Archive for the ‘Governor’ category

Right of Mississippi 2011 Republican Primary Predictions

August 2, 2011

It’s that time again, go for it, leave your own predictions but here are the official ROM predictions

GOVERNOR: BRYANT 55%

LT. GOVERNOR: REEVES 52%

SOS: HOSEMANN 70%

TREASURER: RUNOFF SMITH & FITCH 35 and 35

AG COMMISSIONER: PHILLIPS 51%

TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: HALL 60%

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Phony “Log Cabin Republican” Endorsement letter floating around in Mississippi

July 27, 2011

***UPDATE*** This letter is absolutely fake

This was just emailed in and it looks bogus.  I doubt the Log Cabin Republicans are getting involved in the Mississippi Republican Primaries. Smells like someone is up to some dirty tricks.  The letter is not mentioned on their website: LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS

And the signature and the name of the executive director do not match.

We don’t appreciate this kind of dirty, nasty, underhanded politics so we are here to call this out, that’s why blogging can be a force for good.  If this letter is in fact fake and if anyone else received this please let us know.

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Johnny DuPree “Color” and “For Our Children”

July 26, 2011

The DuPree campaign for Governor is up with a couple :15 spots running as bookends.

Never been a huge fan of that strategy (it seems like :30 is usually rushing it) but the ads are pretty good.

“Color”

“For Our Children”

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Dave Dennis comes out swinging

July 26, 2011

Dave Dennis ad against Phil Bryant “Two Words”

Will update with comment later but wanted to get this up.

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Johnny Dupree up on the air and we like it

July 12, 2011

A pretty good spot up from Johnny Dupree for Governor, good camera work and a strong message, probably not going to win many points with the readers of this blog but we like ads and this one is pretty good.

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Phil Bryant releases 2 ads

May 24, 2011

Sorry team Phil that we are just getting to this.

Nice production, I’m guessing it was shot on Cannon 5D Mark II by the out of focus backgrounds.

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Dave Dennis’ first TV spot up!

May 17, 2011

If Dave runs good ads until election day and draws a little Blood from Phil’s nose we might have a race here ladies and gentlemen.

Good intro spot.

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Mississippi State Campaign Finance Reports for April 30th 2011

May 11, 2011

April 30 campaign finance reports were due today, generally these are the best indicator of who will win primaries for the statewide races as campaigns begin spending money very shortly, the April 30 reports are generally close to the high water mark for a primary campaign, many campaigns will raise more cash in the next 2 months but generally it gets harder as most have picked the low hanging fruit by now.

Cash on Hand is really all that matters so it is all we are reporting here:

GOV:

Dave Dennis: COH = $708,867.54

Phil Bryant: COH = $2,015,988.00

Bill Luckett: COH= $518,526.77

Johnny DuPree: COH= $82,752.66

Lt. GOV:

Tate Reeves: COH = $2,100,473.21

Billy Hewes: COH = $1,169,744.00

Attorney General:

Jim Hood: COH = $439,537.77

Steve Simpson: = $200,058.54

Secretary of State:

Delbert Hosemann: COH = $814,994.05

Ricky Dombrowski: = $10,847.61

State Treasurer:

Lucien Smith: COH = $427,476.00

Lynn Fitch: COH = $115,129.10

Lee Yancey: COH = $122,655.28

State Auditor:

Stacey Pickering: COH = $115,328.74

Agriculture Commissioner:

Max Phillips: COH = $136,594.08

Dannie Reed: COH = $8857.00

Cindy Hyde-Smith: COH = $37,302.50

Insurance Commissioner:

Mike Chaney: COH = $204,292.48

Updates as they become available.

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Governor Barbour uses Veto to stop Legislature $$$ Grab

April 28, 2011

Also interesting is a partial veto of HG 1054 that the Governor smacked down yesterday, did not see this in the paper this morning so posting in full.  Worth a read.

For the life of me I cannot understand what the legislature was trying to do here except for get early spending authority over money that is coming in to the state via fees before they have to go through the budget process, and or this was a scheme to hide legislative travel expenses under another state agency?

Anyone with insight please comment or email rightofmississippi@gmail.com

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April 27, 2011
GOV. BARBOUR ISSUES PARTIAL VETO OF HB 1054
Legislature’s efforts to supplement budget with unlimited agency funds unconstitutional
Gov. Haley Barbour announced today a line-item veto of legislation that would have allowed the state Legislature to drain the Secretary of State’s office without limit in order to fund expenses, violating the Mississippi Constitution.

Since 2008, the Governor’s office has been cut 27 percent, the Department of Environmental Quality has been cut 30 percent, IHL General Support has been cut 14 percent, and K-12 funding has been cut 10 percent while the Legislature’s own budget has gone up 7 percent.

“The Legislature should prioritize spending within its own budget, just like other agencies, instead of using a back-door approach to cushion their budget at another agency’s expense,” Gov. Barbour wrote in his veto message. “[House Bill 1054] is an unconstitutional appropriation that would negatively impact another state agency. It’s also bad policy.”

Section 2 of House Bill 1054 allowed the Legislature to pull unlimited amounts of money from the Secretary of State’s Office to fund legislative expenses. The Mississippi Constitution prohibits the Legislature from passing any appropriation bill that does not set a maximum spending amount. House Bill 1054 also combines an appropriation bill with a bill containing general legislation, which is prohibited by the Constitution.

The veto message follows:
TO THE MISSISSIPPI HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
GOVERNOR’S PARTIAL VETO MESSAGE FOR HOUSE BILL 1054, SECTION 2:

I am returning House Bill 1054: “AN ACT TO DIRECT THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER CERTAIN AMOUNTS TO THE BUDGET CONTINGENCY FUND FROM THE STATE GENERAL FUND AND CERTAIN SPECIAL FUNDS DURING FISCAL YEARS 2011 AND 2012; TO DIRECT THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER CERTAIN AMOUNTS TO THE STATE TREASURER FROM CERTAIN LOAN PROGRAM FUNDS DURING FISCAL YEAR 2011; TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE TREASURER SHALL USE THOSE FUNDS TO PAY DEBT SERVICE ON STATE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FALLING DUE DURING FISCAL YEAR 2011; TO AUTHORIZE THE CLERK OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OR THE SECRETARY OF THE SENATE TO SUBMIT ANNUAL REQUESTS TO THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER FOR THE FUNDS NECESSARY TO PAY CERTAIN LEGISLATIVE-RELATED EXPENSES; TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER SHALL TRANSFER TO THE LEGISLATURE THE AMOUNT OR AMOUNTS AS REQUESTED FROM A SPECIAL FUND OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE; TO AMEND SECTION 5 OF CHAPTER 562, 2010 REGULAR SESSION, TO REVISE THE AMOUNTS THAT THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER IS REQUIRED TO TRANSFER TO THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE-DIVISION OF MEDICAID SPECIAL FUND DURING FISCAL YEAR 2011 FROM FUNDS TO THE CREDIT OF CERTAIN AGENCIES, WHICH WAS CONTINGENT UPON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXTENDING THE INCREASED FEDERAL MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PERCENTAGE (FMAP) PROVIDED FOR IN THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009; TO DELETE THE PROVISION FOR THE STATE FISCAL OFFICER TO TRANSFER SPECIFIED SUMS TO CERTAIN AGENCIES AND FUNDS FROM THE AMOUNT THAT WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE BUDGET CONTINGENCY FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-405, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE TREASURER MAY NOT TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF THE ASSETS IN THE RMK SELECT TIMBERLAND 1 PORTFOLIO OF THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM UNTIL A TRANSFER EQUAL TO THE MONETARY VALUE OF THE ASSETS IN THE PORTFOLIO IS MADE BY THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM INTO THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND; TO EXTEND THE DATE OF THE REPEALER ON THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 43-13-407, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO TRANSFER A CERTAIN SUM FROM THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND TO THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDABLE FUND DURING FISCAL YEAR 2012; TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE TREASURER TO BORROW FUNDS TO OFFSET ANY TEMPORARY CASH FLOW DEFICIENCIES IN THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDABLE FUND FROM ANY STATE-SOURCE SPECIAL FUNDS IN THE STATE TREASURY IN AMOUNTS THAT CAN BE REPAID FROM THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDABLE FUND DURING THE FISCAL YEAR IN WHICH THE FUNDS ARE BORROWED; TO DIRECT THE STATE TREASURER TO TRANSFER A CERTAIN SUM FROM THE HEALTH CARE EXPENDABLE FUND TO THE HEALTH CARE TRUST FUND DURING FISCAL YEAR 2012; TO EXTEND THE DATE OF THE REPEALER ON THAT SECTION; TO AMEND SECTION 27-103-213, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CLARIFY THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE UNENCUMBERED CASH BALANCE IN THE STATE GENERAL FUND AT THE END OF EACH FISCAL YEAR; TO AMEND SECTION 35-1-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT THE FUNDS PAID TO THE STATE BOARD OF VETERANS AFFAIRS BY THE VETERAN RESIDENTS OF STATE VETERANS HOMES TO FUND THEIR MONTHLY EXPENSES AT THE STATE VETERANS HOMES SHALL BE CONSIDERED TO BE SPECIAL FUNDS HELD IN A FIDUCIARY CAPACITY FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE STATE VETERANS HOMES; TO REVISE THE TIME BY WHICH A PERSON WHO OWNS A RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE IN HANCOCK, HARRISON OR JACKSON COUNTY THAT WAS DESTROYED BY HURRICANE KATRINA AND WAS LOCATED ON PROPERTY THAT DOES NOT MEET THE CURRENT LOCAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINIMUM SIZE OF A LOT FOR A RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE, MUST HAVE BEGUN CONSTRUCTION ON A NEW RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE ON THE PROPERTY IN ORDER NOT TO HAVE TO MEET THE CURRENT LOCAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINIMUM SIZE OF A LOT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES,” partly approved and partly not approved and assign the following reasons for my partial veto.

After full consideration, I am vetoing Section 2 of House Bill 1054 which provides an unlimited appropriation to the Legislature.

House Bill 1054, also known as the “transfer bill,” is a bill that, among other things, provides for the transfer of state funds into certain accounts for use in the general fund appropriations process. Because it provides the specific amounts, fund sources, and accounts into which funds shall be transferred, the transfer bill is the lynchpin of the entire budgeting process. My concern is not with the transfer components of House Bill 1054, but instead lies specifically with Section 2, which appropriates to the Legislature unlimited authority to spend money from another state agency’s budget for any legislative-related expense.

While there is no doubt that House Bill 1054 is a critical part of the appropriations process, the bill is a general bill which cannot be combined with an appropriations bill as prohibited by Article 4, Section 69 of the Mississippi Constitution. Yet Section 2 clearly appropriates funds to be spent by the Legislature during Fiscal Year 2012. The inclusion of an appropriation in a general bill is not only unconstitutional, but Section 2 is also subject to my line item veto because it is just that – an appropriation.

Section 2 further violates Article 4, Section 63 of the Mississippi Constitution, which prohibits the Legislature from passing any bill that does not provide for a maximum sum being appropriated. In fact, Section 2 of House Bill 1054 mandates that the State Fiscal Officer pay the expenses related to printing legislation, the state’s share of assessments from legislative-related organizations, and “any other legislative-related expenses” at the “amount or amounts as requested by the Legislature” from the Secretary of State’s budget. Section 2 fails to set a maximum amount of funding to be used for the Legislature for the aforementioned purposes. On the contrary, the section states that the “Legislature is authorized to escalate the appropriate budgets during the fiscal year by the respective amounts transferred and to expend those sums for the purposes authorized by law.” This language, which gives the Legislature unfettered authority to drain the Secretary of State’s budget for unspecified legislative expenses, stands in clear violation of the Mississippi Constitution.

From a policy perspective, Section 2 sets a dangerous precedent. The Legislature has its own appropriations bill that normally includes funding for items such as the printing of legislation and assessments for legislative-related organizations. However, the Legislature failed to appropriate any money to pay for such assessments in the FY 2012 legislative appropriation even though it increased its appropriation from FY 2011. There is simply no justification for adding this language to a separate appropriation bill. The Legislature should prioritize spending within its own budget, just like other agencies, instead of using a back-door approach to cushion their budget at another agency’s expense.

It is my duty to carefully review all bills to ensure they meet constitutional muster and protect the interests of taxpayers. Unfortunately, Section 2 of House Bill 1054 fails to meet this standard on multiple accounts. It is an unconstitutional appropriation that would negatively impact another state agency. It’s also bad policy.

For these reasons, I urge the members to sustain the partial veto of House Bill 1054.

Respectfully submitted,
Haley Barbour
GOVERNOR

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

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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.