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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.


Madison County Journal
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.


Rebekah Staples
9/17/14

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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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9/18/14

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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.


Northside Sun
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.


ClarionLedger
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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9/17/14

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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.



Gulflive
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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9/17/14

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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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9/17/14

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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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9/17/14






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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.


Sunherald
9/17/14

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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.



Desoto Times
9/16/14

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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.





Sunherald
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.



Clarion Ledger
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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9/16/14

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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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9/16/14

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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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9/16/14

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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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9/15/14

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9/14/14

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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.


Sunherald
9/15/14

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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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9/15/14

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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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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

While the Magic 8 Ball legal team (not to be confused with Hortman Harlow) has taken a sabbatical from the front pages to prepare the McDaniel legal fight at the Mississippi Supreme Court, the activists move along undeterred.

The race for FreedomWorks Martyr of the Year is heating up. First prize? An AM radio show, 5,000 rounds of ammo, a signed photograph of Sarah Palin (pre-brawl), a voice over by Glenn Beck recording your voice mail greeting, and a year’s supply of free catfish. Of course, the odds on frontrunner is Chris McDaniel, but Chuck C. Johnson seems to be making a late charge with his teasing the refusal to show up in front of a Lauderdale County Grand Jury next week to testify against his buddy and McDaniel communications guy, Noel Fritsch.

Speaking of catfish, Allen Page of FreedomWorks was in town late last week peddling free catfish dinners. That’s right. In exchange for protesting the Ex-Im Bank in front of Gregg Harper’s Rankin County Office on Friday afternoon FreedomWorks was treating all takers to a catfish dinner at Berry’s on Highway 49. Reportedly, three hearty souls braved partly cloudy skies and 80 degree temperatures to show their disgust about whatever it was they were being paid in catfish to feign disgust of. The same thing was tried in front of Cochran’s office in August.

Based on news coverage, it would seem that Travis Childers would be tickled with three activists turning out for anything. After unveiling a poorly produced commercial hitting YouTube last week (ripped from a Mitch McConnell ad 20 years ago), he’s followed it up with equally anemic fundraising efforts.

Maybe someone should send bloodhounds looking for a Childers campaign donor. There’s got to be one out there.

Donor fatigue through the end of 2014 will certainly be high. Geoff Pender did a good job over the weekend handicapping what's out there in terms of a 2015 slate of potential candidates for statewide offices. A lot depends on what's left of the McDaniel voters and what they focus on and what, if anything, is willing to fund that effort.

That's the way it was – Day 83 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Cochran-Childers race needs sharper focus


It’s been close to three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican U.S. Senate runoff to Thad Cochran, and he still hasn’t given up. It’s the longest non-concession stretch of any statewide election loser in Mississippi history.

But while McDaniel has neither a strong legal argument nor any precedent to rely on in his challenge of the election results, his court maneuverings continue to keep him in the news and his fundraising appeals going. His efforts, unfortunately, have also distracted from what ought to be the focus on the general election campaign, with just seven weeks to go between Cochran and the Democratic nominee, former 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville.

While Cochran remains the favorite, Childers is a formidable challenger. There are differences between the two on some issues, and the voters would benefit from seeing them at least once in a face-to-face debate.


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9/15/14

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3Qs: Andy Gipson, House Judiciary B chairman


Legislation passed during the 2014 session will make major changes to the state’s driving under the influence laws, beginning Oct. 1. Under the new law, a person convicted of a DUI charge can continue to drive, but the person will have to have an ignition interlock device installed on all a cars the person might operate. The driver will have to blow into the device, and if the person registers a blood alcohol content of above .02, the vehicle will not start. House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, answers three questions from capitol reporter Bobby Harrison.

Q: Do you think this new law is a significant improvement and why?

A: I believe this is one of the most significant pieces of public safety legislation the Legislature has passed in recent years. There is no doubt in my mind it will save peoples’ lives on our roads in Mississippi. It is definitely an improvement, because it practically removes the ability and incentive for people to continue to drive while intoxicated as we had under the old mandatory “suspended license” regime.




Daily Journal
9/14/14

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SID SALTER: U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee looks more than capable


One bright spot during the visitation and funeral of Mississippi State University radio broadcaster Jack Cristil was the opportunity to see and talk with my old college classmate and friend, U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo.

Nunnelee, the Republican former state legislator who is seeking his third term in Congress, has traveled a hard road since our last visit back in March, when my wife and I met Alan and his wife, Torie, for a hamburger after work on a Friday night.

In the interim, the congressman’s life – and the lives of his family – changed in dramatic fashion. Nunnelee was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While surgeons at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, removed a mass from Nunnelee’s brain during a 12-hour procedure on June 9, the congressman suffered a significant stroke. The stroke inflicted speech and mobility damage.


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Hood prepares state defense in Musgrove lawsuit



JACKSON – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says his office is preparing to defend the state against a school funding lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, a fellow Democrat.

As the state’s official attorney, part of the job of the attorney general is to defend the state when it is sued. Some had questioned how Hood would feel about defending the state in the Musgrove lawsuit, since like the former governor, the attorney general has been an outspoken advocate for more education funding for local school districts.


While he offered few details because of the pending litigation, Hood recently said one area of defense is the fact that he does not believe what one legislature does can bind succeeding legislatures.


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BILL CRAWFORD: School funding vs. tax cut battle may fizzle



Are you ready to rumble?

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

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

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

Looming behind the MAEP corner are two very different initiatives.




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AP analysis: Gov. Phil Bryant doesn't trust Obama's chid refugee program



JACKSON, Mississippi -- Gov. Phil Bryant's distrust of President Barack Obama is flaring again.

The Republican is once more citing something he fears Washington will do in his decision for Mississippi to stop accepting new entrants to the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program.

That program brings refugees younger than 21 to the United States legally and resettles them, providing safe haven for children who might otherwise be marooned in refugee camps.



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State Auditor Pickering: MAEP Formula Not Reliable


"If a school district has a predominant number of students on free and reduced lunch, the odds are they're in a property poor district anyway," says Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove, the co-author of the MAEP formula.

"We're fighting a flawed formula that's not even accurate that's not even correct, but it's how we fund education in Mississippi," says Pickering.

Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove says the formula isn't flawed but it's under funded.

"When we under fund it you are looking at a school district and saying we're not going to give you the money it takes to be successful," says Gov. Musgrove.


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9/12/14

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Palazzo: ISIS needs to be crushed




BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Congressman Steven Palazzo, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says the radical Islamist group ISIS is a clear and present danger and they need to be crushed. He said that during an interview with WLOX News on Friday.

"It's extremely dangerous. They're well trained. They are well organized. They are well funded. They are self financing," said Palazzo. "This isn't money coming from outside this Islamic, the Muslim world. They have control over money that they've taken from banks. They have control over oil fields where they are smuggling oil. They are bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars a month."

After a week-long trip to the Middle East to meet with allied leaders, Palazzo says they believe America took too long to recognize ISIS isn't only a danger to Middle Eastern countries, but they could extend worldwide.


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9/13/14

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COCHRAN, WICKER REPORT $17.8 MILLION FOR THREE-COUNTY TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE

Claiborne, Franklin & Jefferson Counties Win Federal Support to Improve Roadways for Economic Growth


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) announced the award of $17.8 million in federal transportation funding for a collaborative initiative to support job growth by improving roadways in three Southwest Mississippi counties.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved a $17.8 million TIGER VI grant application submitted by Claiborne County, along with Franklin and Jefferson counties and Alcorn State University. The funding will support the collaborative Three-County Roadway Improvements Program (TRI-Mississippi) to undertake critical roadway repairs to improve transportation reliability and safety in this rural area.


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Prior to this year's US Senate primary the Mississippi Republican Party was known for two things: unity and discipline. Reagan's 11th Commandment was the foundation of the GOP primary system which valued policy discourse versus a circular firing squad.

It took decades of dedicated work to build a solid, effective Republican organization in this once solid blue state. Not until Haley Barbour's tenure as governor, and even now under Phil Bryant, had the GOP finally gone from fitting in a phone booth to chairing legislative committees in the state Capitol in both chambers.

The Republican Party had replaced Mississippi Democrats as the dominant party, and those across the aisle were left scratching their heads, wondering where they went wrong.

Those who have extremely short memories about the long desert that conservatives trekked through in Mississippi are starting to give Democrats glimmers of hope.

What changed over the course of the last year?

Alan Lange talked the other day about how there is a real effort going on to hijack the Republican Party. Folks that have pretty extreme views know that’s the only way to get a foothold.

This political posturing has resulted in third party conservative-lite crossovers who don't respect the Republican Party or its history in Mississippi politics. They operate solely in ideological terms while being allowed to plague the Mississippi GOP.

For example...

Reform Party

The Reform Party says it takes no stance on social issues as an organization "such as pro-life/pro-choice and gay marriage."

The last time I checked in Mississippi being a conservative was predominantly linked to being a social conservative, something Republicans have readily championed, especially evangelicals.

Yet, a key Chris McDaniel operative and campaign committee advisor (and a writer for the pro-McDaniel MS Conservative Daily), Ryan Walters, was a Reform Party vice chairman.

Walters, who was also a regular on McDaniel's now infamous Right Side radio show "held a seat on the Reform Party’s National Committee, served as a delegate to the Reform Party National Convention." He states on his personal website, "With the party essentially dead by 2003, Ryan left and became an independent conservative."

To my knowledge the Reform Party is still functioning as best such a third party can. Walters may just have had his fill of never gaining any meaningful base to peddle his ideology or perhaps he saw an opportunity to jump on another bandwagon.

Walters does list that he served on the campaign committee during the 2007 state senate race of McDaniel, as well as speaking at Tea Party rallies.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian platform states, "We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual."

Yes, they use the line "cult of the omnipotent state."

It goes on to say, "Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships... Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration."

Again, not quite the social conservative philosophy most Republicans in Mississippi hold. In fact it sounds more like what Democrats would put forth.

But that didn't stop McDaniel from encouraging their crossover votes in the Republican primary.

In his letter to the Libertarian Party in the wake of the release of one of his radio rants, Chris McDaniel wrote, "...the longer I serve in government, the more my positions evolve."

He goes on to say [despite having voted in a Democrat primary]:

"Although I am a proud and lifelong member of the Republican party and a two-term GOP state senator, I have always been an advocate of the liberty movement and its intellectual efforts. I will continue to do so.

"To allow perpetual statists to divide us on the basis of a 10-minute radio clip from nearly a decade ago is hardly a recipe for success. To my friends in the liberty family, we can either light the torch of liberty together or continue to curse at the darkness."

As a matter of fact, Club for Growth, one of the biggest out of state donors to McDaniel who has a record of overtly encouraging and promoting divisiveness within the Republican Party, has accepted significant donations from Libertarians, namely Peter Thiel of Facebook and PayPal fame ($2 million) and Robert Arnott of California-based Research Affiliates ($750,000).

Constitution Party

The Constitution Party states in its platform that public-private partnerships are "called fascism."

In practical governance terms where would Mississippi be if not for fiscally conservative public-private partnerships, and with the Legislature now under Republican leadership the oversight of these efforts has increased to ensure taxpayer confidence. Compare that to the Democrats' "spend now, pray later" philosophy just three years ago.

But in 2012 Chris McDaniel crossed over and sought to gain traction within a party outside his own as one of the featured speakers at the Mississippi Constitution Party’s State Convention in Tupelo. It's not a far stretch of the imagination to believe he coveted the Constitution Party vote in 2014.

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These party infiltrators don't care about Republican ideals; they are nothing more than gypsies taking what they can for their own benefit no matter how much conservative advancement is left destroyed in their wake.

It's not about advancing conservatism in practical, real life governing terms that gets results; they don't even know what that means. It's all about the fight and the spectacle.

So if you want to know why these folks are so quick to dismiss the decades of work to build the Republican Party in Mississippi and burn the house down it's because they are not true conservative Republicans; they are Republicans for expediency - their allegiance, their ideology is rooted somewhere else.

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Chuck Johnson may ingnore a subpoena issued to him in Mississippi. We'll discuss it with Chuck, along with his latest update on GotNews.comre: the Ferguson Fiasco.

Historian, @RyanSWalters73 joins us to discuss the next wave of race baiting ads set to hit Mississippi airwaves and compares Lyndon Johnson campaign to Thad Cochran.



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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Don’t compromise free elections in Mississippi



Mississippi’s legislators, in the wake of 2014’s senatorial primary upheaval, will be asked during the 2015 session to consider election law reforms based on recommendations from a special statewide committee appointed Wednesday by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the state’s chief elections officer....



...A federal court has said the intent provision is unenforceable, and we believe that judgment is correct. The current system works. People get to declare their preference in every party primary. Why do anything to restrict the ability to choose finally in the general election?

Tweak the law. Tweak the procedures as needed, but don’t try to bind voters’ consciences from one round of primary voting to the general election.


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9/11/14

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Email from Mississippi Tea Party:


Patriots!

Bring SIGNS!



FreedomWorks is asking us to assemble about 4:00 PM tomorrow afternoon at Congressman Gregg Harper's office at the corner of Old Brandon Rd and Bierdeman Road in Pearl to strongly encourage him to vote AGAINST the Export-Import Bank.



Allen Page SE regional director invites us immediately afterwards to dinner at Barry's Seafood on Hwy 49 South.



Please come out to help us with this "gentle reminder" that the Ex-Im Bank is not good for the USA and hurts small business.




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Case Regarding Photos Of Thad Cochran's Wife Presented To Grand Jury



The case of the man accused of taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) wife in her nursing home room has been presented to a Mississippi grand jury, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Clayton Thomas Kelly, a blogger who supported Cochran's GOP primary challenger, was taken into custody in May for allegedly taking pictures of Cochran's bedridden wife, Rose, in the Alzheimer's unit of a nursing home in April, and using them for an online video.


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9/11/14

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Palazzo: Asteroids may have commercial value




Instead, the likelihood of mining an asteroid in space isn't just a sci-fi movie plot from the 1990s. Earlier this week, a U.S. Congressional committee hearing included encouragement for NASA to start looking into possible commercial uses for the limitless vacuum – part of an update to the proposed American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities In Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act.


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9/11/14

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Gov. Phil Bryant among group headed to Japan for trade meeting


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is preparing to go overseas for a trade conference between officials from Japan and the southeastern United States.

Bryant's spokesman says Thursday that the governor will attend the 37th annual meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan and the Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations, or SEUS-Japan. The meeting takes place Sept. 18-20 in Tokyo.

William Yates III, president and CEO of Mississippi-based Yates Construction, is co-chairman of the meeting and will lead the state delegation with Bryant.

The governor says Japan is the biggest foreign investor in Mississippi. The state hosts Nissan and Toyota manufacturing plants.



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Handshakes & middle fingers: Alabama & Kentucky House Speakers engage in war of words


One of their biggest obstacles to taking over the majority is the current Speaker of the House, Democrat Greg Stumbo. When Stumbo found out that the Kentucky GOP was looking to copy the successful “Handshake” campaign that was executed in Alabama, he took the opportunity to share his perception of his southern state neighbors.

“Gov. Beshear has said on many occasions that if the Republicans take over the House that we will become in Kentucky like Alabama and Mississipp,” he said. “We’ll move backwards. … This is proof positive of what we’ve been saying.”



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9/11/14

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McDaniel Gets Expedited Hearing at Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court granted Republican Chris McDaniel's request for an expedited hearing, and announced it will hear oral arguments en banc, or before the entire panel of judges, on October 2, 2014.

“We appreciate the Supreme Court’s attention to our challenge and their decision to hear arguments before a full panel of the Court,” said McDaniel of the Court's order.

"Activist judges have been a problem in Mississippi since the 1950s, as we saw with the Kellum decision, which, contrary to statute, imposed the 20 day deadline onto Congressional and statewide elections," said McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch. "Since the statutes are silent on any issue regarding a twenty day deadline, any approval of such a deadline by the Court without legislative approval would be judicial activism by definition."

“The Mississippi Supreme Court recently ruled on authority to file a challenge in the case of Speaker Gunn v. Barbour. In that challenge, Speaker Gunn filed his multi county election challenge 34 days after the election, and the Supreme Court found no reason to borrow the time limit in the county election statute of 20 days," said Mitch Tyner, McDaniel's lead attorney." Doing so here to prevent Senator McDaniel from presenting his case on the merits would be a double standard.”

Chris McDaniel Press Release
9/11/14




Supporter,
Recently, I filed an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court to a recent ruling that our challenge was not filed in time, a ruling we clearly disagree with.
Yesterday our challenge received the news that the State Supreme Court will hear our appeal, and the court has scheduled our hearing for October 2nd.
We strongly disagree with the initual ruling to dismiss, and Mississippi State Code backs us up: there is no 20 day deadline that applies to federal and statewide elections in Mississippi.
From the beginning, our top priority has been to make sure that our challenge was heard—either before the State Executive Committee or in a court of law.
We remain committed to that goal for one very important reason: integrity matters. The integrity of the Republican Party matters.
The integrity of our election process is the most important element in the public policy arena. If our elections are not honest, what does that say about the rest of the public policy arena?
If we are to put our policy house in order, we must first put our electoral house in order.
So we fight on.
We are please we will have the opportunity to argue this very important issue before the Mississippi State Supreme Court, 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.
Will you chip in $15, $25, or $75 to help us get ready for this very important day?
It is vital that our challenge finally be heard in court, and this is the last hurdle to making that a reality.
Once we clear this last hurdle, the challenge will finally be heard “on the merits,” as they say.
Here’s why we’re confident: the decision to dismiss based on timing was based on a law that was repealed in the 1970s.
As State law currently reads, the provision about challenging statewide elections stands separate from the statute regarding county elections, and therefore provides no deadline for filing a challenge.
My attorney Mitch Tyner followed the law which contains no deadline for filing a challenge to a statewide primary.
The so-called “twenty day deadline” was added by the courts just this week from a different and inapplicable statute.
It is unreasonable to require attorneys to take into account deadlines that are not in the statute or even in the annotations which inform the statutes.
What is more, The Mississippi Supreme Court recently ruled on authority to file a challenge in the case of Speaker Gunn v. Barbour.
In that challenge, Speaker Gunn filed his multi county election challenge 34 days after the election, and the Supreme Court found no reason to borrow the time limit in the county election statute of 20 days.
The Supreme Court would apply a clear double standard if it were to uphold Judge McGehee’s recent decision and prevent our case from being heard on the merits.
Furthermore the Court will be faced with the specter of acting as an activist court.
Since the statute is silent on the issue of any deadline for multi-county elections, any ruling that supports a twenty day deadline without judicial approval is, by definition, judicial activism.

Even the Secretary of State -- the elected official directly responsible for administering Mississippi's elections -- has said "there is no deadline under state law for a candidate to file a statewide primary election challenge."

It is for these reasons we are confident our case will ultimately be heard on the merits.
Will you help us continue our fight? A donation of $10, $50, or $100 will go a long way to helping us make our case before the State Supreme Court.
Integrity in elections will always matter, and we will always fight for it. Your continued support is vital to this endeavor, and we are grateful to you for that support.

In liberty,

Chris




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Jones County DA reviews Landrum's letter of demand


Buckley said he plans to get a more detailed report from the auditor's office to see if the potential vehicle violations warrant grand jury action.

A report was also sent to the Judicial Performance Commission.


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Fighting ISIS: Mississippi Reaction to President Obama's Strategy Speech



“For months, the President has downplayed this threat and has sent mixed messages to our enemies and our allies about our resolve. I look forward to the plan outlined by the President tonight finally replacing the Administration’s past policies of half-measures and disengagement. I hope the President will match his tough talk with action,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee

“I look forward to hearing more details about how the President plans to execute his strategy when Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee next week.”

Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-2nd District), said that protecting the United States should not be a partisan issue.

“While I appreciate the President for outlining a strategy for dismantling the organization, both Congress and the executive branch should understand the situation in Syria is complex, challenging and fluid. As we pursue action, we must make sure we thoroughly vet our Syrian allies and ensure our intelligence and information sharing efforts with our international coalition partners are robust and reciprocated.”

Thompson is Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R), vice chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said the president should be prepared to work with the legislative branch.

“The President’s speech on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is a stark reminder that we live in a volatile and dangerous world. The barbaric actions of Islamic State are abhorrent to us, and our nation must act with resolve to protect both the innocent and our security interests. The President has now outlined a strategy that will require his administration to work closely with Congress and the international community. I will do my part with the firm belief that our focus must remain on keeping Americans safe.”



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Pascagoula leaders consider tax increase



PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Pascagoula leaders are expected to approve a 2.5-mill tax increase for infrastructure work when they approve the city's fiscal year 2015 budget next week....



...The Pascagoula City Council on Monday is expected to approve the about $62 million budget.



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9/11/14

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State rep upset after Moss Point School District rejects lawsuit


MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

A state representative's push to get the Moss Point School District to sue for millions in education funding has hit a snag. Rep. Jeramey Anderson said he publicly asked school board members to join a lawsuit against the state Tuesday night during the board meeting, but his offer was rejected.

"It is not like we are suing the state for money that wasn't already allocated to you. It is yours, and it is already sitting there," Anderson said....



...Anderson said he and his staff will continue to urge the district to say yes to the lawsuit. He wants every Moss Point citizen to call board members to do the same.

"The school board's inability to act on behalf of this opportunity is reckless and cowardly, in my opinion. We are going to do everything in my office to help. We are going to take aggressive action in the next two weeks to make sure the interest of the students in our school district is protected," Anderson said.

Wednesday evening, the Moss Point School District's School Board released a statement saying, "The Moss Point School District Board of Education's sole purpose is to provide a quality education for our students and to follow policies and procedures that are directed from the Mississippi School Board Association to properly secure resources for the shortage of funding for the district. We understand that Rep. Anderson is a representative of our neighboring school district, which is also entitled to the allocated funds, and we are willing to discuss with Rep. Anderson."



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9/10/14

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Scientists lament cuts in planetary exploration




That did not sit well with GOP Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi, who chairs the panel’s Space Subcommittee. He questioned why the Obama administration proposed a NASA budget that cuts planetary science while boosting money for the agency’s Earth science program.

“There are 13 other agencies throughout the federal government that currently fund over $2.5 billion in climate science research, but only one agency does space exploration and space science,” Palazzo said.

Palazzo complained the “administration keeps redirecting their funds to other missions that have nothing to do with space and exploration.”

“It just doesn’t make any sense because maintaining America’s leadership in space is not just a matter of national pride, but as we’ve seen with other countries dumping money into their space program that it’s become a matter national security as well,” Palazzo said in an interview after the hearing.



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9/10/14

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Childers talks health care, minimum wage




If he unseats Thad Cochran in the U.S. Senate, Travis Childers said he would focus on three objectives: Expanding health care, raising the minimum wage and ensuring equal pay for equal work.



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9/10/14

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REBEKAH STAPLES: Paying my last respect to Terry Brown


My friend Sen. Terry Brown passed away last week after a brief but intense battle with lung cancer. Doubtful many people in the Jones County area know Sen. Brown, but his life – and legislative legacy – is one worth knowing. I hope to pay him one last respect by sharing a few memories.

It’s hard for me to imagine a legislative session without Sen. Brown – Terry, as he was known. His bass voice booming through the hallways, Terry wasn’t one for quiet entrances. As a wide-eyed teenager, I didn’t know what to think about him when we first met several years ago. Is this guy crazy? Does he always yell? Can he really help steer legislation through committee?

The answer, I soon learned, was yes. He was in fact a little crazy (and proud of it, you see); he always shouted (Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Terry never had an “inside voice”); and his ability to garner support for legislation was virtually unmatched.



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Travis Childers on Mississippi coast today to renew challenge to debate Thad Cochran


LONG BEACH, Mississippi -- U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers will hold a press conference on Wednesday to challenge six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran to a debate at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast in Long Beach, according to a campaign news release.


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9/10/14

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Landrum: "Pickering has no business making false allegations about me"


Judge Landrum says that Pickering, directly and through third persons, attempted to force the Judge to resign or to agree not to run for re-election before publicly accusing him of misspending. Landrum says that Pickering previously met privately with him to make this threat and later communicated the threat through others.

When Judge Landrum made it clear to Pickering that he intended to run for re-election, Pickering publicly accused the Judge of misspending. Judge Landrum specifically denies breaking any law or statute, and he says that according to Mississippi's Home Rule Statute, the Board of Supervisors has acted legally and properly in administering the program according to Judge Landrum's directions.

Landrum says, "Pickering has no business making false allegations about me in an attempt to influence a Jones County judicial election."


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9/10/14

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Hosemann convenes panel to consider voting changes



A 51-person panel convened by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann plans to examine possible changes to voting and elections practices...



..."I don't like the system they have in Louisiana because it guarantees the candidates with the most money win right out of the shot," said Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole.

"I think we ought to be careful. We shouldn't have a knee-jerk reaction to our primary and what people think may or may not have happened," said Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef.



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Hosemann convenes panel to consider voting changes


McDaniel takes his post-election fight to the Mississippi Supreme Court next month. A judge has already ruled that the Republican waited too late to appeal his loss to Cochran in the June 24 primary runoff election.

"They are reluctant to get into elections because they want the voters to speak, not the court," said retired Chief Justice Ed Pittman.

Pittman said it will be difficult to convince the state's high court to reverse the 20-day time limit ruling. He said it's possible the court could say that rule doesn't apply to this election.

"That is a fair argument. The only problem is that the court looked at it once and decided that it did," Pittman said.


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The biggest losers of the primary season

Chris McDaniel

The Mississippi state senator received more votes than Sen. Thad Cochran in the June 3 primary but was knocked off by Cochran in the runoff. McDaniel, who had the backing of major outside groups like the Club for Growth and SCF, is only 42 and may still have a bright future in the deeply-red state.

But instead of graciously conceding, his quixotic — and ongoing — legal challenges have made him look like a sore loser and hurt his public image.




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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

The Chris McDaniel natives remain restless . . . and largely anonymous.

Exhibit A is the “Republicans of Jones County”. Bless their heart, their little plan didn’t work out like they wanted. Y’allPolitics exposed their letter over Labor Day where they attempted to strong arm four statewide elected officials and Joe Nosef with a letter requesting they show up to explain themselves about the June 24 runoff. They had a list of questions solely focused on “party raiding” and “inflammatory tactics” and reforming the Republican Primary system.

Remember this?

"(We) acknowledge and realize the potential for disturbance, open discord, and vocal outburst in this setting. We will provide additional security."


It’s now pretty obvious that they didn’t want their original letter out there. Notice that there appeared to be no coordination with the actual Republican Party apparatus in Jones County. After posting essentially a rebuttal presser to the Y’allPolitics piece about their original letter, WDAM last night ran a story about the back and forth. Again, bless their heart, they (whoever they are) didn’t want to speak on camera for fear of confirmation about how small a group of people they really represent. For the record, Y'allPolitics was never contacted for comment.

Now the anonyblog MS Conservatives Daily (that appeared shortly after McDaniel came on the scene and will depart shortly after the funding spigot shuts off) started taking swipes at Hayes Dent as a proxy for the establishment. Their back and forth is entertaining, but it is part and parcel of a small group of people who are deathly ashamed of who they are and what they believe trying to agitate and intimidate. And it is the relative silence of people who generally sympathize with their ideas yet don’t publicly decry their tactics that enable them to keep going. There are a lot of respectable, right-thinking people who voted for McDaniel that fit in that category. I know several die-hard McDaniel supporters that were vocal and public about their support and worked hard for him that privately wince at how all of this reflects on them and the circus atmosphere that has been allowed to fester. There are good, smart people who have unwittingly been co-opted by a group of wild-eyed extremists who are using them as leverage through these tactics.

Frank Corder did a piece a while back on “Confrontational Conservatism”. He was right on. It is that in-your-face attempt to generally co-opt the Republican Party. In fact, the South MS Tea Party is promoting “Leadership classes” put on by the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. These classes list McDaniel comms guy Noel Fritsch as the contact person in MS. This group is so shady about what they’re doing that they kicked a Roll Call reporter out of their class. Again, sunshine and exposure are not their friends.

Here’s the deal folks. These people are small in number and but for social media they’d remain relatively quiet and on the fringe. They’ve absolutely figured out that they don’t have the numbers to be elected on their own merits. The electoral math just does not work on their slate of ideas on a statewide or national level. They NEED the Republican Party as a vehicle to co-opt to get elected and do what they want. Instead of doing the hard work of party building, negotiating and coalition building, they just want to take it because they think they're right. Anonyblogs, folks like Charles Johnson saying making wild, unsubstantiated claims, and a general willingness to burn the house down are all key ingredients in the recipe. But it's absolutely professionally planned and professionally funded by people who don't care one whit about Mississippians.

Job one for any political party is build coalitions that can get elected. And it’s hard. And it’s messy. The TEA Party locally and nationally have provided energy to the conservative effort, and on balance that’s a good thing. But no one ever gets everything they want. Recognition of that is called being an adult.

These extremists are small in number and need to be exposed for who and what they are. If they’re anything like the Republicans of Jones County, they’ll remain faceless and scurry like roaches when exposed. MS GOP leaders need to recogize what they're dealing with and be willing to call it out.

And make no mistake. This all lies on one man . . . Chris McDaniel. He and his inner circle and support group is encouraging and funding this every step of the way and every nickel that gets funneled into the effort keeps this madness alive.

That's the way it was – Day 78 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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Mississippi receives top grade in telemedicine



Mississippi was one of only seven states on Monday to receive an A grade from the American Telemedecine Association in its State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Coverage and Reimbursement report.

This report identifies and compares state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from A-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards.



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Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi wants to fill gap in Army National Guard budget




JACKSON, Mississippi -- The top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee says he will support a request to fill a gap in the Army National Guard budget.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says Tuesday that he's urging other members of Congress to support the National Guard Bureau's request to reallocate some money.


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Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef appeared on the Clarion Ledger's Political Watch on Tuesday.

Watch the interview here.



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Former Sen. John Breaux says he and Trent Lott are not lobbying for Russian bank



WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said Tuesday (Sept. 9, 2014) that he and his partner Trent Lott are doing no lobbying for Gazprombank, the Russian bank hit with sanctions by the Obama administration over Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Breaux said he and Lott, the former Republican Senate majority leader, were asked by their firm's Russian office to determine whether Congress might take any action related to Gazprombank. Breaux said that he checked with a congressional staffer, and Lott, the former Senate majority leader, checked with his sources and didn't learn of any contemplated actions.

"We don't know what Congress is going to do," Breaux said.

He said that he and Lott, who are senior lobbyists for the powerhouse lobbying and law firm, Squire Patton Boggs, filed a lobbying disclosure form "out of an abundance of caution," even though he they didn't do any lobbying for the Russian bank. He said the pair was asked to make an inquiry by the Moscow office of Squire Patton Boggs, which does energy-related work in the former Soviet Union.


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9/9/14

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Here’s Why Chris McDaniel Is Appealing His Primary Loss

Then this weekend, McDaniel announced the formation of True Conservatives PAC, or True PAC, and put out a fundraising challenge. It is apparent that he does not expect to win a United States Senate seat anymore. Instead, he is building up the infrastructure of Chris McDaniel, Inc. while he carefully cultivates the legend of a grassroots candidate whose victory was stolen.

He’ll probably make a mint.


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9/9/14

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Republicans of Jones County: “We are not a Tea Party group”

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MSSC order in McDaniel v. Cochran #mssen appeal setting 10/2/14 arguments



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The winner for probably the least impressive fundraising email this decade goes to Travis Childers. Apparently the star of his latest campaign ad, the dude in the overalls, must be running his fundraising communications.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: travis.childers
Date: Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 1:19 PM
Subject: quick favor

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX,

Hope you saw my note yesterday with the new video we produced hitting Thad for his constant absence.

He is starting to feel the heat and we need to keep up the pressure. That’s why tomorrow’s decision on our media budget is so important.

Every dollar we have in – we can go a little further. I set up a special link here: http://action.childersforsenate.com/mediabudget

Whatever you can give will go a long way.

Thanks –

Travis




























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Candidates qualify for Waveland's top job


WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -
Eight candidates have qualified to run for the Mayoral seat in Waveland: Brent Anderson, Mark Kidd, Mike Smith, Santo Saucier, James Casey, Nick Saucier and Joel Wallace have all qualified as Democrats. Jay Trapani has qualified as a Republican.

The qualifying deadline ended Friday. The winner will replace current Mayor David Garcia, who is retiring.

The city's primary election will be held November 4th, followed by the general election December second.

A total of 12 candidates qualified to run for board of aldermen seats.


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9/8/14

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9/9/14

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Is Chris McDaniel too big for the state senate?
Ambition likely to trump political reality

by Frank Corder
Chris McDaniel has a decision to make.

No, it's not whether to "keep fighting" or to send another fundraising email in his failed bid and subsequent untimely, porous challenge for the US Senate. That's second nature for him at this point.

McDaniel must decide if he will seek reelection for the Jones County state senate seat he's held for two terms or if he's too big for that now.

There's no doubt McDaniel would cruise to a reelection victory in his home district. After all, he outpaced US Senator Thad Cochran by almost a 10-1 spread in the Free State.

But is being a state senator good enough for McDaniel in his own mind?

There's no question McDaniel wants desperately to stay relevant and in the political spotlight. Being out of elective office makes that difficult, unless you grab a seat on the political celebrity bus tour, write a book and hit the speakers' circuit.

However, assuming that's not what McDaniel has lined up (and that is a big assumption) not running for some office wouldn't appear to be in character for the Tea Party's newest martyr.

McDaniel is facing a tough road in the state senate come January 2015. Senate leadership and a majority of his colleagues in that chamber aren't too thrilled with how he ran his US Senate race. Listen to the interview I did with state Sen. Brice Wiggins just last week as a prime example.

If he shows back up on the Senate floor, McDaniel's colleagues will have ample opportunities to show him how little weight he will carry. At this point, McDaniel would have trouble getting a motion to adjourn for lunch past the Chair in the Mississippi Senate.

McDaniel has to decide if he wants to put himself back in this situation for four more years as a state senator, essentially relegating himself to being the odd man out and overall an ineffective representative for his constituents.

Yes, McDaniel is being encouraged to run statewide against one of the state officials on the Tea Party's hit list. But would running for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State or State Auditor be big enough for McDaniel?

Bryant, Reeves, Hosemann and Pickering are all safe come 2015 despite the talk otherwise. Bryant is very popular and McDaniel's popularity is slipping. Reeves has a tremendous war chest and a strong grasp on the state Senate; McDaniel is begging for money daily. In fact, it would be nearly impossible to run to the right of Bryant socially or to the right of Reeves fiscally. Hosemann has repeatedly been proven right on election issues and his name ID is solid; McDaniel obviously struggles with election law. Pickering is taking on corruption and consistently being recognized for doing a stellar job; McDaniel's questionable associations keep seeping out.

So what's McDaniel's play?

How does he stay relevant, meet his most rabid supporters' expectations, and rebuild his brand?

Does he wait for the next US Senate race or perhaps plot a Congressional run to target Steven Palazzo in the 4th District?

Here's my two cents of advise:

Cent one...

McDaniel should seek reelection as a state senator and serve his constituents the best he can while mending fences and building coalitions within the Republican Party. Stop the press conferences and the anti-Tate et al. rhetoric via the Senate Conservative Coalition. Take time with his family. End the narcissistic 'McDaniel Republicans' worship, the 'woe is me, they stole this election' talk, and show he can learn from this in a very real, practical way.

If he does that, McDaniel may be able to one day in the distant future run for higher office with the respect of not only his most ardent supporters but others who now question his very sanity.

However, as I write this, two things keep popping in my head - 1). some Republicans (even McGOP Republicans) will never again support McDaniel based on this race and 2). I'm not sure this scenario is even possible in the McDaniel world.

So here's my other cent of advise...

If McDaniel is now too big to just be a state senator, why not run for Attorney General in 2015?

If he's the Conservative Republican pro-libertate he says he is that's not scared of anything, that's the one place McDaniel could fight and really help unify the party. It would be the most challenging test on a statewide level and one Republicans of every style want to see won by the GOP. It could potentially coalesce the party faithful around the outcast and bridge the ever widening gap.

Jim Hood has cruised to reelection and appears on track to do so again. If McDaniel believes he's as strong statewide as his yes men say, then I say man up and step into the ring with Hood instead of being hell-bent to burn your own house down.

The narrative is there just waiting to be told if you've listened to McDaniel's speeches - most corrupt state, illegal voting, questionable interpretation of law, and so on.

But as has been the case with other once promising political up-and-comers, ambition often trumps political reality, meaning what makes the most sense isn't what McDaniel is likely to do.


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RELEASE:


Secretary Hosemann to Chair National Committee on Voter Participation

National Association of Secretaries of State announces appointments today

Jackson, Miss.— With the successful implementation of Voter ID in the State of Mississippi, Secretary Hosemann has been asked to co-chair the Standing Committee on Voter Participation for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS).

“Mississippi was the only state in recent years to implement voter ID without any federal lawsuits filed by the Department of Justice,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We implemented a statewide campaign to educate our voters on the new requirement, and the proof is in the pudding. Less than one-percent of Mississippi voters lacked photo ID on Election Day and now, other states are calling for our recipe.”

"We are grateful to Secretary Hosemann for agreeing to lead the NASS Voter Participation Committee during a very busy midterm election cycle,” remarked NASS President and Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who appointed Hosemann and Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to co-chair the body. “He has demonstrated a clear commitment to voter engagement in his home state, and we look forward to discussing the many innovative and cost-effective ways in which states are making a difference on November 4 and beyond.”

Each NASS committee has bipartisan leadership, consisting of two appointed co-chairs.

The Voter Participation Committee identifies state strategies for increasing and/or enhancing voter participation levels, providing a forum for members to share innovative practices on voter education and outreach, and serving as a clearinghouse for information on voter participation and civics education programs.


About NASS: Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest nonpartisan, professional association of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. http://www.nass.org.



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Republicans of Jones County sent out a press release attempting to clarify their recent "invitation" to state officials to appear before them and answer questions regarding the recent US Senate primary.

The release states that the group isn't a Tea Party effort (yet a simple search on the internet will show that known members are clearly associated with the Tea Party) nor is it a thinly veiled ruse of Chris McDaniel supporters (yet again a simliar search proves they aren't veiled at all - they ARE primarily McDaniel supporters).

Exhibit A is the contact person listed on the release - Tiffany Parrish. Check her Twitter and Facebook and see if you can claim these aren't disgruntled McDaniel supporters.

What's more - why form a splinter group? Why not go through the Jones County Executive Committee or the Jones County Republican Women that exist to support and communicate with the state organization unless this is nothing more than a power play?

Here's the release as posted by Kingfish:

ROJC Press Release 9-8-14 PDF

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Who let the dogs out? Travis Childers releases bloodhounds on Thad Cochran's trail in campaign video


The campaign of Travis Childers, Democratic nominee in the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Thad Cochran, released its first campaign video Monday and hit on some familiar themes from the heated Republican primary -- he won't debate and he spends too much time in Washington.

In the 44-second clip, an overall-clad man with a trio of bloodhounds approach a man sitting on a park bench and asks, "Have you seen Thad Cochran."


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9/8/14

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Former Governor Musgrove Says More Districts Considering Joining Lawsuit



His lawsuit appears to be struggling to gather the backing of other groups traditionally in favor of full funding of MAEP, a number of whom attended the speech.

Another set of education advocates is currently acquiring signatures to change the state constitution to require full funding.

Kelly Reilly, executive director of the Mississippi Professional Educators, says their board has expressed support for the amendment but is still examining the lawsuit.

"I think they are watching both of these initiatives very closely. Just as they watch each legislative session to see what the leadership is going to do," Reilly said.

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Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants inquiry into power co-ops' lack of refunds


JACKSON, Mississippi -- Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley wants the utility regulator to investigate whether some electric power associations are holding money they should refund to their member-owners.

Presley, a Democrat, said Monday that he plans to ask the Public Service Commission at its Tuesday meeting to launch a formal inquiry. Michael Callahan, CEO of the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, pledged to work with the commission to examine the issue.



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9/8/14

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BILL CRAWFORD: State's kudzu-like government defies efforts to cut spending



It's budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature.

More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health and so on.

Oh, and a tax cut too.

Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and losers from the vast array of agencies that make up state government.

Some will get more, some the same, and a few less. But none is likely to be zeroed out.

Sigh.

Unsuccessful businesses get closed every day. Banks regularly merge and/or shut down unproductive operations. But not government. That's because government behaves more like kudzu than business. Despite attempts to prune here and there, it just grows and grows.


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9/8/14

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Mississippi Army National Guard postpones weekend drills



JACKSON (AP) – Mississippi Army National Guard officials say a federal budget shortfall is forcing it to postpone weekend drills to late September with the hope that funding will become available later.

Spokesman Tim Powell says that Mississippi, like many other states, has called off training because of the National Guard Bureau is $101 million over budget due to higher-than-normal spending. Powell says the Mississippi guard hopes that money can be shifted from other accounts to allow for training later this month.

Decisions to postpone or cancel drills were being made by state Guard leaders. Some, including Alaska, New Jersey, Oregon and Vermont, planned to go ahead as scheduled.

“The governor has been in contact with Adjutant General Leon Collins and Mississippi’s congressional delegation regarding the postponement of the Mississippi National Guard exercises,” Nicole Webb, spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Bryant, told WJTV-TV. “They are working together to ensure federal budget shortfalls do not prevent our 9,000 guardsmen from completed planned exercises this month, and receiving the compensation they are due.”


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9/8/14

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

The Magic 8 Ball Legal Team saw it's shadow late Friday to serve notice that it would be appealing Judge Hollis McGehee’s ruling that the Chris McDaniel challenge was untimely. This confirms what everyone already knew. Six more weeks of challenge. This was always going to wind up in front of the Mississippi Supreme Court. But that doesn’t make McDaniel allies feel any better. In fact, one has gone so far as to insinuate that the Cochran campaign has engaged in “judicial manipulation”.

McDaniel himself started celebrating in style on social media with his second World War II reference inside of a week. The first of course was the reference to Winston Chruchill. On Friday, he got jiggy with a Dietrich Bonhoeffer reference. Let’s be honest, World War II references are the oldest trick in the Mississippi political book. What Mississippi politician worth his or her salt haven’t made public comparisons to the challenges we face in Mississippi being equivalent to Hitler’s regime?




“Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act”.

Apparently, McDaniel clipped the end of that speech which said “not to challenge is to challenge”. Was it over when the Germans dumped the Tea in the Boston Harbor? Hell No! And it ain’t over now.

Meanwhile, the pro-McDaniel forces have started a new PAC focusing on 2015. True PAC wants your money and McDaniel wants you to give it to them.




Remember, when all else fails, give money. Even the South MS Tea Party is in on the act with a beg for more funds for McDaniel’s legal challenge. Remember, if it don’t hurt, it’s not a real sacrifice.

Truthfully, we've found the recipe for defeating these "McDaniel conservatives" at the ballot box. Give them a microphone, let them talk, and record the results.

In the real world, it seems that a Republican majority in the Senate is becoming closer to a reality. A recent CBS/NYT poll has Cochran over Travis Childers 46/31. More importantly, real progress is being made in key states to get to 51 votes. Tom Cotton (R) is now leading in Arkansas over incumbent Mark Pryor 43/39. David Purdue is making progress in Georgia over Michelle Nunn 47/41. Daniel Sullivan (R) is beating incumbent Mark Begich in Alaska 44/38. And in Louisiana, Bill Cassidy (R) is edging Mary Landrieu 38/36.

For true conservatives, 51 is the number that matters. And America is close to having Republicans regain control and sanity of the Senate. Mississippi should continue to do it’s part.

That's the way it was – Day 76 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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Wicker: Foreign policy crises require U.S. leadership



TUPELO – Faced with two separate international crises, America’s foreign policy is “in a shambles,” U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said Friday.

Defeating – not just containing – Islamic State militants who have taken over major portions of Iraq is essential, Wicker told the Tupelo Kiwanis Club, and standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s expansionism will put the NATO alliance to the test.

“The president is going to have to lead,” Wicker said.

Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have made clear their belief that the Islamic State group must be defeated, but Wicker said he was concerned with the president’s less emphatic statements about “rolling back” the threat.



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9/6/14

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OUR OPINION: Childers, Cochran must move ahead with campaign



Mississippi’s general election campaigns for the U.S. Senate have shifted decidedly away from the might-have-been issues, especially involving the Republican primary, and toward what is essentially a two-person race matching GOP incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran of Oxford against Democratic nominee Travis Childers, a former 1st District congressman from Booneville.

Cochran and Childers both have been actively campaigning based on their certification by the Mississippi Election Commission as the nominees of their parties. Shawn O’Hara is the Reform Party candidate but is generally considered a non-factor in terms of winning the election.

Chris McDaniel, who remains the defeated GOP primary former candidate despite his decision to appeal his case for an eventual overturn of results to the Mississippi Supreme Court, is not on any November ballot so far approved and isn’t likely to be.

Childers and Cochran must move forward with the campaign.


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9/7/14


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State revenue growth slowing



JACKSON – As legislative leaders get ready to meet in the coming days to begin preparing a budget proposal to submit to the 2015 legislative session in January, it appears the robust revenue growth experienced by the state during the past three fiscal years might be slowing.

Through the first two months of the current fiscal year, revenue growth is only $7.77 million, or 1.44 percent, above the official estimate.

The estimate, made by the state’s financial experts and approved by the legislative leadership, is the figure used during the 2014 session to develop a budget to fund state government for the current fiscal year.


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9/7/14

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Alan Nunnelee answers questions about his views and his recovery



What is the most important lesson you have learned working through recovering from serious illness?

Through my recovery, I am reminded of the importance of family and friends. I am most grateful for their prayers and well-wishes. These have been great motivating factors to work through difficult rehabilitation.

When you return to work, what tops your legislative agenda?

My focus will continue to be on working to create an atmosphere for capital investment and job creation in Mississippi.

In general terms, what are your thoughts about the international situation, especially in the Middle East?

My thoughts and prayers are with James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s families. The danger of the Islamic State terrorist organization is worse than any terrorist threat we have ever seen. The United States must step up, stand by our allies and stop these people. It is time for the president to lead. Congress is prepared to give the president what he needs to combat and defeat the Islamic State, but we need a clear strategy from him.


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9/7/14

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SUN HERALD | Editorial: This right wasn't under the gun


So a constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt will be on the November ballot. Yippee! That vote won't even be close.

Even its supporters admit it's just a solution in search of a problem. It's not needed now, the reasoning goes, but what about 20 years from now? We just hope that 20 years from now, we won't be scraping the bottom of the rankings when it comes to education, wages, employment and quality of life for our children.



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9/6/14

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PAUL HAMPTPON: Tired of contentious elections? Then I have some bad news


The sages say the campaign doesn't begin until Labor Day.

I was fine with that. Then the sages told me they were talking about the 2015 election.

They have a point. Given the length of the Republican race for U.S. Senate nominee, I guess you can't start too early.

At least three South Mississippi state senators are having post-Labor Day fundraisers. Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula had his Thursday in Jackson. Sean Tindell of Gulfport and Phillip Moran of Kiln will bring Jackson to the Coast for fundraisers.



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9/6/14

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Charter school for Moss Point? It's among 17 letters of intent filed with charter school board



JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi's charter school board has received letters from 10 organizations that say they intend to apply for 17 schools.

The board is scheduled to vote on approvals in December. It can approve up to 15 schools per year, but earlier this year approved only one at the end of the first-ever application process. Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving fifth grade through eighth grade, is scheduled to open in fall 2015....


...Four groups want to open a school in the city of Jackson, but interest spans 11 districts from Moss Point to Tunica County. Some groups seek to open schools in more than one district, and each school is a separate application.


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9/5/14

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AP analysis: Budget committee's questions to agencies reveal clues to future battles



To prepare for the upcoming hearings, the Budget Committee asked agency leaders to answer 26 questions. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the questions, many of which revolve around a theme of efficiency. Lawmakers ask how agencies have spent money they received in the past, and how taxpayers were served by that spending.

Several questions reveal clues about possible policy debates and the budget narrative that will develop the next few months. One question asks agency directors if they'd like "freedom from the Personnel Board," which means lifting civil service protection from some state jobs and making it easier to hire and fire workers.



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9/7/14

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Email from South MS Tea Party:



**McDaniel Donation Challenge 2014**


McDaniel Challenge 2014


Sacrifice: Giving up or forfeiting something valuable for the sake of another value.

Senator Chris McDaniel needs help with his legal fund in order to continue forward with his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court and subsequently to hopefully pay for more court proceedings.

The South MS Tea Party Board of Directors would like to challenge you to donate to the McDaniel Legal Fund. Some of us have already donated $1000., but any amount will do.

Go to the following link to pay online: https://transaxt.com/mobile/Donate/PXGFUL/McDanielChallenge2014/

If you would like to mail a donation,

Make checks payable to: McDaniel Legal Fund

Mail checks to: Friends of Chris McDaniel P.O. Box 125, Laurel, MS 39441

If it's not a little uncomfortable, it's not a sacrifice.

Let's make it happen, Patriots! Every donation COUNTS!

CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS TO DONATE AS WELL!

May God bless you for your generosity.



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Bryant unmoved by church leaders on child refugees



JACKSON -- Gov. Phil Bryant's decision to block additional legal child refugees from being resettled in Mississippi hasn't changed following a meeting with Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders.



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Chris McDaniel notice of appeal in McDaniel v. Cochran 090514



Posted September 5, 2014 - 1:53 pm


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Jones County Court says McDaniel is appealing dismissal

Jones County Circuit Court confirms McDaniel is appealing dismissal of his lawsuit, lawyers on way to file it.

Clarion Ledger
9/5/14

Posted September 5, 2014 - 12:59 pm


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