Republican Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Steven Palazzo

As the incumbent representing Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, there is much written and in the news concerning Rep. Steven Palazzo.  Completing his second term in office, Palazzo originally defeated former Rep. Gene Taylor in the 2010 elections when the Tea Party was rising to prominence.

A former U.S. Marine and currently serving in the Mississippi National Guard, he is no stranger to the military or the issues that affect national defense.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant and owns his own business.

From his website, here are Palazzo’s position on various issues:

  • Obamacare:  Has voted to defund, repeal, replace, and delay multitude of times and will continue to do so.  Obamacare increases healthcare costs and insurance premiums, hurts the quality of healthcare, has added numerous taxes and increased the national debt.
  • Flood Insurance:  Successful in passing legislation that restores grandfathered rates and building codes; removed the home sale trigger that would drastically increase flood insurance premiums.
  • National Security:  The wellbeing of those who serve and have served in the military is a top priority.  Wants to immediately fix and restore cuts to military retirees that happened in the past 2 years.  Will continue to lead the fight to keep shipbuilding at Ingalls as those jobs are vital to the Gulf Coast economy.
  • Taxes:  High taxes and spending are out of control.  Limited resources must be wisely used and entitlement programs must be controlled.
  • Economy:  Congress needs to focus on promoting economic growth for the country.  Will continue to fight for legislation that fixes health care, relieves gas prices, reduce regulations, and restore employment.
  • 2nd Amendment:  Hunting and fishing are a way of life in South Mississippi and the 2nd Amendment is more than just hunting.  Supports the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act and Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act which will allow guns to be exempt from estate in bankruptcy.
  • Environment:  Supports the RESTORE Act which restores Mississippi’s natural resources, fisheries and coastal wetlands including the economic health of coastal communities adversely affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill through a trust fund paid for with Clean Water Act fines.

For more information:

Democrat Primary U.S. Senate Candidate: Travis Childers

Former Rep. Travis Childers is the leading candidate for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.  Winning the 2008 Election for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, Childers lost his re-election bid after 1 term to Alan Nunnelee.  Despite that, the potentially demanding Republican Primary could improve his opportunities in the deeply Republican state.

By all accounts a conservative Democrat, Childers his voting record appears to support that.  He voted to censure Rep. Charles Rangel (D) in 2010, to establish a timeline for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Childers affirms a solid record of working across party lines and insists he will put Mississippi’s middle class first.

In any event Childers has an uphill battle.  In 2008, the last time a Democrat vied for a Mississippi Senate seat, former governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) fell to Sen. Roger Wicker (R) by 10 points.  No official campaign website or other listing of positions is currently available.  This post will be updated if either becomes known.

With a history in Mississippi Politics, below is some of the internet chatter available about Childers:

Republican Primary U.S. Senate Candidate: Thad Cochran

Having served in Washington, DC since the 1970s, Sen. Thad Cochran is no stranger to politics or to Mississippi.  Seeking to return for his 6th term in the U.S. Senate, Cochran is facing his toughest Primary contest since first becoming a Senator.

With over 30 years in politics, there is little that Cochran doesn’t have a record or position on.  The positions below are taken from his campaign website:

  • Economy:  Supports free enterprise, lower taxes, and economic opportunity.  Believes governments role is to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone who wants to seize it.  Opposed bailouts, the stimulus package, Obamacare, and IRS targeting of individuals.
  • Spending:  Wants to get spending under control and has repeatedly co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Entitlement spending comprises 55% of the federal budget and must be limited.  Attributes his role as an appropriator as being responsible for rooting out wasteful spending proposals than anyone else in Congress.
  • Healthcare:  Opposes Obamacare and has voted to oppose, defund, or repeal it.  Forced the National Institutes of Health to put a great focus on Mississippi academic research partnerships leading to the Guyton Research Complex in Jackson.
  • Energy:  Supports an “all-of-the-above” policy to harness all of our country’s energy resources.  Desires to make Mississippi a leader in energy independence.  Opposed to a “carbon tax” and is dedicated to blocking EPA over-regulation.
  • Agriculture:  Reduce regulations to save taxpayer dollars and help farmers and help negotiate the current farm bill which slashed duplicative programs.
  • Abortion:  Pro-life and desires “to bar the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions.”  Cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011 and wants every health plan under Obamacare to disclose any coverage of abortion in the plan’s marketing and advertising.
  • 2nd Amendment:  “[B]elieves that the Second Amendment right of the American people to keep and bear arms is not negotiable.”  Opposed efforts such as the UN Arms Trade Treaty which threaten the 2nd Amendment.  Works tireless to equip first responders.
  • Education:  Championed Ready to Learn to encourage broadcasters to create educational programming for early childhood.  Opposed Common Core.  Helped make Mississippi’s community college system a national model.
  • Immigration: “[C]onsistently voted against inadequate immigration legislation.”  Voted against Reagan’s amnesty bill in 1986; “one of three Senators in history to vote against every comprehensive immigration reform bill that sought to provide amnesty to those who have entered our country illegally (1986, 2006, 2007, 2013).”  No path to citizenship for those here illegally.  Enforce existing laws.
  • Infrastructure:  “[H]e has ensured that needed improvements to[Mississippi’s] interstates, bridges, and railways have been made.”  Working hard to keep jobs at Stennis Space Center and that the state is an attractive venue for private aerospace ventures.
  • National Security:  Has always supports the missile defense technologies necessary for global security and defense of Israel.  Supports shipbuilding needs of the navy and other federal organizations and that many of them “would not have been built in Mississippi” without his leadership.  Made the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg the flagship research facility for the U.S. Corps of Engineers.  Supporter and advocate of Israel.
  • Emergency Management:  Secured $29 Billion after Katrina to rebuild basic infrastructure.  Helped make Mississippi the national model for how to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.
  • Marriage:  Cosponsor of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which would bar the Federal Government from discriminating against individuals and organizations upon their faith-founded belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

For more information:

Republican Primary U.S. Senate Candidate: Chris McDaniel

A lawyer and former state Senator, Chris McDaniel is attempting to upset incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran to become the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.  The Christian Science Monitor listed McDaniel as the top candidate that could be “the next Ted Cruz.”

Representing Jones County in the Mississippi Senate since 2008, he is a Partner at Hortman, Harlow, Bassi, Robinson and McDaniel, PLLC, a general civil and trial practice in Laurel.  McDaniel’s attorney profile lists his practice areas as general litigation, insurance defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, constitutional law (civil rights), education law, consumer products litigation, mass tort litigation, and complex multi-party litigation.

The following positions were taken from McDaniel’s campaign website:

  • Healthcare:  Volunteered his time in Mississippi’s suit against Obamacare.  Opposed Medicare expansion, supports defunding, repealing Obamacare.  Desires commonsense healthcare reform, increased choice, health savings accounts, and allowing insurance across state lines.
  • Taxes:  Believes the tax code is a mess and must be reformed.  Supports scrapping the existing tax code and moving to a simpler, flatter tax system.  [Stated in an interview with Bryan Fischer that he did know whether the Fair Tax or the Flat Tax was best.]
  • Education:  Desires to repeal No Child Left Behind, eliminate federal government control over education, and restore education to the states, local communities, and parents.  Supports school choice.  Opposes Common Core.
  • Immigration:  Opposes amnesty and supports enforcement of existing laws including securing the border.  Introduced the Employment Protection Act to require all companies to check legal status of potential employees.
  • Energy:  Reduce foreign oil dependence by expanding domestic energy use.  Supports offshore drilling, drilling in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), Keystone pipeline, and opposes subsidizing alternative energy forms.
  • Agriculture:  Unleash agriculture from federal regulations and control from Washington.  Supports repealing the Death Tax in its entirety to enable the transfer of farms to children without penalty.
  • Economy:  Regulations are strangling jobs and small businesses.  Washington is addicted to spending and our country is on the verge of financial crisis.  Must cut spending, pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.  Supports making permanent the temporary ban on earmarking.
  • 2nd Amendment:  Opposes all efforts to undermine the 2nd Amendment.  Sponsored legislation that required the state to honor any valid concealed carry permit issued by another state.
  • National Security:  Will fight for the men and women of the military to ensure support in and out of uniform.  Wary of engaging in foreign entanglements but acknowledges the need to remain vigilant of many threats.  Wants to reevaluate foreign aid process.  Will oppose all treaties that compromise American sovereignty.  Committed to the U.S. military remaining the strongest in the world and will not appease our enemies.
  • Abortion:  Pro-life and believes in the responsibility to protect unborn life.
  • Marriage:  Believes marriage is between and man and a woman and will vote to protect that definition.

For more information:

4th District Republican Candidate Tom Carter Interviewed on Gulf Coast Mornings

While Steven Palazzo and Gene Taylor are capturing the most media attention, Tom Carter is also in the race to represent the Republican Party in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.  The lifelong Mississippian was interviewed on NewsRadio 104.9 FM Gulf Coast Mornings.

Identifying himself as a businessman who has never run for public office (nor voted for nor with Rep. Nancy Pelosi), Carter discussed the need to reduce burdens on businesses to strengthen the economy.  The interview also included Obamacare, the national debt, career politicians, and the defense presence on the Gulf Coast.

Hear the entire interview from the NewRadio 104.9FM website.

For more information:

Republican Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Tom Carter

The Miss. Republican Party has authorized 4 candidates to run for the 4th Congressional District.  The little known Tom Carter from Carriere, Miss. is a businessman and SAIC executive (federal contractor).  His views as indicated on his campaign website:

  • Economy:  The role of government is to foster an environment conducive to business.  He will use “tax relief to help Americans keep more of what they earn.”
  • Government Spending:  Staunchly opposed to increasing national debt and the endless debt limit increases.  Advocates a balanced budget with priorities in national defense and protection of Social Security and Medicare.
  • Tax Reform:  Advocates simplifying the tax code and reduce the high level of taxation.
  • Obamacare:  Supports the complete repeal of Obamacare.  Against “fixing;” the law must be killed.
  • Traditional Values:  Opposed to abortion and believes marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman.  “However, I support the free rights of all men and women to make decisions that may be contrary to my core beliefs and values with their lives, and I will respect the law of the land.”

Paul Gallo interviewed Carter on SuperTalk Mississippi on March 24th (7:34 AM).  During the interview, Carter said that is his first run for public office which is an outpouring of his sense of civic duty.  His principled character, dedication to his core and family values, and experience as a businessman separate him from the other candidates.  Carter is for term limits since career politicians lose a connection to their constituents and the understanding of the impact of their policies.  He said he would not vote for Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.

Gallo pressed Carter on how he would work with regard to party politics and obtaining committee positions that could provide the necessary power to influence things (such as the C-130s moving from Keesler AFB).  After Gallo replayed a segment of Gene Taylor’s March 11th interview taking credit for Katrina Relief,  Carter said that connections (as his with the Secretary of the Air Force) are part of business and negotiations.

When asked about how to keep the casino industry, which is a big employer on the Gulf Coast, Carter stated that he did not support the casinos and he is not interested in growing the industry but would continue to utilize them as they exist as an economic tool.

For more information: