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April 30, 2012
I think that Sen. Rubio’s version of the DREAM Act would create a second class status for folks.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa • During an appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation this weekendduring which he also predicted that Mitt Romney’s stance on the DREAM Act will damage his reputation with Hispanic voters. Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, a Republican, agreed with some of what Villaraigosa had to say, specifically the fact that Republicans needed to do more for their Hispanic constituents. “The fact that people come and serve in our military certainly ought to give them some status in the United States,” said Barbour, adding, “as long as they pay taxes, as long as they don’t break the law, now maybe there should be a different path to citizenship.” source (viafollow)
13:58 // 1 year ago
March 13, 2012
Mississippi would do that, but Haley Barbour pardoned all of them.
Ace reblog of the night.

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20:28 // 2 years ago
January 11, 2012
Mississippi judge blocks 21 of Haley Barbour’s pardons
Checked by the judiciary: Thanks to a request by Mississippi’s Democratic Attorney General, Jim Hood, 21 of the 208 pardons issued by outgoing Governor Haley Barbour yesterday have been blocked. Hood objected on the grounds that the convicts in question failed to give sufficient notice they were seeking the pardons, which he claims amounts to a violation of the state’s constitution on Barbour’s part. Barbour defended his decision today, in a statement emphasizing the relatively low rate of currently serving prisoners released, as well as medical considerations. (Photo by Gage Skidmore) source
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Checked by the judiciary: Thanks to a request by Mississippi’s Democratic Attorney General, Jim Hood, 21 of the 208 pardons issued by outgoing Governor Haley Barbour yesterday have been blocked. Hood objected on the grounds that the convicts in question failed to give sufficient notice they were seeking the pardons, which he claims amounts to a violation of the state’s constitution on Barbour’s part. Barbour defended his decision today, in a statement emphasizing the relatively low rate of currently serving prisoners released, as well as medical considerations. (Photo by Gage Skidmore) source

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20:26 // 2 years ago

Mississippi ex-Governor Haley Barbour goes on pardon spree on last day in office

  • 208 pardons by Haley Barbour on his last day in office source

» The power of the pen: In a move that shocked the Mississippi political system and jumbled up the traditional left-right orthodoxies on law and order, outgoing Governor Haley Barbour used his last day in office to pardon 208 inmates, among them 14 convicted murderers, as well as the older brother of former NFL quarterback Brett Favre. This deluge has both led Democratic lawmakers to push for future restrictions on the gubernatorial right to pardon. To be sure, it’s wrong to decry a particular pardon without knowing all the facts. But waiting until the last day of an eight-year tenure, with no more accountability in sight? That’s always going to cause controversy, and rightly so. Edit: Fixed an error. Sorry about that all :/

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15:18 // 2 years ago
November 8, 2011
And in other big news, Mississippi decided in a referendum of its own that a fertilized egg is not a person. A major victory for the pro-choice movement.

And in other big news, Mississippi decided in a referendum of its own that a fertilized egg is not a person. A major victory for the pro-choice movement.

22:41 // 2 years ago
November 4, 2011
19:55 // 2 years ago
April 25, 2011

Ron Paul to run for President again

  • one Establishment favorite and GOP company man Haley Barbour surprised everyone today by announcing that he won’t be running for president in 2012 (probably a good idea, given his poll numbers).
  • two Hours later, Dave Weigel at Slate confirmed that everyone’s favorite scrappy libertarian, Ron Paul, will announce tomorrow an exploratory committee to run for president. Let the ReLOVEution begin again — for the first time. source

» What this means: One thing to keep in mind about presidential primaries is that every time a potential candidate announces their intent to run (or that they won’t be running), the calculus for every undecided candidate changes. For example, Haley Barbour is good friends with Mitch Daniels, who is half-heartedly considering a run of his own. With Barbour out, Mitch Daniels has one less excuse not to run. Meanwhile, Ron Paul’s entrance into the race effectively puts an end to his son’s quixotic flirtations with a bid, as Rand Paul already ruled out running against his father. Next question: Will the presence of another libertarian on the ballot put a dent in Paul’s loyal following?

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21:55 // 2 years ago
15:16 // 2 years ago
April 2, 2011

Rally at Mississippi Capitol for Scott sisters pardon

  • NO Haley Barbour won’t give the Scott sisters a full pardon source

» The Governor won’t have it: A rally was held outside the Mississippi State Capitol building yesterday, urging Governor Haley Barbour to grant a full pardon to the Scott sisters, Gladys and Jamie. It’s been 16 years since the two received double life sentences for armed robbery, a punishment that was absurdly severe even if presuming the sisters’ guilt- check out this great article by The New York Times’ Bob Herbert to brush up on the story. Barbour suspended their sentences indefinitely earlier this year, because Jamie had kidney disease and Gladys was offering a transplant, so they now have their freedom back. Barbour’s response on properly pardoning the two, though? “Tell ‘em don’t save any space in the newspaper for that to be announced.”

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12:09 // 3 years ago
March 21, 2011
They have yet to learn what a Haley Barbour is, and that will be a challenge.
Haley Barbour • Speaking about himself in the third-person in a profile piece about him for the New York Times. He’s a likely 2012 presidential candidate, but his profile is a tad low — more Herman Cain, less Sarah Palin. If anyone needs an idea of who this Haley Barbour character is, we have a pretty good collection of posts about this guy. In his defense, he did some great work as Mississippi governor in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But on the other hand, he has said a bunch of other stuff that voters may not like. And he has a career as a lobbyist under his belt, which doesn’t exactly mesh well with the current anti-lobbyist vibe right now. source (viafollow)
21:44 // 3 years ago