South Mississippians will vote on November 8th to fill the State Supreme Court seat vacated when Justice Randy Pierce resigned in February of this year (2016). Governor Phil Bryant appointed Dawn H. Beam to fill the seat until a replacement could be elected.
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- Ballotpedia Information: Dawn H. Beam
- Ballotpedia Information: Michael T. Shareef
- Mississippi Supreme Court Elections, 2016
- Clarion-Ledger: Pierce resigning from state Supreme Court
Four candidates are vying for the 4th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Steven Palazzo (R): Palazzo (R), Mark Dey Gladney (D), Richard “Ric” McCluskey (L), and Shawn O’Hara (Reform).
AFA Action provides a fairly comprehensive guide to the issues and positions of each candidate HERE although incumbent Rep. Palazzo didn’t respond to the survey.
Each candidates positions can be researched at their campaign websites listed below:
The 2016 General Election is November 8th. Mississippi Gulf Coast voters vote for a variety of other positions:
- U.S. President
- Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District
- Southern District of the State Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals
- Election Commissioner
- School Board
To find where to vote and see who is on the ballot, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.
While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton consume the news cycle, there are several other candidates running for election and on the ballot in Mississippi. Those candidates and links to their campaign websites are listed below:
- Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
- ‘Rocky’ Roque De La Fuenta (American Delta Party)
- Jim Hedges (Prohibition Party)
- Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party)
- Jill Stein (Green Party)
A screenshot of the 2016 Values Voter guide is below and documents many of the positions of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. See the entire guide at FRC Action.
Countless other voter guides are available online. Below are links to a few:
- AFA Action
- Conservative Review
- Washington Post (Interactive)
- Washington Examiner
Family Research Council published their 2016 Presidential Candidate Voter Guide. A snapshot of the “Values Voter Presidential Voter Guide” details both Republican and Democrat candidates’ positions on marriage, abortion, religious liberty, and other contemporary issues. A snapshot of the guide is provided below but the entire guide, with an exhaustive reference list, is available on the FRC website.
The Presidential Voters Guide above was last updated by FRC on 7 March 2016. FRC updates their website and candidate information becomes known and as candidates drop out of the race.
Tuesday, March 8th is Mississippi’s opportunity to choose who they want representing them in the November General Election. Both Republicans and Democrats hold their primaries on the same day and, since Mississippi is an “open” state, anyone can vote for either party.
While both the Democrat and Republican parties have had many contenders drop from their respective primary races, many will still be listed on the ballots. For the Democrats, the ballot will have the following:
- Hillary Clinton*
- Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente
- Martin O’Malley
- Bernie Sanders*
- Willie Wilson
The Republicans have reduced the number actively campaigning to four but the list of names on the Mississippi ballot also remains lengthy:
- Jeb Bush
- Ben Carson
- Chris Christie
- Ted Cruz*
- Carly Fiorina
- Lindsey Graham
- Mike Huckabee
- John R. Kasich*
- George Pataki
- Rand Paul
- Marco Rubio*
- Rick Santorum
- Donald J. Trump*
Asterisks indicate those candidates with active campaigns.
In addition to the widely publicized Presidential Primaries, South Mississippi will also be selecting their choice to represent the respective parties for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo is running unopposed for the Republican ticket while Democrat Mark Gladney is running unopposed to challenge Palazzo in November.
To see a sample of your ballot and find your polling place, visit the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator.
Under House Bill 1523, State officials, private business owners,and others who provide services to the public couldn’t be punished for acting on deeply held religious beliefs. The bill specifically protects individuals and organizations for acting upon the following “religious beliefs or moral convictions:”
- Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
- Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.
- Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
The bill would prevent the state government from taking any legal action against any religious organization, state employees, or other persons for acting in a manner consistent with these beliefs.
- House Bill 1523: Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act
- Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi House bill supports union of man, woman
- Human Rights Campaign: Discriminatory “Religious Liberty Accomodations Act” Passes Mississippi House
- SFGate: Mississippi bill: OK to not help with same-sex marriage
House Bill 786 was approved by state Representatives and would accomplish three things: (1) allows church authorities to develop security programs that designate enhanced carry permit holders or those with military or law enforcement backgrounds to protect places of worship, (2) ensures that these participants receive the benefits of existing protections under the state’s Castle Doctrine law; and (3) clarifies current permitless carry options for law-abiding citizens while maintaining the existing enhanced and regular concealed carry permitting systems.
The Mississippi Senate now takes up the bill for consideration.
The Mississippi Legislature convened their 2016 session on Tuesday, January 5th and re-elected Rep. Philip Gunn as House Speaker and selected Sen. Terry Burton as President Pro-Tem.
Gov. Phil Bryant plans to push comprehensive school choice, additional workforce training, tax credits and cuts, and repairing the state’s foster care program.
Eliminating the corporate franchise tax tops Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ agenda. He also wants to expand school choice while prioritizing BP oil disaster settlement funds for South Mississippi and the Coast.
Speaker Philip Gunn has already made waves by pushing to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, creating a new education funding formula to replace MAEP, and ensure the state lives within its budget.
- Leaders’ priorities, major issues for 2016 Legislature
- Lawmakers kick off 2016 session
- Reeves vows to push for tax cuts, school choice
- 2016 Legislative Deadlines