Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bryant’


State of the State Word Clouds

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Here is your annual word clouds post from the State of the State.  On top is Governor Phil Bryant’s State of the State address and the Democratic response by Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman is on bottom.


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.”


State of the State Word Clouds

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Last year I generated word clouds of the first State of the State of each Governor Musgrove, Governor Barbour and Governor Bryant (here). This year, here are a couple of word clouds from Governor Bryant’s second State of the State Address (top) along with the Democratic response (bottom). I know the column to the right obstructs the view of the word cloud, but if you click on the cloud you’re interested in you can see it fully.


Vote Reavill or The Devil

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

In Mississippi, Personhood Amendment opponents criticized Governor Phil Bryant during his campaign for suggesting if the Personhood Amendment failed, then “Satan wins.”

But a candidate in the Republican Primary for a state House seat in North Carolina has taken such rhetoric to the next level - his yard signs. I snapped this photograph while visiting MerleFest in Wilkesboro.

“This is your choice: Reavill or the Devil. NC House”

It turns out, John Reavill is not calling his opponents the Devil, but rather the state of things…and it helps people know, he says, how to pronounce his name. Here are his thoughts and those of his opponents on the sign as reported by the North Wilkesboro Record:

One interesting aspect of the 94th N.C. House District race is Reavill’s campaign signs which state: “It is your choice Reavill or the Devil for N.C. House.”

Reavill said he had the signs made for the 2008 race after he filed to run for the office. Neither Goudreau or Elmore ran in that race.

“The signs are referring to the devil in the sense of how things are going, not in any one individual,” Reavill said. “It also rhymes with my name. It’s a way to teach people how to say my name.”

About the signs, Elmore said, “Politics is politics. You put something out like that in the public realm, people will judge it for themselves. I don’t like seeing things like that, but it is what it is at this point.

Still, Elmore says he feels good about the race. “We’re trying to run a very positive campaign. I feel like my opponents have tried to be more negative and take light off the issues.

Goudreau said, “I don’t think the signs have any reference to either me or Jeff Elmore. Mr. Reavill is wanting to go to Raleigh and fight the devil which he sees as bureaucracy.”

Speaking as a campaign professional I’ll say one thing about his signs. I noticed them 700 miles from home. North Carolinians are early voting now, the election is May 8.


State of the State - Word Clouds: Musgrove, Barbour, Bryant

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Following Governor Phil Bryant’s first State of the State I took a look at Governor Haley Barbour’s first SOTS as well as Governor Ronnie Musgrove’s first SOTS. I turned the three into word clouds and excluded a few terms that were often repeated (Mississippi, Mississippi’s, Mississippians, state). I’ll post which is which later.


Todd Wade & The State Board of Election Commissioners

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the removal of Senate District 9 Republican nominee Todd Wade from the general election ballot by the State Board of Election Commissioners.  The short the column is Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann questioned whether or not Wade was a qualified elector of Mississippi for four years. No one could prove that he wasn’t; but he could not prove to the satisfaction of Hosemann and Attorney General Jim Hood that he was. My take on the matter was that regardless of whether he was or was not, the time period to challenge him on that matter had already passed according to legislative statute and the SBEC did not have the authority to violate that statue.  The SBEC argued they had done it before, so they could do it again. You can read the full column in the Madison County Journal: Dem’s hosing of Todd Wade.

Here are some more rough notes I made while writing the column.  I don’t pretend to suggest they’re complete thoughts or even complete sentences.  But they are ideas or information I couldn’t squeeze into the column.  These were not my first SBEC meetings to attend (they are open to the public), but I always learn something new.  Sometimes they would be great events for a civics teacher to bring students to observe (although I do suggest you check first to make sure there is room). For example, I have been at their meetings before when they have removed candidates and thought nothing of it.  But then I had not heard before the argument and seen the law that Wade’s lawyers presented, and I think they made their case that the action of the SBEC violated state law.

NOTES

Notes from 9/13/2001 noon meeting:

Court reporter present: requested by Hood and arranged by Hosemann. Court reporter transcribed the full meeting.

There was some dispute over when Wade was notified that his qualifications would be challenged at the September 9 meeting. He claims his first notification from Hosemann’s office was the day of the meeting but fortunately he had heard about the challenge through other channels and so was already on his way to Jackson from Oxford when they called.  Hosemann’s staff claims Wade was called on September 7; although Wade disputes the nature of the conversation.  Either way, both dates clearly fall after the September 2 window described by state law.

Hosemann’s staff argued the SBEC does not fall under the Administrative Procedures Act because the legislature has not specifically given it the authority to make rules.  Wade’s attorneys argued the statute generally gives the SBEC the authority and the position argued by Hosemann would “gut the Administrative Procedure Act.” When asked by Wade’s team whether the Attorney General’s Office agreed, Hood testily responded out of what appeared to be anger or frustration that he didn’t have to answer because his clients are state employees and that is who he gives opinions to and Wade’s lawyers are not his clients. Then settling down he said that the Attorney General’s Office was in agreement with the Secretary of State’s Office on that matter.

Hosemann, “I picked up whatever procedure there was when I got here.”

Notes from 9/13/2011 5pm Meeting:

When told that Senator Billy Hewes, President Pro Tem of the Senate, would preside via speaker phone because Bryant was at the time “incapable of performing said duties” and the Constitutional line of succession went next to Hewes, Hood asked whether it should actually be the Speaker of the House.  Barbour’s counsel read the constitutional provision and Hood seem satisfied. In fairness, I too thought the Speaker was next in line after the Lieutenant Governor so the meeting served as good civics lesson for me.

SBEC removed John Luke Pannell, Reform Party Candidate for Secretary of State on a vote 2-0 (Hood made the motion). Hewes and Hood voted to remove, Hosemann said he wanted to abstain unless necessary because this would be his opponent. Pannell is blind (no drivers license) and lives with family so had no utility bills in his name.  He provided no proof of residency other than an affidavit. His voter-ID card was March 2011 with registration on February 18, 2011. Hewes asked if there had ever been a case where only an affidavit served as proof and Asst. AG Reese Partridge answered “no.”

SBEC removed Yasming S. Johnson, Reform Party Candidate for Senate District 45. Has ID card from Department of Public Safety from Nov 12 2009 and an affidavit by Shawn O’Hara saying he has known her to live at her address for 2 years. No driver license or utility bills. Hood moves to strike from ballot and all vote to do so 3-0.

Discussed a complaint against Johnny Dupree. Six typed pages and four more pages of pictures that was faxed to Secretary of State. Complaint was over a matter of $585. SBEC determines this has nothing to do with them and Hosemann moves to reject and vote is 3-0.

When discussing whether MSGOP could replace Todd Wade Hosemann said notification on the removal of Maddox had been delivered to MSGOP on Monday but no notification had been made on Wade because he didn’t know how the vote would go. Hood said they gave notice at the Friday meeting and ample time and notice has been given.

Ballot Approved 3-0.

Misc Notes

The law allows for a challenge of a candidate’s qualifications and anyone on the SBEC could make such a challenge. But it must be done as the law provides which includes - in a general election - the 31 day window after the primary. In fact, the law allows you to challenge a candidate’s qualifications even after he has won an election. But the legislature protects candidates and parties from last minute challenges like this one through an exclusive process which was not followed.  You can follow the constitution without breaking the law.

As a statewide elected Republican official, Hosemann sits on the Mississippi Republican Party State Central Committee (SCC). Wade qualified for office on May 13. The qualifying deadline was June 1. On June 3 the Mississippi Republican State Executive Committee (SEC) certified the candidates.  On June 6 the Secretary of State’s Office contacted the MSGOP with questions on residency and qualifications of several candidates including Wade and some incumbent Republican legislators.  The MSGOP provided their information and a week later the Secretary of State’s Office sent the MSGOP the sample ballot which included Wade as a candidate. On August 2 Wade became the Republican nominee without opposition and the 31 day clock for receiving a challenge started. On September 2, that clock stopped without challenge. Hosemann is not on the SEC. Everyone on the SEC is on the SCC but not everyone on the SCC is on the SEC. The SEC is charged by statute as the responsible body to certify the candidates. (Letter From Arnie Hederman, Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party to Mississippi Republican State Executive Committee)

Wade believed he had been treated unfairly and appealed to the courts.  Dropped his challenge saying he did not want to be responsible for the failure of overseas military ballots arriving on time. Certainly had the statutory deadline for challenging Wade’s candidacy been followed, there would have been more time. Only a few days if challenged at the last minute but had he been challenged earlier he may have had weeks to pursue a legal challenge without delaying the ballot. It seems to me that was one of the reasons the legislature created that process. (Todd Wade Statement: Todd Wade Sites Mississippi Military Personnel’s Right to Vote as Reason to End Appeal)

A federal court decision from 2007 – involving a Reform Party dispute – describes the State Board of Election Commissioners “as an administrative agency of the State of Mississippi.”

Todd Wade: “The Facts About The Election Commission’s Decision” (Includes links to his brief provided to State Board of Election Commissioners, Gourlay v. Williams and Jim Hood’s Attorney General Opinion mentioned above)


The Fair Times: Frogs and Pharaohs and Obama criticisms

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

The Fair Times is the daily newspaper of the Neshoba County Fair and in it I wrote two pieces this year on the political speeches.  Wednesday’s speeches featured Dick Hall, Phil Bryant, Lynn Posey, Stacey Pickering and Jim Hood. The speeches from Thursday featured Haley Barbour, Tate Reeves, Mike Chaney, Delbert Hosemann, Kenny Griffis, Bill Waller Jr. and Jim Kitchens.

You can read both commentaries courtesy of The Neshoba Democrat - Wednesday: Frogs and Pharaohs and Thursday: Barbour, Reeves, Chaney target Obama at Fair.


RR: Tax Tea Party Day

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Everywhere you look, Americans are fed up. Frustration, the opposite of hope. But they are determined to make a real change and folks around the state and country will be speaking out on tax day. I wrote about the Jackson event, here are some excerpts:

Eight blocks north of the Medgar Evers Post Office in downtown Jackson - which traditionally stays open to midnight accepting last minute tax mailings - attorney Mark Mayfield, talk radio host Kim Wade and others will lead a Tax Day Tea Party on the south steps of the Mississippi Capitol.
I spoke with Mayfield and Wade at the WJNT-1180AM studio about this tea-roots movement.

Wade and Mayfield said they are not targeting or supporting any party.

“The tea party is not an ends in and of itself,” explained Mayfield, “it is the beginning of a movement.” They said when people leave the event they will possess a game plan to get involved in 2010 and 2011.

Mayfield and Wade hope this event spurs lovers of liberty and economic prosperity to throw their hats in the ring of campaigns. “Debt and regulations suffocate the free market,” said Mayfield, “we need leaders who understand this, and citizens who will hold them accountable.”

“We’re really in trouble when Eastern Europe is warning us away from socialism,” Wade continued, “The warning signs are here. Now its time for us to take our country back.”

The two-hour event kicks off at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15 and will feature patriotic music, a color guard, and speakers including U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, state Sen. Chris McDaniels of Jones County and state Rep. Rita Martinson of Madison County..

The full column discusses how conservatives in Mississippi are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking technology to spread the word about the event. You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry / Tax Tea Party Day


Barbour, Bryant announce legislative agendas

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

This week in Reasonably Right I write about Governor Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant’s legislative agendas.  Barbour discussed his priorities at the Stennis-Capitol Press Corps luncheon where he also announced some good news from Toyota.  Bryant released his in a press release. Both have been hitting talk radio and conservative groups to get their folks engaged. Here are some excerpts from the column:

[Barbour's] priorities for 2009 are protecting and adding jobs, completing Katrina rebuilding, a “fair, permanent, sustainable funding solution” for Medicaid, Voter ID, workforce development and job training, and a health insurance exchange.

Barbour spent the bulk of his time addressing the budget.

Barbour is in his final term as governor; he seeks conservative executive governance. Bryant doesn’t hide his future political ambitions; he promotes conservative legislative priorities.

Bryant released his priorities list last week calling it his “2009 Common Sense Legislative Agenda.”

Bryant’s education proposals seek the full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) and innovative policies: enhanced charter school legislation, health care savings funds for teachers, allowing retired teachers to return to the classroom in critical areas with pay in addition to retirement, and removing underperforming school board members (elected or appointed).

He seeks passage of The Child Protection Act of 2009 that stiffens penalties for statutory rape laws. It regulates abortion practices when terminating pregnancies resulting from the violation of those laws. It would also hold any person who assists a minor in obtaining an abortion without parental consent civilly liable. Last year this measure threatened the leadership of the House of Representatives when despite being held in committee it was nearly forced to a floor vote. A deal allowed the committee process to save face and the bill to be reconsidered this year.

Bryant seeks to spur the economy through tax cuts: income tax reductions, phase out of inventory tax, increase homestead exemptions, and reduce by half the sales tax purchases of forestry equipment.

His ethics reform package seeks to remove the legislature’s exemption from the Open Records Act, restrict state agencies from hiring contract lobbyists in order to obtain state funds and prohibit the acceptance of campaign contributions by legislators during the regular or any special session.

Bryant also seeks to implement Voter ID, create a Senate Drug Policy Committee, and enact stricter penalties against illegal immigrants.

You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry / Barbour, Bryant announce agendas.


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