Cochran’s 42 years of influence summarized

The Washington Post caught up to Sen. Thad Cochran on Friday and wrote an extensive article, Cochran promotes D.C. influence to fend off tea party challenge, on issues ranging from longevity and compromise to ObamaCare, the Tea Party, and his opponent in the Republican Primary, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

In the article, Cochran appeared to make a critical misstep by saying, “I think we need to monitor any federal programs that provide services and assistance to people who need help, and this is an example of an important effort by the federal government to help make health care available, accessible and affordable.”  Later on the campaign trail, Cochran’s staff clarified the statement by saying that the Senator though he was addressing the VA scandal and Cochran stated himself that he has always been against the law.

Cochran has continued to promote the political clout he has gained by 42 years in Washington.  Cochran says, “I’m convinced that if that phone call would have not been made to a Cabinet member, we wouldn’t have been able to keep the hospital open.”

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Tea Party candidates winning

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised to “crush them everywhere” but Tea Party candidates are still winning elections.  Despite the establishment GOP’s recent claims of  victory over the Tea Party, both West Virginia and Nebraska elected Tea Party candidates on Tuesday. 

Breitbart reports that the focus will now turn to Mississippi’s June 3rd primary where Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel is in a dead heat with 36-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. 

McDaniel has used Cochran’s long tenure in the U.S. Senate to draw contrasts with his opponent.  In the Sun Herald, McDaniel says he does not want to represent Mississippi simply to get along but to fix Washington, DC.  And that can only happen with new leadership that knows they work for the people and then fights to create a more responsive government.

And McDaniel vows to fight.  He says he will fight Obamacare, the federal debt, party politics and the political aristocracy, and the national dependence on federal spending. 

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SUN HERALD | Cochran’s keeping it positive in Gulfport

Anita Lee reports that Cochran’s keeping it positive in Gulfport for the Sun Herald:

GULFPORT — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran does not want to discuss any backlash the Republican party in Mississippi might experience over his race against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel.

McDaniel’s campaign recently accused Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef of favoring Cochran and asked him to resign. Nosef insists he’s impartial.

After Cochran spoke briefly Monday to the Gulfport Business Club, the Sun Herald asked if the campaign is creating issues for the party. The six-term senator responded: “Economic growth, expansion of our base across a broad majority of Mississippians – those are our goals. And it’s working. Mississippi probably has one of the strongest and politically influential parties in the Republican party.”

But what about the infighting? Cochran stayed his course: “I’m reaching out to everyone — Republicans, Democrats and independents — to support my candidacy. And I’m making great progress with all groups across the board. And I’m very flattered by that.”

Cochran told club members earlier that “Obamacare” needs to be repealed, prompting applause. He also said he and his fellow Republicans from Mississippi will keep a close eye on proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program so they can make sure coastal insurance rates will not skyrocket.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Democrat Primary U.S. Senate Candidate: Bill Marcy

Bill Marcy is no stranger to politics.  Marcy ran unsuccessfully for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District against Bennie Thompson twice as a Tea Party Republican.

Describing himself as “a conservative with Libertarian leanings” On NewsRadio 104.9’s Gulf Coast Mornings, Marcy said, “I am not happy with the Democratic or Republican Party.”  When asked about his switch from Republican to Democrat, Marcy stated, “We switched so that we could bring in the black base. We are very open about that. Black folks just won’t vote for a Republican. . .”

If successful, Marcy would become the first black Senator from Mississippi since 1881.

Marcy spells out his positions on his 2012 campaign website as follows:

  • Economy:  The tax and spend mentality of our President and the Democrat-led congress is making it harder to create new private industry jobs. The only way out of this recession is to permanently lower taxes and cut the size of government.  Opposes the 1993 NAFTA agreement.
  • Taxes:  Believes the tax burden is abusive and has been used for political reward or punishment.  Willing to pay for constitutional items such as national defense, bridges and highways but not pork.  Supports the Fair Tax plan.
  • Bail-outs:  Against bailing out people or businesses that created the current economic crisis.  Believes that no one and nothing is “too big to fail”.
  • Education:  Wants to requires all students to study the U.S. Constitution.  Supports education vouchers to drive competition to improve quality education; tax dollars should follow the given child, not the schools.
  • Drug Legalization:  Supports legalizing marijuana use for adults.
  • Defense:  Believes in a strong national defense as this is the first responsibility of government as outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
  • Energy:  “Drill here, Drill Now!”  Incredulous that U.S. policy does not take advantage of domestic resources.
  • Health Care:  Does not believe our health care system is broken but the best in the world; Against the takeover of healthcare under Obamacare which has destroyed full-time jobs.  Supports Health Savings Accounts.  Wants to guarantee insurance portability from job to job and across state lines.  Supports tort reform to reduce cost of healthcare.
  • Immigration:  Wants to enforce existing laws.  Supports legal immigration but need to secure the borders not only to prevent illegal immigration but to prevent terrorists from entering.
  • Abortion:  “[A]bortion is really the killing of unborn children.”
  • Marriage:  Supports the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
  • 2nd Amendment:  “[G]uarantees law-abiding citizens’ right to bear arms. This is not up for debate.”
  • 10th Amendment:  Believes the need for a limited central government with most everything delegated to the states.

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