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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.

You want a Hot Dog?

November 3, 2008

This is possibly one of the funniest video’s I have ever seen.  Priceless…

I have been laughing myself to tears all morning at the pure absurdity.

Hattip: Yall Politics

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Yazoo Herald Editorial takes Ronnie to task

October 15, 2008

ICYMI: the Yazoo Herald has a good editorial on Ronnie, oh how we forget when we have good god fearing Democrats for neighbors how the fire breathing, America hating, anti-christian left wing in Washington D.C. really operates.  We don’t need to elect a Senator that will run with that crowd (even if he isn’t “one of them”) there are plenty of reasons to vote for Roger Wicker but I can’t write as eloquently as Mr. Patterson does below.  -ROM

We haven’t forgotten your record Ronnie
Walter Patterson

If you are the proud owner of a short memory, you can bet that politicians love you.
They can cavort, change, re-invent themselves, blame others for their past failures, and yet they know inside their devious little minds that you will continue to vote for them.
On the other hand, if you have a normal memory and you recall the idiotic things that politicians have done to you and to this country, you are the last person on earth that a politician wants to confront.
For example, have you seen that exciting candidate for the U. S. Senate, the former governor, the liberal, the one who almost sent Mississippi into bankruptcy?
Yes, I’m talking about the Democrat candidate, Ronnie Musgrove. His buddies in Washington, for some strange reason, smell blood in the water, and they are spending a fortune to try and get this re-treaded failure elected. They are trying to portray Musgrove as a leader who has Mississippi’s interests at heart.
To listen to the misleading ads on TV, one might conclude that he is going to Washington and single-handedly change world politics. Now if you will think back, this was the man who could not handle his own liberal supporters in the Mississippi House and Senate. He was continually slapped around like a “rented mule” by the Democrat majority.
What has changed during the last five years? Nothing! Mr. Musgrove is still the same weak liberal that he has always been. While we’re at it, remember what he did to the State budget.
That’s correct. He ran up an almost one billion dollar debt by placing ineligible participants on programs for which they did not qualify.
Does the term “buying votes” come to mind? It took a Republican governor, Haley Barbour, to straighten this mess out.
So what would happen if Ronnie Musgrove were elected to the U. S. Senate? First, none of the promises he makes now can be fulfilled. He is trying to portray the image of a man floating down a lazy river, but what he is really doing is swimming up stream like a migrating Salmon.
Should he reach Washington, he would encounter the likes of Harry (this war is lost) Reid, Chuck (I am incompetent) Schumer, Hillary (I don’t want to be the other woman) Clinton, Dick (our troops are worse that Nazis) Durbin, and Barbara (I have no clue) Boxer.
If you think the Mississippi Legislature slapped Musgrove around, I shutter to think what this crowd would do. Of course, when they finished with him, he would be for higher taxes, much higher taxes, more government waste, gun control, and against free trade.
Drilling for more oil, either off shore, domestically, or in ANWAR would be off the table. Gas prices will soar to well over five dollars per gallon, perhaps more, but Ronnie Musgrove and the Democrats will be telling us that it is for our own good, that we must wean ourselves off of oil because it is causing “global warming,” and because the mean, greedy oil executives are making too much money.
Remember what Senator Obama said? “What worries me most is how rapidly the cost of gasoline has risen.” Well, Senator, if we produced more oil, the price of gasoline would drop. For some strange reason, the Democrat Party does not get this concept.
Imagine that a Category III hurricane hit Yazoo County. There would be no electricity, no water, no gas for the cars, no food, and in some instances, no shelter. Now imagine what would happen if oil was prohibited, something the Barack Obama has proposed that we do in 10 years. There will be no electricity, no water, no gas for the cars, no food, and in some instances, no shelter. There will be no means of building a shelter or raising food. Yet, Obama and Musgrove will, if elected, push this moronic plan as far as the liberals in Congress will let them.
Happily, Senator Roger Wicker has a practical answer to this leftist problem. First, he wants to drill, drill, drill. He wants to open up more government lands for exploration, and he knows that windmills, solar panels, and “inflated” tires alone will not solve the problem.
Roger Wicker is a conservative. He knows that government can do some things, but in many cases, government is not the end all or be all. He, also, stands for fiscal responsibility, a concept foreign to former Governor Musgrove.
No, Mr. Musgrove, most Mississippians have normal memories. Some even have “elephant like” memories.
We remember your inability to lead, your fiscal mismanagement, your inability to bring your own liberal buddies on board to pass your “taxpayer” funded big government programs, and we simply say “no.”
You had your chance, and you blew it. Remember, Governor Kirk Fordice had set his successor up to have a great four years. There was money in the bank. Now you are asking us to elect you to the United States Senate.
You’ve got just one problem that your ultra-liberal Washington friends failed to tell you. Mississippians have long memories.
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Walter Patterson is a columnist for The Yazoo Herald. He can be reached by e-mail at opat55walt@att.net.

Quick, it’s an emergency, Ronnie needs a new fainting couch!

September 29, 2008

Hilarious

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Ronnie’s record will make you “Blush”

September 29, 2008

The NRSC is doing a great job getting these YOUTUBE spots out.  This one called “blush” brings back a few of our favorite Mississippi political characters and is worth a look.

Ronnie sounds like my old coon hound chasing his tail

September 24, 2008

This is just way too funny not to post

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Musgrove Looks to Green to $ave Him (& Barbour responds)

September 9, 2008

Thanks to Alan at Y’all Politics for posting the pdf showing the $2500 in-kind contribution from Ronnie Musgrove to the judge now deciding his ballot lawsuit. Musgrove’s freaking out continues. Oh, and the contributions to the judge from Scruggs and Bennie Thompson on the same page as Musgrove, well, that’s just gravy.

Meanwhile, Governor Barbour has issue a statement on the 2008 ballot:

Since 2002, two different Governors and two different Secretaries of State from both political parties have approved ballots placing special elections at the end of the ballot. When Democrats say this dispute is about politics, they are right. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and his surrogates continue to play politics with one of the fundamental rights we have as citizens: the right to vote.

When Democrat Eric Clark was Secretary of State, the sample ballots he prepared in 2002, 2004 and 2006 included special elections at the end of the sample ballot. In each of those years, Secretary Clark also included specific instructions to the county election commissioners that special elections should be placed at the end of the ballot. Then-Governor Ronnie Musgrove approved the 2002 sample ballot prepared by Secretary Clark. I approved the 2004 and 2006 sample ballots prepared by Secretary Clark.

Now, Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has taken exactly the same position as his Democratic predecessor. My position on the placement of special elections on the ballot has remained the same. I approved the sample ballots prepared by Eric Clark and Delbert Hosemann, both with special elections at the end of the ballot.

So it seems the Democrats are complaining about putting the Musgrove-Wicker special election at the bottom of the ballot; but, Musgrove himself approved placement of a special election at the bottom of the ballot in 2002. The freak out continues.

As predicted, Musgrove freaks

September 9, 2008

And scene. The Mississippi Election Commission approved the sample ballot placing the Musgrove-Wicker special election at the bottom of the ballot, where all special elections go. The left loonies are going nuts. Musgrove’s campaign is freaking out. DailyKos, the left wing standard, is carrying Musgrove’s Washington rhetoric.  Here is Musgrove’s press release as published at DK.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann today presented an unlawful sample ballot which buries the special US Senate race between Governor Ronnie Musgrove and interim US Senator Roger Wicker.  The ballot was approved by Governor Haley Barbour.

Hosemann buried the Musgrove-Wicker race below all local races near the bottom of the ballot.

Hosemann could cite no statue supporting his decision to move the race from the top of the ballot.  However, Attorney General Jim Hood did cite election law requiring federal races be placed at the top of the ballot.

“We will win this election no matter where the Secretary of State puts it on the ballot,” Tim Phillips, Musgrove for Senate campaign manager said.  “But this is about the law and they don’t get to make up their own laws.”

The unlawful ballot is expected to cause confusion for voters expecting to find the Musgrove-Wicker race with other federal elections where it belongs.  The most prominent election in the state will be one of the hardest races to find on Election Day.  

Mississippi election law, code 23-15-367, clearly states federal races, like the Musgrove-Wicker race, belong on the top of the ballot.

Unlawful sample ballot? Acting without support? Making up their own laws? It sounds like chaos! Run for the hills, the Republicans have declared martial law! The end is near. Come on guys. You’re sounding desperate. I don’t know where y’all have run other campaigns before coming to work for Ronnie Musgrove, but Mississippians are not stupid. And we prefer a higher level of discourse here.  Consider, below, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s conclusion on this matter:

The Office of Secretary of State has devoted many hours researching the ballot order for the 2008 General Election.   Our office has researched not only the applicable Mississippi statutes, but also prior opinions of the Attorney General, and minutes of prior meetings of the State Board of Election Commissioners.

According to Miss. Code Ann § 23-15-511, State statute requires all general election candidates be “clearly distinguished” from special election candidates.  In 1990, 1991, and 1992, all special elections were at the end of the ballot.  In 2002, 2004, and 2006, former Secretary of State Eric Clark stated the order of the ballot should be as follows (1) U.S. Senate, (2) U.S. House of Representatives, (3) Regular School Board and School Board Trustee elections, (4) Nonpartisan Judicial Elections, (5) Constitutional Amendments, and (6) Special Elections (other than special non partisan judicial elections).    

“Miss. Code Ann § 23-15-367 requires the Secretary of State to prepare the sample ballot.  The Governor has the right to approve the ballot,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “The Governor was presented with two ballots by the Secretary of State.  As provided by statutory law, Governor Barbour approved the sample ballot attached, clearly distinguishing the Senate Race for the unexpired term.  Mississippi voting law was followed.” 

Seventy-nine of Mississippi’s 82 counties use electronic voting machines.  If a Mississippi voter overlooks a particular race on the ballot, or simply chooses not to vote in a particular race, the voter will have to decide not to vote in that race three times before their ballot is cast.  The skipped race is clearly distinguished in red from the races in which a vote was cast, which is distinguished in blue. 

Furthermore, to address concerns of a ‘drop-off’ of voters, after reviewing the institution of electronic voting and the 2004 Federal Election and the 2007 Statewide Election, there was not a significant decrease in votes from the beginning of the ballot to the end of the ballot and in one particular race, actually increased vote totals. 

“We believe Mississippi voters are capable to read through the entire ballot.  To suggest otherwise disrespects the voter,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “The People of the State of Mississippi will determine the results of this election as they have every other election.”

Cue Musgrove Freak Out

September 8, 2008

So the Ronnie Musgrove for Senate Campaign has been in a tizzie over the order of offices on the November ballot. Last week a press release from the campaign complained that the Musgrove-Wicker special election might be placed at the bottom of the ballot (where special elections usually go) and be ignored by “tens of thousands of voters.” Musgrove’s campaign said Musgrove’s “race is the most prominent in the state” but “it may receive the least attention on Election Day.” The campaign urged Democrats to call the Secretary of State and make sure this didn’t happen. Of course, if voters choose to ignore Musgrove, that is nobody’s fault but his. Also, ain’t it funny that Musgrove wants “to change a broken system in Washington” but he insults all the local campaigns at the bottom of the ballot by acting like they are not important. He has already bought into Washington thinking. The school board members and election commissioners and judges we elect are important to our communities. Musgrove might think his is the only race of importance, but he is wrong. His Washington DC campaign staff wants him at the top of the ballot to take advantage of what they are hoping will be an Obama turnout, but Sid Salter suggests that might not happen anyway.

Hey Washington guys! In Mississippi, being at the bottom doesn’t mean it isn’t important. We put our Constitutional amendments at the bottom (like Defense of Marriage). Our Constitution is more important than any candidate.

An agenda for tomorrow’s State Election Commission meeting (Gov Barbour, Secretary Hosemann, AG Hood) shows the following meeting items: 1) Call to Order 2) Approval of minutes 3) Wilkinson County registrar 4) Review and approval of General Election candidate qualifications (President, Senate, Congressional, Judicial) 5) Review and approval of Special Election candidate qualifications (Senate, Judicial) 6) Approval of names on Sample Ballot 7) Adjournment

We already know what Jim Hood thinks. Stay tuned to see how this shakes out. Maybe they’ll be at the top; maybe at the bottom….

NRSC: Defendant admits giving Musgrove $25,000 “gratuity,” while MS taxpayers get saddled with $55 million bill

August 12, 2008

http://www.nrsc.org/news/Read.aspx?ID=1455

WASHINGTON, DC — First, there was the news today that Democrat Senate candidate Ronnie Musgrove is the public official in the case of the failed Mississippi Beef Processors Plant. Now, there’s news that not only is Musgrove the public official, but that a defendant in the Beef Plant case admitted that “gaining the favor of” Musgrove was the purpose of a $25,000 campaign contribution — a contribution that charges in the case labeled a “gratuity.”

Of course, the Beef Processors plant project failed under Musgrove’s watch and Mississippi taxpayers were left to foot a $55 million bill.

A $55 million tab for Mississippi taxpayers. And a $25,000 tip for Musgrove.

According to the Daily Journal, “[g]aining the favor of then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove was the motive behind an unlawful $25,000 campaign contribution in 2003, Beef Plant defendant Robert Moultrie admitted Monday.

“Moultrie, CEO of The Facility Group of Smyrna, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of ‘knowingly and unlawfully rewarding an agent’ of Mississippi government with a ‘gratuity,’ which he apparently hoped would get him in good stead with Musgrove, if he should need him later.” (Daily Journal, 8/12/08

Moultrie’s attorney even noted, “[t]his is a charge that he made the contribution intending to influence and reward the official for the performance of official duties should the public official’s assistance be needed on any potential problems on the Mississippi beef project.” (Daily Journal, 8/12/08

“Have you ever given or received a $25,000 tip for work left undone?” NRSC spokesperson Mary-Sarah Kinner asked. “Ronnie Musgrove effectively passed the $55 million tab onto Mississippi taxpayers while accepting a $25,000 tip for his campaign coffers. Did Musgrove think no one would catch it? And if so, can he be trusted not to do something like it again?”