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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Lt. Gov. Reeves’ 2014 Legislative Summary

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves filed a summary of the legislative session headlined “Session Ends with Balanced Budget, Efficiency Measures, Investment in Education.”  The release documents the major legislative achievements to include education initiatives, the budget, public safety, reinforcing 2nd Amendment issues, and efforts to make Mississippi “business-friendly.”

Rep. Williams-Barnes’ Legislative Update

Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes (D-Gulfport) gave an update of the state legislatures “Conference Weekend” where the house and senate work-out differences between bills passed in their respective chambers so it can be forwarded to the governor for signing into law (or veto).

In January, House Bill 48 was passed and signed into law by Gov. Bryant.  The law requires public and private Mississippi schools to “adopt and implement a concussion management and return to play policy.”

Barnes does not like the requirement to drug test TANF applicants as required under House Bill 49.   The bill was championed by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn (R-56) and Rep. Sam C. Mims (R-97) and the governor signed into law on March 24th.

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Legislature sends Governor medicinal marijuana bill

Miss. House voted 112-6 to pass House Bill 1231 earlier this week.  Sen. Deborah Dawkins (D-Pass Christian) introduced medical marijuana bills in previous sessions.  Sen. Josh Harkins (R-Flowood) introduced the current bill to amend the Controlled Substances law.  A family in his district wants access to medical marijuana to reduce the seriousness of their epileptic child’s seizures.

The Senate passed a similar bill March 6th and, during the writing of this post, voted to push the House Bill to Gov. Bryant:

A pharmacist is all but required to understand the language of the bill but according to reports medicinal marijuana oil was added to the list of Schedule I Hallucinogenic Substances.  The oil is believed to help with pain and sleep problems and prevent seizures but without the high.

The drug would be controlled by Miss. licensed physicians and could only be dispensed by the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

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Democrat Primary 4th Congressional District Candidate: Trish Causey

If the Republican Candidates for Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District all look too similar for you to make a choice, look no further than the Democrat candidates.

As outlined by Paul Hampton, Trish Causey labels herself as “Staunchly progressive.”  Described as an artist and grassroots activist, Causey calls herself a lifelong activist on her campaign website.

  • National Security:  A pacifist; repeal the Patriot Act, close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.  The “humanitarian side of the military [as in post-disaster relief] should be lauded and fostered.”
  • Gay Issues:  Fully supports equal rights and privileges for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons.
  • Abortion:  Supports  unrestricted abortion.
  • Education:  Raise teacher pay, make student loans more available, and teach “students skills they will need for college and in the real world.”
  • Public Health:  Support marijuana legalization, expand Medicaid, supports Obamacare.
  • Economy:  Supports a “living wage” (increasing the minimum wage, legalizing and taxing marijuana, pro-union, and supports “fair pay and equal representation” for women.
  • Environment:  Address climate change, promote alternative fuels, ban genetically modified foods, preserve natural resources, protect the environment.

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