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Thursday Afternoon Election Notebook

January 20, 2011

A couple notes on the 2011 elections…

** Gubernatorial candidate Dave Dennis recently did an extensive three-part interview with the Mississippi Business Journal. Here is part one, part two, and part three.

** In a story about women in Mississippi politics, Bobby Harrison has this nugget on former Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck: “Many believed that Tuck would one day run for governor. And she still might, though she has given no indication that she would in recent years since taking a post at Mississippi State.”

I still do hear people ask about her and her political future. Maybe 2015 will be a different story, but she seems content with what she’s doing now this time around.

** Sid Salter did a profile piece on Attorney General candidate Steve Simpson in his column yesterday while also looking at the issues the Republican will raise and hopes to gain traction on in his race against incumbent Jim Hood.

** In the Southern Political Report article that I mentioned yesterday, there are a couple points on fundraising worth paying attention to. They state that Phil Bryant is “expected to report that he had raised some $2 million” in his next finance report, while Dave Dennis has said he’d “be willing to spend some $3 million of his own money.” Dennis is expected to report “from $500,000 to $750,000” according to the article.

** Lucien Smith, a likely candidate for treasurer who we have been talking about a good bit here, has set mid-February as the expectant timeline for making a formal announcement. Does this mean Tate Reeves may wait until that point to make his own announcement?

And while Smith may not formally be in the race yet, he is making appearances at key events throughout the state; much like the only confirmed candidate in the race: Lee Yancey.

Speaking of Yancey, here are some photos from his recent announcement tour.

** GOP Chairman and Simpson County Chancery Clerk candidate Brad White recently launched his campaign website:

It includes this praise from Haley Barbour: “In every capacity of his life, Brad White has been a great ambassador for Simpson County. His love and dedication to his home county has always come first in every area of public service he has undertaken. If elected Chancery Clerk, Simpson County will be well served by Brad White.”

** Winston County Sheriff Randy Thomas has become the latest Democratic official to qualify for re-election as a Republican. Joey Barnes with WCBI has confirmed this. Thomas will be added to our running list of party switchers.

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