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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.


7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:57 pm

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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

Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:53 pm

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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

Posted July 23, 2014 - 6:49 pm

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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"




Posted July 23, 2014 - 1:58 pm

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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.



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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.


Neshoba Democrat
7/23/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 8:14 am

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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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WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi


7/22/14

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:23 am

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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.



Daily Journal
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

Posted July 23, 2014 - 7:14 am

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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

Posted July 22, 2014 - 8:48 am

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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.


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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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Barbour’s Mississippi Mud

To be clear about exactly what in Barbour’s conduct does and doesn’t deserve a rebuke, and to take care of some housekeeping with regard to journalistic ethics, please forgive a bit of personal backstory.

Widespread conservative fury erupted after Barbour (who is Haley Barbour’s nephew) helped bring black Democrats to vote for incumbent senator Thad Cochran, contributing to Cochran’s narrow victory over challenger Chris McDaniel. In the immediate aftermath of the primary, I advocated restraint during numerous private conversations. Cochran isn’t a bad guy or a bad senator, I said; there’s nothing inherently wrong with attracting Democratic votes if state primary rules allow it; Ronald Reagan himself repeatedly argued in favor of allowing “crossover” voting in primaries; and while rumors abounded, there was at first no proof of real skullduggery. Specifically referencing Barbour, I said that while I was not a fan of his, he did not deserve blame for creatively and vigorously finding ways to help his candidate win.



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7/21/14

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GALLO: Getting the Record Straight



To say a few well placed ads would marshal traditional Democrats to the aid of a longtime Republican is stretching credulity. The main reason for that increase rest solely on the shoulders of State Senator Chris McDaniel.

The feedback on the air and on social media from black Democrats challenged the narrative that the Cochran campaign needed to spend even one dollar in campaign ads soliciting voters, regardless of their Party affiliation.

This question should also be asked. If it were not Chris McDaniel and his past associations, his promise to use his US Senate vote to cut funding coming into our state as a fiscal example for Congress to follow, his toxic comments on past radio shows, his voting record that some say has been less than friendly to black Mississippians, etc.-if it were not McDaniel but say, Delbert Hoseman, Philip Gunn, Steven Palazzo , Gregg Harper or Alan Nunnelee, would we even be talking about crossover votes or irregularities or Party purity.

Would those same voters now in question be the least bit interested in participating in an election process, even though they had every right to do so?

Finally, the reasons and results of this election can be easily identified by the losing candidate himself. The truth is, to find out what happened, he doesn’t need to look into the polling books, he needs to look in to the mirror.


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7/20/14

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Analysis: Neshoba Fair could set tone for Mississippi's fall Senate race



Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race has been dominated by a bitter Republican primary that never seems to end. One of the state’s largest political gatherings, the Neshoba County Fair, could help shift the focus to a Democrat-versus-Republican narrative heading toward the Nov 4 general election.

The Democratic nominee for Senate, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, is scheduled to speak at the fair for 10 minutes on July 31. Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is scheduled for 10 minutes just after Childers.

Cochran’s campaign staff originally said he would speak at the fair only if the Senate isn’t working in Washington. They were firmer last week in saying he will show up at Neshoba.



Commercial Appeal
7/20/14

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From South MS Tea Party Email:


MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!

Monday's meeting has been overhauled into a Social Event with Very Special Guest Senator Chris McDaniel

Monday July 21 , 6:30
D'Iberville Rec. Center off Brodie Road, D'Iberville

Chris has asked if he could come down and hang out with all of us, his friends and recharge a little.

Well of course we said, "Sure, we'd be honored and inspired."

So we're all going to just be casual and talk and mingle, take some pictures, get some news and hang out.

We'll have some finger foods and you can bring some too.

Bring any REAL Chris supporters you know.

Wear a plaid shirt and jeans, Chris's official casual where, to show support.

Bring your Check Book!



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Governor Bryant Sends Letter to President Obama Concerning Illegal Immigration



JACKSON, Miss. - In the midst of a growing immigration crisis at the United States’ southern border, Gov. Phil Bryant has expressed his concerns to President Barack Obama.

Bryant said in his letter that he intends to prohibit the federal government or its agents from housing large numbers of new illegal immigrants in Mississippi.



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7/18/14

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Mississippi Delta declared national treasure by U.S. Department of Interior



And, now, the Delta is a national treasure.

It officially has been federally designated the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, one of fewer than 50 such treasures spread across the United States, from frigid Alaska to sunny Florida.

"The National Heritage Area program was created specifically to highlight the multifarious culture that we call America," said former Delta State University President John Hilpert, whom Gov. Phil Bryant in 2012 appointed chairman of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area's 15-member board of directors, prior to its clearing a final hurdle.



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7/20/14

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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

It’s hard to believe this hostage crisis is coming up on four weeks. It seems like only yesterday that we were talking about bounty hunters, hijacked conference calls and competitive normcore. Oh, how far we’ve come.

The McDaniel case is starting to take on Al Gore proportions. Of course, in the Gore recount, there were 47 lawsuits filed. As of now, we’re only at 8 including the one we just found out about this weekend where McDaniel sued the clerk of his home county of Jones to get Billy Joe Landrum to ratify his access to original poll books with birthdates.

McDaniel is still pushing for en banc review of his case at the MS Supreme Court implying that Justice Josiah Coleman’s review was not adequate. I’m sure McDaniel’s law partners at Hortman Harlow are thrilled. Of course, there are some residual hangovers. In Rankin County, the McDaniel legal braintrust tangled with attorneys from Rankin County last week threatening to pull the clerk off of a vacation to come home and fight. Rankin County’s attorney seems to have things fairly under control.


Let me be 100% clear. Neither you nor anyone associated with the McDaniel campaign (or any other campaign for that matter) will intentionally see any voter dates of birth listed in any Rankin County, Mississippi poll books without an order from the Mississippi Supreme Court allowing it. There will be no further discussion about this. If your client intends to come to Rankin County and continue to make demand to see ANY DOBs in our poll books for any reason at all, we have nothing else to discuss.


Meanwhile, the media’s getting really impatient. State Senator Michael Watson called the JT Show on Supertalk to plead his client/friend/colleagues case. That didn’t go particularly well. Paul Hampton unloaded over the weekend on McDaniel as did Sid Salter and Sam Hall. All of them debunking various myths that have been allowed to fester.

But everyone knows that old media is dead and new media’s where it’s at, which is why there was a battle royale on a random Facebook post featuring MSGOP chair Joe Nosef, Chris McDaniel (the actual Chris McDaniel himself – from an undisclosed location) and Melanie Sojourner (bless her heart).




Joe Nosef Chris - I hate that we have to communicate this way but one thing that is very irresponsible is saying an election has been "stolen and was a sham" without producing any evidence immediately. Someone yesterday told me that was "just fundraising." I hear you however say the responsible thing which is you will file a challenge if you find enough evidence but you won't if you don't. It might be better for you to have those different messages going out but it is hurting the party just like many of the things you mentioned.
We need to deal with this.

Chris McDaniel A "sham" is something other than what it purports to be.
On June 24, the GOP primary (which purports to be a mechanism by which Republicans select their nominee) was raided by more than 40,000 Democrats, who then selected our nominee.
By definition, the primary was a sham.

Melanie Sojourner Joe, there has been much to deal with that was your responsibility on behalf of maintaining the integrity of the party, but because you did not the McDaniel campaign and supporters are committed to doing so.
Conducting a thorough investigation into all actions in 82 counties, some that we have not fully gained access to, takes time. Doing this is not what's harming the party. The shameful liberal tactics used by party leadership on Cochran's behalf is what's hurting the party. Further damage is being done by party leaders not defending the integrity of the party.
Stop pointing fingers and instead help clean up the house.


Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope. On Sunday, at the end of a WJTV interview said after all the research, if we see all of these irregularities are not true “We’ll take additional action . . . we’ll back down at that point.”

That's the way it was – Days 26 & 27 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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Down toward the end of the comment string, Nosef, McDaniel and Sojourner go at it.






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Exhibit to Chris McDaniel v. Gayle Parker



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Lt. Governor on a mission to cut costs



With three legislative sessions behind him, Mississippi's Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is talking about the record of success the state is having both in saving money and in reallocating some of those savings into education and public safety.

As lieutenant governor, Reeves is tasked with presiding over the Mississippi Senate, which means he appoints standing committees of the Senate and refers all Senate bills to committees.

During a recent interview with The Meridian Star, Reeves said the responsibility of keeping some bills off the table is as important as deciding which to refer for action.

"People are very pleased with the direction that we are headed in state government. I think people understand the difference between what's going on in Jackson and what's going on in Washington — that the total and complete lack of fiscal responsibility in Washington is not what's going on in Jackson," Reeves said. "The reason it's not is because I'm willing to stand up and tell my friends 'no.' That's not always easy, and a lot of time it upsets a lot of people."


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7/20/14

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McDaniel holds "Truth Tours" across Magnolia State



McDaniel and his legal team are still planning on challenging this election in the courts. He says they are still collecting evidence.

"What it boils down to now is the other 22 courthouses we still have not been granted access to we have to gather the evidence. We already have substantial evidence of wrong doing," McDaniel said.

The latest in this senate race debacle is McDaniel's lawyers filed a motion to rehear the Mississippi Supreme Court decision to not hand over the unfiltered poll books.

"Those poll books were an indispensable part of any conclusion that would have occurred that would have allowed those to cross over from June 3rd to June 24th, we think we are entitled to that and we don't think we should be made to pay $100,000 to get access to that"


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7/20/14

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PAUL HAMPTON: Truth, justice and the American why




What's next?

But I've strayed from the Big Top. I should be looking for McDaniel's endgame.

There are three possibilities talked about.

1. McDaniel is setting himself up to be a cable news/talk radio gabber. Maybe there's a reality show there -- although it would be a stroke of marketing genius to sell this mess as reality.

2. He makes peace with the GOP and returns to the state Senate. Wait. I said possibilities. Scratch that.

3. He forms a third party and challenges Gov. Phil Bryant for his treason against the Tea Party. He should ask the Democrats for some seed money.


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SID SALTER: Black voters in GOP runoff a step forward, not backward




Back in 1995 in the film “The American President,” Michael Douglas delivered a speech answering a rival that for many defined the cynical, hardball nature of politics in our country when he said that his opponent was “interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

Indeed. Exhibit “A” is basically any TV commercial or social media video you saw from either side in the 2014 Mississippi GOP Senate primary. This race made fans of hardball politics blush, cringe and recoil.

Part of the narrative being offered in some quarters in the wake of what has been the strangest party primary in the state’s recent history is that efforts to gain increased black voter participation in the Republican U.S. Senate primary somehow “set race relations in Mississippi back 50 years.”

How incredibly ridiculous that claim sounds from a historical perspective! Here we are in Mississippi during the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer – a time in which people were being murdered for engaging in voter registration efforts among black communities in the state – listening to people claim that legal black voter participation in a Republican primary is a step backward in the state’s race relations.



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7/20/14

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Pender: Who’s running for what in ’15

‘Lite’ governor

Here’s one to watch.

Tea party, Democrats, other Republicans — incumbent GOP Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is likely to draw a challenge or three next year.

Bryant dislikes him — he’s been a foil to many of the governor’s policy initiatives — and would probably encourage a Republican challenger.

McDaniel despises him. Reeves has kept the ambitious McDaniel and others who supported Billy Hewes III in 2011 in time out in the state Senate. If McDaniel wants to go for a statewide office, this would be a logical choice. If he doesn’t, McDaniel’s tea party sidekick state Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, is oft mentioned as a possibility, although he lacks statewide name recognition.

Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who kept his powder dry in the U.S. Senate race, is also frequently mentioned as a possibility for lieutenant governor. He’s pooh-poohed this before, and staying put as SOS wouldn’t hinder a run for governor or something else between now and ’19, but I’m told he’s being nudged to consider it.



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7/20/15

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McDaniel tells supporters he's willing to pay the price


State Sen. Chris McDaniel doesn't mind being a sacrificial lamb if he challenges the outcome of the Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff — as long as it means a more honest election system for the state of Mississippi.

That's what he told a room of about 100 supporters Saturday afternoon during a Truth and Justice Tour stop in Pearl.

Unfazed by a 45-minute wait, the crowd's energy was high as people expressed anger at alleged voting irregularities McDaniel claims cost him the win.


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McDaniel legal counsel, friend and supporter, and state Sen. Michael Watson called into the JT Show on Supertalk to discuss the non-news conference from this week.

Here's the link to the audio.

7/18/14

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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

Chris McDaniel is steaming mad about the fact that he believes his opponents used “race baiting” and other racially inflammatory and insensitive campaign methods. And what better place to go talk about outrage over insensitivity than Bryan Fisher’s AFA radio show, who once said only property owners should be eligible to vote in addition to being decidedly anti-gay.





McDaniel used phrases like “40,000 liberal democrats” and hiring “democratic operatives to go out into democratic communities” and “it’s the way democrats campaign”. It’s a real headscratcher to cipher what exactly McDaniel is saying isn’t it?

I guess folks just don’t understand his nuanced views on issues of race. At 4:30 in the second video he takes umbrage with the perception that he was portrayed as someone who would not support black colleges and universities if elected to Senate. Colleges like Jackson State and Alcorn State. Certainly he wouldn't have gone out of his way for both he and his campaign manager to change his vote after the fact against funding of HBCUs in 2014 session, right? I wonder why anyone could possibly sell a negative impression about him on those issues to the black community. I mean just because he was one of three state senators (the other two were his campaign manager and his campaign lawyer) to vote against a bond bill that provided funding to, among other things, HBCUs, it must certainly mean something much more important was at play.

Just because he voted against the funding for the Civil Rights Museum (on passage and then on the conference report), there’s really no take away there, right? I’m sure the words ‘civil rights museum’ were not in the constitution.

Maybe we should look at this from the other perspective. Could he have votes in his past that would be more “civil war” oriented? Maybe he voted for the preservation of Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis (on multiple occasions) and the maintenance of a monument honoring soldiers that fought at Shiloh in the Civil War. I think the words ‘preservation’ and ‘maintenance’ are both in the constitution.

I’m sure I’m just reaching.

Thankfully, for McDaniel, Todd Akin is coming to his rescue. You remember Todd Akin from ‘legitimate rape’ fame, don’t you? We’ll he’s hopping mad about what he calls the ‘selection’ of Thad Cochran by the 'establishment' and how “They want a monolith when it comes to the issues candidates are talking about, so the individual they select to represent a district in Congress or state in the Senate won’t venture off the script when it comes to certain topics.” If ‘legitimate rape’ and being unsure about voting for Katrina relief are ‘venturing off the script’ then I’d say maybe there’s some strategery at work there.

It’ll get stranger. I promise.

That's the way it was – Day 25 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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McDaniel: GOP should be 'purged' after Senate race



"It goes to show that there are elements within our own party that have to be purged," McDaniel said Friday. "There are elements within our own party that have no business being Republicans. Republicans should not behave in that fashion."

The Cochran campaign has said many times in the past several weeks it sought to increase turnout from a wide range of voters, including black voters, after Cochran finished behind McDaniel in the June 3 primary.

"Sen. Cochran received tremendous support from the African-American community in Mississippi because of a 40-year relationship built on respect and fairness," Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell said Friday in response to McDaniel's radio interview.

"If Chris McDaniel had asked African-Americans to vote for him rather than complaining about them participating in the process, he might have won the election," Russell said.



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7/18/14

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The National Guard: A Proven Method to Secure our Borders



from the desk of Congressman Steven Palazzo



For years, we have struggled to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country and secure our borders. But in the last few months, this problem has hit crisis mode with more than 50,000 illegal immigrants flooding our southern border, and another 40,000 projected still to come.



I believe this is a crisis created by President Obama's failed immigration policies. He’s now asked for more spending money in order to deal with the mess he made. Most of his proposal goes to housing and feeding illegal immigrants, not border security. Essentially, he wants more money for not doing his job.



It is clear that the president is in over his head. He’d rather spend money to babysit than to bolster our borders. Without a sincere commitment from the president to deter illegal immigration, defend our borders, and deport illegal immigrants, I cannot support emergency spending that does nothing to solve this created border crisis.



As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I believe border security is national security, and so securing our borders should be a top priority. We must secure our borders first before we can begin to address any additional immigration reforms. A promise to secure the border is not going to cut it. Most importantly, we should never grant amnesty to those who’ve broken the law and crossed our borders illegally.



President Obama’s executive orders lie at the root of the current border crisis. Since he took office, the president has embarked on a calculated effort to grant amnesty to as many illegal immigrants as possible. He has failed to enforce current immigration laws. He has released thousands of illegal immigrants who should have been deported- including violent criminals. The president has brought legal action to block states from helping stem the tide of illegal immigration, and he has circumvented Congress by implementing DREAM Act-like executive orders.



Some blame violence and corruption in Central American countries, yet internal reports from the CBP and Intelligence community have confirmed the obvious – the violence hasn’t changed, only the border policies.



If the president is looking to take effective action to secure our borders, he should revoke his overreaching executive orders, enforce the laws on the books, and send the National Guard to help get operational control of the border.



As an active member of the National Guard, I see firsthand the importance of the National Guard supporting our Armed Forces as we protect our country. Guard members have bravely served in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade during the war on terror. They’ve fought in conditions similar to the southern borders and have engaged in missions that mirror many of the border security objectives under the Border Patrol.



As Guard members return from overseas, many of them stand ready and willing for their next mission. Along the southern border, illegal immigration, powerful drug cartels, and terrorist groups pose significant risks to our nation’s security. A National Guard presence would serve to deter these risks and defend our borders.



The use of the National Guard is a proven method to secure our borders. Over the past 30 years, presidents from both parties have utilized the Guard in various missions. The National Guard has supported law enforcement agencies in counterdrug and interdiction operations. The Guard has lent support to Border Patrol and DHS on three separate missions in the last decade. In 2006, President Bush initiated Operation Jump Start and called up 6,000 Guard members to assist Border Patrol agents. The mission was a success, as the Guard apprehended 5,000 illegal immigrants and seized over 30,000 pounds of illicit drugs.



Last year, I called on the Administration to use the National Guard to help secure the border. In May 2013, I offered an amendment to the Border Security Results Act, which would ensure that DHS considers lessons learned from past National Guard missions on the border. I am pleased to see that Speaker Boehner and many of my other colleagues have begun to call for the National Guard as well.



As the Administration scrambles to clean up the mess it has created, Congress should not give money that would allow amnesty in any form nor continue policies that only weaken our national security. In the coming weeks, I will further push my colleagues to hold the Administration accountable and secure our borders.



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7/18/14

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Palazzo Hopes To Update Commercial Launch Law this Year



WASHINGTON -– The chairman of the House Science space subcommittee said July 17 he is still hopeful that an update to commercial launch law can make it through Congress before the end of the year, but he warned time may run out on another space-related bill.

“It is my hope, before this Congress is finished, that we will be able to get some updates to the CSLA [Commercial Space Launch Act] passed,” said Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) in a keynote address at the Future Space 2014 conference here.



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7/18/14

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RELEASE: Gov. Bryant Appoints Kathy Henry to Mississippi Parole Board



JACKSON– Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Kathy Henry of Brandon to serve as the newest member of the Mississippi Parole Board.

Effective immediately, Henry will replace retired Army Master Sgt. Clarence Brown of Yazoo City, who stepped down on June 30, 2014, after serving for more than eight years.

“I thank Master Sgt. Brown for his service to his state and to his country and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Gov. Bryant said. “I am pleased to appoint Kathy and know that her work as a teacher and school counselor and her 20 years of experience in juvenile justice make her well qualified to serve on the parole board.”

Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She worked for 25 years as a public school English teacher and school counselor and served on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for more than 20 years. She was originally appointed to the committee by Gov. Kirk Fordice. She was also named as Mississippi’s representative on the National Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Henry additionally served for eight years on the staff of former Congressman Chip Pickering, where her duties required her to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

“I am deeply honored by this appointment by Governor Phil Bryant,” Henry said. “I look forward to serving on the Mississippi Parole Board and will work to serve Mississippi’s citizens and communities, as well as the victims and the incarcerated in a fair manner.”
The Mississippi Parole Board is comprised of one chairman and four active members, each appointed at-large. There are no term limits for members. The board meets weekly to review the cases of state offenders to determine parole eligibility.

Henry’s appointment will be brought before the Mississippi Senate for confirmation in the 2015 legislative session.


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AG Hood's gun and other law officers guns recovered

JPD spokeswoman Colendula Green said today that the gun and other personal items were stolen from Hood's vehicle on May 26 on the parking lot of Stein Mart on I-55 North.

Hood wouldn't comment today beyond confirming that the gun was stolen along with some personal property after his personal vehicle was broken into at Stein Mart in broad daylight.

"A report was filed with JPD. He is grateful the gun has been recovered," spokeswoman Jan Schaefer said.

The elderly man, George Harris, said he purchased the gun Sunday from an unknown person on the parking lot of the Trade Mart building where a gun show was taking place.


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7/18/14

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Democrat US Senate Candidate Travis Childers has just $35,000 on hand, according to his recent FEC report. Additionally, $21K in debts and outstanding obligations are listed making his true cash on hand more like $13K.

Of the $96K raised during this fundraising period, over $17K was spent on "fundraising consulting services". So in essence, it cost $17K to raise $96K. That's not a good sign and shows the Childers camp is really struggling to get out of the chute even with all of the other madness that went on in the Republican primary..

Also interesting, Chism Strategies received over $11K in polling revenue from the Childers campaign during the period ending 6/30.


Travis Childers July FEC Report $35K COH and $21K in obligations #mssen



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The group pushing for a ballot initiative aimed at fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program is hiring door to door canvassers.

Here's a Facebook post seeking workers:

"* What: PAID Door to Door Canvassing for a petition drive in the Gulf Coast and Hattiesburg Areas

* Purpose: To get signatures for a petition that if enacted would require the legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Funding Formula.

* This is NON-PARTISAN with overwhelming support from Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike.

* Pay: $10.00 an Hour

* Hours: Between 10 and 40 a week, depending on your availability in evenings and on weekends

* How long will it last?: All of August and likely September

*GREAT Opportunity for students, anyone needing extra cash for the Summer, or for those who love the grass roots side of public action and who believe in our schools and our students!"


Makes you wonder where they are getting their funds as well as how truthful they are being in explaining exactly how this initiative will effect both the legislative process and the state budget. But hey, it's an issue near and dear to many making it ripe to pull at the heartstrings without getting into the actual process.


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State criminal law viewed with skepticism


A new Mississippi law either places stricter sentencing on felons or makes it easier to avoid becoming one, depending on who you ask.

Approved by Gov. Bryant on March 31, House Bill 585 mandates several changes to criminal law, including establishing “true minimums” for sentencing — violent criminals must serve 50 percent of their sentence and non-violent criminals must serve 25 percent before being considered for parole — and raising the monetary minimum of felony property crimes from $500 to $1,000.



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7/18/14

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State Auditor visits Magee


State Auditor Stacey Pickering said that fraud in governmental office is typically the result of greed.

Pickering was the guest speaker at the Magee Lions Club on Monday. He told the group that since becoming State Auditor in 2008, his office has been responsible for recovering over $20 million in embezzled, misspent or misappropriated funds.

Pickering said that normally these issues begin with something simple. As an example, he cited a government worker’s need for paper for a child’s project. They take it and nothing happens and next they are filling personal vehicles with gasoline at the expense of the taxpayers. He said it snowballs from there.



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7/17/14

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State Education Chief Reaffirms Commitment to Common Core, Aligned Tests


Mississippi superintendent of education Carey Wright says there should be no uncertainity about the state's committment to both common core and the PARCC tests.

"We adopted the standards in 2010. They're very clear, they've been on the web since that time, we've been implementing them since that time," she says. "The confusion I think is people still refer to it as a curriculum, and it's not. They're strictly standards. The locals develop the curriculum, the locals are responsible for all the teaching strategies.

"I look at the standards as the target and it's up to the local jurisdictions as to how they reach those targets," she says.



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Chris McDaniel told WLOX in an interview recently, "Mississippi's not going to send a Democrat to be in the US Senate," but then he posted this nugget on his Facebook page:

"Don't tell me a Democrat can't win in Mississippi. Thad Cochran did very well on June 24."

McDaniel continues to take jabs at Cochran while feeding his troll brigade.


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Shipyards could prosper under proposed funding plan



WASHINGTON -- Pascagoula's shipyards will prosper if the Senate Appropriations Committee's 2015 Pentagon funding plan, which the panel approved Thursday, holds up in the final stages of Congress' annual wrangling over military spending.

The $549 billion Senate committee bill includes funding for two vessels that are built in Pascagoula, including $800 million for an amphibious ship Republican Sen. Thad Cochran secured this week, although President Barack Obama's budget zeroed it out.

Cochran also won inclusion of nearly a quarter-billion dollars in other procurements, not included in Obama's budget request, that benefit Mississippi, such as $110 million to acquire MQ-8C Fire Scouts, unmanned aircraft manufactured in Moss Point. That was $70 million more than Obama requested.



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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

The Supreme Court of Mississippi wasted no time in striking down State Senator Chris McDaniel’s request to force Circuit Clerks to allow him to see birthdates in original poll books without having the information redacted. This will forever be known in Mississippi jurisprudence as the “Hallmark” decision. This will likely have a trickle-down effect to the fatwa that the McDaniel campaign has declared against Circuit Clerks statewide.

MS Supreme Court Order denying Chris McDaniel relief



But this decision was a lot less about the validity of original poll books and a lot more about money. Your money. By demanding to look at the original poll books, the McDaniel campaign attempts to do an end-around of actually having to pay for copies of the poll books, which is what a common citizen would have to do. The McDaniel camp wants taxpayers to pay for it instead of them. Call it “candidate welfare”. The Y’allPolitics nation feels taxed enough already and doesn’t think it’s the proper role of government to just be making free copies for everyone. It’s not in the constitution, anyhow.

Of course, having the Supreme Court decide against you is just a minor speedbump in the pursuit for “truth and justice.” In tea party meetings across the state, volunteers are gathered together to see if the word “birthday” is actually in the constitution. Meanwhile, the campaign is asking for a “do over’ of the decision saying that since the whole Supreme Court didn’t hear it, it wasn’t valid enough for them.

While we believed, and still believe, that an official court challenge by McDaniel is a certainty, they’ve revealed their tactics as simply being nothing more than dragging this out procedurally for as long as humanly possible and hoping something good happens. Their faith in their evidence is low or they would have already filed. As we are in Day 24, the legitimacy of any challenge wanes with each passing day, and there would be no reason to sit on a smoking gun. The press has totally given up on the campaign to have any credibility in what they’re saying. And because the cost of the effort seems to be the only consequence for dragging this out, they seem to have enough folks engaged to pay for or borrow for the cause (though that may be waning too). Because there are no political consequences for acting a fool, that seems to be exactly what we are in for until (1) they run out of money (2) they procedurally exhaust every procedure to delay (which could be another month or more) or (3) that the political pressure from their families, co-workers, own supporters and/or the Republican Party and its leaders become so intense that the “juice stops being worth the squeeze.”

Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.

That's the way it was – Day 24 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.


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McDaniel, Attorney respond to Supreme Court Decision

Jackson, MS - Chris McDaniel's lead attorney Mitch Tyner released a statement in response to today's Supreme Court ruling on the campaign's Emergency Petition for Writ of Mandamus filed Monday of this week.

"Today's decision was not made by the entire Supreme Court, so our legal team will request that the entire Supreme Court panel rehear our petition for the original election records to be released to the McDaniel campaign," Tyner opined. "Justices Randolph, Kitchens, and Chandler all requested that both parties appear personally before the Court to clear up any confusion on the issues at hand, so we will ask for that opportunity. In addition to asking for our case to be heard by the entire Court, we will also ask for the opportunity to present oral arguments. The integrity of every future statewide and district wide election hinges on this decision," he concluded.

Tyner reiterated that this process is much bigger than this single U.S. Senate race or the McDaniel campaign. “Election integrity must be assured not only for this election, but also for future elections in Mississippi”..

McDaniel also commented on the opinion, saying, "A candidate for office in Mississippi should not have to raise $100,000 to verify an election was carried out legally in every single one of Mississippi's eighty-two counties. We are confident the full panel of Justices will do the right thing, and we remain undeterred in our efforts to gain access to the election records in the counties where we have not been granted access to records thus far."


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RELEASE: **Statement on Supreme Court Ruling***

"Filing lawsuits against Circuit Clerks who are clearly following the law are both a waste of time and taxpayer money. Voters have a right to have their personal information protected. It is time to address the real issues of this election and move on as a State."


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The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied Chris McDaniel's request for access.

Here's the court decision.


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Cochran campaign finance report out



Cochran's report shows his campaign has raised and borrowed a total of $5.6 million from last year through June 30 for his re-election bid. He had about $710,000 cash on hand.


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RELEASE: Wicker Addresses Border Crisis

Miss. Senator Says Problem ‘Warrants Immediate Action’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today spoke about his efforts to solve the ongoing crisis involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The growing crisis on our southern border warrants immediate action,” Wicker said. “This problem requires real reform, not a $3.7 billion blank check for the Obama Administration. The President’s mishandling of this problem – which he has seen coming for months – is well documented. It is incumbent upon Congress to find a solution.

“We must summon the will to pass a responsible plan to end this crisis. One such plan, which I support, would reform current law to treat unaccompanied migrant children from Central America the same as those coming from Mexico or Canada. This change would expedite the legal process, either reuniting the children with their families or allowing them to remain in the United States if their circumstances warrant such action. This bill, authored by Senator John Cornyn, represents a good starting point.”

The bipartisan “Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act,” S. 2611, is sponsored by Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas. Wicker is a cosponsor of the Cornyn bill. The House version of the bill is sponsored by Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Texas.

More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have been detained at the border since October 2013. One report shows that more than 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to enter the United States this year and more than 145,000 are expected to enter next year. The Department of Health and Human Services has stated that 20 percent of the children apprehended this year are 11 years old or younger.

Highlights of the “HUMANE Act” include:

· Improving the “William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” (TVPRA) of 2008 to treat all unaccompanied migrant children crossing our border with equality under the law, allowing for voluntary reunification with family, whether they are from Mexico, Central America, or any other country.

· Keeping current protections for safe repatriation.

· Allowing unaccompanied migrant children who have a claim to remain legally in the United States to make this claim in court before an immigration judge within seven days of the completion of Health and Human Services screening under the TVPRA of 2008.

· Authorizing up to 40 new immigration judges for this purpose and keeping current law in place requiring HHS to make all efforts to secure pro-bono legal counsel for the child.

· Requiring immigration judges to make a determination as to whether an unaccompanied migrant child is eligible to remain in the United States within 72 hours of making their claim. Children who succeed in his or her claim will be allowed to remain in the United States in the custody of a sponsor while they pursue their legal remedies. Children who do not successfully make such a claim will be reunited with family in their home country.

· Requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct FBI fingerprint background checks on any person taking custody of an unaccompanied alien child.

· Prohibiting the release of children to persons convicted of sex offenses and human trafficking.


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TOP CONSERVATIVES DEMAND REINCE PRIEBUS INVESTIGATE, CENSURE HENRY BARBOUR FOR RACE-BAITING MISSISSIPPI TACTICS


A coalition of powerful conservative leaders, led by the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, is demanding that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus censure RNC committeeman Henry Barbour for his role in racially incendiary appeals to Democratic voters that voting for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) was a means of helping stop the Tea Party.

The coalition, which includes TPPCF Chair Jenny Beth Martin, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, ConservativeHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie, former RNC grassroots director Drew Ryun, Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins, and SOS4SOS PAC Chairman Ken Blackwell, is calling on Priebus to create a special RNC committee to investigate the matter and eventually issue a formal RNC repudiation of the actions taken in Mississippi.

The coalition wrote to Priebus:

"We, the undersigned, write today to express our outrage at the actions of a member of the Republican National Committee, Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour, and to respectfully insist that you create a committee to investigate questionable activities surrounding the June 24 Mississippi Republican Senate nomination runoff election; that the RNC repudiate any and all unethical and potentially illegal activities associated with the runoff election; and that you and your RNC colleagues formally censure or otherwise discipline the persons responsible for those actions.


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THE FIX: What exactly is Chris McDaniel doing?


Imagine for a second this alternate universe. In the wake of his June 24 runoff loss to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, state Sen. Chris McDaniel concedes the contest. "I don't agree with Thad Cochran on every issue but the people of Mississippi have spoken and I respect their decision," McDaniel tells a disappointed crowd on runoff night.

In that universe, McDaniel leaves most Mississippi Republicans with a positive mental image of him. Yes, it was a hard-fought race but McDaniel ultimately did the right thing -- uniting behind the GOP nominee. When another major statewide office comes open -- say the governor's race or one of the state's U.S. Senate seats -- McDaniel probably starts close to the front of the line of Republican candidates.

Now, come back to the real world where McDaniel didn't do any of those things. Instead he has undertaken a somewhat confusing effort to kind-of, sort-of contest the runoff results -- under the premise (I think) that there were significant irregularities in the voting that could more than make up for the nearly 8,000 votes by which he lost to Cochran....


...Is there a chance that McDaniel has found a series of smoking guns regarding the runoff vote that he will reveal at some point in the future and, in so doing, invalidate the results? I mean, I suppose so since I can't rule anything in or out given that McDaniel has presented a total of zero evidence of these allegedly broad-scale irregularities. But, there's a much larger chance that this whole challenge-but-it-isn't-a-challenge-just-yet fizzles into nothing, leaving McDaniel looking like the sorest of losers. And no one likes (or votes for) a sore loser.



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7/17/14

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McDaniel camp returns funds


Chris McDaniel's campaign refunded $2,599 to a woman previously listed as a campaign staffer who's now one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the June 24 U.S. Senate Republican primary, records show....


....Vechorik was questioned in the Rose Cochran nursing home incident that occurred in April, but she was not charged, Madison County District Attorney Michael D. Guest said on Wednesday....

..."As part of the investigation she was spoken to by members of law enforcement regarding connections she had with [the accused] conspirators and was originally considered a suspect in the investigation," Guest said. "It was determined that evidence did not exist to file charges at the time."


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7/16/14

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JOEL MCNEECE: Nobody likes a sore loser



It’s no secret that has happened in counties all over Mississippi. However, an examination by McDaniel supporters of the poll books in Calhoun County showed a grand total of only two illegal crossover votes.

Visiting with Yalobusha County Chancery Clerk Daryl Burney at last weekend’s Bruce Sawmill Festival, he said Yalobusha had a whopping three. There have been countless other reports around the state of other counties revealing their crossover mistakes in single digits as well. That’s a long way from 7,667.

Every election ever held has some irregularities of this manner. It’s virtually unavoidable given our poll worker system. But illegitimate votes totaling a small fraction of one percent doesn’t warrant a new election, as McDaniel is tirelessly crying for, even in a race as close as this one.

McDaniel’s desperation has even led to him accusing Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of sending out intentionally confusing advice to the state’s chancery clerks.

The race and now McDaniel’s straw grasp was the talk of the Arkansas Press Association last week when I visited with them.

“When Ann Coulter is the voice of reason, you know it’s a crazy race,” one editor told me.

This race is over and regardless of your view of Ann Coulter’s politics, she is 100 percent right on this fact – McDaniel is now blowing any shot of gaining political traction in the future.

No one likes a sore loser.


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McDaniel lawyers say challenge coming within 10 days



Lawyers for Chris McDaniel say they expect to file a challenge of McDaniel's June 24 GOP runoff loss to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran within the next 10 days.

Attorney Mitch Tyner said that despite "roadblocks" to access of voting records that have required lawsuits against county circuit clerks, the campaign has uncovered widespread illegal voting. He said it's already enough to support a legal challenge of the Republican runoff but the campaign is still gathering evidence and will not yet provide specifics.

As has become the paradigm for the nasty, bitter battle between the six-term incumbent Republican and the tea party challenger, the Cochran campaign responded with a news conference shortly after the Wednesday McDaniel camp news conference.

"Almost a month ago, Mississippians chose their Republican nominee," said Cochran adviser Austin Barbour. "... They have still not presented one shred of evidence. … Sadly, with their lack of evidence, they fill that gap with rhetoric, grandstanding and fundraising appeals."

"Mississippians are ready to move on," Barbour said.


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We interrupt this coverage for a special report.

The much-hyped “kick off” to the election challenge turned into a punt. What had been hyped as #McDDay turned into a #McDud.

State Senator Michael Watson and Mitch Tyner represented the campaign to explain the legal status of the yet to be filed challenge. McDaniel himself was not in attendance. His attorneys said he was in an “undisclosed location”. It’s hard to believe that state senators from Ellisville, MS, have an “undisclosed location” unless they’re running from the law. But this is a hostage crisis, so he may get the benefit of the doubt.

Meanwhile, Tyner did his best Al Haig impression. Typically, in a campaign, you of course have chain of command beyond the candidate, the campaign manager and the elections lawyer in that order. Anyone seen the campaign manager, Melanie Sojourner?

Fortunately, Tyner and Watson (two white guys) got to lecture the assembled dozens about how the Cochran Campaign, that actively solicited votes from the African American community, “set race relations back 50 years”. They also questioned the legitimacy of the election and the Republican leadership in the state in an open forum while politely declining to provide ANY evidence.



Meanwhile, the Cochran Campaign has finally come to the realization that you can’t win a crazy fight with a crazy person.

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But with all the new campaign donations, the McDaniel campaign has once again got gas money for the RV. McDaniel is now kicking off a campaign “Truth and Justice” tour.




The next interesting step will be how Joe Nosef and Phil Bryant react to McDaniel’s delay and the McDaniel campaign’s straight up verbal assault on the party, circuit clerks statewide, the Secretary of State and the legitimacy of the election.

That's the way it was – Day 23 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



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Bishop Ronnie Crudup defends PAC funding statement

Crudup said Wednesday the correct amount is the $142,000. He said the other $2,685 came in the same time as a contribution from Mississippi Conservatives, but it was from another source. Crudup said his PAC report will be amended.

When asked today today how he would respond to those who question whether his earlier statement about his funding source was misleading, he said: "I never said they (Republicans and Mississippi Conservatives) weren't a major source of funding, but we raised some money from other sources as well."

Crudup said he stands by his earlier statement that approximately $200,000 had been raised by his PAC.



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Report: Waveland mayor first in state to publicly support same-sex marriage


WAVELAND -- Waveland Mayor David Garcia said he believes that all residents in his city should have the freedom to marry, and his opinion was made public on Wednesday.

Southerners for the Freedom to Marry announced in a press release that Garcia became the first mayor in Mississippi to openly support gay marriage.

Garcia joins more than 450 mayors from the southern region of the United States that joined Southerners for Freedom Marry's campaign to "back freedom and dignity for all loving couples and their families."

Garcia said several gay and lesbian couples who reside in Waveland have approached him and asked about his stance on gay marriage.

"We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities and we've seen how important marriage has been for them and their families," Garcia said. "Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment."



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7/16/14

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From attorney Mitch Tyner:

It's 2:00 tomorrow at my office. We'll do it outside at the entrance. We request that supporters stand with us but the only thing they say to the press is that they came to show support for Chris or election integrity. No comments on the evidence.
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As the “I’m not a trial lawyer”/Baycol/Propulsid/Open Carry/Circuit Clerk Revival and Jamboree continues, Chris McDaniel continues to make friends and influence people on a county by county level. As a service, Y’allPolitics would like to attempt to itemize all of the current court actions pending.

McDaniel vs. Neshoba County Circuit Clerk
This time in Neshoba County, the Neshoba Democrat reports that he’s sued the Circuit Clerk there. State Senator Michael Watson is serving as one of his counsel in that court action.

McDaniel vs. Rankin County Circuit Clerk Rebecca Boyd
Again, more birthday wishes. Clarion Ledger reports lawsuit wanting unredacted voter lists complete with DOBs.

Action against Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Krebbs
In this case, McDaniel’s crew, led by Michael Watson again, got a County Court Judge to mandate the Circuit Clerk to allow access to the original (unredacted) poll books.

True the Vote vs. MSGOP and Delbert Hosemann 1
No Circuit Clerks have been harmed through the filing and withdrawal of this lawsuit

True the Vote vs. MSGOP and Delbert Hosemann 2
The hostilities toward Circuit Clerks continue via proxy in this one. A new filing outlines hostilities against Hancock and Rankin County Circuit Clerks alleging improper behavior.

In Re 2014 MS Republican Primary Election for US Senate: Shaun McCutcheon, Chairman of the Conservative Action Fund, Complainant
To this point, no Circuit Clerks have been harmed through the filing

Chris McDaniel vs. Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gail Parker
Birth dates remain the issue here. McDaniel is suing Gail Parker to make sure voter birthdates are available.

Just in case you’re scoring at home, that’s four legal actions against Circuit Clerks and two proxy actions against Circuit Clerks. Anyone with half a brain in Mississippi politics will tell you that the Circuit Clerk crowd is one you don't want to universally piss off. They typically hold a great deal of political sway in their counties, and oh by the way, they are responsible for elections. Anyone in the blast radius of a coordinated effort against them will probably have some residual political hangover from that if they ever aspire to statewide office. Not to mention that McDaniel is a member of a private practice that regularly works in these courthouses. The universal thought was that the Tea Party was "willing to burn the house down" for what they believed. But no one thought they'd want to burn the courthouses down too.

Folks, that’s six legal actions that have been filed in the last two weeks and the piece de resistance will be announced today at 2:00 p.m also known as #McDDay. No telling where that will lead. Though again, the issue of court action doesn’t seem to be much in doubt as McDaniel sent out a fundraising email for his “Election Challenge Fund” late yesterday afternoon.

It’s only a matter of time before the #mssen movie comes out. We may have another appearance from the trailer lawyers. Be thinking of cast lists. This is turning Scruggsian in proportions.

Buckle in. It’s about to get weirder.

That's the way it was – Day 22 of the McDaniel Hostage Crisis.

Good day Mississippi - and good luck.



Posted July 16, 2014 - 7:26 am

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