Archive for November, 2013

Election Results: House 5, House 110, Noxubee, Union & Indianola

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Here are some election results from House 5, House 110, Noxubee County, Union County and Indianola from yesterday’s votes.

Most interesting is the newly elected youngest member of the Mississippi House of Representatives - 21 year old college student Jeramey Anderson defeated former Moss Point mayor Aneice Liddell for House District 110. Anderson takes that distinction from Lataisha Jackson (House 11) who won her seat this past spring in another special election at age 29. According to the Mississippi Press Anderson is the youngest legislator elected “since Dirk Dedeaux won House District 93 in 1995 at age 23.”


House District 5 (Benton & Marshall Counties): John Gary Faulkner defeated Andre R. DeBerry (Story)

House District 110 (Jackson County): Jeramey Anderson defeated Aneice Liddell (Story & Story)

Noxubee County Justice Court Judge Southern District: Tim Gowan defeated Shirley Moore Blakley, pending absentees (Results)

Union County Coroner: Pam Borman defeated Rob Anderson (Story)

Indianola — Ward 3 Dem Primary Run-Off: Ruben Woods defeated Otis Anthony, Jr.; Ward 4 Dem Primary Run-Off: Dana Myrick defeated Willie Spurlock, Jr. (Post)

Voters in 7 MS counties at polls for run-offs today

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Voters in seven counties are at the polls today in run-off elections.  Here is a list of the two legislative seats and local races being decided today.

Benton & Marshall Counties - House District 5: Andre R. DeBerry & John Gary Faulkner

Jackson County - House District 110: Jeramey Anderson & Aneice Liddell

Holmes County Supervisor District 1: Leonard Hampton & Henry Anderson, Sr.

Noxubee County Justice Court Judge Southern District: Tim Gowan & Shirley Moore Blakley

Sunflower County School Board District 4: Daisy Morgan & Torey Bell, Sr.

Union County Coroner: Pam Borman & Rob Anderson

If I missed any, post them in the comments.

Catfish Policy: Cochran vs the Poo Poo Fish

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

The Farm Bill provision on the inspection of imported “catfish” from Vietnam by the USDA has drawn attention to Senator Thad Cochran’s efforts to support domestic catfish production which in Mississippi is our #7 top agricultural crop: $165 million a year industry with 180 operations covering 51,200 acres.

Opponents, like this post from the Weekly Standard, argue the FDA already inspects foreign imports of fish. This is a duplication of regulation and, they say, ” a protectionist racket.” Free Trade advocates would say this is an example of imposing rules to adjust the market in favor of domestic production over imports.

Liberal columnist Bill Minor writes about the issue this week.

So what’s the case for USDA inspections?

First, the FDA is not doing its job well. The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report stating the need for improved oversight and inspections by the FDA on imported seafood. (While the USDA already handles inspections for poultry and meat imported into the US, they have not yet been given the authority to safeguard seafood.)

Second, there are real concerns about the food safety of the imported “catfish” (not actually catfish but called basa, tra and swai and often sold in the US as catfish). Consider this case from Alabama in 2009:

The contaminated catfish products, which had slipped through the Food and Drug Administration’s weak safety net, tested positive for antibiotic Fluoroquinolones banned for use in fish or other seafood products sold in the United States because of the health and safety danger to consumers.

The Alabama laboratory test results announced last week found the high percentages of contamination among the catfish relatives imported from Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and China.

Among the two percent of seafood inspections conducted by the FDA in the first nine months of this year, authorities found Vietnamese basa – a catfish-like – contaminated with salmonella and illegal veterinary drugs, according to the FDA’s Import Refusals data base. But that is only a small sampling: Fully 98 percent of all seafood imports entering the United States from foreign countries are not inspected.

Other countries recognize the food safety issue of these imported fish.

Greece, Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have all banned the importation of Vietnamese basa and tra at various times in the last two years because of health and safety concerns ranging from shiploads of the Vietnamese fish which were infected by listeria monocyteogenes (one of the most virulent foodborne pathogens which can lead to death) to fish contaminated with harmful bacteria and reports of the fish being raised in water treated with malachite green, a carcinogenic chemical.

Third, the Department of Commerce last month determined that Vietnam has been violating the trade treaties regarding their fish exports. Concerns over free trade issues weaken when the other country is breaking the rules of free trade.

Finally, there is the condition these fish are raised in. Some of the fisheries literally have public toilets over the fram pools for the fish to consume waste. That is part of the reason they’re hopped up on antibiotics. When I worked in Washington and we worked on this issue, we commonly referred to these imports as “poo-poo fish.” Not an elegant description; but it also describes the vast difference in standards between these fish raised in Asia and those in regulated American/Mississippi farms.

So for many conservatives the question comes down to two things: Should the USDA do what the FDA is already doing? Should steps be taken to interfere in free (international) markets?

The USDA inspects US catfish production and applies its standards to domestic fish. The FDA is failing to adequately inspect fish imports.  I don’t argue that the FDA and USDA should both be doing inspections, but at least the USDA should do it instead of the FDA.

This is not a true free market. The imported fish are marketed as catfish; but they are not catfish. (In Mississippi, we require that distinction to be made.) The imported fish do not meet the same safety or workforce standards as our domestic catfish producers, so they do not face the same costs and thus benefit from a corrupted market. And the countries exporting the fish have been determined to have violated trade rules.

Opponents of this Farm Bill provision criticize Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran for his efforts to correct these problems.  Cochran’s efforts are supported by catfish producers here in Mississippi.

I stand with Cochran; I stand against the poo-poo fish.

21 year old college student takes on Dem establishment; finance reports for MS House 5, 110

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

On Tuesday, November 26, voters in House District 5 (Benton, Marshall counties) and House District 110 (Jackson County) will choose their legislators in run-off special elections.  Both seats came open when the former legislators ran and won mayor of their home towns.  Here is a look at the pre-election finance reports filed by the four candidates. The reports cover October 27 through November 16. (Here is a post on the previous round of reports prior to the first election.)

The House 110 seat is very interesting pitting a 21 year old college student Jeramey Anderson against former Moss Point mayor Aneice Liddell. Anderson led the first election with 902 votes to Liddell’s 634 votes.  The two advanced to this run-off over three other candidates (including a former state representative). If Anderson wins, he will be the youngest legislator in Mississippi, taking that distinction from Lataisha Jackson (House 11) who won her seat this past spring in another special election at age 29. According to the Mississippi Press Anderson would be the youngest legislator elected “since Dirk Dedeaux won House District 93 in 1995 at age 23.”

Anderson has barely outraised Liddell but Liddell has outspent Anderson and she also has the help of the Democratic establishment including contributions by Jackson County Supervisor Melton Harris (who has served as Jackson County Democratic Chairman and also Vice-Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party) and former Mississippi CFO under Governor Ronnie Musgrove, Gary Anderson. Brad Chism is consulting for Liddell.

Anderson received $500 each from the Mississippi Association of Educators and former New England Patriots Superbowl champion Terrell Buckley. His only disbursements listed are for robo-calls from Voice Broadcasting in Arlington, Texas.

In House District 5, DeBerry led the first vote with 959 votes followed by Faulkner with 587 votes. They defeated five other candidates. DeBerry is the former mayor of Holly Springs and per the Daily Journal, Faulkner is a youth court counselor in Marshall County.

House District 5

Andre DeBerry
Raised this period: $1300
Raised year to date: $1300
Spent this period: $808.20
Spent year to date: $1985.95
Cash-On-Hand: $0

John Faulkner
Raised this period: $400
Raised year to date: $1360
Spent this period: $524
Spent year to date: 1890
Cash-On-Hand: $0

House 110

Jeramey D. Anderson
Raised this period: $1775
Raised year to date: $7884.74
Spent this period: $1102.28
Spent year to date: $5908.44

Aneice R. Liddell
Raised this period: $4300
Raised year to date: $7218
Spent this period: $3505.62
Spent year to date: $6202.62
Cash-On-Hand: $1015.38

LLC gives more details on McDaniel-Hosemann dust-up on vote history

Friday, November 15th, 2013

The Laurel Leader Call has more details on the dust-up involving state Senator Chris McDaniel’s voting record and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s staffer who went to get more information on it. The story was first reported by Geoff Pender in the Clarion Ledger. McDaniel has announced he will run for U.S. Senate in 2014, the seat currently held by Senator Thad Cochran who has not yet announced whether he will run for reelection. Hosemann is expected to run if Cochran chooses not to run.

The Laurel Leader Call reports it wasn’t just McDaniel’s voting records which were requested, and also that Hosemann said the Clarion Ledger had requested the information:

Upchurch filed a request for the voting record of McDaniel, retired federal Judge Charles Pickering, State Auditor Stacey Pickering, and state Reps. Gary Staples and Bobby Shows.

Gavin said the man making the request first identified himself to his staff as “a concerned citizen,” but when Garvin asked for the request in writing, the contact information was for Nathan Upchurch, who works for the Secretary of State.

Hosemann said that The Clarion-Ledger requested McDaniel’s records from his office, and they showed that he voted Democrat when Haley Barbour, Amy Tuck, Tate Reeves and Stacey Pickering were running in the Republican Primary and that he didn’t vote in the presidential election in 2004 or the Republican Primary in 2008.

McDaniel told the Clarion Ledger he “absolutely” voted in the Republican Primary.

“I have never voted in a Democratic primary. I’ve only missed a couple of votes in my life, like when I had the flu. … That’s just people being desperate and tacky. I don’t remember voting ever in a Democratic primary. … I was absolutely voting in the Republican primary. I remember Haley (Barbour) was running for governor against a lawyer in Jackson.”

But he didn’t rule out the possibility he voted in the Democratic Primary when he spoke to the Laurel Leader Call.

“Back then, almost all local races here were decided in the Democratic Primary,” he said. “To participate in the process, you had to cross over if you wanted to vote for sheriff, superintendent, supervisor, district attorney….It doesn’t mean you’re not a Republican.”

In 2003, except for the statewide and district wide candidates, of which there were many, the only local Republican Primary race on the ballot in McDaniel’s home precinct was that of Senate District 42 in which Pickering was in a three-way race. Notably, that is the seat McDaniel would run for as a Republican four years later. County-wide races were largely contested in the Democratic Primary.

In the Laurel paper, McDaniel blamed “establishment” Republicans for discussing his voting record.

“The establishment [Republicans] are circling the wagons to protect Thad…and protect each other,” McDaniel said. “This shows how desperate they are to hold on to power.”

McDaniel campaign manger Keith Plunkett accused Hosemann of “illegal” tactics by using a staff member from the Secretary of State’s Office to do “opposition research.” Hosemann responded that the staff member had taken a leave day so was not on the taxpayer’s time and not working in his official capacity.

“The real question is why doesn’t Chris want people looking at his voting record?” Hosemann said. “His real issues is his voting record, not whether someone was looking at records that are open and available to the public.”

Recap of MS special elections - legislature & counties

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Mississippi Legislature

House District 5 - (Run-Off on Nov. 26) Andre R. DeBerry and John Gary Faulkner (Article)
House District 55 - Oscar Denton (Article)
House District 110 - (Run-Off on Nov. 26) Jeramey Anderson and Aneice Liddell (Article)

County Elections

Carroll County School Board Beat 2 - Donnie Wiltshire defeated Dollinda Malone (Results)
Hinds County Supervisor District 2 - Darrel McQuirter (D) defeated Al Hunter (I)
Hinds County Supervisor District 4 - Tony Greer (R) defeated James Baker (D), Dan Smith (I), James Ira Duke (I)
Holmes County Supervisor District 1 - Leonard Hampton and Henry Anderson, Sr. in Run-Off (Results)
Humpreys County Superintendent of Education - Elliot Wheeler defeated Samuel Johnson (Results)
Itawamba County Prosecutor - Chip Mills defeated Cassi Franks (Article)
Jasper County Election Commissioner Beat 1 - Linda Graham defeated Albert Dixon (Results)
Jasper County School District 3-W - Jefferson Hughes defeated Keith Barlow (Results)
Jefferson Davis County Constable Post 1 - Zack Jackson (D) defeated James Allen Allday (D) (Results)
Noxubee County Circuit Clerk - Freda Phillips (D) defeated Earnest Eichelberger (I) (Post)
Noxubee County Justice Court Judge - Tim Gowan and Shirley Moore Blakley in Run-Off (Post)
Oktibbeha County Prosecutor - Haley Brown defeated Matthew Wilson and Brace Knox (Article)
Pike County School Board District 3 - Luke Lampton defeated Rose Simmons (Results)
Tate County School Board - Results

(North Panola School District also had elections but I haven’t seen those results posted yet. Did I miss anyone?)


North Bolivar School District & West Bolivar School District - Results/Article

Sunflower County School Board:

District 1 - Emma Modley Golden won by 265 to 186

District 2 - Edward Thomas won by 300+

District 3 - Debra B. Johnson won by 196+

District 4 - Daisy Morgan (271 votes) will have a run off with Torey Bell, Sr. (227)

District 5 - Melanie Townsend won by 230 votes

MS House 5, 55, 110 special election finance reports

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Among the special elections in Mississippi tomorrow are three contests for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Each vacancy is the result of a legislator running for and winning election as mayor of his respective hometown necessitating resignation from the legislature: Kelvin Buck in Holly Springs (Dist. 5), George Flaggs Jr. in Vicksburg (Dist. 55) and Billy Broomfield in Moss Point (Dist. 110).

Campaign finance reports from the 17 candidates report a combined cash raised of $31,665.35 and total spent $33,951.56. The most reported raised was by Jeramey Anderson ($6109.74) and the most spent was Mitch Ellerby ($5317.94) both in House District 110.

While House 5 has the most candidates at seven, it reports the least amount raised ($5733) and spent ($8443.69). The five House 110 candidates have raised ($16,038.35) and spent ($14,717.35) the most. House 55 also has five candidates (raised $9894; spent $10,790.52).

The pre-election report covers the campaign through October 26. Run-off candidates are required to file a subsequent report on November 19 covering October 27 through November 16 before the November 26th Run-Off.

Here are individual totals and links to their reports filed with the Secretary of State.

House 5

Daylon Cannon – Raised $2300 – Spent $1488.96 – Cash On Hand $711.04

Andre’ R. De’Berry – Raised $0 – Spent $1177.75 – Cash On Hand $0

Arthur Clyde Ellzey
- Raised $1295 – Spent $1100 – Cash On Hand $195

John Faulkner – Raised $960 – Spent $1366 – Cash On Hand $0

Lee Edward Gill – Raised $0 – Spent $1526.78

Jacqueline Simon – Raised $258 – Spent $258 – Cash On Hand $0

Robert Earl Young – Raised $920 – Spent $1526.20 – Cash On Hand $0

House 55

Oscar Denton – Raised $5228 – Spent $1954.46 – Cash On Hand $1954.46
*State Senator Deborah Dawkins contributed $300

Chris Green – Raised $3625 – Spent $2837.25 – Cash On Hand $787.75

Andrew W. Harrell – Raised $0 – Spent $5011.81

Marie Thompson – Raised $991 – Spent $787 – Cash On Hand $204

Joseph E. Williams, Jr. – Raised $50 – Spent $200 – Cash On Hand $0

House 110

Jeramey Anderson – Raised $6109.74 – Spent $4806.16 – Cash On Hand $1303.58

Tyres Autrey – Raised $1292.67 – Spent $1496.25 – Cash On Hand $0

Mitch Ellerby – Raised $5317.94 – Spent $5317.94

Aneice R. Liddell – Raised $2918 – Spent $2697 – Cash On Hand $221

Anne’ A. McMillion – Raised $400 – Spent $400 – Cash On Hand $0

“J.P.’s The Man” & more campaign songs

Friday, November 1st, 2013

I’ve added to my collection of campaign albums of which I’ve mainly focused on Mississippi campaigns. So I’m excited to have added “JP’s The Man” from J.P. Coleman. Coleman served in the MS House of Representatives, as a circuit court judge, on the Mississippi Supreme Court, as MS Attorney General, MS Governor and as a justice on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He ran for governor twice: successfully in 1955, and unsuccessfully in 1963.

“J.P.’s The Man” was written and performed by Mississippian Jimmy Gilreath who saw some commercial success as a singer and songwriter. Per Wikipedia, in 1963, he released “Little Band of Gold” on Statue Records of Tupelo, Mississippi. It reached #21 on the U.S. pop chart and #19 on the R&B chart and #29 on the UK Singles Chart and was covered by Whispering Bill Anderson, Vince Hill, Boots Randolph, The Hep Stars, The Tennessee Guitars, Paul Martin and was #5 hit on the country music chart in 1975 for Sonny James. Gilreath’s “Why Not Tonight” reached #5 on the R&B charts for Jimmy Hughes in 1967.

From Alabama comes “Bill Baxley Theme (He Is The Man Bill Baxley)” and “I’ll Fly Away” (on which the candidate Bill Baxley sings) from Baxley’s 1978 gubernatorial campaign. Baxley was elected Attorney General at age 27 and served two terms before running for governor in 1978. He lost but was elected lieutenant governor in 1982. Baxley was an aggressive prosecutor of the Ku Klux Klan. The record was pressed by Break Time Music and the songs performed by Lower Forty Grass.

George Wallace, Governor of Alabama, ran for President of the United states in 1968 on the American Independent Party ticket. This album pressed by Red White & Blue Records of Fort Worth, Texas, features the “Wallace Cannonball” and the “American Party Song” both performed by Chuck Aherns & The Cannonballs. You know you have a problem when your campaign song has the words “a racist he is not” as one of the lines.

Jan McCall performed “Let’s Carry Barry to the White House” on this 1964 presidential campaign album pressed by RJM Records of Los Angeles, California for Republican Barry Goldwater. Here is some background from McCall on how the song came about. Also, the Library of Congress has this archive of other presidential songs.

Here are some previous posts with other historic campaign songs.

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