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A little light reading for the YallPolitics nation on a Friday.

Here’s Thad Cochran’s answer to the complaint.

Thad Cochran answer in McDaniel v. Cochran



Here’s the Motion to Dismiss

Thad Cochran Motion to Dismiss in McDaniel v. Cochran 082114



And here’s the Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss

Memorandum in Support to Dismiss in McDaniel v. Cochran 082114



Remember, this was a preventable tragedy folks. Harry Reid, Rickey Cole and Travis Childers are laughing their asses off and the McDaniel camp is the (unwitting) pawn in trying to keep the Senate in Democrat hands and under Barack Obama's thumb. At this point, one could reasonably argue that the McDaniel camp and the TEA Party leaders are being complicit with the Democrat plan if for the simple payoff of feeding their narcissism and their need for “revenge.” Think through this over the next month or so while we watch the train wreck continue to unfold.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders remain largely silent.

That's the way it was – Day 59 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


Posted August 22, 2014 - 7:49 am


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Cochran files motion to dismiss McDaniel election challenge



JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Judge Hollis McGehee has set a trial date for September 15 in Chris McDaniel's election, but if Senator Cochran's attorneys get their way, it won't get that far.

Cochran's legal representatives have filed a motion to dismiss McDaniel's challenge, saying it was not filed in the 20-day time frame set by state law.



LINK TO MOTION TO DISMISS


WLBT
8/21/14


Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:40 am


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Travis Childers campaigns in downtown Hattiesburg



In the meantime, the Democratic candidate for Senate isn't wasting any time waiting to find out who he'll face in the general election. Travis Childers campaigned in downtown Hattiesburg Thursday afternoon.

He said the Republican Party in-fighting is unfortunate for the people of Mississippi. But, he said he's moving ahead to get his message out.

"Our side is not fighting," he said. "My party is very unified behind me. We're going forward and visiting as many people as we possibly can," he said.



WDAM
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:36 am


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Sen. Lott Says in Exclusive HottyToddy.com Interview: Not Convinced Hillary Will Run




Trent Lott — That is correct. I serve on the Board of Directors for Salsarita’s, which is based out of Charlotte. These are Tex-Mex restaurants with presently 62 locations. Phil Freiedman, former CEO of McAllister’s, is the CEO. We anticipate 5-7 openings in Mississippi. Chet previously was with Domino’s Pizza and is experienced with franchise operations....


...Trent Lott — Everywhere I go I am asked about this. I am a big fan of Marco Rubio and the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. Jeb Bush is also being mentioned a great deal. On the Democratic side, I am not convinced Hillary is going to make the race. Age and family are both weighing in which is complicating the picture for her.



Hotty Toddy
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:33 am


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BILL MINOR: Wilkie examines GOP evolution in South



Journalist, author and professor Curtis Wilkie, who honed his writing skills on news fronts from Beirut to Bourbon Street, has dipped his pen into Gothic politics of Mississippi and the South and explored how the region may look in the post-Tea Party era.

After roaming the world for 25 years covering news hotspots, Wilkie fortunately has landed back in his native state as a teaching fellow in the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi.

His op-ed piece in The New York Times on Aug. 13 analyzes the evolution of Republican politics in the South from the Civil War to the present in what he finds are three stages – what he calls “waves” – each laced with a subtext of race.

The recent Chris McDaniel-Thad Cochran Republican Senate primary brawl, Wilkie said, served to revive Mississippi’s old bitter-end resistance. McDaniel, a creation of the state’s new Tea Party movement, as Wilkie relates, refuses to accept the validity of Cochran’s victory and leaves the state’s vital representation in Congress’s upper branch, for the time being, in doubt.



Daily Journal
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:28 am


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Mike Chaney to speak at Gautier fire department dedication set for Friday


GAUTIER, Mississippi --- West Gautier will become a safer place to live with the opening of Fire Station West on Brown Road.

A cast of dignitaries will be on hand Friday at 10 a.m. for a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, highlighted by keynote speaker State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.


Gulflive
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:25 am


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Judge sets Sept. 15 trial date for Mississippi election challenge of Chris McDaniel



JACKSON, Mississippi -- A trial is set to begin Sept. 15 for a lawsuit that seeks to undo a Republican runoff victory by Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

Retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee, who's presiding over the case, filed a scheduling order Thursday in Jones County Circuit Court in Laurel. He specifies that the trial must be finished by Oct. 3. It will take place at the Jones County Courthouse.


Gulflive
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:21 am


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Chevron Pascagoula refinery celebrates completion of $1.4 billion premium base oil plant


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Gov. Phil Bryant and local business leaders this morning helped Chevron's Pascagoula refinery celebrate the completion of its $1.4 billion premium base oil plant.

"Here we are today, another milestone, another celebration," the governor said during the Hilton Garden Inn breakfast event.

"What Chevron has been able to do here is part of our national defense," Bryant said. "Energy independence is part of protecting America."


Gulflive
8/21/14

Posted August 22, 2014 - 5:19 am


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

The Magic 8 Ball Legal Team is in the big time now. They’re going where few trial lawyers dare to tread . . . in front of a judge.

Yesterday’s event in Jones County was relatively uneventful. One thing seems sure. The judge in this case seems to relish in the limelight and this case will likely be going on for a while.

Mitch Tyner, bless his heart, had the first PR slipup of the legal fight. Upon being asked by Margaret Ann Morgan after the proceeding about whether he would consider himself and his wife “crossover voters”, Tyner replied, "How we vote is a private matter. I'm not going to go ask any individual how they vote."




Huh? Seriously? Isn’t that what this whole case is based on - the McDaniel campaign assumption of who crossovers were and what their votes meant?

Marshall Ramsey picked up on the gaffe immediately.




Of course, one should never waste a good crisis, which is why the McDaniel fundraising machine went back to work immediately with another plea for financial help (televangelists are blushing).

To justify the raise, he says, “As this trial is set to start, the discovery process will begin anew. Our attorneys will have to go into most of Mississippi's 82 counties in order to examine the election records in question. This will be a very costly endeavor, and we will need your support to help us keep the election process in Mississippi honest.”

Keep Mississippi honest? He can scarcely keep his own staff honest.

But everyone knows they just miss the fun of the 82 County Bigfoot/Voter Fraud Scavenger Hunt and Jubilee. They can't hide their crazy and will likely have a whole new crop of volunteers ready for the limelight. Circuit clerks statewide are giddy with anticipation.

It’s about to roll on again. Good luck GOP leaders. You could have stopped this nearly two months ago. Don't say you weren't warned.

That's the way it was – Day 58 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.






Posted August 21, 2014 - 8:38 am


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WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi


WLOX
8/20/14

Posted August 21, 2014 - 6:40 am


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Jackson mayor asks to cut budget by $110 million



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has recommended to the city council an upcoming budget that would be down almost $110 million from last year's figures.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1oU7z9Z) Wednesday's announcement would bring the upcoming 2015 budget at roughly 22 percent less than the current fiscal year which ends Sept. 30.


WLOX
8/21/14

Posted August 21, 2014 - 6:36 am


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Proposed budget has hearing before citizens, aldermen



OLIVE BRANCH - Residents voiced displeasure about the proposed property tax increase to members of the Olive Branch Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

Mayor Scott Phillips has proposed a tax hike of four mills, moving the millage rate for city property taxes from 34.5 mills to 38.5 mills.

Two-and-a-half mills of the increase would be used to help pay for general operating expenses, while the other one-and-a-half mills would cover a new bond issue to pay for debt service.


Desoto Times
8/21/14


Posted August 21, 2014 - 6:04 am


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Moss Point mayor Billy Broomfield explains veto of aldermen's police chief choice, residents begin protests


MOSS POINT, Mississippi -- Moss Point Mayor Billy Broomfield said his decision to veto the Board of Alderman's 4-3 decision to hire Calvin Hutchins was because he feels that the sergeant with the Pascagoula Police Department doesn't have the administrative experience, training or certifications needed for the position.

"This administration is committed to making sure we hire the best qualified people for leadership positions to take us to the next level," he said. "The police department is no exception. This is our duty."...


....Meanwhile, some members of the Moss Point community that conducted a petition drive to support Hutchins are not happy with Broomfield's decision.

A group of protesters gathered across the street from City Hall Wednesday evening, carrying signs that read "Keep Calvin, Fire Billy," "Billy The Bully," and "Broomfield's veto is a poor decision."

Social media sites are inundated with comments about the veto calling it "ridiculous and arrogant."



Gulflive
8/20/14

Posted August 21, 2014 - 5:58 am


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Legal Services honors attorney Fent DeWeese


Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, co-chair of the fund-raising campaign, thanked Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., Presiding Justice Jess Dickinson and Rep. Percy Watson for their support of legislation which will add funding for civil legal assistance. House Bill 579, which addressed funding at several levels of the judiciary, includes a $2.77 special assessment on some misdemeanor fines, generating money for the Civil Legal Assistance Fund. The legislation went into effect July 1.


Neshoba Democrat
8/20/14

Posted August 21, 2014 - 5:50 am


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REBEKAH STAPLES: Mississippi migration (and we’re not talking butterflies)


As a region, the South is enjoying faster growth than any other, and politicos are taking note. The increased population growth means more electoral prowess, and whichever party controls this region will have a significant political advantage.

Although the South is typically seen as a safe-haven for Republicans, population growth among these states means more demographic diversity. With more people comes more viewpoints, and that (probably) means the southern color palette will feature various shades of purple. That alone will be interesting to watch.

Smart strategists pay attention to these migration patterns, and politicos don’t have a monopoly on this data market. The relocating of people from one state to another is big business – and big bucks – in the economic development realm.



8/20/14

Posted August 21, 2014 - 5:46 am


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Today we learned that our election challenge is moving forward, and we're very pleased to learn that Judge McGehee has a sense of both urgency and accuracy, and a strong commitment to the rule of law.

Will you chip in today to make sure we can see this challenge through to the end?

Here's what we learned at today's hearing:

Judge McGehee is moving forward quickly, and he wants to have this case decided before the November election.

He also indicated his authority to unseat Cochran if he were elected in November.

In another positive development, the judge communicated in a letter to circuit clerks that they should preserve the election records for the trial.

This is big news, and it is a clear sign the judge expects that evidence will be heard in court.

So, what does this mean for us?

It's important to note that some in the media and Cochran's camp are selling the canard that once the ballots are printed, that's all she wrote. This is plainly false.

Now more than ever, we need our supporters to chip in and help us get across the finish line.

While the judge is trying to complete this trial in a timely manner as possible -- and it would be most cost effective to reach a judgment prior to the printing of the ballots -- the law is very clear that the challenge can continue even past the general election in November.

If the court rules in our favor after ballots have been printed, the ballots will be reprinted.

According to case law, if we are successful in this election challenge, Sen. Cochran could be required to vacate the seat even AFTER the November election.

As this trial is set to start, the discovery process will begin anew. Our attorneys will have to go into most of Mississippi's 82 counties in order to examine the election records in question.

This will be a very costly endeavor, and we will need your support to help us keep the election process in Mississippi honest.

Will you chip in $35 or more to help us fight to for the integrity of the GOP?

Thanks for your support.

Sincerely,

Chris McDaniel


Posted August 20, 2014 - 3:45 pm


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In typical fashion, their link to their own damn event on their own twitter feed doesn't work. Here's the real link to their event.

But there will be "an exclusive preshow reception" where of course, Bill Maher will not attend. The event is apparently exclusive of Bill Maher. Money goes to the party.

Join Us for an Exclusive Pre-Show Reception!

On Saturday, November 15th, comedy legend Bill Maher will be performing at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, MS at 8:00 pm! The Mississippi Democratic Party has a limited amount of tickets available for this one night only event, and is hosting an exclusive pre-show reception to Bill Maher’s performance.

The pre-show reception starts at 6:00, and will be at the Mezzanine in Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets in our reserved section can be purchased online by clicking here.

Tickets purchased through the Mississippi Democratic Party are $125.00, a portion of which will be donated to the Party. This package includes exclusive access to the pre-show reception, as well as premium seats to Bill Maher’s performance at 8:00. Seats reserved through the Party are in premium sections, and will be assigned on first-come, first-served basis. We will try our best to accommodate groups.There is no limit on the number of tickets you are allowed to purchase, but tickets to the event are only available until supplies last.

There will not be a meet and greet with Bill Maher. The pre-show reception is an event hosted by the Mississippi Democratic Party in anticipation of Bill Maher’s first time to Mississippi. It’s a great chance for like-minded party members to join together, and have a great time at this exclusive event!


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SALTER: 2015 forecast: No merging from the political right lane


Bottom line, the state's top three Republican political leaders served notice from the top of the state's premier political stump that they aren't ceding the mantle of conservative fiscal policies to anyone seeking to merge into the state's political fast lane from the right - including some of the very Tea Party folks gathered at the fair to protect "establishment" Republicans.

Did McDaniel's showing against Cochran change the tenor of debate at Neshoba as some suggest?

Some read those remark remarks by Bryant, Reeves and Gunn as pandering to the Tea Party. Frankly, the speeches represented not the slightest shift in tone from any of the three officials. Gunn hit the same specific themes in a "listening tour" speech in Starkville several months prior to the 2014 fair.


Gulflive
8/21/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 9:53 am


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NewsMS: Election Challenge Takes to Court, Judge Wants Trial Over Before General Election



During Wednesday’s hearing, McGehee noted that this was the first time a statewide election has ever been contested in court.

McDaniel’s attorney, Mitch Tyner asked the judge to order the state’s 82 country circuit clerks to preserve election materials. The judge said he would not be able to set an injunction, but would notify the circuit clerks to preserve election material from the June 3 and 24 elections.

Tyner also asked for an injunction on the Secretary of State’s office, to prevent them from printing general election ballots until the case is heard. The judge says he could not issue an injunction for that because on the Secretary of State’s office was not present in the lawsuit.

McGehee said that he will file a scheduling of the trail by the end of the week and he is considering September 15or 22 as the start of the trial. His goal is to complete the case before the general election.

The next court hearing will be August 28 9:30 a.m.



NewsMS
8/20/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 9:22 am


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RELEASE: LT. GOV. REEVES NAMED CHAMPION OF SMALL BUSINESS

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was honored this week with a Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition for Capital. He was one of 35 individuals from across the nation recognized for their leadership at the annual National Coalition for Capital Awards. Lt. Gov. Reeves was not able to attend the ceremony.

Champion of Small Business Awards recognize individuals for demonstrating leadership in supporting policies and initiatives designed to promote access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs, especially those in economically distressed communities.

“In Mississippi, we work diligently to create an environment that gets government out of the way so small businesses can grow and invest capital in our communities,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “I appreciate the National Coalition for Capital for presenting me with this honor.”

The National Coalition for Capital hosts an annual awards ceremony to recognize individuals for taking a leading role in fostering access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“This award recognizes Lt. Gov. Reeves’ important work to preserve and create jobs through access to capital policy that helps Mississippi small businesses grow and develop,” said Greg McIlvaine, President of the National Coalition for Capital. “Lt. Gov. Reeves has demonstrated he is a champion of small business, and his efforts will have an enduring positive impact on Mississippi.”

The National Coalition for Capital (NCFC) is a non-profit, nationwide coalition of leaders supporting economic development and job creation through long-term access to capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs. To learn more about NCFC, visit http://www.nationalcoalitionforcapital.org.


8/20/14


Posted August 20, 2014 - 8:59 am


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The Chris McDaniel challenge to the Mississippi Republican Senate primary is set for an initial hearing this morning in Jones County before Judge Hollis McGehee. We should get our first look at the schedule for the proceedings to come.





BOBBY HARRISON: Referendum vs. lawsuit battle lines forming



An unusual rift has developed between groups that purport to have in common the support of Mississippi’s public education system.

Currently, there is a group called Better Schools, Better Jobs garnering signatures in hopes of placing on the November 2015 ballot an initiative calling for the eventual full funding of public education.

This group, which includes many prominent Mississippians, such as former Secretary of State Dick Molpus and many others, opposes a lawsuit against the state by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to recoup $1.5 billion local school districts have been underfunded since 2008. Musgrove is not keen on the Better Schools, Better Jobs effort, saying in effect cautionary language in the initiative will make it difficult to achieve full funding for the local school districts even if its passes.

Both groups say full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program is their goal.



Daily Journal
8/20/14

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WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi


WLOX
8/19/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 5:31 am


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Murphy family wins $644K judgment in Bay harbor suit


A Hancock County jury on Monday awarded brothers Ray, Ken, and Audie Murphy $644,000 after it found the secretary of state's office took their Beach Blvd property without authorization.

The city of Bay St. Louis, which was a co-defendant in the case, was found not liable.

"My clients are very pleased with the jury's decision," Murphy attorney Paul Scott said Tuesday. "This lawsuit was not about the harbor. It was about taking someone's property without compensation. We have been saying all along that the Murphys owned this property."


Sea Coast Echo
8/19/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 5:25 am


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Presley writes Obama, others to oppose putting nuclear waste in state



Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reached out to President Barack Obama, Mississippi’s congressional delegation and other Washington leaders in an attempt to block any federal government attempts to dispose of the nation’s nuclear waste on Mississippi soil, according to a release from his office.

In a letter sent today, Presley shared copies of recent unanimously passed PSC resolutions opposing the siting of a permanent nuclear waste disposal site in Mississippi and requesting refunds for the $80 million paid by Mississippi residents for a failed government storage facility in Yucca Mountain, Nevada.



Sunherald
8/19/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 5:19 am


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Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran pays an extra two mills in taxes -- voluntarily



OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi -- Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran has been pushing for her city's board of aldermen, which is currently in its annual budgeting process, to put back the two mills it cut from the budget five years ago.

Now, she's put her money where her mouth is.

Recently, Moran wrote a check payable to the City of Ocean Springs in the amount of $63.02 -- the amount which would be generated for the city if an extra two mills in property tax were levied on her historic Washington Avenue home.



Gulflive
8/19/14

Posted August 20, 2014 - 5:14 am


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Governor Bryant is now a Grandpa



JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi's first family just got a little bit bigger; Governor Phil Bryant and his wife Deborah are celebrating the birth of their first grandchild.

The the new baby is the son of Bryant's daughter.


WJTV
8/19/14


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Cochran files amended FEC reports listing GOTV payments

The updated report to the Federal Elections Commission now itemizes the people the campaign paid to participate in get-out-the-vote efforts. Jordan Russell, communications director for the Cochran campaign, said the new report reflects approximately 400 new names.

Amended Pre-Primary FEC Report



Clarion Ledger
8/19/14

Posted August 19, 2014 - 3:49 pm


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

Even though the hostage crisis began nine weeks ago, even hostage takers need money.

Sam Hall of the Clarion Ledger and Erick Erickson of RedState (or Reince’s toady as the real McDaniel supporter refers to him) traded blasts yesterday over a sponsored email that RedState sent on behalf of the Madison Project. RedState's email for Madison Project said, "Conservative Chris McDaniel defeated liberal Senator Thad Cochran by 10,000 votes in the Mississippi GOP Runoff last June." Madison was early on the McDaniel bandwagon and is one of the myriad of purity for profit outfits taking TEA Party dissention to the bank. Hall updated his piece later in the day in response to Erickson's piece, but brought up another interesting analysis.

Later in the day Tom Dougherty at Practical Politicking showed some fascinating analysis about how little of the Madison Project (and other purity for profit groups) money winds up in direct support of candidates.


PracticalPoliticking

And, bless his heart, Keith Plunkett (who continues to fight the last election since two elections ago) took a swipe for McDaniel and other conservatives against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Plunkett has a stone in his shoe after Hosemann has talked about looking at election reforms in the 2015 legislative session. He stated,

The general public may see this skirmish through the lens of a single election. But it’s a battle for election integrity McDaniel has been fighting with Sec. Hosemann for a long time.


Maybe Plunkett can get the God hook-up with Roy Nicholson and can pray an Old Testament-style horde of really angry grasshoppers or fire ants on Delbert Hosemann when he’s dove hunting in the next week or so.

But Plunkett is right about one thing. McDaniel has been at least mechanically involved with election review as Chairman of the Senate Elections Committee. In fact, in 2012, McDaniel sponsored a bill that actually passed into law. It called for a task force “to study Mississippi's election laws, to consider all matters relating to elections in Mississippi and to make recommendations to revise Mississippi's election laws. The task force may conduct public hearings and receive information from any source deemed appropriate.” According to those in the Capitol with whom YP spoke with, essentially nothing happened with that election reform task force that was passed in 2012. But just to think . . . had McDaniel exercised leadership and recognized the issues forward that he’s now trying to sue to correct in arrears, he might be US Senator.

And we might not be held hostage.

That's the way it was – Day 56 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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Shelton among MSNBC’s ‘rising stars’ in state



TUPELO – Mayor Jason Shelton received national attention recently on cable news network MSNBC, which identified the first-term elected official as one of four rising stars to watch in state politics.

The left-leaning cable news network mentioned the Democratic mayor in one of a continuous series of political profiles of all 50 states. The Daily Rundown, a morning program with Chuck Todd, featured Mississippi’s “rising stars” on the Friday broadcast, appearing online Monday....


...A producer for the show said it asked journalists from throughout the state (including this reporter) and the cable channel did its own research to help determine which politicians – two Democrats and two Republicans – to feature. Other Mississippi political leaders featured are Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber, a Democrat, state Treasurer Lynn Fitch and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, both Republicans.



Daily Journal
8/18/14

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Columbus Mayor gives back pay raise


COLUMBUS, Miss.- Columbus Mayor Robert Smith told the City Council to take back his $10,000 pay raise today.


NewsMS
8/18/14

Posted August 19, 2014 - 6:35 am


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The Chris McDaniel Hearing: Unprecedented Request to be Presented in Court


JONES COUNTY, Miss.–The hearing that is set for Wednesday at 9:30 in Jones County court will present Mississippi with an unprecedented court case in which your vote could be tossed, at least in state Sen. Chris McDaniel and his legal team get their way.


News Mississippi will be at the courthouse and will have the info as soon as it comes out in court.

Sec. of State Delbert Hosemann said that he is hopeful the judge will expedite whatever will be, be it a trial or more hearings.

“The state Board of Elections will meet in the first or second week of September,” he said. “We will apporve the ballot at that time. We are very hopeful that whatever happens will occur in the next month or so. We start sending overseas military ballots on the 20th of September. I think the judge will take that into consideration.”


NewsMS
8/19/14

Posted August 19, 2014 - 6:32 am


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SUN HERALD | Editorial: Thanks governor for making teen pregnancy a priority



We congratulate Mississippi teens for showing an increasing amount of common sense.

We're talking about the 15 percent decline (at least) in the teen birth rate and we congratulate Gov. Phil Bryant for helping make that happen.

We may never know all the factors that contributed to the decline but we're glad we have a governor who has been out front on this issue.




Sunherald
8/18/14

Posted August 19, 2014 - 5:20 am


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Hey brother, can you spare $25?


Choices. Choices. You have more entertainment choices than cable TV.

Wednesday morning, you could go to Jones County where the first public hearing will be held at 9:30 in circuit court for the Chris McDaniel election challenge. McDaniel wants the court to name him the winner even though official results show him losing by thousands of votes. This hearing is to schedule subsequent court dates.

But you won't be able to get to Jones County and back to any of the locations for the protest of Sen. Thad Cochran's support of the import-export bank at 10 a.m. If Congress doesn't extend the bank's authorization by the end of September, it will cease to exist.

The South Mississippi Tea Party says it will protest at Cochran's Gulfport office.








Sun Herald
8/18/14

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RELEASE: Wicker Optimistic About Mississippi's Future

Statewide Travels Showcase Strong Work Ethic, Community Spirit


For more than four decades, Congress has set aside the month of August for lawmakers to spend time in their home states with their constituents. In addition to attending events in various parts of the state, I utilize this summer work-period to travel across Mississippi, meeting with the people I represent. I am excited about the opportunity to spend time in at least 23 counties this month.

Throughout our state, the message is clear: Mississippi’s future is bright. We are leading the way in advanced health-care technologies, agricultural innovation, energy production, job creation, workforce training, and national security tactics. Our strong work ethic and community spirit have helped make the Magnolia State a beacon of free enterprise, commerce, and research.

Cutting-Edge Advancements in Health Care

Our state’s health-care providers are constantly finding new and innovative ways to advance medical care and patient outreach. For example, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) is conducting some of the most extensive research ever performed on Alzheimer’s by employing state-of-the-art technologies.

At a recent roundtable discussion sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, I discussed ways in which research facilities like UMMC could partner with the federal government to find more effective treatments – and one day a cure – for the millions of Americans and their families who suffer due to this terrible disease.

Our state also faces the challenge of providing medical care to vulnerable populations and medically underserved areas. On August 15, I was pleased to attend the ribbon-cutting of the state’s newest community health center in Southaven. As a long-time champion of community-based health centers, I believe citizens in DeSoto County will benefit immensely from this new facility.

Defending the Homeland

On August 9, I was honored to welcome home to Gautier a true American hero – U.S. Marine Sgt. Anthony McDaniel. This brave young man, who has sacrificed so much for his country, is an inspiration to all who meet him and hear his story. His strength and resolve are emblematic of all those who volunteer to protect and preserve our great nation. As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I will continue my work to ensure that our troops have both the resources they need to do their job and the care they deserve when their mission has been completed.

To that end, I am fighting to protect the Mississippi National Guard’s 155th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. The 155th is integral to our nation’s defense at home and overseas. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has proposed to reduce the number of Heavy Brigade Combat Teams in an effort to restructure the Army and cut personnel. Mississippi’s Adjutant General Augustus Collins has stated that this ill-advised move could set our Guard back by 10 years. My number 1 priority in September is to push for Congress to pass NDAA before the end of the fiscal year, which includes a provision that I authored to block the Administration’s proposal.

A Beacon of Free Enterprise

Mississippi has repeatedly shown it is a great place to do business. From international corporations like Rolls Royce and Monsanto to small businesses like Mitchell Distributing in Meridian or Krumbs bakery in Meadville, our state is experiencing an economic resurgence.

To ensure that this growth continues, we must equip Mississippians with the expertise to fulfill the jobs of today and tomorrow. Our state’s universities, community colleges, and Job Corps centers are up to the task. Every year, they are preparing thousands of Mississippians with the skills they need to compete in today’s global economy.

My meetings with job creators, local leaders, and citizens from all walks of life underscore for me the great potential for future growth in our state. I look forward to working in the U.S. Senate to realize this potential with policies that advocate lower taxes, fewer regulations, and less Washington intrusion. We can all play a role in seeing that Mississippi's dynamic economy continues to flourish.


8/18/14

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Who is raising money off Mississippi Senate challenge?

Chris McDaniel has shamelessly been sending out fundraising emails leading up to his challenge of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate; however, he's not the only one getting in on the game.

RedState sent out a sponsored fundraising email from Madison Project that declared, "Chris McDaniel won in Mississippi."


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8/18/14

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PLUNKETT: Hosemann calls McDaniel challenge a distraction, then decides election law changes need HIM to be the champion

As Secretary of State, elections are Hosemann’s responsibility to oversee. But his change in position over the past several weeks from defending the process as pristine to now being a champion of needed reforms–reforms that he himself won’t take a public position on–isn’t leading on the issue. It’s a political way to hedge his bets, and protect himself in 2015.

Any results of his handpicked committee will carry that same albatross into its deliberations, and ultimately be a waste of resources funded by Mississippi taxpayers to bolster Hosemann’s political career.



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8/18/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

As Chancellor Hollis McGehee has been appointed to hear the McDaniel challenge, a hearing has been set for this Wednesday morning in Laurel. Presumably, ground rules will be set.

Now that this thing is about to be in front of the judge, the rhetoric has almost completely subsided in the short term as the Magic 8-Ball team is apparently trying to erase the last 50 days or so of the crisis where they were the carnival barkers of the circus. Legally, the McDaniel challenge is channeling Ike Brown’s argument that political parties have the freedom “not to associate” with whoever they choose. Their remedy? Throw out tens of thousands of votes. That’s the unfortunate crux of the actual McDaniel legal challenge and it will be unfortunate to watch them argue that publicly. It will be bad for the MS GOP. It will be bad for Mississippi. And one of the most notable partners of Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC will be forever linked to it.

But folks in the media around the state continue to try and put all of this into some perspective. Marshall Ramsey had another brilliant strip.




When Andy Taggart and Jere Nash agree on something, you know that the issue is far beyond partisanship.



And finally Wayne Weidie put his own perspective to it.

When my wife woke up Friday morning I had to tell her the sad news. Chris McDaniel had filed his legal challenge for his primary defeat by Sen. Thad Cochran. That challenge includes wanting the court to exclude all the votes cast in Hinds County. Since my wife and I vote in Hinds County, I had to tell her our voting rights could go down the drain. Seriously, can sore loser McDaniel, his lead counsel Mitch Tyner, and other leaders in his campaign give us more bizarre headlines on a daily basis?


That's the way it was – Day 55 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

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PLEASE CHRIS, I WANT MY VOTE TO COUNT


When my wife woke up Friday morning I had to tell her the sad news. Chris McDaniel had filed his legal challenge for his primary defeat by Sen. Thad Cochran. That challenge includes wanting the court to exclude all the votes cast in Hinds County. Since my wife and I vote in Hinds County, I had to tell her our voting rights could go down the drain. Seriously, can sore loser McDaniel, his lead counsel Mitch Tyner, and other leaders in his campaign give us more bizarre headlines on a daily basis?

But after realizing that our votes could be tossed, my next concern was for Tyner. In McDaniel’s infamous binder containing alleged election fraud that was handed out at a press conference, Tyner was listed as an “irregular” voter.



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8/16/14

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DAILY JOURNAL editorial: OUR OPINION: Politics drives talk of a state tax cut


Next year is an election year for everyone in state government, which means decisions will skew even more than usual toward what’s politically popular. What’s good politics, however, is not always what’s best for the state.

Consider the current rumblings of a tax cut to be considered in the 2015 legislative session. The state’s top three leaders – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn – all appear to be jockeying for position in advocating what Reeves calls “a raise for taxpayers.”

It’s got a good political ring to it, especially if you can hear the footsteps of a Tea Party primary challenger behind you, as both Bryant and Reeves are no doubt contemplating. It’s a surefire way to solidify your conservative bonafides and seize the momentum from anyone coming at you from the right.



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8/18/14

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LLOYD GRAY: Primary purity or voter choice?



Explicit in Chris McDaniel’s challenge of the Republican senatorial runoff result is that only self-identified Republicans should be able to vote in a Republican primary.

Let pureblooded Republicans select Republican nominees and hard-core Democrats pick who runs in the general election under the Democratic banner. Anything else is a defilement of the process, the argument goes.

But this has never been the rule in Mississippi, and it’s unlikely that the average Mississippi voter would buy into the idea of having to formally register as a Republican or Democrat before being allowed to vote in either party’s primary, as some states require. Mississippians tend to want to vote for who they want to vote for, and many even resent the restrictions they face in having to choose one primary over the other when there are candidates in both they’d like to vote for on the same day.

As Mississippi’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has been in the middle of the electoral firestorm that erupted when Thad Cochran edged out McDaniel in the Republican runoff after courting Democratic votes. Hosemann told the Daily Journal editorial board on Friday that while a majority of party activists on both sides may now favor a “closed” primary and even party registration, never before seen in Mississippi, he suspects ordinary voters still want the freedom to choose which primary they vote in on a case-by-case basis.


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8/17/14

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The Parents Campaign sent an email to its database advocating supporters of the MAEP ballot initiative collect signatures at football games on school properties, which is against most school districts' political activity policies.

Here's an exert from the email:

"Parents are ready to act, and so volunteers in many districts will be collecting petition signatures at their home football games beginning this weekend. Click here to see the list of schools that we know will have petitions available.

Here's how you can help:

Organize a signature collection at your own football game if it isn't already on the list (be sure to get permission from your principal and/or superintendent first). Reply to this email to request petitions and information about how signatures must be collected in order for them to count."


8/15/14

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Pender: Gun carry right hasn't brought 'wild West'


I've seen two people who I suspected were just citizens and not law enforcement wearing holstered pistols. Neither caused an uproar, and neither of their pistols jumped out of their holsters and committed a crime.



About this time last year, there was furor about state House Bill 2, the "open carry" bill.

HB 2 allows someone to openly carry a firearm. It caused an uproar, and litigation to block it, even though the state constitution already had given Mississippians such a right since 1890.

In late August last year, with opponents warning it would bring "chaos" and "the wild West" and with no-guns-allowed signs popping up everywhere, the state Supreme Court upheld the law.

Since then, I've noticed … nothing.


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8/16/14

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Salter: Musgrove's zeal over MAEP funding hasn't waned



STARKVILLE — The push being spearheaded by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove to gin up lawsuits against the state over the failure of the Mississippi Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) is one that is understandable if one simply read his Wikipedia entry on his political views on education.

That information makes clear that Musgrove indeed played a leading role — perhaps the leading role — in guiding the MAEP package to legislative passage while serving as lieutenant governor in 1997.

Musgrove is one of Mississippi's leading experts on how the process of funding public education is supposed to work as opposed to how it actually works. His interest in this lawsuit is borne out by a lifetime of pro-public education and political activism.


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8/16/14

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COCHRAN FOCUSED ON MISS. NATIONAL GUARD FUTURE AMID BUDGET CONSTRAINTS

Defense Appropriations Vice Chair Tours Guard’s Thompson Field Operations, Is Briefed on 172nd Airlift Wing


JACKSON, Miss. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, toured Mississippi National Guard facilities with an eye on the Guard’s future as the Department of Defense adjusts to budget constraints.

Cochran joined Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, Adjutant General of Mississippi, and other officials, to be briefed on 172nd Airlift Wing and to tour operations at the 97-acre Allen C. Thompson Field at the Jackson-Evers International Airport. Collins is the commanding general of both the Army and Air National Guard in Mississippi.

“The 172nd Airlift Wing, as part of the National Guard in Mississippi, performs proudly and effectively to support our national security interests. I would like to ensure that it will be able to continue this good work,” Cochran said.



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8/17/14

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Exert from an email from the South MS Tea Party:


"Secondly, on Tuesday, August 19, there will be coordinated protests at Senator Thad Cochran's local offices in Gulfport, Jackson and Oxford.

The protests are regarding the Export-Import Bank. The bank is up to expire on September 30, if Congress will allow it. However, Senator Cochran supports the Ex-Im bank and it's 80 year old fountain of government-backed corporate welfare.

If you want to be involved, Senator Cochran's Gulfport office is located at 2012 15th St. #451 in downtown Gulfport. The protest will last from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It will only be effective if you are there, so please make every effort to attend. Bring friends and signs. If you would like more information, go to http://www.freedomworks.org and scroll down to the article on the left hand side with Senator Cochran's picture. If you would like to be a coordinator for the Gulfport protest, please call 228-222-2902 and leave a message with your name and phone number as this voicemail does not have caller ID."



8/17/14

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Tax cuts likely to top 2015 agenda



JACKSON – No politician talked much about tax cuts during his or her official speech late last month at the Neshoba County Fair.

But perhaps the biggest news that came out of the event is that a tax cut will be seriously considered during the 2015 legislative session – an election year.

On the first day of Neshoba speeches, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, answering questions from the media after he finished his talk, said he is studying possible tax cuts proposals for the 2015 session.

“We think it is time to look at a pay raise for taxpayers,” said Reeves.




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8/17/14

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Brisolara decides not to retire, will run for reelection in 2015


HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Just weeks after announcing his intention to retire at the end of his second term, Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara has changed his mind.

Brisolara said he decided, after receiving an outpouring of support from the community, that he would throw his name back in the running for the 2015 sheriff's race.


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8/15/14

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Is Phil Bryant the Most Blah Governor in the U.S.? One report says he is


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant tops the list of the Most Blah Governor in the United States, according to a report on fivethirtyeight.com.

The list was created by collecting approval rating polls and then averaging the "I don't know" or "Don't Care" or "No opinion" responses.


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8/15/14

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Tina Shumate sentenced to 2 years after pleading guilty to state charges in DMR scandal


BILOXI, Mississippi -- Tina Shumate, former director of the CIAP program for the Department of Marine Resources, was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to two state charges of embezzlement on Friday.


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8/15/14

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Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference in the Chris McDaniel v Thad Cochran challenge for Wednesdat, August 20 at 9:30am in Jones County.

McGehee is expected to set a scheduling order at this hearing.

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Y'all Politics' Frank Corder interviewed attorney Jimmy Heidelberg today on WGUD TV's "Community Spotlight: Political Arena." The two discussed Chris McDaniel's challenge and the futures of state Senators McDaniel and Michael Watson, among other topics.



8/15/14

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Retired Chancery Judge Hollis McGehee of Lucedale to oversee Chris McDaniel's election challenge




JACKSON, Mississippi -- A retired chancery judge from Lucedale will oversee a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff.

The state Supreme Court on Friday appointed retired Chancellor Hollis McGehee to handle the case that state Sen. Chris McDaniel filed Thursday in Jones County.



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8/15/14

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Hosemann calls McDaniel lawsuit a 'distraction'


GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has called State Sen. Chris McDaniel's lawsuit a "distraction."...


...Hosemann, who was on the Coast to speak to the Gulfport Rotary Club on Thursday, said this battle is a reminder that there is still political dysfunction in the state.

"There's no reason for Mississippi to be involved in this litigation, and I'm hopeful we won't be," Hosemann said. "I'm glad it's finally getting to court. It's time for the challenger to go forward and get a decision. We've got military oversees voting stuff that goes out in the middle of September, and I need a resolution for the general ballot."


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8/14/15

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Cochran/McDaniel Divorce Is Heading To Another Court Phase In Mississippi

Anyone who has read more than three posts of mine know that I am not a huge fan of the Republican establishment. I wanted McDaniel to win this without going to a runoff because it would just wake up the Barbour/Cochran machine in Mississippi, which it did.

Most of what is going on now, however, seems to be so much flailing. Every time someone in the McDaniel camp says there is going to be a bombshell revelation it turns out to be varying degrees of nothingburger.

Most of the dismantling of the GOP hierarchy that needs to be done has to start at the party officials and money movers end of things, not so much with the elected officials. Neuter the Haley Barbours pulling strings behind the scenes and it becomes much easier to elect higher quality people to Congress.

This fight may end up making a point but I don’t know if anyone is putting money on McDaniel ending up on the ballot. He just seems to be caught up in something that he can’t stop.


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8/15/14

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CHARLIE MITCHELL: At 91, William Winter focuses once more on a better Mississippi


As midday neared on a cool July day in Mississippi (strange as that sounds), a 91-year-old hopped (strange as that sounds) up the stage steps, approached and embraced the lectern at the Neshoba County Fair.

The audience of about 400 -- mostly white, mostly Republican, mostly there to see if U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was going to speak -- arose in unison and applauded enthusiastically for the lifelong Democrat.

Yes, it was William Winter. Yes, he could pass for 70. Yes, he delivered a stem winder. He was interrupted by applause time and again.



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8/14/14

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Presley re-elected president of multistate board of utility regulators



Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has been re-elected president of the Entergy Regional State Committee, a release from his office said today.



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8/14/14

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Wicker: Oil spill recovery money one step closer to reality




SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -
BP oil spill funds to help restore the Gulf Coast are one step closer to being finalized. On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker announced the U.S. Treasury Department issued regulations related to the RESTORE Act.

Wicker says these regulations ensure that we are one step closer to unlocking the funds needed to finalize several projects in South Mississippi.


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8/14/14

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Voting Rights Turnabout

Mr. Brown also contends that Judge Lee's order may be moot because of last month's ruling by another federal judge in a lawsuit filed by state Democratic Party officials. They, like Mr. Brown, were upset by Republicans voting in the Democratic primary under Mississippi's open primary law. "They come over and vote in the Democratic primary and it's for the white candidates and then in the general election they run and vote for Republicans," complained Ellis Turnage, the attorney for the Democratic Party. The Democrats asserted that state law guarantees them the "freedom not to associate" with interlopers in their primary.

District Judge Allen Pepper, a Clinton appointee recommended by Sen. Trent Lott, agreed, but he handed the Democrats a Pyrrhic victory by ordering the state to create closed primaries--but also to require photo ID at the polls. Democrats who have long used incendiary rhetoric to block approval of a photo ID law are howling.

The irony of their complaint wasn't lost on Marty Wiseman, director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University. He noted that "Democrats, many of whom fought long and hard during the bad old days to open up Mississippi's closed political system, are attempting to make their own case for 'freedom not to associate.' " Secretary of State Eric Clark, a Democrat, said his party made a "serious mistake" in filing the lawsuit. "I believe in opening doors to voting and not in closing doors," he said.




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7/2/7

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Statement On McDaniel Filing Challenge

Jackson, MS - The Cochran campaign's attorneys, Butler Snow Law Firm, released the following statement in response to the latest developments in Chris McDaniel's election challenge:

"After many weeks of posturing and press conferences, and political stunts, we have finally reached the point where this matter will be settled by the courts. As we said last week, we look forward to holding the McDaniel campaign to the burden of proof that the law requires and defending the votes of the majority of Mississippians who elected Senator Cochran as the Republican nominee."

Phil Abernathy and Mark Garriga of Butler Snow are coordinating the Cochran campaign's response to the threatened election challenge.


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8/14/14

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Chris McDaniel challenge complaint in McDaniel v. Cochran



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McDaniel Files Legal Challenge in Jones County

Laurel, MS - Republican Chris McDaniel and his lead attorney Mitch Tyner filed his challenge to the June 24 Republican primary runoff election today. McDaniel filed his challenge in Jones County.

"Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said, "so we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process," he continued. "This challenge is not about the candidates. It is about the integrity of Mississippi's election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates," he concluded.

"The first amendment right of the Party to associate was cleary infringed upon on June 24th," said McDaniel lead attorney Mitch Tyner. "The Party should have arranged for the primary to limit Democratic participation, but the Cochran campaign elicited the exact opposite," Tyner continued. "Since the Republican Party's leadership clearly doesn't trust the Executive Committee to hear this challenge, we have no choice but to file for judicial review."

The challenge details the rampant election integrity problems including maintenance of ballot boxes, fraudulent votes, Insecure ballot boxes and election records, wrongly accepted absentee ballots, loosely documented security of voting machines; unsealed, unsecured ballot boxes in 22 counties, improper record maintenance within ballot boxes in 17 counties. It also includes violations of MS Code 23-15-575 and violations of the 1st Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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8/14/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

“Mr. McDaniel! Mr. McDaniel! You’ve just lost a contentious primary and runoff and missed 9 months of work in your law firm campaigning for the US Senate. What are you going to do next?”

I’m going to Disneyworld


But who could blame him. Only a world of fantasy is fit for the leader of the McDaniel nation.

But while McDaniel & Company were kicking it with the mouse, the challenge and fundraising machine rolled along. On Tuesday, it became public that Mitch Tyner was listed as an “irregular vote” by McDaniel’s own accounting. And Yesterday, McDaniel sent a fundraising email out claiming “There was a coordinated effort on behalf of some of the leaders in the party to mislead some of those in charge of elections at the precinct level.” Hard to read that and think he’s not gunning for Joe Nosef and Delbert Hosemann in the core of his challenge. The partners at Hortman Harlow have again got to be beaming with pride.

And the word is today that the Magic 8-Ball team will file the official election challenge in Jones County. And really, what screams fairness more than filing in a county in which he won by 10,000 votes. What’s next? A request for Erick Erickson to be the judge over the case?

Speaking of Erick Erickson, bless his heart, he got a little taste his own medicine. Again, the McDaniel crazies are out in force. In spite of being responsible for spewing more vitriol than probably any conservative news outlet other than Breitbart, he seemed shocked and appalled that a user would have the gall to go “crazytown” on him about for being “Reince’s toady”. Honestly, you can’t make this up.




Pro tip to Erickson . . . when you raise folks to act like wolves, don’t be surprised when they run wild. Even on you. But honestly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Meanwhile, the goofing in the real media continues. The ultra-conservative Washington Examiner said to McDaniel, “It’s time to close shop”. And former Desoto County McDaniel volunteer Heather Fox posted a scathing review of the campaign and it’s action since the primary on Desoto County Review.

But no one can strip the bark off like Marshall Ramsey. This gem includes Chris McDaniel stroking a possum like Dr. Evil of Austin Powers fame.




Based on a source deep inside the McDaniel Magic 8-Ball legal team, we’ve gotten an advanced look at the core of the challenge legal strategy. It’s called the “Otter defense”.

Apparently the first draft of Mitch Tyner’s address to the court goes a little something like this.

“Ladies and Gentlemen of the court, the issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or knew about a break-in at a nursing home or paid a few preachers to lie. We did (wink). But you can’t hold a campaign responsible for the actions of a few sick and perverted individuals. For if you do, then isn’t the whole Republican Party is to blame. And if the whole Republican Party is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment on the entire elections process in Mississippi. I put it to you Judge, isn’t this an indictment of our entire American Constitution? Well, you can do what you want to us, but I’m not going to sit here and let you bad mouth the United States of America! Gentlemen!”




That's the way it was – Day 50 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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PERRY/Auditor details misspending



State Auditor Stacey Pickering released last month the annual "Audit Exceptions Report" detailing violations "of the law or an accounting error [that] has resulted in a misappropriations or an incorrect expenditure of public funds." Pickering's office recovered more than $1.5 million in fiscal year 2014. Incidents occurred in 50 of Mississippi's 82 counties.

"We continue to protect the public's trust through evaluations of accounting practices and aggressive investigations of alleged wrongdoing. We believe the taxpayers of Mississippi deserve no less," Pickering said in the release.





Madison County Journal
8/13/14

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Mayor McGee in McDaniel's fraud report



A mixture of blue ink and red ink on a Madison County polling book makes Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee's vote irregular and improper, according to the Chris McDaniel campaign, whose own attorney's vote was also cited for irregularity. ...


....McGee said when he went to vote on June 4, he accidentally signed up for the Democrat primary but realized the mistake and the "voted" written next to his name was struck through with a red pen. ...



...John Taylor, Madison County GOP chair, said his phone was ringing off the hook Wednesday morning after people read that his name was on the list, too.



....Bill Billingsley, a McDaniel campaign volunteer who pored through voter records in Hinds County and submitted a similar affidavit, is on the new list.



Madison County Journal
8/13/14

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie makes tour stop in Biloxi, thanks Sandy responders



During a Q&A session with the media, Christie was asked about the recent Republican primary race for the U.S. Senate between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party darling Chris McDaniel, won by Cochran, who will now face Democrat Travis Childers in the November general election.

"It means we have a competitive party," Christie said, adding that he was "happy for Senator Cochran."

Christie was also asked if he'd like to create some "breaking news" an announce his intentions regarding a run for the White House in 2016.

"No, thank you," he said, smiling.


Gulflive
8/14/14

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Mississippi asks federal appeals court to uphold state's abortion law


In late July, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the law is unconstitutional because it would close Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood filed papers Wednesday asking the full court to reverse the three-judge panel's ruling and allow Mississippi to enforce the law.

It was not immediately clear when the full court would consider the request.


Gulflive
8/13/14

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McDaniel Seeking Support for Legal Battle


Ellisville, Miss. State Sen. Chris McDaniel sent out an e-mail letter Wednesday afternoon soliciting financial support for his court challenge of the June 24 GOP runoff.

His campaign says it will file that challenge in court Thursday morning. It has been one week since the GOP executive committee's decision not to review McDaniel's claims of illegal voting and improper procedures .



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8/13/14

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It's been a real McDaniel of a week, and it's only Wednesday

Then, McDaniel's attorney Mitch Tyner filed an addendum to an already lengthy challenge that questions the veracity of dozens of votes, including his own. If I were him, I'd sue myself just to make sure I've covered all the bases.

Oh, and he filed the addendum with the state GOP, which has already rejected the challenge.

And if the court challenge fails? There's always 2015, election year for statewide offices and the Legislature. Conservatives are peeved, McDaniel told Pender, and they'll "try to turn it into something in 2015."

Can't wait.

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Sun Herald
8/13/14

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New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Phil Bryant stop by Mary Mahoney's

When asked about the recent Senate race between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel, the New Jersey governor said the competition was good for the party.

"It's good for our party to have good, vital debates and discussions but when the voters speak, it's time for it to be over," he said.



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8/13/14


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McDaniel: I have 'rock-solid' case

McDaniel said he has not paid close attention to allegations involving Mississippi pastor Stevie Fielder, who told a conservative blogger that a Cochran staffer asked him to pay for votes. Fielder later said Noel Fritsch, a McDaniel campaign staffer, paid him to lie to the blogger.

Fritsch denies paying Fielder. State Attorney General Jim Hood is investigating, something McDaniel welcomes.

“That's a good thing. I hope as they begin to subpoena documents between Rev. Fielder and others they'll get to the bottom of this,” McDaniel said. “I'm glad we're seeing the wheels of justice move and subpoenas are out there.”

Since the runoff, McDaniel has apparently returned to his law firm and also took a trip with his family to Disney World.


The Hill
8/13/14

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McDaniel will file challenge Thursday morning

Once he files a circuit court challenge, state Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. Waller Jr. will appoint a special judge, someone on "senior status" from outside the county where it was filed. That judge is allowed to choose the most convenient place to hear the case – many assume it will be in Hinds County or Jackson.

The court doesn't have a deadline to decide the case, but state law urges primary challenges be resolved before ballots for the November general election are printed. Sample ballots are supposed to be delivered to county clerks by Sept. 10. Absentee ballots for the general are supposed to be available for military and others starting Sept. 20.



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8/13/14

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The Truth to Charles ‘Pay to Say’ Johnson’s Stories

While I supported Chris and gave a year of my life to the campaign as a volunteer, I will not lie or put out things that are false to make the other side look bad! I was disappointed about the actions and behaviors of both sides of this campaign. I feel that both sides have made a circus out of this race and it needs to stop. While I whole heartedly believe there are certain people that HAVE to go! I also feel that using lies, distortions and undisclosed relationships to make the other side look bad is no better than the opposition! You then stoop to a level that makes you every bit as bad and guilty as those you oppose!

Most people on our side and those on Cochran’s side that know me, have all praised the way that I conducted myself throughout. I relayed what I believed Chris’s message to be and in a way that was not offensive, untruthful or closed minded! My relationships have been maintained and I have had no hard feelings or fences to mend since the campaign ended…..until now! Unfortunately, it is my own team that has crucified me, doubted me and portrayed me now in a false way !



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8/13/14

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Bryant fills 2 vacancies on state school board


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has named Johnny Franklin of Bolton and Danny Spreitler of Amory to fill unexpired terms of Mississippi's state Board of Education.

Franklin, 69, a former education adviser to Bryant and Gov. Haley Barbour, will fill the unexpired term of banker Hal Gage of Vicksburg representing the state's central Supreme Court district. That term runs through June 30, 2016.


Houston Chronicle
8/12/14

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CORDER: Dividing conservatives in the Bible Belt
On a mission from God

by Frank Corder
I am not one to shy away from religious or political discourse, even though in the South such matters are still considered impolite conversation at many a family or social gathering.

But I mostly held my tongue during the Mississippi US Senate Republican primary on the God-card some have played attempting to justify their actions on behalf of the Tea Party and Chris McDaniel.

No more.

To be honest, such use of this card by McDaniel himself and the Tea Party fringe is what raised the red flag for me as the campaign developed (that, and the obvious inability and questionable character of who the once highly esteemed state senator and potential conservative standard bearer surrounded himself with).

Tea Party leader Roy Nicholson's prayer at a recent event featuring McDaniel stenographer and self righteous independent blogger Charles Johnson at a church in Flowood asked God to "be violent against" the GOP establishment. Another attendee reportedly said, "God gave us Charles Johnson," as if to imply the Lord himself was on their side in this sideshow.

I refer to Johnson as "independent" since it was he who described himself in that manner instead of as conservative, the irony of which is lost on those who hold him up as a Tea Party hero. In reality, Johnson seems to be nothing more than a snake oil salesman looking for a quick buck selling his unproven wares amongst the charismatic, hard shell fringe. But I digress.

Such faux spirituality isn't a new thing amidst the Tea Party elite or rabid McDaniel supporters, or in politics in general. What better way to divide Bible Belt conservatives than through appealing to them as if God had ordained their cause, as if their fight was for the heart and soul of the republic? Sound familiar?

Throughout history God's name or His Word has been invoked to make the questionable appear reasonable, to justify hype and zealotry with little foundational Christianity at the core; it's a pick and choose walk with Christ, whatever fits your fancy or cause today kind of spirituality.

This Mississippi primary was no different.

It was routine for self proclaimed Christians to on one tweet preach prayer and use the name of God or scripture to promote their cause while in the next say such vile things as "that's what Kay screams with Thad" when called out for their distasteful, off color name calling over campaign spun allegations which ultimately led to the arrest of not one but four men. Such dribble was merely aimed at making McDaniel appear more moral despite similar rumors had the script been flipped.

Yet again the irony and hypocrisy is lost on them, or rather knowingly ignored since they believe, as Jake and Elwood, they are "on a mission from God," doing the Lord's work.

All have sinned, they would tell you, but your sins are worth exposing, exaggerating and publicizing if you don't walk their ever winding straight and narrow path; fire and brimstone to those who point their sins out and question their motives. After all, they are the chosen ones, the pure ones; all others should be purged and damned for eternity.

You see, to hear some tell it, the Almighty himself has reached down from His heavenly throne to not only anoint Tea Party elites as the conservative thought police (as I've repeatedly noted) but also as His own political band of warriors, hence the rhetoric of "fight" mixed with the coopted talking points of truth, justice, liberty and the rallying cry, "take back our country."

Truth is, God is not Democrat or Republican, establishment or Tea Party, a McDaniel supporter or a Cochran supporter. Using His name and His Word to justify actions that are altogether contrary to the Gospel shows a lack of understanding of scripture, a flippancy for its true measure and meaning, and proves Ghandi right when he noted that he would have become a Christian if not for the Christians he had known.

Scripture tells us all to be weary of and avoid those whose sole intent is to divide, using God's name in ways that do not align with His Word (check Romans 16:17).

For Tea Party leaders to remain relevant there has to be a cause, a division, an imperfection they can exploit and stir dissent over, whether real, perceived, or created.

Those who knowingly and willfully use God as a political pawn or a card to play to make their political cause du jour sound more logical or moral or reasonable should give onlookers pause. It is reprehensible and against the Word they are so quick to quote, usually out of context, mind you.


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Last week we filed our election challenge with the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Mississippi. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we be able to fund this fight. Please chip in if you can.

The State Executive Committee of the Republican Party refused to hold an open hearing on our challenge.

The Republican Party State Executive Committee would have been the perfect venue in which to present the evidence we've been collecting for one reason: the Party is responsible for running the Republican primary.

So where do we go from here?

The next step is to file our challenge with the courts.

Our case is a strong one. We have over 300 pages of affidavits detailing the many problems with the Republican Party's primary system.

There are over 15,000 questionable votes, thousands of which are ineligible crossover votes, and many thousands more of which cannot be explained by those responsible for the election.

These are not just clerical errors.

There was a coordinated effort on behalf of some of the leaders in the party to mislead some of those in charge of elections at the precinct level.

The result is thousands of irregularities, including the co-mingling of absentee ballots with in-person ballots, wide-scale ballot box chain-of-custody failures, and serious questions about the mechanisms put in place to prevent crossover voting.

We will file our challenge this week in the judicial system, and our fight for election integrity will continue.

A few notes on the challenge:

• Despite rampant misinformation, it is not necessary that we demonstrate that more than 7,700 crossover votes were cast in order to win, though that would certainly be helpful.
• Party raiding has been declared unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
• According to case law and Mississippi statutes, it is clear the Cochran campaign solicited illegal votes.
• Combine the illegal party raiding with wide-scale documented irregularities listed below, and it's clear we have an actionable case.
• Absentee ballots were accepted which failed to meet legal requirements.
• Four counties failed to document security of voting machines.
• Twenty-two counties failed to keep ballot boxes sealed and secure.
• Seventeen counties failed to secure proper records in the ballot boxes as required by law.
• Nine counties failed to maintain the security and inventory of issued ballots.

The fight won't be easy, and it won't be cheap. So I'm asking you to chip in $50 or more to help us fund this fight.

This fight isn't just about my senate campaign. It's about honesty, transparency, and the integrity of the Republican Party's nomination process.

The results of this challenge will have far-reaching consequences here in Mississippi and across the nation.

It is imperative that we send a message to the establishment that conservatives are here to stay, and we will be involved in our Party's nomination process even if it means taking this fight to court.

We will file this challenge in the courts soon. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, please consider chipping in with whatever you're able to contribute. Even $5, $10, or $15 will help.

We're almost there. We are nearing the end of this process, and will carry it out to its logical legal conclusion. Your support in this effort has been vital, and it is well apprciated

Thank you very much for your continued support.

In liberty

Chris McDaniel

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8/13/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

We here at Y’allPolitics have had more than our fair share of fun goofing on all of the absolute absurdity that this Chris McDaniel challenge business has brought. Lord knows he deserves it. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. There will be more, I promise.

But one thing occurred to me that I think is at the very core of the exercise that the Republican Party has gone through and is going through.

Other than on election night by Cochran himself, I can’t think of a single instance where leaders in the Mississippi Republican Party publicly and in a meaningful way said “thank you” to non-traditional voters, particularly black voters, for voting in a statewide Republican primary (many for the first time ever). It’s a big deal. Everyone (including Y’allPolitics) has gotten so caught up in the circus sideshow aftermath, that it’s been a glaring oversight. Some folks may be scared to say it. Others, it may not even occur to. Either way, it’s a mistake.

When you see someone new at church, you go up to them and you say, “Thanks for coming, and I hope you’ll come back.” Many people take not being noticed or not being thanked for their presence as a sign that they’re not wanted. When folks try something new, maybe they’ll see something they like. Maybe they won’t. But they’re there and should at the very least be acknowledged.

I think Mississippi Republicans (leaders, in particular) are missing a huge opportunity to officially, loudly and unapologetically say thanks. The implications to have meaningful (even low double digit) black participation in the Republican Party in Mississippi could literally change the equation for our state and serve as a model for our nation. Now, I’d be less than honest if I said that there aren’t some folks (in both the Republican and Democratic parties) who will scream the loudest in opposition because they feel like they would have the most to lose from that participation. Screw them; they can go jump in a lake.

Unfortunately, for the next couple of weeks, some folks who wave the Republican party flag are going to continue to say and do some pretty unfortunate things during this challenge business. Their rants against “Democrats” voting “illegally” are very politically calculated and racially motivated and it’s designed to draw (or redraw) a line for all the wrong political reasons. They’re not seeking “truth and justice”. They’re seeking “purity and fear”.

But know that they don’t represent the vast majority of McDaniel or Cochran voters on June 24. “Them” ain’t “us”. There are a whole lot more of “us” then there are of “them”. Some folks are waiting for a judge to say that McDaniel's arguments aren't OK, but what's right is right and folks don't really need a judge to see what's really going on. After this whole deal goes to a judge, it’ll really be too late to be meaningful, so since I haven’t seen anyone else say it, I’m going to say it now.

Thank you to the black voters of Mississippi who voted in the Republican Primary in June. What you did was both historic and a good thing. I know that there can be a stigma attached to that and for many, it took a lot of faith to do that. Now, some of you may not come back for another visit, and that’s OK. I know we (traditional Republican voters and traditional non-Republican voters) don’t agree on everything, and that’s OK too. I know a lot of times at least some in our party do a crappy job of identifying the things that we agree on OR go unnecessarily out of our way to highlight things we don’t. (I can say the exact same thing for the Democratic Party as well.) For the adults among us, we know that our 70% friend isn’t necessarily our 30% enemy and we need to do what we can to help everyone feel welcome to support those Republican policies and leaders we agree on. I’m glad you stopped by. There’s room for you here. I hope you’ll come back.

By the way, we’re throwing a little party on November 4 and we’d love for you to stop by again.


That's the way it was – Day 48-49 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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Rhodes: vote buying investigation 'barking up wrong tree'


South Mississippi Tea Party leader John Rhodes said he doesn't know why his name appeared on a grand jury summons about a Meridian man's claims of Thad Cochran campaign vote buying, but that "they're barking up the wrong tree" with him because he knows little.



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8/12/14

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AG stands by statement saying Fielder paid to lie


Jan Schaefer, the spokesperson for Attorney General Jim Hood, sent a response to Stevie Fielder saying he never told investigators that he was paid to lie.

"We are not going to debate in the media the facts of a recorded conversation involved in an investigation."

Schaefer confirmed that she was talking about the recording of AG investigators interviewing Fielder and not the interview Fielder gave to Charles C. Johnson.


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8/12/14

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McDaniel: Conservatives ‘enraged,’ will be engaged



“Those three weeks up to the runoff, they saw the despicable and improper things,” McDaniel said. “They are going to take that anger and try to turn it into something in 2015. Who knows where those energies will flow. I just know a lot of people are going to engage the system, and I think that’s a good thing for the system.”

McDaniel touched on numerous topics in the phone interview as he traveled to meet with his attorneys about a legal challenge to his runoff loss, which McDaniel said he will likely file Wednesday.

McDaniel says his legal team has told him he has a “rock-solid” case to overturn the primary, and he’s been letting that team do its work.



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8/12/13

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Hosemann Touts Online Filing System




“For years, companies looking to do business in Mississippi were forced to use snail mail or make a trip to Jackson to conduct business with our Agency,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Now, with the click of a mouse and the privacy of their home, anyone can conduct business with the State.”

The new online filing system will launch August 25th. Mississippi is the first state in the nation to provide online filing for all of its business services.


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8/12/14

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Wicker discusses GOP rift, highways, military


U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker said the recent fallout from Mississippi’s bitter Senate primary race shows a need for “healing” in the Republican party.

While Wicker isn’t up for re-election until 2016, he said the tide of tea party support state Sen. Chris McDaniel received in his hotly contested primary battle against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, and the resulting conflict after the election, shows Republicans must fix the division in the party.


Enterprise Journal
8/12/14

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Gunn speaks in Meridian


Gunn says he has been out-of-town since Chris McDaniel took the next step and filed a court challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran.

"I haven't really kept up with where it stands in the court system," said Gunn. "But I have full confidence the court is going to deal with the evidence and it'll turn out the way it turns out."


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8/12/14


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The South’s Lesson for the Tea Party


Mr. McDaniel had all the bona fides of an old-time demagogue. He was once a conservative radio talk show host who dabbled in ethnic innuendo. He made appearances before neo-Confederate organizations. When Mr. Cochran solicited votes in the runoff from black Mississippians, Mr. McDaniel’s supporters vowed to monitor polling places in black-majority precincts, a move reminiscent of old-fashioned Election Day intimidation.

Tea Party spokesmen, as well as the Republican establishment, complain that the movement was unfairly trumped by a race card. Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster working for Mr. Alexander, says the movement isn’t racist, but rather it represents people “who are economically pressed, who feel betrayed, who feel leaders in Washington caused their housing values to decline, for their retirement accounts to plummet.”

But that’s precisely the point, and the hope, for those worried about the Tea Party insurgency. What looks like a mounting wave may have reached its crest this year, running up against the many Southerners — white and black, liberal and conservative — who know well how such passions were once perverted by demagogues.


NYTimes
8/12/14

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It's time to close shop, Chris McDaniel

But McDaniel needs to pack it up and go home. His election challenge appears to be based on paper-thin claims of fraud and this latest development with his attorney is flat-out embarrassing.

And although it's likely too late for the Tea Party-backed candidate to bow out of the race gracefully, McDaniel doesn't have to go full clown-show on the people of Mississippi. He can still end his election challenge and come out with at least a shred of dignity.


Washington Examiner
8/12/14

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McDaniel lists own lawyer as irregular vote

As Chris McDaniel's team continues to scour voting records to add to an expected legal challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran, it has listed McDaniel's lead lawyer in the challenge, and his wife, as irregular votes that should be tossed out.

McDaniel lawyer Mitchell H. "Mitch" Tyner Sr. on Monday sent Cochran's attorneys additional affidavits listing hundreds more

alleged illegal or irregular votes from the June 24 runoff.

Problem is, Tyner and his wife, Sloane Tyner, were flagged by a McDaniel volunteer as "CROSSOVER/IRREGULAR VOTING" in one of the affidavits claiming problems with Madison County voting.

The affidavit says that with Tyner and his wife's votes, records showed "voted written in margin and on June 24."



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8/12/14

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Fielder: I was paid, but not to lie like Hood said

In a phone interview Tuesday, Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell continued to deny Fielder's allegations. "As far as allegations about our campaign, we have never paid somebody for a vote, never attempted to pay anybody for their vote and we never will, period."

Russell also raised the issue of a McDaniel staffer being involved in allegedly paying for the interview.

"The most interesting thing about this story, is the fact that Chris McDaniel's top campaign spokesman was in the meeting with Charles Johnson where they bribed this man to lie about our campaign, and that they've apparently been subpoenaed by a grand jury. That subpoena had Noel Fritsch's name on it, too.

"That's very troubling. It's not normal for a campaign to have one of its staffers subpoenaed for a grand jury over questions about whether he bribed someone to lie.

"It really raises the question: Did Chris McDaniel know about this? Did he encourage his campaign staffer to pay someone $2,000 to lie about his opponent? Now that he knows, does Chris McDaniel stand by his campaign staffer?"


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8/12/14

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Vote Buying Claimant Stevie Fielder: “I Was Not Paid to Lie”

"I have repeatedly said and will continue to say, because it's true, that I was the one who paid Rev. Fielder." Johnson says. "I paid him an amount of money to have his text messages and publish the material on my site as well as the audio as well."

Yet, Fielder recounts the sequence of events differently. He says he wasn't paid by Johnson, but instead by Noel Fritsch, the spokesman for state Senator Chris McDaniel's campaign. Fielder also says Fritsch was present when the interview by Johnson. He says he was asked to explain as a hypothetical how the vote buying scheme would have worked. "That's what Noel Fritsch was paying me for to give Charles Johnson a run-through of how it would be." says Fielder. "A hypothetical situation so that the people would understand how the full process was working. That's all it was. I had to put myself in the situation as if I would have actually taken the bribe to do this; what they was wanting me to do.

Fritsch refused to be recorded during an interview yesterday, but in a previous conversation with MPB when asked about paying Fielder or being part of the interview process he responded like this. "That is false, I did not do that." Fritsch says. "What I understand, Charles Johnson did not do that either. My understanding is that Charles paid for the text and emails, and those emails are from a Thad Cochran campaign staffer and those emails and texts strongly suggest that the Cochran campaign was paying $15 dollars for Democrats to vote in the primary." - See more at:


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8/12/14

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Failed Senate candidate from Mississippi upset at black people, Democrats: Jarvis DeBerry

After pointing out that most black voters are Democrats, McDaniels argues, "Many pro-Cochran campaign advertisements in the days leading up to June 24...were clearly targeted to the African-American community. The ten counties where Cochran improved most (from the June 3, primary to the June 24 runoff) were those where blacks make up 69 percent or more of the population."

During the campaign McDaniel tried to fend off allegations that he doesn't particularly care for black people. His call for an investigation into the high numbers of black people voting is likely to give new life to that allegation. And black voters might see his complaint as proof that they were right to mobilize against him.


Jarvis DeBerry
Times Picayune
8/12/14

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RELEASE: Miss. Delegation Members Call for SEC to Appeal Ponzi Scheme Ruling

WASHINGTON – Members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and U.S. Representatives Gregg Harper, R-Miss., Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., and Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., today called on Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White to appeal a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals regarding the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by R. Allen Stanford.

The court found that thousands of investors who were cheated in this Ponzi scheme, including many Mississippians, are not eligible for financial compensation.

The full text of the letter:

Dear Chair White:

We are writing at the request of our Mississippi constituents who were profoundly and adversely affected by the Ponzi scheme perpetrated by R. Allen Stanford. These Mississippians are among thousands of investors across the country who lost billions of dollars in this Ponzi scheme. On their behalf, we respectfully request that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, in the matter of SEC v. SIPC.

As you know, the U.S. Court of Appeals last month ruled that the approximately 7,000 investors in certificates of deposit sold by Mr. Stanford were not eligible for the insurance coverage that the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) ordinarily extends to defrauded investors. The judge’s ruling was a huge disappointment to these investors, especially when you consider that Mr. Stanford was convicted of multiple accounts of wire fraud, mail fraud, and other charges. He currently is serving a 110-year prison sentence for his misdeeds, and his Ponzi scheme is one of the largest in history.

Congress passed the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 (SIPA) in order to enhance investor confidence by protecting customers of SIPC-member broker dealers. It is difficult to draw a meaningful distinction between our constituents and the victims of other Ponzi schemes in which the victims were deemed eligible for SIPC coverage. However, investor confidence may suffer if investors perceive that they cannot consistently rely on SIPC to protect them when they are swindled by the owner of a SIPC-member firm.

We applaud your efforts to date to seek justice for our constituents, and we encourage you to continue to back the SEC’s original position that many of the Stanford victims are entitled to SIPC coverage. We note, too, that the final outcome in the case will set an important legal precedent.

For all of these reasons, we respectfully urge you and the rest of the Commission to act promptly to appeal last month’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Sincerely,

Thad Cochran
Roger Wicker
Gregg Harper
Alan Nunnelee
Steven Palazzo


8/11/14

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Aug. 12. NARFE MEETING — U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to speak meeting of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. 11:30 a.m. Location: Toney's Restaurant, 1903 Mission 66 in Vicksburg. Contact: Stephanie Booker at 601-866-9003.


Aug. 13. HEALTH CENTER — New Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center to be named for U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. 10 a.m. Location: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, Woodrow Wilson Clinic at 514 A-B East Woodrow Wilson Dr. in Jackson. Contact: Stephanie Booker at 601-866-9003.


Aug. 14. BASEBALL BANQUET — U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to speak at the Itta Bena Recreation League Annual Baseball Banquet. 6 p.m. Location: LCT Brazil Center, 600 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Itta Bena. Contact: Stephanie Booker at 601-866-9003.


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8/11/14

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RELEASE: Wicker: Border Crisis Reflects Lack of Presidential Leadership

Obama Administration, Senate Democrats Ignore Need for Substantive Immigration Reform


Like many Americans, I am deeply troubled by the crisis along our country’s southwest border. Since October of last year, more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have been intercepted while trying to enter the United States illegally, overwhelming U.S. immigration services and facilities. One report indicates that an estimated 90,000 children will attempt to cross the border this year.

No one suggests that these child migrants are undeserving of our sympathy. Many have fled dire circumstances in Central American countries plagued with grinding poverty and ruthless gang violence. But finding a solution to the surge at the U.S.-Mexico border requires an honest look at what is driving tens of thousands of people to break the law. In doing so, we must confront the consequences of the Obama Administration’s misguided immigration policies.

Executive Action Sends the Wrong Signal

There is no question that America’s immigration system is in need of a major overhaul. We cannot ignore the fact that there are more than 11 million people living illegally in the United States today. However, the current situation does not justify unilateral executive action from President Obama, who has pledged to circumvent Congress and “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own.”

The President’s unauthorized actions have sent the wrong signal to the world that those who arrive in the United States unlawfully can escape enforcement of the law. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a prime example. Created by the White House in 2012, the program allows young illegal immigrants to apply for temporary amnesty and work rights.

Situation Demands Leadership, Not Blank Check

At a time for leadership and consensus, it is disappointing that President Obama has called for more taxpayer dollars to deal with the border crisis. I am opposed to giving the President a blank check when the situation demands meaningful policy reforms. I do not believe that throwing $2.7 billion at the problem will solve it. We will not stem the tide of illegal immigration until we strengthen border security and change the policies that incentivize families to send their children on a perilous journey to the United States.

Senate Democrats Derail Potential Compromise

For starters, I believe Congress should use the power of the purse to defund the DACA program. I offered an amendment to the Democrats’ spending bill that would do just that. However, Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) again refused to allow a debate and up-or-down votes on Republican proposals. If senators had been allowed to offer amendments to improve the bill, perhaps bipartisan consensus could have emerged. Once again, the Majority Leader succeeded in shielding Senate Democrats from difficult votes in an election year.

Another piece of legislation, the “Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act,” would strengthen, streamline, and expedite the legal process for unaccompanied minors at the border. Introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the bill would improve a 2008 anti-trafficking law by ensuring that children from Central America receive the same treatment as those from Mexico. I am a cosponsor of this legislation because it would serve as a starting point for real reform, rather than a temporary fix.

A crisis of this magnitude demands that both political parties work together toward a lasting solution. Congress and the President have a responsibility to address the nation’s broken immigration system with effective policy changes that make judicious use of taxpayer dollars.


8/11/14

Posted August 12, 2014 - 5:16 am


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Conservative Journalist: I've Been Subpoenaed By A Mississippi Grand Jury




Conservative journalist Charles Johnson, as he has so often over the past month, used his Twitter account on Sunday to reveal the latest development in the allegations of vote-buying down in Mississippi.

Once again, the development involved himself. Johnson posted a photo showing a subpoena he'd received to appear before a grand jury. The tweet also appeared to defy explicit instructions that the subpoena should not be disclosed....


...It's unclear why Rhodes, chairman of the South Mississippi Tea Party, was named in the subpoena.

In a subsequent tweet, Johnson said that he scrubbed the subpoena at the advice of his counsel.


TPM
8/11/14



Posted August 12, 2014 - 4:58 am


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EDITORIAL: MAEP lawsuit threat is counterproductive


Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove deserves a lot of credit for his staunch support of public education through the years.

As a state senator and lieutenant governor, Musgrove was instrumental in development and passage of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and many other initiatives to improve Mississippi’s public schools. As governor, he guided a major teacher pay raise bill to passage. Few elected officials have been as committed to improving the plight of Mississippi’s schoolchildren.

That said, Musgrove’s current approach to the problem of underfunded schools in Mississippi is misguided. As a primary MAEP architect, his frustration with the Legislature’s refusal to follow the legal funding formula in all but two years since the program’s inception is understandable. We share that frustration. But a lawsuit against the state to restore up to $1.5 billion that schools have been shortchanged, which Musgrove and other attorneys are now proposing, is the wrong course.


Daily Journal
8/11/14

Posted August 12, 2014 - 4:53 am


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Jackson County Chancery Clerk Terry Miller announces retirement


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Jackson County Chancery Clerk Terry Miller today announced he will retire at the end of his current term, which runs until Dec. 31, 2015.

He will not seek reelection for the 2016-2019 term.


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8/11/14

Posted August 12, 2014 - 4:50 am


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