Election 2012

A collection of the JFP's best Election 2012 coverage—and infographics—to help readers be informed when you hit the polls on Nov. 6, 2012.

Editorial

JFP Endorsement: Barack Obama and Joe Biden

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It’s been a harrowing four years for the country as we’ve ridden out the Great Recession.

Cover

The Candidates’ Plans: How Will They Affect Mississippi?

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With less than a week before the presidential election, polls show the two frontrunners neck-and-neck in a campaign focused largely on health care and economic issues.

Politics

A Jump to the Left? Mississippi: The 2012 Elections and Beyond

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Among the many names folks have called Mississippi—from the Hospitality State to the Cradle of the Confederacy—“political trendsetter” probably doesn’t rank high on many lists.

Politics

JFP Endorses Earle Banks, Brad Morris

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The JFP endorses Rep. Earle Banks and Brad Morris.

Interview

William Waller Jr.: No Agenda

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Criticized for political donations, Mississippi State Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller Jr. says as long as the state constitution requires judges to run for office, contributions are necessary.

Politics

Factcheck: Morris, Nunnelee Debate in Oxford

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On Oct. 25, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (1st District) met Democratic challenger Brad Morris, an Oxford attorney, at the University of Mississippi for a half-hour face-off.

City & County

Mississippi Women's Turn: Can They Break the Political Ceiling?

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The political landscape might have shifted in Mississippi, but in 2012, women are still struggling with the same issues.

National

How Big Business Wants to Shrink the Electorate

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Astonishing. Remarkable. Sinister. Those are words that come up again and again when confronting the wave of voter-identification laws that has swept through more than 30 Republican-dominated state legislatures in recent years.

Voter ID

JFP's omnibus collection of articles to keep you up-to-date and informed.

Business

Election 2012, Illustrated: Debt and Jobs

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In an election year, the one thing that is curiously missing are facts.

National

Who Are the 47 Percent?

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Last week, a videographer caught Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in an unguarded moment during a political fundraiser.

Politics

Defense, Illustrated

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Even the military gets kicked in the face when it comes to fact-checking.

Health Care

Obamacare vs. Romneycare

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“States could avoid some of the enrollment cuts generated by the block grant by increasing spending from their own resources, but completely avoiding enrollment cuts would require very large increases in spending to offset the reduction in federal funds,” the Kaiser paper states.

Health Care

Big Gaps in Romney Plan on Pre-existing Conditions

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There's a huge catch to Mitt Romney's plan: You'd basically have to be covered already to be protected.

Editorial

Education Key to State's Job Growth

In September, Mississippi's unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent, and it's been one of only seven states that has lost payroll jobs over the last 12 months.

Film

The Delusion and Paranoia of 'Obama's America 2016'

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Conservatives have been abuzz this year about "2016: Obama's America," a documentary by Dinesh D'Souza, claiming to expose the "real" Barack Obama.

Hurricane

Rep. Ryan Tried to Scrap Obama-Backed Disaster Aid System

Rep. Paul Ryan's House budget would have cut $10 billion in disaster help; party elders told him no way, at least for now.

Editor's Note

The Deal With a Racist Devil

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We seem to be going backward, not forward, on race and other bigotry issues.

Politics

Behind the Chair

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I've been in the beauty industry for 17 years. After laying hands on and listening to countless women, I know for a fact--as celebrity stylist Tabatha Coffey says--"It's not always about the hair."

Politics

For My Grandmothers

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Exercise your right to vote like you exercise your right to breathe.

Politics

Who is Kris Kobach?

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is representing Mississippi in a lawsuit against the Obama administration.

Faith

On Values and Votes

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Though we shared our precious faith, we did not altogether share the same politics.

Editor's Note

Beware the GOP's (Un)Scientific Sexism

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The majority of Mississippians who voted last fall to block the passage of the "personhood" initiative should be very nervous about the Nov. 6 election.

Politics

Not Just a White Thing

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We must take a stand for ourselves and our daughters.

Politics

Immigration, Illustrated

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Immigration is always a thorny issue, especially when facts are (mis)quoted.

Politics

Energy And LGBT Illustrated

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November the 6th is around the corner, so it's time to re-evaluate the facts and vote.

Hurricane

Climate Change: Real or Not?

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In 2008—back when President Barack Obama was a candidate—then-Sen. Obama promised to take on global warming.

Talk

Stinker Quote of the Week: "Retard"

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Like her male counterpart, Rush Limbaugh, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter is no stranger to slinging childish slurs when she can't come up with anything actually useful or intelligent to say.

National

Stinker Quote of the Week: "Tool"

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In 2010, Mississippi's rate of maternal death per 100,000 was 15.2 percent, putting it at 45th in the nation for high rates of maternal deaths, meaning that only five states did worse.

Editorial

Stinker Quote of the Week

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A couple things stink about Ryan's answer about abortion in the vice presidential debate.

National

Stinker Quote Of The Week: "Numbers"

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“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers”

National

Stinker Quote of the Week: "Preferable"

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"There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein in the role of government in people's lives and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill."

National

Stinker Quote Of The Week: "Chickification"

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“I think it’s feminism. If it’s tied to the last 50 years—the average size of (a man’s) member is 10 percent smaller than 50 years (ago)—it has to be the feminazis, the chickification and everything else.” –Rush Limbaugh

National

Stinker Quote Of The Week: "Disgraceful"

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“I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi."