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Haley Barbour Takes Heat for Posh Jet Trips

State shells out as governor 'mixes business with pleasure'

(Newser) - Haley Barbour jets around on a classy Mississippi state jet—but not all the governor’s trips look like state business, Politico finds. He also uses the 12-seater Cessna, funded largely by tax dollars, to attend fundraisers for other Republicans, to appear on Meet the Press and Face the Nation ... More »

Haley Barbour Finds Himself in (Another) Civil Rights Mess

2012 GOP contender has problematic political roots, writes Steve Kornacki

(Newser) - Haley Barbour still hasn’t said whether he’ll run for president, but he’s already stirring up controversy thanks to a lengthy Weekly Standard profile in which he recalls his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss., fondly, and doesn’t remember the struggle for civil rights as being “that... More »

Republicans Plot to Oust Michael Steele

Haley Barbour's nephew leading charge to replace him

(Newser) - Republican leaders are quietly pressuring Michael Steele to resign while the resigning’s good, and looking for candidates to run against him if he ignores that advice. Though most weren’t willing to talk about it on the record, sources tell the New York Times that the likes of John... More »

Oil Hits Mississippi, Barbour Changes Tune on Spill

Asks BP and feds for more resources

(Newser) - Oil officially hit Mississippi's shoreline yesterday, and the state's governor has finally decided that this spill is bad news: Gov. Haley Barbour, who just last month suggested that the spill would have " minimal impact ," is now pushing BP and federal officials to boost his state's resources, reports the... More »

Look Out, GOP Candidates: Haley Barbour Looks Strong

Mississippi governor's fundraising is on fire

(Newser) - Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour dismisses talk of a 2012 presidential run, but he's quietly building a well-funded political operation staffed with some of the most talented conservative operatives, Politico reports. Barbour has taken in at least $580,500 from his three PACs, and he's expected to get as much as... More »

Clyburn: 'Elephant Dung' All Over SC Race

Axelrod says Alvin Greene not a 'credible candidate'

(Newser) - Never shy, Jim Clyburn continued his campaign against South Carolina's surprise Senate candidate, Alvin Greene, telling State of the Union that "I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place." David Axelrod chimed in, reports Politico, telling Meet the Press that "How he won... More »

Allen: 'We're Making the Right Progress'

But oil spill pointman says cleanup will go at least through fall

(Newser) - Thad Allen has gone from unknown to a household name in a few short weeks, and he dominated the Sunday shows today, saying that while BP's containment cap was now catching 10,000 barrels a day, the progress was still a far cry from the 25,000 barrels a day... More »

Miss. Gov: Proclamation Slave Diss Is 'Diddly'

Controversy over omission is 'just a nit'

(Newser) - Mississippi's governor defended the omission of slavery from a Virgina Confederate History Month proclamation, saying the oversight meant "diddly." Asked on CNN if Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's failure to mention slavery was a mistake, Republican Gov. Haley Barbour responded: "I don't think so. It's trying to make... More »

GOP Won't Rule Out Filibuster on Court Nominee

Jeff Sessions warns president to pick a 'mainstream' candidate

(Newser) - President Obama can avoid a Republican filibuster over his Supreme Court pick by choosing a judge who isn't "outside the mainstream," says Sen. Jeff Sessions, the GOP's ranking member on the Judiciary Committee. Asked on Meet the Press about whether a "big fight" looms, he responded, "... More »

GOP Gov: Media Giving Obama 'Longest Wet Kiss in Political History'

Plus, Lindsey Graham would like Obama to move on immigration, please

(Newser) - Health reform resulted in "the longest wet kiss in political history given to the Obama administration by the liberal media elite," Haley Barbour told This Week, "and every day that goes by, it gets sloppier." "I don't know what channels Haley watches, but that's a... More »

Axelrod Won't Rule Out Second Stimulus

Grassley says GOP 'won't be hoodwinked' on health care reform

(Newser) - With unemployment rates still rising, the White House isn’t ruling out the possibility of a second stimulus package, The Hill reports. On This Week, David Axelrod refused to “prejudge” the issue. But on Face the Nation, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour countered, “The real long-term effect is very... More »

Miss. Gov Tests Waters for 2012

Connections, experience serve Haley Barbour well

(Newser) - Another face to watch for 2012: Haley Barbour. The Mississippi governor is traveling the country this week, appearing at Republican fundraisers and conferences in what many see as a warm-up for a 2012 run, CQ Politics reports. A Republican consultant says Barbour, 61, has a good shot in a year... More »

GOP Rivals Slowly Emerge for 2012 Battle

Barbour, Pawlenty only the first to begin making political waves

(Newser) - The 2008 presidential campaign was one of the longest in history, but be prepared: As the Washington Post reports, the 2012 race may be even longer. With the Republican Party at its weakest point in decades, possible challengers to Barack Obama are already scrambling for position. The latest: Mississippi governor... More »

GOP Guvs Right to See Stimulus Cash as 'Trap'

Say law is a 'budget trap' that will hook them on more spending

(Newser) - Five Republican governors are threatening to turn down much of their stimulus windfall, afraid of taking addictive doses of spending on education, welfare, and health care that the states would have to shoulder in 2011 and beyond. And they're right to worry, the Wall Street Journal says. Take enrolling new... More »

Governator: Obama Needs 'Team Players'

Calls out fellow GOP as McConnell calls for fast Burris hearing

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger is urging politicians of all political stripes to line up behind President Obama. “I feel very strongly that President Obama right now needs team players,” the California governor told ABC’s This Week, noting that partisan wrangling creates “insecurity.” Schwarzenegger also called his fellow... More »

GOP Split on How Dire the Post-Election Straits Are

Older members see perfect ugly storm in '08 loss; youngsters see broader woes

(Newser) - Successive election disasters have the Republican Party split over its health, Politico reports. Older figures, like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, say it’s been worse, and the GOP just needs to hold tighter to its core principles. But up-and-comers disagree. Says Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, “The Republican Party is... More »

Wicker Will Step Into Lott's Shoes

Mississippi governor picks conservative Republican

(Newser) - Mississippi's governor has chosen Rep. Roger Wicker, a conservative Republican, to take Trent Lott's vacant seat in the US Senate until a special election can be called, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. After 35 years, Lott quit this month, a year into his 6-year term. The timing of the special election... More »

Miss. Governor Wins 2nd Term

Barbour reelected on strength of his post-Katrina leadership

(Newser) - Mississippi's GOP Gov. Haley Barbour was reelected to a second term last night, defeating Democrat John Arthur Eaves Jr. by a comfortable 20 percentage points. Barbour campaigned on his effectiveness in leading the state's recovery from  Hurricane Katrina while Eves, wielding a bible,  focused on his religious credentials and... More »

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