Archive for July 2008

Happy Ronnie Musgrove Day!

July 29, 2008


A Proclamation
By Governor Ronnie Musgrove

WHEREAS, the summer 2002 Internship Program began on June 4, 2002, to begin an epic journey for 14 young Mississippians; and

WHEREAS, through the capable leadership and inspirational example of staff members of the Ronnie Musgrove Administration, the young minds of these interns have
developed to become politically conscious and aware of public concerns across Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, the influence of a great leader, such as Governor Ronnie Musgrove, has set the standard for future achievements of the interns of Summer 2002; and

WHEREAS, the experiences of Brendan Sartin, Patrice Durr, Micah Horton, Rob Schimmel, Derrick Everett, Pamela Williams, Kimberly Liddell, Rachel Hicks, Debra
Lloyd, Lisa Holifield, Yolanda Turner, Katrice Lee, Lakeshia Robertson, and Eva
Messier will enable them to strive for excellence in their future endeavors:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ronnie Musgrove, Governor of the State of Mississippi, hereby proclaim July 29, 2002, as


in the State of Mississippi and thank you for your generous contribution to our education
and the opportunity to serve with your administration in the service of 2.8 million

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the
State of Mississippi to be affixed.
DONE in the City of Jackson, July 29, 2002,
in the two hundred and twenty-sixth year of
the United States of America.

I wish this was a joke.  Where is the party? This is bold to say the least -ROM

Really late on this on but the NRSC has a response to Ronnie’s ad

July 29, 2008

Good Stuff

Musgrove Commercial Shot in Canton Subject of Scrutiny

July 29, 2008

Musgrove Commercial Shot in Canton Subject of Scrutiny
B. Keith Plunkett
The Flora HarvesterJuly 23, 2008-The Wicker for Senate campaign will file charges with the FEC against opponent Ronnie Musgrove for alleged violation of FEC finance regulations over a campaign commercial shot in Canton.
The commercial was shot on the grounds and inside a boardroom at the Madison County Courthouse on July 9. One issue over the commercial is whether the funding and participation of producers from the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee constitute a violation. However, that issue is compounded by whether the producers of the ad had proper written permission to film inside the courthouse.
According to County Administrator Donnie Caughman, the group had permission to shoot on the grounds of the historic courthouse, but not inside.
“They did not have permission to go inside the courthouse,” Caughman said. “They did not mention that.”
Jim Mabus with the Musgrove campaign coordinated the ad with the Canton Film Office, which in turn facilitated use of the Madison County Courthouse grounds through County Administrator Donnie Caughman. Executive Director Jo Ann Gordon with the Canton Film Office said that her group dealt only with Mabus and had no contact with any other group.
Mabus did not return two calls requesting comment for this story.
Caughman said that Canton Film Office Executive Director Jo Ann Gordon came to him with the request for the Ronnie Musgrove Campaign.
“Mrs. Gordon came to me and she showed me that they had proof of insurance, which we don’t normally require because we have liability coverage,” he said. “They wanted to film a commercial on the historic courthouse grounds.
“All she said was that it was the Ronnie Musgrove campaign,” he added.
Gordon said that the permission was in writing and that anything arranged in the courthouse was between the producers and other individuals.
“Our office only got permission to use the Madison County Courthouse grounds,” said Gordon. “We expressly discussed with them and I have it in writing that anything they did with anybody individually they had to get written permission.
“They come in and we qualify,” Gordon explained. “Our office facilitates production. We find out what their needs are and if it has anything to do with public space.
“I’m just angry we’ve been put in this position,” she added. “I don’t know whether it’s right or wrong from anybody. We didn’t do anything different than normal. We don’t care if it’s a commercial shoot or a major motion picture. We’re going to help facilitate film production in Canton, Mississippi.”
According to Jeff Tanner, Vice-President and Director with the Ridgeland based Eyevox, his company was hired as a “third party vendor” and helped shoot the commercial. Tanner says that due to the sensitive nature of political work he couldn’t comment further on who was or was not behind the commercial, but he added, “We were not hired by the Musgrove Campaign.”
In a conference call with members of the press on Tuesday Wicker attorney Ben Ginsberg said the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee had stepped over the line with the commercial and had violated election finance law.
“The way (Musgrove) is featured in the ads in a private shooting done only for this ad. That means number one; that there’s coordination between the campaigns and more importantly what this ad does is republish Musgrove campaign materials, and that republishing of Musgrove campaign materials is what causes the violation,” Ginsberg said.
Last week, the Musgrove campaign filed charges with the FEC against the Wicker campaign alleging “double dipping,” with Republican donors.
Austin Barbour, a Wicker campaign staffer said that since the beginning the Senators staff has been in contact with the National Republican Senatorial Committee Council and the FEC to be sure they remained in compliance with the law. According the Barbour, the FEC allowed for two election cycles in this case due to a runoff election that included former Congressman Ronnie Shows, who dropped out of the race.
“Ronnie Shows dropped out of the race after the first quarter and we quit taking the runoff cycle money,” Barbour said adding that the Wicker staff has “double checked and triple checked” to be sure that Wicker remained in compliance.
Ginsburg’s take on the Musgrove charge against Wicker was that it was a move meant to “divert attention.”
“It looked to me like it was filed because the DSCC knew they were caught on this one and wanted to put up something (to) divert from their own transgressions,” he said.

And Ronnie Don’t Pay His Taxes Either

July 9, 2008

From Y’all Politics:

Documents show former Governor turned U.S. Senate candidate Ronnie Musgrove was stuck with a hefty fine after refusing to pay his payroll taxes for his employees.

During his failed re-election bid in 2003, Musgrove neglected to pay payroll taxes for his campaign employees. In August of 2005, a Notice of Federal Tax Lien was issued to the Ronnie Musgrove campaign in the amount of $73,739.12.

“Ronnie Musgrove’s failed administration of his campaign operations is reflective of his failed administration as Governor. He left a tax hole in his campaign and left Mississippi in a budget hole of more than $700 million,” said Mississippi Republican Party Executive Director Brad White.

“Ronnie Musgrove has proven he can’t be trusted to legally manage his campaign’s business, and he failed to successfully manage Mississippi’s business, so why would we entrust him with our Nation’s business?” asked White.

In August of 2007, Musgrove finally saw fit to pay his taxes, which was easy for him to do since he banked $265,771.03 in his campaign account from 2003.

“Ronnie Musgrove’s only excuse to this snafu is incompetence,” said White.

MSGOP Press Release


Notice of Federal Tax Lien
Release of Federal Tax Lien

Good NRSC video on Ronnie

July 9, 2008

I hope they keep these coming!


Stu Rothenberg column on Gregg Harper

July 9, 2008

This column is old but I though it was very good, We are big fan’s of Rothenburg and find him to be a pretty fair political columnist.  -ROM

Good Candidates for House Come in All Shapes and Sizes

June 19, 2008 – By Stuart Rothenberg
Editor of The Rothenberg Political Report and
contributing writer to Roll Call Magazine

Every election cycle, I meet a lot of candidates running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Some, in fact many, have more liabilities than assets. But some actually impress me. This column is about four of them, and I’d advise keeping an eye on each at least until November.

Gregg Harper (R), Mississippi’s 3rd district. An attorney and former Rankin County Republican chairman, Harper, 52, did what many candidates promise to do but, in fact, don’t. He put together a successful grass-roots campaign.

With one of his primary opponents flush with money and the other a well-known state Senator who had the governor’s media consultant at his disposal, Harper was the long-shot Republican hopeful with little cash and no district-wide recognition.

But his years toiling in Republican political vineyards — whether working in phone banks for a Mississippi GOP candidate in 1978, serving as a Republican observer of the Florida recount in 2000 or working as a legal volunteer for President Bush’s campaign in Ohio in 2004 — paid off.

Harper is straightforward, astute and earnest. It’s clear that he is an extremely hard worker, and that people who meet him are willing to go to work to help him. That’s a very good sign.

In a rarity these days, Harper refused to use negative information about one of his opponents. But don’t think Gregg Harper is politically naive. He isn’t. And he will win the open seat in November.

Rothenberg is the very respected editor and publisher of The Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan political newsletter covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, Presidential politics and political developments. He is also a twice-a-week columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s premier newspaper.