WBNS 10/20/14 Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday On Monday, two same-sex couples filed a federal challenge to Mississippi's gay marriage ban, the first lawsuit of its kind in the mostly rural, Christian-conservative state. Rebecca Bickett and her long-term partner Andrea Sanders want to get married in Mississippi, the lawsuit says, while Jocelyn Pritchett and her partner Carla Webb were wed in Maine and want their union recognized. Defendants include Republican Governor Phil Bryant, Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood, and Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, who has denied gay couples' requests for marriage licenses. Huffington Post…Childers won't support Reid, McConnell "That's how we change Washington, start at the top," Childers said Monday in a meeting with The Clarion-Ledger. Childers, a former U.S. representative and longtime county chancery clerk from Booneville, said he's dissatisfied with the leadership of both parties. He named Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as people he would like to see leading the Senate. Childers said Donnelly is a friend and a fellow "Blue Dog" conservative Democrat when both served in the House and "I would vote for Heidi Heitkamp in a…Chairing Space Subcommittee attracts campaign cash for Miss. congressman WASHINGTON — As chairman of a House Science and Technology Committee panel over the last four years, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has been a vocal advocate of U.S. space exploration, calling for the resumption of manned flights. That stand has served his re-election campaign well, too, bringing a pile of cash that helped him stave off a primary challenge last spring. From Jan. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30 of this year, the chairman of the Space Subcommittee has collected at least $73,000 from political action committees and employees for…Is the Mississippi Senate race competitive? The Real Clear Politics average of three surveys taken from June through October 1 gives Cochran 44% to Childers’ 32%. Nate Silverman’s FiveThirtyEight senate forecast noted a 4.7% shift to Childers in recent weeks, but still gives Cochran a 10.6% lead. At GOP headquarters, the word is optimism. “We had a tough primary,” says Bobby Morgan, the communications director, “but we’ve had tough primaries in the past, and we have been able to form a coalition of conservative voters to carry us through the General Election.” He adds, “The message that party chairman [Joe]…RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI – Empower Mississippi, a new grassroots advocacy organization, released the first ever Education Choice Scorecard in the state of Mississippi. Education choice policies empower parents with the ability to choose an education that they determine is right for their child, whether at a traditional public school, charter school, or private school. The scorecard grades Mississippi legislators on key votes involving four education bills from 2012 through 2014: dyslexia scholarships, charter schools, speech language scholarships, and special needs education. In the Senate, 24 members scored an “A” while 16 scored an “F.” In the House of Representatives, 50 members…RELEASE: State Auditor Informs Legislature About MAEP Formula Flaws JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made to the formula, and how funds are used, or not used, for our students,” Pickering said. “Accountability issues are a major concern of this office, and it is past time for the…Delbert Hoseman is Mississippi’s Chuck Schumer What are the options now for Hosemann? He has a large campaign war chest and if he runs for re-election in 2015 he would win hands down. Some Republican think he could offer the strongest challenge to Hood if the Democrats decides to run for another term. If Hood decides to step aside, Hosemann would be the leading candidate in the race. Hosemann can just about write off any chances of ever going to Washington. He is 67 now and Mississippians are not likely to elect a man of his age as a freshman…It's no secret that state Sen. Tony Smith of Picayune is strongly considering a run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner. He's all but in given the press he's encouraged on the likelihood of a run for the open seat. Yet being on the losing end of the McDaniel effort makes his political stock go down to about zero in many circles. But the barbecue restauranteur isn't the only Chris McDaniel lieutenant looking at the job, which from what sources tell YP has ruffled a few feathers in the McGOP camp. Dane Maxwell, a campaign operative on the McDaniel US…MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS WLBT 10/19/14AP analysis: Mississippi's failing bridges now a mainstream concern However, if you ask Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons and Transportation Commissioner Tom King, people want to know about bridges -- the ones that have fallen down and the ones that might -- and who is going to fix them. "There's a serious problem out there with bridges," said King, who lives in Petal near Hattiesburg. He represents the southern district on the three-member Transportation Commission. "We're having to post a lot of bridges, lowering the weight limits, and that's affect farmers in north Mississippi and loggers in my part…This is a 'dumb as a rock' idea floating around The dumbest idea I’ve heard coming out of Republican fiscal leaders in the Legislature is to cut the state’s already skinny state tax base in the 2015 session. Two reasons: 1. They want to take it to voters next year as proof they’ve been down here running the state’s business on a penny ante budget. 2. After all, tax collections have been running better than expected (at least for the past few months) so let’s give it back, no mind that education is starving and medical care is the worst…7 indicted in voter fraud in Hattiesburg mayoral election HATTIESBURG -- After a year-long investigation, two Forrest County grand juries handed down seven misdemeanor indictments in voting irregularities connected to the 2013 general and special mayoral elections in Hattiesburg. Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell said in a Friday-afternoon press release her office had investigated "numerous complaints" and presented them to sitting grand juries in January and July. "The crimes for which the grand juries found sufficient evidence are misdemeanors under Mississippi law, and they will be prosecuted as such," Burchell said. Burchell said in the release she was…SALTER: Cruising toward the end of a long strange trip The 2014 Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary has far surpassed that 1983 campaign in terms of weird developments, outlandish strategies, and sheer length. If the 1983 campaign was a bizarre sprint, the 2014 Senate race in Mississippi has been an interminable marathon. In what was forecast as his final campaign after a long and distinguished career, six-term incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran saw opponents characterize his 40-year record of reliable right-of-center conservatism redefined by his GOP challenger as four decades of support for liberal causes and for wild-eyed and…Childers: 'I am working man's candidate' Will Republican voters really cross over in numbers and vote for the Democrat as they've vowed on social media? "I take folks at their word," said Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole. "If they're committed enough to put it out there on Facebook or Twitter, I believe they will." Recent polling shows the race has tightened somewhat, with Childers at 35 percent, Cochran stuck below 50, at 46 percent. A large tea party crossover or sit-out could tip the scales. But Childers has to walk a very fine line. He needs some tea party crossover,…Candidates differ on future of health care law In an emailed response to questions from the Daily Journal, Cochran said, "Access to quality, affordable health care is an important public policy goal. The Affordable Care Act was the wrong way to go, and it must be repealed. I've consistently voted to oppose the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and clearly, it has been a disaster in its implementation. There are better ways through the free market to make health care more affordable and accessible without the government taking over control of our health care system."... ...Cochran's Democratic opponent…Cochran has half million-plus in cash on hand JACKSON – Incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has $550,864 in cash on hand and is still raising funds as his bid for a seventh term enters the final stretch. Wednesday was the deadline for federal candidates to file their latest round of campaign finance reports. Neither Cochran’s campaign finance report nor that of his Democratic challenger had been posted late Wednesday on the Federal Election Commission website. But Jordan Russell, a spokesman for Cochran, said the Republican incumbent had raised an additional $150,000 thus far in October and still had fundraising events…State releases school, district accountability ratings, 2 Pascagoula schools bumped up to A status The Mississippi Department of Education has released this year's school accountability results, but they look almost identical to last year's results. That's because all districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year. The waiver basically means that each school and district will retain the accountability label -- rated on a grade scale as A, B, C, D or F -- that they were assigned in the 2012-2013 academic…Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress Economic growth, immigration reform and the ability to compromise will be the major challenges facing the 114th Congress next year, according to Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, who is slated to provide the Chairman’s Lecture at the 2015 Dairy Forum. Barbour, who also is the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a leading political strategist, recently sat down with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, to discuss what it takes to handle political challenges and turn them into opportunities. “Congress is going to come to town with a…In battling Ebola, fighting panic is as critical as containing virus Lawmakers and other public officials have attempted to walk a fine line between urging caution and vigilance against the disease and reassuring a jittery population. “I often urge my colleagues not to use our positions of influence to promote fear in the public,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at a congressional field hearing in Dallas on the United States’ preparedness late last week. “While it is proper to have serious concerns about the Ebola virus, it would be irresponsible to foster a narrative that an Ebola epidemic in the…Democrat Makes Political Ad Personal Jackson, Miss. A new Travis Childers ad has hit the airwaves. If you pay close attention, you'll notice he never mentions that he's a Democrat. Democratic Trust executive director, Brandon Jones, says that was intentional. "The feeling was, don't put any type of jersey on other than the state of Mississippi when you introduce yourself," Jones said.... ..."Travis is going to get a lot of Republican votes," said Jones. "He's going to get a lot Republican votes and it's going to come primarily from this group that's still wondering why their sitting senator spent the…Maness: I would have opposed Katrina relief The conservative hopeful’s opposition to the relief bill puts him in a similar camp as another Gulf Coast candidate. Last week, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who’s looking to knock off Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the GOP primary, came under fire after hedging on whether he would have voted for the bill. But while McDaniel said he didn’t know how he would have voted, calling the massive bill not an “easy vote to cast,” Maness says he would have voted no. The aid package was passed with little opposition after the storm…McDaniel Endorses Col. Rob Maness for U.S. Senate Chris McDaniel today announced his support for Republican Rob Maness for Senate in Louisiana. "Make no mistake, Rob is fighting the very same fight we're still fighting here in Mississippi. In Louisiana, Colonel Maness is leading the way. "Rob's courage is impressive. To put himself into the line of fire and to be willing to have a real conversation with the voters and to drive to reach positive solutions is a rare quality," McDaniel continued. "Rob recognizes we need change in D.C., and he's eager to share that vision with Louisianans. Thankfully,…2014 Senate Larry Sabato 10/16/14We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report. Travis Childers emerged from hiding yesterday and released a new ad. Notwithstanding the fact that he didn’t mention what party he’s affiliated with, there was something eerily familiar about that ad. In fact, the Y’allPolitics Memory Division had to go to overdrive, but it dug it up. This must be straight out of the losing playbook for Democratic Senate candidates. Two white haired, middle-aged white guys dressed in competitive normcore talking about their father, the value of education, hard work, and values. And above all costs, they omit any mention…BRIAN PERRY: Big money raised for judicial races The 55 candidates running in 24 contested chancery or circuit court races in Mississippi have raised a combined $1.44 million for their campaigns. The average chancery court candidate raised just shy of $24,000 and the average circuit court candidate raised almost $28,000; but that includes outliers like four candidates who reported raising no money, and on the other end of the spectrum, circuit court candidate Robert Fant Walker who raised $214,141 - about two and a half times more than the most raised by any other candidate. In the 18 races featuring…DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Medicaid expansion could start with all the eligibles Some issues are important enough to pursue even against daunting political odds. A new coalition has emerged seeking approval by the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant of an expanded Medicaid eligibility in Mississippi, which could bring an additional 300,000 Mississippians, mostly working people who don’t make more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, into coverage. The expanded eligibility is part of the Affordable Care Act, more generally known as Obamacare. The expanded coverage would be paid fully by the federal government for 2014, 2015, and 2016,…Travis Childers shakes hands, courts voters in Jackson County PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, who is running against six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the Nov. 4 election, was courting coastal voters today. He began his day in Jackson but eventually made his way through Gulfport, lunch at Mary Mahoney's, a meeting with Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield and on to Pascagoula. In Pascagoula, he visited the courthouse and the Jackson County General Services Complex, where he mingled with county employees and residents there on business. Gulflive 10/15/14Senate candidate Travis Childers says he's building a winning coalition Still, Childers, who stressed his working-class background in a meeting with the Sun Herald and in a new ad his campaign released Wednesday, said he can win. "How does Jim Hood win?" asked Childers, referring to the Mississippi attorney general who's the only Democrat in statewide office. "I know that a Democrat can win in Mississippi because Jim Hood wins, (former Gov.) Ronnie Musgrove wins." He said he has the same kind of winning coalition behind him. "I think that coalition honestly is the one I've always had since I…MISS. SENATORS PRAISE ITC DECISION TO PROTECT U.S. STEEL PRODUCERS Cochran & Wicker Pushed for Strong Decision Against Unfair Rebar Dumping by Mexico, Turkey WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) praised a decision that will benefit U.S. steel producers in Mississippi and other states by allowing the United States to act against the unfair surge in imported steel reinforcing bar or “rebar.” The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday reached a unanimous determination that rebar imports from Mexico and Turkey are unlawfully threatening or damaging the U.S. rebar industry. The decision, supported by… (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Madison County Journal. Mississippi school aided Bible giveaway, atheist group claims JACKSON, Miss. – An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles. The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal of Northwest Rankin Elementary School in Rankin County near Jackson. The association says the school violated the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion by making it easy for Gideons to hand out Bibles on campus last Friday. FoxNews 10/15/14Results in from Amory, Corinth elections Unofficial results in Amory show the beer and light wine referendum with 1,126 against and 1,067 for legalization. In regards to liquor sales, 1,241 voted against and 1,156 voted for legalization. WTVA 10/14/14Mississippi hires charter school board director JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi. Officials said Tuesday that Marian Schutte, of New Orleans, will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on Nov. 3. The seven-member Mississippi board is preparing to make decisions in December on a second round of applications to create charter schools. WTVA 10/14/14 Wicker, Cochran Say Federal Regs Don’t Account for Rural Health Care Needs Miss. Senators, Bipartisan Senate Group Ask Administration to Consider Rural Impact Before Finalizing Health Care Policies WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) are pushing the Obama administration to more effectively consider the effects its federal rules and regulations have on the delivery of health care in rural areas. The Mississippi Senators are among 34 who have signed a letter to Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that asks her to provide comprehensive details about the…GOVERNOR TOUTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN STATE State representative David Baria of Bay St. Louis says he’d like to see more funding for education. "I think that we should get back to the commitment that we made to fully fund K thorugh 12 education," he says. "I think we should have mandatory kindergarten. That's going to cost some money, but I'd rather see us spend the money on that then cut the franchise tax for some of these corporations that are in Mississippi, and that's they only tax they pay. Rather than doing that, I'd rather see us keep the money…Union retiree group endorses Childers The Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers. The group, with more than 4 million members, includes retired trade union workers and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Childers, a former U.S. representative, said he has a 94-percent voting grade from the group for fighting against Social Security privatization, raising the retirement age and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Clarion Ledger 10/14/14Gov. Phil Bryant hires former DEQ director Trudy Fisher as $195-an-hour consultant A lawyer who led the environmental agency for seven years, Fisher was deeply involved in Mississippi's legal actions related to BP PLC's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Fisher will charge $195 an hour for herself and others who help her, up to $99,000 over a year. The contract says Fisher can't represent clients related to the services she's providing. Gulflive 10/14/14The Fix: The 9 most ridiculous campaigns of 2014 7. The Mississippi Senate race OK, this one might take the cake, but it's more sad than ridiculous. First of all, you've got the fact that it's nearly three months after the GOP primary runoff and state Sen. Chris McDaniel still hasn't conceded his narrow loss to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). And McDaniel's case has, from the start, been pretty flimsy. Then, you've got the whole sad episode regarding Cochran's wife and McDaniel supporters who apparently conspired to take photos of her in a nursing home. One of the men who…Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Suspended From Twitter Again Yes, folks — the Ginger Avenger Chuck C. Johnson has been suspended by Twitter again for posting private information and publicly asking his followers to help him find more. LGF 10/14/14We Should Be Skeptical Of Governor Bryant’s Election Year Stand With Conservatives In his latest ploy, Bryant is praising Senator Chris McDaniel in McDaniel’s own backyard in Jones County. A heavily GOP-dominated area, Jones County went for McDaniel by a more than 10-to-1 margin in the June primary and run-off. In an obvious and pathetic attempt to warm to Jones Countians, Bryant praised Senator McDaniel, telling a crowd that he has “a bright future” ahead of him. MS Conservative Daily 10/14/14Scott Brewster, Chris McDaniel's former state coalitions director, posted this on Facebook last night: "Hey guys. We have a solid potential candidate in Rankin County to run for supervisor against one of the Thad supporting incumbents. Who is interested in helping if the trigger is pulled on this endeavor?" Y'all Politics nation, any thoughts on which supervisor Brewster and the McDanielites are targeting and who this "solid potential candidate" may be? If so, let us know...DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Kindergarten attendance needs greater attention Mississippi in 1982 became the next-to-last state in the nation to require local public school districts to offer kindergarten classes. It was the biggest piece of the historic Education Reform Act, passed in a special legislative session at the urging of then-Gov. William Winter. One of the political tradeoffs was not to make attendance mandatory. School districts would have to offer kindergarten, but parents would not be required to send their children. A lot about kindergarten has changed since 1982. Back then, there was ample evidence that activities long associated with…SID SALTER: Restoration of felons’ voting issue likely to resurface in 2014 As part of his final months in office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to beat the political drums for restoration of voting rights to felons in states like Mississippi that make it difficult if not impossible for convicted felons to vote. Holder said earlier this year in a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center:“It is time to fundamentally reconsider laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.” The outgoing Obama Administration attorney general bases his argument, in part, on…WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi WLOX 10/13/14Local Jail Population Takes Huge Dip Lauderdale County, Miss. The occupancy level at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility is at an almost three year low. As of Monday, there were 206 inmates being housed there. That's far lower than the almost 300 total that the jail had to deal with in recent years. Sheriff Billy Sollie said he credits a new law in Mississippi that took effect July 1st. "We started seeing the decrease in numbers after House Bill 585 took effect." said Sollie. State House Pro Tem Greg Snowden says the purpose for House Bill 585 was to keep… WGUD 10/10/14Corinth municipal election is Tuesday CORINTH – Corinth residents will know who will guide the city for the next four years after Tuesday’s general election. Two offices with a Democrat and a Republican candidate remain to be decided by voters: chief of police and at-large alderman. Both police chief candidates – Capt. Ralph Dance and Officer Fred Gooch, are currently members of the Corinth Police Department. Daily Journal 10/12/14 RELEASE: Thompson Statement on Second Ebola Diagnosis in the US FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sunday, October 12, 2014 October 12, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on news of the second Ebola patient being diagnosed in the United States: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Texas nurse who compassionately and courageously cared for the first U.S. Ebola patient and was diagnosed with the devastating disease this weekend. The CDC attributes the new infection to a breach in protocol, which raises the question whether ordinary hospitals…Packaging firm to Olive Branch OLIVE BRANCH - Korean-based Innpack, Inc., a manufacturer of packaging for the food industry, Friday announced plans to move from rented space in Memphis to a permanent location in Olive Branch. The new production facility will house the 23 positions now in Memphis into Mississippi and they will be moved into the new location over the next several months, according to a news release from Gov. Phil Bryant's office and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). The action amounts to a $2 million corporate investment in the Magnolia State and away from the Tennessee side of…Childers wheels and deals for votes in Bay St. Louis Rep. David Baria gave Childers a boat paddle, saying it was a ceremonial key to the city. Childers said his polling also showed Cochran's numbers were flat and as many as 15 percent of likely voters were undecided. "I'm trying to meet as many Mississippians as we can," said Childers, who lacks the money Cochran has to bombard the airwaves with ads. "Many feel they have been forgotten.' Sunherald 10/10/14Travis Childers is certainly no tea partyer If the tea party turns out next month for Travis Childers in the U.S. Senate race, it will be one of the oddest protest votes in Mississippi political history. Delta Democrat Times 10/11/14EXCLUSIVE–MILITARY LEADERS: MICHIGAN DEM SENATE NOMINEE GARY PETERS EXAGGERATED, MISREPRESENTED MILITARY RECORD ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL After Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh was found to have plagiarized large sections of the paper he wrote to earn a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania’s Army War College, he dropped out of the race. It made the seat an almost sure bet for Republicans to pick up. Similarly, Ron Dickey, the Democratic nominee for Mississippi’s first congressional district, misled voters in his state about his military record—claiming he was a green beret, when in fact he simply a “food service specialist”—or line cook—for a green…We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report. Just last week, the Y’allPolitics staff was complaining at our weekly roundtable that there weren’t enough political fundraising videos with people loading handguns on them. Well, ask and ye shall receive. You may remember Elaine Vechorik from the McDaniel campaign. She was the person who the McDaniel campaign had to refund about $2,600 to. There was also some murkiness around whether or not she actually worked officially for the McDaniel campaign. Since it was reported that she was interviewed by the DA in the nursing home scandal, she’s likely to…Jones County judge speaks out about investigation JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Judge Billy Joe Landrum is finally speaking out publicly about the audit done by the state auditor and the investigation that he is currently undergoing. “It's kind of like when Hitler says ‘you tell a little lie it don't mean a thing, you tell a big lie tell it over and over and over people begin to believe it,' I hope that they are sophisticated to set that aside cause that's just rhetoric, it's a lie,” said Judge Landrum. Judge Landrum said the state auditor is making false…Natchez mayor won't push raises issue NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Mayor Butch Brown says he won't push the issue of promised raises to certain city employees if it means the board of aldermen will delay adopting the city's already late budget for fiscal year 2014-2015. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1slu2yC ) the issue of the raises for four city department heads was one of several raised during a public hearing this week. WLOX 10/10/14Childers will campaign in Bay St. Louis on Friday afternoon Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers will join state Rep. David Baria for a tour of downtown Bay St. Louis on Friday afternoon. Sunherald / CRAWDADDY 10/9/14Late-season surprises shake GOP confidence in Senate elections Republicans have also been counting on an “enthusiasm gap” to carry them over the finish line. Polls show their base is more excited about voting than Democrats are. But in states where establishment Republicans defeated tea party insurgents in primaries, such as Kentucky, Kansas and Alaska, the GOP is struggling to rally activists who feel their favorites were wronged. Conservative firebrand Chris McDaniel, a Mississippi state senator who was defeated by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in a June primary, said he expects many of his hard-right supporters from around the country to…The word ‘open’ primary to be clarified Few Mississippians today — at a time they’re fed up with the seemingly endless Cochran-McDaniel Senate primary fiasco — know how dramatically close the state came in 1971 to having the “open primary” system installed in Mississippi elections. Ever hear of a state law being left in “suspended animation” by a three-judge federal court panel? Well, that’s what happened in January, 1971 to an open primary law passed by the 1970 Mississippi Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bell Williams. It was sent up to the U.S. Justice Department for clearance under the…MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS WLBT 10/9/14True the Vote Drops Lawsuit, Statement by Secretary Hosemann “The Attorney General has been informed the federal decision protecting the privacy of Mississippi voters’ birth dates will not be appealed. Furthermore, True the Vote has requested to withdraw the lawsuit in its entirety and stated they will never litigate this issue again in Mississippi. The attempt to acquire voters’ birth dates from the Circuit Clerks and the Secretary of State was unwise, expensive, and unnecessary for any election contest. Our position has now been upheld by the Supreme Court of Mississippi and the Federal District Court.” Secretary of State Delbert…Amendment seeks to make hunting, fishing 'constitutional rights' Preserving Mississippians' tradition of hunting and fishing is what backers of a constitutional amendment say is behind the issue that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4. The amendment seeks to establish an individual constitutional right to hunt and fish, according to Rep. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the Mississippi House Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Committee. "It's going to protect our citizens' right to hunt and fish, as long as they obey the law," Bounds said. Meridian Star 10/9/14DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Citizens provide the energy for new education initiative The education support movement named Better Schools, Better Jobs has gained the signatures of 121,691 Mississippians backing a 2015 general election ballot initiative that would require much stronger, badly needed financial support for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a strong framework that’s suffered from chronic underfunding. Better Schools, Better Jobs announced at a news conference Monday afternoon at the Pearl Upper Elementary School that its petition drive had brought on board 15,000 signatures above the minimum necessary to place a citizen-sponsored initiative on the ballot. The signatures have…BOBBY HARRISON: Complexities in election challenge The decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court rendered in the McDaniel vs. Cochran case will have long-lasting implications that could impact future elections. The Supreme Court is weighing whether Chris McDaniel’s challenge of his election loss to six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary runoff should be dismissed because he waited too late to file it. As so often is the case in legal disputes, it could be argued that the laws passed by the Legislature dealing with this issue are confusing and ambiguous. A reasonable argument could be…Rick Perry advocates energy solutions at Miss. summit Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies. "The first order of business to restore balance in Europe is for America to build an energy shield to protect our strategic allies, Perry said Wednesday in Jackson, speaking at Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's energy summit. "That means we must accelerate our exports of America's vast energy resources." Such a move would help Perry's home state, but also free…Santorum tests 2016 waters, backs away from McDaniel RIDGELAND – Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on Wednesday was testing the 2016 presidential waters in Mississippi, a state he carried when he ran in the GOP primary in 2012... ...Santorum appeared to back away from state Sen. Chris McDaniel, whom he endorsed for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Thad Cochran earlier this year. Santorum had campaigned in Mississippi for McDaniel, who is still challenging his loss to Cochran in court. "Obviously Thad is the Republican nominee, and we are going to support the Republican nominee in every state," Santorum said. Clarion…WEIDIE REPORT: STILL SHAMELESS AND INCREDIBLE The farewell tour of Ocean Springs’ Scott Walker continues (until he reports to federal prison). Previous to the picture below taken at the club level of last week’s Ole Miss-Memphis game we were treated to photos of Walker partying in Florida and New Orleans.... .... In September Walker’s attorneys requested a delay in his reporting to prison so he could have further treatment for injuries he suffered in a 2011 plane crash. Judge Starrett granted the motion and Walker will not report to prison until January. His recent activities would indicate Walker’s recovery from…Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King appeared on WMXI's morning radio show this morning. As it pertains to a gas tax increase, King seems to follow fellow Commissioners' Hall and Tagert lead on the issue... Listen here. 10/8/14Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Energy Summit to Include Perry, John Ratzenburger JACKSON, Miss.–The Governor’s Energy Summit convenes Wednesday morning at the Jackson Convention Complex. Speakers will include Gov. Bryant, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Cheers star John Ratzenburger. The Energy Summit, presented by the Mississippi Energy Institute, is intended to highlight the relationship between energy and the Mississippi economy. Perry will give the keynote address at 12:30. NewsMS 10/8/14Cochran, Childers appear at American Legion fundraiser TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and Democratic challenger Travis Childers headlined a political speaking event Monday that was held to raise money for a local American Legion post affected by the April 28 tornado. Cochran and Childers appeared at separate times on the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo and did not mention one another. Their comments were mainly on military veterans and the rebuilding efforts of American Legion Post 49. WTVA 10/7/14Hosemann releases report on primary, runoff Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Tuesday released his report on the 2014 primary elections -- including the June 24 runoff. The report, which Hosemann provides to the state Legislature after each election, appears pretty milquetoast, given the infamous GOP U.S. Senate primary runoff, which is still being contested in court by Chris McDaniel, who lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran by 7,667 votes. In his lawsuit, McDaniel claims to have found 3,100 illegal "crossover" votes -- those who voted in one party's primary on June 3, then the other's on June 24. This…Attorney General Jim Hood asks just to throw out school funding lawsuit (updated) JACKSON, Mississippi -- Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls. In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood's office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi's school aid formula must be fully funded, that guarantee has no power to bind future legislatures. "One session of elected legislators cannot dictate the discretionary budgeting and appropriation authority of a future…RELEASE: Calbee North America Locates Operations in Senatobia, Miss. JACKSON – Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America announce the company has located operations in the former BMW distribution facility in Senatobia, Miss., in Tate County. The project represents a corporate investment of $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years. “I am honored Calbee North America looked to Mississippi for the site of its new snack food manufacturing operations and look forward to the company being a valued business partner to the state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I am particularly grateful for the number of jobs…Why Travis Childers’ Dixiecrat Strategy Will Fail Are these really the kind of people a Democrat wants to coddle and pander to for votes? Racists, xenophobes, and eugenicists, really? Who told Childers that a return to the Dixiecrat model was the path to victory in 2014? This obvious play to the angry Chris McDaniel Tea Party voters is another example of the Mississippi Democratic party’s obsession with McDaniel. Signing a pledge that McDaniel signed and that Republican incumbent Senator Thad Cochran refused to sign validates the concerns that liberals had about Childers all along. From the start, the Childers campaign…More Bias From Mississippi’s Media: Clarion Ledger Allows Attack on Senator Chris McDaniel As conservatives we are accustomed to bias in the national media. It just comes with the territory. We all know the Big Three networks will slant coverage, kill stories that hurt Democrats, and inflate those that hit Republicans. Anyone who does not understand that is either extraordinarily ignorant or flat-out stupid. Sadly, in our own conservative state of Mississippi the media is not much better. Case in point, a recent letter to the editor of the Clarion Ledger. A Mr. Gary J. Rogers of Madison wrote in…If you want to see Chris McDaniel in the US Senate there's only one vote you can cast in November that helps achieve that goal... a vote for Thad Cochran. Here's why... If the Mississippi Supreme Court sides with McDaniel, or if it doesn't and he files a federal challenge of some nature, the proceedings will not conclude before the November 4 general election. The system just doesn't work that swiftly. Should McDaniel be successful in obtaining a new primary election it will be after the November general election has been certified and conceivably perhaps after the winner is sworn…We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report. Based on FEC filings, one could infer that the folks at Hortman Harlow may have had enough of their star attorney’s political exploits and are trying to build some distance from the campaign. In FEC filings this week, two Hortman Harlow employees have been removed from Chris McDaniel’s campaign filings. Brett Robinson, a partner at the firm, had served as Campaign Treasurer, and Dawn Walters, an administrative employee at the firm, had served as Assistant Treasurer have been replaced on the filings by Sen. Melanie Sojourner. As a special announcement…RELEASE: HOSEMANN REQUESTS SIGNIFICANT BUDGET DECREASE, INCREASES REVENUE-2016 BUDGET REQUEST LESS THAN 2009 Jackson, Miss.—During the Legislative Budget Office hearing today, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann voluntarily requested an $845,434 budget decrease for Fiscal Year 2016. “Our Agency consistently requests a budget decrease for the Secretary of State’s Office. We don’t spend beyond our means,” says Secretary Hosemann. “The money allocated to us every year belongs to the taxpayers of the State of Mississippi. We work hard to spend it wisely.” In addition to a voluntary decrease in budget, the Secretary of State’s Office is also reporting record revenues. Last…Bryant wants report on health emergency plans in wake of Ebola outbreak JACKSON — At the request Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi State Department of Health and several other key state agencies are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response with the states’ public health emergency plans. These agencies will provide Bryant a complete briefing on Wednesday at the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl. MPB 10/6/14Madison supervisors appoint John Howland District 2 Supervisor The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to appoint John Howland as District 2 supervisor. Howland, the alderman-at-large for the city of Madison, will fill the vacancy left by Ronny Lott, who is now chancery clerk. "I talked to John Howland on several occasions and was impressed with number one, his interest in the position, and number two, he seemed to have a great demeanor," Banks said. ClarionLedger 10/6/14" />
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REBEKAH STAPLES: Surfin’ the Net: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the (Miss.) Galaxy


Ever find yourself browsing the internet for updates on Mississippi trends but don’t know where to go?

Don’t panic. Here’s a list of some of the sites I visit to keep up with politics, policy, gossip, and just good old fashioned news. (Try as I might, I couldn’t come up with 42 websites, for those of you paying attention.)

Let’s start with what is probably the most popular political website in the state, if paid political ads are the measure: Y’all Politics (yallpolitics.com). YP has multiple contributors and includes political videos, original content, summary of breaking news, and a nice collection of blogs in the state. Its content is divided by category (“2014 MS Election” or “Senate 2014”). For the political newcomer, YP is a must-visit site.


Rebekah Staples
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:46 am


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BRIAN PERRY: Shakeup in the U.S. Senate?



In less than two weeks, mid-term elections will impact the final two years of President Barack Obama's administration. Voters decide whether he has a Democratic Senate majority that, having stripped the Republican minority of the filibuster protections, can confirm his nominees and block measures from the Republican controlled House of Representatives, or if he will be firmly a "lame duck."

In the struggle for the Senate, Southern states play a critical role, including a handful of states along the Mississippi River.

Republicans hold 15 seats in this cycle. The Cook Political Report lists twelve of these seats as "Solid Republican" or "Likely Republican." All these races but two - Oklahoma and Nebraska - feature incumbents seeking re-election. Mississippi's Senator Thad Cochran is rated "Likely Republican."


Madison County Journal
10/22/14

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44 jobs eliminated at MDOT


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is eliminating 44 jobs in its Right-of-Way Division.

Jason Scott, spokesman for MDOT, says the workers in the Appraisals and Titles section of the Right-of-Way Division were notified this past week. He says workers will be employed with the DOT until January.

MDOT officials say no other layoffs are planned.


WTVA
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:41 am


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Senator's case referred to AG; Late campaign finance reports still not filed



NATCHEZ —The matter of Sen. Melanie Sojourner's late campaign finance report for 2013 and the fines associated with it has been referred to the state attorney general's office.



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10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:34 am


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RELEASE:


ADDITIONAL FEMA AID APPROVED TO REBUILD LOUISVILLE, WINSTON COUNTY

FEMA Approves Grants Worth $43.5 Million to Restore Plywood Manufacturing, Medical Center and County Facilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), today announced approval for more than $43.5 million in federal grant awards linked to work to rebuild tornado-damaged Louisville and Winston County, including $34.5 million to support restoration of a plywood manufacturing plant.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) informed the lawmakers that four FEMA Public Assistance grants have been approved to offset the costs of recovery efforts related to the April 28 tornado that hit Louisville and Winston County. The largest award, worth $34.5 million, to the City of Louisville will reimburse 75 percent of the costs to reestablish a plywood manufacturing plant. Three other grants, totaling $10.8 million, for Winston County and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are linked to continued work to restore medical care services in the region.

“These grants represent a significant obligation by the federal government to see that Louisville and Winston County move forward as whole communities, which includes jobs and economic growth. Reviving the promise of hundreds of new manufacturing jobs is an important part of the recovery plan for this area,” Cochran said. “Regarding medical services, our goal is to get the Winston Medical Center repaired and operational as soon as possible. FEMA is coordinating with state and local officials to see that this process moves forward expeditiously.”

“When destructive tornadoes hit Mississippi in April, FEMA made a promise to support Mississippi’s recovery,” Wicker said. “They are honoring that commitment by assisting local and state efforts. These latest rounds of grants will help reestablish facilities that are vital for many communities to return to normal life.”

“These grants represent an opportunity for Winston County to continue to rebuild the economy and also fully restore health care services. Restoring the plywood manufacturing plant is essential to economic development and job growth in the area,” Nunnelee said. “The Winston County Medical Center took a direct hit during the April tornado, but because of the emergency plan in place they were able to protect patients and save lives. This grant continues the progress toward permanent restoration of medical facilities and services.”

Restoration of the Natron Plywood Plant in Louisville has been identified by city and county leaders as a major priority in the aftermath of the storm. The plant, which before the storm was scheduled to open in July, is expected to initially employ more than 200 local residents with an estimated potential workforce of 400 workers. The total project cost associated with the $34.5 million grant is $46.0 million.

Two grants awarded to Winston County, $4.9 million and $4.8 million, will support replacing two county-owned warehouses, including one removed to accommodate a mobile disaster hospital. These grants will offset costs associated with repairing buildings and equipment that were damaged by the tornadoes.

MEMA will receive $1.0 million to offset costs for emergency protective maneuvers it has undertaken to restore medical care delivery after the Winston Medical Center sustained severe damage from the April storm. This work involves ongoing coordination with the Mississippi State Department of Health and other medical services organizations to ensure continuity of medical care delivery in the area. In September, FEMA approved a $1.09 million grant for the Winston County Medical Foundation.

The funding for each of the three grants represents 75 percent of the costs associated with these projects. Funding will be awarded to MEMA for distribution to the awardees.

FEMA Public Assistant Grants provide supplemental disaster assistance to state, local and tribal governments, and certain types of private, nonprofit organizations for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities.


10/22/14

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State Auditors Office wants 100% accounting of all Jackson County assets



PASCAGOULA -- The State Auditor's Office has finished a review of Jackson County's annual audit and reiterated things the county's private audit firm found: Inventory control still needs to improve and the Grants Department needs to keep more consistent track of all federal grants.

The audit is for the fiscal year ending in September 2013 and, according to the State Auditor's Office, serves as a management tool to identify problems so the county can make necessary changes.

The audit found the county's capital-asset control procedures last year were inadequate for keeping up with all the county's land and assets. It is an ongoing audit issue for the county that is steadily improving, county Comptroller Josh Eldridge told the Sun Herald on Wednesday.



Sunherald
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:27 am


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Childers veers right, tries to hide party affiliation
Same song and dance for Mississippi Democrats

by Frank Corder
Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers is desperately running to the right in the waning days of the campaign, trying to distance himself from his liberal cohorts pulling the strings in his party both in Jackson and Washington D.C. while strategically pandering to disgruntled Tea Partiers still suffering from McDanielitis. His goal is to appear just conservative enough while not angering his liberal base.

But such posturing is nothing new for Democrats in Mississippi; it's their normal modus operandi down the stretch in most elections, especially regional and statewide. Democrats know they cannot win straight up being who they are outside of the 2nd Congressional District without a significant veer right in the days leading up to a general election.

Take Childers' recent statements on his party and who he would support for leader in the US Senate. It's a play out of the Gene Taylor political bible circa 2010:

On party affiliation...

Childers 2014:

"I am proud to be a Democrat. But I have enough sense and experience to know that my party is not always right." (Clarion Ledger, Oct. 2014)

Taylor 2010:

"Both parties are screwed up. They're screwed up in different ways." (Daily Kos, Oct. 2010)

On being linked to DC party leadership...

Childers 2014:

"I would like to see someone who views are more moderate and more in line with the people of the state of Mississippi... Mark Warner..." (Sunherald, Oct. 2014)

"I would vote for Heidi Heitkamp." (Clarion Ledger, Oct. 2014)

Taylor 2010:

"My ideal candidate for Speaker would be Ike Skelton... What I would want is a Democratic nominee for Speaker that is much more in tune with what I believe." (The Hill, Sept. 2010)

But Taylor isn't the only one who has followed this tactic; it's the same song and dance for Democrats in Mississippi.

Democratic Trust executive director Brandon Jones, a Childers advisor, knows a thing or two about running right. It was he who pulled the wool over the eyes of Jackson County voters back in 2007, persuading otherwise staunchly conservative voters to forget the D behind his name, sounding just conservative enough to get elected while not committing to support then Democratic Speaker Billy McCoy. Jones did go on to support McCoy, allowing Democrats four more year of their "spend now, pray later" philosophy.

It took conservatives and Republicans finally waking up in 2011, recognizing that party affiliation matters in terms of leadership and the implementation of conservative public policies, to oust McCoy and his boys, Jones included.

Jones' recent comments on Childers not identifying himself as a Democrat in his new ad is textbook campaigning for their side of the aisle. "The feeling was, don't put any type of jersey on other than the state of Mississippi when you introduce yourself," Jones told WTOK. It is always hide the ball for Democrats in Mississippi.

The problem for Childers, as it was for Taylor, Jones and the rest of the Democrats in Mississippi, is in trying to whitewash his obvious ties to the vocal liberal progressives in his party. That is also the case for whoever votes for the Democrat.

Bobby Morgan, Mississippi Republican Party communications director told the Southern Political Report that "if you think Travis Childers is the most conservative candidate, you are not a real conservative," a quote he attributed to chairman Joe Nosef.

For Childers to win he has to appeal to Republicans, and given the contentious GOP primary this year some self described conservatives are considering holding their noses and crossing over out of spite.

Yet, "conservatives" who can't look past themselves and their egos at the bigger picture - that of 51 - and who will vote for a Senate candidate that will readily fall in line behind the liberal progressives in the Democratic Party should never call any other conservative or Republican a RINO or offer up their "principles" to be followed as if they somehow hold the keys to conservative thought again because, you see, voting for Childers isn't conservative or principled. Voting for Childers is a vote for the continued liberal majority in the Senate and an endorsement of Obama's agenda. The President said so himself.

In Mississippi terms it's no different than voting for Billy McCoy a la Brandon Jones 2007.

In this writer's opinion, for a people who pride themselves in being ideologically superior to practical, mainstream, results driven conservative Republicans voting for Childers out of spite, hate or whatever other reason you can muster within yourself to justify such a vote proves you care more about your own plight, your own personal feelings than the conservative cause as a whole of limiting the expansion of liberalism and implementing those conservative principles of which there is no debate - fiscal sanity, limited government, strong defense, pro-life, freedom of religion, personal responsibility and the like.

Let's hope for the sake of Mississippi and America the wool is thin, the vitriol is farcical, and voters, either out of ignorance or arrogance, aren't fooled by Childers' attempt at throwing conservatives a little red meat.

Posted October 22, 2014 - 4:55 pm


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Reform Party senate candidates discuss vision for Mississippi



Shawn O'Hara is running for the United States senate seat against incumbent Republican Thad Cochran and Democrat candidate Travis Childers. O'Hara said the state is ready for economic change.

"We need to lower gas prices," O'Hara said. "We need to lower energy prices, and we need to lower food prices."

O'Hara also recognized the looming decision the state is waiting on from the Mississippi State Supreme Court. "I want all of Chris McDaniel's supporters to vote for me," he said, "because Chris deserves a trial by jury."



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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 9:32 am


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Former Libertarian Presidential candidate calls midterms "a big yawn"


The Libertarian Party's candidate for president in 2012 spoke in Hattiesburg Tuesday night and called the upcoming midterm elections "a big yawn." Gary Johnson, who was also a former two-term Republican governer of New Mexico, spoke at the University Forum at Southern Miss.

He said the midterms are no more than a soda taste test and said the nation would be better served if Libertarians were included in national presidential debates.


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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:26 am


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GOP appears to violate NCAA rules on athletes in ads


An email ad sent Tuesday morning by the Mississippi Republican Party appears to violate NCAA rules by using photographs of two student athletes.

The email, which solicits volunteers to help with the re-election effort for GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, also links to a YouTube video featuring Gov. Phil Bryant and what appears to be footage from NCAA games. But that video contains no overtly political message.

At the end of the GOP email, however, the party makes this plea:

"There are only 14 days until the midterm elections … and the momentum is on our side. Now, more than ever, we need your help!



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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:22 am


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President Obama says Democrat candidates support him, even if they don't want to campaign with him


In the "Keepin it Real" radio interview, the president also talked about GOP efforts to stunt the turnout on Election Day:

"We've got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn't win. And so some of the candidates there, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout.

"The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me; they have supported my agenda in Congress, they are on the right side of minimum wage, they are on the right side of fair pay, they are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure, they're on the right side of early childhood education."


Al.com
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:18 am


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RELEASE:

NOTICE OF 2014 ANNUAL MEETING



MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY

November 15, 2014

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pearl Community Center

2420 Old Brandon Road - Pearl, MS 39208





Notice is hereby given to Delegates to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Tea Party. The meeting will be held at the Pearl Community Center, 2420 Old Brandon Road Pearl, MS 39208, on November 15, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Individual Members and their spouses may attend.



Having exerted strong political pressure on state officials and 2014 Legislators, the Mississippi Tea Party will draft our plans for 2015 Session as Legislators will undoubtedly face many challenges. Our main emphasis and concerns are Common Core, election law reform, and local government accountability/reform, etc. We will work on our 2015 plan and strongly urge all state Delegates to attend with your suggestions, ideas and be ready to work!



We will be acknowledging the 5-year Anniversary of the Mississippi Tea Party which had its founding on April 15, 2009, with a crowd of 3,000+ people at a Rally on the MS Capitol Steps protesting “Taxed Enough Already.”



Attorney Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for Senator Chris McDaniel, will give the keynote address.

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:12 am


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Senators to IRS: Stop tax refund fraud



Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to stop tax refund fraud.

Nelson and Wicker led a bipartisan group of 15 senators in writing a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen asking for an update on the agency’s efforts to prevent tax refund fraud using stolen identities....



...“Tax fraud directly harms millions of tax-paying Americans who play by the rules,” Wicker said. “On top of that, identify theft and stolen refunds undermine confidence in our tax system. The IRS has an obligation to make fraud reduction a top priority, in particular by identifying and holding those accountable who cheat the system by cheating honest taxpayers.”


The Hill
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:09 am


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Ex-Senators Confirm Lobbying For Russian Bank On Ukraine Sanctions



Disclosure of their connection with Gazprombank by The Center for Public Integrity on Sept. 2 sparked widespread public criticism of the former Senators. The new filing confirms that Breaux and Lott “acted as a lobbyist” on issues related to sanctions, but also states that they “are no longer expected to act as a lobbyist” for the bank.


Huffington Post
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:05 am


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Hall: Childers is a nice guy who never stood out


Former Congressman Travis Childers would make a fine U.S. senator. His politics fairly well reflects the mindset of most northeast Mississippi voters — Mississippi voters in general, for that matter. He doesn't vote lockstep with the Democratic Party, was never a political leadership kind of guy and is genuinely a product of his upbringing and Prentiss County values.

But Travis Childers will not be the next U.S. senator from the Magnolia State.

This will come as no surprise to most voters, but Childers seemingly got into this race for one reason: Had incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran lost his primary, Childers was ready to wage a war for the heart of Mississippi voters. He would have tried to paint a narrative that offered a choice between moderate, pragmatic Mississippi values and a far-right national movement.

But Cochran won, which essentially leaves Childers as a lame-duck candidate.



Clarion Ledger
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:00 am


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Congressman Bennie Thompson Talks Homeland Security Action in Ebola Virus Threat



Newscenter 11 caught up with the Congressman at Weidmann's Restaurant in Meridian, where he referred to today's announcement from Homeland Security, that starting tomorrow, travelers from the affected African countries will be funneled through one of five U.S. airports.

"The airports in this country, rather than take 94% of the people who come from those three African countries, will take 100%, Thompson explained. "So if you're going to Omaha, Nebraska, you're going to have to go through one of those five airports to get to Omaha."

Passengers from those countries will undergo enhanced screenings. Those airports include Atlanta, JFK in New York, O'Hare in Chicago, Washington Dulles, and Newark , New Jersey.


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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 4:56 am


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BC-MS--Daybook, MS



Oct. 21. MARS FOOD — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Mars Food North America to make economic development announcement. 1 p.m. Location: 1098 North Broadway Street in Greenville. Contact: Tammy Craft at 601-383-4806 or tcraft@mississippi.org


WBNS
10/20/14


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Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday



On Monday, two same-sex couples filed a federal challenge to Mississippi's gay marriage ban, the first lawsuit of its kind in the mostly rural, Christian-conservative state.

Rebecca Bickett and her long-term partner Andrea Sanders want to get married in Mississippi, the lawsuit says, while Jocelyn Pritchett and her partner Carla Webb were wed in Maine and want their union recognized.

Defendants include Republican Governor Phil Bryant, Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood, and Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, who has denied gay couples' requests for marriage licenses.


Huffington Post
10/20/14

Posted October 21, 2014 - 5:11 am


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Childers won't support Reid, McConnell






"That's how we change Washington, start at the top," Childers said Monday in a meeting with The Clarion-Ledger.

Childers, a former U.S. representative and longtime county chancery clerk from Booneville, said he's dissatisfied with the leadership of both parties. He named Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as people he would like to see leading the Senate.

Childers said Donnelly is a friend and a fellow "Blue Dog" conservative Democrat when both served in the House and "I would vote for Heidi Heitkamp in a minute."


Clarion Ledger
10/20/14

Posted October 21, 2014 - 5:07 am


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Chairing Space Subcommittee attracts campaign cash for Miss. congressman





WASHINGTON — As chairman of a House Science and Technology Committee panel over the last four years, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has been a vocal advocate of U.S. space exploration, calling for the resumption of manned flights.

That stand has served his re-election campaign well, too, bringing a pile of cash that helped him stave off a primary challenge last spring.

From Jan. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30 of this year, the chairman of the Space Subcommittee has collected at least $73,000 from political action committees and employees for aerospace contractors. Among them is a PAC for Tesla creator Elon Musk’s SpaceX Corp., founded with the goal of colonizing Mars.

The out-of-state donations are in keeping with Palazzo’s overall fundraising pattern as he closes in on winning a third term in office. More than half of the $882,620 he collected through Sept. 30 came from PACs representing special interests, nearly all of them from outside Mississippi, a computer-assisted McClatchy analysis of his donations found.



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10/20/14

Posted October 21, 2014 - 5:01 am


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Is the Mississippi Senate race competitive?


The Real Clear Politics average of three surveys taken from June through October 1 gives Cochran 44% to Childers’ 32%. Nate Silverman’s FiveThirtyEight senate forecast noted a 4.7% shift to Childers in recent weeks, but still gives Cochran a 10.6% lead.

At GOP headquarters, the word is optimism. “We had a tough primary,” says Bobby Morgan, the communications director, “but we’ve had tough primaries in the past, and we have been able to form a coalition of conservative voters to carry us through the General Election.” He adds, “The message that party chairman [Joe] Nosef has been saying across the state is that if you think Travis Childers is the most conservative candidate, you are not a real conservative.”

As far as what disgruntled McDaniel supporters might do, “There’s no evidence that people are going to stay home other than a few wild people on social media,” says Morgan.

Steve Shaffer, professor of political science at Mississippi State, noting that “it was such a bitter primary,” says this election is “uncharted waters for the state.”


Southern Political Report Magazine
10/21/14

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RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI – Empower Mississippi, a new grassroots advocacy organization, released the first ever Education Choice Scorecard in the state of Mississippi. Education choice policies empower parents with the ability to choose an education that they determine is right for their child, whether at a traditional public school, charter school, or private school.

The scorecard grades Mississippi legislators on key votes involving four education bills from 2012 through 2014: dyslexia scholarships, charter schools, speech language scholarships, and special needs education. In the Senate, 24 members scored an “A” while 16 scored an “F.” In the House of Representatives, 50 members scored an “A” and 48 members scored an “F.”...


...We believe Mississippi parents ought to have a range of high-quality education options for their children. Legislation advancing education choice tears down barriers and empowers parents with the ability to choose an education that they determine is right for their child, whether at a traditional public school, charter school, or private school.


Our Education Choice Scorecard grades legislators on their voting record on key bills that give parents education options for their children.

SENATE SCORECARD (PDF)

Senate

Senator Party Grade

Terry Brown Republican A+
Terry Burton Republican A+
Lydia Chassaniol Republican A+
Buck Clarke Republican A+
Nancy Collins Republican A+
Joey Fillingane Republican A+
Phillip Gandy Republican A+
Tommy Gollott Republican A+
Josh Harkins Republican A+
Angela Hill Republican A+
Billy Hudson Republican A+
Gary Jackson Republican A+
Perry Lee Republican A+
Chris McDaniel Republican A+
David Parker Republican A+
John Polk Republican A+
Tony Smith Republican A+
Melanie Sojourner Republican A+
Sean Tindell Republican A+
Gray Tollison Republican A+
Giles Ward Republican A+
Brice Wiggins Republican A+
Sally Doty Republican A
Michael Watson Republican A
Videt Carmichael Republican B+
Rita Parks Republican B+
Briggs Hopson Republican C
Sampson Jackson Democrat C
Dean Kirby Republican C
Will Longwitz Republican C
Philip Moran Republican C
Willie Simmons Democrat C
J.P. Wilemon Democrat D+
Steve Hale Democrat D-
John Horhn Democrat D-
Chris Massey Republican D-
Kenneth Jones Democrat F
David Blount Democrat F
Nickey Browning Republican F
Albert Butler Democrat F
Kelvin Butler Democrat F
Deborah Dawkins Democrat F
Hillman Frazier Democrat F
Robert Jackson Democrat F
Russell Jolly Democrat F
David Jordan Democrat F
Haskins Montgomery Democrat F
Sollie Norwood Democrat F
Derrick Simmons Democrat F
Bill Stone Democrat F
Angela Turner Democrat F
Hob Bryan Democrat F


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Representative Party Grade

Tracy Arnold Republican A+
Mark Baker Republican A+
Manly Barton Republican A+
Jim Beckett Republican A+
Richard Bennett Republican A+
Randy Boyd Republican A+
Chris Brown Republican A+
Charles Busby Republican A+
Larry Byrd Republican A+
Bubba Carpenter Republican A+
Gary Chism Republican A+
Carolyn Crawford Republican A+
Becky Currie Republican A+
Scott DeLano Republican A+
Bill Denny Republican A+
Casey Eure Republican A+
Mark Formby Republican A+
Jeffrey Guice Republican A+
Philip Gunn Republican A+
Joey Hood Republican A+
Bobby Howell Republican A+
Timmy Ladner Republican A+
Rita Martinson Republican A+
Brad Mayo Republican A+
Doug McLeod Republican A+
Nolan Mettetal Republican A+
Sam Mims, V Republican A+
Alex Monsour Republican A+
John Moore Republican A+
Bill Pigott Republican A+
Brent Powell Republican A+
John Read Republican A+
Bobby Shows Republican A+
Jeff Smith Republican A+
Greg Snowden Republican A+
Gary Staples Republican A+
Jerry Turner Republican A+
Jason White Republican A+
Patricia Willis Republican A+
Hank Zuber Republican A+
Brian Aldridge Republican A
Scott Bounds Republican A
Deborah Dixon Democrat A
Herb Frierson Republican A
Trey Lamar, III Republican A
Bennett Malone Democrat A
Ken Morgan Republican A
Randy Rushing Republican A
William Shirley Republican A
Tommy Taylor Republican A
Toby Barker Republican B+
Chuck Espy, III Democrat B+
Andy Gipson Republican B+
Steven Horne Republican B+
Hank Lott Republican B+
Joseph Warren Democrat B+
Tom Weathersby Republican B+
Dennis DeBar Republican B-
Mac Huddleston Republican B-
Gene Alday Republican C
Angela Cockerham Democrat C
Greg Haney Republican C
Bill Kinkade Republican C
Donnie Bell Republican D-
Cecil Brown Democrat D-
Kimberly Campbell Buck Democrat D-
Alyce Clarke Democrat D-
Steve Holland Democrat D-
Gregory Holloway, Sr. Democrat D-
Robert Johnson, III Democrat D-
Tom Miles Democrat D-
Ferr Smith Democrat D-
Johnny Stringer Democrat D-
Preston Sullivan Democrat D-
Bob Evans Democrat F
Kevin Horan Democrat F
Sherra Lane Democrat F
Nick Bain Democrat F
Earle Banks Democrat F
David Baria Democrat F
Ed Blackmon, Jr. Democrat F
Credell Calhoun Democrat F
Linda Coleman Democrat F
Mary Coleman Democrat F
Bo Eaton Democrat F
Tyrone Ellis Democrat F
Jim Evans Democrat F
Michael Evans Democrat F
Karl Gibbs Democrat F
Esther Harrison Democrat F
John Hines, Sr. Democrat F
Robert Huddleston Democrat F
Steve Massengill Republican F
Chuck Middleton Democrat F
Bobby Moak Democrat F
David Myers Democrat F
Pat Nelson Republican F
Brad Oberhousen Democrat F
Randall Patterson Democrat F
Willie Perkins, Sr Democrat F
Thomas Reynolds Democrat F
Ray Rogers Republican F
Jody Steverson Democrat F
Rufus Straughter Democrat F
Sara Thomas Democrat F
Percy Watson Democrat F
Linda Whittington Democrat F
Sonya Williams-Barnes Democrat F
Adrienne Wooten Democrat F
Willie Bailey Democrat F
Clara Burnett Democrat F
Reecy Dickson Democrat F
Charles Young, Jr. Democrat F
Margaret Rogers Republican F
Jeramey Anderson Democrat F
Forrest Hamilton Republican F
Wanda Jennings Republican F
Omeria Scott Democrat F
Bryant Clark Democrat F
Oscar Denton Democrat F
John Faulkner Democrat F
Lataisha Jackson Democrat F





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RELEASE:


State Auditor Informs Legislature About MAEP Formula Flaws



JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula.



The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session.



“Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made to the formula, and how funds are used, or not used, for our students,” Pickering said. “Accountability issues are a major concern of this office, and it is past time for the MAEP formula to be seriously examined.”



Four flaws discussed in summary include:



· MAEP funding is given to districts in a lump sum with no oversight or accountability regarding how the funds are to be used as no targeted spending is required by law:

o Spending MAEP funds is at the discretion of the district with no state requirements.

o The rate at which administrative expenditures has grown far exceeds the rate at which classroom spending has grown. In fact, in all years except 2004-5, the rate of administrative spending has significantly out-paced classroom spending. Expenditures are increasingly going to administrative costs as opposed to where the money should be going, which is the classroom.



· While using enrollment might initially appear to be an ideal funding mechanism for school districts because it artificially inflates the number of children actually attending classes, it is a poor mechanism for funding for several reasons:

o It removes a district’s incentive to get children to attend school regularly.

o It does not properly reflect student or school needs.

o It would add an additional $30 million or more to school districts with no guarantee that it would be focused where it is needed the most- in the classroom.



· Using the new federal Community Eligibility Program (CEP) causes artificial inflation of the state’s “At-Risk” Program:

o This new program will give 53 districts and 506 individual schools the ability to give free lunch to all students regardless of individual eligibility.

o Base Student Cost (BSC) uses free lunch data to establish funding for “At-Risk” programs– inflated 10 percent in the “At-Risk” program portion.



· The recent change in law to use inflation rates for the BSC calculation and only fully recalculate the MAEP every fourth year will increase funding demands. This can occur in the following instances:

o If a one-time injection into the formula (i.e. 2015-2016 Teacher Pay Raise) is not properly removed and accounted for in full recalculation years; and

o When the federal government allows the inflation rate to move, it will increase the BSC, and will not be tied to any performance, accountability, or outcome measures, or actual need.

“Our brief shows that those able to manipulate a few characteristics of the formula can increase the funding of K-12 schools by nearly $40 million without even looking at actual need and with no required targeted spending,” Pickering added. “Even if we did know exactly how much to fund MAEP with using precise calculations there is no mechanism in place to ensure that once taxpayer dollars are sent to the districts they will be spent on teachers and students in the classroom.”



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Delbert Hoseman is Mississippi’s Chuck Schumer

What are the options now for Hosemann? He has a large campaign war chest and if he runs for re-election in 2015 he would win hands down. Some Republican think he could offer the strongest challenge to Hood if the Democrats decides to run for another term. If Hood decides to step aside, Hosemann would be the leading candidate in the race.

Hosemann can just about write off any chances of ever going to Washington. He is 67 now and Mississippians are not likely to elect a man of his age as a freshman U.S. Senator, even if Cochran defeats Travis Childers in November but would decide to step down before his six-year term is over.

The most intriguing possibility would be if Hosemann decides to challenge Lt. Gov. Tate Reeve’s re-election. A Reeves-Hosemann race in 2015 without a doubt would be the headline race of next year. Hosemann would certainly be encouraged by Gov. Phil Bryant and self-styled Bryant kingmaker Josh Gregory to run against Reeves.

Hosemann watching will be very interesting in the coming months. Surely he does not plan to waste all those appearances at State, Ole Miss, and on the Paul Finebaum show.



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10/20/14

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Could two former McDaniel allies face off in 2015 for Southern PSC?
Smith, Maxwell sticking a toe in but who will get the blessing?

by Frank Corder
It's no secret that state Sen. Tony Smith of Picayune is strongly considering a run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner. He's all but in given the press he's encouraged on the likelihood of a run for the open seat. Yet being on the losing end of the McDaniel effort makes his political stock go down to about zero in many circles.

But the barbecue restauranteur isn't the only Chris McDaniel lieutenant looking at the job, which from what sources tell YP has ruffled a few feathers in the McGOP camp.

Dane Maxwell, a campaign operative on the McDaniel US Senate campaign and south Mississippi business owner of Transportation Compliance Services, has been rumored to be exploring a run as well, setting up a house divided scenario unless Smith and Maxwell can come to terms without an open internal fight.

Sources tell YP Maxwell is being encouraged to not seek the seat, allowing Smith to have the focus. As of Friday morning, Maxwell's commitment to running was in question for this very reason. Smith, as one informant said, has paid his dues prominently alongside McDaniel and the Tea Party faithful, earning their blessing.

Maxwell is a former Chief of Staff for the Mississippi Public Service Commission Southern District. He has worked on a number of Republican campaigns through the years including Gov. Phil Bryant's in 2011. His father, Robbie, is a former staffer for Mississippi's US Senators, a former mayor of Pascagoula, and a former consulting partner of now convicted felon Scott Walker of DMR scandal fame.

Both Smith and Maxwell will have the stigma of the McDaniel family tree when approaching donors and Republican voters who are increasingly disenchanted with McDanielites, however that may not be as harmful in the Southern District PSC race as it would be in other parts of the state given that the Pinebelt makes up a large portion of that district. McDaniel solidly carried the Pinebelt and was more than competitive on the coast.

It will be easier for Maxwell to distance himself from McDanielites than Smith. Maxwell's familial connections with Thad Cochran, Trent Lott, Roger Wicker, Haley Barbour and other party faithful will be a plus in making the break from the limits of the Jones County state senator.

Smith, a member of the Senate Conservative Coalition and frequent back stage filler on McDaniel's campaign stops, won't be able to hide his loyalty or be his own man quite as easily.

My guess, if I had to make a prediction today, is that Smith runs for Southern PSC and Maxwell takes a backseat. But Maxwell is probably better positioned for a PSC run politically speaking and might have a harder time making a play for something else, however that's probably the line he will be sold.

What will be interesting to see is what role Maxwell plays in 2015 and beyond if not PSC. Does he remain a go to operative or does he step out of the shadows? Or if Smith wins, is he back on the PSC staff?

Given his background, Transportation Commissioner may be in the cards at some point for Maxwell; Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King may only have one term left in him. Perhaps Maxwell could morph into the McDaniel choice for that seat since it seems obvious he's not for PSC.

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10/19/14

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AP analysis: Mississippi's failing bridges now a mainstream concern



However, if you ask Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons and Transportation Commissioner Tom King, people want to know about bridges -- the ones that have fallen down and the ones that might -- and who is going to fix them.

"There's a serious problem out there with bridges," said King, who lives in Petal near Hattiesburg. He represents the southern district on the three-member Transportation Commission.

"We're having to post a lot of bridges, lowering the weight limits, and that's affect farmers in north Mississippi and loggers in my part of the state. Now you're talking about economic impact," King said.

He said it would cost $2 billion to repair or replace hundreds of state and local bridges. That's money the state's unlikely to provide.


Gulflive
10/19/14

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This is a 'dumb as a rock' idea floating around


The dumbest idea I’ve heard coming out of Republican fiscal leaders in the Legislature is to cut the state’s already skinny state tax base in the 2015 session.

Two reasons: 1. They want to take it to voters next year as proof they’ve been down here running the state’s business on a penny ante budget. 2. After all, tax collections have been running better than expected (at least for the past few months) so let’s give it back, no mind that education is starving and medical care is the worst in the nation.

The GOPers have been playing it close to the vest as to which taxes and how much they’re planning to cut. One thing you won’t hear from them is talk about plugging some exemptions into the sales tax, the levy that hits Mississippi’s teeming poor people hardest. Notably, groceries (i.e. bread and milk) are taxed at the full 7 percent rate.

Odds are that the Repubs will opt for cutting the income tax, because of their addiction to the theory that this is the magic formula for economic improvement and job creation. However, the vibes coming out of Republican fiscal leaders is to slip some corporate tax cuts under the covers, camouflaging them as tax relief for little people.


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10/17/14

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7 indicted in voter fraud in Hattiesburg mayoral election


HATTIESBURG -- After a year-long investigation, two Forrest County grand juries handed down seven misdemeanor indictments in voting irregularities connected to the 2013 general and special mayoral elections in Hattiesburg.

Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell said in a Friday-afternoon press release her office had investigated "numerous complaints" and presented them to sitting grand juries in January and July.

"The crimes for which the grand juries found sufficient evidence are misdemeanors under Mississippi law, and they will be prosecuted as such," Burchell said.

Burchell said in the release she was "ethically prohibited from disclosing the names of those indicted and from commenting on any specifics related to the cases."

Mayor Johnny DuPree won a fourth consecutive term after defeating for


Sunherald
10/17/14

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SALTER: Cruising toward the end of a long strange trip


The 2014 Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary has far surpassed that 1983 campaign in terms of weird developments, outlandish strategies, and sheer length. If the 1983 campaign was a bizarre sprint, the 2014 Senate race in Mississippi has been an interminable marathon.

In what was forecast as his final campaign after a long and distinguished career, six-term incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran saw opponents characterize his 40-year record of reliable right-of-center conservatism redefined by his GOP challenger as four decades of support for liberal causes and for wild-eyed and irresponsible spending.

Cochran's actual record clearly doesn't support that allegation in the least, but with an "AstroTurf" group armada attacking on an unprecedented scale in Mississippi politics that record's reality was obscured into another perception.

As noted in prior columns on the subject, the 2014 U.S. Senate campaign in Mississippi was the target of "AstroTurf" groups and super PACs (political action committees) on an unprecedented scale. State voters experienced the handiwork of such high-sounding groups as Club for Growth, Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks -- groups that funneled some whopping sums of PAC money into attack ads against primarily incumbent Republicans.


Gulflive
10/19/14

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Childers: 'I am working man's candidate'




Will Republican voters really cross over in numbers and vote for the Democrat as they've vowed on social media?

"I take folks at their word," said Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole. "If they're committed enough to put it out there on Facebook or Twitter, I believe they will."

Recent polling shows the race has tightened somewhat, with Childers at 35 percent, Cochran stuck below 50, at 46 percent. A large tea party crossover or sit-out could tip the scales.

But Childers has to walk a very fine line. He needs some tea party crossover, but he can't risk losing any Democratic base. Cochran has enjoyed healthy support from Democrats, not just in his runoff hail Mary, but in general elections for most of his career.

Childers is guarded when asked about tea party support.

"I hear from all kinds of folks," Childers said while on his recent Jackson-Morton-Forest trip, mirroring earlier comments. "Since I started my career, I've always had great support from my fellow Democrats. I have always attracted a large independent vote … I have always had some Republican support."




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10/19/14

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Candidates differ on future of health care law




In an emailed response to questions from the Daily Journal, Cochran said, "Access to quality, affordable health care is an important public policy goal. The Affordable Care Act was the wrong way to go, and it must be repealed. I've consistently voted to oppose the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and clearly, it has been a disaster in its implementation. There are better ways through the free market to make health care more affordable and accessible without the government taking over control of our health care system."...



...Cochran's Democratic opponent in the Nov. 4 general election, Travis Childers of Booneville, like Cochran, voted against the enactment of the Affordable Care Act when he was serving in Congress in 2009.

"I thought we could have done a better job," he said of his vote. "Some of the things in it are good. I am going to acknowledge them."...



..."What I say is let's make this work for the American people," he said, adding it was not going to be repealed. "...This is reality. This is the law of the land... I am just trying to be honest."

Childers, during a telephone interview, also "with due respect" criticized the media for not insisting that Cochran explain what would happen to the Mississippians who now have coverage through the Affordable Care Act....



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10/19/14

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Cochran has half million-plus in cash on hand


JACKSON – Incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has $550,864 in cash on hand and is still raising funds as his bid for a seventh term enters the final stretch.

Wednesday was the deadline for federal candidates to file their latest round of campaign finance reports. Neither Cochran’s campaign finance report nor that of his Democratic challenger had been posted late Wednesday on the Federal Election Commission website. But Jordan Russell, a spokesman for Cochran, said the Republican incumbent had raised an additional $150,000 thus far in October and still had fundraising events planned prior to the Nov. 4 general election....


...As of late Wednesday, the Childers campaign had not provided information on its campaign finance report. But the campaign did send out an email highlighting a new video where Childers talks about the campaign and his vision for Mississippi and asks for contributions to keep the ad on television.



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10/16/14

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State releases school, district accountability ratings, 2 Pascagoula schools bumped up to A status


The Mississippi Department of Education has released this year's school accountability results, but they look almost identical to last year's results.

That's because all districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year.

The waiver basically means that each school and district will retain the accountability label -- rated on a grade scale as A, B, C, D or F -- that they were assigned in the 2012-2013 academic year....


...Statewide, proficiency levels tests dropped for most grades as expected because the state tests did not reflect what students were learning.


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10/17/14

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Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress


Economic growth, immigration reform and the ability to compromise will be the major challenges facing the 114th Congress next year, according to Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, who is slated to provide the Chairman’s Lecture at the 2015 Dairy Forum. Barbour, who also is the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a leading political strategist, recently sat down with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, to discuss what it takes to handle political challenges and turn them into opportunities.

“Congress is going to come to town with a full platter,” Barbour, said, adding that “they have to come to town ready to work.”

He stressed that members of the next Congress will need to understand the importance of compromise. “For our process to work, everybody has to do their part. These guys have to come up here with the understanding we are not going to cram it down the other side’s throat – like they did Obamacare,” Barbour said.


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10/15/14

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In battling Ebola, fighting panic is as critical as containing virus


Lawmakers and other public officials have attempted to walk a fine line between urging caution and vigilance against the disease and reassuring a jittery population.

“I often urge my colleagues not to use our positions of influence to promote fear in the public,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at a congressional field hearing in Dallas on the United States’ preparedness late last week. “While it is proper to have serious concerns about the Ebola virus, it would be irresponsible to foster a narrative that an Ebola epidemic in the United States is imminent.”


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10/16/14

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Democrat Makes Political Ad Personal


Jackson, Miss.
A new Travis Childers ad has hit the airwaves. If you pay close attention, you'll notice he never mentions that he's a Democrat. Democratic Trust executive director, Brandon Jones, says that was intentional.

"The feeling was, don't put any type of jersey on other than the state of Mississippi when you introduce yourself," Jones said....

..."Travis is going to get a lot of Republican votes," said Jones. "He's going to get a lot Republican votes and it's going to come primarily from this group that's still wondering why their sitting senator spent the last several months avoiding them."



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Maness: I would have opposed Katrina relief

The conservative hopeful’s opposition to the relief bill puts him in a similar camp as another Gulf Coast candidate. Last week, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who’s looking to knock off Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the GOP primary, came under fire after hedging on whether he would have voted for the bill.

But while McDaniel said he didn’t know how he would have voted, calling the massive bill not an “easy vote to cast,” Maness says he would have voted no. The aid package was passed with little opposition after the storm but has since drawn scrutiny because of reports of waste and fraud in the program.

“Just like I wouldn’t have voted for the [Hurricane] Sandy [aid] bill that had $60 billion dollars, I believe, in bloated special interest spending in it, I wouldn’t have voted for that bill either because you’ve gotta start holding on principle and stop spending so much money,” he said. “Our country’s got a spending problem, it doesn’t have a revenue problem.”

Maness also said he wouldn’t vote for a flood insurance bill currently making its way through Congress, which both Landrieu and Cassidy have worked on in their respective chambers. The bill would provide relief to coastal residents who are facing skyrocketing flood insurance prices due to an earlier bill that was meant to make the federal flood insurance program solvent.


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3/7/14

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McDaniel Endorses Col. Rob Maness for U.S. Senate

Chris McDaniel today announced his support for Republican Rob Maness for Senate in Louisiana.

"Make no mistake, Rob is fighting the very same fight we're still fighting here in Mississippi. In Louisiana, Colonel Maness is leading the way.

"Rob's courage is impressive. To put himself into the line of fire and to be willing to have a real conversation with the voters and to drive to reach positive solutions is a rare quality," McDaniel continued. "Rob recognizes we need change in D.C., and he's eager to share that vision with Louisianans. Thankfully, Colonel Maness has the fortitude to stand up and face the career politicians in D.C.," he concluded.

McDaniel will lend fundraising and operational support and campaign with Col. Maness in Louisiana in the coming weeks. Future events will be announced soon.

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10/16/14

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10/16/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

Travis Childers emerged from hiding yesterday and released a new ad.



Notwithstanding the fact that he didn’t mention what party he’s affiliated with, there was something eerily familiar about that ad. In fact, the Y’allPolitics Memory Division had to go to overdrive, but it dug it up.



This must be straight out of the losing playbook for Democratic Senate candidates.

Two white haired, middle-aged white guys dressed in competitive normcore talking about their father, the value of education, hard work, and values. And above all costs, they omit any mention that they’re both Democrats. It’s like they’re twins – or they received the same bad campaign advice. Musgrove was a much better candidate than Childers, and still lost to Roger Wicker by 10 points.

Regardless, the folks at the Mississippi Democratic Trust got all doe-eyed about Childers ad, in a backhanded sort of way.




Careful folks. You may actually tip folks off that Childers plans to caucus with Harry Reid. Childers seems to be capable of saying anything but make no mistake how he’ll vote when it comes down to it in D.C. Mississippi Democrats are absolutely counting on it.

Lest there be any doubt about what the intention of this ad is, the Y’allPolitics Media Spending Watchdog division learned that the first (and possibly only) place this ad will run will be in Hattiesburg and the Gulf Coast. Hmmmm. What could that mean? Is it yet another ploy for disaffected McDaniel voters?

Usually this sort of play will be a precursor to some skewed polling trying to justify to the DSCC that the candidate has a shot. Look for that inside the next 14 days. Though with the DSCC on the run and on the ropes for incumbent seats like Arkansas and Louisiana, don’t count on the Harry Reid-led cavalry coming to Childers’ rescue.

What has been more fun than anything is watching the McDaniel kamikaze supporters on Facebook try and contort like a pretzel to justify a Childers vote as being a “more conservative” alternative to Thad Cochran, despite their venom for what they perceive happened during the primary. From the Y’allPolitics Irony Division, isn’t it precious that McDaniel die-hards are figuring out the best way to justify not supporting their party’s nominee, while the campaign fights a legal challenge based on the very premise that some Republican primary voters should be disqualified precisely because they weren’t planning to support the nominee (allegedly)? And yet still no word from the Pro-Libertater in Chief on telling the troops what to do next. Hopefully, the Supreme Court is paying attention to that. We may hear as soon as today on the challenge.

From the award winning Y’allPolitics Memory Division, here are a few things to remember about Childers.

Travis Childers is Barack Obama’s chosen candidate in Mississippi. That’s who he and Harry Reid want to win. Obama’s OFA helped Childers with phonebanking in 2008. Though, bless his heart, Childers couldn’t seem to bring himself to thank Obama for the help. And Childers is the only candidate in this race to donate to John Kerry’s presidential campaign.



REAL conservative. Stew on that in your next liberty meeting, folks.

That's the way it was – Day 114 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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BRIAN PERRY: Big money raised for judicial races



The 55 candidates running in 24 contested chancery or circuit court races in Mississippi have raised a combined $1.44 million for their campaigns. The average chancery court candidate raised just shy of $24,000 and the average circuit court candidate raised almost $28,000; but that includes outliers like four candidates who reported raising no money, and on the other end of the spectrum, circuit court candidate Robert Fant Walker who raised $214,141 - about two and a half times more than the most raised by any other candidate. In the 18 races featuring incumbents, the incumbent has outraised one or more challengers in every case except three.

The numbers are from the latest campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State due October 10 which cover fundraising and expenditures from July 1 through September 30 and includes totals year-to-date. The next reports are due October 28 and cover October 1 through October 25. The election for these nonpartisan races is November 4.

(Since this column last looked at these races, four candidates dropped out decreasing the total number of contested races and changing an incumbent challenged race into an open seat.)


Madison County Journal
10/15/14

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Medicaid expansion could start with all the eligibles



Some issues are important enough to pursue even against daunting political odds. A new coalition has emerged seeking approval by the Legislature and Gov. Phil Bryant of an expanded Medicaid eligibility in Mississippi, which could bring an additional 300,000 Mississippians, mostly working people who don’t make more than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, into coverage.

The expanded eligibility is part of the Affordable Care Act, more generally known as Obamacare.

The expanded coverage would be paid fully by the federal government for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and 90 percent by the federal government from then on.


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10/16/14

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Travis Childers shakes hands, courts voters in Jackson County


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, who is running against six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the Nov. 4 election, was courting coastal voters today.

He began his day in Jackson but eventually made his way through Gulfport, lunch at Mary Mahoney's, a meeting with Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield and on to Pascagoula.

In Pascagoula, he visited the courthouse and the Jackson County General Services Complex, where he mingled with county employees and residents there on business.


Gulflive
10/15/14

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Senate candidate Travis Childers says he's building a winning coalition



Still, Childers, who stressed his working-class background in a meeting with the Sun Herald and in a new ad his campaign released Wednesday, said he can win.

"How does Jim Hood win?" asked Childers, referring to the Mississippi attorney general who's the only Democrat in statewide office. "I know that a Democrat can win in Mississippi because Jim Hood wins, (former Gov.) Ronnie Musgrove wins." He said he has the same kind of winning coalition behind him.

"I think that coalition honestly is the one I've always had since I ran for chancery clerk in my home county or when it was running for Congress. I'm very appreciative in the wide support I had in my party."

Childers said his message, which he says is pro-business but recognizes not all government is bad, appeals to moderate Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans. Childers said he supports public education, reduced government spending, an increase in the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work. He also said the state made a mistake by not accepting federal money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act...


...Childers said he believes a change in leadership would do more and he favors someone less confrontational, someone with the demeanor of Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.

"I would like to see someone who views are more moderate and more in line with the people of the state of Mississippi," he said. "Mark Warner … let me tell you why I like him. He's a businessman. I've been told only 10 percent of the United State Senate have business experience. If that is true, no wonder we have $17.5 trillion of debt."



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10/15/14

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MISS. SENATORS PRAISE ITC DECISION TO PROTECT U.S. STEEL PRODUCERS

Cochran & Wicker Pushed for Strong Decision Against Unfair Rebar Dumping by Mexico, Turkey


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) praised a decision that will benefit U.S. steel producers in Mississippi and other states by allowing the United States to act against the unfair surge in imported steel reinforcing bar or “rebar.”

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday reached a unanimous determination that rebar imports from Mexico and Turkey are unlawfully threatening or damaging the U.S. rebar industry. The decision, supported by Cochran and Wicker, clears the way for the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose antidumping duties against Mexican and Turkish rebar.

“American steel workers and manufacturers can compete with workers anywhere in the world, but a level playing field is required. I am pleased with this decision that will create more opportunity for U.S. rebar producers to succeed,” Cochran said.

“I commend the Commission for reaching this unanimous decision on behalf of fairness for American steel workers,” Wicker said. “This judgment marks an important milestone in the fight to keep the U.S. steel industry competitive globally. Moving forward, I will continue to urge the federal government to support trade policies that promote and protect our companies and workers.”

In September, Cochran and Wicker were among a bipartisan group of 36 Senators who strongly encouraged the ITC to favorably complete its review of the Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar from Mexico and Turkey Inv. Nos. 701 TA-502 and 731-TA-1227-1228 (Final Phase) petition (http://1.usa.gov/1ycMMDv and http://1.usa.gov/XdcQxe). Filed in 2013, the primary petitioner is the Rebar Trade Action Coalition. Nucor Corp., which has operations in Starkville and Flowood, is a member of the coalition. The ITC petition indicates that the case affects nine producers with facilities in 23 states that employed 4,167 workers in 2012.



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Mississippi school aided Bible giveaway, atheist group claims



JACKSON, Miss. – An atheist group says it objects to a Mississippi principal telling fifth-grade teachers to take students through a public school lobby where Gideons were handing out Bibles.

The American Humanist Association sent a letter of complaint Tuesday to Kara Killough, principal of Northwest Rankin Elementary School in Rankin County near Jackson.

The association says the school violated the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion by making it easy for Gideons to hand out Bibles on campus last Friday.



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10/15/14

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Results in from Amory, Corinth elections



Unofficial results in Amory show the beer and light wine referendum with 1,126 against and 1,067 for legalization.

In regards to liquor sales, 1,241 voted against and 1,156 voted for legalization.


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10/14/14

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Mississippi hires charter school board director


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi.

Officials said Tuesday that Marian Schutte, of New Orleans, will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on Nov. 3.

The seven-member Mississippi board is preparing to make decisions in December on a second round of applications to create charter schools.


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Wicker, Cochran Say Federal Regs Don’t Account for Rural Health Care Needs

Miss. Senators, Bipartisan Senate Group Ask Administration to Consider Rural Impact Before Finalizing Health Care Policies


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) are pushing the Obama administration to more effectively consider the effects its federal rules and regulations have on the delivery of health care in rural areas.

The Mississippi Senators are among 34 who have signed a letter to Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that asks her to provide comprehensive details about the CMS rulemaking process and how rural health care concerns are addressed. The Senators assert that recent policy decisions have not adequately reflected the reality of health delivery in rural areas.

“The Obama Administration should not overlook the consequences of burdensome regulations on rural health-care providers,” said Wicker. “Many Americans living in these areas face unique obstacles to accessing quality health care. These new rules should be thoroughly reviewed to prevent harmful effects on providers and patients.”

“A one size fits all approach to health care regulations too often puts rural residents at a disadvantage and makes access to care more difficult. This letter is a warning to the administration that our constituents deserve better,” said Cochran, who serves on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that inserted provisions in a FY2014 law directing CMS to coordinate with the Office of Rural Health Policy when developing rules.



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10/14/14

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GOVERNOR TOUTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN STATE


State representative David Baria of Bay St. Louis says he’d like to see more funding for education.

"I think that we should get back to the commitment that we made to fully fund K thorugh 12 education," he says. "I think we should have mandatory kindergarten. That's going to cost some money, but I'd rather see us spend the money on that then cut the franchise tax for some of these corporations that are in Mississippi, and that's they only tax they pay. Rather than doing that, I'd rather see us keep the money in our budget and spend it on education."

Governor Bryant says he plans to ask the legislature for more funding for education, specifically in workforce development. For example, he says he’d like to see scholarships for some students who commit to stay in the workforce in Mississippi.


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10/14/14

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Union retiree group endorses Childers



The Alliance for Retired Americans has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers.

The group, with more than 4 million members, includes retired trade union workers and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Childers, a former U.S. representative, said he has a 94-percent voting grade from the group for fighting against Social Security privatization, raising the retirement age and cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.



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10/14/14

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Gov. Phil Bryant hires former DEQ director Trudy Fisher as $195-an-hour consultant


A lawyer who led the environmental agency for seven years, Fisher was deeply involved in Mississippi's legal actions related to BP PLC's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Fisher will charge $195 an hour for herself and others who help her, up to $99,000 over a year.

The contract says Fisher can't represent clients related to the services she's providing.


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10/14/14

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The Fix: The 9 most ridiculous campaigns of 2014



7. The Mississippi Senate race

OK, this one might take the cake, but it's more sad than ridiculous. First of all, you've got the fact that it's nearly three months after the GOP primary runoff and state Sen. Chris McDaniel still hasn't conceded his narrow loss to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). And McDaniel's case has, from the start, been pretty flimsy.

Then, you've got the whole sad episode regarding Cochran's wife and McDaniel supporters who apparently conspired to take photos of her in a nursing home.

One of the men who was arrested, a tea party leader, wound up committing suicide.


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10/14/14

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Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Suspended From Twitter Again

Yes, folks — the Ginger Avenger Chuck C. Johnson has been suspended by Twitter again for posting private information and publicly asking his followers to help him find more.

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10/14/14

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We Should Be Skeptical Of Governor Bryant’s Election Year Stand With Conservatives

In his latest ploy, Bryant is praising Senator Chris McDaniel in McDaniel’s own backyard in Jones County. A heavily GOP-dominated area, Jones County went for McDaniel by a more than 10-to-1 margin in the June primary and run-off. In an obvious and pathetic attempt to warm to Jones Countians, Bryant praised Senator McDaniel, telling a crowd that he has “a bright future” ahead of him.

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10/14/14

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Scott Brewster, Chris McDaniel's former state coalitions director, posted this on Facebook last night:

"Hey guys. We have a solid potential candidate in Rankin County to run for supervisor against one of the Thad supporting incumbents. Who is interested in helping if the trigger is pulled on this endeavor?"


Y'all Politics nation, any thoughts on which supervisor Brewster and the McDanielites are targeting and who this "solid potential candidate" may be?

If so, let us know...

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Kindergarten attendance needs greater attention



Mississippi in 1982 became the next-to-last state in the nation to require local public school districts to offer kindergarten classes. It was the biggest piece of the historic Education Reform Act, passed in a special legislative session at the urging of then-Gov. William Winter.

One of the political tradeoffs was not to make attendance mandatory. School districts would have to offer kindergarten, but parents would not be required to send their children.

A lot about kindergarten has changed since 1982. Back then, there was ample evidence that activities long associated with kindergarten – developing pre-academic social skills, for example – were important to prepare a child for first grade. But today, the academic stakes are much higher...


...But given the stakes, mandatory kindergarten enrollment could be an important tool to aid in the success of Mississippi students, too many of whom begin school behind and never catch up.



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10/13/14

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SID SALTER: Restoration of felons’ voting issue likely to resurface in 2014


As part of his final months in office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to beat the political drums for restoration of voting rights to felons in states like Mississippi that make it difficult if not impossible for convicted felons to vote.

Holder said earlier this year in a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center:“It is time to fundamentally reconsider laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.”

The outgoing Obama Administration attorney general bases his argument, in part, on a recent study in Florida that suggests that felons there who were granted voting rights exhibited a lower rate of recidivism....


...Not even the support of Libertarians like Sen. Paul will nudge the GOP majority in the Legislature toward his position.




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Local Jail Population Takes Huge Dip



Lauderdale County, Miss. The occupancy level at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility is at an almost three year low. As of Monday, there were 206 inmates being housed there. That's far lower than the almost 300 total that the jail had to deal with in recent years.

Sheriff Billy Sollie said he credits a new law in Mississippi that took effect July 1st.

"We started seeing the decrease in numbers after House Bill 585 took effect." said Sollie.

State House Pro Tem Greg Snowden says the purpose for House Bill 585 was to keep violent criminals behind bars, while a designated task force established a plan to cut costs and create a more just and equitable system for people who have technical violations.



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Corinth municipal election is Tuesday


CORINTH – Corinth residents will know who will guide the city for the next four years after Tuesday’s general election.

Two offices with a Democrat and a Republican candidate remain to be decided by voters: chief of police and at-large alderman.

Both police chief candidates – Capt. Ralph Dance and Officer Fred Gooch, are currently members of the Corinth Police Department.


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10/12/14

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RELEASE: Thompson Statement on Second Ebola Diagnosis in the US

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement on news of the second Ebola patient being diagnosed in the United States:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Texas nurse who compassionately and courageously cared for the first U.S. Ebola patient and was diagnosed with the devastating disease this weekend. The CDC attributes the new infection to a breach in protocol, which raises the question whether ordinary hospitals that may not have had specialized training on caring for seriously ill patients safely should be responsible for the long-term care of an Ebola patient when there are beds available in one of our nation's biocontainment units. In the coming days, I encourage the CDC to consider whether it is appropriate to recommend transferring Ebola patients to one of our nation's biocontainment units upon diagnosis if there are beds available. In the meantime, I encourage the CDC, with its State and local public health partners, to take whatever action is necessary to ensure that Ebola-related guidance - from patient isolation to protections for healthcare workers - is distributed and implemented uniformly in our nation's hospitals.”

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Packaging firm to Olive Branch


OLIVE BRANCH - Korean-based Innpack, Inc., a manufacturer of packaging for the food industry, Friday announced plans to move from rented space in Memphis to a permanent location in Olive Branch.

The new production facility will house the 23 positions now in Memphis into Mississippi and they will be moved into the new location over the next several months, according to a news release from Gov. Phil Bryant's office and the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).

The action amounts to a $2 million corporate investment in the Magnolia State and away from the Tennessee side of the Mid-South.



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10/10/14

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Childers wheels and deals for votes in Bay St. Louis


Rep. David Baria gave Childers a boat paddle, saying it was a ceremonial key to the city.

Childers said his polling also showed Cochran's numbers were flat and as many as 15 percent of likely voters were undecided.

"I'm trying to meet as many Mississippians as we can," said Childers, who lacks the money Cochran has to bombard the airwaves with ads. "Many feel they have been forgotten.'


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10/10/14

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Travis Childers is certainly no tea partyer


If the tea party turns out next month for Travis Childers in the U.S. Senate race, it will be one of the oddest protest votes in Mississippi political history.


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10/11/14

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EXCLUSIVE–MILITARY LEADERS: MICHIGAN DEM SENATE NOMINEE GARY PETERS EXAGGERATED, MISREPRESENTED MILITARY RECORD ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL



After Montana Democratic Sen. John Walsh was found to have plagiarized large sections of the paper he wrote to earn a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania’s Army War College, he dropped out of the race. It made the seat an almost sure bet for Republicans to pick up. Similarly, Ron Dickey, the Democratic nominee for Mississippi’s first congressional district, misled voters in his state about his military record—claiming he was a green beret, when in fact he simply a “food service specialist”—or line cook—for a green beret unit. While he hasn’t dropped out of the race—his name is still on the ballot—Democrats in Mississippi, particularly state party chairman Rickey Cole, called on Dickey to drop out.

George Rasley, a conservative political operative with Richard Viguerie’s ConservativeHQ, said Democrats should call on Peters to drop out of the race.

"Being in the Reserve is a perfectly honorable way to serve the country, but Gary Peters' phony story line about his military service goes beyond exaggeration into just plain fabrication, and it fits a pattern Democrats have established now that national security has become an issue in the midterm election,” Rasley told Breitbart News. “What Democrats like Gary Peters and Ron Dickey down in Mississippi are trying to do is create a false narrative about their military service to hide from voters the fact that their support for Barack Obama's failed national security policies have endangered the country. At least in Mississippi the Democrats had the integrity to tell Ron Dickey to get out of the race when the truth about his military service came out, the Democrats in Michigan should do the same with Peters.”



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10/12/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

Just last week, the Y’allPolitics staff was complaining at our weekly roundtable that there weren’t enough political fundraising videos with people loading handguns on them. Well, ask and ye shall receive.



You may remember Elaine Vechorik from the McDaniel campaign. She was the person who the McDaniel campaign had to refund about $2,600 to. There was also some murkiness around whether or not she actually worked officially for the McDaniel campaign. Since it was reported that she was interviewed by the DA in the nursing home scandal, she’s likely to be named at least an honorary member of the campaign. That court case train continues to wreck in slow motion. Undeterred, Vechorik was also a plaintiff in the frivolous True the Vote Lawsuit.

Speaking of True the Vote, bless their hearts, they got delivered a legal thrashing and have generally left Mississippi with their tails tucked between their legs. Their “Hallmark Strategy” of finding Mississippi voters birth dates didn’t go over so well in federal court with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann or the nine Mississippi counties that got enjoined in that lawsuit. They said that they will never again litigate this issue in Mississippi.

While we wait on the refs at the Mississippi Supreme Court to rule on the McDaniel challenge, the McDaniel camp seems to be struggling for messaging direction. Regardless, Phil Bryant, who endorsed Thad Cochran, had some very nice things to say about McDaniel this week. In the Laurel Leader Call he said

“Chris is a dear friend of mine,” Bryant said. “He first came in when I was elected lieutenant governor. He was part of a very small group I tried very hard to mentor.”
Bryant agreed that the campaign and race has caused some problems for his friends and others.
“I know it’s been tough on Chris and tough on his family,” Bryant said of McDaniel’s wife Jill “and their beautiful children.”
“It’s in the courts now, so we’ll see what the courts decide,” Bryant said. “Chris McDaniel will have a future in whatever he chooses to do, and I continue to hope the very best for him, whatever that may be.”


The kind words appear to have had no effect on McDaniel, who is still tacitly encouraging his supporters to stay home in November, while he still stays defiant on endorsing the nominee of his party. It appears that he and his supporters seem resolved that a Harry Reid led Senate will show conservatives who’s really boss. Maybe a Senate still under Obama's control can help force a budget showdown to raise taxes or cut military spending further or grant amnesty or expand Obamacare. That'd really show those pesky conservatives.

Yeah. That'll show 'em.

That's the way it was – Day 108 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

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Jones County judge speaks out about investigation


JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
Judge Billy Joe Landrum is finally speaking out publicly about the audit done by the state auditor and the investigation that he is currently undergoing.

“It's kind of like when Hitler says ‘you tell a little lie it don't mean a thing, you tell a big lie tell it over and over and over people begin to believe it,' I hope that they are sophisticated to set that aside cause that's just rhetoric, it's a lie,” said Judge Landrum.

Judge Landrum said the state auditor is making false allegations about him in attempt to influence the counties judicial election. During a Jones County Republican Women Meeting Wednesday, one resident asked the judge a question regarding the investigation on him and the community service program.



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10/9/14

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Natchez mayor won't push raises issue


NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Mayor Butch Brown says he won't push the issue of promised raises to certain city employees if it means the board of aldermen will delay adopting the city's already late budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1slu2yC ) the issue of the raises for four city department heads was one of several raised during a public hearing this week.


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10/10/14

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Childers will campaign in Bay St. Louis on Friday afternoon



Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers will join state Rep. David Baria for a tour of downtown Bay St. Louis on Friday afternoon.


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10/9/14

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Late-season surprises shake GOP confidence in Senate elections


Republicans have also been counting on an “enthusiasm gap” to carry them over the finish line. Polls show their base is more excited about voting than Democrats are.

But in states where establishment Republicans defeated tea party insurgents in primaries, such as Kentucky, Kansas and Alaska, the GOP is struggling to rally activists who feel their favorites were wronged.

Conservative firebrand Chris McDaniel, a Mississippi state senator who was defeated by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in a June primary, said he expects many of his hard-right supporters from around the country to stay home in November in order to send a message to the national party.

“Conservatives feel betrayed by elements within the Republican Party,” said McDaniel, who is challenging Cochran’s victory in state courts. “It’s always regrettable when people decline to take part, but thousands of them will, and I understand their frustration.”



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10/9/14

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The word ‘open’ primary to be clarified


Few Mississippians today — at a time they’re fed up with the seemingly endless Cochran-McDaniel Senate primary fiasco — know how dramatically close the state came in 1971 to having the “open primary” system installed in Mississippi elections.

Ever hear of a state law being left in “suspended animation” by a three-judge federal court panel?

Well, that’s what happened in January, 1971 to an open primary law passed by the 1970 Mississippi Legislature and signed by Gov. John Bell Williams.

It was sent up to the U.S. Justice Department for clearance under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Jerris Leonard, then head of Justice’s civil rights division had responded in a somewhat ambiguous letter which state officials thought approved the Mississippi statute.


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10/8/14

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True the Vote Drops Lawsuit, Statement by Secretary Hosemann


“The Attorney General has been informed the federal decision protecting the privacy of Mississippi voters’ birth dates will not be appealed. Furthermore, True the Vote has requested to withdraw the lawsuit in its entirety and stated they will never litigate this issue again in Mississippi.


The attempt to acquire voters’ birth dates from the Circuit Clerks and the Secretary of State was unwise, expensive, and unnecessary for any election contest. Our position has now been upheld by the Supreme Court of Mississippi and the Federal District Court.”

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10/9/14

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Amendment seeks to make hunting, fishing 'constitutional rights'


Preserving Mississippians' tradition of hunting and fishing is what backers of a constitutional amendment say is behind the issue that will be on the ballot on Nov. 4.


The amendment seeks to establish an individual constitutional right to hunt and fish, according to Rep. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, chairman of the Mississippi House Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Committee.

"It's going to protect our citizens' right to hunt and fish, as long as they obey the law," Bounds said.


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10/9/14

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Citizens provide the energy for new education initiative



The education support movement named Better Schools, Better Jobs has gained the signatures of 121,691 Mississippians backing a 2015 general election ballot initiative that would require much stronger, badly needed financial support for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a strong framework that’s suffered from chronic underfunding.

Better Schools, Better Jobs announced at a news conference Monday afternoon at the Pearl Upper Elementary School that its petition drive had brought on board 15,000 signatures above the minimum necessary to place a citizen-sponsored initiative on the ballot.

The signatures have been certified by counties’ circuit clerks, the chief elections officers in every county. The certified petitions have been delivered to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann; he is the state’s chief elections officer.

The effort, backed by a diverse statewide coalition of public education advocates, is thoroughly bipartisan in its core of leaders and volunteers.


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BOBBY HARRISON: Complexities in election challenge



The decision by the Mississippi Supreme Court rendered in the McDaniel vs. Cochran case will have long-lasting implications that could impact future elections.

The Supreme Court is weighing whether Chris McDaniel’s challenge of his election loss to six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary runoff should be dismissed because he waited too late to file it.

As so often is the case in legal disputes, it could be argued that the laws passed by the Legislature dealing with this issue are confusing and ambiguous. A reasonable argument could be made on either side of the issue.

But from a public policy perspective, it appears that Cochran is arguing through his attorneys that a candidate for a local election, such as for constable, should have more time to decide to challenge the results than a candidate for a statewide office, such as for governor or U.S. senator.



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Rick Perry advocates energy solutions at Miss. summit


Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for unlimited natural gas and oil exports, saying it would help the American economy and aid American allies threatened by Russia's control of European natural gas supplies.

"The first order of business to restore balance in Europe is for America to build an energy shield to protect our strategic allies, Perry said Wednesday in Jackson, speaking at Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's energy summit. "That means we must accelerate our exports of America's vast energy resources."

Such a move would help Perry's home state, but also free the way for construction of an $8 billion LNG export facility in Pascagoula. Kinder Morgan has federal approval to export to countries with which the United States has free trade agreements, but is seeking approval to export to countries that don't have such treaties with the U.S.


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10/8/14

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Santorum tests 2016 waters, backs away from McDaniel


RIDGELAND – Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum on Wednesday was testing the 2016 presidential waters in Mississippi, a state he carried when he ran in the GOP primary in 2012...



...Santorum appeared to back away from state Sen. Chris McDaniel, whom he endorsed for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Thad Cochran earlier this year. Santorum had campaigned in Mississippi for McDaniel, who is still challenging his loss to Cochran in court.

"Obviously Thad is the Republican nominee, and we are going to support the Republican nominee in every state," Santorum said.


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WEIDIE REPORT: STILL SHAMELESS AND INCREDIBLE



The farewell tour of Ocean Springs’ Scott Walker continues (until he reports to federal prison). Previous to the picture below taken at the club level of last week’s Ole Miss-Memphis game we were treated to photos of Walker partying in Florida and New Orleans....

.... In September Walker’s attorneys requested a delay in his reporting to prison so he could have further treatment for injuries he suffered in a 2011 plane crash. Judge Starrett granted the motion and Walker will not report to prison until January. His recent activities would indicate Walker’s recovery from his injuries is going very well and haven’t slowed down his social life. Also, his financial means must not be too bad....


....Someone at the Ole Miss-Memphis game reported to me that Dickie Scruggs and Joey Langston were also seen in the club level/suites section of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. With Walker, Scruggs and Langston at the Memphis game it almost makes you wonder if Ole Miss has a special skybox for convicted felons.



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10/4/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 10:01 am


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Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King appeared on WMXI's morning radio show this morning. As it pertains to a gas tax increase, King seems to follow fellow Commissioners' Hall and Tagert lead on the issue...

Listen here.


10/8/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 9:56 am


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Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Energy Summit to Include Perry, John Ratzenburger



JACKSON, Miss.–The Governor’s Energy Summit convenes Wednesday morning at the Jackson Convention Complex. Speakers will include Gov. Bryant, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Cheers star John Ratzenburger.


The Energy Summit, presented by the Mississippi Energy Institute, is intended to highlight the relationship between energy and the Mississippi economy. Perry will give the keynote address at 12:30.



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10/8/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 5:27 am


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Cochran, Childers appear at American Legion fundraiser



TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran and Democratic challenger Travis Childers headlined a political speaking event Monday that was held to raise money for a local American Legion post affected by the April 28 tornado.

Cochran and Childers appeared at separate times on the stage at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo and did not mention one another. Their comments were mainly on military veterans and the rebuilding efforts of American Legion Post 49.




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10/7/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 5:20 am


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Hosemann releases report on primary, runoff


Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on Tuesday released his report on the 2014 primary elections -- including the June 24 runoff.

The report, which Hosemann provides to the state Legislature after each election, appears pretty milquetoast, given the infamous GOP U.S. Senate primary runoff, which is still being contested in court by Chris McDaniel, who lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran by 7,667 votes.

In his lawsuit, McDaniel claims to have found 3,100 illegal "crossover" votes -- those who voted in one party's primary on June 3, then the other's on June 24. This is -- arguably -- prohibited by state law. Hosemann says he asked all 82 counties to report crossovers they found. He said 76 counties reported 495 crossovers. He said Adams and Hinds couldn't ascertain their numbers.


Clarion Ledger
10/7/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 5:16 am


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Attorney General Jim Hood asks just to throw out school funding lawsuit (updated)


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Attorney General Jim Hood is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 21 school districts that argues Mississippi owes them $230 million in education aid and demands an end to future shortfalls.

In papers filed Tuesday in Hinds County Chancery Court, Hood's office wrote that even though a 2006 law says Mississippi's school aid formula must be fully funded, that guarantee has no power to bind future legislatures.

"One session of elected legislators cannot dictate the discretionary budgeting and appropriation authority of a future session of elected legislators," Hood's office wrote.


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10/7/14

Posted October 8, 2014 - 5:14 am


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RELEASE:

Calbee North America Locates Operations in Senatobia, Miss.



JACKSON – Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America announce the company has located operations in the former BMW distribution facility in Senatobia, Miss., in Tate County. The project represents a corporate investment of $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years.

“I am honored Calbee North America looked to Mississippi for the site of its new snack food manufacturing operations and look forward to the company being a valued business partner to the state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “I am particularly grateful for the number of jobs Calbee is creating for the residents of Senatobia and Tate County. It will positively impact those individuals, their families and the community well into the future. I thank the Calbee team for investing in our state and placing its trust in our workforce.”

“Senatobia compliments our food manufacturing plants in California and Oregon with the central placement in the U.S.,” said Calbee North America President Gene Jensen. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous growth, and this site will address not only our current need but the needed growth for years to come. There are great people in Senatobia that we look forward to joining our team. Credit also needs to be given the teams at the Mississippi Development Authority, the city of Senatobia, Tate County and The Hollingsworth Companies for assisting us as we establish our operations in Mississippi.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance for rail and infrastructure improvements. The city of Senatobia and Tate County also provided assistance for the project.

“We have had a great year for economic development, and Calbee’s decision to locate in Mississippi and create so many new jobs for the citizens of Tate County continues that momentum as we enter the final quarter of 2014,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at the Tate County Economic Development Foundation, the Tate County Board of Supervisors and the city of Senatobia for working to bring this great company to our state.”

Calbee North America is a joint venture of Calbee, Inc., Tokyo, Japan and R.D. Offutt, Fargo, ND. The company became one of the first Japanese food manufacturers in North America when it began selling its Saya and Shrimp Chips brands in the early 1970s. Calbee’s snack food brands include Harvest Snaps, Jagabee, Potato Chips, Saya Snow Pea Crisps and Shrimp Chips. For more information, please visit http://www.calbeena.com.

Posted October 8, 2014 - 5:11 am


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Why Travis Childers’ Dixiecrat Strategy Will Fail

Are these really the kind of people a Democrat wants to coddle and pander to for votes? Racists, xenophobes, and eugenicists, really? Who told Childers that a return to the Dixiecrat model was the path to victory in 2014?

This obvious play to the angry Chris McDaniel Tea Party voters is another example of the Mississippi Democratic party’s obsession with McDaniel. Signing a pledge that McDaniel signed and that Republican incumbent Senator Thad Cochran refused to sign validates the concerns that liberals had about Childers all along.

From the start, the Childers campaign has been riddled with bad decisions that all seemed to build on their obsession with McDaniel in some way. This was somewhat understandable during the Republican primary and amidst the theatrics that escalated to comical levels in the primary runoff.


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10/7/14

Posted October 7, 2014 - 9:53 am


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More Bias From Mississippi’s Media: Clarion Ledger Allows Attack on Senator Chris McDaniel

As conservatives we are accustomed to bias in the national media. It just comes with the territory. We all know the Big Three networks will slant coverage, kill stories that hurt Democrats, and inflate those that hit Republicans. Anyone who does not understand that is either extraordinarily ignorant or flat-out stupid.

Sadly, in our own conservative state of Mississippi the media is not much better. Case in point, a recent letter to the editor of the Clarion Ledger. A Mr. Gary J. Rogers of Madison wrote in support of Thad Cochran’s nomination for the US Senate, at least that’s the inference from the title – Cochran clearly the best choice – and the first few lines of his piece. But it’s really nothing more than a hit piece on Chris McDaniel.

Before we get into Mr. Rogers flawed argument, we should make note of a key point: Why would the Clarion Ledger print something like this with no counterpoints?


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10/7/14

Posted October 7, 2014 - 8:44 am


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Why McDaniel voters should vote for Cochran
A Childers win ends McDaniel hopes

by Frank Corder
If you want to see Chris McDaniel in the US Senate there's only one vote you can cast in November that helps achieve that goal... a vote for Thad Cochran.

Here's why...

If the Mississippi Supreme Court sides with McDaniel, or if it doesn't and he files a federal challenge of some nature, the proceedings will not conclude before the November 4 general election. The system just doesn't work that swiftly.

Should McDaniel be successful in obtaining a new primary election it will be after the November general election has been certified and conceivably perhaps after the winner is sworn into office.

If by some happenstance the Democrat challenger Travis Childers pulls off the upset over Cochran, the Republican nominee, the likelihood of any court ordering a new GOP primary and subsequently a new general election is slim to none. It could be argued that the general will of the people had shifted ideologically away from the GOP nominee so why then order a new primary for a party that lost.

In this instance, Childers and the Democrats would cry foul and file their own legal challenge (as they should), setting up a scenario only political anarchists would find amusing.

What you would see is McDaniel supporters who crossed over to vote for the Democrat Childers to spite Cochran and other Republicans trying then to topple the winner they helped elect in favor of McDaniel. Talk about flip flopping for political expediency.

If Cochran wins and McDaniel is somehow successful in his never ending pursuit, a court may look more favorable on ordering a new primary and new general election given the overarching implications as it pertains to the general will of the voters being in flux.

Additionally, apart from any legal challenges by McDaniel, if Childers wins and performs well for the state the likelihood of him being reelected is significant. Excluding former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, Mississippi doesn't have many examples in recent memory of not reelecting statewide officials once they are in office. Everyone knows Cochran will retire in six years; Childers will seek reelection and his war chest will be far deeper come 2020.

So while it is still tough to fathom McDaniel being successful at the Mississippi Supreme Court or in a federal challenge, if you are one of the last remaining die hards who believe he will win and should be in the US Senate, you should cast your vote for Cochran in November to give your boy a better chance down the line.


Posted October 7, 2014 - 8:07 am


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

Based on FEC filings, one could infer that the folks at Hortman Harlow may have had enough of their star attorney’s political exploits and are trying to build some distance from the campaign. In FEC filings this week, two Hortman Harlow employees have been removed from Chris McDaniel’s campaign filings. Brett Robinson, a partner at the firm, had served as Campaign Treasurer, and Dawn Walters, an administrative employee at the firm, had served as Assistant Treasurer have been replaced on the filings by Sen. Melanie Sojourner.

As a special announcement to the Patriot community, don’t forget that Rick Santorum is in town this week and he wants your money. Please proceed quickly to the assigned location and empty your wallets. Even if you can’t see any results (at all), know that you’ll be helping (Santorum).

But everyone knows that the real story in Mississippi is football.

The Hill’s Campaign editor knows what’s up. She sneaks in some Crimson Tide goofing with #mssen goofing in a masterful tweet.




Here’s another one.




Though that was intended as a joke, remember that Mississippi Supreme Court Judges are elected, too. Can’t you just imagine that on Friday afternoon, their ruling comes down . . .


After further review (in the above and titled action), the ruling on the field stands.


Touchdown.

With less than four weeks to go and Travis Childers way down in the polls, the next week or two is about the time you start to see folks show their true stripes. Outside groups, unions and other supporters just won't be able to help themselves. They’ll be some great YouTube stuff and Facebook posts. There will be for sure some great robocalls, too. We’ll be here for all of it.

That's the way it was – Day 105 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

Posted October 7, 2014 - 7:27 am


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RELEASE:

HOSEMANN REQUESTS SIGNIFICANT BUDGET DECREASE, INCREASES REVENUE-2016 BUDGET REQUEST LESS THAN 2009


Jackson, Miss.—During the Legislative Budget Office hearing today, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann voluntarily requested an $845,434 budget decrease for Fiscal Year 2016.

“Our Agency consistently requests a budget decrease for the Secretary of State’s Office. We don’t spend beyond our means,” says Secretary Hosemann. “The money allocated to us every year belongs to the taxpayers of the State of Mississippi. We work hard to spend it wisely.”

In addition to a voluntary decrease in budget, the Secretary of State’s Office is also reporting record revenues. Last year, the Secretary of State’s office generated over $42,000,000 in revenues. That is approximately $17,000,000 more than FY 2009. These additional revenues are generated from tidelands leases and assessments, out-of-state business filings, and fines for violations of State law paid to our Agency.

“We run our Office like a business—your business,” says Secretary Hosemann. “We cross train our employees, cut our operating costs, reduce rent, and streamline operations to save taxpayer dollars. We believe in efficient government, and I believe our request proves it.”

The Secretary of State’s Office is also requesting no additional employees for FY 2016.



Posted October 7, 2014 - 7:03 am


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Bryant wants report on health emergency plans in wake of Ebola outbreak



JACKSON — At the request Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi State Department of Health and several other key state agencies are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response with the states’ public health emergency plans.

These agencies will provide Bryant a complete briefing on Wednesday at the State Emergency Operations Center in Pearl.



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10/6/14

Posted October 7, 2014 - 5:32 am


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Madison supervisors appoint John Howland District 2 Supervisor



The Madison County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to appoint John Howland as District 2 supervisor.

Howland, the alderman-at-large for the city of Madison, will fill the vacancy left by Ronny Lott, who is now chancery clerk.

"I talked to John Howland on several occasions and was impressed with number one, his interest in the position, and number two, he seemed to have a great demeanor," Banks said.


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10/6/14

Posted October 7, 2014 - 5:29 am


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