Archive for October, 2012


Judicial Finance Reports - Trial lawyers, Republicans, big money, the usual suspects

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Here are some various observations on the pre-election campaign finance reports filed by candidates yesterday for Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

The two incumbents in the races have raised the most: Bill Waller ($470K) and Mike Randolph ($429K). But Flip Phillips has raised the most of a non-incumbent ($415K). Here is a chart with the numbers from this filing period as well as total year-to-date.

Central District

Bill Waller - Waller isn’t campaigning blind. His report notes $15,537 paid to the Tarrance Group for polling.

Some contributions of note to Waller include: Mississippi Federation of Republican Women ($500), 2003 GOP nominee for Attorney General Scott Newton ($500), Northern District MDOT Commissioner Mike Tagert ($500), Jim Barksdale ($500), Palazzo for Congress ($1000), Bomgar CEO Joel Bomgar ($1000), former Appeals Court Judge and MSGOP Chairman Jim Herring ($250), Koch Industries of Kansas ($1000), Mississippi Association of Educators PAC ($5000)

Earle Banks - Banks has spent $36,200 on media, $2500 on signs and $14,000 to Zata3 which does polling and robo-calls. He also advertised in the Rankin County News - a Republican and likely Waller area of strength.

Some contributions of note to Banks include: former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Chuck McRae ($1000); Democratic Senator John Horhn ($500); Democratic Senator Bennie Turner ($350); Democratic Representative Bryant Clark ($2500), former Democratic Secretary of State Dick Molpus ($500); Shane Langston ($5000); and each in for $2500 McCraney, Montagnet & Quinn; Hawkin/Gibson; Porter & Malouf; the Diaz Law Firm; Merrida Coxwell; Rebecca Langston; Casey Langston Lott.

According to the report, Porter & Malouf gave $2500 on October 9 and another $5000 on October 29 which would clearly break the campaign contribution limits. To be fair, sometimes that happens in a campaign and typically the campaign will return the amount above the limit (which is what I assume they did with a $2500 disbursement to Shane Langston) - or - the contribution should have been listed as coming from an attorney at Porter & Malouf instead of the firm.

Northern District

Flip Phillips - Phillips has placed $307K on television and billboards and has paid $11,500 to Public Opinion Strategies for polling.

Some contributors of note to Phillips include: former Democratic Congressman Travis Childers ($500); author and former Democratic Representative John Grisham ($5000); former chief-of-staff to Governor Ronnie Musgrove David Cole ($500); the firm of Democratic State Representative David Baria, Baria-Williamson PLLC ($500); Democratic state Senator Bennie Turner ($500); the Kitchens Law Firm ($1000) made up of three sons of current Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens; Tracie Langston ($5000); the Liston family: Brenda Liston (Homemaker - $5000), William Liston III (Lawyer - $5000), Jeanne Liston (Homemaker - $5000), William Liston (Lawyer - $5000); Ashley Ogden ($5000); Christie Ogden ($5000); and many of the names you see above on the report from Earle Banks: Timothy Porter of Porter & Malouf ($2500), Patrick Malouf of Porter & Malouf ($2500), Casey Langston Lott ($5000), Hawkins/Gibson ($2500), Merrida Coxwell ($2500), the Diaz Law Firm ($2500), Shane Langston $2500. Phillips also posted $5750 in 48-hour-reports.

Josiah Coleman - Coleman has placed $110K on paid media. Some contributors of note to Coleman include: Mississippi Association of Educators PAC ($1000); former MSGOP Chairman Clark Reed ($500); Palazzo for Congress ($1000); Haley’s PAC ($1000); Koch Industries of Kansas ($1000); MS Federation of Republican Women ($500); Retzer Resources - former MSGOP Chairman & Ambassador to Tanzania Mike Retzer ($1000); Kelly Segars ($1000). Former Governor Haley Barbour is a big get for Josiah. A more interesting story from this report is the contribution from Segars, an Iuka physician who formerly served on Phillips Campaign Finance Committee and now has apparently retracted from that position to back Phillips’ opponent.

Southern District

Mike Randolph - Randolph spent $184K on media advertising and $16K on yard signs. A few noteworthy contributions include: Mississippi Federation of Repubican Women ($500); 2007 GOP nominee for Attorney General Al Hopkins ($250); Palazzo for Congress ($1000); Friends of Billy Hewes ($500); Koch Industries of Kansas ($1000).

Tal Braddock - Braddock received a $2000 loan from Strategic Financial Resources, LLC / Joseph Leland Speed.

Court of Appeals

EJ Russell - Russell spent $400 on radio advertising with WMPR and $800 on signs. She received $500 from MS Federation of Republican Women.

Ceola James - James…is still in the race.

A Final Thought

Trial lawyers are providing the bulk of contributions to Flip Phillips and Earle Banks with many of the same names on both reports, but the campaigns have mirror messages. Flip says his opponent lacks legal experience; meanwhile how many cases has Earle Banks been on as the attorney of record? Earle complains about the large amount of campaign funds his opponent has raised; meanwhile Flip is out-raising everyone but the incumbents. So if the issue isn’t experience and the issue isn’t “big money” then what could be motivating the supporters of Phillips and Banks?

The motivation is what it has long been in supreme court races in Mississippi. Banks opposed tort reform in the legislature. Phillips has argued that damage caps in tort reform are unconstitutional. The issue of the constitutionality of most of Mississippi’s tort reform has yet to have been addressed by the Mississippi Supreme Court. This race, despite the smoke and mirror attacks against Waller and Coleman, is really about the future of Mississippi’s business climate and lawsuits.


Phillips flips - promises positive goes negative?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Monday, Northern District Supreme Court candidate Flip Phillips told the Clarion Ledger Editorial Board that he is ‘running positive ads. Telling people to ask someone who knows me about who I am.’

Now, according to his opponent’s campaign, Phillips has flipped and he is running negative ads. Here is an excerpt from today’s press release by Josiah Coleman for Supreme Court:

Flip Phillips, Josiah Coleman’s opponent for the Mississippi Supreme Court, recently began an attack ad against Coleman, backtracking on public promises not to air negative ads. The ad states that Coleman has tried “not one” case, when Coleman has in fact tried cases at the trial level and taken a lead role in numerous appellate cases. The Coleman Campaign notified the Phillips Campaign of the factual inaccuracy of the ad and asked that it be discontinued, but the Phillips Campaign has refused to stop running the misleading commercial.

“Mr. Phillip’s desperate attack ad not only knowingly misleads North Mississippi voters, but attempts to shift the conversation from the subjects of fairness and trust, on which he has been losing for months.” Coleman continued, “I want to thank all of my many, many supporters who have seen through Mr. Phillips’s misleading attack, and I want to encourage you to contact Mr. Phillips and his campaign and demand the attack stop.”


Flip Phillips & Regulation by Litigation

Monday, October 29th, 2012

I’ve heard talk but I haven’t seen the television advertisement in Mississippi’s Northern District criticizing Flip Phillips. I’ve heard it is about “guns” and without the benefit of the video (someone post it if you have it) I assume they’re talking about Phillips’ philosophy of “regulation by litigation.”

That is an issue I wrote about in June in my column looking at the race between Phillips and Josiah Coleman.

Phillips wrote, “the fundamental purpose of civil litigation today is shifting from a strictly compensatory purpose to regulatory or punitive purposes.” At a symposium discussing the article, he argued Mississippi became “lawsuit central” in the country not because of the excessively high verdicts, but rather, because the rest of the country was not as enlightened as Mississippi. Rather than reform lawsuit abuse in Mississippi, he seemed to argue the rest of the country should become more like the Magnolia State. In another presentation Phillips argued the elected branches of government have failed to do their jobs and “regulation by litigation” could address policy issues involving tobacco, guns, insurance, health care and product liability.

Phillips addressed this philosophy at the 9th Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center. Here is more of his presentation (emphasis added).

“The primary goal of industrial age litigation has been compensation for an individual litigant. More and more frequently, post-industrial litigation seeks to serve a second, regulatory purpose, its goal being punishment for a defendants conduct. Society uses civil litigation to accomplish its desired goals not being accomplished through other means. As society’s needs have shifted from compensation to accountability, a primary purpose of civil litigation has shifted accordingly. The role of civil litigation in the Third Age, thus, has shifted from solely a compensatory function to a regulatory function.

Increasing corporate power and a lax regulatory environment have given rise to a pervasive perception consumer abuse. Insurance, health care, financial services, and other areas of modern life foster a growing sense of impotence by consumers. A recent issue of Business Week, featured the phenomenon in its cover story, “Too Much Corporate Power?”

The social and political regulatory environment in which business operates has grown increasingly permissive over the past twenty years. In his memoir, “On Money and Markets,” former Federal Reserve Bank officer and 1980’s Wall Street brokerage partner, Henry Kaufman observes a permissive style of leadership that allows too many abuses to go unchecked in financial industries today. There exists, Kaufman states, “an urgent need for regulatory and supervisory reform at home and abroad, as financial innovation and global integration outpace an already obsolete regulatory purpose.”

It is significant that a front page story in The Wall Street Journal the first week of this century was entitled “Civil Action: Why Americans Look to the Courts to Cure the Nation’s Social Ills.” Subtitled, “Evolution of Mass Litigation,” and “One Lawyer Says He Does the Jobs Congress Shirks,” the Journal noted increasing frustration by the public with the political process, concluding “More and more frequently turn to courts when the traditional avenues of politics or activism seem obstructed.” The Journal’s observation is reminiscent of this authors statement to Jane Bryant Quinn, quoted in Newsweek in 1994 at the inception of the life insurance Deceptive Sales Practices Litigation: “When public opinion gets ahead of the legislative process, the place people turn is to the Courts.”

In July, Time Magazine ran a lengthy spread entitled “Are Lawyers Running America.” Responding to the criticism that lawyers are operating as an unelected fourth branch of government using litigation to resolve social issues that should be resolved by the legislative process, Time noted the following sentiment: “Congress and the White House are so dependent on special-interest campaign contributions and so mired in partisan gridlock . . . that it is often impossible to get anything done there.. . .Leaving important public-policy decisions to elected branches might make sense if those branches did their jobs. But they are so indebted to special interests . . . they tend to stay gridlocked.”

As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich noted, the era of regulation by Big Government may be ending, but the era of regulation by litigation is just beginning. Tobacco litigation, gun litigation, insurance, health care, products liability, and multiple other cases, are examples of civil litigation serving an increasingly important regulatory purpose in post-industrial society.


FACT CHECK #2 on the Earle Banks Personhood Video

Monday, October 29th, 2012

From the Earle Banks Personhood Video:

In 2011, only one judge in the Central District of Mississippi voted yes to put the Personhood Amendment on the ballot, Judge Bill Waller, Jr. All other Central District justices found the language unconstitutional and voted no.

Background:

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison ruled against opponents of the Personhood Amendment when they sought to prevent the initiative from appearing on the ballot. Opponents of the Personhood Amendment appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

The Court determined the constitutionality of the Personhood Amendment should come before the Court only if it passed. The Court doesn’t give advisory opinions on whether every bill introduced in the legislature is Constitutional or not; and it would not do so on a citizen initiative. The Court concluded: “Measure 26 is not ripe for review.” The amendment went on the ballot and was defeated, removing any need for a subsequent challenge of the language’s constitutionality.

Fact Check:

It is true that in the 7-2 decision, Justice Bill Waller was the only member of the majority from the Central District. The members in the Northern and Southern District were unanimous in support of the decision. Both dissenters came from the Central District.

It is not accurate to say the other justices found the language unconstitutional. They found the process unconstitutional. Justice Jim Kitchens writes in his dissent joined by Justice Leslie King:

The same task is before us today: to decide whether the text of Measure 26 meets the minimal constitutional requirements of Section 273. None of the parties has argued that Measure 26 runs afoul of the rights guaranteed the citizens by our Bill of Rights. Whether Measure 26 limits or expands the rights enumerated within Mississippi’s Bill of Rights is of no moment, for this Court is asked only whether the plain language of Measure 26 makes the initiative a “proposal, modification or repeal” of any portion of the Bill of Rights as prohibited by Section 273(5)(a)….I find that Measure 26 is invalid on its face, because it is both a proposed addition to and a modification of the Bill of Rights.

Because they believed the initiative and referendum process in this case would alter the Bill of Rights, and it is unconstitutional for I&R to alter the Bill of Rights, they found the process - not the language - unconstitutional.

So to the video, to claim that the “other Central District justices found the language unconstitutional” is not accurate. That claim is not a fact.


FACT CHECK #1 on the Earle Banks Personhood Video

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

From the Earle Banks Personhood Video:

Justice Waller is no fan of women having choices. In fact, this is how he feels on the record:

“Ever since the abomination known as Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, the morality of our great nation has slipped ever so downwards to the point that the decision to spare the life of an unborn child has become an arbitrary decision based on convenience.” R.B. ex rel. V.D. v. State, 790 So.2d 830 (July 19, 2001) [J. Waller, concurring]

Background:

This case was whether Panola County Chancery Court Judge Jay Westfaul was correct in denying a waiver of parental consent for a minor to have an abortion, based on the criteria for a waiver listed in Mississippi law involving surgical and medical consents.

Mississippi Code 41-41-55

(4) Consent shall be waived if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence either:

(a) That the minor is mature and well-informed enough to make the abortion decision on her own; or

(b) That performance of the abortion would be in the best interests of the minor.

Mississippi Supreme Court:

The Mississippi Supreme Court determined:

that the chancellor thoughtfully considered the evidence before him and correctly decided the case in denying the abortion, we should not second guess his decision or add verbiage to it.

You can read the full opinion here.

Justice Jim Smith wrote the majority opinion. Justice Bill Waller did concur with the majority opinion along with Justices Ed Pittman, Michael Mills, Oliver Diaz, and the only female justice on the Court at the time, Kay Cobb.

But the quote from the video is not from the majority opinion.  It is from a concurring opinion written by Justice Chuck Easley, in which Cobb and Waller joined “in part.”

Fact Check:

Given simply the opinion, it is not accurate to say Waller concurred with that statement.  By the same standard, it would also not be accurate to say Waller disagreed with that statement.  Neither can be proven.  It is not even accurate to say the he “concurred in part” with that excerpted statement because he may have disagreed with that statement and agreed with other parts of Easley’s opinion.

So to the video, to claim that quote is how Waller “feels on the record” is not accurate. That claim is not a fact.


Some voters may have to show ID this election

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

On behalf of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Senator Kenny Wayne Jones wrote a letter-to-the-editor opposing voter-ID and reminding voters that the Mississippi Voter-ID law will not be in force this November.  But his claims that no one should be asked for their ID may not be accurate.  Jones wrote:

Remember, no one can request a citizen’s photo identification or question their residential status….If you are asked for identification of any kind, your rights have been violated and you should immediately call the Secretary of State at (601) 576-2550.

Actually, some voters may have to show ID this election.  Not only would it not violate their rights, it is federal law.

First time voters who register by mail who do not provide proof of identification (Drivers License Number; Social Security Number; utility check; etc) are required to show some kind of proof of identification at the polls.  This ought not impact many Mississippians because the mail-in voter registration form used by the Mississippi Secretary of State requests that information up front.  However, as the form says, if that information is not provided during registration a voter may have to provide that information to election officials. This is also explained in the Mississippi Voter Information Guide prepared by the Secretary of State.


Republicans, Coleman campaign in DeSoto

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Thursday in Hernando, the DeSoto County Republican Women hosted a meeting with speeches by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi Supreme Court candidate Josiah Coleman, three candidates running in the special election for Senate 19; three candidates in the special election for House 52; and a candidate each for DeSoto election commissioner and school board.

Wicker said about Mitt Romney, “We are winning this election.” He said just a few weeks ago he would have not been as confidant about saying that, but he is cautiously optimistic now. He lambasted Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada for failing to allow the Senate to move forward with a budget for the country for the past three years. He said while Democrats controlled the US Senate, the House under Republican leadership was getting things accomplished and praised/introduced Congressman Nunnelee.

US Senator Roger Wicker speaks to DeSoto County Republican Women

US Senator Roger Wicker speaks to DeSoto County Republican Women

Nunnelee said we have a choice in November whether we are “going to leave to successive generations more debt and less opportunity” or “a legacy of freedom. He said too many people believe that while they have a greater standard of living than their grandparents, they don’t think their own grandchildren will have a greater standard of living than they do. He said he will not tolerate such a future.

Senate 19 candidate David Parker and wife Ashleigh speak with Congressman Alan Nunnelee at lunch after the DCRW Meeting

Senate 19 candidate David Parker and wife Ashleigh speak with Congressman Alan Nunnelee at lunch after the DCRW Meeting

Coleman said he believes the Mississippi Supreme Court should be an unbiased judge of Mississippi’s laws. Coleman said some people believe the legal system exists to change society and to regulate and legislate from the bench. He said that is not the role of the Court and we can’t go back to a Court of activists. He reminded the group that judicial candidates are nonpartisan but enjoyed the opportunity to address the crowd and campaign in DeSoto County.

Josiah Coleman speaks to DeSoto County Republican Women

Josiah Coleman speaks to DeSoto County Republican Women


Waller raises $375K & supported by Reuben Anderson

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The campaign of Chief Justice Bill Waller raised the most this period and total so far this election of any candidate. He has raised to date $375,624.01. The campaign of his opponent, Earl Banks, has raised to date on this report $45,734.

BANKS - Cynthia Wood, of Wood Funeral Home Inc., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was the largest contributor to Banks this cycle with a gift of $5000. Other notable contributions include Timothy Porter $2500, Edward A. Williamson P.A. $2000, and T. Mark Sledge and John Stevens at $1250 each.

WALLER – Reuben Anderson, the first African-American Mississippi Supreme Court Justice (now retired), contributed $300 to Waller. Of interest is that Anderson tried to decline his 1985 appointment to the Supreme Court in favor of his friend and former law partner Fred Banks, cousin to Waller’s opponent in this race.

Other notable contributors to Waller’s campaign include former Chief Justice Ed Pittman ($500); Retired U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Charles Pickering, Sr. ($500); former Court of Appeals Justice Jim Herring ($500); retired Supreme Court Justice Kay Cobb ($250); former Mississippi Treasurer Peyton Prospere ($500); Hinds County Supervisor Phil Fisher ($500); Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall ($250); Representative Rita Martinson ($250); Richland Mayor Mark Scarborough ($500); former state Senator Richard White ($500); former Representative Jim Ellington ($250); retired oilman Billy Mounger ($5000); and Pruet Oil executives Randy James ($5000) and Rick Calhoun ($4000).

PAC contributions this cycle include MCPA PAC ($1000); AIA-SEINS PAC ($2000); MS Medical PAC ($5000); ENPAC ($2000); MS Manufactured Housing ($2000); Prosperity PAC ($2500); MS AGC PAC ($5000); Truck PAC ($2500); MS Road Builders Association PAC ($2000); Bancorpsouth PAC ($1000); MS Bankers Association PAC ($5000); Electric Power Association of MS PAC ($1000); MS Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association PAC ($500); MS Propane Gas Association PAC ($500); MADA Auto PAC ($1000); MS Poultry Association PAC ($2000); MHA PAC ($5000); MMA PAC ($5000); and MS Realtors PAC ($5000).

Banks got a little media attention with his attack on Waller for accepting PAC contributions (see post here) but he hasn’t put together the financing to promote himself or push that attack message. So far, Waller has focused on positive campaigning and has not been critical of Banks. Waller has the money to run a strong reelection campaign for these final few weeks and Banks will have to hope that the Democratic leaning central district will go toward him on election day if he is going to have a chance.

UPDATE: Thanks to the commenter who noted the proper way to view the source box checks. The box is to the left of the word and not the right. The final box is for the “Other” line below which is what mixed me up.  The question was answered and it appears the contribution was not checked as a PAC.  The post has been revised to reflect this update.


Judicial Campaign Finance Reports - Phillips leads in $, Coleman has momentum

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Here is a summary of the campaign finance report totals filed at yesterday’s deadline for Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The report covers July 1 through September 30. (If the bar to the right is blocking it, click on it to see the full image.)

I’ll do a couple of posts on the reports, but first here is a look at the Northern District race between Richard T. Flip Phillips and Josiah Coleman.

Flip Phillips still leads in total contributions raised and cash-on-hand. It is worth noting back in April he loaned his campaign $50,250 and without that infusion, Josiah Coleman would have a larger cash-on-hand balance. Of course, whether money comes from the candidate or from supporters, it spends the same. But Coleman out-raised Phillips this cycle and that adds to a shift in momentum in this race that many observers have noticed in the past several weeks to favor Coleman.

Most of Phillips contributors were attorneys, law firms or litigation services. His largest contributor this cycle is Brenton Ver Ploeg of Miami, Florida who gave the maximum allowed of $5000.

Notable among Phillips’ contributions include former Governor Ronnie Musgrove ($1000) whom Phillips supported in 2008 against Roger Wicker; Democrat Representative Cecil Brown’s campaign ($1000); Philadelphia trial lawyer Ed Williamson ($1000) his firm ($1000) and his wife, the former state Senator and former Democratic Chairman Gloria Williamson ($500); the firm of Democratic Representative Ed Blackmon and his wife former Democratic Senator Barbara Blackmon ($250); prominent trial lawyers Crymes Pittman ($2500), Don Barrett ($1000) and Danny Cupit ($1000); and the firm of Philip W. Thomas ($1000) who also operates a great blog: MS Litigation Review.

A bulk of Coleman’s contributors are physicians or individuals and businesses in the health care industry showing this sector is getting behind the candidate Northeast Mississippi physicians call “The Healthy Choice for Mississippi Supreme Court“.

Coleman received a $5000 contribution from his father Thomas Coleman who is retired from the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Notable among Coleman’s other contributions include Republican oilman Billy Mounger ($1500); Louisville manufacturer Lex Taylor ($1000); former NFL player and Oxford Republican Todd Wade ($1000); and Republican state Representative Gary Chism ($250). Coleman had a strong showing among the medical and business political action committees: MS Medical PAC, MS General Contractors PAC, MFEPac; MS Manufacturers PAC, MS Bankers PAC, Hattiesburg Clinic Healthcare PAC, MS Health Care PAC, ($5000); Truck PAC ($2500); MS Poultry Association PAC, MS Road Builders PAC, ENPA Mississippi, AIA-SEINS PAC ($2000); Nucor Steel Recyclers PAC, Renasant Bank Employee Volunteer PAC, BancorpSouth Bank PAC, Electric Power Association of MS PAC ($1000); MS Concrete Industries Association PAC, MS Hospitality & Restaurant Association PAC ($500).

Phillips leads in total money raised, but Coleman has the momentum. This is THE race to watch in Mississippi on November 6 - both in competitiveness and impact on the state.

*UPDATED* - Ceola James totals added to the chart.


NFIB endorses Waller, Randolph, Coleman, Russell

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

NFIB/Mississippi, the state’s leading small business association, announced its endorsements yesterday in the upcoming Mississippi judicial races.

From the release–

NFIB/Mississippi has announced its endorsements in the 2012 state judicial races:

SUPREME COURT
District 1 (Central), Position 1: William L. (Bill) Waller Jr. (incumbent)
District 2 (Southern), Position 3: Mike Randolph (incumbent)
District 3 (Northern), Position 3: Josiah Dennis Coleman (open seat)

COURT OF APPEALS
District 2, Position 2: Ermea (E.J.) Russell (incumbent)

“The courts can have a tremendous influence on Mississippi’s small-business community, especially when it comes to litigation,” said Ron Aldridge, state director of NFIB/Mississippi. “We need judges who will be fair and impartial to everyone and won’t legislate from the bench.”

“These judicial races matter because certain trial lawyers are still trying to tip the scales of justice and elect a court that would strike down the tort reform laws we fought so hard to pass,” said Aldridge.  “They’ve been successful in other states.  This election is a chance to make sure they will not turn back the clock.  Our economic uncertainty right now is bad enough, but lest we forget how, prior to those laws, every Mississippi small business was one lawsuit away from bankruptcy.”

The endorsements come from the NFIB/Mississippi SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members, and are based on a survey of NFIB members in Mississippi and candidates’ histories of bringing fairness and impartiality to the bench.

Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of these candidates.


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