During their first and only debate before the November election, the two north Mississippi congressional candidates agreed on a few issues, battled over several differences and both choked up when talking about the same educational accomplishment — being the first in their families to graduate from college.
“I grew up in a family with modest means,” Democrat and Ole Miss alum U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said before his emotions forced him to pause for a brief moment. “I say this with love and respect for my family: I was the first to finish college.”
State Sen. Alan Nunnelee, the Republican challenger, noted the two men shared something in common.
The debate, moderated by Overby Fellow Curtis Wilkie, was held in the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi. It’s the only time the two candidates are scheduled to go head-to-head before the election. Seven independent or third-party candidates are also on the Nov. 2 ballot, but they were not invited to participate in the debate.
The questions, asked by local newspaper editors and reporters, ranged from the economy, taxes, global warming, health care and Tuesday’s appeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell” military policy. (October 13, 2010, Page 1)
The last day to register to vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 2 is this Saturday.
The Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registrations.
Those wishing to vote absentee must have their ballots mailed in enough time for them to be at the Circuit Clerk’s Office by Nov. 1. The office will be open 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 to allow voters to come in and vote absentee. (September 29, 2010, Page 1)
On Tuesday, three Republican hopefuls will fight for the chance to run against Democrat Travis Childers in the First Congressional primary election. Running are former Fox news analyst Angela McGlowan, Sen. Alan Nunnelee and former Eupora mayor Henry Ross. The Tea Party Club of Oxford asked the candidates 20 questions. Read today’s EAGLE for a sampling of the questions or visit the Tea Party Club’s website for the full Q&A. (May 28, 2010, Page 1A)
Two out of the three candidates in the upcoming 1st Congressional District Republican primary spent Friday evening at the Lafayette County Chancery Building speaking to local Republicans about their views on several issues. (May 24, 2010, Page 1A)
The Lafayette County Republican Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lafayette County Chancery Building. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend and question Nunnelee, a candidate for congress. (April 27, 2010)
Senior Status Judge Kay Cobb has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to temporarily remove her from active assignments and has recused herself in the current active case to which she was recently assigned to avoid conflict with being the chairwoman of the newly established Tea Party Oxford. (April 20, 2010, Page 2)
With the help of $100,000 in seed money from the state, a University of Mississippi professor’s dream of launching a new business is about to come to fruition.
Mike Repka, UM chairman and associate professor of pharmaceutrics, was on hand Monday to accept the money from the Mississippi Technology Alliance. The funds will help start Oxford Polymed Corp., a new clinical stage pharmaceutical development company based in Oxford focusing on several drug delivery systems.
Harley Garrett writes to remind citizens if they don’t like the change that’s going on in the country today, then they should take advantage of their personal weapon – their vote – to do something about it. (April 1, 2010, Page 4)
There was once a time – when Jamie Whitten and then Roger Wicker represented the district – when electing a U.S. Representative from North Mississippi meant sending the incumbent back to Washington in a landslide. No more. Democrat Travis Childers won the spot two years ago and is expected to face a challenge this year. (February 19, 2010, Page 4A)