CHARLIE MITCHELL: Republicans have unprecedented power

As Election Day approached, Republicans in Mississippi had a collective theme: Look at what we’ve done for Mississippi, and we’ve only just begun.

A majority of voters agreed, fueling a transition that is, well, historic.

Consider that former Gov. Kirk Fordice, when he took office in 1992, broke a string of Democratic governors dating to 1870.

More impressively, consider that Democrats held a majority in the Mississippi Legislature for 130 years until just four years ago when Republicans edged them out.

In January, when November’s gains are realized, the Grand Old Party will have, or nearly have, veto-proof strength in the Capitol – not that they would ever have cause to override the party’s head guy, Gov. Phil Bryant, who broke his own record margin of victory in winning a second term.

Daily Journal
12/8/15