Friday Afternoon Election Notebook
A couple notes on the 2011 elections…
** Had a story in the lieutenant governor’s race from before the fair that we are just getting around to. This concerns the pre-election finance reports that came out on Tuesday. As a couple other places have mentioned (here and here), the Billy Hewes campaign has repaid about $225,000 in loans that Hewes (and two friends) originally made at end of April. The point here is that the money was apparently loaned to make that report look bigger at the time while it looks like the money was never their to be spent on the campaign, something the Tate Reeves campaign had questioned in the past.
** Earlier today, the Hewes camp sent out a release responding to a recent Reeves mailer. According to the Hewes campaign, the mailer said that the candidate supports school consolidation into one district per county. Also, they said the mailer was sent to homes in areas that have largely white school districts within counties that have predominately black school districts (i.e. Clinton/ Hinds), or vice-versa. Other counties this was sent to apparently included Lowndes, Lauderdale, Madison, Desoto (which I believe only has one school district anyway), and Marion.
The Hewes camp said they proposed that districts within a county share administrative non-instructional services that are duplicative. They called Hewes mailer “race-baiting scare tactics” and for Reeves to apologize.
** At the same time, the Greenwood Commonwealth issued endorsements in the same two races, but backing Lucien Smith and Cindy Hyde-Smith. The paper requires a subscription to read online, but here is a PDF of their endorsement of Hyde-Smith.
** Hyde-Smith has also received the backing of Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan (and of course she picked up Lester Spell’s support on Wednesday). Here is his letter in support of Hyde-Smith. Speaking of the Alabama Ag. Commish, I am not sure exactly whom it was sent to but I have seen an email floating around stating that Max Phillips has been endorsed by him. Phillips has actually been endorsed by Dale Peterson, who is probably more well not than McMillan because of this infamous ad, but he did lose last year.
** And one more mention from the Ag Commish race, Max Phillips has received the support of Les Riley, who was the 2007 candidate for this position on the Constitution Party ticket.
** Last night, Dave Dennis had a fundraiser in Gluckstadt.
** Tate Reeves was endorsed by Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr at an event in Southaven last night. In receiving the endorsement, Reeves said this: “Lt. Governor Darr is a conservative leader for Arkansas, and I’m excited that he is endorsing my candidacy. Conservatives understand the importance of this election and know that I will work to pay down our debt, control spending and fight to bring better, higher paying jobs to Mississippi.”
** Danny Bedwell, Chairman of the Mississippi Libertarian Party, endorsed Ron Williams gubernatorial campaign yesterday.