Archive for September, 2013

Special Elections Update: Hattiesburg Mayor, Hinds Supervisors, more

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

(UPDATED 09/26/2013; 10/02/2013)

Here is a look at some of the special elections tomorrow and later this year that Mississippi politicos are keeping an eye on. The list is not comprehensive and does not include regularly scheduled elections.

Hattiesburg Mayor

Tomorrow, state political eyes are focused on the re-do election for mayor of Hattiesburg. Three-term incumbent Mayor Johnny Dupree (D) led major challenger David Ware (I) by 37 votes in the regular election which was thrown out by a judge following a mistrial in which Ware alleged voting irregularities.  Ware leads Dupree in fundraising $130K to $60K. Over 1500 new voters have registered to vote in this election. The Secretary of State will have observers in every precinct. The U.S. Department of Justice will also send monitors. And Hattiesburg has a new election commission in place.

Dupree was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2011 and the Democratic Party is throwing everything they have at winning this election.  State Democratic Chairman Rickey Cole issued a statement saying “Let me be crystal clear:  the Democratic Party is solidly unified behind our nominee Johnny DuPree, and anyone actively opposing his re-election is not and should not be considered a loyal Democrat.” However, Ware - who was a Republican when he served on the Hattiesburg City Council - has put together a coalition of “Democrats for Ware” announced at a recent rally.

UPDATED: Dupree won by 207 votes - DuPree 7512 to Ware 7305.

Hinds County Supervisor

Hinds County District 2 and District 4 Supervisor candidates are pushing folks to the polls for their primary elections tomorrow. A primary run-off will be conducted on October 8 if no candidate receives more than 50% in their respective primaries. The general election is November 5.

In Hinds 2, Democrats in the primary include: David Archie, Dorothy Benford, Bo Brown, Alberta Ross Gibson, Leon Jones, Gus McCoy, Darrel McQuirter, Willie Earl Robinson and Ted Williams. There is no Republican Primary in Hinds 2. Independent Alphonso “Al” Hunter is an independent and will be on the November 5 ballot with the Democratic nominee.

In Hinds 4, candidates in the Democratic Primary include: James “Lap” Baker, Jerry Hopkins and Michael Maldonado. Republican Primary candidates are Tony Greer and Alvin Woods.  Independents James Ira Duke and Dan Smith are not on the ballot tomorrow and will face the Democratic and Republican nominees on November 5.


District 2 - Darrel McQuirter & Willie Earl Robinson advance to Democratic run-off on Oct 8.
District 4 - James “Lap” Baker & Jerry Hopkins placed in the top two and would have advanced to Democratic run-off on Oct 8, but Hopkins dropped out and now it will be Baker and Mike Maldonado per JFP. Tony Greer won the GOP nomination.

Alabama 1st

The special election in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District is also tomorrow. Former Mississippi Republican Party staffer Wells Griffith is one of nine candidates in the Republican Primary; two candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination in this safe GOP district. Griffith managed Congressman Steven Palazzo’s 2010 primary campaign and then served as deputy chief of staff for the Republican National Committee. Polling places him 2nd or 3rd and observers expect a run-off with the top two candidates facing each other on November 5.

Updated: Wells Griffith finished fifth in the nine person race with 11% of the vote. Bradley Byrne (34.57%) and dean Young (22.95%) advance to the run-off.

Legislative Special Elections

Twelve candidates have so far qualified for the three special legislative elections coming up in November. The seats for House 5, House 55 and House 110 all opened up after the sitting Democratic legislators won election to become mayor of their respective hometowns. This will bring to nine the total number of special elections for the legislature this year. The special elections are nonpartisan but the districts all are safe Democratic seats.

Qualifying Deadline: October 7
Special Election: November 5
Potential Run-Off: November 26

Candidates who have qualified so far:

District 5

Arthur “Clyde” Ellzey
John Gary Faulkner
Jacqueline Simon
Robert Earl Young

District 55

Chris Green
Andrew W. Harrell
Joseph E. Williams, Jr.

District 110
Jeramey Anderson
Tyres Autrey
Mitch Ellerby
Aneice R. Liddell
Anne’ A. McMillion

Oktibbeha County Prosecutor

The special election for Oktibbeha County prosecutor will be held on November 5 with candidates Haley Brown, Brace Knox and Matt Wilson, according to the Starkville Daily News.

Noxubee County

Noxubee County will have a special election for circuit clerk (if not determined in the primary) and for southern district justice court judge on November 5.

UPDATE: Freda Phillips won the Democratic Nomination with 75% of the vote (without absentees Phillips 1774, Dickson 515, Jenkins 57) and faces independent Earnest Eichelberger on November 5.

School Board Special Elections

November 5 - Board of Trustees for North Panola School District

November 5 - Board of Education for Tate County School District

November 5 - Trustees for North Bolivar and West Bolivar School Districts

Speaker Gunn’s “Ideas Tour”

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is hosting his second statewide “Mississippi Solutions - an Ideas Tour” next month hitting Clinton, Clarksdale, Olive Branch, Oxford, Corinth, Starkville, Vicksburg, Natchez, Laurel and Pascagoula.

From his press release:

Mississippi Solutions—an Ideas Tour is a non-partisan town hall style meeting for all Legislators, citizens and the press.

“The purpose of these meetings is to get into communities and hear ideas Mississippians have for improving our State,” said Speaker Gunn. “Last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response. A variety of people from all different backgrounds attended these meetings and shared some of their biggest concerns and opinions regarding core issues most Mississippians grapple with daily.

“This year, I want to focus on how we can fix those problems,” he continued. “We hope to collect a lot of good information. However, we expect those who come to these meetings to tell us how they think these problems need to be solved. Let me know how you think your elected officials should be solving the issues that matter the most to you.”

Each meeting will last one hour.


Speaker Philip Gunn

MS Ideas Tour

October 7-10, 2013

Monday, October 7

8:00 a.m.—Clinton, Clinton Municipal Court

Address: 305 Monroe Street, Clinton, 39056

1:00 p.m.—Clarksdale, City Council Chambers

Address: 121 Sunflower Ave., Clarksdale, 38614

5:30 p.m.—Olive Branch, Municipal Court building (behind City Hall)

Address: 6900 Highland St., Olive Branch, 38654

Tuesday, October 8

9:00 a.m.—Oxford, Oxford Conference Center

Address: 102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford, MS, 38655

1:00 p.m.—Corinth, City Hall

Address: 300 Childs Street, Corinth, 38834

5:30 p.m.—Starkville, Hunter Henry Center, Mississippi State University (MSU)

Address: 1 Hunter Henry Blvd., MSU, 39762

Wednesday, October 9

9:00 a.m.—Vicksburg, Vicksburg Convention Center, Meeting Room 1

Address: 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 39183

5:30 p.m. Natchez, Natchez Convention Center, Room TBD

Address: 211 Main Street, Natchez, 39120

Thursday, October 10

8:00 a.m.—Laurel, Train Depot

Address: 230 North Maple St., Laurel

1:00 p.m.—Pascagoula, The Grand Magnolia

Address: 3604 Magnolia Street, Pascagoula, 39567

A Cochran challenge from Hosemann? Delbert says “No”

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Last week, the Clarion Ledger held a live chat with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (read it here). Most of the chat focused on policy issues from 16th Section Land to business to Voter-ID. But there were a few questions regarding Hosemann’s political future worth highlighting:

1:12 Comment From William: Are you going to run against Sen. Thad Cochran?

1:13 delbert hosemann: No

1:22 Comment From Guest: Will you run for re-election or seek a higher office?

1:23 delbert hosemann: too early to tell about that. i am fully involved with what i am doing now and i promise i am not bored any day i am in the capitol.

1:23 Comment From Guest: About 90% of the people you just profiled at the very front of the Blue Book are Republican donors or activists. The rest are political (like Dick Molpus and Rueben Anderson), represent large constituencies (Gen. Collins) or are connected to newspapers (Wyatt Emmerich and Socrates Garrett). You trying to lay the groundwork to run for something else?

1:25 delbert hosemann: no. all of them are hard working Mississippians and reflect the faces of Mississippi dispersed in the state and cover numerous types of businesses from furniture to timber.

1:29 Comment From Guest: Do you think the Tea Party has the potential to hurt Republicans?

1:29 delbert hosemann: No

1:30 Comment From Guest: Why don’t you say anything about yourself in your TV commercials other than your name?

1:31 delbert hosemann: Name id is important in any election. I have a record people can judge my position on the issues.

1:40 Comment From Bobby : I just want to tell you that I love your commercial with the little old lady. It is very refreshing to see a positive and funny campaign commercial. Where did you get the idea?

1:42 delbert hosemann: thank you. no one ever gets my name right. whenever i tell them my name they always say gilbert or something. so it was just a reflection of everyday occurance to me. it was meant to be positive.

1:49 Comment From Guest: Will you please run for governor? Or Senator

1:50 delbert hosemann: thank you. it is an honor to be considered for anything that important. i have a day job (and night sometimes) here and i am concentrating on that.

1:56 Comment From Guest: Will you PLEASE RUN FOR GOVERNOR!!!!!?????

1:56 delbert hosemann: see answer to aboove. and mom get off the chat line.

1:56 Comment From Guest: Thanks for having such a great sense of humor, Gilbert!!

Charlie Sullivan campaign songs

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I acquired another campaign album recently, this one from Charles Sullivan’s 1963 gubernatorial campaign.  Sullivan, a district attorney from Clarksdale, first ran for governor in 1959. He ran again in 1963 and lost to Paul B. Johnson, Jr.  In 1967 he ran for and won the office of lieutenant governor. In both those campaigns, he supported a local wet option when it came to liquor in Mississippi.

In 1971, he ran another time for governor and lost to Bill Waller.

He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1978 and lost in that Democratic Primary as well. 

Before all these campaigns, he was on the ballot for President of the United States in 1960 under the banner of the Constitution Party of Texas. It was during 1960 that Sullivan crossed Senator Jim Eastland for his support of the national Democrats and John Kennedy.  For the next two decades, that fight impacted Sullivan’s political campaigns. Sullivan was a general in the U.S. Air National Guard and served in World War II and Korea. He died in a plane crash in 1979.

The Charlie Sullivan for Governor campaign album from 1963 features a personal message on one side, and three songs on the other side: “S-U-L-L-I-V-A-N” by The Cee-Jays, “Sullivan’s The One” by The Mud Creek Three and “Sullivan’s for Me in ‘63″ by The Sullivan Singers.

Sullivan embraced entertainers on the campaign trail. Erle Johnston writes in “Politics: Mississippi Style” about the 1963 campaign and Sullivan:

About ten days before the first primary, Sullivan shocked his opponents and impressed the voters by drawing over 10,000 people to the Mississippi Coliseum at Jackson to hear him speak and enjoy the music of the George Jones band, as well as performances by the top male and female singers of the year. Charter buses brought people from all over the state. A friend of Sullivan’s, producer Lester Varnado of Nashville, arranged the program. Although the musicians performed without compensation, Varnado paid the local musicians union a fee based on what it would have received o nthe existing scale. Sullivan already had made political history with a giant parade that drew thousands of people to his home city of Clarksdale. Former Ole Miss and professional football star Charley Conerly was parade marshal.

Here is a previous post with campaign songs from Ross Barnett, John Bell Williams and Cliff Finch & here is a post with a couple of Jim Eastland songs.

Organizations promote safe medicines at panel discussion in Jackson Thursday

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Organizations Promote Safe Medicines for Patients, Healthcare Providers

Panel Discussion on Dangers of Counterfeit Drugs on Thursday

[UPDATE: Hear about the panel discussion on September 6th's "Mississippi Edition"]

The Partnership for Safe Medicines, the Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association and Just Advocacy are teaming up for a panel discussion on Thursday to promote safe medicine practices to prevent dangerous counterfeit drugs from getting in the hands of patients.

What:     Safe Medicines Panel Discussion

When:     Thursday, September 5, 2013: 3:30pm

Where:     Millsaps Cabot Lodge Executive Meeting Rooms (2375 North State Street, Jackson, Mississippi)

Who:     Shabir Saffdar, Partnership for Safe Medicines

Robert Dozier, Mississippi Independent Pharmacies Association

Mary Troupe, Just Advocacy of Mississippi

Invited:     Healthcare providers, elected officials, the public and open to the media

Details:     These organizations will discuss instances of counterfeit drugs in Mississippi, the dangers of counterfeit drugs to patients, how patients and healthcare providers can get safe and affordable medicines, and steps being taken to ensure patients receive reliable medications through the secure, FDA approved drug chain.

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