Archive for August 2007

Dickie Scruggs Indicted for Contempt

August 29, 2007

Interesting! -ROM Scruggs indicted for contempt by John O’Brien  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –

Special prosecutors appointed by a federal judge on Tuesday hit nationally known plaintiffs attorney Richard Scruggs and his law firm with criminal contempt charges over his handling of insurance documents related to Hurricane Katrina claims. 

Prosecutors Joel Williams, Michael Rasmussen and Charles Sharp drew up the four-page indictment http://www.legalnewsline.com/content/img/f199665/scruggsindictment.pdf having recently been appointed by federal judge William Acker of the Northern District of Alabama. Acker feels Scruggs did not comply with an injunction in December, refusing to hand over documents from E.A. Renfroe, a claims-handling company working with State Farm, back to the company’s attorneys. Instead, Scruggs gave them to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Acker recommended to U.S. Attorney Alice Martin that she pursue criminal contempt charges, but she declined. That’s when Acker enlisted the special prosecutors. “(T)he defendants, Richard F. Scruggs and The Scruggs Law Firm P.A., after receiving actual notice of the aforesaid order, committed acts constituting a criminal contempt of this Court, that is, each willfully violated and disobeyed said order by causing materials subject to the order and in their possession to be delivered to a third party with the specific intent of preventing said materials from being delivered to counsel for the plaintiff,” the indictment says.

 Scruggs received the documents from former employees at E.A. Renfroe, Kerri Rigsby and Cori Rigsby Moran. They said they had uncovered evidence that the company was unfairly handling post-Katrina claims. After the Dec. 8 injunction, Scruggs delivered those documents to Hood instead of to the attorneys of E.A. Renfroe. Hood sued five insurance companies over their handling of Katrina claims just weeks after the storm hit the state. Scruggs’ firm made $26 million when 640 lawsuits against State Farm that made up part of Hood’s class action suit were settled. 

A report from The Associated Press said Scruggs stood to make another $20 million if the second part of that settlement had been approved. It grouped together 35,000 policyholders who had not sued yet but still could. Hood is now moving to force State Farm to settle. Scruggs is also a campaign contributor to Hood <http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/196634-money-lawyers-and-politics-state-farm-case-has-it-all 

E.A. Renfroe, meanwhile, is suing the former employees, who now each make $150,000 a year from Scruggs as consultants for insurance litigation. Acker wrote that the two sisters and Scruggs’ firm were “now engaged in a cooperative effort” to sue State Farm. “While engaged in work on Katrina as Renfroe employees on behalf of State Farm, Moran and Rigsby learned of acts and practices of State Farm that the two defendants concluded were inappropriate and/or illegal,” Acker wrote. “Instead of sharing their concerns with Renfroe, Moran and Rigsby clandestinely copied approximately 15,000 confidential documents off of State Farm’s computer and turned them over to The Scruggs Law Firm.” Scruggs has long had ties to the Attorney General’s Office in Mississippi. His firm earned $1.4 billion when it was hired by former Attorney General Mike Moore to negotiate the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement in the late 1990s.

Congratulations Robert Shuler Smith

August 29, 2007

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The residents of Hinds County will all be better off

-ROM

Idaho Senator in Hot Water

August 29, 2007

*UPDATED*  Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has agreed to step down as the top Republican on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and two other subcommittees pending an investigation of his June arrest,

I have been following this story a little bit, Idaho Senator Larry Craig has fallen into a very complicated sex scandal, this article if from the Politico written by a liberal hack so I chose to leave out the potshots at the end and post the mostly clean version of the article. -ROM

www.politico.com

Craig seat in contest already
Josh Kraushaar
Aug 28, 2007 07:26 PM EST

A guilty plea by Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) to charges of disorderly conduct in a stall of an airport restroom has jeopardized his political future — but Democrats face a steep challenge in trying to pick up the Idaho seat.

Craig is up for reelection next year, but gave no hint during a statement to reporters Tuesday of whether he will run again, saying he will make his decision known next month. The scandal would seem to increase the likelihood that Craig will either step down at the end of his term in 2008, or resign, if the fallout continues to accumulate.

Craig said Tuesday that he “did nothing wrong at the Minneapolis airport,” despite pleading guilty to charges. “I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away.”

There would be no shortage of potential Republican candidates looking to succeed Craig if he retires or resigns. Lieutenant Gov. Jim Risch has previously said he would run if Craig retired. Risch served as acting governor after his predecessor, Dirk Kempthorne, was named Interior Secretary in May 2006.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) also has been frequently mentioned as a possible Senate candidate. Simpson, who served as speaker of the Idaho House in the mid-1990s, also has ambitions for statewide office.

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CD-3 Who We Like Right Now

August 21, 2007

*Updated 10/1/2007* We like David Landrum and Charlie Ross right now. 

Speculation is our forte here at ROM but we are getting ancy for some CD-3 candidates to start making some noise. ROM’mers are still somewhat looking

Candidates we like right now are Charlie Ross & David Landrum.

This seat like every other GOP seat in America is not a GOP slam dunk in 2008, it is vital that we examine our choices more carefully than ever.

-ROM

CHIP PICKERING’S STATEMENT ON 2008 CAMPAIGN

August 16, 2007

Pickering For Congress
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
STATEMENT AND ADVISORY – August 16, 2007
Contact: BRIAN PERRY: 601-594-7885
CHIP PICKERING’S STATEMENT ON 2008 CAMPAIGN
Press Availability – Mississippi Republican Party Headquarters – 415 Yazoo Street, Jackson, Mississippi – Friday August 17, 2007 – 11:00am

(BRANDON, MISS) – Today, Congressman Chip Pickering released the following statement:

Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election in 2008. Serving the Third District of Mississippi over the last eleven years has been a great honor. It has been, and continues to be, one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have come to know well the people and communities of our generous state.

I am thankful to all who helped elect me to six terms in the House. First, to my family, Leisha and the boys, who worked hard in my campaigns and every day to make my congressional service possible. My parents inspired my service, set positive examples for me, and provided a good name and start. Our family has been blessed by the many friendships and experiences we have made along the way.

I have the good fortune of a talented, committed congressional and campaign staff who have made lasting contributions to our country and state, fought worthy battles, and run effective campaigns. In the process, we formed committed friendships and a love for one another. They are my extended family for which I am profoundly grateful.

Volunteers, family, and friends contributed their time, toil, and resources to give me the opportunity to earn elections and serve in Congress. I deeply appreciate all their efforts.

I am also fortunate to have been part of significant chapters in our nation’s and Mississippi’s history. I love public service: creating and shaping legislation, building our institutions and infrastructure, helping communities and individuals.

With the rest of our congressional delegation, past and present, along with state and local leaders, I worked to strengthen Mississippi. In Congress, I focused on, and continue to press forward for, legislation and resources vital to Mississippi priorities in agriculture, our military bases and defense missions, veterans, energy, health care, telecommunications, and economic development. I sought to make our culture more decent and our communities stronger. After Hurricane Katrina, I am proud to have been a part of and witness to a remarkable recovery, rebuilding and a defining moment of our state and people.

As I close this chapter of my life, I see a stronger, more unified and growing Mississippi. Our universities are leading research centers. Our military, national, and homeland security contributions expand every day. We are strategically transforming to a high-tech, high-wage, advanced skill economy.

I look forward to continuing my service in this Congress as I fulfill this term. Much important work remains to be done. We must complete the funding for our state’s priorities. We face fundamental decisions regarding Iraq and our efforts to defeat terrorism. Energy, agriculture, health care and environmental legislation await our return this fall and next year. Beyond that, I have no plans, but I am content and confident that I will find new ways to serve and contribute.

Although I will not seek re-election to the next Congress, I will always remain involved in community and political life. After eighteen years in public service, starting in 1989 in the first Bush Administration, then on Senator Lott’s staff, and most recently as a Member of the House, it is time for me to gain new experiences in the private arena. I believe these experiences will prepare me to be a better leader in the future. I continue to view public service as a noble calling. I am not saying a final farewell, but hopefully, simply taking a leave of absence.

I have a window of opportunity to maximize my time, influence and participation in the lives of my five sons now ages 8 to 17. Time is the one element I can never recover or regain. Being a father is one of life’s greatest callings.

I make this announcement with a full heart and abiding faith in both our country and great state. I look forward to working together to complete our mission and fulfill our promise.
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Pickering to Step Down

August 16, 2007

U.S. Rep Chip Pickering will not seek re-election in 2008. I am very suprised by the timing of this announcement and curious as to who will be running to replace him.

Two likely candidates are all but off the table as Stacey Pickering is the GOP nominee for Auditor and Delbert Hosemann who is a former nominee for that seat is the current GOP nominee for Secretary of State.

Developing as we get more details

-ROM

TUNICA COUNTY VOTER FRAUD

August 16, 2007

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TUNICA COUNTY VOTER FRAUD VIDEO 

Investigators with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department are trying to determine who is responsible for illegally mailing several fraudulent absentee ballots for elections held Tuesday, August 7, 2007.

Officials say of the 301 absentee ballots about 30% are a fraudulent. The sheriff’s department investigation revealed many of the ballots in question had the names of people who were deceased or no longer living in the county.

Investigators with the MBI Crime Lab tested the questionable ballots for fingerprints and other DNA, at the Tunica County Justice Courthouse, in hopes of matching their results to the person responsible for mailing those absentee ballots.

Officials say they don’t know if the person who did it was trying to influence a particular race in the election. Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp says the next step will be to send the absentee ballots to a state crime lab for analysis.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO RELY ON MEMPHIS NEWS TO TELL US ABOUT RAMPANT VOTER FRAUD IN MISSISSIPPI????

-ROM

Wilkinson County Voter Fraud and Arson

August 16, 2007

VIDEO 

By Vershal Hogan (Contact) | The Natchez Democrat Published Saturday, August 11, 2007

WOODVILLE — The home of one of the players in the controversy surrounding the Wilkinson County elections burned Friday morning.

The Lake Mary Road house belonged to Kirk Smith, a candidate for the board of supervisors district 2 seat, and Donna Smith, who was arrested after voicing concerns about absentee ballot counting at the counting site.

Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald Jackson was unavailable Friday for comment about the charges relating to the arrest.

Smith is reportedly out on bond, and a video of the arrest — captured by cell phone — aired on a Baton Rouge television station.

Centreville resident Ann Greer, a member of the Wilkinson County Democratic Committee who alleges white members of the committee were excluded from the committee’s election preparations, said some community members believe the fire to be arson.

“A gas can was found at the house,” she said.

The Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they received a call about the fire, and the state fire marshal’s office said they were aware of the fire and would be investigating.

No official cause has been determined.

A significant portion of the controversy surrounding the election stems from a power grapple within the Wilkinson County Democratic Committee.

Committee Vice Chair Easter Prater assumed the position of committee chair in April after chairman Don Walsh died.

Prater is black, and Woodville resident Janie Reynolds said that did not sit well with some committee members.

“Some of the white members of the committee were upset a black person was the chair,” she said.

The committee has 12 black members and 19 white members.

On July 23, 19 of the 31 committee members met and elected Greer chair.

The announcement of the meeting was reportedly sent via certified mail, and was called by the required 25 percent quorum of the committee.

Poll workers and clerks were also appointed at that meeting.

Mississippi law requires party members to attend meetings where poll workers and clerks are appointed.

However, earlier that month — June 11 — Prater set a poll worker workshop that was reportedly supposed to double as a committee meeting.

Supporters of Greer allege the letter did not explicitly state the workshop was also a committee meeting.

When given the list of poll worker names appointed at the July 23 meeting, Prater reportedly replaced some individuals with those of her choice.

Prater later reportedly would not recognize poll workers who were not trained at sessions she gave.

Though Greer was elected by a majority of the committee, a letter from the Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi dated July 26 said the state party did not recognize her as chair.

Executive director for the state party Keelan Sanders wrote in a letter that the party did not recognize the June 23 meeting because the party was not aware of any reason to justify removing Prater from the position.

The letter also stated Prater has the discretion to serve out the remainder of the term vacated by Walsh, and stated the party will continue to recognize her as the chair of the county committee.

Nonetheless, Greer and several others reported to the Wilkinson County Courthouse to prepare election boxes Monday.

After deputies reportedly told the group to leave the area or face arrest, which the group did not do, Prater arrived on the scene with several deputies and had the boxes removed.

Greer and her supporters were not allowed to continue preparation of the boxes, and were not allowed to work the polls during Tuesday’s election.

“It’s clear I was elected,” Greer said. “I don’t have any animosity against Ms. Prater, but I hate to see that she’s taken it upon herself to run the elections in this manner.”

The FBI and members of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division were also in Woodville this week after allegations of voter fraud and civil rights violations were leveled.

Prater was not available for comment Friday.

On to the General Election… First things first Angel Eaves

August 10, 2007

A lot has been made over at Y’all Politics about Governor Barbour’s “Trophy Wife” comment at Neshoba, I think it is flat out hilarious, some people dont.

The ROM group, which is growing and will soon include more guest bloggers are HUGE fans of Angel Eaves, she is hot, period, end of discussion. 

I hope we get to see more of Angel in the general election we got robbed when they left her out of the Primary TV ads.

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We are sold, still voting for Barbour but sold none the less. 

-ROM

Whew!

August 8, 2007

Tired, Shot, Red-Eyed, No Energy to Blog.

Election Hangover is Bad.

 I will write tomorrow.

-ROM