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 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.
On February 18th, the Harrison County Planning Commission held their regular meeting and heard a petition to allow “a form of Adult Entertainment” at 18009 Tillman Road. The subject property is 1,700 feet south of Faith Baptist Church on the corner of Canal Road and Tillman Road.
The following information was available from the Planning Commission proposed agenda posted on the Harrison County website:
Case File 1602HC018 – Other to allow the establishment a juice bar with exotic dancers in accordance to Section 305 Non-Classified Uses – Old Hwy 49– tax parcel 0610H-01-001.001 – Ronald Nance for Danielle Fayard – Supervisor District 3
Said petition was filed by Ronald Nance for Danielle Fayard requesting to add a form of Adult Entertainment in conjunction with a Juice Bar on a 0.6-acre parcel of land as identified on the site plan. Section 305 requires the Planning Commission to make a determination of the district or districts in which such use shall be permitted, either by right or on a conditional basis. The property is currently zoned as C-1 (Neighborhood Commercial) and R-2 (Medium Density Residential) District. The subject property is located at 18009 Tillman Road. The ad valorem tax parcel number is 0610H-01-001.001.
According to church members in attendance, the issue was tabled until a future meeting. The property is easily recognizable to those travelling on Canal Road and a photo of the proposed site from Google Maps is below.
Site of proposed adult entertainment venue on Canal Road
Per Mississippi law, counties have authority to regulate adult entertainment. Per Section 305 of the Harrison County Zoning Ordinance, adult entertainment is a “Non-Classified Uses” and therefore requires planning commission approval:
For any use not specifically listed, the planning commission shall make a determination of the district or districts in which such use shall be permitted, either by right or on a conditional basis. Any such determination shall be based on the subject use’s similarity in nature, intensity of land use impact and general character to other uses listed in the various districts.
While the location is within District 3, all church members and residents of Harrison County need to come together and tell our Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission that such establishments are not desired anywhere in Harrison County let alone on Canal Road. Notify your Supervisor and plan to attend future Board of Supervisors Meetings and Planning Boards.
Harrison County Board of Supervisors:
Harrison County residents can determine the district of their resident via their voter registration card or by viewing the district map.
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.
Don’t forget to vote in the 2015 General Election Tuesday, November 3rd. This important election will not only determine all state-wide, regional, and county-wide offices, but also whether the state constitution is amended with respect to education.
Make you voice heard and vote!