Archive for the ‘Mississippi Secretary of State’ 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%

-ROM

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.

-ROM

It’s Delbert?

July 27, 2011

In what appears to be the final installment of the wildly popular Delbert Hosemann for Secretary of State ad campaign the Dorthy finally get’s Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s name right, and the crowd goes wild.

Actually Hosemann looks surprised and he plays his part well.

We were surprised

The whole series of ads have been great and memorable

A+ for bringing the series to a close in style

-ROM

Delbert Hosemann is Back with Englebert Part III

July 7, 2011

Apparently the official title of the new Hosemann commercial is “Proud” according to an email from the campaign consultant but we will call it “Englebert III”  for our purposes.  The new twist… Even another lady to mess up Delbert’s first name.

Hosemann has a brand and you don’t mess with a brand, minor tweak here to keep it fresh and smooth sailing to re-election over a fledgling Ricky Dombrowski.

ROM overall grade: A

-ROM

Who’s more of an embarrassment to the MS GOP, Ricky Dombrowski or Howie Morgan?

July 1, 2011

We almost did not post this but just because Ricky Dombrowski and Howie Morgan tried to screw with this blog we won’t cut them any slack so here goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a total embarrassment to have these two clowns running for statewide office on the GOP ticket, Ricky Dombrowski, quite possibly the biggest clown ever to seek statewide office in Mississippi this century and his campaign manager Howie Morgan, the serial resume-inflating “political consultant” who is in trouble for selling endorsements is now in trouble for a DUI in which he threatened the job of a police officer with a bogus claim that he works for Governor Haley Barbour

From Oxfordcrimereport.com:

On February 3, 2011, Captain Libby Lytle was waiting on a driver to pick up a vehicle involved in a no driver’s license citation on the southbound side of Highway 6, parked on the Whirlpool side. While waiting, idly, she testified to seeing a black Mercedes traveling westbound well below the minimum 35 mile per hour speed limit, and thought it was driver looking for the person needing a ride.

Lytle said she knew something else was going on when the Mercedes came to a stop on the shoulder to the ramp exiting to Coliseum Drive, and a man later determined to be Harold Morgan, got out of the vehicle and began walking.

Lytle radioed for back-up to check out the suspect while she waited for a driver to arrive for the no license citation. Once she arrived on scene with Morgan she found a belligerent suspect who threatened to have her job because he worked for the governor. Research has revealed Morgan is currently the director of a Republic Political Action Committee for the election of Sam Smith in the 55th district of the Mississippi House of Representatives in Vicksburg.

Lytle testified that Morgan said he was not the driver of the vehicle, but then later said the transmission was out. DUI officer David Sabin arrived on scene, and continued questioning Morgan.

“It was obvious from the moment we met he was intoxicated,” Sabin said.

On the video played from Sabin’s dashboard camera showed Sabin giving a disheveled and unsteady Morgan a chance to admit he was in fact driving the Mercedes.

“How did you know the transmission if you weren’t driving?,” Sabin is heard asking on the video. “Unless your car has wings you drove it there.”

Morgan refused his opportunity to blow into the breathalyzer, and was arrested for DUI refusal, expired registration, and driving while license suspended based on a previous DUI conviction.

The judge found Morgan guilty of DUI and expired registration, but threw out the DWLS charge because the previous DUI charge is under appeal. Morgan paid twice the $1,086 fine to keep his license valid until the appeal is heard.

Will Ricky keep Howie on the payroll?  Should we even care? the jury is still out.

-ROM

We won / They won / Mississippi Won on Redistricting

May 17, 2011

The ink is barely dry on the 3 judge panel decision and there is already a back and forth on who won (Democrats of Republicans) over here at ROM we say that all of Mississippi won because right or wrong our Constitution stood strong and carried the day, the citizen legislators of Mississippi will have to come to a compromise on new districts and the courts and justice department will not be drawing our lines.

Congrats to all on the winning side.

View this document on Scribd

Democrats Claim Victory

Republicans Claim Victory

Kingfish Claims Victory for Delbert Hosemann

STATEMENT OF TREASURER TATE REEVES

ON TODAY’S REDISTRICTING RULING

 

May 16, 2011

“The court made the proper ruling today and followed the Mississippi Constitution, which calls for redistricting to occur the year after census data is released.  I applaud and congratulate Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann for his successful advocacy of the correct outcome in this matter.  Today’s ruling is a victory for local election officials and voters who won’t have to be rushed into contending with new maps and district lines this year, only to have them change again next year.”

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We all win.

-ROM

Ricky Dombrowski: Late on his taxes AND campaign finance reports

May 12, 2011

Seems like our hard partying friend Ricky Dombrowski just can’t get it together, last night he was late filing his periodic campaign finance report , it was due by 5:00 PM to the Secretary of States office but it did not arrive by fax until 1:28 AM on March 11th from Election Impact Group (a one man “group” consisting of Howie Morgan) according to the fax time stamp printed on the top of his report (LINK) (due to the photo we recently posted (LINK) we can only speculate as to what he was doing up so late).  One would think that someone running for Secretary of State, the office that is in charge of this kind of thing might know that.

So we took a look around and found out that Ricky seems to have a problem getting things in on time, most notably Ricky Dombrowski was late paying his taxes for THREE YEARS IN A ROW (among other things, more on that later), see the below article from the Sun Herald Archives:

QUOTE: “Shoot, I hate it more than anybody because I’m an elected official and it gets written up in the paper if I don’t pay them,” he said. “. . .The point is, they get paid.” — Gulfport Councilman Ricky Dombrowski, on being late paying his taxes for the third year in a row.

Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS)
August 19, 2003 Page: A2

2 COUNCIL MEMBERS LATE WITH TAXES SAVANT, DOMBROWSKI WILL PAY THEM
Author: MIKE CUMMINGS/THE SUN HERALD

GULFPORT — Gulfport City Councilmen Ricky Dombrowski and Kim Savant are late in paying their property taxes for a third consecutive year, records show.
Savant currently is behind $6,204 on three properties.”They’re my commercial properties,” he said. “They’ll be paid before the first of the year. They always are.”
Last year, Savant was late paying $453 for a single property. He was behind $2,711 for a climate-controlled warehouse in 2001. Two years ago, Dombrowski was late paying $4,179 on four properties. He was behind $3,170 on two properties last year. The current list shows Dombrowski has a tax liability of $4,597 on five properties, including his West Gulfport glass shop.

“I don’t have the money to pay it,” Dombrowski said, adding that he will pay the tax charges plus any penalties once he has the money.

He said his glass business is owed about $40,000 from customers. He said he made a decision to pay off his suppliers but hold off on paying some of his property taxes until he had the money to cover them.

“It’s not a great business decision, but it’s not a bad business decision,” he said.

Dombrowski said he also is trying to sell the beachfront water slide he owns and could use the proceeds to cover the delinquent taxes.

“Shoot, I hate it more than anybody because I’m an elected official and it gets written up in the paper if I don’t pay them,” he said. “. . .The point is, they get paid,”

The taxes, for the year 2002, were due Feb. 1. The delinquent properties are scheduled to be auctioned on Aug. 25. But property owners have two years to reimburse (with interest) anyone who pays the balance and retain their property.

Councilman Billy Hewes also is listed this year for a tax liability of $1,016.54 for a property on Klein Road, but he said he sold the property more than a year ago.

“Apparently, they haven’t gotten it converted at the courthouse yet,” he said.
—Mike Cummings

(EMPHASIS ADDED)

Sounds like a great candidate for Secretary of State.

-ROM

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.

-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

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