Archive for March, 2013


Bartlett, Boothe lead fundraising & spending in House 11 special

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Voters in Panola and Tate counties head to the polls today for a special election in House District 11.  The vacancy was created with the passing of Representative Joe Gardner from an apparent heart attack.

The State Election Commission certified four candidates for the ballot: Marshall Bartlett, Anderson Boothe, Lataisha Jackson and Ederic Kerney.

Bartlett and Boothe lead their opponents in raising and spending campaign contributions according to campaign finance reports filed March 19 covering the period through March 16.  Below are notes from their reports.

Marshall Bartlett - Report Link
Raised: $7628 - Spent: $5480.60 - COH: $2147.40

Bartlett listed nine contributors with his top givers coming from Memphis: Jeanne & Frank Jemison $1000 and Peggy Bodiae $1000.  Bartlett spent $670 on newspaper advertisements.

Anderson Boothe - Report Link
Raised: $2460 - Spent: $2305.12 - COH: $154.88

Boothe listed 22 contributors with some giving as little as $10 and only two contributing more than $100 (Leonard Boothe $500; David Campbell $500) creating an average gift level of about $112 each. The number of contributors is significant in a special election where low turnout puts greater value on every voter and contributors with “skin in the game” are more likely to vote and get others to vote. Boothe reported spending $685 on newspaper ads; $1272.95 on printing, signs & photography; and $46.25 to the City of Batesville for a list of voters to create a walk list.

Lataisha M. Jackson - No report filed.

Ederic L. Kerney - Report Link
Raised: $1019.99 - Spent: $1833.40 - COH: $0

Kerney listed two contributors: John Brasher $500 and Sertrica Washington $214.99.  Kerney reported spending $500 on radio advertisements; $250 on newspaper advertisements; and $1083.40 on printing and signs.


“Vampire Defense” fun legal read in Jackson, Miss

Monday, March 18th, 2013

If you’re from Jackson, Mississippi and enjoy legal thrillers you should pick up “The Vampire Defense” by attorney James D. Bell (or download it like I did).

The fast paced story would interest readers anywhere, but Bell really brings to life his postage stamp piece of the world setting the novel at familiar haunts around Jackson including Belhaven, the Hinds County Courthouse, Mayes Lake, the Ross Barnett Reservoir and even up in Old Town Ridgeland.

From the books’ description:

Even Vampire Slayers Need a Good Lawyer!

John Brooks is a brilliant young lawyer working hard, but not getting much notice. Those who know him admire his work ethic and his intellect. His friends believe he needs one big case to show off his talents. Defending Hal Boyd, known as the Butcher of Belhaven, on arson and four murder charges, looks like that big case as the world media, hungry to fill 24 hours a day of nonstop news coverage, converges on Jackson, Mississippi.

Soon the Boyd case looks like a career ender when Brooks announces his defense: “Not guilty by reason of insanity. My client was so insane that he believed that the person he intended to kill, was a vampire.” The world media ridicules the “Vampire Defense,” and Brooks and his defense team become the laughing stock of the legal profession. Ridicule becomes the least of Brooks’ problems when he discovers that a satanic cult is intent on exacting murderous revenge against Boyd and his defense team. Kidnapping and multiple murders occur at a dizzy pace as the action careens from the city to the swamp to the courtroom.

Romance coupled with comic relief allows you to occasionally catch your breath until even that is stolen by a double climax with a verdict that shocks the world, followed immediately by a dramatic final battle between good and evil.

While some of the dialogue comes off as too much exposition which might have been better reserved for use in the narrative, the story is enjoyable without need for literary criticism. I may not have appreciated the book quite as much had the “Butcher of Belhaven” not been arrested just blocks from my house or I had not explored the islands on the Reservoir and canoed the Pearl River or visited camps at Mayes Lakes; but, I think those with similar experiences will get the same kick out of the story as I did.  The trial episodes between the hero lawyer and the politically ambitious district attorney were particularly blood pumping.  And the satanic cult known as “The Kroth” (borrowed from the name of the group involving Luke Woodham, the Pearl Highschool shooter) provides a sinister foil and also comic relief. Plus, there is a sub-plot featuring a homebrewer who hits it big with a long lost, haunted recipe.

The book is a quick, fun read for Belhavenites, Jackson lawyers or vampire haters everywhere. He also sets up what one would expect will be a sequel for the hero lawyer involving Jesse James and Maximilian’s Treasure.


House 36 Campaign Finance – Not Much To Report

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

When I say not much to report, I mean there isn’t much in the reports to talk about. Five of the six candidates combined reported raising a combined total of $515 and spending $3613.33. The sixth candidate – Eddie Longstreet – raised $3000 and spent $1500 by himself.

These are the pre-election reports due on March 5 and covering all money raised and spent through March 2. The election is Tuesday, March 12. If no candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote, there will be a run-off on April 2 between the two top vote earners.

This special election will fill the seat of House 36 in Clay, Monroe and Lowndes counties. The vacancy was caused by the death of Rep. David Gibbs (D-West Point).

Here are notes on the campaign finance reports.

Jeannie Johnson Staten – Report - Raised: $0 - Spent: $635.23 - Cash On Hand: $0

Dr. Roderick Van Daniel - Report - Raised: $485 - Spent: $513.55 - Cash On Hand: $0 (-$28.55) - Notes: Disbursement of $386.55 for signs

Eddie Longstreet – Report - Raised: $3000 - Spent: $1500 - Cash On Hand: $1500 - Notes: Longstreet self-contributed the $3000 to his campaign and spent $738 on push cards, $397.56 on a newspaper advertisements and $300 on radio spots.

Karl M. Gibbs – Report - Raised: $0 - Spent: $0 - Cash On Hand: $0

Bobbie C. Davis – Report - Raised: $0 - Spent: $739 - Cash On Hand: $0

Jimmy Davidson – Report - Raised: $30 - Spent: $1725.55 - Cash On Hand: $0


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