Volunteers Win Elections BY thadforms

With just 20 days to go until Election Day on November 4, the battle for control of the United States Senate continues to be incredibly close. If Mississippi is not in the Republican column, the liberal national Democrats will keep the majority.

There’s so much at stake right now for the future of our country. That’s why it’s so important to work as hard as possible to win on November 4!

America cannot afford another two years of liberal control of the Senate. Washington needs to be changed, and the quickest way to change Washington is to elect a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate.

Thad needs your help to win this race. Getting involved is easy. With one click, you can sign up to knock on doors, make phone calls, and much more!

It’s simple: Volunteers win elections. Grassroots involvement from thousands of Mississippians is what will put Thad over the top and ensure Mississippi plays its part in creating a new conservative, Republican majority in the United States Senate. We need your help to get involved in the campaign right now because Mississippi is worth fighting for.

GLENN McCULLOUGH: Sen. Cochran fits region’s needs, values BY thadforms

This year’s U.S. Senate campaign in our state has garnered a lot of attention in our state and across the country. As we approach the Nov 4 general election, one thing is clear: Sen. Thad Cochran is the choice to best represent the people of Mississippi for the next six years in the U.S. Senate.

Mississippi is a conservative state, and Thad Cochran is a conservative. He also has a substantial amount of seniority, which gives him the ability to address issues we care about in our region including job creation, national defense, infrastructure, education and stopping wasteful spending.

Mississippians are justifiably concerned about excessive federal spending and debt. Thad Cochran is the only person in this race for Senate with the influence to actually do something about it. Republicans are poised to take over as the majority party in the Senate. In that scenario, Sen. Cochran would be Chairman of Appropriations, the committee with more authority to cut wasteful spending than any other.

The economy of Northeast Mississippi has no better friend than Cochran. Govs. Bryant and Barbour credit Cochran’s understanding of Japanese business culture and his ability to cut through federal government red tape as key reasons Toyota ultimately chose our area to expand its North American presence. Thad also personally met with Yokohoma executives and was a big reason their final decision was to locate in Clay County. As chairman of Appropriations, Cochran would be in prime position to continue to advocate for economic development projects in our region.

The Mississippi National Guard and its 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team are integral parts of our nation’s military and the Tupelo region’s economy. Cochran currently serves as vice chairman of the subcommittee in charge of defense spending and used that position to help write legislation that would roll back the Obama administration’s recent proposal to shut down the 155th by 2018. This legislation now has 48 co-sponsors and is on the verge of being enacted thanks to Cochran’s leadership.

The son of teachers, Cochran knows the importance of education firsthand and fights to make sure our public schools have the resources they need to grow and thrive. Schools in Lee County receive nearly $16 million in federal support annually thanks to Cochran. Itawamba Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, and Ole Miss Tupelo are also beneficiaries of Sen. Cochran’s work.

When companies are looking to locate in our area, one of their major concerns is infrastructure. Thad is a big reason why the Natchez Trace, future Interstate 22, Highway 6, and the Tenn-Tom waterway are delivering commerce to our region.

Thad is also a leader for Mississippi and our nation on issues important to farmers and ranchers. As one of the writers of the recent Farm Bill, Cochran helps support Mississippi’s farm families and in turn, helps them provide the food and fiber that supports our quality of life.

No matter what your political preference may be, Cochran represents all Mississippians with great skill, energy and dignity that we all can be proud of. Thad Cochran makes good things happen for Mississippi and for our country by finding common ground with people who have diverse views.

Our values are Cochran’s values, which is why I respectfully ask you to join our family in voting for Thad Cochran on Nov. 4.

Glenn McCullough is a former mayor of Tupelo and former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority board. He works in the private sector on public issues. Contact him at glenn@glennmcculloughjr.com.

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Mississippi Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both Republicans, today were named Guardians of Small Business by The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association. The federation said they were being honored for outstanding voting records on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

Congressmen Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee, both also Mississippi Republicans, received the honor Wednesday.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have endorsed an effort to give the public and stakeholders more time to comment on carbon emissions regulations being promoted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Cochran and Wicker are among 53 senators who signed a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that seeks a 60-day extension to the public comment period on proposed EPA rules and guidelines for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The senators argue that the extra time is warranted because of the scope and complexity of the rules that will have significant effects on costs and use of electric generation.

“The carbon emission limits set by the EPA for our state will affect energy costs for all Mississippians.  The EPA hasn’t provided our stakeholders, including utility companies and (the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality), with enough information to determine whether the rules are fair, justified or even workable,” Cochran said.

The letter argues that the additional 60 days would give including utilities, state regulators, regional generation and transmission organizations and others time to not only study the rule, but also the more than 600 supporting documents released by EPA.

Both Cochran and Wicker are original cosponsors of S.Res.512, a resolution calling for the EPA to withdraw its proposed rules and guidelines related to carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. S.Res.512 faults the EPA and Obama administration for an overly broad interpretation of the Clean Air Act, for disregarding the legislative process and for failing to complete a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rules.

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SUN HERALD: Editorial: The use of force in the pursuit of justice BY thadforms

Just moments into his address to the nation on Wednesday night, President Obama succinctly defined the nature of the barbaric group that calls itself the Islamic State.

“Now let’s make two things clear,” the president declared, “ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”

The United States, the president said, is now even more committed to being among those standing in its way. “Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”

It is a strategy whose tactics have yet to be fully revealed.

Hopefully our actions will match the expectations of Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., who said after the president’s speech that the nation needs a strategy “that responds to these threats with force and justice.”

As Palazzo noted, “I believe one lesson learned here is that it’s just as dangerous to rush away from war as it is to rush into it.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., also cautioned that the situation we face is “complex, challenging and fluid.”

Regrettably, there seem to be few foreign policy issues that do not match all or part of that description.

“We live in a volatile and dangerous world,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. “The barbaric actions of Islamic State are abhorrent to us, and our nation must act with resolve to protect both the innocent and our security interests.”

Let us all hope that the use of force will be judicious and that justice will be swift.
This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions expressed by columnists, cartoonists and letter writers are their own.

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