Archive for March 2011

Ricky Dombrowski Drunk With Strippers Photo gets ROM taken down for a day

March 31, 2011

Now we are learning that the complaint that was filed was totally bogus, our use of an image in the public domain:

For now we will host these images offsite so WordPress servers are not involved and we should be good to go

According to Wikipedia:

Fair use, a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work, is a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, non-licensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test. The term fair use originated in the United States. A similar principle, fair dealing, exists in some other common law jurisdictions. Civil law jurisdictions have other limitations and exceptions to copyright.

Looks like our good friend Gulfport City Councilman Ricky Dombrowski is so upset that we posted pictures from his own facebook on our blog that he threatened legal action against wordpress so they took us down for a day.  (Apparently the first amendment does not apply everywhere in blogging)

I hope you know that this means WAR Mr. Dombrowski.  You better hope there is nothing else in your closet, before we really didn’t give a damn about you but now it’s become a personal vendetta.  We can find other places to post the picture. (like over on blogger: http://rightofmississippi.blogspot.com/

On another note, thanks for reviving our blogging passion, we had been getting complacent.

Up yours Ricky!

-ROM

Morgan Freeman for Governor Continues Campaign

March 11, 2011

Morgan Freeman continues his campaign for Governor of Mississippi with this letter. Sources say Bill Luckett will be his chief of staff.

MIM: Rep. Bennett Malone Admits District Lines Were Drawn To Move Opponent

March 10, 2011

Well the Democrats are up to it again and this time they are freely admitting that they are moving lines to avoid competitive races.  Whatever happened to democracy anyway?

Brett over at MIM dug up some good dirt from something called “a newspaper” still confused about that outdated technology but apparently they can be useful from time to time.

MIM has all the redistricting fireworks well covered so we won’t even bother, just go over to MIM to see all the plans, quotes and fireworks. All the work he has done deserves a read and a hattip from team ROM.

Malone Admits Lines Were Drawn To Move Opponent.

In an interview with The Carthaginian, a weekly paper based in Carthage, Rep. Bennett Malone (D-Carthage) admits that the new districts lines were drawn so that his opponent, Jay Mathis, would be moved to a neighboring district.

-ROM

Is Ricky Dombrowski Mississippi’s next Secretary of State?

March 3, 2011

Short answer is probably not, but after qualifying as a surprise yesterday we will be covering him because he looks like fun. And we have pictures! (See below)

Just a little digging on our new and exciting single issue revenge candidate Ricky Dombrowski and he looks less and less like a serious candidate and more like some dude with an ax to grind.

It remains to be seen if he is serious about making this run or just wanted to grab a headline.

Regardless, he looks like he’s probably a fun guy to hang out with.

Is that a stripper pole?  And/or an actual stripper?  And is he giving me the middle finger?

Ho Humm… at least we know he has the good judgement to drink Miller Lite (it’s triple hops brewed, if you didn’t know).

Good luck Ricky, we can’t wait to see your campaign ads.

To note: After consulting a lawyer it is obvious that this image falls under “fair use” for political commentary and we were served with a false DMCA notice, so we would have a legal case of perjury against the filer, anyway its not worth going to court over when all you have to do is move the picture from wordpress servers and put it over at photobucket.  We aren’t professional bloggers so it took us a while to figure that out.

-ROM


Democrats run in only 5 of 8 statewide races in Mississippi

March 2, 2011

In Case You Missed It.  August will be exciting, November will be a yawner…

Oh and who the hell is Rickey Dombrowski?  He is the only surprise of the day so we will try to find out.

More good coverage: Y’all Politics and Majority in Mississippi

-ROM

http://www.sunherald.com/2011/03/01/v-print/2906140/dems-run-in-only-5-of-8-statewide.html

Dems run in only 5 of 8 statewide races in Miss.

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

Republicans are running for all eight statewide offices in Mississippi this year, but Democrats are running for only five.Both major parties are fielding candidates for governor, attorney general, treasurer, agriculture commissioner and insurance commissioner.

Democrats don’t have candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state or auditor.

Tuesday was the qualifying deadline for statewide and regional offices, and it brought few surprises. Although former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove had been rumored as a potential candidate for lieutenant governor, he did not enter the race. Musgrove, a Democrat, was lieutenant governor from 1996 to 2000 and governor from 2000 to 2004.

This year’s party primaries are Aug. 2, and the general election is Nov. 8.

Democrats dominated Mississippi politics for generations, but Republicans began gaining momentum in 1991 with the election of businessman Kirk Fordice as governor. The GOP now holds seven of the eight statewide offices, with Attorney General Jim Hood as the lone Democrat.

Hood is seeking a third term, and his only opponent is Republican Steve Simpson, who recently resigned as state public safety commissioner.

Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks said Tuesday he’s disappointed the party doesn’t have a full slate of candidates.

“This is going to be a year of rebuilding,” Franks said in an interview.

Republican chairman Arnie Hederman in a statement that the GOP expects a “spirited” primary.

“We are confident that come August we will have a ticket of tested and proven conservatives to carry our message forward against the big-spending Democrats in the fall,” Hederman said.

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour can’t seek a third term.

The four Democrats who qualified to run for governor are William Bond Compton of Meridian, who ran a low-budget campaign for governor in 2007; Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree; attorney and businessman Bill Luckett of Clarksdale; and Guy Dale Shaw of Coffeeville, a former Yalobusha County tax assessor.

The Republican candidates for governor are former state employee James Broadwater of Byram; Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Flowood; businessman Dave Dennis of Pass Christian; Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday of Poplarville; and businessman Ron Williams of Moss Point.

William D. Oatis is running as an independent for governor. His city was not immediately available. Shawn O’Hara of Hattiesburg is running as a Reform Party candidate for governor.

O’Hara also signed up to run this year under two different party labels for state treasurer – as a Democrat and as a Reform Party candidate.

O’Hara has been a perennial fixture in Mississippi politics the past two decades and has run unsuccessfully for a host of offices, from governor to congressman to mayor. In 2007, O’Hara signed up to run for all eight statewide offices, two regional offices, two legislative seats and eight Forrest County offices. The Democratic Party told him to pick one race to run in. O’Hara appealed to circuit court, and a judge eventually told him to pick one. O’Hara ran for treasurer and lost.

This year, O’Hara faces Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran in the Democratic primary for treasurer. The open state treasurer’s race also attracted three Republicans – Lynn Fitch of Madison, director of the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System; Lucien Smith of Jackson, an attorney and former budget adviser to Barbour; and Lee Yancey of Brandon, a state treasurer and money manager for a Jackson-area financial firm.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson attracted a last-minute Republican primary opponent.

Gulfport City Council president Ricky Dombrowski said Tuesday during a news conference on the coast that he’s challenging Hosemann because he’s upset about Hosemann’s handling of tidelands leases in the city’s small craft harbor. The secretary of state’s office oversees leases of public lands, including tidelands. Dombrowski said he believes the city should not have to share revenue with the state.

Hood Rakes in $70K from Lawyers with No-Bid Contracts with his Office

March 2, 2011

Now that the field is set for the 2011 campaign for Attorney General, it is interesting to review Jim Hood’s latest campaign finance report covering 2010.  The anticipation was like a new season of Law & Order.  Several of the actors from previous seasons left the show, so we were wondering who will be playing their characters this year?  Or will the franchise even continue?

Last season Dickie Scruggs and Joey Langston left the Jim Hood show.  You’ll remember how WLBT reported Scruggs and Langston sent $400,000 to DAGA which wound up in Hood’s campaign coffers. That doesn’t include the $33,000 in contributions directly from Scruggs to Hood.

This season so far, Hood raised $415,969.53, spent $111,009.93 and has $402,378.73 on hand.  Lawyers and law firms made up 60.4% of the contributions which is to be expected.

The Mississippi legal community made up less than a third of Hood’s contributions: $113,040.55 (27.2%), a telling sign that the old actors are gone.  But the largest sector of contributions came from out-of-state lawyers and firms with $137,949 (33.2%).

 But some of the actors have returned this season.  More than $70,000 in contributions came from law firms with no-bid contracts awarded by Hood.  Some call it “pay to play” other “pay to sue” but they criticize the practice as Hood Fundraising 101.

Looking at the no-bid contracts on the AG’s website we found several contractors now contributors.

Mississippi Lawyers/Law Firms with Contracts – $23,500

 Brent Hazzard (2contracts) – $5,000

John T. Kitchens – Kitchens Hardwick & Ray (1 contract) – $1,000

McCraney Montagnet & Quin, PLLC (2 contracts) – $1,000

Steve Montagnet – $2,500

Tad McCraney – $2,500

William M. Quin, II – $2,500

Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush (2 contracts)

C. Dale Shearer- Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

Thomas  A. Cook – Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

Thomas L. Kirkland, Jr. – Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

William H. Leech, Sr. – Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

C. Ted Sanderson – Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

Glenn Gates Taylor – Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $1,000

Charles G. Copeland- Copeland Cook Taylor & Bush – $3,000

Out-of- State Lawyers/Law Firms with Contracts – $48,649

Robert N. Kaplan of Kaplan, Fox & Kilsheimer (1 contract) – $500

Chitwood Harley Harnes, LLP (1 contract) – $5,000

Wolf Popper, LLP (1 contract) – $16,000

Grant & Eisenhofer, PA (1 contract) – $1,000

Jay W. Eisenhofer – $4,000

Zimmerman & Reed (1 contract)

J. Gordon Rudd, Jr. – Zimmerman &  – $1,000

Carolyn Anderson – Zimmerman & Reed – $1,000

Timothy Becker – Zimmerman & Reed – $1,000

Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (5 Contracts Total of $19,149)

Chad Johnson – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $250 

John C. Browne – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $1,000

Mark Lebovitch of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $1,000

William C. Fredricks – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $1,000

Hannah G. Ross  – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $1,000

David Stickney – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $2,000

Steven B. Singer- Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $2,000

Blair Nicholas – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $2,000

Salvatore J. Graziano of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $2,000

Gerald H. Silk of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $3,000

Max W. Berger of Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann – $3,000

Tony Gerlderman – Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman – $899 (In Kind)

It’s good to see Wolf Popper and Bernstein Litowitz back after such critical reviews last season. They both had cameos in this Wall Street Journal piece from February 2008:

Should state Attorneys General be able to outsource their legal work to for-profit tort lawyers, who then funnel a share of their winnings back to the AGs? That’s become a sleazy practice in many states, and it is finally coming under scrutiny — notably in Mississippi, home of Dickie Scruggs, Attorney General Jim Hood, and other legal pillars.

We’ve recently examined documents from the AG’s office detailing which law firms he has retained. We then cross-referenced those names with campaign finance records. The results show that some of Mr. Hood’s largest campaign donors are the very firms to which he’s awarded the most lucrative state contracts.

 The vast majority of the legal contracts were awarded on a contingency fee basis, meaning the law firm is entitled to a big percentage of any money that it can wring from defendants. The amounts can be rich, such as the $14 million payout that lawyer Joey Langston shared with the Lundy, Davis firm in an MCI/WorldCom settlement.

These firms are only too happy to return the favor to Mr. Hood via campaign contributions. Campaign finance records show that these 27 law firms — or partners in those firms — made $543,000 in itemized campaign contributions to Mr. Hood over the past two election cycles.

Partners in the Langston Law Firm gave more than $130,000 to elect Mr. Hood, having been retained to sue Eli Lilly. Lead partner Joey Langston has separately pleaded guilty to conspiracy to corruptly influence a judge.

Among others: The Wolf Popper firm from New York was retained to pursue Sonus Networks, a telecommunications firm; Wolf Popper and its partners gave $27,500 to Mr. Hood’s campaign. Bernstein, Litowitz sued at least four different companies for the AG, and the firm and its partners chipped in $41,500.

In 2007, law firms that have benefited from Mr. Hood gave the organization $572,000, and in turn the group wrote campaign checks in 2007 to Mr. Hood for $550,000. Guess who supplied no less than $400,000 to the group? Messrs. Scruggs and Langston.

Add all of this up, and in 2007 alone Mr. Hood received some $790,000 from partners and law firms that have benefited financially from his office. That is more than half of all of Mr. Hood’s itemized contributions for 2007.

These criticisms of Hood have me torn between being appalled by the practice and disappointed that Hood thinks so little of his worth.  It reminds me of the joke….maybe by W.C. Fields …. of the man who asked a woman if she will sleep with him for a million dollars.  She smiles and says yes.  He then offers $100.  She is indignant.  “No!” she replies. “What kind of woman do you think I am?”   The man calmly replies, “We have established what kind of woman you are.  We are now haggling over the price.”