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September 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Former Gov. Kirk Fordice, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense businessman who became Mississippi's first Republican governor in more than 100 years, died Tuesday of leukemia at a hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was 70. A self-made millionaire through his Fordice Construction Co., Fordice upset incumbent Democrat Ray Mabus in 1991 to become Mississippi's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
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September 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Former Gov. Kirk Fordice, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense businessman who became Mississippi's first Republican governor in more than 100 years, died Tuesday of leukemia at a hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was 70. A self-made millionaire through his Fordice Construction Co., Fordice upset incumbent Democrat Ray Mabus in 1991 to become Mississippi's first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
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August 9, 1992 | GINA HOLLAND, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Millionaire businessman Kirk Fordice shook up Mississippi politics last year, breaking a 117-year Democratic lock on the governor's office to claim it for the Republicans. Now he's shaking up the state with a brash, ultraconservative approach to governing that has set some on edge, including blacks and the Legislature.
NEWS
December 18, 1996 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been six weeks now since Mississippians last eyeballed their governor, and that was of him laid out on a stretcher after almost dying in a fiery, single-vehicle crash. Gov. Kirk Fordice, 62, was driving home alone on election night from Memphis where he had been spied dining--and supposedly holding hands--with a woman who was not his wife. His car left a highway, struck several trees, soared 40 feet through the air and landed on its roof before catching fire.
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December 18, 1996 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's been six weeks now since Mississippians last eyeballed their governor, and that was of him laid out on a stretcher after almost dying in a fiery, single-vehicle crash. Gov. Kirk Fordice, 62, was driving home alone on election night from Memphis where he had been spied dining--and supposedly holding hands--with a woman who was not his wife. His car left a highway, struck several trees, soared 40 feet through the air and landed on its roof before catching fire.
NEWS
January 15, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kirk Fordice was sworn in as Mississippi's first Republican governor since the Reconstruction era of 1876. Fordice, 54, a businessman who saw the Republican Party through two decades of building itself into a political force in Mississippi, won the Jackson Statehouse by defeating Democratic incumbent Ray Mabus. Fordice campaigned on a conservative platform opposing affirmative action and supporting welfare reform.
NEWS
November 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Kirk Fordice apologized for saying America was a "Christian" nation. The rabbi at the state's largest synagogue said he was satisfied. Fordice said at a Republican governors' gathering in Wisconsin this week that "the less we emphasize the Christian religion, the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos in the United States of America." About 20 leaders in the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference called Fordice's comments "deeply disturbing and divisive."
NEWS
November 9, 1996 | Associated Press
Gov. Kirk Fordice was back on a ventilator and sedated Friday as he recovered from a near-fatal car crash. Fordice suffered "a small setback but an expected setback" Thursday when he developed swelling problems around his vocal chords, his doctor said. The governor was able to talk to his family while the breathing tubes were temporarily removed, and told them he didn't remember anything about Tuesday's accident in rural Mississippi.
NEWS
December 1, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Kirk Fordice was released from a hospital, nearly four weeks after he was severely injured when his Jeep veered off a highway, rolled and caught fire. "He said that he has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday," said an aide, Heath Hall. Fordice, 62, was treated at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for smoke inhalation, cuts, broken bones and a bruised heart and lung. He also had shoulder surgery. Fordice was injured Nov.
NEWS
November 7, 1996
Gov. Kirk Fordice was in intensive care Wednesday, recovering from serious injuries after his Jeep ran off a highway as he drove alone several miles behind his official escort. The state troopers assigned to accompany him were unaware of the wreck until they were notified by radio, officials acknowledged. Fordice, 62, was in serious condition--upgraded from critical--at University of Mississippi Medical Center with bruises to his heart, lung and liver.
NEWS
December 1, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Kirk Fordice was released from a hospital, nearly four weeks after he was severely injured when his Jeep veered off a highway, rolled and caught fire. "He said that he has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday," said an aide, Heath Hall. Fordice, 62, was treated at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for smoke inhalation, cuts, broken bones and a bruised heart and lung. He also had shoulder surgery. Fordice was injured Nov.
NEWS
November 9, 1996 | Associated Press
Gov. Kirk Fordice was back on a ventilator and sedated Friday as he recovered from a near-fatal car crash. Fordice suffered "a small setback but an expected setback" Thursday when he developed swelling problems around his vocal chords, his doctor said. The governor was able to talk to his family while the breathing tubes were temporarily removed, and told them he didn't remember anything about Tuesday's accident in rural Mississippi.
NEWS
November 7, 1996
Gov. Kirk Fordice was in intensive care Wednesday, recovering from serious injuries after his Jeep ran off a highway as he drove alone several miles behind his official escort. The state troopers assigned to accompany him were unaware of the wreck until they were notified by radio, officials acknowledged. Fordice, 62, was in serious condition--upgraded from critical--at University of Mississippi Medical Center with bruises to his heart, lung and liver.
NEWS
November 21, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Kirk Fordice apologized for saying America was a "Christian" nation. The rabbi at the state's largest synagogue said he was satisfied. Fordice said at a Republican governors' gathering in Wisconsin this week that "the less we emphasize the Christian religion, the further we fall into the abyss of poor character and chaos in the United States of America." About 20 leaders in the Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference called Fordice's comments "deeply disturbing and divisive."
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice on Wednesday defended his remark that "America is a Christian nation." But a rabbi said the statement showed a frightening willingness to exclude those who are different, and the American Jewish Congress urged the national Republican chairman to repudiate Fordice's remark. At a Republican governors' meeting Tuesday in Fontana, Wis.
NEWS
August 9, 1992 | GINA HOLLAND, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Millionaire businessman Kirk Fordice shook up Mississippi politics last year, breaking a 117-year Democratic lock on the governor's office to claim it for the Republicans. Now he's shaking up the state with a brash, ultraconservative approach to governing that has set some on edge, including blacks and the Legislature.
NEWS
November 19, 1992 | From Associated Press
Republican Gov. Kirk Fordice on Wednesday defended his remark that "America is a Christian nation." But a rabbi said the statement showed a frightening willingness to exclude those who are different, and the American Jewish Congress urged the national Republican chairman to repudiate Fordice's remark. At a Republican governors' meeting Tuesday in Fontana, Wis.
NEWS
November 6, 1991 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In a stinging rebuke to President Bush, underdog Democratic Sen. Harris Wofford Tuesday scored a dramatic upset against Republican challenger Dick Thornburgh in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate special election by exploiting voter discontent with Washington in general and White House domestic policies in particular. With 93% of precincts reporting, Wofford had 1,717,903 or 56%, to Thornburgh's 1,372,187 or 44%.
NEWS
January 15, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Kirk Fordice was sworn in as Mississippi's first Republican governor since the Reconstruction era of 1876. Fordice, 54, a businessman who saw the Republican Party through two decades of building itself into a political force in Mississippi, won the Jackson Statehouse by defeating Democratic incumbent Ray Mabus. Fordice campaigned on a conservative platform opposing affirmative action and supporting welfare reform.
NEWS
November 6, 1991 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
In a stinging rebuke to President Bush, underdog Democratic Sen. Harris Wofford Tuesday scored a dramatic upset against Republican challenger Dick Thornburgh in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate special election by exploiting voter discontent with Washington in general and White House domestic policies in particular. With 93% of precincts reporting, Wofford had 1,717,903 or 56%, to Thornburgh's 1,372,187 or 44%.
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