Archive for the ‘Haley Barbour’ category

Hood – “Protecting Mike Moore”

October 13, 2011

When more than 750,000 Mississippians were on Medicaid (many of the obviously “Mississippi Families”), Attorney General Jim Hood chose sides against the legislature, the governor, the Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund, and the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. But he did pick a side: Mike Moore.

Attorney General Jim Hood sought to continue to divert $20 million a year away from the needs of Mississippi’s health care and to a private nonprofit organization which his buddy Mike Moore was/is chairman. That money was part of the tobacco settlement designed to reimburse Mississippi’s Medicaid program and health care costs.

When it came time to line up to “protect Mississippi families” Hood chose Mike Moore instead.

Mike Moore and Jim Hood

The Supreme Court of Mississippi puts it all out there in this decision: No. 2006-SA-01088-SCT

In case you don’t recall the outcome, the Supreme Court overwhelmingly agreed with Governor Haley Barbour, the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, and the Mississippi Health Care Trust Fund and ruled against Attorney General Jim Hood and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi.  That ruling allows for $20 million more dollars a year to go toward “protecting Mississippi families” rather than to Mike Moore’s private nonprofit organization…and Jim Hood opposed that ruling.

Jim Hood is running for reelection on the platform of “Protecting Mississippi Families” but who does he really represent? Maybe it should be “Protecting Mississippi Lawyers (Who Are Hood’s Friends).”

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Lucien Smith releases his first ad of the Treasurers race

July 7, 2011

Lucien Smith who has out=raised his 2 opponents Lynn Fitch and Lee Yancey for the office of State Treasurer has earned the luxury of being on TV first.  (Lynn, Lee and Lucien what are the odds really?)

His ad can be seen here:

Initial thoughts: While the script is well written and says the right things (except for starting with Haley, I think that takes away a chance to introduce the candidate immediately), but the production value is mid-range at best, the audio is good but the visuals leave something to be desired, the scenes look to be poorly lighted and we are not a big fan of the graphics.

Strong effort, and good message but a bit of a fumble on the execution by whatever media team put this together.

ROM: Overall Grade C+ (B+ for Message and C- for production)

Please note we may be a little hard here on Lucien but we expect a lot.

-ROM

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

-ROM

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

-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.

Gossip on Trent Lott’s Seat

December 4, 2007

One of my lobbyist friends gave me this round up of what most consider to be the Haley’s Short list for appointment to the U.S. Senate. 

I can not confirm any of this but here is the latest Jackson GOSSIP!

Chip Pickering – Although he may not want the seat, looking at a Gubernatorial run in 2010, Pickering is the obvious choice to replace Trent Lott and we believe that the appointment is his to turn down

Roger Wicker – Questions linger about his statewide electability and the prospect of a special election in the 1st district is not exciting to anyone

Amy Tuck – Nobody that I have checked with has any idea about her interest but the name has been floated all over Jackson

Delbert Hosemann –  Apparently Eggbert is the new favorite dark horse for this appointment, obvious statewide electability, and positive name id but would he give up his brand new statewide office?

Tate Reeves – Proven statewide electability, prevaling wisdom says that he is a bit too young and untested for the old guard to acceptlet me know if anyone has heard anything else…

-ROM 

Trent Lott to Step Down This Year!

November 26, 2007

Shocking news for Mississippi!

Politico is reporting that our beloved Trent Lott will step down at the end of this year, Barbour will appoint his replacement and a special election will need to be held in November 2008.  I believe this may cause havoc for quite a few elected officials, and cause more special elections down-ticket?

Who will it be Wicker or Pickering?

Politico (link) 

ROM nails the statewide races with 4% Margin of Error

November 7, 2007

We are very proud of how we did in our “Pick em” challenge we NAILED the race for Governor within .3%

We went 7 for 8 on the winners picking Anderson to beat Chaney which obviously never happened

Listed are our predictions followed by actual outcome.  We did purty good I would say.

ROM PREDICTION:

Governor

Haley Barbour: 58.4%

John Arthur Eaves Jr: 41.6%

Actual:

Haley Barbour: 58.06%

John Arthur Eaves Jr: 41.9%

ROM CALL: CORRECT!!! WE NAILED THE GOVERNORS RACE

Missed it by just under 0.3%

 

Lt. Governor

Phil Bryant: 56.1%

Jamie Franks: 43.9%

Actual:

Phil Bryant: 58.7%

Jamie Franks: 41.3%

ROM Call: Correct!

Percentage: Missed on the tight side by 2.6%

Secretary of State

Delbert Hosemann: 55.9%

Rob Smith: 44.1%

Actual:

Delbert Hosemann: 58.6

Rob Smith: 41.4

ROM Call: Correct!

Percentage: Missed on the tight side by 2.7%

Attorney General

Jim Hood: 55.3%

Al Hopkins: 44.7%

Actual:

Jim Hood: 59.6%

Al Hopkins: 40.4%

ROM Call: Correct!

Percentage: Missed on the tight side by 4.3%

State Treasurer

Tate Reeves: 60.1%

Shawn O’Hara: 39.9%

Actual:

Tate Reeves: 60.7%

Shawn O’Hara: 39.3

ROM Call: Correct!

Percentage: NAILED THIS ONE TOO Missed on the tight side by 0.6%

State Auditor:

Stacey Pickering: 51.8%

Mike Sumrall: 48.2%

Actual:

Stacey Pickering: 55.2%

Mike Sumrall: 44.8%

ROM Call: Correct!

Percentage: Misssed on the tight side by 3.4%

Insurance Commissioner:

Gary Anderson: 51.0%

Mike Chaney: 49.0%

Actual:

Mike Chaney: 56.8%

Gary Anderson: 43.2%

ROM CALL: Incorrect…

Percentage: Underestimated Mike Chaney by 7.8%

Commissioner of Agriculture:

Lester Spell: 40.4%

Rickey Cole: 39.5%

Les Riley: 20.1%

Actual:

Lester Spell: 50.8%

Rickey Cole: 42.1%

Les Riley: 7.04%

ROM CALL: Correct

Percentage: Quite a bit off, I overestimated the beef plant effect on Spell and though it would push a larger chunk of his votes to Riley I underestimated Spell by 10.4%, was a lot closer on Cole who I only missed by 2.6%

ROM Goes 7 for 8 on 2007 Statewide Races with ON RECORD picks, our margins were closer to correct than any other on-record picks that we can find on the net. We had an average margin of Error on ALL PICKS of 4.08% OVERALL

As the years go on here at ROM we will continue this little exercise and keep a running tally

As it stands ROM’s pick em 2007 average is 88% correct on winners/losers with a 4.08% overall margin of error on the spread.

Not too shabby if we do say so ourself as we did pick 2 races dead on missing the exact percentage by less than 1%

How did ya’ll do?

-ROM