- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Several candidates for statewide offices spoke Wednesday at the Neshoba County Fair in the hills of east central Mississippi. Here’s some of what they said:

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Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat seeking his fourth term, defended his lawsuit against Google, saying the company has done too little to prevent people from using its search engines to find and buy prescription drugs without a having prescription. He said his office has recovered $3 billion for the state in the past eight years and his staff has worked to shut down online crime, including child pornography.

“Those people in our office fight for you every day,” Hood said.

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Mike Hurst, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said Hood has only worked part-time since moving back to north Mississippi two years ago. Hurst said people deserve an attorney general who will work fulltime. He also criticized Hood’s lawsuit against Google.

“It appears my opponent has sold the attorney general’s office to Hollywood,” Hurst said, referring to reports that people in the movie industry had been in contact with Hood’s office about trying to make Google look bad.

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Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, a Republican seeking his third term, said he and his staff at the state Department of Insurance have been advocates for consumers, including people who have had problems with unscrupulous, unlicensed agents. He asked voters to support him in next week’s Republican primary.

“You want to choose experience and someone who knows what they’re doing,” Chaney said.

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John Mosley, a body shop owner who’s challenging Chaney in the Republican primary, said insurance companies try to shortchange consumers by insisting that body shops use parts that are not top quality. He quoted the slogan of his own repair shop: “We take pride in perfection.”

“That motto has gotten me on the fighting side of some insurance companies,” Mosley said.

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Addie Green, the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner, said people need to teach the younger generation to grow vegetables and shop at farmer’s markets for fresh produce.

“We need a new, green day in Mississippi,” Green said.

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who’s seeking a third term as agriculture commissioner, is scheduled to speak Thursday at the fair.

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Ron Williams, a Libertarian running for lieutenant governor, said the state wasted $700 million on the Port of Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina. He also said a Mississippi Power Co. generating plant that’s under construction in Kemper County is a “boondoggle.”

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