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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

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.

Kingfish diggs up some juicy gossip about Bryant vs. Hosemann

June 1, 2009

Kingfish

“Mississippi Republicans who have struggled long and hard to get a Voter ID bill passed only to be backstabbed when in sight of victory.”

-ROM

A little break…

May 19, 2008

ROM will be taking a couple weeks break, not to say that if something exciting pops up we wont post about it but this blogger needs to put in some family time.

We realize that this comes at a bad time for our Mississippi Blogger Influence Ranking, as we have rebounded to a 3 way tie for 5th with our friends Cotton Mouthand Bardwell (although Bardwell now thinks we are an embarrassment) which hurts our feelings.

Planning to crawl back in the woods and lick our wounds from the MS-01 embarrassment and come out swinging when the excitement picks back up.  If there are any policy type people that understand that stuff please let us know when Travis makes bad votes so we can call him out on them.

-ROM

CottonMouth Goes off the Deep End For Tongue Twistin Travis

April 30, 2008

I really like the guys at CottonMouth, and we try hard not to discredit other Mississippi Bloggers here at ROM but they seem to have made quite an oversight and gotten off message with each other.  

One CottonMouth blogger appears to be covering for Childers and attempting to discredit the Barack Obama endorsement of Travis Childers when an earlier post from another blogger calls the letter an endorsement.

Screenshots from CottonMouth Blog

On the 22nd the Obama Letter was an “Endorsement”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But on April 29th there was “Never Really” an Endorsement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over here at ROM we make mistakes all the time, we own up to them and move on.

*This post has been edited from it’s original version when it was brought to our attention that different bloggers made the conflicting posts*

Still, we maintain that Travis is lying about the fact that he and his campaign team had not seen or heard of the endorsement, that is just silly to think that it just happened, we think it was a calculated risk that the Childers campaign made in an attempt to get to 50% that almost worked. 

-ROM

ROM #1 Most influential blog in MS Says BlogNetNews?

April 23, 2008

Although we were apparently bumped this week to #2 (by yallpolitics) we had been #1, we are happy with #2 and we had no idea that we were that awesome!

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You NetRoots!!

-ROM

BlogNetNews (see the rankings here)

Well dang, we went and upset Will Bardwell

April 9, 2008

Will Bardwell dosent like us anymore 😦

This really upsets us here at ROM because we are HUGE Bardwell fans.  We honestly think that there is a strong Childers/Langston relationship here worth exploring (Chapter 2 will be out soon) but we received the proverbial “smackdown” from WB this am (see link above) and apparently we have now been classified as a “Republican Superfan Blog”  This hurts our feelings as people who actually read this blog would say otherwise.

Let’s be clear, nobody gets a free pass on ROM and never has.

Blogging is a small community and at some point we are all on the same team, attacking the credibility of another blogger is a serious faux pas.

What fun is blogging if you cant stir up a little trouble?  Mr Bardwell, what connection do you have to Childers, and therefore Langston and therefore Capitan America?

-ROM

Why didn’t we think of that? Jackson’s Hottest Reporter Poll

January 23, 2008

Go to http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/ (the Jackson Jambalaya blog) and vote for the hottest reporter in Jackson.  The Right of Mississippi crew split our votes (as we regularly do) between Megan West and Julie Straw.

-ROM

John Goodman’s Fearless Forcast and Hosemann endorsement

November 6, 2007

John Goodman’s Fearless Forcast (link)

Blogger John Goodman at PearlMississippiCPA has some good predictions out. We really enjoy his blog as a whole.

We are collecting blogger predictions here so we can go back and decide who gets the “ROM Pick’em award” for 2007, that will go to the blogger who most closely predicts Tomorrow’s outcome.

All that said we think that John Laid out the case for Mississippians to elect Delbert Hosemann tomorrow better than we ever could, and we have been trying since late July.  Mr. Goodman is an election commissioner and understands how elections are run, we feel this gives him a unique perspective on the SOS race and so we feel that his column on the race warrants a re-post.

-ROM

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Delbert Hosemann for Secretary of State

It is rare when a race for lower state offices has such a great contrast. Usually, it is Tweedledee versus Tweedledum. But that is not the case for the Secretary of State’s race. While I have been a very strong supporter of Secretary of State Eric Clark, perhaps one of the most honorable and decent men ever in Mississippi politics, he is not running for re-election. So the choice is between Republican Delbert Hosemann or Democrat Robert Smith.

I’m voting for Delbert Hosemann. I know him and I can tell you he is a fine person and is well-qualified for the post. He’s been active in local affairs and has been active in a lot of charitable organizations. I have listened to him on talk radio (WJNT 1180 rocks!) and he is very well-informed on election matters.

The main issue this race has is a very sharp contrast on the matter of voter ID. Hosemann is for voter ID; Smith is against it. This may shock Smith, but there is voter fraud in this state. Has he ever heard of Noxubee’s Democratic primary races? In Smith’s home county of Rankin, there were MORE votes for the liquor referendum in 1980 than there was in the Presidential race. There was a lot of talk of voter fraud, but nothing was ever done.

In the Laurel Leader Call of October 7, 2007, Smith said voter ID would stop people from voting. He said he was most concerned about elderly people voting in 2008 due to possible re-registration due to party affiliation. In the Hattiesburg American of September 19, 2007, Smith also stated many older black Mississippians say providing voter identification is a reminder of the Civil Rights Era when the state used poll taxes to keep blacks from voting.

Delbert Hosemann has responded that he has encountered very little opposition to voter ID. In the Biloxi Sun Herald he has stated he would make certain nobody would be left out from voting. He said 97% of the people in the state have a driver’s license. As for the other three percent, he would find some other form of identification for them. In the Laurel Leader Call of September 29, 2007, Hosemann said he would lead the fight to pass a state constitutional amendment voter ID program, which would ensure only citizens would vote.

Smith has also come up with a plan to bring all the circuit clerks and county election commissioners together and come up with a better plans and various plans to conduct elections. Newsflash Smith: HAVA (Help America Vote Act) throws cold water on such plans to conduct different modes of voting in various counties. You can’t use lever machines and punch card machines. 492 people CANNOT be in charge of elections (82 circuit clerks and 410 election commissioners). You can’t have different counties have different voting systems and performance levels. There is only one boss: The Secretary of State. If different counties have different voting systems, the Secretary of State can be hauled into Federal court for violating the equal protection clause. Has Smith even READ HAVA? When the county clerk messes up (and that has been known to happen), the citizens will be calling the Secretary of State’s office–not the circuit clerk.

(I’m a municipal election commissioner and I can tell you that office has radically changed since HAVA took effect. Other than conducting elections (not primaries–only general elections), the municipal election commissioners don’t do a thing. Before HAVA, we used to meet at least three times a year to clean up the voter rolls. Under HAVA, we can no longer do that.)

Smith has no plans for bringing Mississippi up to code with the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has gone on record saying we should have BOTH electronic and paper ballots for the voter to choose between. Is this guy NUTS? As an election commissioner, that would be total chaos. It is a recipe for disaster and total confusion. Does Rob Smith know ANYTHING about how an election is run? Is he ignorant or just plain stupid?

Smith is also not a friendly person. I have had people tell me he is cold and caustic when they dealt with him when he was in the State Senate. I’ve talked to him in the past and found him to be a cold, aloof individual. What happens when he has to deal with angry voters if he puts some of his nutty ideas into effect (If the Feds don’t stop him.)? Is he going to flip them off?

Hosemann is intelligent, friendly, well-informed, witty and a very hard worker. I know he will do an excellent job and continue the great work Secretary of State Eric Clark has done.

The choice is so easy even a caveman can do it: Please vote for Republican Delbert Hoseman for Secretary of State on November 6th.

CottonMouth makes some 2007 predictions (sort of)

November 6, 2007

*UPDATED*

LG – Bryant (After Franks has been buried by a pile of money)
SOS – Hosemann (More likable and far better run campaign)
Auditor – Pickering (Sadly. The name will beat the actual auditor)From our good friends at:

CottonMouth

STATEWIDE
You should watch the races for Governor, Attorney General, and Treasurer for big spreads.

Haley Barbour (R), Jim Hood (D) and Tate Reeves (R) will all win big.

The two races that will be nail bitingly close are the races for Agricultural Commissioner and Insurance Commissioner.

The race for Agricultural Commissioner features scandal-tainted party-switcher Lester Spell (R) and farmer and Democratic activist Rickey Cole (D).

The race for Insurance Commissioner features State Senator Mike Chaney (R) who has taken tens of thousands from insurance interests and former Mississippi Chief Financial Officer Gary Anderson (D). Anderson would be the first statewide African-American elected official.

I’ll add the state House and Senate races a little later.