Mississippi runoff election information

Neither Thad Cochran nor Chris McDaniel earned “50% +1” of the vote in the June 3rd primary election so the Republican Party will conduct a runoff election June 24th.  In accordance with MS Code § 23-15-305, a primary candidate must have a majority of the vote cast to represent their party in the primary election.  For an interesting history on the provision, read the Washington Post’s “Runoff elections a relic of the Democratic South.”

The Clarion-Ledger identified the following rules for runoff elections in their June 4th report:

  • Voters who didn’t vote in Tuesday’s primary election can vote in the June 24 runoff election
  • If a person voted in the Democratic primary Tuesday, he or she can’t vote in the June 24th Republican runoff or vice versa
  • If a voter voted in the Republican primary, the voter can vote in the Republican runoff

A voter in the Democrat primary cannot participate in the Republican primary runoff due to provisions of MS Code § 23-15-575.  This statute states, “No person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in the primary in which he participates.”  By voting in the Democrat Primary, the voter has already pledged their General Election vote to the Democrat nominee.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann simplified the information above on the Paul Gallo Radio Show by stating, “Let’s put it this way, people who voted in the Democratic primary, they’re all about 100,000 of them, they can’t vote in the Republican primary.  Everybody else can. . . Everyone who didn’t vote. . . have at it.”  This presumes that the voter was eligible and registered to vote for the June 3rd primary.

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Sun Herald’s Hampton declares Tea Party Dead. . . maybe

In his May 24th Sun Herald opinion “Up to our necks in mud – and sinking in the Mississippi Senate race,” Paul Hampton attempted to write the epitaph for the Tea Party tombstone.   “But it’s clear 2010 was a fluke and this party is over.  Of course, you could make the argument the party isn’t over — the Tea Party has just ‘purified’ the GOP.  You know, sort of like when the Democrats lurched to the left and its more conservative members jumped ship.”

Then comes the following tweet from Paul Gallo:

To put it a bit more clearly, Sen. Thad Cochran is running the same campaign a Democrat would use to defeat Chris McDaniel and there is nothing that Cochran has done that the Democrats can run against!  So much for “purification.”

With Republicans continuing to be “Democrat-light,” conservative groups within the party will always attempt to reform it.  Existing campaign finance laws have made that a certainty.

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Who is responsible for C-130s moving from Keesler AFB?

The Air Force’s decision to move C-130 transport aircraft from Keeler Air Force Base has become a political football in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.

In recent WLOX interviews, Former Rep. Gene Taylor blames incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo’s reckless voting for defense budget cuts and Palazzo blames Taylor for the trillions of dollars in national debt racked-up during his tenure as 4th District Congressman.  Another candidate, Tom Carter, said that he’ll just make a phone call to his former colleague, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee, to keep the planes there.

In 2011, national debt was labeled as the biggest threat to national security by then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADM Mike Mullen.  Not surprisingly, DoD’s share of the U.S. budget is shrinking and the Air Force is likely making economic trade-offs:

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For his part, Palazzo has challenged the Air Force’s math.  And so has every other elected official that represents areas that could be impacted by proposed realignments.  If keeping C-130’s at Keesler AFB is the best decision strategically and financially, they should stay.  In an election year, what are the chances that politics don’t trump national security?

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Chris McDaniel Interviewed by Mark Levin

Despite the hits and reportedly down week in Chris McDaniel’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, Mark Levin reiterated his support for Chris McDaniel during an interview April 18th.

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Gov. Bryant hails successful legislative session

Gov. Phil Bryant appeared on the Paul Gallo Show on April 7th and discussed some priorities during his tenure and a range of legislative accomplishments during the 2014 session.  The entire interview is available free from SuperTalk Mississippi.

Regarding some of the successes during his tenure:

  • Teen pregnancy:  Noted a 10.3% reduction in teen pregnancy over the past year without passing out birth control in classrooms.
  • TANF Drug Screening:  Signed legislation this year requiring new applicants to be screened from drug use/abuse prior to receiving benefits.
  • 2nd Amendment Protections & Sales Tax Holiday:  Passed a sales tax holiday for guns, ammo, and related supplies for September 5th – 7th.
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act:  Gov. Bryant said the state law mirrors federal law that was written by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and signed by Pres. Bill Clinton.
  • Criminal Justice Reform Bill
  • Banning Abortion at 20 weeks:  “A huge pro-life victory in Mississippi.”

Gov. Bryan talked at length about his biggest disappointment of the session, the failure to pass the special needs education bill (HB 765).  Saying it’s a “sorry day” and a “dark day” because public educators refused to release the funding to support 500 special needs children, he says the legislature turned their back on special needs children and he vows to make this a priority “from now on.”

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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.

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Gene Taylor Takes The Credit

Gene Taylor, Republican candidate for Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, called into Paul Gallo’s radio show on Tuesday, March 11th.  An edited radio clip portrays Taylor as just about taking all the credit for Hurricane Katrina relief to the exclusion of Gov. Haley Barbour.

The complete audio from the 7 AM hour is available from SuperTalk Mississippi.  The interview starts at the 34:14 point of the show archive, runs for almost 24 minutes, but doesn’t paint any more humbler a picture of Taylor.

During the interview, Taylor indirectly indicates that he is pro-gun and pro-life.  When Gallo asked him what changed about the Republican Party changed, Taylor paraphrases the Ronald Reagan quote that he didn’t leave the Democrat Party left him over the years and the Republican Party is now closer to his beliefs.

Gallo also asked about Taylor’s 2008 vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, NAFTA, Keesler AFB, shipbuilding, and ObamaCare.

Taylor’s positions as indicated in the interview:

  • On Nancy Pelosi:  It was a vote he shouldn’t have cast, he regrets, and in hindsight he would have voted for Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA).
  • On NAFTA:  He is against it and thinks it has been bad for Mississippi.
  • On Keesler AFB:  Upset about the recent announcement that the Air Force is moving aircraft from Keesler to Arkansas.
  • On Shipbuilding:  Took credit for much of the industry on the coast and his influence in that area.
  • ObamaCare:  Stated that he has repeatedly said that the bill is bad and should be repealed.