WBNS 10/20/14 Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday On Monday, two same-sex couples filed a federal challenge to Mississippi's gay marriage ban, the first lawsuit of its kind in the mostly rural, Christian-conservative state. Rebecca Bickett and her long-term partner Andrea Sanders want to get married in Mississippi, the lawsuit says, while Jocelyn Pritchett and her partner Carla Webb were wed in Maine and want their union recognized. Defendants include Republican Governor Phil Bryant, Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood, and Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, who has denied gay couples' requests for marriage licenses. Huffington Post…Childers won't support Reid, McConnell "That's how we change Washington, start at the top," Childers said Monday in a meeting with The Clarion-Ledger. Childers, a former U.S. representative and longtime county chancery clerk from Booneville, said he's dissatisfied with the leadership of both parties. He named Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota as people he would like to see leading the Senate. Childers said Donnelly is a friend and a fellow "Blue Dog" conservative Democrat when both served in the House and "I would vote for Heidi Heitkamp in a…Chairing Space Subcommittee attracts campaign cash for Miss. congressman WASHINGTON — As chairman of a House Science and Technology Committee panel over the last four years, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has been a vocal advocate of U.S. space exploration, calling for the resumption of manned flights. That stand has served his re-election campaign well, too, bringing a pile of cash that helped him stave off a primary challenge last spring. From Jan. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30 of this year, the chairman of the Space Subcommittee has collected at least $73,000 from political action committees and employees for…Is the Mississippi Senate race competitive? The Real Clear Politics average of three surveys taken from June through October 1 gives Cochran 44% to Childers’ 32%. Nate Silverman’s FiveThirtyEight senate forecast noted a 4.7% shift to Childers in recent weeks, but still gives Cochran a 10.6% lead. At GOP headquarters, the word is optimism. “We had a tough primary,” says Bobby Morgan, the communications director, “but we’ve had tough primaries in the past, and we have been able to form a coalition of conservative voters to carry us through the General Election.” He adds, “The message that party chairman [Joe]…RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI – Empower Mississippi, a new grassroots advocacy organization, released the first ever Education Choice Scorecard in the state of Mississippi. Education choice policies empower parents with the ability to choose an education that they determine is right for their child, whether at a traditional public school, charter school, or private school. The scorecard grades Mississippi legislators on key votes involving four education bills from 2012 through 2014: dyslexia scholarships, charter schools, speech language scholarships, and special needs education. In the Senate, 24 members scored an “A” while 16 scored an “F.” In the House of Representatives, 50 members…RELEASE: State Auditor Informs Legislature About MAEP Formula Flaws JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering has notified the Legislature of his concerns with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) formula. The report provides detailed information to lawmakers on the MAEP formula in advance of the upcoming 2015 legislative session. “Each year the Office of the State Auditor provides an overview of MAEP funds, how arbitrary changes are continually made to the formula, and how funds are used, or not used, for our students,” Pickering said. “Accountability issues are a major concern of this office, and it is past time for the…Delbert Hoseman is Mississippi’s Chuck Schumer What are the options now for Hosemann? He has a large campaign war chest and if he runs for re-election in 2015 he would win hands down. Some Republican think he could offer the strongest challenge to Hood if the Democrats decides to run for another term. If Hood decides to step aside, Hosemann would be the leading candidate in the race. Hosemann can just about write off any chances of ever going to Washington. He is 67 now and Mississippians are not likely to elect a man of his age as a freshman…It's no secret that state Sen. Tony Smith of Picayune is strongly considering a run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner. He's all but in given the press he's encouraged on the likelihood of a run for the open seat. Yet being on the losing end of the McDaniel effort makes his political stock go down to about zero in many circles. But the barbecue restauranteur isn't the only Chris McDaniel lieutenant looking at the job, which from what sources tell YP has ruffled a few feathers in the McGOP camp. Dane Maxwell, a campaign operative on the McDaniel US…MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS WLBT 10/19/14AP analysis: Mississippi's failing bridges now a mainstream concern However, if you ask Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons and Transportation Commissioner Tom King, people want to know about bridges -- the ones that have fallen down and the ones that might -- and who is going to fix them. "There's a serious problem out there with bridges," said King, who lives in Petal near Hattiesburg. He represents the southern district on the three-member Transportation Commission. "We're having to post a lot of bridges, lowering the weight limits, and that's affect farmers in north Mississippi and loggers in my part…This is a 'dumb as a rock' idea floating around The dumbest idea I’ve heard coming out of Republican fiscal leaders in the Legislature is to cut the state’s already skinny state tax base in the 2015 session. Two reasons: 1. They want to take it to voters next year as proof they’ve been down here running the state’s business on a penny ante budget. 2. After all, tax collections have been running better than expected (at least for the past few months) so let’s give it back, no mind that education is starving and medical care is the worst…7 indicted in voter fraud in Hattiesburg mayoral election HATTIESBURG -- After a year-long investigation, two Forrest County grand juries handed down seven misdemeanor indictments in voting irregularities connected to the 2013 general and special mayoral elections in Hattiesburg. Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell said in a Friday-afternoon press release her office had investigated "numerous complaints" and presented them to sitting grand juries in January and July. "The crimes for which the grand juries found sufficient evidence are misdemeanors under Mississippi law, and they will be prosecuted as such," Burchell said. Burchell said in the release she was…SALTER: Cruising toward the end of a long strange trip The 2014 Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary has far surpassed that 1983 campaign in terms of weird developments, outlandish strategies, and sheer length. If the 1983 campaign was a bizarre sprint, the 2014 Senate race in Mississippi has been an interminable marathon. In what was forecast as his final campaign after a long and distinguished career, six-term incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran saw opponents characterize his 40-year record of reliable right-of-center conservatism redefined by his GOP challenger as four decades of support for liberal causes and for wild-eyed and…Childers: 'I am working man's candidate' Will Republican voters really cross over in numbers and vote for the Democrat as they've vowed on social media? "I take folks at their word," said Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole. "If they're committed enough to put it out there on Facebook or Twitter, I believe they will." Recent polling shows the race has tightened somewhat, with Childers at 35 percent, Cochran stuck below 50, at 46 percent. A large tea party crossover or sit-out could tip the scales. But Childers has to walk a very fine line. He needs some tea party crossover,…Candidates differ on future of health care law In an emailed response to questions from the Daily Journal, Cochran said, "Access to quality, affordable health care is an important public policy goal. The Affordable Care Act was the wrong way to go, and it must be repealed. I've consistently voted to oppose the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and clearly, it has been a disaster in its implementation. There are better ways through the free market to make health care more affordable and accessible without the government taking over control of our health care system."... ...Cochran's Democratic opponent…Cochran has half million-plus in cash on hand JACKSON – Incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has $550,864 in cash on hand and is still raising funds as his bid for a seventh term enters the final stretch. Wednesday was the deadline for federal candidates to file their latest round of campaign finance reports. Neither Cochran’s campaign finance report nor that of his Democratic challenger had been posted late Wednesday on the Federal Election Commission website. But Jordan Russell, a spokesman for Cochran, said the Republican incumbent had raised an additional $150,000 thus far in October and still had fundraising events…State releases school, district accountability ratings, 2 Pascagoula schools bumped up to A status The Mississippi Department of Education has released this year's school accountability results, but they look almost identical to last year's results. That's because all districts were granted a waiver saying they would not be held accountable for declining performances on the MCT-2, a standardized test that's disappearing this school year. The waiver basically means that each school and district will retain the accountability label -- rated on a grade scale as A, B, C, D or F -- that they were assigned in the 2012-2013 academic…Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress Economic growth, immigration reform and the ability to compromise will be the major challenges facing the 114th Congress next year, according to Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, who is slated to provide the Chairman’s Lecture at the 2015 Dairy Forum. Barbour, who also is the former chairman of the Republican Governors Association and a leading political strategist, recently sat down with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, to discuss what it takes to handle political challenges and turn them into opportunities. “Congress is going to come to town with a…In battling Ebola, fighting panic is as critical as containing virus Lawmakers and other public officials have attempted to walk a fine line between urging caution and vigilance against the disease and reassuring a jittery population. “I often urge my colleagues not to use our positions of influence to promote fear in the public,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., at a congressional field hearing in Dallas on the United States’ preparedness late last week. “While it is proper to have serious concerns about the Ebola virus, it would be irresponsible to foster a narrative that an Ebola epidemic in the…Democrat Makes Political Ad Personal Jackson, Miss. A new Travis Childers ad has hit the airwaves. If you pay close attention, you'll notice he never mentions that he's a Democrat. Democratic Trust executive director, Brandon Jones, says that was intentional. "The feeling was, don't put any type of jersey on other than the state of Mississippi when you introduce yourself," Jones said.... ..."Travis is going to get a lot of Republican votes," said Jones. "He's going to get a lot Republican votes and it's going to come primarily from this group that's still wondering why their sitting senator spent the…Maness: I would have opposed Katrina relief The conservative hopeful’s opposition to the relief bill puts him in a similar camp as another Gulf Coast candidate. Last week, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who’s looking to knock off Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in the GOP primary, came under fire after hedging on whether he would have voted for the bill. But while McDaniel said he didn’t know how he would have voted, calling the massive bill not an “easy vote to cast,” Maness says he would have voted no. The aid package was passed with little opposition after the storm…McDaniel Endorses Col. Rob Maness for U.S. Senate Chris McDaniel today announced his support for Republican Rob Maness for Senate in Louisiana. "Make no mistake, Rob is fighting the very same fight we're still fighting here in Mississippi. In Louisiana, Colonel Maness is leading the way. "Rob's courage is impressive. To put himself into the line of fire and to be willing to have a real conversation with the voters and to drive to reach positive solutions is a rare quality," McDaniel continued. "Rob recognizes we need change in D.C., and he's eager to share that vision with Louisianans. Thankfully,…" />
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Sojourner: Bryant statement 'dumbest I've ever heard'

On Facebook, Sojourner has posted one of Gov. Phil Bryant's statements sent out by the state GOP endorsing incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

"'If you care about the conservative movement, you know it's critical that Thad Cochran be reelected to the United States Senate.' -- Phil Bryant, Mississippi Governor," Sojourner posted, quoting Bryant in a Cochran endorsement ad.

Sojourner then adds: "Quite possibly the dumbest statement I have ever heard regarding the conservative movement."



Clarion Ledger
10/30/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 2:50 pm


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Reeves talks education, money at MONA



"We' must invest in public education," he said. "That's why this budget year, there is a quarter of a billion dollars more on public education than we had three years ago. Every kid in our state deserves an opportunity for success. ...


.... "I think it's headed to an early dismissal," he said. "Gov. Musgrove wants to define love for education by how much money we spend. I don't agree with that."



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10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 10:32 am


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Mississippi Congressional candidate arrested


HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
A Reform Party candidate for Mississippi's 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives found himself behind bars on a simple domestic violence charge.

Eli Jackson, 57, was taken into custody Monday at the Hattiesburg Police Department. According to Hattiesburg Police Department Lt. Jon Traxler, Jackson showed up to file charges on someone, and had an active warrant for his arrest, and he was denied the ability to sign charges on the individual and served with the warrant for his arrest and taken to jail.

Jackson was facing a $1,000 bond according to Forrest County Sheriff's Department officers, and is no longer booked in the Forrest County facility.


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10/30/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 10:27 am


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BOBBY HARRISON: McDaniel cast his lot with unenforceable law



At the heart of Chris McDaniel’s attempted legal challenge of his election loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is a section of law that states a person should not vote in a party primary election unless that voter intends to support the party’s nominee in the general election.

McDaniel filed his election challenge on numerous grounds, but in reality his primary complaint was that he and his supporters were upset that Cochran apparently convinced people who normally vote in the Democratic primary to participate in the June 24 Republican runoff, giving Cochran a narrow margin of victory.

Of course, that issue will not be litigated because last week the state Supreme Court by a 4-2 margin affirmed a decision of a lower court that McDaniel’s lawsuit should be dismissed because he waited too late to file it. A separate written opinion issued by Justice Michael Randolph of Hattiesburg addressed the section of law dealing with voters not participating in a primary unless they intend to support that party’s nominee in the general election.


Daily Journal
10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:29 am


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EDITORIAL/Cochran for Senate


In Canton, for example, the Journal has confirned that a Democrat operative ran race-oriented radio ads, but the minority turnout in the majority black town didn't budge.

Those negative radio ads were not run or paid for by the conservative political action committee (PAC) which supported Cochran.

Tea party zealots, however, have yapped for months that the Cochran PAC was tied to those ads placed by the Democrat operative. It's a flat-out lie that many good Republicans have unwittingly believed.

The zealots engaged in Barbour bashing even tried to attach those ads to the former governor and his nephew, but the facts demonstrate it was not the Republican group involved.

Meanwhile, some tea party Christians are snubbing their noses at fellow Christians in the hallways at churches and even calling their fellow believers' faith into question on social media all because they're supporting Cochran. Really? This is damaging and we don't need weak, shallow and disturbed minds like that in the Republican Party.


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10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:20 am


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Hunters rights supporters make a final push for yes votes



There appears to be little, if any, instate opposition to a proposed hunters rights amendment to the Mississippi Constitution.

But supporters of the amendment on Wednesday made one final push for right to hunt, fish and trap in Mississippi. Supporters say they aren't worried that someone is about to infringe on those rights but they want to make it harder to infringe way into the future.

"The privilege of sportsmen being able to hunt, fish and trap is being threatened in other states,” said C. Scott Bounds, chairman of the Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee in the House in a release from the House news office. “As members of the Mississippi Legislature, we believe our citizens should have that privilege protected in Mississippi, enabling citizens to continue to practice sound



Sunherald
10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:18 am


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The absolute lie that is Travis Childers
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by Alan Lange
I continue to watch with utter fascination the contortions that folks in the "liberty" movement are making on social media to justify a vote for Travis Childers as "more conservative" than a vote for Thad Cochran. It's like watching those reality shows about watching people chase Sasquatch. You know it's not real, but you're fascinated by the stupidity of people who would even entertain the thought.

From the award winning Y'allPolitics Memory Division, allow me to put this whole thing in context in a 20 second video clip.



Folks, that's all you need to know.

Both Sam Hall and Geoff Pender have pretty much between the two of them brought the Clarion Ledger back to political news coverage relevance this cycle. They've knocked the cover off of the ball on real hard news coverage and they're to be commended for it. But they both goofed when they let Childers in an editorial board meeting get away with this.

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

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


Really? Seriously? And he doesn't get questioned about that? Fortunately, Warner, Donnelly and Heitkamp all have one thing in common. They're not running for majority leader and Childers knows it. The choices are Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell. And the fact that the vote for leadership is THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE A LEGISLATOR EVER MAKES shows you how stupid Childers thinks his potential constitutents and the media folks he talks to really are. The first thing that should have happened is that Childers should have been questioned about that on the spot. The second thing that should have happened is that the folks he told it to should have immediately called the offices of Warner, Donnelly and Heitkamp to see if in fact they were running for majority leader. Of course, they're not . . . they're all going to vote for Harry Reid. Gene Taylor used to pull the same failed gag.

That's OK. Paul Hampton, who has also done yeoman's work in this Senate campaign, made the same blunder. He let Childers skate on naming Mark Warner as his potential majority leader candidate.

Look, if you want to vote for Travis Childers 'cause you're mad, be my guest. If you want to say he's more conservative than some Democrats, you can say that, too. But if you think that a guy that voted for Nancy Pelosi five years ago for Speaker is more "conservative" than Thad Cochran, you need to have your head examined. The fact that McDaniel allows this abject buffoonery of thought to fester inside his voter base shows you how uncompromisingly narcissistic he is. Yesterday, MS GOP Chair Joe Nosef did a good job in calling that out on Supertalk.

While I'm at it, let me go ahead and make a prediction. I think you'll see some goofy stuff pop up over the weekend. In Mississippi politics, it always seems to happen. There will likely be some mailers, push polls and weird phone calls starting tonight or tomorrow. That's usually how the cycle works. If Cochran gets to 55% that's a huge victory. It's not going to be a 20 point blowout like some polls suggest. Senate elections just aren't like that anymore, especially with such a strong anti-incumbency tide nationwide. This race is real (even though some of the candidates may not be).

Vote. Mississippi has been through way too much this election cycle to screw it up at the end.

As stated on multiple occasions, the author of this piece has made a reportable contribution in this race. Please factor that into your reading.

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:15 am


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Proof in numbers: Commissioner agrees to compare property insurance premiums vs. losses across MS



LONG BEACH -- A growing coalition of Coast property owners is pressing for state legislation that would require insurance companies to report what they pay in claims by ZIP code. But Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told the Sun Herald on Wednesday he will order up the numbers without a legislative mandate.

Legislators in Alabama and Louisiana already required insurance companies to report premiums and losses paid by ZIP code. In Mississippi, bill sponsor Scott Delano of Biloxi said Chaney withdrew his support after the legislation passed the House. It died for lack of a compromise.

Chaney said the bill, as originally written, was no good. In Alabama, the Homeowners Hurricane Insurance Initiative, a coalition of churches, used the numbers to show that coast homeowners are being overcharged for property insurance based on losses reported in all areas of the state.



Sunherald
10/30/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:13 am


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PROFILES IN CONGRESS: REPRESENTATIVE GREGG HARPER


Representative Gregg Harper, Republican, Mississippi. Harper’s district spans diagonally from Louisiana to Alabama and takes up 24 counties in all, meaning that unless he has votes in Washington, he’s home. “If you’re not home, then you subject yourself to being attacked for not being in your district more often. It’s tough to balance that.”

“I don’t know that I would agree that Congress is bad at its job. It’s just an unusual job. The perception is that Congress is awful. But I would say that the greatest honor I’ve ever had is to serve in the House of Representatives. It’s a constitutional office. It’s the foundation of our country. What gets picked up in the news are the personal attacks, or if somebody’s screaming. I can’t control what other House members do. But, for me, I just make sure that if I have disputes, I confine those to the issues. I’m not going to make personal attacks on other members of my party, or the other party. I think leaders in both parties love their country.


Esquire
10/28/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:08 am


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SID SALTER: Cochran-Childers race will test how state's voters value seniority


Some strong voices in the current Mississippi political arena have castigated the value of congressional seniority of late. But other voices have been just as resolute that congressional seniority is like electricity - easy to take for granted until you don't have it.


Gulflive
10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 5:03 am


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Thad Cochran, Travis Childers speak at Mississippi business event (updated)


In his speech, Childers criticized a radio ad that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has made in support of Cochran.

"He would have you believe that I'm connected to all these liberal folks all over the country," Childers said of Bryant. "He obviously didn't choose to look at my record, because he would have seen different."


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10/29/14

Posted October 30, 2014 - 4:59 am


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NESHOBA DEMOCRAT: EDITORIAL/Cochran for Senate


Tuesday's U.S. Senate election is a fight for the soul of our country. The mounting $17 trillion debt is bankrupting America, as the big-government, European liberalism the Founders fled continues to infect U.S. public policy like the Ebola virus.

Most Americans are no better off now than they were six years ago. So the next eight years will be critical, and Mississippi needs a leader like Sen. Thad Cochran in the GOP-led fight for smaller, limited government.

America can boom again. We can lead. We can be a jobs creator with the right policy, with the right plan. Let's do this!

Republican control of the U.S. Senate most likely will prevent President Obama from ever appointing anyone to the Supreme Court again, something those in the GOP fold working against Mr. Cochran should consider, especially given the frequent 5-4 conservative majority decisions.




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10/29/14

Posted October 29, 2014 - 9:29 am


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Travis Childers Pre Primary FEC 102314



Posted October 29, 2014 - 8:16 am


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McDaniel still in conversations one week before Senate race

“I think and I hope, I believe, people will support Senator Cochran,” explained Yoder. “I do not think and do not believe that republicans in Jones county are going to cross over and vote for a democratic candidate.”

With one week left to campaign, polls show Cochran in the lead but not at the 50 percent mark. Both Cochran and Childers have said time and time again, the focus is on November 4th- not on what was, at the time, pending litigation from McDaniel.


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10/29/14

Posted October 29, 2014 - 7:32 am


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We're crapping you negative, folks. A week before a federal election the standard-bearer for his party, Mississippi Democratic Chairman Rickey Cole, apparently cuts a web video using a flipcam and donning overalls to rail against a guy that's not even running or even in office. He is railing against a guy that left office 3 years ago.

Really, Rickey Cole? Seriously?

Bless your heart . . .





Posted October 29, 2014 - 6:36 am


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Bill to Kill Inspection Stickers Expected to Appear Again in Next Legislative Session


Representative Cecil Brown authored the bill and says he plans to introduce the bill again during the next legislative session. He believes inspection stickers are an unnesseary tax on consumers and he believes dealers are getting out of the business because they can lose money on providing the service.

“They are supposed to be a safety purposes, but anybody who has had his or her car inspected understands that right now you basically honk your horn, turn on your lights, make sure your blinkers are working, step on your breaks, and that’s essentially it. There are a lot of safety features on automobiles that are not being inspected now,” said Brown.


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10/28/14

Posted October 29, 2014 - 5:46 am


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Blood Disorder Sends MS State Senator to Hospital


Doctors found blood clots in one of Senator Phillip Gandy’s legs and have placed him on bed rest. Gandy, 64, expects to be discharged by the end of the week.

Gandy, a Republican from Waynesboro, is also a Baptist pastor. He has been in South America speaking at a church he started in Chile 30 years ago.



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10/28/14

Posted October 29, 2014 - 5:44 am


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MSGOP chair Joe Nosef appeared on Supertalk's Paul Gallo show Tuesday. He expressed his disappointment in state senators Michael Watson, Chris McDaniel and Melanie Sojourner not supporting GOP US Senate nominee Cochran.

Here's the link to the audio.


10/28/14

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10/28/14

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O'Hara positions self as Miss. Senate protest vote




"I do like Thad Cochran. I do like my Democratic opponent in this race," O'Hara told The Associated Press. "Can I win this election? I'm getting a lot of phone calls from people saying, 'I want to know about your campaign.....' I believe will be the protest vote in this campaign."...


...He also says he wants to abolish the U.S. Senate and restore Col. Rebel as the mascot at the University of Mississippi. School officials retired the bearded old man about a decade ago amid concerns that he was reminiscent of a plantation master.

"His job was stolen away from him by a liberal elite," said O'Hara, who believes U.S. senators can choose a university mascot if the school takes federal money.


NewsObserver
10/28/14

Posted October 29, 2014 - 5:24 am


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Childers pitches familiar stands to friendly crowd in Ocean Springs

Robert Tucker, a field representative for the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, came from Shreveport, La., "trying to get (Childers) in."

The tough part, he said, is getting union members to the polls.

"A lot of people feel like their vote doesn't count anymore," said Tucker. "It does. A lot."

Sun Herald
10/28/14

Posted October 28, 2014 - 2:05 pm


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6 Reasons We Need To Help Republicans Take The Senate Even Though They Stink

4) It will improve the quality of GOP legislation: Putting Republicans in charge of the Senate will take a big excuse away from the Republicans on issues like immigration. Ironically, the reason the House leadership Republicans were so hell-bent on passing it this year was BECAUSE they feared the GOP would take over the Senate. Truthfully, they’d rather have a bad bill that codifies open borders and amnesty that they could blame on Harry Reid. Then, the line would have been something like, “We know it’s not the greatest bill, but what do you expect when we have to work with Harry Reid?” That same principle applies to Obamacare, the deficit and a number of other issues. If the GOP runs the House and the Senate, Republicans can’t take a show vote, then embrace some left-wing bill and blame it on the Democrats. Since the GOP leadership is comprised of country club Republican idiots, we still have to worry about the legislation they’ll pass, but at least we’ll be sure that it’ll be better than anything they could have done this year.

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Town Hall
10/28/14

Posted October 28, 2014 - 12:43 pm


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RELEASE FROM MS SOS HOSEMANN:


Voting Absentee in person ends Saturday

Jackson, Miss.—The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office is this Saturday, November 1, 2014.



“The Statewide Election Management System indicates roughly the same number of absentee ballots have been requested for the General Election as the Primary Election,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Typically, absentee ballots are a good indicator of voter turnout.”



The day before the Primary Election, approximately 18,036 absentee ballots had been requested. As of today, the Statewide Election Management System shows 16,521 absentee ballots have been requested.



“Don’t wait until the last minute,” adds Secretary Hosemann. “If you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot, visit your Circuit Clerk’s Office today.”



State law requires Circuit Clerk’s offices to be open 8:00 am until 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 1st for individuals who need to cast an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots submitted by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerk no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, November 3, 2014. Absentee ballots returned by military and overseas voters must be received by 7:00 pm the day of the election.



Absentee ballots must be requested through your local Circuit Clerk. For contact information for county Circuit Clerks, please click here:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/County-Election-Info.aspx

For more information regarding absentee balloting, please review our County Election Handbook or click the following link:
http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/2010CountyElectionHandbook.pdf


10/28/14

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From socialist Sen. Sanders to Travis Childers, South Forward promoting progressive agenda
Group supporting Childers not a fan of the Tea Party


by Frank Corder
A flyer being distributed door-to-door in Jackson seeks support for Democrat nominee Travis Childers for U.S. Senate and Ali ShamsidDeen for Hinds County circuit court judge. It is paid for by South Forward IE PAC.



South Forward was the organization that coordinated the visits by self-described “socialist” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to Southern states including Mississippi, a move the Mississippi Democratic Party and chairman Rickey Cole actively promoted and welcomed.

Here's a little about South Forward and Sanders:

"South Forward is a new organization trying to help elect left-leaning candidates to mostly local offices in the South, a place where they often are not quite in abundance. The group typically makes independent expenditures in support of those candidates, as opposed to donating directly to candidates, he said.

Sanders has decried such PACs and election influence as recently as last week, joining a rally at the U.S. Supreme Court as justices heard a campaign-finance case, and blaming the court’s Citizens United decision for leading to the federal shutdown. This, presumably, is a case of if-you-can’t-beat-’em,-join-’em."


Recent independent expenditures by South Forward in support of Travis Childers in Mississippi includes $4,600 to P3 Strategies of Jackson whose leadership includes Mississippian Pamela Shaw and former Clarion Ledger editor David Hampton (no surprise there); $2,725 to Will Godfrey, Finance Director of the Mississippi Democratic Party; $1,275 to Jay Parmley, South Forward’s executive director; and $6,965 to Indigo Strategies of Washington DC for “canvassing literature” presumably like the card being distributed in Jackson.

South Forward, founded by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Donald Fowler, has a Mississippi connection with the Vice-Chair being Gloria Williamson, the former state Senator from Philadelphia defeated by Republican Giles Ward in 2007. Williamson’s husband, Edward, is a politically active trial lawyer who is a major contributor to South Forward.

According to the "About" page on their website, South Forward believes "It's no secret that the Democratic Party and progressives are feeling in the South. The Tea Party is ascendant and Republicans have supermajorities in many state legislatures. Public education, labor, women's health and the very right to vote are under concerted - and often successful - attack."

It goes on to say South Forward seeks to revitalize and grow the Democratic South while "building the bench."

Support from South Forward IE PAC flies in the face of efforts by Childers to attract Tea Party support, to pick off disgruntled McDanielites who describe themselves as principled conservatives. It's typical Democratic fence straddling.

In a Gainesville, Florida city election, South Forward IE PAC sent a direct mail piece against a Democrat that wasn't quite liberal enough for their liking, saying “We Can’t Trust The Tea Party” and said “no real Democrat would accept help from the Tea Party. We can’t be fooled by Annie Orlando or the Tea Party.”

If the Tea Party believes they can find common ground with Childers and his most avid supporters they are at best sorely mistaken or at worst intentionally ignorant.

South Forward is a federally registered PAC and there's nothing unusual about it doing business to support a federal candidate like Childers. However, it doesn’t appear to be a state registered PAC meaning its involvement in ShamsidDeen’s judicial race may run afoul of Mississippi election laws. But this wouldn’t appear to be the first instance of failure to comply with state laws.

A few days ago in the Austin, Texas mayor’s race, the Austin Monitor reported “Mayor’s race turns ugly with labor PAC attack”:

"When the reporter asked him repeatedly who he was and the name of his employer, the caller said he could not disclose the information. Nor would he reveal his location. When asked directly if it was the South Forward IE PAC, the caller denied that he was working for that organization.

"Two other Austin voters who received similar calls said they were told that the callers were from the South Forward IE PAC. (The IE stands for “independent expenditure.”)

"The South Forward IE PAC received $10,000 from the Southwest Laborers’ District Council PAC, according to a Federal Election Commission report covering the period from July 1 to Sept. 30. Southwest Laborers’ District Council is an affiliate body of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, which endorsed Mike Martinez for mayor.

"South Forward is a political action committee organized in South Carolina under federal 501(c) 4 rules. In other words, it is an independent expenditure PAC. It does not appear to be registered in the state of Texas or with the Austin City Clerk’s Office.

"That failure to register with the city and provide information to the state may be a violation of both state and local laws."


So the questions come for Mississippi voters:

- Is Democrat Travis Childers, propped up by union bosses, South Forward and the like, really looking out for conservative Mississippi principles?

- Will Childers really be your voice in DC or will he be just a freshman progressive puppet?

- Is Childers just another in long line of Democrats in our state who say one thing but do something else for electoral expediency, seeking to take advantage of Republican discontent?

Wild things are said in the last week of a campaign. It's the silly season and we will be here to capture it all.



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Cochran vs. Childers: To Vote, Or Not To Vote: That Is The Question

I have been hearing from many McDaniel supporters, and have read their posts on social media, who are vowing to vote for Childers on Election Day. This is a perfectly acceptable alternative for Republicans, to cast a protest vote against the establishment and teach them a lesson once and for all: don’t take conservatives for granted again or you will pay the price.

And why should conservative Republicans not vote for a Democrat? Apparently having Democrats select the nominee of the Republican Party is okay, so Republicans electing a Democrat to the Senate should be okay too.



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10/28/14

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And here we thought *we* were critical of the MSSC sometimes!

… She signs off:


2 Chronicles 7:14

And may God SAVE America

Bible commentary under the fold.

Googling “tea party” “2 Chronicles 7:14″ suggests that this is the scriptural motto of the Tea Party, with 1.1M hits. (See also.)


If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

It being implicit that this apparently has not been done to the Tea Party’s satisfaction. (They are certainly experts at humility.) The context is God’s telling Solomon that He will dwell in the newly-built Temple, and if He sends locusts, etc., he will call off the plague/drought/infestation upon due repentance. The more Tea-Partyish part comes later in the chapter:


“But if ye turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you …”

Ah. There you go. The Mississippi Supreme Court applied the wrong statutes.


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10/28/14

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Another lawsuit possible in McDaniel election challenge


"We certainly disagree with the opinion of the majority," he tells OneNewsNow. "And I point out that three justices didn't participate."

So Tyner says despite the ruling, his client could still challenge the decision in federal court – even after the November 4 election. "State statutes allow the challenge to go forward even after the general election," he explains. "And we simply have to have a special election should the challenge be successful."

Tyner says the campaign may ask for the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling with the remaining three justices weighing in, or they might take the case to federal court.


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10/27/14

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Two Applicants for Charter Schools Advance in Mississippi



Mississippi's Charter School Authorizer Board has moved two groups that want to open schools ahead to the final stage of consideration.

Inspire Charter Schools, which was a finalist in the first round of applications earlier this year, is seeking to open a school serving 360 students in grades K-6 in Columbus. Midtown Partners is seeking to open a school serving 208 students in grades 5-8 in Jackson.


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10/27/14

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Ruling should end McDaniel odyssey



In the wake of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s rejection on Friday of Chris McDaniel’s challenge of his loss to Thad Cochran in the Republican senatorial runoff, Mississippians could take heart in a statement from McDaniel attorney Chris Tyner.

“While we disagree with the majority … we are glad the Supreme Court finally ruled so Mississippi conservatives can move forward into 2015,” Tyner said.

Maybe that means McDaniel will finally end his meritless post-election campaign to have the election results overturned. It probably doesn’t mean he’ll give up his campaign for political martyrdom, however, and actually concede the race.


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10/27/14

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Mississippi Coast lawmakers will reveal plans for next year's legislative session



Coast lawmakers will appear at a couple of pre-legislative session briefings on the Coast.

Wednesday, the Long Beach and Pass Christian Chamber of Commerce will hold Breakfast with our State Representatives with State Reps. Carolyn Crawford and Richard Bennett. There will be a breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. and program at 8 a.m.

Cost is $12 per person. Contact Pass Christian Chamber Director Jenny Levens at 228-604-0014 or jenny@mscoastchamber.com for more information.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce will hold its briefing Dec. 2 at the Golden Nugget Biloxi. State Reps. Patricia Willis and Hank Zuber and State Sen. Deborah Dawkins are the invited speakers.



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10/27/14

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Cochran calls on EPA for review of Yazoo Backwater Project


“I am writing to request that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water conduct an independent peer review of EPA Region IV’s recommended determination in 2008 to veto the final components of the Yazoo Backwater Area Project,” Cochran said.

“It is deeply concerning that the Southeastern Regional Office is unwilling to allow independent experts who were not associated with the determination to provide a fair and objective reevaluation of the 2008 determination. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — one of the world’s largest and most advanced construction agencies specializing in the design and construction of flood protection systems — continues to affirm the vetoed proposal is the option most capable of protecting Mississippians from devastating flood damages while creating opportunities for environmental protection and enhancement,” he said.


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10/27/14

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MS Tea Party blasts Supreme Court on McDaniel ruling


The Ms Supreme Court has embarrassed itself, confused itself, obfuscated the public, played hopscotch with its own rulings, and has defamed the rule of law.

Embarrassed itself by reversing ITSELF on election challenges involving multiple counties, it reversed its own previous ruling. Is that an apology to the Barbour family for having ruled against the Barbours in 2003? Gunn vs. Barbour House of Representative primary ruled that Gunn indeed prevailed. Now we have Attorney Phillip Gunn as Speaker of that body. Gunn filed his brief in contest 34 days after the Court's pretense of a nonexistent 20 day deadline.

Embarrassed itself again by this unfortunate spew. Before arguments were presented, the Chief Justice admonished those in attendance that they were to adhere to strict and respectful behavior. There was no evidence that disrespectful demeanor had ever been perpetrated in the Supreme's courtroom of grandeur. Quote: "no rolling of eyes, no sudden movements, no verbal commentary, etc" so went the admonishment.

Confused itself by seeing clear evidence that no deadline exists disclosed in the presention by McDaniel's attorneys on October 2, 2014 and then addressed an issue that was NOT PART OF THE CONTEST ARGUMENT, the Court denied the very text fully demonstrated to the Court side by side proving that no deadline exists. And coincidentally, that is also the opinion as the Chief Election Office of the State Delbert Hosemann professed. But then shiny objects have no place in the consideration of law.

Picking and choosing which preceding cases to observe, Kellum of 1959 or Gunn vs. Barbour of 2003, the Court jumped on one foot to another to be sure that the common man represented by a "Tea Party" candidate would not have his case heard. Too bad that the case written by the "Tea Party" candidate's representation is public record for all to see. Erosion of public respect will surely follow this court.

And of course the delay of this Court's opinion surely diminishes the public's respect that most State Supreme Courts enjoy by following with consistency its own similar opinions. When more widely DISCOVERED and PROVABLE evidence clearly shows that money was generously distributed to buy votes as in Amanda Shook's harvest of more than fifty thousand dollars in cash for "walk-around" money, seven thousand dollars to Chief Election Officer, SOS Delbert Hosemann and ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS in cash distributed to Hinds County GOP Chairman and Hinds County Election Officer Pete Perry for his Get Out the Vote efforts, buy-offs of "Reverend" Ronnie Crudup from his PAC run out of his New Horizon Church for race-baiting ads on black radio stations, flyers widely distributed with $15 cash PROMISES FOR VOTES that are out-and-out lies, when all these facts are issued as pubic record, but denied by the Ms Supreme Court to be heard, then the respect for that body disintegrates like a 50 ton lead wrecking ball against the edifice that is supposed to be the RULE of LAW.

Not only has the rule of law been tarnished by the U.S. Department of Justice, it has hit a devastatingly new low in Mississippi.

Now it will be interesting and imperative for the public, the common citizen to monitor campaign contributions and their sources when each of the Supremes are up for re-election.

2 Chronicles 7:14

And may God SAVE America

Laura Van Overschelde

Chairman Ms Tea Party


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10/27/14

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Lawmakers more likely to confront Medicaid expansion after 2015 elections


STARKVILLE - Public health care advocates hoping to see Medicaid expansion in Mississippi under the Affordable Care Act will likely again be disappointed during the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature.


With Mississippi's eight statewide officials and all 174 state legislators in the final legislative session before the 2015 election cycle begins in earnest, the chances of Medicaid expansion drawing more than a few press conferences or protest rallies are slim and none. Republicans and less than dyed-in-the-wool Democrats alike will avoid the issue like the plague.

Why? As was test-driven by the 2014 Mississippi U.S. Senate campaign, Mississippi voters still in great measure see Medicaid expansion not as a facet of the ACA but as the pejorative "Obamacare" - and emblematic of runaway government spending.

Closer to home, Gov. Phil Bryant hasn't wavered in his opposition to Medicaid expansion by any name. "For us to enter into an expansion program would be a fool's errand," he told the Associated Press earlier this year. "I mean, here we would be saying to 300,000 Mississippians, 'We're going to provide Medicaid coverage to you,' and then the federal government through Congress or through the Senate, would do away with or alter the Affordable Care Act, and then we have no way to pay that. We have no way to continue the coverage."



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10/27/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

On Friday, the MS Supreme Court in a split decision decided to inject some sanity back into the universe and rejected the appeal of Chris McDaniel and affirmed the lower court ruling.

Since McDaniel’s crew spent a cool $287,000 on trial lawyers for legal fees, according to their Q3 FEC report, it’s hard to imagine that they will go out seeking another legal fight in federal court. He has enough now to shut down the circus and pay the $100K loan to himself. Whether or not he’ll do that is anyone’s guess.

His non-concession response to the ruling was predictable.

"Republicans in Mississippi are still left wanting for justice after June's Republican primary was decided by more than 40,000 Democrats," McDaniel said. "Worse yet, the courts refused even to hear our challenge," he continued.

"But now it is time to turn the page and work to enact true conservative change in Mississippi and in Washington, D.C.," McDaniel continued. "It is my hope that conservatives in Mississippi will view this decision as a motivating factor to get involved in Republican politics so we can change our state for the better for future generations."
"In the coming days, I'll be asking conservatives to join us as we continue our fight for principled leadership,"


But this whole deal now puts the McDaniel camp in a weird space.

There are basically three options for a McDaniel voter.

1. Vote for Travis Childers, Harry Reid and Barack Obama in defiance
2. Write-in Chris McDaniel in protest
3. Vote for the Republican Nominee Thad Cochran to support a Republican takeover of the US Senate even if you're mad about the runoff

Looking at social media comments, there seem to be McDaniel supporters scattering across all three options essentially diffusing any focused impact they’d have.

Here’s the problem for McDaniel. If he tells his minions to votes for Travis Childers in protest, which I think he wants to do but is scared to, he exposes that he in fact is not the sharp edge of 187,000 focused voters, but rather at the dull edge of 18,000 zealots. Even if he does endorse Childers, Childers still loses, though it would get more interesting. If that happens, Childers won't be able to hold Democrats on his side, who expressed real concern for McDaniel's message and they'd likely flee in droves. If he supports Cochran at this point, it makes absolutely no difference. He and the folks around him have shown their ass enough to where that doesn’t move the needle and it wouldn’t look conciliatory anyway. The Republican party for this cycle has moved on without him. If folks write him in, it’s the ultimate exercise in futility.

Let’s talk bluntly. McDaniel threw his hat in the ring when no one else would. Folks are mad at DC and justifiably so and he made himself an alternative and a conduit for their anger. Good for him. He had an obscene amount of money spent for him that will likely never be repeated, and that certainly didn’t hurt. Had he used that to put good folks around him, he’d likely be measuring the curtains in DC right now. But I’ve always said that over time you cannot hide what you really are. And he didn’t. Thankfully, people figured it out.

Now we wait till next year to see the grandiose scheme and whether he can repeat the trick. If he runs against Phil Bryant or Tate Reeves, I doubt it.

That's the way it was – Day 125 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

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From the award winning YP Memory Division, on the latest McDaniel FEC report on page 424, there are four entries of payments to the Liberty Action Center. You'll remember them for a relatively shady outbound phone call on McDaniel's behalf back in early July (post-runoff) testing support for a petition used to support the McDaniel challenge efforts. LAC actually had people answering the phones as if they were the McDaniel campaign itself. Sam Hall at the Clarion Ledger got that scoop.

Now the interesting thing is that after McDaniel lost the runoff on June 24, he was technically not a candidate anymore. From sources YP has talked to, though there is some murkiness to it, that made McDaniel free to coordinate with outside groups like LAC, which he would not have been able to do as a candidate. That's still an open item of sorts.

Regardless, for Liberty Action center to categorize the expenditures as "Facility Rental/Catering Expenses" doesn't seem to pass the straight face test. Unless they're selling corndogs or something.

McDaniel still retained $143 COH so that he could cover any leftover legal costs (that totaled over $275K during Q3) and still pay off his $100K loan to himself.

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Chris McDaniel Q3 FEC Filing





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Poll: pick the top 5 weirdest Senate '14 moments

It's time to pick the strangest, most confounding events in a race that was historically bizarre, deemed "weirdest" of the midterms or — as the New York Times put it — "most extravagantly weird."

Particularly, the long bitter GOP primary battle between incumbent Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel spawned many "what the … ?" moments. Often, the cops had to be called.


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10/26/14

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South Mississippi congressional field crowded, but it's not much of a race




There's a crowded field in the 4th Congressional District but it doesn't look like much of a race.

Incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo, a two-term Republican, likely vanquished his toughest opponent, former Congressman Gene Taylor, in the primary.

"Does Steven have an opponent?" asked Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves last week. He didn't seem to be joking.

Palazzo actually has five opponents -- a Libertarian, a relative newcomer running for the Reform Party, a couple of independents, and perhaps the most viable, Matt Moore, a Democrat making his second run at Palazzo.




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10/25/14

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Choctaw tribe awarded $4 million wastewater grant


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Water and wastewater infrastructure systems serving the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and rural areas of Scott County are in line to receive almost $7.5 million in improvements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reported.


Cochran, the ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Thursday said that USDA Rural Development has approved a $4.13 million grant-loan package for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to improve wastewater treatment. Another $3.36 million grant-loan award is being issued to H&H Water Systems to upgrade water service to residents in the Harperville and Hillsboro areas of Scott County.



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10/25/14

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UPDATED State Supreme Court rejects McDaniel appeal



The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of Chris McDaniel's lawsuit over his June GOP primary loss to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.

The court ruled four to two, upholding a lower court decision that McDaniel waited too long to file the challenge of his loss. Three justices did not participate.

McDaniel in statement said, "Republicans are still left wanting justice" by the decision and said he hopes "conservatives in Mississippi will view this decision as a driving factor to get involved in Republican politics."

Neither McDaniel nor his lead attorney Mitch Tyner answered definitively on Friday whether the ruling will put end to his trying to overturn the election, but McDaniel said, "now is time to turn the page and work to enact true conservative change." Tyner said that while he disagreed with the ruling, "we are glad the Supreme Court finally ruled and Mississippi conservatives can move forward into 2015."


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10/24/14

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LLOYD GRAY: Quiet election heads into final stretch run


You might not know it, but there’s an election on the horizon in Mississippi on Nov. 4. People in many other states are currently under the same kind of TV advertising bombardment Mississippians faced back in the spring and early summer, but it’s quiet here.

A principal reason is that the national Democratic Party decided not to make Mississippi a priority in its quest to maintain control of the U.S. Senate. Even with incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran battered in a bitter, close primary that badly divided the state GOP, Democratic nominee Travis Childers got no infusion of cash from people or groups outside the state with a partisan interest in the outcome. Apparently they thought Mississippi was still safely in the Republican column, as recent history would certainly suggest.

Then again, Childers – a conservative Blue Dog Democrat when he served in the U.S. House – is a virtually extinct breed nationally who wouldn’t excite most big Democratic donors anyway.

So it’s been a struggle for him to get on the airwaves and establish an identity beyond the 1st Congressional District he served for two and a half years.


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10/26/14

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Libertarian 4th Dist. candidate wants return to constitutional basics


Gulfport's Joey Robinson is the Libertarian Party's nominee for congress for South Mississippi. He's in medical sales and says the country needs to return to constitutional basics.

"We're in tremendous debt and are in a constant state of war and joblessness, right?" Robinson said. "This has happened because of the two-party system we have in this country. We have to change the way we're doing things. Over 50 percent of Americans want a third party, I think the Libertarian Party is it," he said.


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10/25/14

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THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT: Sojourner needs to clear name




Sojourner said earlier this year that other lawmakers have told her they haven't filed such reports, or have filed incomplete ones.

The problem with Sojourner's claim is that it's not true. Mississippi Secretary of State's Office Communications Director Pamela Weaver said Sojourner is the only state legislator who did not file the required form for 2013.

Even if others hadn't file the required form, that's no reason for Sojourner to not follow the state's campaign finance laws.

Sojourner needs to quickly file the report and clear her name -- and the reputation of the constituency she is supposed to serve.



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10/26/14

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Wicker: Mississippi is Reaping the Benefits of the New Farm Bill



WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., issued the following weekly report:

During the month of October, scenes of hard-working farmers bringing in the year's harvest are commonplace in Mississippi. More than 42,000 farms populate our landscape, growing commodities such as poultry, catfish, cotton, corn, soybeans, and peanuts. According to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, the industry totaled $7.5 billion in 2013, making it the largest job creator in the state.

Congress took steps earlier this year to provide farmers and ranchers across the country with a number of key program revisions. These new tools were included in a comprehensive "Farm Bill," which was signed into law in February 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that progress has been made on "every (part) of the Farm Bill including risk management tools, farm loan programs, agricultural research, and disaster relief to farmers and ranchers." But more work remains to be done.

Certainty and Stability for Farmers

Farming and ranching operations are highly dependent on cooperating weather and consumer demand. They constantly battle razor-thin profit margins. To combat these challenges, USDA is in the process of implementing the law's new risk management tools, including price and revenue protections, and crop insurance reforms. These reforms will help provide farmers certainty and stability when making decisions about production loans, equipment, and crop insurance costs. Producers and taxpayers should soon begin to see the results of these critical improvements.

One of the most significant parts of the law is the reduction in overall mandatory spending -- $23 billion over the next 10 years, including vital reforms to the nation's food stamp program. Mississippi is fortunate to have Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., leading the way on developing the new Farm Bill. As the lead Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, he saw that the law was both fiscally responsible and beneficial to every Mississippian.


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10/26/14

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Analysis: Pickering again questions school funding



Mississippians might be forgiven for drawing the wrong conclusions from state Auditor Stacey Pickering’s latest broadside against flaws he sees in the state’s public school funding formula.

Pickering said he’s not against the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, that he’s not alleging the state’s 146 school districts are intentionally manipulating the formula to obtain more cash from the state and that he’s not necessarily calling for lawmakers to limit local spending autonomy.

The Republican said his criticisms are meant as information for lawmakers to consider. But it’s clear he wants them to think about doing something. “The MAEP funding formula is not sacrosanct at all,” he said.


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10/26/14

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Travis Childers Q3 FEC Report



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The Mississippi Supreme Court issued its ruling denying McDaniel's appeal on Friday.

Here's the link to the full ruling.

MS Supreme Courts affirms in McDaniel v. Cochran #mssen



10/24/14

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Gov. Bryant urges Mississippians to vote for Thad Cochran November 4

Click here for Bryant's ad.


10/24/14

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Hearing set to challenge Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage



JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - A hearing has been set in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, a federal challenge to Mississippi's law banning same-sex marriage.

The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. on November 12. Both sides in the case will gather in federal court in Jackson before U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves.

Lead counsel for the plaintiffs is Roberta Kaplan of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Plaintiffs are also represented by Mississippi attorney Robert McDuff of McDuff & Byrd, based in Jackson.


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10/22/14

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'READY TO RUN' URGING WOMEN TO JOIN STATE POLITICS



Mississippi is one of just two states to never elect a female congressman, senator, or governor. A new initiative is underway to recruit more women to run for political office.

Called Ready To Run, the goal is to provide women with the skills, knowledge, and encouragement to get involved in the political process.

The series of day long educational sessions is aimed at women like Greta Kemp, a 30 year old attorney from Jackson who is considering a run for the state legislature.


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10/24/14

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Childers campaigns despite not hearing from opponent for debate


A question along the campaign trail has been about Childers' party association, which is Democrat, although he refers to himself as a “blue dog” Democrat. He is quick to remind voters, however, that party lines do not carry a strong weight with him when it comes to an important vote.

“When I was in Congress, I worked with both parties,” he said of his time as a United States Representative. “I worked with whoever had a good idea, and I didn't mind if someone else got the credit. I'm not up there for the credit. I'm up there to help the state of Mississippi.”


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10/23/14

Posted October 24, 2014 - 5:10 am


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BILL MINOR: Voter ID is not yet settled law


Anyone who thinks it is settled law that states can require photo ID in order to vote is barking up the wrong tree.

All sorts of land mines have been planted by courts in a half dozen states which could eventually put the photo ID scheme back in the grave where it had resided for decades among other Jim Crow practices until recreated by Republicans as a vote integrity measure.

Several federal judges – ranging from Wisconsin to Texas – have found when asked to rule on ID cases, that voter “integrity” is just a camouflage for voter suppression.

Back in April a judge in Wisconsin had struck down that state’s restrictive voter ID law, holding that it disproportionately prevented voting by poorer and minority citizens. An appeals court in September had allowed the law to go into effect. Then, a week ago, the Supreme Court stepped in and blocked the appeals court ruling.



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10/23/14

Posted October 24, 2014 - 5:03 am


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Thad Cochran stumps for support from black voters in U.S. Senate race


Responding to reporters' questions after the event Thursday, Cochran said he won't debate his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers before the Nov. 4 general election.

"There's nothing new they'd learn about me. They know me," Cochran said of voters. "He wants me to help draw a crowd. I'm not going to do it."



Gulflive
10/23/14

Posted October 24, 2014 - 4:59 am


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Thad Cochran stumps for support from black voters in U.S. Senate race


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters Thursday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing.

He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first time a candidate for a major office in the state, Democrat Bill Waller, made an effort to appeal to black voters who were asserting their constitutional right to vote.

"I can remember this -- you were denied that right, and that was wrong," Cochran said. "And we are working more successfully than ever to break down those barriers and prejudices and open up our society to participation by everybody. And that's my goal as I continue to serve in Washington."


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10/23/14

Posted October 24, 2014 - 4:56 am


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REBEKAH STAPLES: Surfin’ the Net: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the (Miss.) Galaxy


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

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

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


Rebekah Staples
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:46 am


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



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

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

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


Madison County Journal
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:44 am


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44 jobs eliminated at MDOT


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

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

MDOT officials say no other layoffs are planned.


WTVA
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:41 am


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



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



Natchez Democrat
10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:34 am


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RELEASE:


ADDITIONAL FEMA AID APPROVED TO REBUILD LOUISVILLE, WINSTON COUNTY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10/22/14

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



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

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

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



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10/22/14

Posted October 23, 2014 - 5:27 am


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

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

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

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

On party affiliation...

Childers 2014:

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

Taylor 2010:

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

On being linked to DC party leadership...

Childers 2014:

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

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

Taylor 2010:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted October 22, 2014 - 4:55 pm


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Reform Party senate candidates discuss vision for Mississippi



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

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

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



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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 9:32 am


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Former Libertarian Presidential candidate calls midterms "a big yawn"


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

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


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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:26 am


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GOP appears to violate NCAA rules on athletes in ads


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

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

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

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



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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:22 am


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


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

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

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


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10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:18 am


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RELEASE:

NOTICE OF 2014 ANNUAL MEETING



MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY

November 15, 2014

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pearl Community Center

2420 Old Brandon Road - Pearl, MS 39208





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



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



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



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

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:12 am


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Senators to IRS: Stop tax refund fraud



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

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



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


The Hill
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:09 am


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Ex-Senators Confirm Lobbying For Russian Bank On Ukraine Sanctions



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


Huffington Post
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:05 am


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Hall: Childers is a nice guy who never stood out


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

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

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

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



Clarion Ledger
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 5:00 am


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Congressman Bennie Thompson Talks Homeland Security Action in Ebola Virus Threat



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

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

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


WTOK
10/21/14

Posted October 22, 2014 - 4:56 am


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BC-MS--Daybook, MS



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


WBNS
10/20/14


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Wyoming Attorney General Says Gay Marriages Can Begin On Tuesday



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

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

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


Huffington Post
10/20/14

Posted October 21, 2014 - 5:11 am


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Childers won't support Reid, McConnell






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

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

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


Clarion Ledger
10/20/14

Posted October 21, 2014 - 5:07 am


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Chairing Space Subcommittee attracts campaign cash for Miss. congressman





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

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

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

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



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10/20/14

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Is the Mississippi Senate race competitive?


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

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

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

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


Southern Political Report Magazine
10/21/14

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

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


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


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

SENATE SCORECARD (PDF)

Senate

Senator Party Grade

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


HOUSE SCORECARD (PDF)

House

Representative Party Grade

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





Posted October 21, 2014 - 4:50 am


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RELEASE:


State Auditor Informs Legislature About MAEP Formula Flaws



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



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



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



Four flaws discussed in summary include:



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

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

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



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

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

o It does not properly reflect student or school needs.

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



10/20/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 10:50 am


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Delbert Hoseman is Mississippi’s Chuck Schumer

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

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

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

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



Weidie Report
10/20/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 9:36 am


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10/19/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:43 am


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



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

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

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

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


Gulflive
10/19/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:34 am


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


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

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

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

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


DesotoTimes
10/17/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:28 am


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7 indicted in voter fraud in Hattiesburg mayoral election


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

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

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

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

Mayor Johnny DuPree won a fourth consecutive term after defeating for


Sunherald
10/17/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:25 am


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SALTER: Cruising toward the end of a long strange trip


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

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

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

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


Gulflive
10/19/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:18 am


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Childers: 'I am working man's candidate'




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

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

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

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

Childers is guarded when asked about tea party support.

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




ClarionLedger
10/19/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:12 am


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Candidates differ on future of health care law




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



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

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



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

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



InsuranceNewsNet
10/19/14

Posted October 20, 2014 - 5:01 am


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Cochran has half million-plus in cash on hand


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

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


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



Daily Journal
10/16/14

Posted October 17, 2014 - 5:37 am


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


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

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

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


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


Gulflive
10/17/14

Posted October 17, 2014 - 5:30 am


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Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress


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

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

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


International Dairy Foods Association
10/15/14

Posted October 17, 2014 - 5:26 am


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


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

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


Aljazeera America
10/16/14

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Democrat Makes Political Ad Personal


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

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

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



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10/16/14




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Posted October 17, 2014 - 5:17 am


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Maness: I would have opposed Katrina relief

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

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

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

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


The Hill
3/7/14

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

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

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

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

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

Chris McDaniel Release
10/16/14

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