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McDaniel pushes appeal decision back to Wednesday



A spokesman for Chris McDaniel says he will announce his decision whether to appeal a circuit court dismissal of his election challenge on Wednesday instead of Tuesday.



Clarion Ledger
9/1/14

Posted September 1, 2014 - 2:35 pm


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BILL CRAWFORD: Schools vs. tax cut rumble looms for Legislature



Are you ready to rumble?

In one corner stand Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and their allies who want to cut taxes.

In the other corner stand the champions for fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) for K-12 schools.

The conventional wisdom is the state budget cannot accommodate both, so all are preparing for a big fight.



Daily Journal
9/1/14

Posted September 1, 2014 - 2:04 pm


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Snowden Reacts to Ruling on Senate Runoff Challenge



Judge McGehee also said the court is without the authority to go any further with the case. Newscenter 11 caught up with Mississippi Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden at his Meridian office Friday afternoon. He told us it's time to put this case to rest.

"If the supreme court rules in favor, of course, of the Cochran position, then the case would appear to be over with," Snowden says. "One way or the other, we need a resolution. I think the citizens, people for both sides, want to see it over with. They want to see justice done, whatever that is and the truth come out."


WTOK
8/30/14

Posted September 1, 2014 - 1:55 pm


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PERSONNEL FILE (Aug. 31)


David Baria and Marcie Fyke Baria of Bay St. Louis will be featured in 21st Edition of 2015 Best Lawyers in America. David Baria was recognized for excellence in personal injury litigation for plaintiffs and Marcie Fyke Baria for employment law-individuals and litigation-labor and employment. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and respected peer-review publications in the legal profession.



Sunherald
8/30/14

Posted September 1, 2014 - 1:50 pm


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Fitch Talks State Finances



Meridian, Miss. Mississippi state treasurer Lynn Fitch says she is very pleased with how things have gone for the state financially over the past couple of years.

Fitch tells our John Johnson that her office essentially runs the state's bank, which she says is roughly $25 billion a year in transactions...


...we have over four hundred million dollars in our rainy day fund."



WTOK
8/31/14

Posted September 1, 2014 - 1:45 pm


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

On Friday in the MS TEA Party universe, in the 9 minute span it took him to render his ruling in Gulfport, Judge Hollis McGehee went from an honest Christian man with sound judgment and a “fair person”, to a shameful loser who had been either “bought off” or “intimidated” by the Republican establishment.

In record time, the grifters moved in. Emily Pettus found the email from the “Tea Party Leadership Fund”, looking to financially capitalize immediately on McDaniel’s legal misfortune. But hey, grifters gotta grift. Here’s a little taste.


Pay offs? Bribes? Back-room deals? Steak dinners? Thad Cochran's hoping you have forgotten how he sold-out to steal the Mississippi primary out from under the tea party hero Chris McDaniel.

NOW, the lawsuit to overturn Thad's bought-and-paid-for June primary has been filed and DISMISSED!!!

**Now we MUST make sure Chris McDaniel has the resources he needs to take this to the Mississippi State Supreme Court.**


There’s about a 13% chance that McDaniel will even see a nickel of it.

Speaking of grifters, if McGehee’s decision weren’t bad enough, the True the Vote proxy lawsuit in the McDaniel fatwa against the Secretary of State and circuit clerks statewide was dismissed by Nancy Atlas, but not before a relatively scathing 90 page opinion.

Also, in the immediate aftermath, McDaniel supporters took to social media as only they can to express how stunned they were.




But in no time, McDaniel gathered himself. After all, was it over when the German’s bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell NO!




Of course, Churchill was talking about never giving in to Adolph Hitler. And he did caveat the “never give in” part to make exceptions for giving in “for convictions of honor and good sense.” But those are minor technicalities. Much like the voting technicalities that his entire case was based on.

But it seems clear that McDaniel, no matter how much he prays over the weekend, will push his challenge to the MS Supreme Court.

Truthfully, it’s not that McDaniel is unwilling to yield. He appears to be psychologically incapable of doing so. This whole ordeal has taken on Charlie Sheen-reality TV-like proportions where erstwhile nobodies are thrust into the spotlight by forces much larger than themselves and just can’t give up the fame. They’ll do anything (and I mean anything) to stay in the spotlight and are often aided by grifters, hangers-on and wild sycophants urging them at every turn to keep the party going.

It seems a virtual certainty that McDaniel will announce Tuesday that there will be an appeal to the MS Supreme Court. In fact, Sam Hall is speculating that after he strikes out there, it will be on to a 1st Amendment claim in federal court to rehash Ike Brown’s arguments about “freedom not to associate.”

Regardless, one thing seems sure. McDaniel seems bound and determined to force the MSGOP leadership to choose sides. The sooner they do, the sooner this will end and the sooner the Party and the state can begin to heal.

That's the way it was – Day 68 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

Posted August 31, 2014 - 7:38 am


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McDaniel mulling it over, again

McDaniel’s lawyers said he’ll be spending this long holiday weekend contemplating whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court. My guess is, he’ll be spending some time in that spot in his backyard.

Here’s his conundrum: For more than nine weeks, he’s railed that the primary election was stolen, that the election system and much of the state’s GOP leadership is as crooked and spineless as a barrel of snakes and that he would not give up and “never, never, never, never” give in, quoting Winston Churchill. He vowed to #FightChrisFight even if it harelips the baby and ends his political career.

He said the case is not about him or his political career, but about the integrity of the Republican primary and state election system.

Well, this appears to be his watershed, crossroads, Rubicon or, some would say, shark to jump.


Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
8/31/14

Posted August 31, 2014 - 5:20 am


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Hosemann: Lazy research, bias evident in voter ID piece

The unsubstantiated claim as to the availability and the possession of photo identification by any voting population is totally false. In two statewide elections, which included both Democratic and Republican primaries, 99.9 percent of Mississippians exhibited satisfactory photo identification. No one was deprived of their right to vote. Particularly, the reference to the quote that our state continues “to deprive people of their vote, with the same sordid racial overtones continues today” is false, an unsubstantiated personal opinion and not those of the voting citizens of the state of Mississippi. No litigation was filed concerning Mississippi’s implementation of voter ID by the U.S. Department of Justice, any citizens group, or any citizen. This was not the case in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, Arkansas, North Carolina or Georgia. But, it was in my state of Mississippi.

We received two two national awards for our outreach campaign and television advertisements. Two other states have requested information on how Mississippi addressed this issue. We welcome the opportunity to share how our citizens work together.

Mississippians remember our election past and are loathed to replicate it. However, we are not our father’s father’s Mississippi, and our future is now determined by the collective work of today’s citizens.



Delbert Hosemann
Clarion Ledger
8/30/14

Posted August 31, 2014 - 5:17 am


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Could federal case succeed where McDaniel failing?

Interestingly enough, what is a weak state argument could make for a much more compelling argument in federal court. McDaniel puts forth the idea that Democrats participating in the Republican primary violates Republicans' Constitutional right to free association. A federal court in California has ruled as much in a different case, which McDaniel's legal team cites.

Jim Waide — a Tupelo attorney, longtime Democrat and supporter of Democratic nominee Travis Childers — tends to agree with McDaniel's argument. In fact, he is talking with several tea party voters who are interested in pursuing a federal case along these same lines. Why would they go to Waide, a Democrat? Because he has a stellar record in federal court, including five successful appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a federal constitutional case, Waide and his voter clients would not face the issue of a deadline. What they would face, however, is proving that Democrats voted in a Republican primary. This becomes troublesome because voters in Mississippi do not register by party affiliation.


Clarion Ledger
8/30/14

Posted August 31, 2014 - 5:13 am


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The Earth is Flat According to Chris McDaniel


If McDaniel’s actions since his runoff election loss to Sen. Cochran represent the “honor of my life,” his life has been pretty pathetic.

McDaniel said next Tuesday, the day after the Labor Day holiday, that he will announce whether he will appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Is there any real doubt that he will appeal? There is certainly no way I am qualified to judge the legal case of McDaniel, but I would wager that he will lose that appeal as well. But remember, the Mississippi Supreme Court decision may not be the end of the road. In an earlier press conference McDaniel claimed that his First Amendment rights were violated. That sets the basis, no matter how flimsy, that McDaniel could appeal to the federal court system.

Several people have asked me this question: How can McDaniel receive enough contributions to fund his legal challenge? I would guess the dollars are running short. However, that may not deter his lead counsel, Mitch Tyner, from continuing the legal challenge. While some legal professionals may frown on it, Tyner has never received so much free legal advertising. On the other hand, would you want to have Tyner handle your important legal matters?

As I noted in a previous post, the demand for mental health professionals in Jones County must be at an all time high. However, what if McDaniel is right and the earth is flat?


Weidie Report
8/30/14

Posted August 31, 2014 - 5:07 am


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VI. CONCLUSION AND ORDER
For a variety of reasons, the Court concludes that Plaintiffs’ NVRA claims fail
as a matter of law. First, nearly all of Plaintiffs’ requests on which they base their
NVRA claims did not meet the notice and cure requirements of 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-
9(b). Second, Plaintiffs are not entitled to any of the Requested Documents they seek
in this case under the NVRA. Neither poll books nor absentee ballot applications and
envelopes fall within the NVRA Public Disclosure Provision. Mississippi’s Voter
Roll does fall within that provision, but Plaintiffs already have a copy of the Voter
Roll and Defendant Hosemann has conceded that it is disclosable under the NVRA
Public Disclosure Provision. Moreover, Plaintiffs failed to properly request Federal
Post Card Applications. Third, even if the NVRA required disclosure of the
Requested Documents, the NVRA would not require Defendants to supply Plaintiffs
with unredacted records disclosing birthdates under the facts of this case. For all
these reasons, summary judgment in favor of Defendants is appropriate on Plaintiffs’
NVRA claims


True the Vote v. Delbert Hosemann Dismissal 082814



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EMAIL FROM TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP FUND


Pay offs? Bribes? Back-room deals? Steak dinners? Thad Cochran's hoping you have forgotten how he sold-out to steal the Mississippi primary out from under the tea party hero Chris McDaniel.

NOW, the lawsuit to overturn Thad's bought-and-paid-for June primary has been filed and DISMISSED!!!

**Now we MUST make sure Chris McDaniel has the resources he needs to take this to the Mississippi State Supreme Court.**

A word of thanks from Chris -- "We've always appreciated the strong support of the all our friends in the Tea Party movement, including Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC which maxxed out to both our primary and run-off and now our legal defense fund, and helped raise more than $20,000 from its donors for this campaign."

**Taking this to the Mississippi State Supreme Court to overturn the dismissal, and rightfully beating Cochran for a 3rd time will take your support. Will you chip in $5 or more? We MUST win Mississippi!**

But the truth is: the establishment cannot buy 40,000 illegal Democrat votes to win a Republican primary runoff and expect silence from the tea party about it.

Mississippi election law states, any voter who casts their primary ballot for a member of their party MAY NOT crossover and cast a vote in the other political party's runoff election.

Thad Cochran's hoping you forgot how:
1. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has abandoned its mission fighting Democrats AND they'll spend more than $1 million in the next 6 days to protect its 'obedient buddy' Thad Cochran.
2. Liberal money man Michael Bloomberg has helped raise a quick $2 Million for Cochran's campaign efforts.
3. Democrat spin-master, James Warren, worked for the Mississippi Conservatives PAC to forge its statewide plan to turn out votes for Cochran;
4. The NRSC also blasted out emails accusing McDaniel of being a racist, a bigot, and a gaffe prone fool;
5. The Mississippi Federation of College Republicans ousted its own executive director -- Kolby Busby -- when he voiced his support for McDaniel;
6. The National Republican Senatorial Committee colluded with Cochran to blame McDaniel for photo-stalking Cochran's wife.
And if that's not enough, the smoking gun....

Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman, Rickey Cole is "willing to bet a steak dinner" more than one Democrat was scared into casting a second ineligible vote for Cochran.

After Dave Brat's historic defeat of Republican Majority Leader and Obama collaborator Eric Cantor, the establishment Republicans and the Left have made no secret of their alliance to defeat you.

Mississippi, and the rest of the country MUST discover the truth about Thad Cochran, the establishment, and the Mississippi Primary election.

For Freedom,

Rusty Humphries

P.S. Will you chip in $5 or $25 or more to overturn the sham election and boost the Palin endorsed Chris McDaniel to victory?



Posted August 30, 2014 - 8:11 pm


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We Are All McDaniel Republicans Now



Let us use this court decision to motivate us, not to sadden us. Today we must begin an important transition, to return our party to its conservative principles. It was the Party of Reagan. It can be again. This party belongs to us and it’s time to reclaim it for true conservatives.

Let our battle cry be: WE ARE ALL McDANIEL REPUBLICANS NOW!



mississippiconservativedaily
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 3:12 pm


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Childers, Cochran talk about dismissal of McDaniel challenge


Childers said:

I congratulate Senator Cochran on his win today in court. The allegations of the past couple months have raised serious questions about the electoral process, and I strongly believe we must ensure that every vote in Mississippi counts. With the Republican primary finally nearing the end, it is time for Senator Cochran to focus on the issues of today and spell out his vision for the future. I look forward to a spirited discussion and debates about the issues that affect millions of Mississippians.

The senator and I differ on increasing the minimum wage. I believe the minimum wage should be a living wage. We differ on demanding equal pay for women. If a woman does the same job as a man she should be paid the same and not 76 cents on the dollar, which is the current average. Women are the heads of many Mississippi households and co-bread winners in many others. Women pay the same for milk, gas and child care as a man and it's only right they be paid equally. These are just two of the many issues we must debate in the next 10 weeks.

Mississippians deserve no less.



Sunherald
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm


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Shocker: Judge McGehee Dismisses McDaniel Legal Challenge

Was he bought off? True conservatives and supporters of Chris McDaniel had high hopes when the state supreme court named Judge Hollis McGehee to oversee the court challenge. And judging from his remarks during the case’s first hearing, he seemed to be an honest judge interested in doing what was right. Being a minister and man of God, how could we have expected any less from him? He indicated his intention to decide the case based on the will of the voters and that even if Cochran were elected in November he had the power to unseat him if he were not the legitimate nominee. McGehee also granted the McDaniel team the right to gather their evidence and had sent letters to all 82 counties advising them to preserve the evidence. He even set dates for the trial to begin. The case seemed to be progressing forward.

But all of a sudden today he has reversed himself 180 degrees, dismissing the legal challenge on the basis of a deadline that the Secretary of State’s office is on record as saying did not exist.

The question is who got to McGehee? Was he paid off? Or was he threatened? Having seen the Barbour machine in action in this Senate race, we must entertain the possibility.


MS Conservative Daily
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 2:17 pm


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More to come.

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Former Senate leaders to speak at SDSU



Brookings S.D. (KELO AM) - Former U.S. Senate leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott will participate in the inaugural lecture of the Daschle Dialogues at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Larson Memorial Auditorium Concert Hall in the Performing Arts Center at South Dakota State University. Veteran national correspondent and SDSU alumnus Chuck Raasch will serve as the event's moderator.


KELO
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 11:53 am


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14 school districts sue state for underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

"Millions of dollars will go into Ronnie's and other lawyers' pockets instead of into the schools," said Claiborne Barksdale, a referendum supporter and retired CEO of the Barksdale Reading Initiative, which is funded with brother Jim Barksdale's $100 million pledge to improve reading. "The irony is striking. The constitutional referendum is by far the best way to attack the underfunding issue â€" a permanent, conservative, constitutionally-grounded approach with broad public backing."

Musgrove's legal group would make $27.8 million in fees from the 14 districts they represent, according to Associated Press calculations using a sample fee schedule.

"It is disappointing to me that Ronnie Musgrove is using education as a pretense to get rich at the expense of the Mississippi taxpayers," Gov Phil Bryant said in a statement, warning that successful suits could force the state to raise taxes.

GulfLive
8/28/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 8:18 am


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RELEASE: Gov. Bryant Comments on Hurricane Katrina Ninth Anniversary


“On this ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina we continue to remember the over 200 Mississippians and 1,800 Americans that lost their lives in August 2005. It forever changed the landscape of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and lives for countless families that were permanently displaced. Since that time, Mississippians have shown incredible strength, resilience, and a caring spirit for their neighbor while building back the Gulf Coast stronger than before Hurricane Katrina. Those unthinkable times in the aftermath have prepared us today to deal with such a catastrophe were it to ever happen again. Today we remember all those affected by Hurricane Katrina and continue to ask God’s blessings upon the people of Mississippi.”


8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 8:11 am


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

As Mississippi awaits Judge Hollis McGeehee’s ruling on the motion to dismiss today in Chris McDaniel’s challenge, we take a look back at the half-a-week that was.

On Wednesday, Chris McDaniel hit the TEA Party media circuit with a radio interview on TPNN where he argued about the unconstitutionality of the Mississippi primary system. This spontaneous realization occurs 9 months after he announced for office and a term and a half after he has occupied a seat in the state legislature (and being the Senate Elections Chairman since 2011).



Meanwhile, the Magic 8 Ball Team on behalf of Chris McDaniel and the TEA Party is playing Whack-A-Mole with circuit clerks statewide having subpoenaed over half of them for ALL election materials. Needless to say, most circuit clerks are not amused with this continued fatwa against them that the mainmost partner from Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC has declared. In fact, Oktibbeha County's Circuit Clerk stuck it right back in McDaniel's face and requested sanctions for the subpoena.


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It turns out that now we know why the case was filed in Jones County. In a Meridian Star piece, we now find out that Jones County Circuit Clerk Bart Gavin has graciously (and oh so coincidentally) “agreed to secure the subpoenaed election materials received” from these clerks. Well it’s hard not to connect the dots to figure that this was the plan all along with regards to the mass subpoena requests of 46 circuit clerks and the fact that McDaniel, Mitch Tyner, Michael Watson & Company would need a willing accomplice in the form of a Circuit Clerk to pull this off.

As Rodney Dangerfield said in Caddyshack, “place your bets . . . place your bets”. We’ll know by Miller Time today.

That's the way it was – Day 66 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


Posted August 29, 2014 - 7:44 am


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EXCLUSIVE: Chris McDaniel: ‘People Need to See the Ugly Under Belly of Some Elements of the Republican Party’

McDaniel said that the Cochran campaign utilized “illegal votes” in the run-off election, and when his campaign presented the evidence to the Mississippi Republican Party’s executive committee, which is the process required, they refused to look at the evidence.

“Once we found the evidence, we attempted to take that evidence before the state Republican executive committee, which is what statue demands what we do,” McDaniel explained. “We took the information before the State Republican Executive Committee, and they refused to hear it, because it was too politically difficult, I’m assuming,” he charged.





TPNN
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 7:25 am


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Lauderdale among 46 counties subpoenaed in McDaniel lawsuit


Lauderdale County is among 46 Mississippi counties issued subpoena's Tuesday from attorneys for Chris McDaniel seeking election records in the June 3 primary and June 24 primary runoff.

The subpoenas by McDaniel Attorney Mitchell Tyner were sent to circuit clerks in the counties instructing that election records be delivered to Jones County by Friday.


"Bart Gavins, Jones County Circuit Clerk, has agreed to secure the subpoenaed election materials received from you and to provide access as needed by the court and parties for the pretrial and trial of this matter," Tyner wrote in a subpoena to Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson.


Meridian Star
8/29/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 7:22 am


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Dear Friends,

I grew up in Columbus and was a member of the Caldwell Bobcats football team. Like most other high schools in Mississippi, in early August, we started two-a-day practices. After two weeks of grueling hot summer practices, Coach Robert Youngblood loaded us in buses for a week of football camp at the YMCA Camp Pratt. Three-a-day practices, wind sprints, and cabins without air conditioning made the previous weeks of two-a-days seem like a picnic. I vividly remember waking up the last day of camp hearing the melodic voice of one of my teammates echoing through the cabin, "Goin' home." We all identified with his sentiment and quickly adopted his singsong statement, repeating it all during breakfast that morning.

My recent illness has caused me to be hospitalized for an extended period and unfortunately, it has physically separated me from the places and people I dearly love. My medical team says I have made significant progress, and in their expert opinion, I am now ready to return to my beloved Mississippi for the remainder of my outpatient stroke rehabilitation. Today, I find my teammate's sentiment of 40 years ago echoing in my heart, "Goin' home."

During my time of rehabilitation, I have received many calls, cards, and messages assuring me of prayers on my behalf and sharing encouraging passages of Scripture. Those prayers and Scriptures have continually motivated me throughout my recovery. I look forward to seeing face-to-face those of you who have faithfully prayed for me. I am anxious to thank each of you in person because I have seen the power of your prayers firsthand, just as we are reminded in James 5:16, "Pray for one another, that you might be healed and restored. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Going home!

Stay in touch and God bless,
Alan Nunnelee

Posted August 29, 2014 - 7:01 am


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STATEMENT BY MDHS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICHARD A. BERRY
AUGUST 26, 2014

The Mississippi Department of Human Services is committed to carrying out our mission to "Provide services for people in need by optimizing all available resources to sustain the family unit and to encourage traditional family values thereby promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility to all Mississippians.

One of the key programs to achieving these lofty goals, and an area where the agency continues to struggle, is the area of Child Support Enforcement. There has been a considerable amount of progress in this area over the past two years due to a departmental reorganization, the addition of a centralized call center and a new approach to collections in the outsourcing of the State Disbursement Unit (SDU). These initiatives, along with the efforts of dedicated state staff, have contributed to increased collections.

Even though these steps have brought about positive results, agency management does not feel that the improvements are increasing at the rate needed to provide exceptional service to our citizens. I, along with the key leadership at MDHS, and with the full support of Governor Phil Bryant, continue to explore ways to vastly improve child support services to the citizens of our state.

Today, we will begin the process of implementing a Pilot Project to outsource the Legal and Case Management components of the Child Support Enforcement program in 17 counties in southwest Mississippi. A complete listing of the affected counties is as follows: Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Smith, Walthall and Wilkinson.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is being developed with a target date for implementation of January 1, 2015. This action will displace approximately 50 full-time employees. The affected employees will be given all of the proper notifications and rights afforded to them under State Personnel Board rules and regulations. Affected employees will be encouraged to apply for other openings within MDHS as well other agencies. Language will be included in the RFP strongly encouraging the successful bidder(s) to employ MDHS employees displaced by implementation of the Pilot Project.

Project implementation will begin immediately by MDHS filing documents with the various agencies and developing the RFP as required by Mississippi Law. The process will be lengthy; however, it is imperative that the affected employees have as the earliest possible knowledge of this situation in order to manage the change that they will undergo.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we strive to better serve our citizens.

Mississippi Department of Human Services
Executive Director Richard A. Berry





Statement from House Democratic Caucus on
August 26 Release by MDHS Executive Director


Seventeen county offices of Child Support Services located in Southwest Mississippi were notified this week they will be privatized. After this pilot project is completed all offices within the state will be privatized. This 'pilot project' is the result of legislation (HB 1009) passed during the 2013 legislative session.

Mississippi House Democratic Leader, Rep. Bobby Moak said “during debate on the House floor we warned jobs would be lost because of this program. Simply put, you will not see your taxes decreased because of these job losses. Anyone who attempts to convince you this is shrinking government is being disingenuous. Citizens will only see the transfer of their state tax dollars that paid the salaries of these fifty soon to be displaced workers to lawyers in Jackson that are the beneficiaries of the privatization.”

“It is purely a transfer of money to those savvy enough to lobby enough votes in the legislature and governors office to make it happen for them. It is the same plan that transfers money from the state treasury to 'certain individuals' that we have seen during the entire time this administration has been in control of state government” Moak continued.

Mississippi has been led by this Republican leadership team to the highest unemployment rate in the nation, the slowest economic turnaround in the nation and has taken the illogical step of turning away 3 million dollars per day in healthcare funds to hospitals thereby forcing them to lay off workers, curtail services and in some cases close their doors.

“Southwest Mississippi already has high unemployment. The loss of these fifty local jobs will only increase our unemployment rolls and add more families to our state assistance programs. It’s perplexing our leadership is the first to cut a ribbon announcing 20 new jobs but then goes into hiding when they cut 50 jobs from the workforce without any tax savings,” Moak said.


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Judge will rule on Cochran motion to dismiss Friday afternoon in Gulfport


JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Special Judge Hollis McGehee will announce his ruling on the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the matter of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran on Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport.

Judge McGehee will announce his ruling from the bench in Chancery Courtroom #1.


WLBT
8/28/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 5:11 am


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MS earns "C" on new education policy ranking and scorecard


Mississippi is one of seven states to earn a "C" on a new ranking and analysis from the Center for Education Reform (CER), School Choice Today: Voucher Laws Across the States Ranking & Scorecard 2014, released today.

The first of its kind, the Voucher Laws Across the States Ranking & Scorecard 2014 is an in-depth analysis and state-by-state comparison of the over two-dosen voucher programs currently in existence today.

Mississippi restricts voucher offerings to students with just two specific types of disabilities, dyslexia and speech/language issues, making this voucher program the least expensive in the country.


WDAM
8/28/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 5:08 am


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Capitol Hill Reacts to SLS Delay



WASHINGTON — In the wake of a review of the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket that likely pushes its first launch into 2018, two key House members argued that NASA and the Obama administration were not adequately funding the program, while one of the agency’s biggest advocates in the Senate sought support for accelerating that schedule.

In a letter released Aug. 28 by the House Science Committee, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), the chairmen of the full House Science Committee and its space subcommittee, respectively, asked NASA Administrator Charles Bolden for additional details on potential delays for both SLS and the Orion crew spacecraft.


SpaceNews
8/28/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 5:04 am


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Monticello gets visit from Thad Cochran


Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran visited Monticello Tuesday to meet with constituents as he campaigns for re-election in November. Cochran is one of the most senior members of the Senate and poised to become chairman of the powerful appropriations committee if Republicans regain control from Senate Democrats. Cochran was greeted by a group of citizens and public officials when his campaign bus arrived at the courthouse.


Lawrence County Press
8/28/14

Posted August 29, 2014 - 5:01 am


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Judge to rule Friday on dismissing McDaniel challenge

Special Judge Hollis McGehee will announce his ruling on the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss in the matter of Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran on Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. Judge McGehee will announce his ruling from the bench in Chancery Courtroom #1.

Please note that this will be a spoken ruling. No written order will be available immediately.

Judge McGehee determined that giving a bench ruling in Gulfport will be the best way to expedite a decision for the litigants in this case. He is hearing other unrelated proceedings in another court on the Gulf Coast on Friday morning.

The Camera Coverage Notice requirement is waived for this occasion only.


Clarion Ledger
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 4:40 pm


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Demand Issued Against Jones County Judge

Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum of the 18th Circuit Court District has not been following state law in administering a Jones County Community Services Program for offenders coming through his court, according to the State Auditor’s Office. Landrum created the program in 1997 and has managed the account since 2005.

“The financial management by Judge Landrum does not conform to state law,” State Auditor Stacy Pickering said.

Pickering’s office has issued a demand against Landrum for $313,726.73.

Acting on an official complaint filed with his office, the Auditor’s investigation shows $4,699.52 in fuel purchases; $82,637.77 for vehicle purchases and $197,439.50 in courtroom security officers’ salaries and employer salary expenses were paid from the Community Services Program account but not associated with the program. One or more vehicles belonging to the program were utilized for private travel. The mileage and usage costs for the specific trips have been calculated by the Auditor to be $4,605.94.

The Jones County Community Services Program allows offenders to pay extra fines to perform public work instead of being incarcerated. The extra funds deposited into the program made it self-sustaining.

“While the program has merit as an alternative to costly incarceration of offenders, Judge Landrum did not use accounting practices that must be followed when dealing with payments to public entities,” Pickering said. “His intentions may have been honorable but he did not follow the law.”

Donations from a public entity to private individuals are prohibited by Article 4, §66 of the Mississippi Constitution.

The findings and information of this investigation will be made available to the District Attorney’s Office and turned over to the Judicial Performance Commission to determine if or what additional actions may be warranted.

“I’ve known Judge Landrum all my life; we are both from Jones County. However, my sworn oath of office demands that I perform the duties of State Auditor which I will always strive to do,” Pickering added.


Posted August 28, 2014 - 4:36 pm


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Special election set for Hatley mayor



HATLEY, Miss. (AP) - The town of Hatley will hold a special election Sept. 30 to elect a new mayor.

The board of aldermen set the qualifying date for candidates for Sept. 10.

The election comes after the death of Mayor Pete Vaughn on Aug. 9. Vaughn died at his home of natural causes. He was 63.


WLOX
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:58 pm


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Senate Candidates Working Toward November



Jackson, Miss. Whether it's a campaign stop or appearance at an event, the U.S. Senate candidates in Mississippi are trying to take advantage of every opportunity to show their faces.

Sen. Thad Cochran was part of a groundbreaking ceremony in Flowood Wednesday. He has been back on the campaign bus making rounds across the state during the Senate's summer break.

"People are beginning to realize we're getting towards the end of the campaign season, but we still have a ways to go," Cochran said.


WTOK
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:55 pm


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14 Miss. school districts sue over underfunding



JACKSON — Fourteen Mississippi school districts have filed suit against the state, seeking repayment of amounts they say they were illegally shorted by the state's public school funding formula over the last six years.

The suit, filed Thursday in Hinds County Chancery Court, asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program.

The effort is led by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove announced the filing of the lawsuit today in Hattiesburg at the Hattiesburg Public School District.


Hattiesburg American
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:49 pm


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Judge rests on Cochran's motion to dismiss



Judge Hollis McGehee said in a motions hearing Thursday morning that he will take overnight to decide whether the Chris McDaniel election challenge should be dismissed.

Attorneys for McDaniel and Senator Thad Cochran battled out old election law versus new law in Jones County Circuit Court. Cochran's attorneys cited a 1959 Supreme Court Case that said election challenges should be filed 20 days after an election is certified.

However McDaniel's attorneys said Barbour vs. Gunn supersedes that decision and only requires candidates to file a challenge in a "reasonable and prompt" amount of time.


WDAM
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 2:46 pm


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Thad Cochran Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss 082714



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BRIAN PERRY/Judicial financing


How much does it cost to run a campaign for chancery or circuit judge in Mississippi? For most incumbent judges the cost of reelection is merely the $100 qualifying fee. Of the 53 circuit judges, 37 are unopposed incumbents; and of the 49 chancery judges, 40 are unopposed incumbents.

For those with challengers and in open seats, it can get a bit more costly. But a review of the July 10 periodic campaign finance reports show the campaigns are raising fairly modest amounts of contributions. In the 24 competitive races, the candidates have raised a combined $645,396 by the end of June. Still, many of the campaigns are just now getting started and we'll have a better idea after the October 10 reports are due. These nonpartisan candidates are on the November 4 ballot.

Nearly 30 percent of the total raised statewide has been contributed to one candidate. Gulfport Municipal Judge Robert Fant Walker reported raising $190,276 for the now open circuit seat in Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties. Incumbent Judge John C. Gargiulo had filed for reelection but many expected him to withdraw from the race, which he did when he was chosen as a U.S. magistrate judge for Mississippi's Southern District. Gargiulo will now serve with Walker's father, Judge Robert H. Walker, himself a former circuit judge turned federal magistrate (and nephew of former Mississippi Chief Justice Harry Walker). Walker's opponents, former assistant district attorney Chris Schmidt and Gulfport Councilman Myles Sharp, reported raising $55,450 and $3,000 respectively. (Mississippi Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. appointed a retired county judge as special judge to manage the cases in Gargiulo's vacant seat until November 30.)

Only three other candidates - all three incumbents - across the state have raised more than $50,000 as of their July reports.



Madison County Journal
8/27/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:39 am


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County clerks file motions to quash McDaniel subpoena for election materials


JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
Circuit clerks in Adams and Oktibbeha counties have filed motions to quash or modify the subpoena from Chris McDaniel's attorney Mitch Tyner that requested all original election materials from the United States Senate Republican Primary be forward to the Jones County Circuit Clerk by Friday.

Tyner's subpoena was sent to selected counties after special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee sent a letter to all 82 counties to ask that clerks preserve election materials. According to law, election materials must be kept two years after an election.

The motion from Oktibbeha County's clerk Glenn Hamilton argued that the subpoena was not issued properly and failed to include allowance to the clerk to "redact portions protected by the open records law."


WDAM
8/27/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:34 am


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Musgrove to announce school funding ‘action’ today



JACKSON – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has scheduled news conferences today in Jackson and Hattiesburg where he will announce plans to “take action to fully fund” the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

Musgrove, who served as governor from 2000-2004 and as lieutenant governor in 1997 played a key role in steering MAEP to passage, has discussed in recent weeks plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of school districts to force full funding of the Adequate Education Program.


Daily Journal
8/28/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:31 am


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Health problems unlikely to hurt Nunnelee re-election bid

Nunnelee in good position



JACKSON, Miss. — Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is likely to make few campaign appearances in north Mississippi this fall as he recovers from brain surgery and a stroke.

The limited schedule, however, probably won’t jeopardize the chances of a third term for the congressman from Tupelo.

Nunnelee’s Democratic challenger, Ron Dickey of Horn Lake, has never held public office, has raised only $6,000 in campaign cash, is working his way out of bankruptcy and is still trying to shake criticism from Special Forces veterans who say Dickey misrepresented his own military service by falsely claiming to be a “Green Beret Veteran of Desert Storm.”

And there’s this inconvenient fact: The chairman of Mississippi Democratic Party, Rickey Cole, has publicly called on Dickey to drop out of the race.


Commercial Appeal
8/27/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:24 am


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Newspaper Editor Talks Politics at Rotary Club


Meridian, Miss. The U.S. Senate race was a hot topic at the Meridian Rotary Club Wednesday.

The political editor for the Jackson Clarion Ledger was the guest speaker. Geoff Pender primarily talked about the rift in the Mississippi Republican Party.

Pender says although most people think he must enjoy the political turmoil, he says it's actually difficult to watch.


WTOK
8/27/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:16 am


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Judicial candidates put on ballot after rejection of challenges



JACKSON — Mississippi elections officials yesterday rejected requests to keep two judicial challengers off the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Attorneys for Circuit Judge Lee Coleman in Clay, Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee counties questioned whether challenger Monique Brooks Montgomery meets residency requirements to run. The state Board of Elections Commissioners said she does.

The commission also approved Takiyah Perkins as a candidate for circuit judge in Leflore, Sunflower and Washington counties.


MBJ
8/27/14

Posted August 28, 2014 - 5:12 am


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Via Margaret Ann Morgan with WDAM Twitter:

@Margaret_AnnM: Oktibbeha Co. Circuit Clerk has filed motion to quash subpoena that asks for all election materials #MSSen Expecting more from other clerks

@Margaret_AnnM: 1/2: Motion requests sanctions on McD: "subpoena was exercised in bad faith" in a way that "unreasonably annoys, embarrasses & oppresses...

@Margaret_AnnM: 2/2: "... movant (clerk) to curb abuses."

@Margaret_AnnM: Second sanction is monetary: "since he continues to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly campaign contributions" #MSSen


8/27/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 3:29 pm


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Clerks unhappy with McDaniel subpoena of voting records



According to the subpoena, circuit clerks in the subpoenaed counties will have to deliver "original election documentation" to the Jones County Circuit Clerk's office by Friday.

"I can't do it in two days," longtime Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn said.

Dunn said she has been trying to reach McDaniel and his attorney Mitch Tyner to request they send their people to her office to go through the county's 118 precinct boxes.

"There is no way we can go through 118 precinct boxes in two days to check to see if they contain absentee ballots," Dunn said.


Clarion Ledger
8/27/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm


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McDaniel demands election records from counties


...A McDaniel subpoena demands records be delivered to Jones County by Friday.

Madison County's Lee Westbrook says she would have to rent a van or hire movers to deliver the material McDaniel is seeking, including poll books and absentee ballots.

McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner says he sent subpoenas Monday to 46 or 47 of the 82 counties — places he believes there were widespread irregularities in the June 24 runoff....


WTVA
8/27/14



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Jones County Circuit Court Judge running for re-election


For the past 28 years, Billy Joe Landrum has served as Circuit Court Judge for Jones County and says he plans to continue doing so for the next four years.

On Tuesday, the long time jurist announced that he will be running again and opened his official campaign headquarters.


WDAM
8/26/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 7:01 am


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DAILY LEDES WITH SAM HALL: What Cochran, McDaniel say about dismissing challenge



There are other arguments — such as Jones County, where McDaniel filed, does not have jurisdiction — but the strongest argument is based on the timing.

McDaniel: Cochran argument cites old law

McDaniel's response to Cochran's motion to dismiss is that the incumbent's legal team is basing their timeline argument on old law that is no longer applicable because state election laws have been updated since the 1959 case.

McDaniel's response also says that the state Republican Party missed its own deadline to certify results of the runoff, and that McDaniel's team wasn't provided prompt access to voting records in many counties.

In other words, even if the timeline does exist, it would have been reset each time McDaniel had to seek a court order to gain access to voting records.



Clarion Ledger
8/26/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 6:52 am


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BOBBY HARRISON: Presley connects, but could he raise money for statewide race?


Currently, Attorney General Jim Hood of Houston is Mississippi’s only statewide elected Democrat. He has survived all comers from a Republican Party that has grown dramatically in strength during his tenure in statewide office. But other than Hood, Mississippi Democrats do not have a very deep bench in terms of politicians who could be considered serious statewide candidates.

Presley, the current second-term Northern District public service commissioner, could.

He is by far the best communicator in the state in terms of getting his points across and connecting with his audience. Plus, he is a relentless campaigner.

Seldom, regardless of the audience, does Presley not gain favorable comments after his presentation. Presley is able to connect his brand of populism with an overall economic message for the state that connects with a wide variety of voters.

Presley is as good a retail politician as there is in the state right now. But could he raise the millions of dollars needed to run a credible statewide campaign?



Daily Journal
8/27/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 6:48 am


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DAILY JOURNAL editorial: OUR OPINION: Common Core becomes the standard in Mississippi


The transition year has been difficult for administrators, teachers, students and parents because in some ways teaching was limited by demands of trying to serve two curriculums and two standards.

That issue, thankfully, is behind. Common Core is in place and schools are moving forward...


...Political opposition has developed before the fact of implementation, but success and progress with the Common Core assessments will silence naysayers.

Common Core is not a federal program, and it was not shoved down states’ throats by a governmental decree. States, more than 40, voluntarily adopted the standards. Mississippi’s public school children, teachers and administrators need strong citizens’ support in mastering Common Core, with the goal of success and high academic achievement to clear the road ahead.



Daily Journal
8/27/14



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SUN HERALD | Editorial: Test score decline is worrisome



Seems most South Mississippi school officials say they are OK with the drop in test scores reflected by the most recent Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition.

We aren't. Our scores for the most part had been improving and a decline, no matter what the reason, is cause for concern.

They say the drop was expected because Common Core, the new standards many districts recently implemented, was not aligned with the test. Really? Then that was a waste of money. Why not skip a year until the test is aligned with the standards?...



....But until they do, the state Education Department has just pitched a big old softball to opponents of Common Core. The standards are already in trouble. The Conservative Coalition in the Senate is out to kill Common Core. Gov. Phil Bryant told the Neshoba County Fair crowd "you bet we'll be talking about" Common Core in the next legislative session.



Sunherald
8/26/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 6:39 am


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Mississippi ballot set with Cochran as Senate nominee



JACKSON -- Mississippi elections commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a November ballot that lists Republican Thad Cochran, Democrat Travis Childers and the Reform Party's Shawn O'Hara as nominees for U.S. Senate.

Approval of the ballot came, as expected, while Chris McDaniel's challenge of his Republican primary loss to Cochran is still awaiting trial. The judge overseeing McDaniel's challenge said last week he would not block preparations for the general election, including the setting of the ballot.

State law says the ballot must be given to counties by Sept. 10, which is 55 days before the Nov. 4 general election. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Mississippi must make absentee ballots available to overseas military voters starting Sept. 20.

"Unless we're ordered to the contrary, we're going to follow the process," Hosemann said after Tuesday's meeting.




Sunherald
8/26/14

Posted August 27, 2014 - 6:34 am


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CORDER: By jove, Watson, I’ve got it
A look at state Sen. Michael Watson's political future

by Frank Corder
Clarion Ledger assistant editor Sam Hall noted in a piece a few weeks back that state Sen. Michael Watson may have been a better candidate than his colleague Chris McDaniel in this year's Republican U.S. Senate primary.

While it's true that Watson doesn't have the baggage McDaniel had (old radio shows, questionable associations, etc.), the two termer from Pascagoula lacks the vast home county support Jones County showed their native son. There's no possible way Watson would have beaten Cochran by 10,000 votes in Jackson County. While some view him as ambitious and with a promising future, many in Jackson County see more of an air of arrogance, even perhaps an opportunistic self promoting political ladder climber who doesn't work well with others around the Capitol.

And now, thanks to his being tied at the hip with McDaniel throughout the campaign and having taken the bait on this hostage crisis of a election challenge, the powers that be in Jackson County are scrambling to find young Watson an opponent come January 2015 qualifying, seeing a chink on his armor.

However, those efforts may well be for nought.

When you review the Republican primary numbers in Jackson County it was the more rural areas that buoyed McDaniel, namely Watson's state senate district. Voters in this area aren't likely to hold a grudge against their boy for his time on the trail with McDaniel come next year, unless a case can be made otherwise.

And it can be, with the right candidate with enough money, more than a few volunteers, and the right messaging.

Any opponent Watson draws will have to laser in on his position and respect level around the state Capitol, and how that translates into his service on behalf of voters. Due to his repeatedly poor choice of associations in Jackson (Hewes, Senate Conservative Coalition, McDaniel) and even poorer choice of words at times (routinely calling out state officials and Senate leadership), Watson has essentially neutralized himself and is having a difficult time effectively representing his constituents or passing legislation he drafts.

A prime example was last year's bill Watson dropped to change the state seal to read "In God We Trust." Gov. Phil Bryant even promoted it in his State of the State address, naming Watson as the sponsor. But the measure was added to another bill by Senate leadership and passed, essentially cutting Watson out of the loop. Even in something as innocuous and overwhelmingly positive as this, Watson was legislatively neutered.

As a matter of fact when you review the bills Watson was the principal author on during the 2014 session every single one of them died in committee, according to the Legislature's website. But he was in good company with that record; McDaniel had a similar record.

So the case is there to be made if Watson does draw a challenger in his state senate district, and from all indications a credible challenger will not be wanting for money. The "Establishment" in Jackson and many community leaders on the coast will make sure of that.

But such a challenge isn't likely to materialize; a relatively low credible candidate pool in that area adds to the enormity of the undertaking. If Watson runs for reelection, he is likely to cruise to a win despite his record.

There has been misguided, yet hopeful speculation by some that Watson, not McDaniel, would run against Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in 2015. Let me be the first of many to say that this would be a bloodbath.

Despite the overhyped rhetoric from some Tea Party types, Reeves may well be more Tea Party than the Tea Party when you look at his record. Add in the fact that he has a strong hold on the Senate, has a nice war chest on hand with the ability to easily acquire more with a few phone calls, and is well respected even among the black members and a Watson challenge just becomes next to impossible.

Watson will not be able to raise the money necessary or obtain enough earned or unearned media to elevate his name ID to make it a real race. And as McDaniel's right hand man, Watson's image is tarnished in many areas of the state (the longer the challenge goes it just gets worse for all the merry men and women who surround McDaniel and encourage the continued rhetoric).

Although, there remains one area where Watson is still a threat - the 4th Congressional District. Understanding that 18 months to 2 years is an eternity in politics, it would not surprise me one bit to see Watson challenge Congressman Steven Palazzo come 2016.

Rumors swirled of a Watson run for Congress in 2010 versus Gene Taylor but he didn't pull the trigger; Palazzo did and has quickly worked his way up within Congressional ranks.

When you look at the numbers in the 4th District, Palazzo's base isn't the coast where he's from, it's the Pinebelt. McDaniel overwhelmingly won the Pinebelt and the 4th District. If McDaniel himself doesn't call dibs and stake a claim on vying for the seat, his lieutenant is well positioned to use the McDaniel name and machine to give Palazzo a real challenge, one even Taylor couldn't provide.

Watson would likely win Jackson County, split Harrison County, and potentially win Hancock County (the old Gene Taylor stronghold), leaving the Pinebelt to break in large measure for the McDaniel connection, meaning all the time Watson invested with McDaniel over the last year and the criticism he's drawn may have a purpose after all.

By jove, Watson, I think we figured it out.


Posted August 27, 2014 - 5:35 am


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Some reading comprehension problems with the McDaniel lawyers, who also forgot to read the pocket part

2. The second statute does not have a deadline in it, which makes it more like another statute, Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-927, which says that challenges under that code provision must be filed “forthwith.”

Well, the “other statute” talks about the length of time required to file in court, for all kinds of contests, and does not speak to the time deadline for filing in the executive comittee, unlike the first two statutes. Furthermore, that statute has actually been amended (!!!!) and now has a deadline of ten days, replacing the “forthwith” requirement.


(H/T to John Pittman Hey who dug up the McDaniel response)



NMC
8/26/14

Posted August 26, 2014 - 1:52 pm


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

While most of Mississippi’s getting ready for the court action between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran down in Jones County, Y’allPolitics decided to take a look back.

McDaniel keeps harping on this Rev. Fielder character. We will talk more about that in a minute. But it’s incumbent to look at the track record of the person who has “unearthed” this witness . . . Charles Johnson.

Our first story starts in November 2012. Two young intrepid reporters named Matt Boyle and Charles Johnson “break” a story about NJ Sen. Bob Menendez involving hookers from the Dominican Republic (low light blurry video of hookers talking through interpreters on link).

According to the Washington post, it didn’t take long for the prostitute to recant the claims that they were paid for (sound familiar). Now, according to the Post, it turns out that US investigators are researching whether or not Cuban agents help put that fabrication together as Menendez was a major critic of the Castro regime.

In 2013, he of ginger haired fame wrote a piece on Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, NJ. This article penned by Johnson in the Daily Caller used “neighbors” and no other corroborating sources to say that Booker was not a resident of Newark (again, sound familiar?) . That was easily debunked when rental checks and agreements were sent to Buzzfeed.

The point is, Rev. Fielder ain’t Johnson & Company’s first rodeo. The recipe is (1) take outsiders who will (2) say anything and (3) find/pay people to say what you want (regarless of the truth) (4) make a big stink and then (5) disappear and be expendable. Looking at history, the result on Fielder is predictable. But McDaniel has gone “all in” on the story full knowing Johnson’s history.

McDaniel even re-doubled down on Fielder again last night as the Truth and Justice Circus and Roadside Revival made it’s way to Memphis (at the Jason’s Deli – behind the liquor store).




And as strident and petulant as ever, he laid down these jewels according to witnesses on Twitter.









And in true McDaniel fashion, THEY PASSED THE PLATE. Like in church. To raise money for his challenge.


Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Folks, regardless of his comments, it’s highly likely that we’re stuck with this another couple of months (till election day). The truth is that while McDaniel says he’s waiting for the court to decide, he’s trying to split the party and wants to force the GOP to his will. It won’t work. He’ll have his merry band of separatists to praise his name and fill his collection plate, but that’s all he’ll have.

That's the way it was – Day 63 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


Posted August 26, 2014 - 8:08 am


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CHARLIE MITCHELL: If 'shall' means 'shall,' Musgrove says he'll win



The school funds lawsuit former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is spearheading isn't complicated. It's simple litigation -- a petition for a declaratory judgment.

He and a cohort of attorneys will ask the court what "shall" means. If it means "must" or "not optional," then the Legislature may have to cough up $1.5 billion for K-12 education.

That's the amount, Musgrove says, schools were shorted -- cash schools would have received had the Legislature followed the "shall" it put in Mississippi Adequate Education Plan legislation.

Musgrove says "shall" constitutes an irrevocable promise that lawmakers made to school children and even if they change the statute going forward, they still owe what was promised and has not been delivered.



Sunherald
8/25/14

Posted August 26, 2014 - 5:20 am


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Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee


WMC
8/25/14

Posted August 26, 2014 - 5:15 am


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Mississippi test scores dip -- as expected -- in transition to Common Core



JACKSON, Mississippi -- Student scores on a key state test fell in Mississippi schools in 2013-2014, a transitional year when school districts shifted teaching emphasis from old state standards to the new Common Core State Standards.

Education officials say that while school districts adjusted instruction to the new Common Core State Standards, students were still tested under the old standards.

Results released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Education show that scores on the Mississippi Curriculum Tests fell in almost all grades and subjects.


Gulflive
8/26/14

Posted August 26, 2014 - 5:08 am


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Pickering honored for performance and accountability


Mississippi State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering received David M. Walker Excellence in Government Performance and Accountability Award for 2014, according to a release from his office. The award is presented once every two years to three auditors from the public sector accountability community who represent federal, state, and local government. This year, Pickering was the only auditor honored.

Here's the rest of the news release:

In announcing Pickering’s selection, Berri Davis, director of the Financial Management and Assurance Division of the GAO, said Pickering took the position of State Auditor in 2008 to make a difference in government operations, improve the public’s ability to understand how it works, and help government leaders make better decisions. “He has worked hard to bridge gaps, create partnerships, reduce fraud and waste, and assist government entities in being better prepared,” Davis said.

Sunherald
8/25/14



Posted August 26, 2014 - 5:05 am


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RELEASE: GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT, MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC COUNCIL AND MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES ANNOUNCE NEW COMPETITION FOR STUDENTS

8/25/2014 - Jackson, Miss.


WHO: Governor Phil Bryant, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi Public Universities
WHAT: Announce new student challenge that will hone students’ skills, help Mississippi reach Blueprint goals
WHEN: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Second Floor Rotunda, State Capitol Building, 400 High Street, Jackson
SPEAKERS: The Honorable Phil Bryant, Governor of Mississippi
Blake Wilson, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council

Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education

Robin Robinson, Member, Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Director of Organization Development and Corporate Communication, Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Dr. Jay Kim, Chair, Business Administration, Mississippi Valley State University

Dr. Albert Nylander, Director, McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, University of Mississippi

Dr. David Shaw, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Mississippi State University, Chair, Mississippi Research Consortium


8/25/14

Posted August 26, 2014 - 5:03 am


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Canton Alderman wants Senator replaced



CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Canton City alderman is asking state officials to replace State Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones.

We have a copy of a letter sent to Governor Phil Bryant by Ward 6 Alderman Eric Gilkey.

Gilkey says the Governor should call a special election. He claims Jones has accepted a position with Canton Municipal Utilities.

He also sent a letter to State Auditor Stacey Pickering asking him to recoup any funds paid to Senator Jones while he has held the position in Canton while also serving as state Senator.



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8/25/14


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RELEASE: Speaker Philip Gunn to Host Third Mississippi Solutions—an Ideas Tour



Jackson, MS—For the third year in a row, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will host a series of non-partisan town hall meetings around Mississippi for his MS Solutions—an Ideas Tour. Speaker Gunn will make various stops around the state during the week of September 22, 2014.

The purpose of the meetings is to provide a local forum for citizens to share ideas they may have for improving Mississippi. While Speaker Gunn encourages Mississippians to share any suggestions they may have, he also encourages them to provide possible solutions for their concerns.

“Through the years, people have shared their concerns and opinions regarding issues we all care about: jobs, healthcare, education,” said Speaker Gunn. “This year, I anticipate people again echoing those sentiments, but I do hope they will also present ideas as to how your elected officials should work toward solving those issues that matter the most to you.

“Mississippians have responded enthusiastically the last two years that we have held MS Solutions—An Ideas Tour,” said Speaker Gunn. “The meetings provide an outlet for us to hear from Mississippians all over the State. Not everyone has the opportunity to come to Jackson and meet with elected officials. So, we essentially bring the Legislature to the people.”

Each meeting lasts one hour and is open to the public and media.

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Monday, September 22



8:00 a.m.—Ridgeland, Ridgeland City Hall

Address: 304 U.S. 51, Ridgeland, MS, 39157



11:30 a.m.—Pearl, Old Pearl High School

Address: 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, 39208



Tuesday, September 23



9:00 a.m.—Cleveland, Cleveland City Hall

Address: 100 North Street, Cleveland, MS, 38732



1:00 p.m.—Senatobia, Haraway Center, NWCC Room 104

Address: 4975 Hwy. 51 N., Senatobia, 38668



Wednesday, September 24



9:00 a.m.—Tupelo, Tupelo City Hall, City Council Chambers, Second Floor

Address: 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, 38804



1:00 p.m.—Louisville, Louisville City Hall

Address: 200 South Church Avenue, Louisville, 39339



Thursday, September 25



9:00 a.m.—McComb, Golden Corral conference room

Address: 200 Anna Drive, McComb, MS, 39648



1:00 p.m.—Picayune, City Council Chambers

Address: 203 Goodyear Boulevard, Picayune, 39466




8/25/14

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Reeves touts fiscal responsibility in local speech

Reeves added that it's also because the community college works with the county and area to ensure that if a business locates here, that business can and will have an adequate workforce.



"We're fortunate now because we're (several) years into this, and we actually have proof," he said. "We don't have to sell it. It sells itself."



While Reeves did not mention the project by name, state funding secured by EMCC will be poured into a new workforce training facility that has been labeled Communiversity.



He added that the state has worked to cut taxes, namely the state's inventory tax. None of the states surrounding Mississippi had such a tax, making the state less competitive in luring business, he said.



"Our number one priority must be job creation, creating better and higher paying jobs to our state," Reeves said. "We have a political philosophy that government does not create jobs. Government's role is to create an environment which encourages the private sector to invest capital and create jobs. Businesses view taxes as nothing more than a cost of doing business, and we want our cost of doing business to be as competitive in Mississippi as it is anywhere else."



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8/25/14

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Mississippi State Senator Chris Mcdaniel to speak in Memphis


Date: Monday August 25, 2014

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30 pm Please order food by 6:00 pm if you plan to eat.

Where: Jason’s Deli, 3473 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tn (Poplar and Highland Behind Buster’s Liquor Store).


Jackson Press
8/25/14

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Congressman Harper speaks on Initiative to Benefit Children



Congressman Gregg Harper spoke On the Record today about a cause both republicans and democrats are standing behind.

The Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act aims to eliminate tax-payer funding of political conventions. The congressman says many don't realize that taxpayers are projected to pay $126 million over the next 10 years. With this act, the funds would instead go toward national institutes of health for additional pediatric research. The initiative is named after Gabriella Miller, a young girl who died from cancer.


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8/24/14

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GEOFF PENDER: Did McDaniel wait too late to file?



Chris McDaniel’s first hurdle in his lawsuit to overturn his loss to Thad Cochran is a doozy: He may have waited too late to file it.

As he worked for weeks building a case and campaigning that the election was stolen from him, McDaniel’s team said a 20-day deadline applies only to challenges of county and local elections, not a statewide U.S. Senate primary. Others, including the secretary of state, agreed with him.

“Justice has no timetable,” McDaniel said numerous times when questioned why it was taking so long to file his challenge of the June 24 GOP runoff for U.S. Senate.


ClarionLedger
8/23/14

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Lady Democrats get active as U.S. Senate election approaches



On Saturday afternoon, the Harrison County Federation of Democratic Women met in Biloxi to get the ball rolling on organizing ways women in its community can get active in the upcoming senate election.

It's what Public Relations Chair Mary Larson says is important, because whoever wins November's election, represents everyone in the state.

"I think it's very important to be a part of a group that thinks like you and can give you more affect than you can have by yourself," said Larson. "We can get together and explain to women how important it is that we select candidates that support us as women and our families and our children. That's our thrust in this election."


WLOX
8/23/14

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No tax increase in Southaven


SOUTHAVEN — There will be no tax increase in Southaven, that city's administrator and chief financial officer said Friday, blunting a growing firestorm of controversy that had erupted since city leaders first floated the idea of up to a four-mill increase.

However, city residents' garbage rates will rise $12 to offset dedicated millage that is being moved to cover general fund expenses.


Desoto Times
8/23/14

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SID SALTER: Immigration remains a political lightning rod


But Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant went on record opposing the state of Mississippi serving as a venue to house the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied mostly Central American immigrant children who entered the U.S. illegally in the past year. Bryant told Obama in a letter: “We simply do not have the resources, the location in which to house children that come here and do not speak our language, have no relatives in Mississippi.”

Efforts to enact draconian state-level immigration laws in Mississippi have met with resistance from city and county governments who have called get-tough immigration laws “unfunded mandates” on local taxpayers.

Education is an issue that is also intertwined with immigration. With the Legislature facing an ongoing initiative effort that seeks to force lawmakers to “fully fund” the Mississippi Adequate Education Program for K-12 education, the reality is that immigrant children are part of the mix that led to the results of a 2010 Southern Education Foundation report that found that the South has become the “first region in the country where more than half of public school students are poor and more than half are members of minorities.”

The report noted that 54 percent of Mississippi’s 513,000 public school students were from minority groups – including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other non-white groups


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8/24/14

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OUR OPINION: McDaniel trial date set; campaign must go on


Lawyers will be the stars of the courtroom portion of the drama, set in the Circuit Court of Jones County where McDaniel filed his lawsuit seeking to be declared the winner of the primary.

If McDaniel vs. Cochran is seen as David facing Goliath, the same could be said for the attorneys. Mitch Tyner, who heads a small Jackson-based firm, is McDaniel’s chief counsel. Cochran’s lawyers are Phil Abernethy (a native of Booneville) and Mark Garriga (former chief of staff to the late Gov. Kirk Fordice), both members of the Butler-Snow firm, the largest in Mississippi, with muscular political connections and a partner list including former Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour also is a celebrity Washington lobbyist and an unrelenting Cochran supporter.

The prize remains the U.S. Senate seat, and the sooner the energy focuses fully on that campaign the better off Mississippi voters will be.


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8/24/14

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Most state officials cautious on MAEP initiative



JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have expressed concerns with the effort of a newly formed grassroots organization to garner enough signatures to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to fully fund public education.

Other Republican state officeholders were cautiously non-committal in response to a Daily Journal survey about the initiative.

The only statewide elected official to endorse the proposal was Attorney General Jim Hood, who is also the only Democrat in the group.

In a statement last week and in late July at the Neshoba County Fair, Bryant said, “Right now I would not vote for it.” He said the proposal would increase “uncertainty with the state budget.”


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8/24/14

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WAYNE RODOLFICH: A few reasons why we should fully fund public education



The future of the state of Mississippi's public school funding hangs in the balance as a Mississippi Adequate Education Program lawsuit looms, a ballot initiative is being petitioned, and the contemplation of a change in the public education funding formula is reviewed by the Legislature. As we move into the dawn of an election year and the end of the four-year cycle of the current Legislature, I would like to make a few points regarding educational funding.

Before we begin the review of points, I hope we can all agree that everything from fuel to insurance and food costs are higher today than they were when the current Legislature took office. A greater chasm exists in costs since the inception of the MAEP funding formula in 1997. The formula included an inflation adjustment, but failure to consistently fully fund MAEP only magnifies the shortage most Mississippi school districts face each year. There are also demands on infrastructure, which did not remotely exist in the year of the creation of MAEP.

The challenge of higher accountability brings the challenge of better facilities and resources for our students and teachers. The new Common Core State Standards are designed to have an online testing component. Why is this beneficial? Online state testing would be an exercise in greater efficiency due to the elimination of cases of paper being sent back and forth between school districts and testing companies. The use of personnel to load, unload, pack, unpack, count and verify counts takes a disproportionate amount of time. This time could be saved through online testing.

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8/24/14



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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

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.


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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


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8/21/14


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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.



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8/21/14

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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.



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8/21/14

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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.



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8/21/14

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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

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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.


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8/21/14

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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

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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.






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WLOX
8/20/14

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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

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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.


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8/21/14


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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

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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.


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8/20/14

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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

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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


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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.


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8/21/14

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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.



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8/20/14

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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

Posted August 20, 2014 - 6:36 am


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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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