashes Barbour Pardons

Blocks release of 21 still in prison, orders 5 more in for hearing

(Newser) - So much for Haley Barbour's grand pardons: A Mississippi judge has put the kibosh on some of the former governor's last-minute spate of 200 pardons, blocking the release of 21 inmates still imprisoned and hauling in five more who had been released for hearings. The ruling came hours... More »

Barbour Takes Heat for Pardoning Murderers

He has said that pardoning mansion workers is a tradition

(Newser) - Haley Barbour has issued last-minute pardons to at least five convicts who worked for him at the governor's mansion—four of whom were convicted of murder, and one who was denied parole less than two weeks ago, MSNBC reports. The Mississippi governor, who left office yesterday, has said in... More »

Boehner: We're Not Servants of the Rich

Also, he and Obama have a 'good relationship'

(Newser) - The notion that Republicans are "servants of the rich" is "very unfair," John Boehner told Christiane Amanpour today , adding that his job is "to make sure that the American dream that was available to us is available for our kids and our grandkids. And frankly, I'... More »

Cain: Perry Camp Name 'Vile'

(Newser) - Rick Perry is bashing today's incendiary Washington Post story that his family's longtime hunting camp was long known as "Niggerhead," but Herman Cain is having none of it. Asked on Fox News Sunday about the story, Cain called it "extremely insensitive," reports Politico . "... More »

Floodwaters Devastate Mississippi Delta

Rising river wipes small town off map

(Newser) - The rising Mississippi River has heaped more misery on one of the poorest regions in America. Hundreds of people have been forced from their homes in the Mississippi Delta as the floodwaters approach record levels, washing out farms and roads, the AP reports. All 300 homes in Tunica Cutoff, an... More »

What Barbour Exit Means for GOP Race

Surprise departure lucky for Huckabee

(Newser) - Haley Barbour's surprise exit from the field of Republican contenders for 2012 has shaken up the race before it even officially began, notes Aaron Blake at the Washington Post . Some likely effects of the Mississippian's departure:
  • The way is clear for Mitch Daniels. Barbour and Daniels are old
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Haley Barbour: I'm Not Running

'Difficult personal' decision stuns GOP insiders

(Newser) - There are a number of Republicans salivating over a shot at the Oval Office next year, but Haley Barbour won't be joining them. The Mississippi Republican, called a "fundraising powerhouse" by Politico, said today he won't run, calling it a "difficult, personal decision, and I am... More »

Would-Be First Ladies Would Rather Not

Candidates' wives plenty skeptical about life on the campaign trail

(Newser) - There are plenty of Republicans lining up to take Barack Obama's job, but not so many of their wives are sure they want Michelle Obama's gig. Mitch Daniels' wife Cheri, who Politico reports has been notably skittish about a 2012 run, recently announced she'd speak at a... More »

If Trump Is on Top, GOP Needs Fresh Blood

Maybe it's time for Chris Christie or Paul Ryan to take another look: Nate Silver

(Newser) - Attention Chris Christie, or maybe Paul Ryan? Donald Trump's strong showing in recent polls illustrates just how shaky the GOP's 2012 field is, writes Nate Silver at the New York Times . He breaks the candidates into three groups: The Fairfax Five (think establishment candidates) of Romney, Pawlenty, Huntsman, Barbour, and... More »

46% of Miss. Republicans Oppose Interracial Marriage

Only 40% think it should be legal

(Newser) - Gay marriage might be controversial, but apparently, Mississippi Republicans aren’t quite used to the idea of interracial marriage yet. In a new Public Policy Polling survey, 46% of Mississippi Republicans said they thought interracial marriage should be illegal, Raw Story reports. A mere 40% said it should remain legal,... More »

Don't Underestimate the Republican Field

If the economy's weak, it might not matter who the nominee is

(Newser) - The conventional wisdom seems to be that the GOP presidential field is hopelessly flawed and probably doomed. But don’t write these guys off just yet, warns Steve Kornacki on Salon . Remember, in late 1991 and early 1992, everybody thought the Democratic field was a pack of losers, too, and... More »

Barbour Aide Resigns After Tsunami Quip

Press secretary Dan Turner yucked it up in email

(Newser) - A top aide to wanna-be presidential candidate Haley Barbour has resigned after joking in an email about the Japanese tsunami tragedy. The Mississippi governor's press secretary, Dan Turner, abruptly quit following press reports of the quip. In the message, Turner referred to Otis Redding's song Sittin' on the Dock of ... More »

Walker: We Won't Back Down

Plus, McCain doesn't think psy-ops affected him

(Newser) - Two weeks of protests in Wisconsin haven't done a lot to soften Scott Walker: The embattled governor tells Meet the Press today that he's not backing down on his opposition to collective bargaining, reports Politico. "If we do not get these changes and the Senate Democrats don't come back,... More »

Haley Barbour Won't Denounce KKK Plates

'I don't go around denouncing people'

(Newser) - Haley Barbour doesn’t think Mississippi’s legislature will approve the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ proposed license plate honoring Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest—but he’s not going denounce the proposal. The state’s NAACP has called on Barbour to do so, the AP reports, but when... More »

GOP's Got Nobody for 2012

Not one of the slate of hopefuls is electable, writes Chris Cillizza

(Newser) - The GOP's presidential 2012 field isn't pretty. "All—that's A-L-L—of the Republicans considering runs carry at least one major flaw," writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post . Mitt Romney signed a health care bill similar to President Obama’s. Mississippi governor Haley Barbour “virtually invented lobbying.... More »

To Be Released, Inmate Must Give a Kidney to Sister

Life sentence will be suspended, on one unique condition

(Newser) - A Mississippi inmate will have her life sentence suspended, as long as she abides by one interesting condition: She must donate a kidney to her sister. Jamie and Gladys Scott were convicted in 1994 of baiting two men into an armed robbery, in which only $11 was stolen. The sisters... More »

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