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Group seeks ballot initative to legalize marijuana in MS



A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi.

The group, Mississippi for Cannabis, is hoping to place an initiative on the November 2016 election ballot.

The group filed the petition Monday with the Secretary of State’s satellite office in Hernando, says petition organizer Kelly Jacobs. It’s the initial process in the ballot process.



Clarion Ledger
9/30/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 10:07 am


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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Meet commitments before discussing tax reductions


The start of the Legislative Budget Committee’s 2016 budget cycle highlights the continuing inadequacy of funding for the legislatively mandated Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

MAEP was enacted in 1997 over a veto, and fully funded only twice since passage, including the first fully phased-in year, 2003. It also was fully funded in 2007, like 2003 an election year, under Gov. Haley Barbour.

Full funding had been approved for 2008 when the national financial crisis broke, and Gov. Barbour reduced budgets as allowed under law, starting with public education.


Daily Journal
9/30/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:50 am


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WLBT
9/28/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:45 am


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RELEASE:

Voter Registration Deadline October 4th

Jackson—The deadline to register to vote in the November 4th General Election is Saturday, October 4, 2014.



“Every Mississippian should be registered to vote,” says Secretary Hosemann. “This is a privilege that comes at the cost of countless men and women who have given their lives for our Country. You can honor their sacrifice by registering to vote today.”



Each Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8:00 am-12:00 pm Saturday, October 4, 2014 to accept voter registration forms. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked by Saturday, October 4, 2014.



Voters are required by law to register at least thirty (30) days prior to an election day. Voter registration applications submitted after October 4th will be processed by the Circuit Clerk, but the voter will not be eligible to cast a ballot in the November 4, 2014 General Election.



Eligible military and overseas voters are given an extended registration period in Mississippi. The deadline for our military and overseas voters to register to vote is October 25, 2014.



Registration forms are available at your local Circuit Clerk’s office. You may also download an application from the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.ms.gov.



Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:38 am


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Four have qualified for Dist. 17 seat




Four candidates have qualified for the District 17 seat in the Mississippi State Senate.

Bill "Doc" Canon qualified 12 days ago, while Bill Gavin, Bobby Patrick and Chuck Younger filed last week.

The deadline to qualify is Oct. 6.

The winner of the race will replace the late Terry Brown in next year's legislative session. Brown died Sept. 4 after a battle with cancer. The term expires at the end of 2015.


Columbus Dispatch
9/29/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:36 am


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PENDER: Will McDaniel faithful cut off noses to spite ... RINOs?



Beyond thumbing their noses at Cochran, McDaniel and his most faithful have vowed to "purge" the state GOP, dismantle the party establishment come 2015 and create a "McGOP." This seems strange in a state where most of the elected Republican leadership is already about as conservative as they come. Trying to tear down one's own party infrastructure is an odd way to try to advance your movement, particularly on a state level. Political ships of state, by design, are not supposed to turn on a dime or totally change course with the wind.

The emotion and bitterness is understandable. But there will be other elections.

The tea party movement and message has been catching in Mississippi, and with a little work from the inside, it would certainly sway the state Republican Party (and already has). But trying to throw elections to another party because your guy didn't win the nomination isn't a sound long-range political strategy.

It's a temper tantrum.


ClarionLedger
9/29/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:33 am


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RELEASE:

Avectus Healthcare Solutions Expanding in Corinth, Miss.



JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from data processor Avectus Healthcare Solutions, LLC announced today the company is expanding into the former Chadco building in downtown Corinth, Miss. The project represents a corporate investment of $300,000 and will create 50 new jobs while retaining the company’s 150 existing employees.

Avectus Healthcare is expanding into the larger facility to accommodate an increase in business, which has resulted in an increase in the company’s workforce.

“Today is a great day for Corinth and Alcorn County as Avectus Healthcare expands and provides new job opportunities for the area’s residents. Additionally, the company is bringing new life to an existing facility in downtown Corinth, which in turn will help create an even more vibrant community,” Gov. Bryant said. “I thank the team at Avectus for being such great business partners to the state of Mississippi and for once again placing their confidence in our business climate and trust in our workforce.”

“Avectus Healthcare Solutions is very excited about expanding operations in Corinth. As our business has expanded across the country, we have been faced with challenges of adequate office space options locally. This expansion is providing our operation the ability to consolidate thus allowing us to enter new markets, create new jobs and protect existing jobs. We appreciate the leadership and support from MDA, The Alliance of Corinth and Alcorn County. It has been a collaborative effort by all agencies to ensure the retention and creation of additional jobs in Corinth and Alcorn County.”

The Mississippi Development Authority provided assistance in support of the project for building improvements and infrastructure needs. Alcorn County and the Appalachian Regional Commission provided assistance, as well.

“MDA takes pride in using our resources to assist the state’s existing companies, which comprise the backbone of Mississippi’s economy, as they pursue growth opportunities and create jobs for the state’s residents,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “We thank our partners at Alcorn County, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Alliance for working with us to help Avectus Healthcare expand into its new location, and we wish the company many more successful years in Corinth.”

Headquartered in Corinth, Avectus Healthcare Solutions has become a leader in coordinating third party liability and workers’ compensation accounts for hospitals and trauma centers throughout the United States. Annually, Avectus processes more than 1 billion dollars in third party liability accounts. To learn more, please visit http://www.avectushealth.com.

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About Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi Development Authority is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. Nearly 300 employees are engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers in the state. While the agency is best known for its efforts to recruit new businesses to Mississippi, MDA provides services to promote tourism, help communities improve their quality of place, help existing employers identify and meet opportunities and challenges and help workers improve their skills – all with the goal of improving the quality of life and economic well-being of Mississippians. For more information, visit MDA’s website at http://www.mississippi.org.

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9/29/14

Posted September 30, 2014 - 6:30 am


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The Difference Between Winners And Whiners

Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and bitch about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs!

It isn’t necessary to speculate about the results of such petulance. We are already suffering the consequences of a similar tantrum. As R. Emmett Tyrrell pointed out last week, about 4 million conservatives declined to participate in the 2012 presidential election: “The wise psephologists tell us that these conservatives did not like Romney. He was too bland for the Tea Partiers.… Frankly, I do not know why they stayed home given the choice between a community organizer and a former governor.” Regardless of the rationale, those abstainers are responsible for the domestic corruption and foreign policy disasters of the last two years.


American Spectator
9/29/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 7:52 am


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McDaniel reply brief in the election contest has been filed

What the brief does is pretty much implicitly acknowledge that Kellum has to fall for McDaniel to win. The case at its core turns on whether McDaniel convinces the Court it is wrongfully decided– is it wrong to read the statute as if it had a deadline. While I’ve seen cases (one an election contest!) decided by the Court overruling a clear precedent, I’d predict against it here.

There are couple of new themes. The brief opens with three pages attacking the state Republican executive committee for not doing its job in a timely way, but does not really tie that into the main argument. It closes by responding to the Cochran brief argument that the issues raised only by amicus cannot be reached by the Court.


NMC
9/29/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 6:58 am


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A Historic Effort: Defending the Chris McDaniel Campaign

A few days ago the leftwing website Politico named the Chris McDaniel campaign as one of the worst of 2014, comparing his effort to those of serial liar Wendy Davis of Texas, the drab Pat Roberts of Kansas, and others, many which were actually flops. Unsurprisingly, the establishment hacks at Y’all Politics couldn’t resist reprinting the nonsense on its site the same day.

Nor could Sam Hall, who, in his Clarion Ledger column yesterday took the same shot at McDaniel by citing the Politico story.

So, who really cares what Politico has to say anyway? It’s a Democratic, leftist site created solely to challenge the Drudge Report. Their opinions are irrelevant to conservative Mississippians.



MS Conservative Daily
9/28/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:41 am


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Funding amendment nears deadline for 2015 ballot



JACKSON – Supporters of a constitutional amendment to guarantee “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools” in Mississippi have less than two weeks to turn in signatures if they want their referendum on the 2015 general election ballot.

State law says they must turn in at least 107,216 signatures of registered voters at least 90 days before the start of the 2015 Legislature to put the referendum on the ballot for the 2015 general election. Supporters must collect at least 21,443 from each of the state’s five former congressional districts as they existed in 2000 by Oct. 8 to meet their stated objective.

Backers with the Better Schools, Better Jobs political action committee say they’ve collected 183,000 signatures so far. Not all of those will get certified as registered voters, though. Some people sign petitions more than once, some signatures are illegible and some people don’t show up as registered.



Daily Journal
9/27/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:29 am


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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Chairmen right in their Common Core approach



Before the Common Core State Standards had been fully implemented in Mississippi and the first test gauging the results administered, Gov. Phil Bryant labeled the standards “a failed program.”

It was an obviously premature declaration based more on political currents than on any objective analysis of the standards’ effectiveness.

Thankfully, the chairmen of the Senate and House education committees aren’t ready to be politically stampeded. Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, and Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, both told the Daily Journal last week that they don’t see any big changes to Common Core in the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January. Both said there might be a tweak here or there, but nothing major.



Daily Journal
9/29/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:26 am


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Hall: McDaniel spokesman breaks ‘do no harm’ rule



Just when you think things couldn’t get stranger with Chris McDaniel’s campaign for U.S. Senate, a minor sideshow erupts around an investigation by Attorney General Jim Hood’s office into whether or not a Meridian man was paid to lie about vote buying in the primary runoff.

Charles C. Johnson, the infamous blogger from California who fancies himself a journalist, released an audio recording of a conversation between McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch and Stevie Fielder, the Meridian man who once alleged he was paid by members of Thad Cochran’s campaign to buy votes.

The timing of the release of this conversation, which reportedly took place in August, is downright odd. The recording itself doesn’t help McDaniel, and it could be argued that it actually hurts his challenge. So what gives?



ClarionLedger
9/27/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:21 am


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The budget gopher dance; McDaniel universe gets weirder




On the Senate side, the recent death of President Pro tempore Terry Brown, R-Columbus, leaves a leadership void at the No. 2 spot in that chamber. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves hasn’t decided what to do with the vacancy, a spokeswoman said last week...



...Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, is serving as interim Rules chairman, part of the pro tem’s responsibility. Burton’s name comes up as a likely replacement, as do Sens. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, and Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian.

For a temporary, one-year replacement until after the 2015 elections, Sen. Giles Ward, R-Louisville, who has announced he’s not seeking re-election, would be a likely candidate.



ClarionLedger
9/27/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:14 am


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Reeves: Hearings look to build on budget successes



Tuesday marks the start of creating a 2016 state budget that funds priorities like education, job growth and public safety while eliminating waste and inefficiencies.

Speaker Philip Gunn and I, joined by six senators and six representatives, will hear from agency directors on their accomplishments this year and needs for the next in weeklong budget hearings in Jackson. For the first time, several agencies will be funded under a performance-based approach that will demand results for your money.

These requests will be considered over the next five months when the Legislature adopts a spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts July 1, 2015.

We will look at a budget that is much different from the one we inherited when the term began three years ago.



Clarion Ledger
9/27/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:10 am


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Salute to the Military 5K raises thousands for wounded vets



The 5K raised about $10,000 for the Rivers of Recovery program. (Photo source: WLOX)




GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
Dozens of runners met in Gulfport early Saturday morning for a little healthy competition, and it was all for a great cause. The second annual Salute to the Military 5K took off at 8 a.m.

Rep. Steven Palazzo partnered with the Gulf Coast Combat Readiness Training Center to organize the event. All proceeds from the foot-race went to Rivers of Recovery, an organization that helps wounded veterans enjoy the outdoors.

Overall, Palazzo said the morning was a success and even gave the public a rare glimpse inside the CRTC base.


WLOX
9/27/14

Posted September 29, 2014 - 5:07 am


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A couple rumors and a little perspective on 2015 - UPDATED
Insurance Commissioner, Southern PSC, and the GOP family tree

by Frank Corder
As we move closer to 2015 the rumor mill is gaining steam. Here's a quick look at whose name is being mentioned as of late and a few thoughts on how candidates will be vetted come next year:

Insurance Commissioner

Incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney has announced his intention to seek reelection.

One name that has surfaced as a potential challenger is Clinton Body Shop owner John Mosley, but that seems to be a revenge campaign of sorts. It’s not clear at this point whether Mosley would be a D or R.

On the Democrat side, a number of legislators seem to think former state representative turned Mississippi Democratic Trust director Brandon Jones may be eyeing the seat.

Jones, if you will recall, represented HD 111 in Jackson County before moving to central Mississippi after his 35 vote loss to Charles Busby in 2011. His vote for Speaker in 2008 kept Billy McCoy's hand on the gavel for four more years.

Democrats would like a win in a statewide office other than AG and Insurance Commissioner, while low-hanging fruit in statewide terms, may be their best target. But Insurance Commissioner is essentially a dead end, politically speaking. Just ask George Dale. I'm not certain Jones' long term aspirations will allow him to make such a commitment.

Plus, Mike Chaney has campaign money and a real fight in him. He’s a good campaigner and has been a good Insurance Commissioner. Folks mentioned above are unlikely to make a dent.

For what it's worth, I still believe the Insurance Commissioner seat should be an appointed position given its obvious predicament of regulating an industry you also covet campaign donations from on a regular basis. It would seem more appropriate to end the election of this seat and allow the Governor to appoint. Only 11 states still elect this office, with Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina the only Southern states on that list.

Southern District Public Service Commissioner

When Leonard Bentz vacated the Southern District Public Service Commission seat in 2013, Gov. Phil Bryant appointed retired Chevron executive Steve Renfroe in the interim. Renfroe stated in no uncertain terms that he had no intentions of running for the seat, which sets up an open seat contest in 2015, the only expected open race of the 8 statewide and 6 regional seats up for grabs.

State Senator Tony Smith is rumored to be gauging support for a run for this post. There was some thought that Phillip Moran might be eyeing the seat, but Moran confirms that he will be running for re-election to the State Senate.

Also, Hancock County Supervisor Steve Seymour's name has been mentioned as of late. Dwayne Bremer with the Sea Coast Echo says Seymour will not run for PSC although he was actively considering.

Travis Rose is considering a run once again after losing the 2011 Republican primary to Bentz. Rose had a decent showing garnering 44% of the vote. It's uncertain, however if Rose has been able to maintain his coalition and whether he can rake in the dollars to compete with the likes of a Smith or others who may jump in the race.

I am also of the opinion that these Public Service Commission seats should be appointed/confirmed for similar reasons as the Insurance Commissioner.

Vetting Process for 2015

It is likely to be the case, at least in the short term, for a fair number of GOP voters and many significant campaign donors to vet and classify Republican candidates in 2015 by who they supported in the Cochran vs. McDaniel showdown.

High dollar GOP donors aren't likely to pony up substantial funds to candidates who were embedded within the McDaniel political machine any time soon. The political family tree will be closely scrutinized before checks are written and commitments are made.

The two main problems for Mississippi Democrats continues to be (1) money and (2) their affiliation with their national party standard bearers. Until they fix those things, gains will remain elusive and candidates will remain scarce.

2014 looked to be a yawner of a political year when it began, so there’s no telling what 2015 will hold.



UPDATE - Our original report has been updated to reflect that Sen. Phillip Moran has confirmed that he is running for re-election to his seat in the State Senate.

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BRIAN PERRY/School budgets and judges



Next month, the organization Better Schools Better Jobs (BSBJ) will present the signatures collected for Initiative 42, a proposed amendment to the Mississippi Constitution dealing with education. The initiative process requires 21,444 certified signatures from each of Mississippi's old five congressional districts to make it on the ballot.

BSBJ's rhetoric in support of the initiative talks about legislative funding of education and fiscal benchmarks which must be met to see increased funding. However, the actual language of the constitutional amendment does not mention the word funding. The amendment changes Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) recently released a fact sheet raising numerous concerns over the language in the amendment. BSBJ disputes those assertions in a response on its web page.

What is not in dispute is how the language of the ballot initiative would change the Mississippi Constitution. Here are the proposed changes with additions underlined and deletions noted by strike-through.


Madison County Journal
9/24/14

Posted September 26, 2014 - 5:29 am


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WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi


WLOX
9/25/14

Posted September 26, 2014 - 5:24 am


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Cochran, Palazzo react to ongoing ISIS threat


"We have a right of self-defense and the best defense right now is to help reduce their capacity to wage war against United States' interests and our allies' interests," Cochran said. "So, it's serious business and I'm hopeful this won't last too long," he said.

"(President Obama) needs to meet the threat and we've given him the ability to meet the threat where ever it is," said Rep. Palazzo. "And it needs to be tackled, but we also need to figure out long-term, how are we going to avoid these kinds of conflicts in the region," he said.

Cochran and Palazzo were in Hattiesburg Thursday afternoon to open the campaign headquarters for the Forrest-Lamar Republican Party.


WDAM
9/25/14








Posted September 26, 2014 - 5:21 am


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RELEASE:



MISS. DELEGATION WELCOMES NEW FEMA FUNDING FOR TUPELO DEBRIS REMOVAL

Federal Agency Okays $1.95 Million for Ongoing Tupelo Tornado Recovery Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), with Representative Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), today signaled their support for the distribution of $1.95 million in new funding to the City of Tupelo for tornado damage debris removal.

The lawmakers announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding, which will support Tupelo’s ongoing recovery from a deadly April 28 tornado. The award, funded through the FEMA Disaster Recovery Fund, is being made in accordance with the FEMA Public Assistance guidelines for eligible debris removal.

“We are all committed to seeing that Tupelo recovers from the direct hit it took in April. This grant is indicative of FEMA and the state of Mississippi, acting as partners with city leaders, continuing to assess that recovery process and offer assistance,” said Cochran, who as a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee has worked to ensure that sufficient funding is available in the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund to support estimated costs associated with an average disaster year.

“This important funding represents another big step forward in our effort to restore and rebuild Tupelo,” Wicker said. “I am pleased that federal, state, and local agencies continue to work together to provide residents and businesses the support they need.”

“I am proud of the people of Tupelo and the determination I have seen to continue to move forward after the April tornadoes. During the storms, local, state and federal officials were quick to work together in early detection and advanced warning and it saved lives,” said Nunnelee. “This grant announcement is a reflection of an important collaborative relationship that I am pleased continues today.”

The new $1.95 million grant represents an 80 percent federal share of the total $2.43 million associated with this application for assistance. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency will cover the remaining 20 percent of the cost, pursuant to a law approved during a special session of the legislature following the storm.

FEMA awarded a similar $1.39 million grant to Tupelo in early August for eligible debris removal.

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.

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9/25/14

Posted September 26, 2014 - 5:18 am


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Mississippi Tea Partiers Vow to Keep Fighting the State GOP


Cheramie Bills is on a mission to uproot Mississippi’s Republican establishment. “When I say the GOP in this state will be replaced, it will be replaced, one person at a time,” Bills says, leaning across the table at the Drip Drop Coffee Shop in Richland, Miss., just outside Jackson, the state capital. “From supervisors to city mayors to everyone.”...



... The Barbours are the problem, in Bills’s eyes. “Our whole goal is to flip the system,” she says....


...Cochran supporters say recruiting black Democratic voters to their side was a legitimate political tactic in a tightly contested election. “It was the obvious thing to do,” says Brad White, a strategist who ran Cochran’s turnout operation in the runoff....


...Bills isn’t waiting for the judges to decide the future of her state’s Republican Party. She’s working with the Conservative Coalition of Mississippi, which plans to start clubs in 82 counties with the goal of identifying conservative candidates to run in next year’s state elections. The group says it has 2,000 members and has recruited activists to lead chapters in 40 counties. McDaniel spoke recently at a meeting in Rankin County, where he lost by 1,529 votes....


...“It makes me sick to my stomach,” Bills says. “I want term limits. I want closed primaries. And I want a recall.”


Bloomberg Businessweek
9/25/14

Posted September 26, 2014 - 5:10 am


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Mound Bayou Mayor Indicted, Demand Issued

JACKSON- State Auditor Stacey Pickering announced today that former Mound Bayou Mayor Kennedy Johnson has been indicted on three counts of embezzlement by a Bolivar County Grand Jury.

Johnson, 51, was booked by Special Agents of the Office of the State Auditor and Bolivar County Sheriff Deputies, and issued a civil demand by OSA Agents in the amount of $17,345.83. The demand includes the amount allegedly embezzled, along with interest and cost of recovery.

Johnson is accused of embezzling funds and property from the City of Mound Bayou. Johnson is believed to have embezzled funds by purchasing televisions for his restaurant, J&W Smokehouse, and receiving undocumented expense reimbursements. He is also alleged to have embezzled property by removing two air conditioner compressor units and a three-compartment stainless steel sink from the Mound Bayou Head Start Center which was owned by the City of Mound Bayou and placing them at J&W Smokehouse.

“Public corruption hurts communities, ruins lives, and robs taxpayers,” Pickering said. “This case is yet another example of a public official whom we believe enriched himself while stealing from the taxpayers. I thank our Special Agents for their hard work on this investigation.”

Specially appointed Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders is handling the case on behalf of the state.

Johnson served as Mayor of Mound Bayou from 2001 through 2013.

State Auditor Stacey Pickering
9/25/14

Posted September 25, 2014 - 3:56 pm


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 25, 2014



Representative Randall Patterson Switches to the MS Republican Party


BILOXI, MS – Today, Representative Randall Patterson (District 115) switched to the Republican Party, making the Republican majority in the Mississippi House of Representatives 66 – 56. Representative Patterson is the third representative to switch to the Republican Party since the 2011 elections.

“I am encouraged by the growing number of Republicans in the Mississippi House of Representatives,” said Speaker Philip Gunn. “I believe that this is in response to the Republican agenda of promoting better jobs, sound budgeting and governing with conservative principles in mind.”

Representative Patterson has served in the Mississippi Legislature since 2004.

“My experience serving the citizens of District 115 has been one of the most rewarding of my life,” said Representative Patterson. “My decision to switch parties was not made lightly, but one that was made with full confidence in the direction Republican leaders are taking Mississippi. Most importantly, my decision was made with the best interests of the Coast in mind.”

Speaker Gunn continued that Representative Patterson’s decision reflects a trend of the changing face of politics.

“Over the course of recent years, the politics of this state and nation have changed,” said Speaker Gunn. “Representatives like Randall Patterson, who are conservative, no longer find comfort with the politics of the Democratic Party. The Mississippi House Republican Caucus is proud to welcome Representative Patterson as one of our own.”



9/25/14

Posted September 25, 2014 - 3:29 pm


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Alabama’s McCutcheon continues to dabble in Mississippi for McDaniel
Conservative Action Fund to argue before Mississippi Supreme Court

by Frank Corder
Next week the Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear Chris McDaniel's appeal to his recently dismissed US Senate election challenge.

McDaniel and his legal team continue to believe they did not file late given the election reforms passed by the Legislature in the years since the Mississippi Supreme Court issued its ruling in the 1959 Kellum case, the precedent Judge Hollis McGehee referenced as his basis for dismissing the challenge.

The latest news is that the Alabama-based Conservative Action Fund led by Shaun McCutcheon was granted a seat at the table by the Supreme Court allowing this out-of-state group to participate in oral arguments on behalf of McDaniel.

The three year old Conservative Action Fund is a Super PAC primarily funded by McCutcheon himself.

McCutcheon's CAF states in its filing to support McDaniel: "This Court should not extend its ruling in Kellum v. Johnson...because the Elections Clause of the US Constitution...grants exclusive power to regulate federal elections specifically to state legislatures."

Essentially, CAF wants the court to dismiss its own precedent and look at the timeline for filing a challenge as not defined specifically by the Legislature.

CAF goes on to say, "If this Court concludes that it would be appropriate to hold a new runoff primary election...but that there is insufficient time before the general election, it may order that the general election for US Senate be postponed past Election Day."

While this argument is ultimately what the most rabid McDaniel supporters would like to see, it is highly doubtful that the Supreme Court will venture this far.

Additionally, I'm not convinced McDaniel and his team would see as much support in a new runoff as they believe. Their 180,000 voters have frayed significantly due to how the McTeam has handled themselves post-runoff while pursuing this challenge.

McCutcheon is best known in political circles as the namesake of the US Supreme Court case which struck down the federal aggregate contribution limit for individuals donating to federal candidates.

Since 2011, McCutcheon, the Tea Party activist and engineer, has involved himself and his CAF Super PAC in a number of races, not just Mississippi.

Who could forget the New York congressional ad in the race to replace Anthony Weiner featuring a surfing rabbi. Surfing Rabbi Says!

Here in Mississippi McCutcheon is busy raising money and spouting the same tired rhetoric of McDaniel, claiming there were "sketchy and ineligible votes."

In his latest email McCutcheon begs four times for a donation of $17.76, $25 or more, saying he needs $15,000 to cover the cost of the challenge while claiming Thad Cochran "stole" the runoff using his "bag of dirty tricks."

According to opensecrets.org, CAF raised $301,275 in 2012 with McCutcheon donating $292,600 of the total.

In its 2014 filing, McCutcheon donated $9,500 of the $11,153 raised. The Super PAC spent $9,696 with $2,500 going to Auburn Conservatives for Tomorrow, $2,100 to National Bloggers Club (Google its history for fun reading), $1,300 to Political Media, and $2,250 to DB Capitol Strategies (a DC legal and campaign finance firm).





Posted September 25, 2014 - 12:40 pm


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From CredoMobilize:


REMOVE JAMIE MILLER AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES


TO: THE GOVERNOR OF MISSISSIPPI, PHIL BRYANT



Campaign created by Edwardo Guekhay


Remove Jamie Miller as the head of DMR and institute meaningful reforms and transparency. Make Public the details of all the new contracts to the public, the substantial list of employees fired, ran off, or retired. Explain the six figure expenditure to renovate the Executive Office.

Why is this important?

In order to regain the Public Trust, the Culture of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse perpetrated under the Felonious Dr. Bill Walker must be excised from the Department of Marine Resources. Instead of reform, an additional toxic layer of Fear, Intimidation, and Gestapo Grade Paranoia has been added to the culture of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse that has grown under the new regime.



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9/24/14

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BILL MINOR: Hosemann scolds those who disagree



Evidently Delbert Hosemann is not satisfied with just being exalted arbiter of who can vote in Mississippi. He wants to decide who can live here and who should get out.

Of the eight secretaries of state I have covered in my Mississippi journalistic career, Hosemann has turned out to be the most sanctimonious ego-driven of the bunch.


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9/25/14

Posted September 25, 2014 - 7:09 am


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REBEKAH STAPLES: Telehealth can aid rural communities, cut costs



I had an interesting chat the other day with my friend and colleague who manages the state’s Broadband Connect Coalition, a group whose function includes mapping out ways in which increased broadband can improve the education, government, workforce, and healthcare sectors.

The leaders of the broadband group made a recommendation in 2011 that Mississippi ought to establish a trade association focused solely on health information technology, and the state obliged, albeit slowly. In 2014, the Mississippi Telehealth Association was formally established to develop telehealth policies and programs designed to improve healthcare outcomes.

When I think of telehealth, I envision chatting with a doctor via Skype. Turns out, telehealth encompasses much, much more. The federal government defines telehealth as the “use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”

In our state, the University of Mississippi Medical Center is a leader on telehealth issues. According to UMMC, residents in more than half of Mississippi’s counties must drive 40 minutes (or more) to receive specialty healthcare. This poses a serious challenge to ensuring our residents receive quality healthcare in a timely fashion.



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The worst campaigns of 2014


For a while, it looked like McDaniel would be one of 2014’s brightest stars. In a June GOP primary battle, he nearly knocked off 36-year Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

But McDaniel fell just short in a runoff three weeks later. Then things really went south.

McDaniel has challenged the legitimacy of Cochran’s election, charging that Democrats illegally cast ballots in the runoff. A Mississippi judge threw out the challenge. But McDaniel hasn’t stopped pushing to overturn the results. He’s now trying to take a case to the state Supreme Court.

Some conservatives contend that McDaniel is only hurting himself.

“[S]ome McDaniel supporters can’t think about anything but winning this one primary,” conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote in a July editorial. “They don’t care that they’re gambling with a Republican majority in the Senate — or destroying McDaniel’s future prospects.”



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9/25/14

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Childers offers Cochran 20 debate dates


Since Senator Thad Cochran hasn't responded to invitations to debate Democratic opponent Travis Childers, Childers has given him 20 possible debate dates in October.

Childers has given the Cochran campaign the following dates: October 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 and 30.



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9/24/14

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Deltans furnish legislative ideas to Gunn


Gunn responded that roads and bridges were in the top five items on his agenda and that he was aware of the desperate need of 2,000 bridges that need to be repaired or replaced.


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9/24/14

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Philip Gunn speaks to Tupelo City Hall



As for as the Mississippi Adequate Education Program lawsuit is concerned, Gunn believes Mississippians should take more responsibility for ensuring first-rate education.

"I do not think a lawsuit is the way to go," said Gunn. "The lawsuit is simply putting money into lawyers' pockets, and that is taking money away from our children, and I do not agree with the lawsuit. I think it's a horrible move. I do not think it should happen."


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9/24/14

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Voting rights battle could aid minority turnout



WASHINGTON – Democrats and civil rights groups hope the fight to restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act will boost turnout among minority voters this year, particularly in the South.

"We're going to do some things to raise the profile of the Voting Rights Act and the fact that the Supreme Court gutted it," said Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana. "You will see us be more active. We tried to do it in a very bipartisan manner. ... But it just doesn't seem like that's going to go far enough soon enough, so it's going to be a fight."

Richmond is among those working to pass legislation that would revive a section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court threw out last year. The bill's supporters are making their case at press conferences, town halls and in newspapers — online and in print — to mobilize voters.


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9/23/14


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Thad Cochran MSSC Brief in Chris McDaniel v. Thad Cochran



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Reservoir voters approve resort status


A total of 1523 ballots were cast and 84-percent or 1283... said yes.


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9/23/14

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No big changes seen for Common Core in Mississippi


The leaders of Mississippi's legislative education committees do not expect dramatic changes to be made to the Common Core State Standards in the 2015 legislative session...



..Some have said that uncertainty could prompt the involvement of the state Legislature when it convenes in January. House Education Chairman John Moore and Senate Education Chairman Gray Tollison, however, each said on Monday that any immediate changes made to the standards likely would be small.

"I'm not in the mood to go in and try to redo a new set of standards," said Moore, R-Brandon. "Changing the standards or changing the assessment is not something you can do overnight."



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Liquor sales approved in Pontotoc by two votes


After waiting seven days for a mandatory deadline to pass, the sale of liquor inside the city limits of Pontotoc was approved late Tuesday evening when four photo affidavit ballots were counted by the Pontotoc City Election Commission.

After poll ballots, absentee ballots and 50 non-photo affidavit ballots were counted last week, the vote to legalize liquor sales in Pontotoc was tied 829 votes for and 829 votes against.


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9/23/14

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Jackson school system joins education funding lawsuit


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Jackson Public Schools are joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding.

The board voted 2-1 Tuesday to join, with two abstentions, said spokesman Sherwin Johnson.

Jackson alone has been shorted $85 million because of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program since 2010. The amount at stake among the 20 districts now suing jumped to about $225 million with Jackson's addition.


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9/23/14

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RELEASE:

Wicker Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding news reports of U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Khorasan targets in Syria:

“I support the President’s decision to launch airstrikes against the terrorists’ command-and-control centers in Syria. I join all Americans in thanking our service members, as well as our intelligence agencies, for conducting this important mission with professionalism and courage.

“I am also pleased to hear that armed forces from five Arab nations, both Sunni and Shiite, were engaged in the operation. The world must stand together in defiance of ISIS and the evil it represents.

“Although there are many questions that have not been answered about the Administration’s full strategy, I am hopeful that last night’s actions are indicative of a turning point in U.S. policy in the region.”


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Cochran Attempt to Strike Hosemann's Opinion on 20 Day Deadline Fails

Thad Cochran's attorneys failed in their effort to keep the Secretary of State’s statements on Republican Chris McDaniel’s appeal out of the record yesterday.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has at least twice previously stated to the Clarion-Ledger that there was no deadline for filing a challenge for a statewide primary election.

Attorneys for Cochran filed a motion to strike Hosemann's statements from the record in the McDaniel appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Judge Hollis McGehee heard arguments on the Motion in Mendenhall on Monday.

Mitch Tyner, McDaniel’s lead counsel, argued that this issue and Clarion-Ledger article confirming the Secretary of State’s position were before the Court at the August 28th hearing and was made a part of the Clerk’s file thereafter.

“The importance of Mr. Hoseman’s position, as the head of elections in Mississippi, is that he completely agreed with Chris McDaniel in that §23-15-923 which applies to statewide elections does not delineate a deadline for filing a challenge," McDaniel attorney Tyner said of the decision.

Tyner continued, "In Barbour v. Gunn, the Mississippi Supreme Court made it perfectly clear that Speaker Gunn’s challenge, which was filed thirty-four days after the primary election, did not violate the mandates of Mississippi Code 23-15-923. To now require that Chris McDaniel file his challenge within twenty days of the election would create a double standard.”

The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for October 2, 2014 on the matter of the deadline for filing a statewide election challenge.

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9/23/14

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Well, there really was not much mystery, but blogger Chuck Johnson followed through on his promise to publicly punk MS Attorney General Jim Hood by not showing up after being validly served with a Lauderdale County grand jury subpoena last month.

For the YP Nation, a Chuck Johnson vs. Jim Hood battle really doesn’t have any bad outcomes. It’s the sort of political no-lose showdown that political gadflies live for. Hood could get strident and start really going after the McDaniel insiders OR Johnson could just get away with punking Hood in public. Like NASCAR, we're all just waiting for the big wreck.

But Johnson making a fuss about this is curious. He did offer in July to cooperate with Hood and other authorities for everything he knew.




But man, he has had a change of heart.




And bless his heart, Johnson is strident to the last . . .




We’ll see how Jim Hood handles this. If Johnson ever does come back to idolized in person by the Mississippi TEA Party, he could be arrested and may find out that Orange is the new Ginger in Parchman.

Of course, since Hood had subpoenaed Johnson to testify about Chris McDaniel Campaign Communications Director Noel Fritsch’s role in the payments to Stevie Fielder, Hood could now just as easily subpoena Noel Fritsch to testify in front of the grand jury. Even for Fritsch, that subpoena would be pretty hard to ignore. It’d give the Magic 8 Ball legal team something else to ponder in any event.

Again, the takeaway here is that this is the sort of circus that would have followed McDaniel through a general election campaign and possibly on to Washington DC as our senator. That’s why Mississippians got it right.

The actual election legal challenge is pretty milquetoast at this point. NMC has been doing a good job in retrieving some nuggets including the one from the McDaniel team that says if their argument is not accepted then Philip Gunn is not legitimately in the House of Representatives. Also, it seems like the “Conservative Action Fund” is at it again by filing an amicus brief in the McDaniel challenge (after unsuccessfuly suing Delbert Hosemann after the runoff).

Poetically, Emily Wagster Pettus this weekend wrote an article pondering whether McDaniel, by losing, was actually #winning. That may pretty succinctly boil down the difference between the TEA Party and the establishment. The TEA Party seems to believe that you can win by not actually winning, which may be why they continue to lose so much. The establishment would counter that you cannot effect policy when you don’t hold the gavel.

Winning by losing is like saying you lose weight by gaining weight, but her ultimate point was that being in-famous may be better than no fame at all. At least it makes it easier for fundraising. Sure, people still talk about in-famous folks like Anthony Wiener and OJ Simpson, but probably not in ways they’d want you to remember them for.

And finally, Travis Childers (remember him) has not had a campaign appearance since his last rally with milk and white bread last week in Jackson.

That's the way it was – Day 91 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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Rankin County reservoir residents vote on alcohol sales



RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. -
Residents on the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir were voting Tuesday on whether they want alcohol sales.

The Rankin County circuit clerk certified the more than 2,000-signature petition asking for a vote to give the area resort status, which would allow for the sale of liquor and wine.



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9/22/14

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Legislative watchdag report indicates Mississippi Parole Board faces backlog


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi prison officials say they're working to erase a backlog of parole cases that are up for consideration, as recommended by a legislative watchdog group.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review released a report Monday that said some inmates are not receiving parole hearings the first month they're eligible, and that is causing the state to spend thousands of dollars a month to keep people in prison longer than necessary.

The report recommended that the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Parole Board work together to produce up-to-date lists of inmates who become eligible for parole. The agencies said, in response, that they're doing that.


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9/22/14

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9/21/14

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Sheriff Charles Britt withdraws from Nov. 4 special election, will remain in office until then (updated)


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt announced this morning that he is withdrawing from the Nov. 4 special election, but will remain in office until that time.

His withdrawal comes as the department is under investigations by the state auditor and attorney general's office regarding the disposal of 200 gallons of waste diesel fuel that led to last week's firing of deputy Louie Miller.

On Saturday, gulflive.com reported that Ronnie Hamilton, who owns the farm where the fuel was disposed to kill weeds in a fence line, was a contributor to Britt's campaign.


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9/22/14

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CHARLIE MITCHELL: Hosemann to Offer Elections Ideas to Legislature

There are no gaping flaws in Mississippi elections. This Chris McDaniel stuff is just that: stuff.





All that’s required for honest elections is honest people. All that’s required to pervert the process is the absence of an ethical compass.

That said, Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s forward-looking secretary of state, says he will invite legislators to consider some options when they convene in January for the 2015 session. To that end, he has assembled a 51-member citizen panel to talk about options.

If there is a problem in election rules today it is that Mississippi voters are expected to follow an honor code, of sorts.

This point has been discussed, cussed and litigated.



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9/22/14

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Bryant to visit Olive Branch




Bryant is scheduled to appear at the Williams-Sonoma distribution facility, 7755 Polk Lane in Olive Branch at 11 a.m. Friday.

A spokesman for the governor's office Monday could only confirm that Bryant would be in Olive Branch Friday for an economic development announcement at 11 a.m., but could not provide any further details. He did add that a media advisory on the visit would be released later in the week.



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9/23/14

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Outside group files arguments supporting McDaniel



JACKSON — An Alabama-based group is filing legal arguments to support Chris McDaniel as he tries to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran.

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted permission today for Conservative Action Fund to file briefs. Justices said the group may participate in oral arguments Oct. 2, but only if it uses some time allotted to McDaniel.

Conservative Action Fund chairman Shaun McCutcheon has sent several emails since July calling Cochran’s June 24 primary victory “illegitimate” and asking people to contribute money to his group to support McDaniel, a state senator with tea party backing.

“As you may know, I have already given $1,776 to Chris McDaniel, but the bills for filing our challenge are mounting,” McCutcheon wrote in a July 16 email soliciting money.


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9/22/14

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Analysis: Did McDaniel win by losing Senate race?

Facebook and Twitter remain abuzz with McDaniel supporters urging him to "Fight, Chris, fight." Some suggest his tea party supporters should break away from the Republican fold and form their own "McGOP."

McDaniel's never-surrender attitude is clearly wearing thin among many Mississippians, even some who say they voted for him. He might have torpedoed his own political future by making himself look like a sore loser.

On the other hand, McDaniel might be strengthening his political prospects by positioning himself as an advocate for conservatives who feel ignored by the Republican establishment. And that might provide momentum for McDaniel and his allies leading into 2015, when Mississippi elects a slate of statewide officials, from governor to agriculture commissioner.



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9/21/14

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From Chris McDaniel: Getting Ready

As we told you last week, we recently learned that our election challenge is going to be heard by the Mississippi State Supreme Court. We are excited that we will have the opportunity to argue this very important issue, and as my attorneys prepare their argument, it is vital we have your support.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on October 2, and my team needs the time, the funds, and manpower to get ready for that day.

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9/22/14

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An oddiment in McDaniel’s brief: Gunn is not legitimately in office if Cochran’s argument is right

Citing the principle that a decision of a court that had no jurisdiction is void, McDaniel closes his brief by suggesting that Gunn could be removed from his most recent successful election for something a court did three elections ago:

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9/22/14

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Chris McDaniel has a friend, who thinks Bush v. Gore will help McDaniel win

Basically, in the first point he suggests that the Mississippi Supreme Court is inventing the deadline without a statutory basis, and, because the rules governing elections to Congress are assigned by the Constitution to the state legislatures alone, the courts can’t… well, can’t construe them, other than “strictly.” This amounts to trying to inflate the “there’s no deadline in the statute” into a constitutional argument. That’s at least an interesting argument.

Question: Can amici come up with an argument not even hinted in the brief of the party they support? I know it’s a comment thing for them to argue facts and the like in support, but can they raise a new legal issue?


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9/22/14

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No decision made yet on Senate pro-tem vacancy



JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has made no decision on how to deal with the vacant post of Senate president pro tem, according to spokeswoman Laura Hipp.

The post became vacant earlier this month with the death of Pro Tem Terry Brown, a Columbus Republican. The three-term state senator died Sept. 4 after a nearly one-year long bout with cancer.



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9/21/14

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AP analysis: Did Chris McDaniel win by losing Senate race?


Facebook and Twitter remain abuzz with McDaniel supporters urging him to "Fight, Chris, fight." Some suggest his tea party supporters should break away from the Republican fold and form their own "McGOP."

McDaniel's never-surrender attitude is clearly wearing thin among many Mississippians, even some who say they voted for him. He might have torpedoed his own political future by making himself look like a sore loser.

On the other hand, McDaniel might be strengthening his political prospects by positioning himself as an advocate for conservatives who feel ignored by the Republican establishment. And that might provide momentum for McDaniel and his allies leading into 2015, when Mississippi elects a slate of statewide officials, from governor to agriculture commissioner.

McDaniel was backed by millions of dollars from outside groups that consider Cochran insufficiently conservative. However, neither McDaniel nor any other tea party-supported challenger can reasonably expect to receive that level of out-of-state financial support for a state government election in Mississippi, where Republicans hold seven of eight statewide offices and a majority in both legislative chambers. The big spending happened in the U.S. Senate race because groups such as FreedomWorks and Club for Growth saw a chance to affect federal policy. Both backed McDaniel.



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9/21/14

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Panel will oversee spending in Vicksburg



VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - A six-member committee has been named to monitor the city of Vicksburg’s 2015 general fund budget, which goes into effect on Oct. 1.

The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1s8Jrmi) Mayor George Flaggs Jr. appointed city clerk Walter Osborne, accounting director Doug Whittington, city attorney Nancy Thomas, information technology director Billy Gordon and accounting department employees Sidra Burns and Anna Booth to oversee the $32.4 million budget. Osborne and Whittington will co-chair the committee.



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9/20/14

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Wicker: Political Posturing Distracts From National Challenges


After a month of visiting with Mississippians, I returned to Washington with a clear picture of the concerns and challenges facing our state.

I learned from meeting with small business owners and their employees that it is getting more difficult to make a living in America. I heard from our military leaders why defense cuts could negatively impact troop readiness. I spoke to new Job Corps graduates, who have prepared for skilled careers but enter an unpredictable job market.

It is baffling, then, that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) is focusing the current Senate agenda on a proposal limiting First Amendment rights. Issues like job creation and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should be at the forefront of the Senate’s attention – not Democrats’ political posturing before the November elections.


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9/20/14

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Reeves touts education reform



SOUTHAVEN - Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves promoted his ideas of educational reform benefitting economic development to the Southaven Rotary Club, meeting Thursday at the Holiday Inn.

Earlier in the day, Reeves was a guest at the home of State Rep. Wanda Jennings, R-Southaven, along with State Treasurer Lynn Fitch and other state dignitaries during a gathering of the DeSoto Area Republican Women.

While the lieutenant governor touched on a number of items he wants the state Legislature to move forward on, educational improvements to get the state's workforce ready for the jobs of the future is where he spent a majority of his time.



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9/20/14

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From a Central MS Tea Party email:


Central Mississippi Tea Party
Regular Meeting ~ Tuesday
September 23rd 6:00 P. M.

MS. State Senator Chris McDaniel will be Special Guest Speaker on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel will be the Central MS. Tea Party's Special Guest Speaker on September 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Invite your friends and family to attend.


Meeting time - 6 p.
Location - 2101 Airport Rd N, Flowood, MS 39232.

See everyone tomorrow night!!

Blessings,
Janis


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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

The liberty movement ain’t just for rednecks. Apparently it’s for redheads, too.

Not content to be chasing imaginary voter fraud on this continent, pro-McDaniel blogger Charles Johnson is taking time from avoiding grand jury service from his last voter fraud investigation to weigh in on the inevitable voter fraud in . . . . Scotland.

Of course, the leading proponent of Scottish independence has already conceded the referendum, but real liberty-loving Yankees knew the fix was in. This time, there’s (really poorly done) tape.



Word has it that an exclusive interview with Rev. Willie Fielding (pictured above), a self-proclaimed rural highlands deacon, will reveal that he was surreptitiously paid by the Vote No Thanks movement to distribute haggis from village to village in exchange for No votes. Failed SCOTCH Party Parliamentary candidate Shamus McDaniel will be paying 1000 pound bounty to anyone with bona fide evidence of voter fraud.

Back in the states, the South MS Tea Party is facing a dilemma of sorts. Apparently, only 20% of their email is being opened (shocking) . So if you get an email from the South MS TEA Party, for God sakes open it. It might be important.

And it’s game on in the MS Supreme Court. This appeal does not involve fundraising (at least as of this point). Chris McDaniel (distant relative to Shamus) has filed his brief with the Court in the nick of time. Since this is appellate, most of the arguments are pretty procedural so not much bomb-throwing happens in the appeal brief itself.

Chris McDaniel MSSC brief in McDaniel vs. Cochran



More to come next week.

That's the way it was – Day 87 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

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Will blogger Johnson appear before grand jury?

The subpoena Johnson published ordered him to bring any records regarding his interview of Fielder and about any payments to Fielder for interview. It also orders him to bring any records regarding Johnson's dealings with Fritsch or South Mississippi tea party leader John Rhodes.

Rhodes has said he doesn't know why his name is being brought up, other than Fielder called him after the runoff and said he had information that would "blow the lid off the Cochran campaign." Rhodes said he directed Fielder to two tea party colleagues who worked as volunteers on the McDaniel campaign.

McDaniel has used the Fielder interview audio as part of his legal challenge to his loss to Cochran.

McDaniel recently said he welcomes an investigation into the matter.

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


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9/19/14

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An email from the South MS Tea Party:


Subject: Is Anybody Out There? South MS Tea Party Calling


**Where have you been lately?**


Hello Fellow Patriots!

According to our records, we only have a 20% open rate of our emails sent from the South MS Tea Party. We have a very large and extensive email list that YOU signed up for at some point since 2009. We want to make sure you are getting our communications, so we can bring you the most up to date news, meeting notices and action alerts.

Please make sure you OPEN all your emails from us completely to read them. If you have an alternate email address that would be more convenient for you to check, please reply and send us that information.

With the country, state and local areas in the shape they are in, we need all the help and support we can get. Therefore, we need to make sure you are receiving our correspondence.

Please let us hear from you! Send us your comments, suggestions or just a message to let us know you are still out there.

If you have not been to a meeting lately, or for some reason you have stopped coming, we encourage you to try again. As you all know, we have much in common as conservatives, (more than what we disagree on) so remember that and be open minded when attending meetings. If you want to give us input, please do. We ENCOURAGE it.



9/18/14

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Loser to Sen. Thad Cochran files appeal arguments




JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A defeated Senate candidate in Mississippi is arguing that a state court judge was wrong to dismiss his lawsuit that sought to overturn his Republican primary loss to incumbent Thad Cochran.

Attorneys for the tea party-backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, filed legal arguments with the Mississippi Supreme Court late Thursday, hours before a midnight deadline.

The arguments mirror what McDaniel's attorneys had said before Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed McDaniel's lawsuit last month — that current state law does not specify a deadline for a candidate to challenge a primary loss.

McGehee had agreed with Cochran's attorneys in saying a Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in a 1959 election dispute set a timeline for trying to overturn a primary loss, and that McDaniel waited too long to challenge results of the June 24 Republican primary runoff.



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State Board of Education approves emergency contract for Common Core testing


JACKSON, Mississippi -- The state Board of Education approved an emergency contract Thursday that means Mississippi's public school students will take multistate tests this year to evaluate student mastery of the Common Core state standards.

The board approved the $8.3 million contract with a unit of Pearson PLC in a closed session...


...State Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, led an unsuccessful fight to pull Mississippi out of Common Core last year. She wants Mississippi to choose another vendor.

"There are companies that could provide maybe a superior product, at a lesser price," she said.

Knox Graham, a spokesman for the Republican Bryant, said Bryant still has "has serious concerns about Common Core and PARCC testing. He expects the Mississippi Legislature will give both a serious look in the 2015 legislative session."



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9/18/14

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Jackson County Sheriff Charles Britt secretly taped: State auditor's investigation 'frickin' fixing to blow up'


PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- In a secretly taped conversation between now fired Jackson County deputy Louie Miller and Sheriff Charles Britt about a state auditor's investigation, the sheriff confesses, "I've got that feeling that it's frickin' fixing to blow up."

The audio, released today by Miller's attorney, was recorded after a Sept. 11 lunch from the parking lot of Woody's Roadside restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Louie Miller, who was briefly the leader of the department's criminal investigations division, was fired Wednesday and retained attorney Adam Miller (no relation) to represent him.

His hand-delivered termination letter said he was fired for failure to read, understand and comply with orders, conduct unbecoming, and lack of respect for fellow officers and employees.

But Adam Miller said all three reasons were "completely false" and claims the firing was politically motivated.



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9/18/14

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FISACKERLY/Bright future for Mississippi

Entergy Mississippi's "Bright Future" plan is our roadmap for the next decade. Our employees, faced with a changing energy landscape and rising costs from increased federal regulation, have come up with a blueprint to keep customer costs down and better serve our communities. Our rates are already well below state and national averages, and our goal is to keep them that way.

Our resource management team strives to find the cheapest power sources to generate electricity, and in recent years bought two highly-efficient natural gas plants at a savings to customers of $800 million. They helped the company join a power-buying cooperative, saving customers $250 million over the next decade. They helped upgrade Grand Gulf nuclear plant to produce about 13% more power- power that costs customers just a half-cent per kilowatt. And this same team is proposing to build Mississippi's first-ever, utility-scale solar power project.

Our economic development group helps the State of Mississippi and its communities recruit new businesses and create thousands of jobs, more than 4,000 new jobs in the last four years. Electricity prices are a big part of recruiting new industry, so they are proposing new rate incentives for new and expanding industries and infrastructure to serve some of Mississippi's most promising industrial sites for future development.


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9/18/14

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RELEASE:

Listening to Mississippians: Speaker Philip Gunn’s

MS Solutions—An Ideas Tour Kicks Off Next Week

Jackson, MS—Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is a good listener. He’s known in many circles as being the man to call when you need to not only be heard but to be understood. From his family members to his friends to fellow Legislators to constituents, Speaker Gunn is an active listener, which is why he is hitting the road for his third MS Solutions—An Ideas Tour the week of September 22.

“I have my opinions,” said Speaker Gunn. “But I also place stock in where other people stand. I intend to weigh the pros and cons of an issue. I want to know and understand the issues people are passionate about and concentrate on the solutions they believe will help Mississippi in the long run.”

To support this, Speaker Gunn is again hosting the Tour, which is a non-partisan town hall style series of meetings. Mississippi Solutions—an Ideas Tour is a forum for all Legislators, citizens and the press. People are encouraged to bring ideas for solutions they have on issues affecting Mississippi.

Speaker Gunn will visit eight cities in Mississippi during this year’s Tour.

“We reach out to different areas so that people in communities across the state have the opportunity to attend a meeting,” he said. “But, we have not been everywhere. Just because we aren’t visiting your city, doesn’t mean your ideas are discounted.”

Ideas may also be submitted through the Speaker’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Follow the tour on social media through #MSSolutions14.

Each meeting will last one hour.



Monday, September 22



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

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

11:30 a.m.—Pearl, Community Room, next door to Pearl City Hall

Address: 2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, 39208



Tuesday, September 23



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

Address: 100 North Street, Cleveland, MS, 38732

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

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



Wednesday, September 24



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

Address: 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, 38804

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

Address: 200 South Church Avenue, Louisville, 39339



Thursday, September 25



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

Address: 200 Anna Drive, McComb, MS, 39648

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

Address: 203 Goodyear Boulevard, Picayune, 39466

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STAPLES: My thoughts on corporal punishment



Adrian Peterson had a bad week. He’s been indicted on charges of child abuse related to whipping his son to the point of bleeding. Peterson, who plays professional football for the Minnesota Vikings, is fighting the charges. He’s told several news outlets that he was disciplined as a child in the same way and “never intended or thought [injury] would happen…I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

Is corporal punishment child abuse? It depends on your perspective – and, in Peterson’s case, both the jury and injury.

According to news reports, parents are allowed in every state to use corporal punishment as a means of discipline, so long as the force is “reasonable.” Mississippi law stipulates that reasonable corporal punishment will not cause serious bodily harm, such as bone fracturing, permanent disfigurement or scarring, internal bleeding or trauma to any organ, brain damage, and impairment of any bodily function.


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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran Honored as Guardian of Small Business by NFIB

The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Sen. Cochran for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on issues and stand by those who stand for them.”

“The record shows that Sen. Cochran is a true champion of small business, supporting key small-business votes in the 113th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”

NFIB’s “How Congress Voted,” which serves as a report card for members of Congress, was also unveiled this week. The report presents key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker. Those voting favorably on key small-business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 113th Congress are eligible for the Guardian award.

In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 45 Senators who stood up for small business.


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Drunk on power: An Ode to Billy Joe….

Given that Judge Landrum amazingly let the local paper take his picture showing off the CSP paid equipment he was charitably storing at his house so the taxpayers would not be burdened it is no surprise that more recently the DA in the Free State of Jones decided he needed to look into the matter.

Of course Judge Landrum’s timing could not be better as two days before the civil demand was released to the public Landrum announced his intent to seek an 8th term on the Circuit Court. More recently the Judge was issuing press releases to the local media declaring that Auditor Pickering was attempting to interfere with the upcoming election writing that, “Pickering has no business making false allegations about me in an attempt to influence a Jones County judicial election.”


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9/18/14

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Hard to ignore the massive fees in education suit

TWENTY-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS!!! Just for a lawsuit asking a chancery judge to define the meaning of the word “shall.” Truly, I am in the wrong business. With all deference to Mr. Musgrove (who I can’t help but like), this is big news. And that’s just representing 14 of the 148 school districts that have signed him up to get their $115 million in underfunding. If he reaches a settlement on the entire $1.5 billion in education underfunding, the legal fees could be in the hundreds of millions.

Musgrove defended himself by pointing out nobody has fussed about William Winter’s fees suing the drug companies.

There is a crucial difference here. Those fees don’t come straight from the governmental coffers, specifically the educational coffers. The money spent on the legal fees is money that won’t go to the schools.


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9/18/14

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Salter: MAEP 'full funding' approaches raise skepticism



STARKVILLE — Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove wants Mississippi to sue its way to so-called "full funding" of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), while other well-intentioned public education advocates want voters to approve a ballot referendum that purports to mandate education funding.

Musgrove has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the state to pay millions to 19 state school districts that the former governor claims the state has underfunded based on the MAEP formula.

Another group, called Better Schools, Better Jobs, is pushing a ballot initiative to amend Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state provide and the Legislature fund an "adequate and efficient" public school system.

But both approaches represent significantly flawed approaches to an otherwise noble goal of improving public education in the state by funding a formula that at inception in 1997 was intended to equalize public education funding between the state's poorer and more affluent school districts.


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9/17/14

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The Fight Against ISIS: Wicker Blasts Obama for Pulling Out of Iraq, Questions Hagel, Dempsey


WASHINGTON, D.C.–Testimony you heard about all over the national news Tuesday involved Mississippi’s D.C. Sen. Roger Wicker (R), as he questioned Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey during a meeting of the Senate Armed Services Committee.


Wicker is a senior member of the Committee.

Before questioning both men, Wicker laid into Pres. Obama’s past strategies in the Middle East, which Wicker says have brought the U.S. to where it is now, facing the Islamic State.



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State auditor's office investigating Jackson County Sheriff's Department



PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- State Auditor Stacey Pickering's office is currently investigating the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, department spokeswoman Cherie Ward confirmed this afternoon.

"I can confirm there is a state auditor's investigation into a sheriff's department matter," Ward said via email Wednesday afternoon...



...It's still unclear whether the investigation involves former Sheriff Mike Byrd's administration or current Sheriff Charles Britt's administration.



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9/17/14

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City leaders vote against offering insurance to one adult, possibly same-sex partner



Aldermen yesterday voted 4-2, with one abstention, to limit that benefit to people whom Mississippi considers legally married.

Mayor Parker Wiseman is telling council members that he intends to veto the decision.

Aldermen had approved the change earlier this month, but those pushing repeal say Wiseman and administrators hid their true intent.


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U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Biloxi, opposes sending arms to Syrian rebels



The 273-156 vote crossed party lines to an unusual degree in a Congress marked by near ceaseless partisanship. Top Republican and Democratic leaders backed Obama's plan seven weeks before midterm elections, while dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties opposed it.

U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Biloxi, was one of those in opposition.

"As a Marine who has served in this very region of the world, I believe our men and women in uniform deserve a strong, comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIL," Palazzo said. "Today's vote to provide equipment and training to Syrian rebels is an arbitrary half-measure, and one that won't work. I cannot support handing weapons to a force unless I am 100% confident that our American soldiers won't have to face fire from those same weapons in the future.



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Small businesses have their guardians, too -- Palazzo, Nunnelee



The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, Wednesday named U.S. Reps. Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee Guardians of Small Business for their voting records on behalf of America’s small-business owners in the 113th Congress.

“Small-business owners are very politically active – paying close attention to how their lawmakers vote on key business issues and stand by those who stand for them,” NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner said,




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Tate Reeves reacts to new study critical of Miss. schools




In a recent report, it gives the state's K-12 program an "F" for academic achievement and college and workforce preparedness.

But, it also showed that Mississippi has made improvement since the Chamber's first report in 2007.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves said the state has been working on some long-term solutions to make education better.



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9/17/14

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Miss. governor intervenes in same-sex divorce case


JACKSON, MISS. — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce.

The Republican governor, represented by Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, is opposing Lauren Czekala-Chatham's appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The high court said Monday that it would hear the case instead of assigning it to the Court of Appeals. Tuesday, justices approved Bryant's motion to intervene. It's unclear if the court will hear oral arguments or when it might rule.

In 2013, DeSoto County Chancery Judge Mitchell Lundy Jr. ruled that the Mississippi Constitution and statutes prevented him from granting a divorce to Lauren Czekala-Chatham and Dana Ann Melancon.

The women married in San Francisco in 2008 and bought a house in Mississippi before separating in 2010. They could divorce in California, but Czekala-Chatham says she shouldn't be treated differently than straight couples. Melancon objected to the divorce but later agreed to a binding settlement splitting the couple's property even though the divorce was denied.


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Lawmakers get 'wish list'


State lawmakers from DeSoto County will go to the State Capitol early next year with a singular mission — to unburden county taxpayers from state mandates that cost them money and rewrite laws that don't "make sense."

At the top of the lawmakers' agenda is the attempt to abolish a state law that provided a tax loophole for owners of Section 42 housing.

That's important because DeSoto County is losing between $550,000 and $700,000 due to the legislation known as Senate Bill 3100.

That law, which went into affect in 2005, allows low-income apartment owners and even some nursing home facilities to avoid paying comparable taxes due to an inequitable formula favored by Section 42 housing owners. Section 42 housing owners lobbied the Legislature for the loophole in 2005.



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Sen. Watson says he'll continue attacks against Common Core



HURLEY -- State Sen. Michael Watson talked about education, road and bridge spending, marijuana and the lack of civic involvement at a town hall attended by a half-dozen people at the East Central Community Center in Hurley.

Common Core took up the most time and no one spoke in favor of the new education standards that just became fully implemented...



...Watson also said he opposes a push for a constitutional amendment to ensure schools are fully funded under the Legislature's Mississippi Adequate Education Program. He said that amendment would take control over education from the Legislature and put it in the hands of a chancery clerk, most likely the clerk in Hinds County.





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9/16/14

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Democratic Party officials may be breaking the law?

In August, the Administrative Committee of the Democratic Party sent a letter to Ike Brown of Macon, Louis Armstrong of Jackson, and William Catledge of Houston terminating them from their county Democratic Executive Committee.

"I regret that you did not take action on your own, but in light of the letter and spirit of the law, the Administrative Committee had no choice but to take appropriate action since your membership is illegal and to do nothing would mean the Mississippi Democratic Party endorsed your breaking the law, which is false," Administrative Committee Chair Eric Powell said in an August letter to the three.

But last week, the state Democratic Party Executive Committee ruled the proper procedure hadn't been followed to remove Armstrong, Brown and Catledge from the their county committee.

"We have an elaborate process in our Democratic Party constitution," state Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said of the process to remove a person from a committee. "It sets out due process rights."

Cole said the state Democratic Party can only respond to a challenge filed against the person serving on a committee.



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9/17/14

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Who's running in '15? UPDATE: Pickering, Blount, Wilson


...State Auditor Stacey Pickering has confirmed he's planning to run for re-election at this point. I got a copy of a flyer for his annual

"Come Hail or High Water" golf tournament re-election fundraiser, set for Oct. 13.



...State Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, says he's running for re-election to the District 29 seat representing Hinds County, where he's served for two terms and is chairman of the Public Properties Committee and vice chairman of Elections.

Cory Wilson, former chief of staff for Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said he plans to run for the state House District 73 seat. That district, currently represented by Rep. Brad Oberhousen, D-Jackson, will be shifting next year because of redistricting from Hinds County to Madison County, and Oberhousen will no longer be in that district.



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Travis Childers hits Thad Cochran on women's pay legislation, campaign spokesman calls it 'election year stunt'


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers said Tuesday that if he's elected to the Senate, he will support a bill requiring employers to pay women and men the same amount for doing the same jobs.

"I have learned to listen to the women in my family, especially concerning family issues. I only have to look back as far as my own mother to be able to talk about and tell you that I proudly support the paycheck fairness act," Childers said during a news conference in Jackson....


...Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell said the incumbent supports equal pay.

"This bill is just an election year stunt and a gift to trial lawyers," Russell said. "Travis Childers was a loyal foot soldier for Nancy Pelosi when he was in the House, so it should come as no surprise he is pledging to march to Harry Reid's tune in the Senate."

Russell also said two federal laws that were enacted before Cochran took office -- the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- already address "alleged pay discrimination."



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Democratic Party officials may be breaking the law?



Three Democratic Party officials convicted of felonies can continue to serve on their county executive committees despite a new state law that prohibits felons from serving on political executive committees, according to state Democratic Party officials.

In August, the Administrative Committee of the Democratic Party sent a letter to Ike Brown of Macon, Louis Armstrong of Jackson, and William Catledge of Houston terminating them from their county Democratic Executive Committee...


..."We have an elaborate process in our Democratic Party constitution," state Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said of the process to remove a person from a committee. "It sets out due process rights."...



..."They were duly elected in 2012, two years before the law," Cole said. "There hasn't been a challenge filed to their election."




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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

In Chris McDaniel’s Facebook Pander-Through-History tour, apparently we’ve left the World War II era and have moved on to the sixties. Now instead of Winston Churchill, it’s RFK.




The next few days should be interesting as we will likely see the first volley of the Supreme Court challenge as well as if Charles Johnson will show up for his subpoena.

Speaking of pandering, Cochran’s real opponent in November is getting heavy with the imagery. Travis Childers attracted nearly a dozen to Smith Park in downtown Jackson to pander to Mississippi voters who like 2% milk and white bread.


Photo from Emily Wagster Pettus' twitter feed

Looking at him, one would be thinking he'd be more of a buttermilk and cornbread guy, but apparently the folks in Jackson said that 2% milk and white bread polled 11 points higher.

That's the way it was – Day 85 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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MSGOP files for $82K in attorney fees against @TrueTheVote for defending frivilous claims



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Special Election Set to Fill the Seat of State Sen. Terry Brown


COLUMBUS, Miss.–If your state senator was the late Terry Brown, you now have a chance to pick his replacement in the Mississippi Senate. Gov. Bryant has ordered a special election for Nov. 4.


The deadline to qualify is Oct. 6.


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5 more districts join Miss. school funding lawsuit


JACKSON, MISS. — Five more Mississippi school districts are joining a lawsuit against the state over shortfalls in education funding.

With the additions announced Monday, there are now 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove.

Musgrove spokesman George Shelton said the new plaintiffs are school districts in Greene County, Humphreys County, Leland, North Bolivar and West Bolivar. Shelton on Monday originally announced the Forest municipal school district as a new plaintiff, but a short time later said that was a "miscommunication."

The lawsuit seeks money to make up for budget shortfalls since 2010 because the Legislature has not fulfilled obligations of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. MAEP is a complex formula designed to give schools enough money to meet midlevel academic standards.


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COCHRAN CONGRATULATES OUTSTANDING MISSISSIPPI SCHOOL PRINCIPALS

Principals from Purvis and Hernando Honored in Washington for Leadership Skills




WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) this week met with and congratulated Jackie Cuevas of Purvis (left) and Cory Uselton of Hernando, who were in Washington to be honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Uselton, principal of DeSoto Central High School, is Mississippi’s High School Principal of the Year, while Cuevas was named Middle School Principal of the Year for her work leading Purvis Lower Elementary School. The NASSP principal of the year awards are based on school principals who demonstrate effective school leadership.

The Mississippi educators attended the Association’s annual State Principals of the Year Institute in Washington. This week-long program brings all middle level and high school principals of the year from the 50 states together for professional development activities, meetings on Capitol Hill and other activities.



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RELEASE:

HOUSE APPROVES TRANSFER OF YELLOW CREEK PORT PROPERTIES IN IUKA

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote H.R. 3044, to approve the transfer of Yellow Creek Port properties in Iuka, Mississippi.



Located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Iuka, the Yellow Creek Port was developed for economic development purposes by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the State of Mississippi. “Manufacturing remains one of the top drivers of the economy in Mississippi,” Nunnelee said. “It is important that we remain competitive, attracting new business and creating an environment for current business to expand. The approval of this 173 acre land transfer allows the State of Mississippi to do just that.”



TVA previously transferred real property at the port to the state of Mississippi that has been developed commercially and includes a number of manufacturing operations. The Yellow Creek Port facilities are home to a dock, mooring cells, a railway connection, mobile cranes, warehouses, and barge storage areas. Nunnelee explained, “This land transfer will allow the state to more efficiently administer the port and further economic development and job creation in the area.”



Nunnelee, who is currently recovering from a June 9 surgery, expressed appreciation to his colleagues, “I would like to thank the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their work on the legislation in July. Thanks to Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-01) and Donna Edwards (MD-04) for managing the bill on the floor. I am grateful that my House colleagues were able to pass the legislation today.”



Congressmen Bennie Thompson (MS-02), Gregg Harper (MS-03) and Steven Palazzo (MS-04) are cosponsors of the legislation. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are cosponsors of the companion measure S.212, in the Senate.



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