Finally admitting (but still not conceding) that she is not, in fact, the current governor of Georgia, left-wing activist Stacey Abrams has shifted gears and announced she is working to elect like-minded liberals in the Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi governor’s races. Launching her new group “Fair Fight 2020,” Abrams made it clear that organization’s first order of business is supporting Democrats Andy Beshear, John Bel Edwards, and Jim Hood.
As reported by The Washington Times¸ at a launch event for the group in August, Abrams stated, “We know that there are statewide races happening this year in Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana, so we’re there.”…
…Democrats in the states are embracing Abrams’ assistance. The Louisiana Democratic Party stated that they are “grateful for the assistance from Fair Fight,” and the Mississippi Democratic Party said that they “look forward” to Abrams’ organization being in the state, adding that “need all the help [they] can get” on Jim Hood’s behalf.
As lieutenant governor, Reeves has kept tight control of the Senate’s part of the budget process. It’s a habit that supporters see as an admirable way to limit spending and critics see as a heavy-handed method of Reeves getting exactly what Reeves wants.
During final budget negotiations of the 2019 session, for example, Reeves and other Senate leaders got $2 million for a program that covers some of the cost for children with special needs to attend private schools. Some House Democrats balked, but the $2 million remained in place.
Hood has been attorney general for 16 years, and that office is part of the executive branch of government. The power of budget writing belongs to the legislative branch, which means the attorney general can make recommendations about spending, but legislators are under no obligation to accept them. That aspect of being attorney general, incidentally, is good preparation for being governor: Mississippi lawmakers have a long history of ignoring governors’ budget recommendations, regardless of party.
Hood releases new ad for Governor
Excited to share our third TV ad out statewide today. This election is not about party, it’s not about partisanship, it’s about getting things done for the people of Mississippi. And as your governor, I’ll work with both Republicans and Democrats to move our state forward. #MSgov pic.twitter.com/tvXRC2buh8
— Jim Hood (@HoodForGovernor) September 6, 2019
Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo endorsed Delbert Hosemann for Mississippi Lieutenant Governor on Friday.
Palazzo cited Hosemann’s “strong business sense, fiscal conservatism and support for law enforcement.”…
…“In Mississippi, we have so much potential, and we’re heading in the right direction. We don’t need to go another way. We need leaders who in their heart, mind, and soul, want to make Mississippi a better place for future generations,” Palazzo said. “Living within our means, growing our revenues, fostering an economy where our young people will stay in our State, and improving our educational systems—Delbert Hosemann is an easy choice for Lieutenant Governor because these are his goals and he has a record of getting things done.”
A former Navy secretary who previously served as Mississippi governor is endorsing Democrat Kamala Harris for president.
Ray Mabus said in a news release Friday that Harris is “fully prepared to be our next commander-in-chief.”…
For Mississippi House of Representatives District 37 candidate Vicky Rose, joining the Libertarian Party came from her own apathy with the political system. After working with the GOP for several years, she felt party elites selected the winners and did not listen to what the people wanted.
Rose said that as a third party candidate, she doesn’t have to worry about party leadership holding her back and can do the work of the people rather than the work of the party. However, she admits overcoming the two-party system is a challenge.
“I have been a part of the Libertarian Party for about four years now and I do realize that it is harder to win as a third party candidate, especially in the Southeast where a lot of people are stuck in the mindset of Republican or Democrat,” Rose said.
Current District 16 Representative Steve Holland expressed distaste for the “scorched earth politics of both parties.” Holland has been a representative since 1983 as a Democrat, but on March 1 he switched his party affiliation to independent. Holland said he only plans to serve four more years and wanted to serve his last term as an independent to continue a 36-year-record of being a “consensus man.”
Bryant honored at MSU-USM game
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 7, 2019
Republican nominee Tate Reeves wants to convince voters that his opponent is a tax and spend, anti-Trump liberal. Democratic nominee Jim Hood wants to convince voters that his opponent is a self-serving politician who cares more about corporate cronies than average Mississippians.
It’s going to be that kind of race, with lots of money spent trying to convince voters what’s wrong with the other guy.
But are these negative issues the ones that matter most?
As Sid Salter pointed out, Reeves successfully framed Bill Waller as “too liberal” to take him down in the Republican primary runoff. Salter expects Reeves to “double down” on that same theme against Hood.
Getting more able-bodied Americans to work will build on the economic progress we have already made. It will also allow more of our fellow citizens to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
A good job is about more than a paycheck. Honoring the contributions of each and every worker, regardless of station or background, is a truly American thing to do. With better policies and a stronger private sector, there will be more to celebrate in years to come.
WLOX – Rep. Steven Palazzo Interview
YP – FY 2020 revenues still above estimates
The latest revenue numbers continue to surpass estimates. Tax cuts work. Period.https://t.co/Qc89TlHB2G
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) September 6, 2019
Wicker awarded ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ honor
— Senator Roger Wicker (@SenatorWicker) September 6, 2019
“Nobody’s ever tried to outlaw veggie burgers,” explained Gipson. “They were just spewing a bunch of hogwash.”