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September 15th, 2014
07:15 PM ET

The latest twists in Rep. Mark Sanford’s love saga

(CNN) - Three days after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford revealed personal details about legal disputes with his ex-wife, the South Carolina Republican's scheduled court hearing Monday was postponed.

A family court judge in Charleston, Daniel E Martin Jr., told reporters that the two parties will attempt to work out their issues through mediation, according to CNN affiliate WCSC-TV.

Marie-Louise Ramsdale, an attorney for Sanford's former wife, Jenny Sanford, confirmed to CNN that the hearing was continued but declined to offer more details on the case.

Sanford announced online Friday in a lengthy Facebook post that he was being summoned to court in what he described as "yet another lawsuit" from his ex-wife as part of a long-running custody battle.

Also in the Facebook post, Sanford wrote that the complications had placed a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, Maria Belen Chapur, and the couple had called off their engagement.

The two got engaged in 2012, a few years after Sanford - then the governor of South Carolina - publicly admitted he had been cheating on his wife with Chapur, who's from Argentina.

Chapur said over the weekend she didn't know Sanford was going to share the break-up with the world through Facebook and found out about the post through media reports.

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June 25th, 2014
04:45 PM ET

Democrats likely swung Mississippi GOP contest

(CNN) – To clinch the GOP nomination, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's backers turned to Democrats, especially African-Americans who make up 37% of the state's population.

Cochran's supporters actively reminded voters of the senator's work to secure federal funds for programs relied upon by African-Americans, like Head Start and certain medical centers in the state.

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June 24th, 2014
04:38 PM ET

Final chapter underway in nation's ugliest primary

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Lifelong Democrat Jackie Bland is doing something she never thought she'd do: Urge people to vote for a Republican.

Bland supports Thad Cochran, a six-term Mississippi senator who's trying to fend off a fierce tea party challenge to his seat from Chris McDaniel as voting got underway in Tuesday's primary runoff.

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March 7th, 2014
01:36 PM ET

Perry ignites audience at CPAC

(CNN) – A fired-up Gov. Rick Perry, who’s considering another presidential bid, kicked off Friday morning with a rousing speech, declaring “It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas.”

The longtime Texas governor reiterated his consistent message proclaiming “red state America” is better off than blue states because of conservative governors who push limited government and entitlement reform.

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January 13th, 2014
05:24 PM ET

Report details 'list' of Clinton supporters, detractors from 2008

(CNN) – In the ongoing buzz about Hillary Clinton's potential bid for the White House in 2016, the latest talk surrounds a list that her aides created not long after her unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008.

The list, which meticulously details high-profile figures who supported Clinton's campaign as well as those who backed then-foe Barack Obama, was jointly reported by The Hill's Amie Parnes and Politico's Jonathan Allen as part of their upcoming book, "HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton."

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