The Sun Herald, 11/7/7

A health advocacy group says legislative votes against a proposal to raise tobacco taxes and lower the tax on groceries led to some losses among Republicans in the general election.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids on Wednesday pointed to the election day defeat of three incumbent GOP state senators – Ralph Doxey of Holly Springs, Richard White of Terry and Shannon Walley of Leakesville. The group hopes the voter backlash will motivate other lawmakers to pass the tax swap legislation in 2008.

The organization said Democratic Sen. Scottie Cuevas’ loss to David Baria in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary was another example of how the tax swap bill impacted a legislative election.