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UP: Republicans who realize Chris McDaniel has loose screws

DOWN: Evidence of “fraud” in Mississippi GOP primary


Washington Post
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 11:11 am

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Dickey issues apology, Special Forces vets not satisfied

"21 years ago, I served as a food service specialist with the 3rd Special Forces Group during Desert Storm. While I wore the Green Beret as part of my uniform, I did not attend the Army Special Forces Qualification course," he wrote. "I did not intend to misrepresent my time in the military. I was given the Good Conduct medal and was honorably discharged. I respectfully apologize to any and all I have offended. I am looking forward to continuing my campaign, and fighting for the rights of our servicemen and women."

The Special Forces community is still not satisfied with the apology, though, saying that Dickey should clarify that he was a cook with a Special Forces unit, and that he did not serve in Desert Storm or in the Persian Gulf. He was stationed in Korea during the Gulf War.


Clarion Ledger
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 11:04 am

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GOP’s black market: Anti-incumbent campaigns

Lerner’s core “band of brothers” is a select group: In four of this year’s most heated incumbent-versus-challenger primary races, a group of four firms have engaged in a kind of musical chairs, trading off responsibilities from one race to the next.

Altogether, the four companies — operating in Idaho, Mississippi, Kentucky and Kansas — have taken in some $8.5 million from anti-incumbent campaigns and super PACs just in those states, a review of campaign finance records shows. (That’s revenue, not profit; Federal Election Commission reports don’t break down how much money goes to operations versus fees.)

Red Sea LLC, Lerner’s firm, was paid $3.2 million working for the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Action, the super PAC arm of Senate Conservatives Fund, in three of those races. The West Coast firm Target Enterprises took in $1.1 million from the Club and SCA in Mississippi, and from SCA in Kansas.

Jamestown Associates, a firm publicly denounced by the McConnell campaign, consulted for the SCF and SCA in Kentucky and the Club in Idaho; in Mississippi, it worked for both of those groups as well as for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund. The company now works directly for Milton Wolf, the conservative radiologist challenging Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

The firm’s total intake across those four races comes to $1.8 million. Federal Election Commission documents filed over the weekend show Jamestown is also producing ads for an outside group supporting Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander’s primary challenger, conservative state Rep. Joe Carr.

The exact responsibilities of the firms differ from race to race. In Mississippi, Jamestown produced campaign mail for the Club for Growth, while Red Sea did the group’s TV advertising and Target worked on digital ads.


Politico
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 10:51 am

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Cochran photo case won't go to grand jury this week




The case against Kelly, Mary and Sager had been expected to be presented to a Madison County grand jury, which convenes Thursday.

But sources, including Kelly's attorney, Kevin Camp, said the case isn't expected to be presented this month. No reason was given for the delay.

"I'm not anticipating it going until the next term (of grand jury)," Camp said.

Madison District Attorney Michael Guest said he couldn't comment on it.




ClarionLedger
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 10:21 am

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Wicker: Presidential Overreach Represents Constitutional 'Crisis'

Speaker Boehner Fights to Restore Checks and Balances With Lawsuit Against the President



The U.S. Constitution clearly separates the powers granted to our three branches of government. This includes entrusting the President with the responsibility to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

President Obama, like every member of Congress, took an oath to adhere to the principles in our founding document. The unilateral actions of his Administration, however, continue to defy the Constitution’s authority and its checks and balances on power.

GOP Challenge ‘A Welcome Change’

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) recently announced that he plans to file a lawsuit against President Obama on the grounds that the President has not upheld his oath of office. The legislation to authorize the suit is expected to come for a vote in the House of Representatives in the coming days. It specifically challenges the Administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the health-care law without the approval of Congress. Under the Constitution, the legislative branch has the sole authority to write, amend, and pass laws.

Respected legal scholars have expressed support for the House effort. Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, described a “growing crisis in our constitutional system” during a recent hearing before the House Rules Committee. He said, “After years of eroding legislative authority, the decision of this body to take a stand and seek judicial review is a welcome change.”




Senator Roger Wicker
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 9:56 am

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DAILY JOURNAL editorial: OUR OPINION: State GOP chairman voices his frustration



Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef has an impossible job in keeping the state GOP united in the aftermath of the U.S. Senate runoff.

It appears he’s realized that and is publicly losing patience with Chris McDaniel and his campaign...



...If he’s got the goods, Nosef said in so many words, McDaniel should file his challenge. Otherwise, he should concede.

Naturally, the McDaniel camp took offense. Spokesman Noel Fritsch said Nosef was “parroting a Cochran staffer’s stale talking points.” But the weekend represented the passing of a 10-day timetable set earlier by McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner for the challenge to be filed, and no action appears imminent.

Nosef had to know that his statement would make eventual reconciliation of McDaniel supporters with the Cochran candidacy more difficult. Yet as one whose responsibility is to help Mississippi Republicans win elections, it’s a position he has no choice but to take. Otherwise, how long into the general election campaign will McDaniel’s ongoing attacks continue to be a drag on the Cochran campaign?



Daily Journal
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 7:23 am

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Congressional candidate mum on felony record



TUPELO – First Congressional District candidate Flemron “Ron” Earl Dickey remains tight-lipped about a 2012 felony bad check arrest, two days after making public statements about an ongoing bankruptcy case and misrepresentations of his military record.

The Horn Lake Democrat said Saturday he wouldn’t discuss his Jan. 4, 2012, arrest by the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department or the few-hour jail stint.

“You didn’t ask me any questions when I first announced I was running because my life or campaign wasn’t interesting enough for you,” Dickey said. “You’re not going to treat me like a little boy on a street corner wanting to ask me anything.”




Daily Journal
7/27/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

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Brother-in-law of state Rep. Tom Miles fatally shot during altercation




SCOTT COUNTY, Miss. -
Investigators in Scott County are investigating the death of a state representative’s brother-in-law.

Authorities said Bradley Harrison, 26, died from two gunshot wounds Sunday morning after an altercation late Saturday at a home on Old Highway 80.

Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee said Harrison is the brother-in-law of state Rep. Tom Miles of Scott County.



WAPT
7/27/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 7:17 am

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McDaniel needs to file a challenge or call it quits



Enough is enough.

Chris McDaniel has used every excuse in the book to delay filing a challenge to incumbent Thad Cochran's election as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. His campaign has said filing a challenge before having all evidence will prevent him from including additional evidence. They have said they need more time to gather more data. They have said they need birthdates to verify voter identities. They have said circuit clerks have prevented them from seeing public information.

However, at the end of the day, McDaniel's campaign has been given access to everything to which they are entitled under the law. And despite their assertions, introducing a challenge to the Mississippi Republican Party will in no way prevent them from presenting new information of voter fraud to a court if indeed they discover it after their challenge is filed.




Clarion Ledger
7/27/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 7:13 am

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COCHRAN ADVOCATES WITHDRAWAL OF NEW EPA CARBON EMISSION RULES

Cosponsors Senate Resolution Condemning Rules as Offering “Essentially Zero” Climate Change Benefits


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that he is cosponsoring a Senate resolution that cites a litany of faults with the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing effort to finalize federal regulations on carbon emissions that offer “essentially zero” chance of altering global climate trends.

Cochran is an original cosponsor of S.Res.512, which was introduced Wednesday by Senator David Vitter (R-La.). The resolution calls for the EPA to withdraw its proposed rules and guidelines related to carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

“The Environmental Protection Agency is on a relentless quest to impose strict carbon emissions rules no matter what the costs to families or the nation’s economic wellbeing. This resolution sends another strong message to the administration that there is little appetite in Congress or with our constituents for disruptive and overreaching regulations,” Cochran said.

The resolution, which has 31 cosponsors, seeks the withdrawal of the EPA’s proposed rules titled “Carbon Pollution Emissions Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units” and “Carbon Pollution Standards for Modified and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units.”



PoliticalNews
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 6:18 am

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COCHRAN: FEMA COMMUNICATION WITH PUBLIC VITAL FOR SUCCESS OF NFIP REFORMS



WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) this week encouraged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to continuing improving its communication with the public as it works to implement reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Cochran serves on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee that conducted a hearing Wednesday on implementation of Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA), a law he helped write to ensure the affordability of NFIP insurance rates for homeowners and communities. It was enacted in March.

"The long-term success of the National Flood Insurance Program is not only contingent on FEMA's thoughtful and responsible implementation of reforms, but also whether homeowners, businesses and whole communities understand and trust in these changes," Cochran said.



InsuranceNewsNet
7/28/14

Posted July 28, 2014 - 6:15 am

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To nobody’s surprise, the liberal media opposes my fight for the people of Mississippi. What do you think? If you believe that the integrity of our elections is worth fighting for, then please stand with me and donate to the Election Challenge Fund today.

Earlier this week, the editorial board of the Washington Post said I should concede the primary runoff election. If it surprises you that the liberal media wants to shut us down, then you haven't been paying close enough attention.

This election challenge isn’t about making friends. It isn’t about my political career, and it isn’t about what is best for the establishment wing of the Republican Party.

This is about ensuring the validity of Mississippi’s elections and making sure that the candidate Republicans voted for represents us in the general election this November.

Ever since I decided to run of U.S. Senate, both Democrats and liberal Republicans have been telling me to give up. They have always thought I was crazy for challenging a 35-year incumbent senator.

And here’s the thing – if I give up, then they’re right.

If I give up, it means whoever has the most money and power in Washington can win any election, using any means necessary. It means that if you have enough friends in high places, you can use shady tactics to steal an election from the voters.

This won’t be the last time I’m attacked by the liberal media, and I’m committed to keep up this fight until the end. I believe that our elections are worth fighting for, and I bet you do too. If you do, then please take a moment to contribute to our Election Challenge Fund.

This court battle will be expensive, and it only just beginning. We won’t be able to do it without the help of conservatives everywhere.

I assure you, this fight is far from over. With your support, I will make sure that we discover the truth about last month’s primary runoff election.

In Liberty,

Chris McDaniel


Posted July 27, 2014 - 7:30 am

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McDaniel's main man: Michael Watson key in campaign, legal fight


Jackson County state senator a key player in McDaniel campaign, legal fight



The June sun is blazing on the parking lot at Gander Mountain in Hattiesburg and Chris McDaniel is chilling out inside the sporting goods store, waiting to hit the stage before hundreds of adoring fans.

But not state Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula.

McDaniel's best friend and Conservative Coalition cohort in the state Senate is already on stage, winding up the crowd in a bitter campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. It's a race that has divided the party and put both their careers on the line. And it's one, as far as McDaniel and Watson are concerned, that wasn't decided by McDaniel's loss in the June 24 primary runoff to Sen. Thad Cochran, who has held the seat since 1978.

Watson, on stage just three days before that primary, tells the story of how in 2007 he was urged to run for state Senate, then urged to look up an up-and-comer from Ellisville named McDaniel when he got to Jackson.



Sun Herald
7/27/14

Posted July 27, 2014 - 7:09 am

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Bryant: Obama to blame for drop in state’s insured



JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant placed the blame squarely on President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act for Mississippi’s status as the only state where the number of people without health insurance has increased.

“If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama,” said the Republican governor when asked to comment on a study by WalletHub showing the percentage of uninsured in Mississippi has increased 3.34 percentage points to 21.46 percent of the total population.

Legislative Democrats countered that if the governor and others had led the effort to take advantage of the benefits and options offered by the ACA that the state, like the rest of the nation, would have seen a drop in the number of uninsured.



Daily Journal
7/27/14

Posted July 27, 2014 - 7:04 am

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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

On July 18, Chris McDaniel said, "It goes to show that there are elements within our own party that have to be purged." Well, it didn’t take long for the Tea Party faithful in Mississippi to choose the first target.

On Friday, Bill Marcy was “uninvited” from the MS Tea Party Convention that was to be held in Vicksburg. Marcy is of course a candidate that has run as both a Republican and a Democrat in Congressional and Senate races, but considers himself a Tea Partier at heart (today). Reportedly after getting a call from Laura Van Overschelde (aka “Ma Tea”), Marcy posted this to his Facebook Page.




(The comments in the FB posts are gems, by the way).

On Friday, to no one’s surprise, the Chris McDaniel legal braintrust has said in essence that 30 days is too short of a period of time to get their shit together. Actually, they just said, “We’ve been slightly delayed in getting some of the data that we want to include in the challenge and expect to file it next week.". Sources inform YallPolitics that when on Friday morning during a meeting with McDaniel’s legal team that when Mitch Tyner shook their Magic 8-Ball, it said, “Ask again later”. The next 8 ball shaking is scheduled for after a lavish campaign-financed lunch on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post sicced their graphic artists on the Mississippi Senate Race challenge.


from the Washington Post

This, of course, being the alternative path to getting over 7,600 votes more than your opponent.

But the dust will really fly next week in Neshoba. Cochran has set it up to be the kickoff for the fall general election campaign. Hopefully, he can remind fairgoers of Childers support from and support for President Obama, his votes for and with Nancy Pelosi while First District Congressman and his being THE obstacle to being the 51st vote for Republicans to take over the Senate.

Not to be outdone, the South MS Tea Party has pressed members to disrupt the festivities.

"We must get some of our people together and make up some homemade posters and confront Cochran and Bryant! The entire state media, TV, papers, Supertalk radio, will be there, broadcasting live and recording. Posters need to say things like "Fire Phil", "Primary Phil 2015", "Cochran + Barbour = VOTER FRAUD", "Vote Buying is Illegal", etc. You get the point. If we don't show grassroots disgust with what and how they just stole an election for Cochran, then the story will be what a wonderful lovefest Thad, Haley, Phil, Delbert and Pickering had at the Neshoba County Fair as united strong Republican conservatives! Either we show up there, and everyone will need a day ticket to get in which is $15 at the door, or the story will be that a giant harmonious love-fest was had by all state Republican leaders and Thad."


Whether he likes it or not, Phil Bryant’s silence on the Senate race since the runoff will likely be challenged one way or the other this week. He will be on the stage immediately after Cochran and it will not be possible for him to avoid speaking about Cochran and where he stands going forward. And odds are high there will be Tea party fueled scene (a la the Linda St. Martin-esque tirade in 2008) launched at the stage this year. St. Martin was the one positioned 2 seats down from then Speaker Billy McCoy and had a meltdown of sorts during Haley Barbour’s remarks and had to be escorted from the pavilion.


Image courtesy of Keith Plunkett.

That's the way it was – Days 32 & 33 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


Posted July 27, 2014 - 6:54 am

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Hall: Many issues from Senate primary left unresolved

When rumors started that Hollywood was thinking about remaking The NeverEnding Story, most people of my generation were incredulous that they would attempt to redo such a childhood favorite.

Of course, now we fear a new version won't be about a magical fairytale where a young boy goes on an adventure filled with unbelievable events but instead about the Republican primary for U.S. Senate — itself an adventure filled with unbelievable events.

But as we wait for our own version of The NeverEnding Story to progress to the next chapter — i.e. will Chris McDaniel ever file a challenge to the election or instead just continue his perpetual post-campaign campaign — there's actually quite a few storylines that have yet to be wrapped up.

Sam Hall
Clarion Ledger
7/27/14

Posted July 27, 2014 - 6:53 am

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Cochran must deliver with Neshoba speech

Cochran may have to give his speech under duress. Tea party leaders have called for the McDaniel faithful to show up en masse at the fair, though McDaniel isn’t on the speaking roster. It’s tradition for supporters to wave signs, cheer on their candidates and boo their opponents. But it’s generally kept orderly, and heckling as a candidate talks is frowned upon.

But that may not be the case this year. McDaniel’s most ardent supporters aren’t known for restraint, and they’ve called for an overthrow of the state Republican Party and most incumbents therein.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
7/27/14

Posted July 27, 2014 - 6:50 am

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7/25/14

Posted July 26, 2014 - 7:41 am

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WLBT
7/25/14

Posted July 26, 2014 - 6:58 am

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WLOX
7/24/14

Posted July 26, 2014 - 6:56 am

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Chris McDaniel’s last hopes hinge on nine more votes — in a courtroom



Reached by phone on Thursday, the campaign's colorful spokesman, Noel Fritsch, explained that the campaign had a "massive endeavor" in front of it with the legal challenge, hinging upon what he described as thousands of pages of evidence that authorities (and the media) would need to wade through. As has been the case for weeks, Fritsch declined to describe that evidence in any detail or share any of it, though he implied it involved both illegal votes and illegal campaign behavior on the part of the campaign of Sen. Thad Cochran. Fritsch and the McDaniel campaign are clearly confident that, once presented with the evidence, those nine jurors would grant McDaniel a third chance.

Fritsch's formulation was optimistic. We turned (again) to Matt Steffey, a professor of law at the Mississippi College School of Law to explain how McDaniel's challenge would move forward. We made this flowchart from what he told us; it's explained below.


The first step is that McDaniel will present his evidence to the executive committee of the Republican party of Mississippi. No one expects that body -- the members of whom seem inclined to side with Cochran in general, beyond any exotic voter fraud allegations -- to find in favor of McDaniel. It could, resulting in the new election McDaniel wants. But it almost certainly won't.




Washington Post
7/25/14

Posted July 26, 2014 - 6:47 am

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McDaniel challenge of election delayed

On Friday, state Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said, “Since some have said they believe this election was stolen, every day that goes by without either a challenge or a concession is bad for everyone involved, no matter which side of this primary someone happened to be on.”

A spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office said there is no deadline under state law for a candidate to file a statewide primary election challenge.

McDaniel has continued to campaign across the state after his loss to Cochran and ask supporters for donations to help him overturn last month’s primary.

The Cochran campaign has said McDaniel should “put up or shut up” about voter fraud and an election challenge and said Cochran is focused on the November general election, in which he faces Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers and Reform Party candidate Shawn O’Hara.


Clarion Ledger
7/26/14

Posted July 26, 2014 - 5:59 am

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Fellow Patriots!

As you may know, the Neshoba County Fair starts this weekend. Because of what has transpired with the recent Senate primary and runoff, we now have a Republican party that is severely fractured. These two elections were unethical at best and full of illegal activity at worst.

The worst thing the Tea Party could do right now is be silent or complicit at a major political event such as the Neshoba County Fair.

Here is some advice from one of our members..

"We must get some of our people together and make up some homemade posters and confront Cochran and Bryant! The entire state media, TV, papers, Supertalk radio, will be there, broadcasting live and recording. Posters need to say things like "Fire Phil", "Primary Phil 2015", "Cochran + Barbour = VOTER FRAUD", "Vote Buying is Illegal", etc. You get the point. If we don't show grassroots disgust with what and how they just stole an election for Cochran, then the story will be what a wonderful lovefest Thad, Haley, Phil, Delbert and Pickering had at the Neshoba County Fair as united strong Republican conservatives! Either we show up there, and everyone will need a day ticket to get in which is $15 at the door, or the story will be that a giant harmonious love-fest was had by all state Republican leaders and Thad."

My favorite part of the quote was this...."We have come too far at great sacrifice to default to these crooks and thieves at this point, I think..."

The South MS Tea Party agrees and we urge you all to make a special effort to attend the Neshoba County Fair. We understand that Thad Cochran is actually scheduled to speak this year, which is the first time since 1997. What a coincidence.

The website is http://www.neshobacountyfair.org. Please visit the website to get information on prices, schedules, directions, etc. The address is 16800 Hwy 21 South, Philadelphia, MS. It is an approximate 3 1/2 hour drive from the Coast.

The most important days to attend are Wednesday July 30 and Thursday, July 31.

Political speakers on July 30 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am include:

Lynn Posey - Public Service Commissioner (Central)

Mike Chaney- Insurance Commissioner

Stacey Pickering - Auditor

Jim Hood - Attorney General

Tate Reeves - Lt. Gov.



Political speakers on July 31 between 9 and 11 am include:

Cindy Hyde-Smith- Agriculture Commissioner

Lynn Fitch -Treasurer-

Former Governor William Winter

Delbert Hoseman- Secretary of State

Phillip Gunn - Speaker of the House

Travis Childers - Candidate for Senate

Thad Cochran - US Senator (10:30 am)

Phil Bryant - Governor


On another note, if you did not get a chance to see Glenn Beck's interactive movie about Common Core called We Will Not Conform, it will be playing again in local theaters on Tuesday, July 29. Make sure you bring your cell phone or tablet with you. See local theater listings for details.

********************************


Sincerely,
The South MS Tea Party



Posted July 26, 2014 - 5:47 am

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The Purge: Mississippi Tea Party Edition


In the meantime, the Mississippi Tea Party appears to be undergoing its own form of McCarthyism. Are you now, or have you ever been, someone who has criticized Chris McDaniel?

[H/t Y'all Politics]




Talking Points Memo
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 9:54 am

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Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

“Circuit Clerks, the Attorney General, our Agency, and the Mississippi Supreme Court, for the second time, have all supported 1.8 million Mississippians’ right to privacy when they cast their ballot. Taxpayers should not have to pay for photocopying poll books for a candidate’s party primary contest.”

Delbert Hosemann Press Release
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 9:54 am

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McDaniel lawyer: legal challenge 'slightly delayed'

Tyner said in an email this morning: "We've been slightly delayed in getting some of the data that we want to include in the challenge and expect to file it next week."

Clarion Ledger
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 9:38 am

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McDaniel lawyer: legal challenge 'slightly delayed'


Tyner said in an email this morning: "We've been slightly delayed in getting some of the data that we want to include in the challenge and expect to file it next week."


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7/25/14

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MIRA says Mississippi Should Welcome Immigrant Children Crossing the Borders (VIDEO)



Earlier this week Governor Bryant wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that his office be informed if the federal government planned to house significant numbers of illegal immigrant children in the state, saying he was against it on the grounds that Mississippi cannot afford it. Wednesday, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) wrote Obama a letter that said the opposite saying he wanted to help the children immigrants. Thursday, Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance (MIRA) held a press conference acting as advocates for the immigrant children crossing over the borders.

Wednesday, Thompson said that he endorsed housing children in the state, and would be willing to help “facilitate partnerships” between the federal government and local facilities. He said in the letter that he has spoken to a number of “directors of facilities” in the state who have stated that they have space available and they have expressed willingness to house and care for the children.



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7/24/14



Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:52 am

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WLBT
7/24/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:50 am

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Sheriff Brisolara says he's ready to retire



HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara tells WLOX News he is ready to retire. Brisolara will not run for reelection in 2015.

Sheriff Brisolara has worked in law enforcement since 1977. And this actually won't be the first time he's retired from the Harrison County Sheriff's Office. He did so in 2003 when he retired as a Major and the office's Chief Administrative Officer.



WLOX
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:46 am

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Tea party rival's entreaty to Miss. high court rejected


McDaniel's lawyers recently said a legal challenge would be filed by Friday. Any challenge would begin with the state Republican Party executive committee, go to Hinds County Circuit Court and have a final decision at the state Supreme Court.


USAToday
7/24/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:34 am

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Republican women resign over nasty Senate race



Four of the five board members of the Madison County Republican Women have resigned, including Robin Mayfield, wife of GOP and tea party leader Mark Mayfield, who committed suicide in June amid the GOP primary photo scandal.

The resignations are apparently over the nasty U.S. Senate primary between incumbent Thad Cochran and state Sen. Chris McDaniel....


...But Nancy Bowering, who was in her second year as treasurer of MCRW, said she resigned from the board — although not as a member of the group — because she has been "disheartened" by the "very dirty" Cochran-McDaniel race.

"Just in a nutshell, the Mississippi Republican Women's purpose is to support the Republican candidates and their re-election," Bowering said. "Quite frankly, … I just felt like I couldn't support the candidate — either one. … I just felt like I didn't have it in my heart to go out and support either."



ClarionLedger
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:31 am

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Lawmakers vow new effort to measure budget results



JACKSON – Top legislative Republicans are promising that Mississippi will get performance-based budgeting right this time.

In 1994, the Legislature passed a plan requiring agencies to collect data measuring their performance under five-year strategic plan. But that data, though listed in budget documents, has been little used in making decisions.

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a new approach will identify agency programs and try to determine whether the money spent on them produces results. The idea is to stop spending on programs that don't produce measurable results — and, in some cases, spend more on programs that do produce results.

"The bottom line is that this program will drive money to programs that work and away from those that don't," Gunn said.



Hattiesburg American
7/25/14

Posted July 25, 2014 - 6:28 am

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Wicker, Klobuchar: Key Committee Passes Bipartisan Muscular Dystrophy Legislation


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., announced that their bipartisan legislation to help improve the lives of patients with muscular dystrophy passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, paving the way for a vote in the full Senate. The bill would update and improve the “Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research & Education (MD CARE) Act,” which supports medical research and policies to boost life expectancy and quality of life for muscular dystrophy patients.

“This legislation is responsible for fueling research that has helped add an average of 10 years to the lives of those with Duchenne,” Wicker said. “This is just one example of how vital the MD CARE Act is to saving lives and improving treatments for those with muscular dystrophy. Updating this law would ensure that current policy keeps up with today’s science.”



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RELEASE: COCHRAN OFFERS AMENDMENT TO PROTECT U.S. SHRIMP JOBS

Tax Credit Amendment Offered to Jobs Bill, Would Close Illegal Immigrant Tax Loopholes, Create Savings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today offered an amendment to help protect American shrimping jobs that are increasingly imperiled by imports supported by unfair government subsidies.

Cochran offered his amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act (S.2569), which is pending before the Senate. The Cochran proposal would provide 50 cents per pound tax credits for domestic wild-caught shrimp harvesters and processors in the United States through December 2019.

“Shrimping jobs in Mississippi and around the country are under continual threat from foreign competitors whose governments prop them up with unfair subsidies. As a result, jobs are being lost and an American industry is imperiled,” Cochran said. “The tax credits I propose would serve as a counterbalance to the harmful impact of those illegal subsidies.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that seven nations (China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam) currently support their shrimpers with illegal subsidies valued at more than $250 million annually. The Cochran amendment is intended to level the playing field for U.S. harvesters and producers, consistent with World Trade Organization requirements.

Based on current warm shrimp harvests and production, the five-year tax credit would cost an estimated $240 million a year, which Cochran would offset by eliminating a loophole in the U.S. Tax Code that permits illegal immigrants to claim the Additional Child Tax Credit. In 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department estimated that $4.2 billion in Child Tax Credits has been paid to illegal immigrants. Even with the $1.2 billion cost of the Cochran credit, closing the Additional Child Care Tax Credit would save taxpayers billions of dollars.

Cochran, who last week criticized U.S. enforcement of trade duties imposed on countries found to be dumping shrimp, fish and other products on U.S. markets, said the adoption of his amendment would begin to improve the Bring Jobs Home Act. The Mississippi Senator is critical of the underlying Democrat-sponsored bill, which is a partisan measure that, if adopted, would increase the deficit and do little to create jobs in the United States.

“If the majority actually allows a debate to improve this bill, my amendment should be considered,” Cochran said.

LINK:
· Cochran Amendment #3645: http://1.usa.gov/1x8dqYq



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We interrupt our coverage to bring you this special report.

The partners of Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel, PLLC must be beaming with pride for their partner, Chris McDaniel. He is a one man legal stimulus machine. He’s in multiple courts daily keeping the lawyers of Mississippi fed and happy. Yesterday, was not a great day in the McDaniel legal world however. First, the MS Supreme Court reiterated their rejection of McDaniel’s arguments in the landmark “Hallmark” decision.

McDaniel’s proxy fight from True the Vote in federal court didn’t seem to go much better. Between Judge Nancy Atlas and attorney Mike Wallace, they had a bad day. Judge Atlas said in open court, “This is not a case of voter fraud." That’s not a good thing when basically that’s what True the Vote alleged. From the Clarion Ledger article

Atlas said she doesn't believe True the Vote needs the birth dates of voters. The judge said she wasn't saying True the Vote would do anything nefarious with the personal information of voters, but she said others out there could come along and abuse the information or post it on the Internet.

State Assistant Attorney General Harold Pizzetta asked Engelbrecht on cross-examination whether she would agree voters would feel like the release of the information was an invasion of privacy.

"No, I wouldn't consider it private," Engelbrecht said.


That’s comforting. I can’t tell you the sense of comfort I derive that a Tea Party group in Texas wants my name and social security number from voter rolls. I can’t imagine anything going wrong with that plan.

Meanwhile, the McDaniel press juggernaut was at it again. This time, spokesman Noel Fritsch tangled with Sam Hall of the Clarion Ledger.

Sam Hall had questioned Noel about some expenditures from FEC reports to Liberty Action Center. If you’ll remember back to Day 8 of the hostage crisis, Liberty Action Center was “busted” making calls claiming that they were in fact representing the McDaniel campaign. At the time, Fritsch said, “that the campaign was not doing anything with Liberty Action Center and had no phone banking operation asking voters to support any kind of petition.” That doesn’t appear to be the case, but in Fritsch’s defense, I can’t imagine that when he said that even he thought this challenge foolishness would go on this long. During this FEC reporting period the McDaniel campaign itself spent over $11K with LAC, though it was listed on the report as “facility rental/catering services”. Maybe with each petition or phonebank purchased, they deliver a box of doughnuts.

This is really the third documented time that Noel Fritsch has been caught mangling the truth. The first was when McDaniel was scheduled to speak at an event featuring a “white pride” vendor in March. The second time was during the revelation of the nursing home scandal. Here’s what I said at the time on May 18.

McDaniel has installed a group of people in his immediate orbit that are spectacularly incapable of telling the whole truth.


This is just yet another episode in a well-documented trail.

Not to be outdone with Sam Hall pretty clearly pointing out that Fritsch lied to him three weeks ago about Liberty Action Center, Fritsch turned up the heat.

When pressed about what services Liberty Action Center provided, a combative Fritsch said, "We worked with them on email. There's you a quote."

Despite having previously denying the campaign had paid Liberty Action Center to make the calls after the runoff, Fritsch refused to answer questions today about it.

"I don't accept the premise of your question," he said when asked again today.

Fritsch then said he didn't believe any calls had been made in late June and early July. When I told him that Alvord had admitted to making the calls and that on July 3 I posted a recording of a caller claiming to be with the McDaniel campaign and explaining why they were calling, Fritsch said angrily, "That would require me trusting anything you write."

Fritsch then said, "Off the record, when did you stop beating your wife?"


Not accepting “the premise of the question” and asking when reporters stopped beating their wives are always winning strategies. I’m sure they were featured prominently on Pro Libertate/Tea Party Candidate Spokesman Training Day.

This response to Hall just could not be in any more character for Fritsch. This is who he is and what he does and it stems from the freedom that comes from not being from Mississippi, not planning to live in Mississippi and not giving a crap about what people think about him here.

But it looks like we will have him to kick around for a while longer. If (BIG IF) McDaniel is true to his word, the protest to the GOP should start today. Remember that last Wednesday, the campaign legal team said to expect a challenge in 10 days. Well, here we are.

The bar remains impossibly high for them, by the way. They’ve insinuated so much by using words like “stolen” and “sham” and executing parlor tricks like the $1000 bounty yet shown so little real data that anything less than video of people stuffing ballot boxes will ring hollow. They can't trot out half-baked accusations from a self-styled reverend in Meridian who got paid to talk (and has since recanted). The evidence has to be real and beyond any reasonable doubt. The campaign has said that it has the smoking gun, but refuses to show it. When ultimately their hand gets called, it’ll just be them and the evidence and we will see once and for all whether all of this has just been for show.

And don’t forget that nursing home scandal thing is still out there.

That's the way it was – Day 31 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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Judge questions motive of group wanting voter info

"Isn't there more going on here that you want all the information about voters?" Atlas asked.

The judge said it would appear easier and cheaper for True the Vote to try to get info only on crossover voters who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and then voted in the June 24 Republican runoff instead of trying to get access to personal information on all registered Mississippi voters.

Atlas said she doesn't believe True the Vote needs the birth dates of voters. The judge said she wasn't saying True the Vote would do anything nefarious with the personal information of voters, but she said others out there could come along and abuse the information or post it on the Internet.

State Assistant Attorney General Harold Pizzetta asked Engelbrecht on cross-examination whether she would agree voters would feel like the release of the information was an invasion of privacy.

"No, I wouldn't consider it private," Engelbrecht said.


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7/24/14

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Cochran: 'I didn't party' on DMR boat

Evidence presented in federal court Wednesday indicated U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was boozing it up at the DMR's expense in the summer of 2010, but he and a staff member say that's just not so.

"No, I wouldn't have had anything to drink out there," Cochran, who is in the middle of a re-election campaign, told the Sun Herald on Thursday. "Maybe a Diet Coke, or iced tea if they had any. I haven't drank anything in four years now, and I didn't drink much before that."


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7/25/14

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Congressional candidate defends special forces claims

Ron Dickey, running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican 1st Congressional District Representative Alan Nunnellee, was attached as a food service specialist with the 3rd Special Forces Group during Desert Storm while he served in the Army from 1990-1993. During 1991-1993, attached support personnel assigned to a Special Forces unit were authorized to wear the Green Beret.

"This happened over 21 years ago. At that time the Army had different standards, the Department of the Army issued me a green beret. Not only did they issue the Green Berets to those who choose to go through the training course to become a green beret," he said. "It's like the difference between a certified teacher and an uncertified teacher."

Dickey, of Horn Lake, said the campaign workers who wrote his biography information didn't understand the difference, but owned up to being the last say on what's published.

"The people that did my bio didn't understand the connection and generalized, but here in the last week people have asked for details and specifics on my military service," he said.


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7/24/14

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McDaniel spokesman gets angry over FEC questions

When pressed about what services Liberty Action Center provided, a combative Fritsch said, "We worked with them on email. There's you a quote."

Despite having previously denying the campaign had paid Liberty Action Center to make the calls after the runoff, Fritsch refused to answer questions today about it.

"I don't accept the premise of your question," he said when asked again today.

Fritsch then said he didn't believe any calls had been made in late June and early July. When I told him that Alvord had admitted to making the calls and that on July 3 I posted a recording of a caller claiming to be with the McDaniel campaign and explaining why they were calling, Fritsch said angrily, "That would require me trusting anything you write."

Fritsch then said, "Off the record, when did you stop beating your wife?"


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7/24/14

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Judge: True the Vote lawsuit not a case of voter fraud

U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas of Texas said today during a hearing in Jackson that case technically is about what documents can be seen.

"This is not a case of voter fraud," Atlas said. "It's whether the National Voter Registration Act was complied with and whether it preempts state statute. This case is about transparency of the voter process with the counter issue of voter privacy."

...

Assistant State Attorney General Harold Pizzetta asked Engelbrecht on cross examination if she would agree voters would feel like it is an invasion of privacy for their date of birth, name and address to be made public?

"No, I wouldn't consider it private," Engelbrecht said.



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Ray Mosby: The ‘Hattie McDaniel Rule’ coming?

“It ain’t fittin’, I tell you. It just ain’t fittin’.” – Hattie McDaniel in “Gone With the Wind.”

Why, as the McDaniel crowd stopped just barely short of saying their cries to the heavens of “we wuz wronged,” they “wuz wronged” by BLACK VOTERS! – in a REPUBLICAN primary runoff! Who ever heard of such a thing?

As a friend of mine said with tongue firmly planted in cheek the other day, “But you don’t understand, Cochran won with black votes – that is against the Republican bylaws.”

No. It isn’t, of course, not yet, anyway, but that is indeed what the McDaniel objection to the outcome, when you cut through the camouflage of all the increasingly strident and incendiary rhetoric, basically boils down to. And when one considers that, along with some of McDaniel’s past associations and remarks, then it begins to paint an even less attractive picture of the man than he is in the process of doing himself.

But if he somehow succeeds, the GOP will then have to consider adding a new “no blacks allowed” bylaw. They can call it the Hattie McDaniel Rule.



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7/24/14

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ANN COULTER: Eyes on the prize




If Chris McDaniel's supporters want to show what bad-ass studs they are, how about walking across the Mississippi River and getting Tom Cotton elected in Arkansas? He's running against a Democrat, fellas! Or how about walking a little farther down the river, to Louisiana, and helping Bill Cassidy take out another Democrat?


Those two Democrats, Sens. Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu, could well win re-election in red states -- despite voting for Obamacare and amnesty. And tea partiers are still focused like a laser beam on making Republican senators more perfect, rather than beating Democrats.


Yes, it's annoying to see a Republican appeal to Democratic voters to save his seat. But Thad Cochran is hardly Arlen Specter, who was a thorn in Republicans' side forever.


At least McDaniel's allies have a good plan. They're going to invent a time machine and travel back to June 24 to undo the runoff election. Wait -- they don't have a time machine?


It also doesn't look great having alleged Republican activists claiming that any votes from blacks in a GOP primary were fraudulent. It so happens that Cochran has always won a fair portion of the black vote -- and the Democrat vote.


In Cochran's last election without Barack Obama on the ticket, he won 85 percent of the vote -- and Mississippi is half-Democrat and nearly 40 percent black. Even in his most recent election in 2008, when Obama was on the ticket, Cochran won 40,000 more votes than John McCain -- a pretty good estimate of how many blacks voted for Cochran.




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7/23/14

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WASHINGTON POST: Chris McDaniel should either show evidence or concede in Mississippi’s GOP primary



The close election displays in full light the ongoing push-and-pull between the tea party and establishment Republicans. It also reveals the tea party’s troubling alienation of minorities — a key reason Republicans can win district seats but have difficulty in national elections.

But Mr. McDaniel’s challenge of the election’s legitimacy isn’t just a party problem. In even the closest primaries, such as Tuesday’s narrow GOP election in Georgia, the loser typically concedes in a bid for unity. Since elections inevitably have a few voter irregularities caused by human mistakes, the burden of proof to challenge an election is high — as it should be.

Mr. McDaniel’s strong language and incendiary tactics have no place in our democratic process. Any challenge to an election must be open and respectful. If Mr. McDaniel would like to contest the results, he should end his campaign spree and present evidence of widespread fraud. If not, he must do what he should’ve done a month ago: concede.



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7/23/14

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NESHOBA DEMOCRAT EDITORIAL/ McDaniel's election ruse



Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon will likely throw McDaniel out of the courthouse because just last week the Supreme Court, after an emergency plea by McDaniel, said clerks like Lee are correct.

The law forbids circuit clerks from turning personal voter information over to anyone, including narcissistic plaintiffs attorneys like McDaniel who run for U.S. Senate, get beat and transform sore loser into a bitter industry.

By and large, Mississippi elections are clean and McDaniel's wild, unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud don't hold water.



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7/23/14

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Your Power Bill Could Be Affected by Federal Government Ruling



WASHINGTON, D.C.–Every power plant in Mississippi that uses coal to generate power could be forced to shut down under new rules by the Environmental Protection Agency, said Sen. Roger Wicker in Washington in a Senate hearing Wednesday. If that did happen, that would, of course, translate into changes in your power bill that Wicker believes could make your electricity unaffordable.


Wicker said in his statements that Mississippi does not have the resources to meet the EPA’s new requirements that states increase by 250 percent the amount of renewable energy they use in generating power.

Here is an excerpt from his testimony:

Some of my friends on the other side continue to speak of carbon pollution, which suggests to some people that they are talking about particulate emissions. Of course we know that what is being talked about with this proposed rule is carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. These regulations regarding CO2 could negatively impact every single American.

“The President is determined to wage an all-out war on coal – launching costly regulations that would have little effect on changing the climate. Over the past 10 years, global coal consumption has soared by 65 percent. During the same time period, U.S. coal exports have skyrocketed by more than 200 percent. Coal is burned to provide 40 percent of the world’s electricity needs in a reliable and economical way.



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7/24/14

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More money needed for cheating investigation



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education will request $1 million in its fiscal 2016 budget to fund cheating investigations like the one it launched in May of the Clarksdale Municipal School District.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1nDVxkH ) the state Board of Education members approved the new line item at a meeting Wednesday in Jackson.

Department spokesman Pete Smith says the agency has no funds set aside for such investigations and had to borrow money from other areas within the department to fund the current one.


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7/24/14

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BILL MINOR: Changing politics remains unfinished in Mississippi




Almost 50 years after the 1965 Voting Rights Act enfranchised thousands of black voters in Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, it’s increasingly evident that the Democratic voting bloc can become a game-changer in tight Southern senatorial races of both major parties.

As we have already seen, the African-American Democratic bloc in Mississippi – normally non-crucial in national elections – played a surprise role in helping veteran Republican Sen. Thad Cochran turn back a challenge from a far-right Tea Party champion.

While that black Democratic bloc here likely won’t make Democratic senatorial Travis Childers a serious threat to Cochran in November, black Democrats elsewhere in the South could make a key difference.

Nate Cohn, the numbers-crunching New York Times correspondent, has figured that in at least three Southern states – Georgia, Louisiana and North Carolina – black Democrats could tip the balance for Democratic candidates to win, and keep Democratic control of the U.S. Senate.

What’s interesting about the quirky Mississippi Republican Senate primary, challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel keeps referring to the June 24 surge of black support for Cochran as “liberal” Democrats, rather than African-Americans, or blacks. Does he do that to counteract the racist taint he has from hobnobbing with neo-Confederate groups and extremist comments he has made on his talk radio show?




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7/24/14

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Mississippi school funding formula calls for $312 more in 2016 budget



JACKSON, Mississippi -- Mississippi's public schools need an additional $312 million from lawmakers next year to fully fund the formula that determines how much money education is supposed to get, state education leaders said Wednesday.

The state Board of Education approved a 2016 budget request seeking $370 million over the $2.49 billion lawmakers allotted in the budget that began July 1. That includes money for programs beyond the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula.

The formula is calculated by looking at average spending in typical districts, computing "adequate" amounts for instruction, administration, transportation and other expenses. Wednesday's calculation is an early estimate that will be revised later. But it's made now because agencies are preparing 2016 budget requests ahead of September hearings.

The Board of Education is legally required to seek full funding of MAEP, and legislators are supposed to be legally bound to comply. Lawmakers allotted $95 million more to schools this year, mostly because of pay raises. But they put $257 million less than the full amount into the formula this year, bringing a gap over six years to $1.5 billion.



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7/23/14

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Glenn Beck sure does like him some Chris McDaniel. When you’re the victim of a conspiracy, there’s no better place to vent in American media than Glenn Beck’s show.

Glenn Beck’s latest visit to the Political Crystal Ball (58:55) yielded the theory that Haley Barbour had cut a deal with Thad Cochran to win the race, quit and then appoint Henry Barbour as his replacement.

Not to be outdone, Rick Shaftan got two segments on Bryan Fisher’s AFR talk program yesterday. At 3:55 on one of the videos, Fisher (shockingly and coincidentally) parroted Glenn Beck conjecturing about Thad’s health and future succession.

Oh well, maybe they’ll have to apologize like the National Review’s Quin Hillyer, who had the patriots all aTwitter (literally) with his hit piece on Henry Barbour. But there were problems in the story. For starters, he was writing about Henry with a picture of Haley. Even Fox News Brit Hume shamed Hillyer publicly on Twitter.




Well, the only other problem with the story was that he was wrong and came back yesterday and had to apologize and say after actually talking to Henry Barbour. ”I appreciate Barbour’s clarification, and apologize for any confusion. Without comment, I leave it to others to judge the messages in each of the ads. At some point soon, I intend to revisit this entire subject, with the possibility of slightly amending some of my earlier conclusions.”

That’s media speak and we can translate. That translates directly into, “Maybe I should not have listened to the paid political hacks that fed me this story without doing an ounce of independent research”.

But that’s just national talk. The rubber meets the road here in Mississippi. And McDaniel’s rubber met the road in a parking lot of a comic book store in Hattiesburg after the “Truth and Just Us” rally taking up a cool 5 spaces in the parking lot of a small business called Southern Fried Comics. And it was to be a big day at that company. It was Batman day to be exact (and no, we are not making that up. Day 30 of the Hostage Crisis was actually Batman Day . . . and National Hotdog Day as well). The store owner was only amused slightly.




Never to be outdone, Marshall Ramsey hit it out of the park.




Today, we will see the cards that True the Vote is holding. They sent out a fundraising email yesterday where they accuse Delbert Hosemann and other MS Republican leaders of "siding with Obama and Holder."



According to McDaniel sources, #McDDay version 2.0 should be on Friday. That’s when we are supposed to see the formal protest to the MS GOP executive committee followed immediately by a lawsuit.

That's the way it was – Day 30 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.

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REBEKAH STAPLES: Budget Talk: Why saving for a rainy day matters



Mississippi’s experience is like that of other states: Our savings umbrella could have (and maybe should have) been larger, which would have more significantly reduced and/or eliminated the need for cuts in priority programs.

Because we statutorily cap our rainy day fund at 7.5 percent of spending, though, we didn’t have enough money to completely offset revenue shortfalls.

In fact, the idea of saving more – not less – is already underway. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s gives top scores to states with savings equal to or greater than 8 to 10 percent of annual revenue or spending. The Government Finance Officers Association suggests balances of up to two months’ worth of operating revenue, and the National Conference on State Legislatures recently opined that the five-percent rule (setting aside five percent of revenue) is no longer a universally applicable safeguard measure.

While revenues appear to be on the rise, those who control the purse strings must consider lessons learned from leaner times. I applaud the Republican leadership for their political courage in this regard.

When certain Democrats decry saving, saying we ought to “spend, spend, spend,” Republicans need only to remind them of yesteryear when we were able to avoid larger cuts to programs by using reserve funds.




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7/23/14

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SENATOR ROGER WICKER op-ed: Putting local leaders in the driver’s seat for transportation needs




Instead of being forced to the sidelines, local officials deserve to have a direct role in developing solutions for the transportation needs in their communities. It stands to reason that the leaders of America’s cities, towns, and suburbs would be better decision-makers than federal bureaucrats who dole out funding formulas for transportation projects.

As the Senate debates MAP-21, I intend to join Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in offering legislation that would give local officials more control over the transportation planning process. Specifically, our bipartisan measure would allow states to allocate federal funds on a competitive basis. Local jurisdictions, metropolitan planning organizations, transit providers, and others could develop projects for consideration. A panel of local stakeholders would then decide which projects to approve based on how the project could improve the transportation system, promote innovation, and spur economic development.

These competitions promise to foster the most targeted and cost-effective solutions to meet unique and urgent infrastructure needs. At a time when budget restraint is a necessity, they would help ensure taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently.


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Congressman Thompson Sends Letter to President Obama about Immigration




Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (MS-02) sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding correspondence sent to the President by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Friday. The Governor expressed his views on the unaccompanied children situation at the southwest border and the prospect that some of the children may be housed at facilities in Mississippi. Congressman Thompson’s letter is attached below.

In an excerpt of the letter, Congressman Thompson states:

“We have a moral obligation to treat children fleeing from unspeakable violence and danger with care and respect and to ensure they are in a safe environment while in this country….Time will tell how long this crisis persists, but we have a moral obligation as Americans and as decent human beings to do the right by the kids that have, against the odds, reached our border. Many Mississippians agree on this – you can count me among them.”

You can read Thompson's full letter here.



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7/22/14

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Former executive director of the Department of Marine Resources Dr. Bill Walker has reported to federal prison to serve his 5-year sentence in Oakdale, Louisiana for his role in the scandal that also led to the arrest and conviction of his son, Scott, among others.


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Scott Walker sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for fraud, conspiracy (updated)



HATTIESBURG, Mississippi -- Former Ocean Springs mayoral candidate and businessman Scott Walker was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison Wednesday for his role in both the Department of Marine Resources scandal and fraud against the City of D'Iberville.

U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett sentenced Walker to 18 months on each of the two counts to which Walker pleaded guilty in April, but the sentences will run concurrent.

In addition, he was sentenced to three years post-release supervision on each count, which will also run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay -- jointly with others in the case -- $390,000 in restitution to the National Park Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and the City of D'Iberville.




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7/23/14

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SALTER: Senate primary hangover should cast long shadow over Neshoba speeches



The fact that Mississippi will be holding statewide courthouse to statehouse elections in 2015 in a political environment heated by the establishment/Tea Party split is wasted on no one in Mississippi - particularly not the seven-of-eight statewide elected officials who are Republicans.

Embedded in the anger and resentment of the McDaniel supporters are the threats, both implied and express, that McDaniel's supporters will attempt to empower challengers to Republican statewide and legislative candidates they believe supported Cochran or failed to support McDaniel.

Expect Republican speeches at Neshoba to be more conservative than usual and expect Democratic speeches at Neshoba this year to goad and pick at the festering political wounds of the GOP Senate Primary. Expect 2015 trial balloons to be held to a minimum, while Democrats are expected to be as aggressive as they've been in many years.

The Senate race will definitely cast a long shadow, one that likely will span the approach of this year's general election stretch run and next year's statewide races.


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7/23/14

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Comic Book Store Complains About Chris McDaniel's Bus On 'Batman Day'



Bruce Wayne has a new villain, and his name is Chris McDaniel.

The owner of a comic book store in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, awoke Wednesday morning to find the Republican Senate candidate and former state senator's campaign bus parked across five spaces. But it wasn't just any Wednesday; it was Batman Day, a holy DC Comics holiday commemorating the caped crusader's 75th birthday.

So Barry Herring, the owner of Southern Fried Comics, took a photo and posted it to Twitter to express his displeasure.

"My customers don't need parking anyway. #parking problems," he wrote.



Huffington Post
7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:45 pm

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At 4:15, Fisher does the Christian thing and accuses Thad Cochran of "not being in control of his faculties"




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RELEASE: COCHRAN WELCOMES KEENUM REPRESENTATION ON USDA FOUNDATION

MSU President to Serve on Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today welcomed the appointment of Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum to an organization created in the 2014 farm bill to advance American agriculture research in an era of federal budget constraints.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that Keenum will serve on the 15-member Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) board of directors. Congress authorized the FFAR in the 2014 farm bill, recognizing the need to identify and develop new sources of revenue to support investments in U.S. agriculture research.

“Dr. Mark Keenum will bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to this organization, which is challenged with forging stronger research partnerships to advance agriculture for Americans and the world,” Cochran said. “I am pleased that with Mark’s service, Mississippi’s agriculture know-how will be well represented on the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.”

Cochran noted that Keenum’s knowledge of the federal legislative and executive branches of government, along with his background in university-based research and agriculture issues in Mississippi, would benefit the FFAR in promoting new partnerships among the agriculture research community, including USDA, nonprofit organizations, academia, corporations, industry and other entities.

The USDA announcement on the naming of the FFAR board of directors is available here: http://1.usa.gov/1jVyO2m



7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 11:35 am

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Chris McDaniel Finished Mississippi Senate Runoff With $386,000




Chris McDaniel, who may soon launch an official challenge to the results of the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, still had $386,000 in his campaign coffers a week after the late June election, according to his July quarterly report filed with the Federal Election Commission....



...In the second quarter — which stretched from April 1, two months before the June 3 primary, through June 30, a week after the runoff — McDaniel raised $1.8 million and spent $1.8 million, according to FEC filings.

That sum pales in comparison to the amount of money spent by outside groups on McDaniel’s behalf, which, according to data from the Sunlight Foundation, totaled $5.8 million...


...McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch estimated a challenge would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and that the campaign had already spent around $100,000 on lawyers.



Roll Call
7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 10:29 am

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Clarification re Mississippi Mud

A second ad in this batch said the Senate race involved “an effort to roll back the hand of time” and said “we need to turn out in record numbers to push back against this tea-party effort.” It then went on (reasonably, in my opinion) to list ways in which the speaker thought incumbent Thad Cochran had reached out to black Mississippians through the years, before concluding that “he’s been good for black folk.”

I appreciate Barbour’s clarification, and apologize for any confusion. Without comment, I leave it to others to judge the messages in each of the ads.

At some point soon, I intend to revisit this entire subject, with the possibility of slightly amending some of my earlier conclusions.


National Review
7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 9:14 am

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McDaniel case gets under way today in court

A hearing was to get underway this morning at the courthouse in a suit filed by Sen. Chris McDaniel against Neshoba County Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee, alleging she "withheld voter records" while his representative canvased ballots from the June 24 Republican runoff election in the race for U. S. Senate.

In the suit, McDaniel claimed that Lee allegedly withheld voting records when two people representing his campaign went to canvass the ballots in the Neshoba County courthouse in early July.

In response to the suit, Lee said she "properly followed the law" and gave McDaniel's representatives more than what they wanted.

Circuit Court Judge, Place 1 Marcus Gordon was to preside over the hearing beginning at 9 a.m.


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7/23/14

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Scott Walker facing sentencing



HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Ocean Springs businessman Scott Walker is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hattiesburg on one count of federal program fraud and one count of conspiracy.

The 34-year-old Walker pleaded guilty in February. As part of a plea agreement, eight other counts were dropped.

Walker faces up to 10 years in prison for fraud and up to five years for conspiracy.



WLOX
7/22/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:25 am

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7/22/14

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Many could lose health coverage in Mississippi



More than 63,000 Mississippi health insurance clients of the federal Affordable Care Act could be hit with premiums as much as 95 percent higher if the Tuesday ruling of a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is upheld in full on an apparently certain appeal.

The District of Columbia court’s ruling that would cut off federal subsidy of health insurance coverage for about 4.5 million people, however, was countered with a conflicting judgment released only hours later by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

The appeals courts’ judges disagree on whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for people in three dozen states using the federal insurance exchange rather than state exchanges.....


...It’s even more important for elected leaders to consider the well-being of their states’ residents who have signed up legally for ACA coverage but face potentially losing it because of unaffordability.



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7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:18 am

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BOBBY HARRISON: Cochran for the first time must deal with negatives



Because of this, Cochran for the first time in his long and iconic political career is perceived by some as being a negative campaigner. He has had the luxury in the past because of the good will he has built through the years of not having to engage to any extent in negative campaigning.

He has not had to get his hands dirty. The perception is that with the aid of former Gov. Haley Barbour and his nephews – Henry and Austin – who are working to help Cochran win re-election, he got his hands dirty in the Republican primary. Will he again in November?

Thad Cochran has been and is viewed as a heavy favorite to win re-election to a seventh term in the U.S. Senate.

But there is no doubt the bruising and unusual nature of the Republican primary and the attacks that continue from fellow Republicans have created some interesting dynamics. Childers is able to sit back and watch Cochran be hammered as an electoral thief, and he can rightfully say he has nothing to do with those charges.

The question is can Childers give people a reason to vote for him during a time frame when some doubts have been created with some of the electorate about Cochran? Childers has a limited amount of time, during this vulnerable period for Cochran, to establish himself as a legitimate candidate – one to be taken seriously.



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7/23/14

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Fed hearing set for runoff; McDaniel wants new ruling




A federal judge has scheduled a Thursday hearing for arguments in Texas-based True The Vote's lawsuit over voter records from the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

Meanwhile Chris McDaniel continues to gather information for a challenge of his loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the runoff. McDaniel has asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider its rejection of his request for access to poll books without voters' birthdates blacked out, in part to avoid the expense of paying to have the records redacted.

True the Vote claims it was denied access to voting records in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties. The group also claims records have been destroyed or tampered with.



Hattiesburg American
7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:10 am

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Cochran: Waters of the U.S. Rule a Source of Uncertainty, Anxiety & Distrust for Rural Areas, Farmers

EPA Administrator Accepts Ag Committee Republicans’ Invitation to Discuss EPA Regulatory Impact on Rural America



WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today continued to raise red flags about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday met with the Senators to discuss their concerns about an assortment of environmental regulations planned by the Obama administration and their effects on agriculture production and rural economies.

Chief among the concerns raised by Senators representing rural communities and agriculture is the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which could bring more waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act making them subject to EPA permitting requirements, and the agriculture interpretive rule that outlines specific practices which qualify producers for exemptions from regulation if approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture. The public comment period ends October 20, 2014, on the proposed WOTUS regulations that were unveiled by the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers in March, and the comment period closed on July 7 for the agriculture interpretive rule.

"The waters of the United States proposal and the agriculture interpretive rule are a source of uncertainty, anxiety and distrust for people in rural areas. This is particularly true for states like Mississippi whose economies are built on agriculture production and where landowners want the peace of mind that what they are doing is not subject to ever more regulations,” said Cochran, who has sponsored legislative measures to stop or withdraw the WOTUS proposal.

“I appreciate Administrator McCarthy agreeing to hear our concerns, and I hope the concerns we shared on behalf of our constituents will prompt the EPA to engage with agriculture organizations and to abandon or at least rethink some of the regulations it wants to impose,” he said.

The joint EPA-Army Corps regulatory proposal was intended to clarify a so-called guidance document issued by the two agencies to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act. Since its rollout, however, concerns have grown that the WOTUS proposal would effectively expand provisions of the Clean Water Act. The new rule would greatly broaden government regulatory and permitting control to additional streams, creeks, wetlands, ponds and ditches.

In June, Cochran became an original cosponsor of the Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 (S.2496), which seeks to stop the WOTUS initiative and prohibit the EPA and Army Corps from using the proposed rule or any substantially similar rule or guidance document in any other rulemaking or regulatory decision. Earlier this month, the veteran Mississippi lawmaker also cosponsored a similar amendment offered to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.



7/22/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:07 am

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Public speaks on Mississippi welfare drug tests



JACKSON – A Mississippi agency should be cautious in carrying out a new welfare drug-testing law and should not set administrative rules that could penalize an entire household for one person’s behavior, advocates for civil liberties and poor people told officials Tuesday.

More than a dozen people spoke during a hearing to gather feedback about the state law. It was supposed to take effect July 1, but that was delayed because the state requires a public comment period.

The law says applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families must answer a questionnaire and then take a drug test if their answers suggest possible drug abuse. Those who test positive would undergo treatment before they could receive cash assistance. If a person tests positive for drugs after receiving treatment, the assistance would end.



Hattiesburg American
7/22/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:04 am

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7/22/14

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RELEASE: Current JLBC Chairman Speaker Philip Gunn to Host Press Conference Releasing Statewide Strategic Plan


JACKSON, Miss.—As current Chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), Speaker of the House Philip Gunn will host a press conference to release the Statewide Strategic Plan for a new budget proposal, “Building A Better Mississippi.” The press conference will occur Thursday, July 24, at 1:30 on the Second Floor Rotunda in the State Capitol.

Speaker Gunn will be joined by subcommittee members Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Senate Appropriations Chairman Sen. Buck Clarke, President Pro Tempore Sen. Terry Brown, House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Herb Frierson, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Greg Snowden and Director of Mississippi Legislative Budget Office Debbie Rubisoff.



The JLBC will hold its initial series of meetings at the end of September to assess state agency needs. Fourteen members comprise this committee: seven from the House of Representatives and seven from the Senate. This is a bipartisan committee made up members chosen by the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. Speaker Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves alternate chairing the committee.



7/22/14

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RELEASE: Palazzo Applauds Passage of Honor Flight Act



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steven Palazzo, (MS-4), today released the following statement praising passage of H.R. 4812, The Honor Flight Act.



“The Honor Flight program is one that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve had the privilege to participate in seven Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flights. This organization has given hundreds of Mississippi veterans an opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials and monuments. For many, it is their first and only time to visit the nation’s capital. Honor Flights are a humbling experience for all involved, and they would not be possible without the support of many volunteers, families, and local communities. I am pleased to support passage of this bill that codifies existing TSA practices to ensure that all future Honor Flights receive the preferential treatment they deserve.”



Palazzo was one of just three original sponsors of the bill, alongside Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2), whose district is home to The National World War II Museum. The bill would require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to collaborate with the Honor Flight Network to establish a process to expedite passenger screening for Honor Flights.



The Honor Flight Network is a not-for-profit organization which has transported more than 100,000 military veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.



7/22/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:52 am

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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

Chris McDaniel's two favorite words these days seem to be 'fight' and 'race-baiting.' He's used them almost daily in the month since he lost the June 24 Mississippi US Senate Republican runoff to keep the hype and hope alive in his most rabid supporters.

It is bordering on hysteria for some, with one mother admitting on Facebook that she ignored her children to follow McDaniel's actions.



It became clear over the last week what McDaniel means by 'fight,' that is he wants to purge his adversaries from the Republican ranks.

Red blooded Southerners relish a good fight especially when they feel put down, overshadowed and picked on. McDaniel was just smart enough to mix that old Southern attitude with some constitutional sounding talking points while pandering to the fears of hopeful right wing voters.

However, the rhetoric of fight isn't principled at this point; it's personal. He's as mad as Hell and he's not going to take it anymore (for whatever that's worth).

But what is race-baiting and was it used to defeat McDaniel by Thad Cochran's campaign?

Race-baiting, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is "the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people."

A Jackson State political science professor was recently asked if he considered the materials McDaniel claims Cochran used in the run up to June 24 as race-baiting. The professor, a black man, said what he saw would not be considered race-baiting.

I went back and reviewed the flyer McDaniel continues to hold up as evidence in his war on Republicans and blacks. It would seem nowhere on it was McDaniel or his supporters called a racist; it portrayed him and the Tea Party as not African American friendly by way of McDaniel's voting record, a tactic McDaniel himself employed against Cochran by spinning the senior Senator's voting record and labeling him as 'liberal.'



By no means is Chris McDaniel the second coming of David Duke, but a reasonable person could look at a snapshot of votes that McDaniel has cast and some things he has said and conclude that at best he would be indifferent to the needs of people of color or to their potential inclusion in the Republican Party.

Let’s look at some of those votes...

He voted against funding for the Civil Rights Museum and went out of his way by pairing votes after the fact to vote against this year’s bond bill that prominently featured funding for HBCUs in Mississippi while previously voting for funding of Civil War preservation areas like Beauvior and Shiloh.

On his former radio show, he railed against Latinos and chose to talk derisively about reparations, a subject he alone chose to go out of his way to engage in without prompting.



He said hip-hop promotes the “destruction of community values."

He was scheduled to speak at a rally with a White Pride vendor, which he later tried to two step around, but never disavowed the vendor or the rally.

None of the above listed facts are up for debate, and McDaniel has not one time tried to clean any of this up or made any sort of programmatic outreach to the black community in the wake of their revelations. The crocodile tears he's crying seems to indicate that he's a lot more concerned now about white folks thinking that he's a racist than black folks. Otherwise, he would have truly cleaned up some of these issues months ago and made a real effort to court black voters.

In fact, he’s still saying in one breath how offended he is of being portrayed as a racist and in the next bemoaning ’40,000 liberal Democrat’ illegal votes, votes he clearly lays at the feet of black Mississippians.

It is not a stretch, then, for a reasonable person, particularly an African American, to look at all of those facts and conclude that in relative terms McDaniel would be worse for black voters than Cochran. That was obviously the calculus at play whether he wants to admit it or not.

Again, McDaniel's campaign assisted in doing a similar thing to Cochran, labeling him as liberal, out of touch, old, senile, and worse.

When you add in McDaniel's fight rhetoric it's becomes even easier to see why black Mississippians would want to have their voices heard for Cochran.

McDaniel and the social media trolls may not like it but when you flip the script what his campaign did and had they won it would have been they who set race relations back 50 years in Mississippi out of their want of exclusiveness.

Having people crossover vote just to mess with the other party is certainly not a good thing but McDaniel is certainly not the first “victim” of crossover voting. And the alternative of making people register forever attempts to freeze and trap voter bases making it difficult to grow the party.

Whining and wailing isn't going to change the outcome. That's why in our system having a broad appeal, inclusive of blacks, is a winning strategy.

Let’s be honest. McDaniel used white Southern fear to divide Mississippi's Republican Party during this primary, deftly playing off the emotions that some still keep buried deep down inside. And it almost worked. But it is McDaniel who is accusing Cochran of race-baiting, when in actuality the groups that exposed McDaniel to the black community used his own words and voting record.

Both Cochran and McDaniel participated in campaign tactics that painted the other in a negative light, yet one is wearing his emotion on his sleeve, playing the 'woe is me, look how they treated me' card when he, too, played his part in making this Mississippi race the ugliest in the nation.

That's the way it was – Day 29 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:30 am

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Governor Bryant Comments on Halbig v. Burwell Obamacare Ruling

JACKSON—“As I have long said, I believe the IRS violated the law when it authorized massive taxpayer funded subsidies in the 36 states that declined to establish Obamacare exchanges, thereby triggering unwarranted taxes and mandates on both individuals and employers. Today's ruling is another step in dismantling Obamacare and returning the control of individual health care to the people.”




STATEMENT OF LT. GOV. REEVES ON LATEST OBAMACARE RULING
“Once again, the work of Obama, Pelosi and Reid is struck down in court,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “Time and again, the courts continue to find the flaws and disregard for the Constitution in Obamacare.”




House Democrats
Mississippi House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bobby Moak

A Federal Court ruling today jeopardizes the affordability of health insurance for at least sixty-thousand Mississippians who have purchased policies through the federal exchange created under the ACA. If the ruling stands, monthly insurance premiums for these insureds would increase dramatically, possibly to the point where they could no longer afford the health coverage they were only recently able to acquire. In its ruling the Court held that subsidies were authorized under the ACA for policies purchased through state-based exchanges, but not the federal exchange when their state did not adopt one of its own.

Democrats in the MS House sided with Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney in 2013 in his push for a state exchange maintaining that a state-run exchange would be preferable and less expensive. Governor Phil Bryant opposed a state exchange in favor of one run by the federal government. In a party line vote a majority of House members followed Governor Bryant and Speaker Gunn's lead in opting for a federal exchange instead of one operated in Mississippi. As a result, if this case stands it will cost Mississippi families thousands of dollars per year thanks to our Republican leadership in Jackson.

Mississippi's Republican leadership is against a state run insurance exchange no matter what it costs families. Couple their extremism in opposition to a state run exchange with Governor Bryant's refusal to accept federal funds to save Mississippi hospitals, and this Republican regime is well on the way to dismantling community healthcare as we know it.



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Slimantics: The man who wouldn't go home

If Mississippians did not know Chris McDaniel before this race, they certainly know him now.



He is the guy at your backyard barbecue who simply will not leave. Long after the other guests have said their goodbyes, there is McDaniel siting out there at the lone table that hasn't been cleared and stored away in the garage.



Yes, McDaniel is that guy.



There are some theories emerging as to why McDaniel has persisted in his quixotic campaign against reality.


Commercial Dispatch
7/22/14

Posted July 22, 2014 - 11:04 am

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How to Really Empower Black Voters Nationwide

So what will the Republicans do, and will they find a way to make significant inroads with communities of color?

I believe Senator Thad Cochran’s re-election should give Republicans around the country insight on how to effectively bring black voters to the polls. Cochran’s strong showing in the black community is the only thing that kept him from losing to Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. This happened because Cochran did what many Republicans seem reluctant to do: Ask for the support of black voters, and make a real, substantive argument for that support.

Republicans need a positive message for people of color, and they need to state that message clearly, and with conviction. Senator Rand Paul is already making this kind of aggressive pitch to black voters, and I hope that other national Republican figures will follow suit.


Daily Beast
7/22/14

Posted July 22, 2014 - 10:14 am

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As the country took great interest in the chaotic Cochran/McDaniel slugfest, one thing was obvious –racial overtones of the contest tainted us all.

The election turned Republicans against Republicans, Democrats against Democrats, and worst of all, communities against communities.

In the end we learned valuable lessons.

We learned that stepping across political party lines leads to better future politics.

We learned that good people can be hurt by what most of us view as basic partisan politics.

When candidates are selected based on who is perceived as racist or not, Mississippians are in trouble because we have fallen for propaganda instead of seeking the best candidate.

I watched as some of my friends and state senate colleagues were made out to be bitter racists, which is a far cry from the truth. On occasion we all question ideas that we think are good policy for Mississippi, but we never question the integrity or the sincerity of the individuals with whom we serve.

I hope lawmakers realize that all of us, regardless of race, religion or personal beliefs, are accountable for the success of Mississippi through the political process.

We must practice respect and dignity towards one another as we continue to grow our state in the area of race relations.

Sincerely

District 21 Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones,
Chairman, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus


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PATSY BRUMFIELD: Petition seeks vote on adequate school funding




Better Schools, Better Jobs believes the state should first pay for the education of our children. Without well-educated students, Mississippi cannot maintain a strong economy for the good jobs our citizens deserve.

The state of Mississippi apparently must be required to keep its education promise to our cities and counties, which now are bearing more of the financial burden because the promise has not been kept. Ask any mayor or supervisor, they will tell you.

Sometimes, the people have to remind their elected officials about what’s important, instead of the other way around. The passage of a constitutional amendment to ensure the state does its part for our schools is one way citizens can regain the power that rightly belongs to them and break through the political chatter of so many lobbyists at the state Capitol.

By signing a Better Schools, Better Jobs petition, you are calling for a vote on a crucial issue about this state’s and your community’s future.




Patsy R. Brumfield of Jackson is communications director for Better Schools, Better Jobs.




Daily Journal
7/22/14

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DAILY JOURNAL: OUR OPINION: Cochran-Childers debate could help elevate tone



Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Democratic senatorial nominee Travis Childers will speak in succession on July 31 at the Neshoba County Fair, the state’s premier political event. It will serve as a good jumping off point for the fall Senate campaign.

But it also will underscore the fact that so far, Cochran has not responded to Childers’ proposal for a series of debates around the state in advance of the Nov. 4 general election....



...But a debate could be strategically helpful for Cochran as well. It’s clear now that his lack of engagement in the first primary campaign against state Sen. Chris McDaniel was a flawed strategy.

Only when Cochran shed the overly cautious, highly controlled approach in the runoff did his campaign start to gain momentum.




Daily Journal
7/22/14

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Natchez mayor pushes for film commission



NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Mayor Butch Brown says he'd like to form a local film commission to follow quickly on the heels of the release of the James Brown biopic "Get On Up."...


...Brown tells The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/1o4biAi ) he wants to see the commission formed with members who understand the film industry and know how to talk to professionals and movie-making agencies.

Brown said he expects to have the commission launched by Sept. 30.


WLOX
7/22/14

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In D'Iberville, McDaniel pounds away at on Barbours, Cochran camp


D'IBERVILLE -- Chris McDaniel was just getting warmed up before an adoring Tea Party crowd Monday evening.

He went through his usual laundry list of problems he had with the runoff election he lost to Sen. Thad Cochran on June 24. Among his allegations: Illegal crossover voting by crossover voters who'd voted Democratic in the June 3 primary, and race baiting by the Barbour-family led Cochran team, who, he said, called him a racist and abandoned the principles of the GOP. He said their tactics pushed 40,000 Democratic voters into the runoff and essentially allowed the Democrats to decide the Republican nominee.

"Because of desperation, the love of money, the love of power. It's time to call them out, remind them what it really means to be a Republican."

Henry Barbour, Cochran's senior campaign adviser, has said it was leaving the circus behind and focusing on November.

McDaniel isn't. He promised to keep fighting and urged his followers to keep fighting, too. He said the entire country was watching. He even cracked a joke at the expense of newspaper columnists.

"I have never received more advice from Democratic columnists than I have lately," he said.



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7/21/14



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No earmarks, but still plenty for lawmakers to take credit for


Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) strongly defended his earmarking record while facing a far right primary challenger who attacked him as a big government spender. Now that he’s pretty much safe for another six years, Cochran remains just as unapologetic.

His flaunting it must make former challenger Chris McDaniel roll in his proverbial political grave.

Of course there are no actual earmarks anymore and haven’t been since 2011. But if you’re the type of lawmaker who heralds sending federal dollars home, there’s still plenty of opportunity to boast.

When the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved its $549.3 billion defense appropriations bill late last week Cochran’s office put out a press release bragging about what in it would directly benefit Mississippi. There’s $800 million for a new warship to be built in the state. His office bullet-pointed funding over and above the White House budget request for programs that benefit other Mississippi military projects and bases.


Washington Post
7/22/14

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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

Well folks, we’ve made it. Four whole weeks. And still no sign of slowing down. The craziness keeps coming in waves. But at some point, you’ve got to think that other political leaders start publicly weighing in on this foolishness and how bad this is for the party and the state of Mississippi. The fundraising continues unabated, with McDaniel continuing to say things like , “I believe that the election was stolen.”

Yesterday, there was some back and forth in the ongoing fatwa that the Chris McDaniel campaign has declared against Circuit Clerks statewide. The McDaniel campaign filed it’s petition for rehearing on the “Hallmark decision” arguing the fascinating technicalities between ‘poll books’ and ‘tally lists’. Harrison County responded by saying, “The sky is not falling.” They go on to say, “Petitioner repeatedly attempts to create hysteria by essentially asserting the sky is falling around the election laws of this State. As stated before when you sort through it, ALL the Petitioner has been “denied” access to is the “date of birth and age information” of each and every “registered voter” in Harrison County, Mississippi, whether they voted or not. That’s all nothing more nothing less. “

The out of state trial lawyers representing True the Vote are going to get an evidentiary hearing on Thursday.

But politics isn’t about lawsuits. It’s about pressing the flesh.

The South MS Tea Party sent out an email saying that McDaniel was in essence crashing a regularly scheduled meeting. That sent the patriots into a frenzy. They asked supporters to:

Bring any REAL Chris supporters you know.
Wear a plaid shirt and jeans, Chris's official casual where (SIC), to show support.
Bring your Check Book!


Of course, McDaniel came wearing a suit, but that’s just a minor technicality. But in an interview with the Sun Herald, he continues to take, what he calls, his portrayal as a racist really personally.



At the end of his interview, asked if he were going to give a speech, McDaniel said, “Yeah . . . yeah . . . you need to hear this." But the Patriots would have none of it. Paul Boudreaux kicked the Sun Herald out of the meeting.



Boudreaux – “You didn’t get invited . . . you did not get invited”
Sun Herald – “This is in a public building”
Boudreaux – “But we paid for it though”
Sun Herald – “So you’re telling me I gotta leave”
Boudreaux – “I’d appreciate it . . . Thank you”


At least he was wearing plaid . . . in July.

It doesn’t seem to be Truth and Justice as much as it is Truth and “Just Us” . . . whoever “us” is. One things for sure, “us” does not seem to include “40,000 liberal Democrats”.

That's the way it was – Day 28 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi's only statewide elected Democrat, has signed the MAEP ballot initiative petition led and promoted by Legislative Demcrats.

Here's a tweet promoting his signing as retweeted by the Mississippi Democratic Party: "@msdemocrats: RT @BetterMS2015: @AGJimHood just signed the K-12 funding petition. Thanks, Gen. Hood! More sigs to come..."


7/21/14

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I’m taking the next steps to make sure that we uncover the truth about last month’s shameful primary runoff election, but I need your help. Please, take a moment to donate to the Election Challenge Fund to make sure our voice is heard in court.

When I first decided to run for office, I faced an incredible amount of opposition from the Republican Party because they were sure I didn’t stand a chance. Slowly but surely, conservative leaders from around the country began to believe in my campaign for conservative values. Eventually, true conservatives from coast to coast came to believe in my campaign.

Going through the process of investigating the election has been similar. Members of the media and members of the establishment say it’s a waste of time and that it will cost too much money.

But now, just like before, conservative leaders are getting on board.

Just last week, a coalition of conservative leaders from around the country wrote to the Republican National Committee to urge them to investigate the runoff. Our efforts to uncover the truth are gaining momentum, and now is the time to press forward and demand justice for Mississippi’s elections. Please, stand with me as I fight
for a full investigation.

We put in a lot of work during the campaign, and our work is not over. We cannot give up this fight. This effort is about more than just this seat in the senate. It’s about ensuring the integrity of our elections and making sure that every election around the country is fair.

What do you think? If you want to help me discover the truth about last month’s runoff, then take a moment to donate $50 to the Election Challenge Fund.

I believe that the election was stolen, and with your help, we will discover the truth once and for all.

In Liberty,

Chris McDaniel


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A docket entry in True the Vote v. Hosemann/MSGOP and 8 MS Counties noticed an evidentiary hearing to be held on July 24 at 9:00 a.m.


U.S. District Court
Southern District of Mississippi (Northern (Jackson))
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 3:14-cv-00532-NFA

True the Vote et al v. Hosemann et al
Assigned to: Judge Nancy F Atlas

07/21/2014 Set/Reset Hearings: Evidentiary Hearing set for 7/24/2014 09:00 AM before Judge Nancy F Atlas (Atlas, Nancy) (Entered: 07/21/2014)

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