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MS Republican leaders praise Cochran’s decision

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Mississippi Republican elected officials - so of whom were likely candidates if he did not run for re-election - are praising Senator Thad Cochran’s decision to seek reelection. Governor Phil Bryant, US Senator Roger Wicker, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Congressmen Gregg Harper, Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee have all announced their support of Senator Thad Cochran. Quite a line-up and several have enjoyed Tea Party support in the past, which does not bode well for Cochran’s primary challenger, state Senator Chris McDaniel.

Governor Phil Bryant:

“Deborah and I are pleased to hear of Thad’s intention to seek reelection. Sen. Cochran is a pioneer of the Mississippi Republican Party and has been instrumental in helping with my efforts to grow the economy and provide jobs for thousands of Mississippians. After Hurricane Katrina, Thad dedicated his time and influence to our state’s recovery efforts as we rebuilt from the nation’s largest natural disaster. Our state has benefited from Sen. Cochran’s leadership for over three decades. In today’s political environment, we need this experience for Mississippi’s future.”

US Senator Roger Wicker:

“I am delighted that Senator Cochran has decided to run for another term in the U.S. Senate. The people of Mississippi need his experience and proven conservative leadership more than ever. Thad’s work on behalf of Mississippi is a testament to his selfless dedication to our state and its future. He has my full support.”

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves:

“I am glad Senator Cochran is running for re-election and I, like thousands of Mississippians, had encouraged him to do so. He is the father of the conservative Republican takeover of Mississippi, and his wisdom will be an asset to the conservative cause as long as he serves. We as Republicans have a major fight in Washington to unwind the Obama agenda in the next six years, and we need our best minds on the job. I hope all Republicans will rally behind Thad Cochran.”

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann:

“From the Natchez Trace to the agriculture research in the Mississippi Delta, from Katrina Recovery on the Coast to the University Medical Center, Mississippians do not need to go far to see the work Senator Cochran has accomplished for our State.  I look forward to supporting his reelection.”

State Auditor Stacey Pickering:

“Congratulations to Senator Thad Cochran in his decision to seek re-election.  I look forward to his continued service to the great state of Mississippi.  Senator Cochran has been the epitome of an honorable statesman and we are better off because of his service.”

Congressman Gregg Harper:

“Sidney and I are absolutely thrilled about Thad’s decision to seek reelection to the U.S. Senate. A true statesman, Senator Cochran has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. Thad has my family’s full support. And Mississippi needs his leadership in the U.S. Senate now more than ever.”

Congressman Alan Nunnelee:

“Thad Cochran’s decision to run for re-election is fantastic news. His steady leadership has helped guide our nation through good times and bad. He never wavers from his principles and always puts Mississippi first. As the first Republican to win statewide office since the end of Reconstruction, he paved the way for the Mississippi GOP, and we are all standing on his broad shoulders. Senator Cochran has consistently carried the conservative banner, and during these difficult times we need his strong voice more than ever.”

Congressman Steven Palazzo:

“During my time in office, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Senator Cochran on a variety of issues critical to South Mississippi - from the RESTORE Act and supporting our shipbuilding industry to flood insurance reform.  He has lived a life of service from his time in the U.S. Navy to his leadership after Katrina and beyond. With our nation facing difficult challenges, Mississippi is fortunate for his leadership and statesmanship.  I welcome his decision to run for a seventh term.”

State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef has also given his thoughts:

“For years Senator Cochran has been a dedicated public servant and fine conservative leader for the Republican Party, Mississippi, and the country. We thank him for his invaluable service and congratulate him on seeking re-election. We look forward to working tirelessly to ensure Mississippi does its part to keep this seat in Republican hands and help Republicans win control of the US Senate in 2014.”

RR: Various topics - Confederate Memorial Day, Comedy Central, MSGOP Switch & History, ObamaCare Reviewed

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

No, those four subjects don’t have that much in common, except that they were all topics of recent columns. Briefly, here they are, all in the Madison County Journal.

Should Mississippi celebrate Confederate Memorial Day? Issues trump historical debates

Why did an American network edit a program about Muhammad? Comedy Central bends to extremists

What growth has the MSGOP experienced since 1963? GOP celebrates switch and history

What impact will ObamaCare have on patients, doctors, employers, and state budgets? ObamaCare examined

RR: Gov Barbour and Jobs; Recessions and Advertising; Voter ID Gets Signatures

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Time to play catch up on a few more of my recent columns.

In January, Governor Haley Barbour called a business roundtable to discuss his job creating priorities for the legislative session. He discussed job training and how despite a recession, Mississippi can still create new high-paying jobs. He expressed his opposition to tax amnesty and tax increases. You can read the column at the Madison County Journal Online: Perry / Barbour’s business roundtable

In April of last year, the New Yorker ran a great piece on how businesses can position themselves to grow during a recession as their competitors shrink, and be prepared for strategic expansion following a recession. People can do that, too, and many are using these uncertain times to get additional education or training, or to start their own businesses. I wrote about that and my own job prospects and you can read it in the Madison County Journal: Perry / Growing during a recession

Finally, the Mississippi Republican Party and the Personhood Initiative appear to have done something that only twice has succeeded before: collected enough signatures to have an issue placed on the ballot in Mississippi. I wrote about both and the other pending initiatives in the Madison County Journal: Perry / Success of voter ID drive

RR: Dems join GOP

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

During the Clinton Years (1993-2000) Republicans very effectively contrasted the differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. Newt Gingrich and Haley Barbour used that contrast in politics and ideas to capture the Congress for Republicans for the first time in forty years. And the Republican National Committee worked to translate those differences down to street level - where all politics is local.  The RNC kept a running total of Democratic elected officials who switched to the GOP from constable to congressman and that list grew to more than 440.

Last week, six elected Democrats in Mississippi switched to the Republican Party including a district attorney over four counties, and the Simpson County sheriff. This brings to the total of seven elected Democrats switching to the GOP in Mississippi since the innauguration of President Barack Obama.  It is time for the RNC to start counting again.

You can read about these switchers and what it means, if anything, for the Democrats online at the Madison County Journal: Perry / Dems join GOP

RR: Mississippi House 82 Special Election in Meridian

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

In a week and a half, Meridian voters in House District 82 will turn out for a special election runoff to fill the seat vacated by the death of Representative Charles Young, Sr. My column looks at the campaign. Here are some excerpts:

Wilbert Jones (41 percent) and Bill Marcy (33 percent) will face each other in a June 30 run-off election.

Jones has been director of the Greater Meridian Health Clinic for two decades; Marcy is a retired law enforcement officer.

Early on, Speaker Billy McCoy and the House Democrats chose Wilbert Jones to carry their banner in the race and The House Democratic Leadership VPAC contributed to his campaign. His largest contributor was the “Campaign to Elect Charles Young, Sr.,” which followed the Young family’s endorsement of his candidacy.

After the first election, Democratic Chairman Jamie Franks wrote in an e-mail to his party’s activists, “”I’m proud to join with the Democratic leadership of the Mississippi House of Representatives in supporting Wilbert Jones” and noted that Jones would continue the Young legacy.

Meanwhile Gov. Haley Barbour, the Mississippi Republican Party, and the Lauderdale County Republican Party all supported and contributed to Bill Marcy’s campaign.

Last year, Marcy ran in the GOP primary for Mississippi’s Third District Congressman. He entertained a run for city office earlier this year before withdrawing and assisting Republican nominee Cheri Barry, whom voters just elected Meridian’s first female mayor.

Marcy’s efforts and the Republican support make the story of this campaign.

District 82 in no way resembles a Republican district. For the GOP, Treasurer Tate Reeves came the closest to winning the district in 2007 with 49.1 percent of the vote, followed closely by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant that same year with 49 percent. Meanwhile, Al Hopkins on the same ballot for Attorney General only pulled 28.5 percent for Republicans.

“In a strict partisan fight, this district would be difficult for any Republican candidate,” said Mississippi Republican Party Executive Director Cory Adair. “But Bill Marcy is an exceptional, hard working candidate. His conservative values with an independent spirit make him a good fit for the district and if he is able to turn out his supporters on June 30, he could stage an upset.”

An upset it would be. Marcy would be the first Republican who is black to join the House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Currently, with Young’s passing last month and February’s party-switch by Representative Billy Nicholson to the GOP, there are 72 Democrats and 49 Republicans in the House.

The Jones and Marcy campaigns have two weeks to persuade voters and encourage supporters. A Jones win maintains McCoy’s support in the House. A Marcy win gives the Republican’s 50 votes and an historic victory.

You can read the full column online at the Madison County Journal. I don’t pick the titles of the column and it refers to another portion of the column that discusses how the NAACP fought against Marcy and demanded he drop out of the race: Perry / Attacking black Republicans

RR: GOP’s Yerger honored

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

As the May 12 Republican Pioneer Dinner honoring Wirt Yerger approached, I was fortunate to spend some time and get to know better Mr. Yerger.  I wrote about him and the dinner this week and here are a few excerpts:

I first met Wirt Yerger, Jr. in 1999. I was political director at the Mississippi Republican Party and there were two desks in my office. One was a very functional, large, circa late 1950s metal desk. Its broad top was perfect to support the computer, printer, and workspace holding the Republican voter databases and used to generate walk lists and voter target materials.

Yerger walked into my office and introduced himself. I recognized him from his picture on the wall. He was the MSGOP’s first chairman serving from 1956 until 1966: an Eisenhower Republican. He had come by, I think, to see the new building. The Party had just moved from rented offices at the corner of Tombigbee and South State Street to a purchased building on the corner of Yazoo and Congress Street in Jackson.

We spoke and he looked over at the voter file desk and remarked that was his desk when he was chairman. The Party had new digital phones, but the main line number (601-948-5191) were the same digits secured by Yerger when he opened the first Republican Party office.

Ten years later, I have been privileged to get to know Yerger and his family better.

On May 12, a thousand Republicans from five decades packed the Jackson Marriott to honor Yerger as founder of the modern Mississippi Republican Party, and to salute him as “Chairman Emeritus.” Many guests called the dinner more a family reunion than fundraiser.

Speakers recounted the opposition faced by Yerger in creating the Republican Party: character attacks, public ridicule, even death threats. Barbour said the reason was simple, “race.” The white power structure in the Democratic Party feared a Republican Party would split the white vote in Mississippi. Yerger was more concerned with conservative principles that had no home with the Democrats than race, and when asked by a television reporter in 1964 if blacks were welcome in the Mississippi Republican Party, Yerger answered, “If they’re conservative, they are.”

I think inordinately about that desk in the office: strong, steady, enduring and supporting the tools and resources the Republican Party uses to win elections. It is still there.

Cory Adair, the current political director of the Mississippi Republican Party, uses it. There are pictures of Yerger at Republican headquarters: one as chairman, now one as chairman emeritus, and soon to be a group shot from the dinner with everyone living who has served as chairman from Yerger in 1956 to White today. But in my mind, that desk is the most fitting tribute to Yerger: still solid and sturdy, and still working to elect Republicans.

You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry / GOP’s Yerger honored

Mississippi Republicans Honor Yerger

Monday, May 11th, 2009

The Mississippi Republican Partywill be honoring their founding chairman and now Chairman Emeritus Wirt Yerger. Tomorrow, the Mississippi Republican State Central Committee, Governor Barbour, Lieutenant Governor Bryant, legislators and more will gather at GOP HQ for their quarterly meeting and to honor Yerger.

Then tomorrow night at the Jackson Marriott, a thousand Republicans including all the statewide Republican elected officials, all the living former Mississippi Republican chairmen, legislators, county chairmen, and GOP pioneers will gather at the Jackson Mariott for a dinner recognizing and honoring Yerger’s life and service.

Haley Barbour and the RNC Chairman’s race

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

This week’s Reasonably Right discusses the race for RNC Chairman. The Chairman will be chosen at the RNC meeting next weekend (Jan 29-31).

Six declared Republicans seek the chairmanship: Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson, incumbent RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, former Maryland Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, and former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chip Saltsman. Saltsman’s campaign has vanished: a disappearing trick performed by the “Barack the Magic Negro” satire controversy.

There are 168 RNC members so 85 votes will win.

Mississippi has three votes for chairman. Republican National Committeeman Henry Barbour and Mississippi Chairman Brad White are voting for Dawson of South Carolina. Mississippi’s Republican National Committeewoman Cindy Phillips of Madison is supporting Duncan.

In 1993, Haley Barbour was elected on the third round of balloting. At publication, tallies at showed Duncan leading with 23 endorsements, Anuzis and Steele in second with 14 pledges each, Dawson with 13 commitments and Blackwell with 12 supporters.  [Those numbers have already changed.]

In a couple of e-mails to the members, supporters of Duncan have invoked Governor Haley Barbour’s - a former successful national chairman - name as if to somehow link his name to the Duncan camp. But Barbour has said he is not for or against anyone, but that he questions the symbolism of maintaing the status quo.

Henry Barbour elaborated to this column his uncle’s meaning of symbolism, “It’s not about whose fault it is, it’s about moving forward. Our leadership in congress did not change. If we do not change the leadership of the party, what does that say to the electorate? It says we didn’t hear you.”

Henry Barbour continued, “I like Mike Duncan personally, but this can’t be about personal friendships. It’s about getting back on the right track. We’ve got to make a change: a real change and the perception of change. We can’t do that with the same chairman. The symbolism and the substance are very important. After a season of catastrophic defeat, you might like your coach and he might be a good coach, but to keep him invites further disaster.”

White, who also endorsed Dawson, had this to say of the Duncan campaign.  “It’s a simple question of effectiveness,” White said.  “Mike Duncan, while a fine person, can no longer be effective.  Perception alone has killed him.  Let there be no mistake, we are at war over the heart and soul of America.  The Republican Party must elect a leader who can communicate our message to the American people in a manner that will resonate.  Duncan has proven he cannot do that,” said White.

The chairman’s election next weekend will determine the tactical and operational direction of the national Republican party. “It’s no secret that the Republican brand has real problems,” Henry Barbour said, “and I can’t imagine going back to our grassroots and telling them that the National Committee decided to keep our same leadership.”

You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry/The Republicans have problems

Mississippi Republicans challenge election shenanigans

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The Mississippi Republican Party made waves last week when it amended a lawsuit against the Leflore County Election Commission and the precinct manager of Leflore’s Southeast Greenwood Precinct. The GOP alleges voters were instructed on how to vote and whom to vote for at the machines, that ballots were removed from the voting area, and that authorized poll watchers were denied proper observing distance. I write about it in last week’s Reasonably Right. Here are some excerpts:

Shortly before the election, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood in a memo reminded election officials: “Only voters who are: 1) blind, 2) physically disabled, or 3) cannot read or write are eligible to receive voter assistance and then, only after the voter has verbally requested such assistance.

Republican witnesses claim the voters in question were without apparent disability, walked without assistance as though they were not blind, and did not request assistance.

If the Republican poll watchers are right, then if the voters were illiterate, they were also telepathic.

The GOP claims the some voters never spoke at the voting machine to ask or direct the person assisting them on their choices. Instead, witnesses claim the “assistors” pointed at names and told voters to “vote for that one” and “vote for him.”

Republican poll watchers say voters were told to vote for Ronnie Musgrove for Senate because he is the Democrat (the special Senate election between Musgrove and Roger Wicker had no partisan identifiers on the ballot). They say at other times, these “assistors” simply instructed, “the first one, the first one, the first one” on the ballot that listed Democratic candidates first. The GOP claims ballots were even removed from the voting area.

A Secretary of State memo [you can read the memo linked at this post at Y'all Politics] obtained by Republicans through an open records request and shared with the press, suggests the identity of two of the “assistors” is tied to a local school board race.

Republican poll watchers claim they repeatedly reported these violations to the poll manager but they say she ignored or failed to act and became angry.

One Republican poll watcher said Gail Griggs, the poll manager named in the lawsuit, told him she thought these voters were all legally using their right to assistance.

The lawsuit asks the court to issue a writ of mandamus to bind the defendants and their successors to properly execute their responsibilities in future elections. Because the GOP’s original suit, filed the day of the election, was not acted on in time to affect the conduct of the election, the Republicans maintain this suit is necessary because the misdeeds are “capable of repetition, yet evading review” in future election without action.

You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: PERRY/GOP challenges election shenanigans

The Republican Press Conference gathered a good deal of attention. You can view the whole press conference below.

Here is an additional interview with GOP Chairman Brad White from WAPT-16.

On the day of the election, the Greenwood Commonwealth sent a reporter to the Southeast Greenwood Precinct to investigate reports coming out of it. He spoke to the poll manager and witnesses say after he left, things got a little better. The Commonwealth wrote about the lawsuit and it has solicited some passionate local comments. The Clarion Ledger, the Associated Press, and the Jackson Free Press reported on it as well.

The blog Right of Mississippi asks what will the defense argue and sugests they should, “just agree to the suit without admitting their misdeeds. After all, who doesn’t want fair elections? That question will be answered by how the Leflore County Election Commission and the precinct manager’s lawyers respond. If they fight against this, they are fighting against fair and legal elections. They will be fighting for illegal activities at the polling place.

And you can watch the WLBT/WTOK report on the lawsuit here.

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