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Thursday Election Notebook

May 27, 2010
tags: 2010 House, 2011 Governor, Mississippi GOP, MS-01, MS-02, MS-03, MS-04
by Brett

MS-01: Henry Ross got some press from CQ Politics this morning as the primary heads into the last weekend. Ross feels his outsider credentials have helped him get to this point and credited the Tea Party movement as well. It is funny how things change in politics. When Angela McGlowan entered the race, she was the one getting the publicity as the possible outside threat to Alan Nunnelee and Ross barely could get any press.

MS-01: Alan Nunnelee downplayed expectations in that article by saying that his goal was to lead the ticket, adding, “The mathematics of a three-way primary make it very hard to win it outright.”

MS-01: The Desoto Times Tribune posted a story yesterday following an interview with the three First District candidates. They posted links to their responses in that story.

MS-01: John Anzalone, who is a pollster for Travis Childers (and other Democrats), offered some interesting insight on Childers, Southern Democrats, and 2010. When asked about the national mood, he doesn’t think it will swing already conservative district stating: “It has nothing to do with the national Democratic Party. It has everything to do with them being conservative and independent and the things they do parochially for their districts. So those races will actually be more similar to their races in the past.”

MS-01: Angela McGlowan posted a campaign update on Facebook on Tuesday where she said (among other things) that “the momentum behind this campaign has never been better!”

MS-01: When talking about a proposed tax hike on oil companies to help pay for the spill in the Gulf, McGlowan ratcheted up the populist appeal saying this: “It is insane that the American people may have to pay for the irresponsibility of big oil and a greedy Congress and Administration.”

MS-01: Nunnelee was featured in the Desoto Times Tribune with this profile piece.

MS-02: I do want to give a shout out to the Second District as we have just not been covering what is going on there (due to the lack of news and the near impossible task of defeating Bennie Thompson), but three Republicans will face off on Tuesday to take on Thompson. They are: George Bailey, (2008 nominee) Richard Cook, and Bill Marcy.

MS-03: Similar story in the Third, but the three Democrats vying to take on Gregg Harper are: (2008 nominee) Joel Gill, James Jackson and Shawn O’Hara.

MS-04: There is a short write up in the Mississippi Press on Tuesday’s primary between Joe Tegerdine and Steven Palazzo.

MS-04: Tegerdine said this on Facebook on Tuesday: “I am proud to be the only endorsed TEA PARTY candidate in this race!”

MS-04: Tegerdine liked the results of Tuesday’s primary in Idaho where a Republican who was outspent by his opponent who was part of the NRCC Young Gun’s program won, saying there are “some similarities to our race.”

MS-04: Palazzo has a profile type piece in the Picayune Item yesterday where he talked about the campaign, his background, and the issues he is focusing on. One thing we have touched on many times here, but was brought up in this piece again was the issue of Tegerdine only living in the state since 2007: “Being from here is extremely important. You can’t really understand the concerns and issues of South Mississippi unless you have roots here and you haven’t lived here during the good times and bad times of South Mississippi.”

MS-04: Palazzo said this about the claim by some that he was ducking debates with Tegerdine: “We had just wrapped up the legislative session and on April 20 the oil spill hit, and I told WLOX I would debate Tegerdine if my schedule allowed it. I have been consumed by the oil spill crisis. That comes first. I am not going to rearrange my campaign to fit into his schedule. We have debated a number of times previously, but in the next several days I plan to be in about 10 other counties campaigning up until Monday night.”

MS-04: Tegerdine sent out a fundraising call yesterday saying, “We still have a ways to go to keep our ads running to June 1.”

Fundraising: The AP did a story yesterday on the fundraising numbers from the GOP primary candidates in the First and the Fourth (good thing you read this blog so you already knew all that).

2011 Governor: Sid Salter talks 2011 politics, specifically the possibly crowded GOP primary for governor. Salter said that when he last asked SofS Delbert Hosemann about running, he said he was “coy…with no definitive answer either way.”

Johnny Morgan: You can read all about Patsy Brumfield’s report from Johnny Morgan’s ‘Good Ol’ Boys’ get together last week in Oxford that serves as a ‘who’s-who’ of Mississippi politics. Interesting stuff.

MSGOP: Y’all Politics reported that on Tuesday two prominent Leflore County Democrats filed to overthrow the Leflore Country Consent Decree that they had agreed upon with the Mississippi GOP stemming from a host of campaign violations that occurred in the country during the 2008 elections. The new rules would allow the sheriff to enforce election rules when a violation occurs.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 10:03 am

    Note: This will probably be the last Election Notebook before the primary. I am heading out of town today and will be getting back in late on Monday. Don’t know if I’ll have the time/ energy at that point to post anything else.

  2. Grizz permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:11 am

    RE: McGlowans facebook updates
    any comment one makes unfavorable to her gets deleted–a censorship practice of liberals

    • blog4joet permalink
      May 27, 2010 11:28 am

      Grizz same for Palazzo. Even a respectable tougher question gets deleted. So anything other then “rah rah” gets deleted. Politics the easy way out as usual. Grizz where can I find you? I miss your posts on the other site we shared that you just quit.

      • Grizz permalink
        May 27, 2010 11:53 am

        i think i gave reason i left–i am havy involved in Ms.Militia and preparedness–those who are armed,and not afraid to speak up to tc of each others familys,and who have / are making plans for the “pethaps” coming apocalypse in the USA-
        i of course keep having the haters in here on me lol–its all good,least they are leaving someone else alone–
        i know not much of D4-doings,cept for a video i watched of joes opponent dosging questions RE:comments he made about joe’s work ect–oh well–ovr soon,if not next week,in nov–ifffffffffff there is an election–zero can enact the “council of Governors ” act you realize–

  3. mspolitics82 permalink
    May 27, 2010 11:04 pm

    Palazzo’s comments have me very,very bewildered. Most of the debates/forums that he has “been too busy” for have come AFTER his legislative session obligations. The general public doesn’t know that, so Palazzo is actually “pulling the wool over their eyes”. Now, I would also like a further explanation on what exactly has had him occupied so heavily with the oil spill that he could not schedule one day to do a program with Tegerdine on WLOX? Just part of one day. I would think that a candidate who got such a late start in being “out among the people” would take every chance he could get to do so–especially an opportunity to compare him with his primary opponent….guess he figured that his money can buy him enough time on t.v. that he doesn’t actually need to be compared in public with Tegerdine. Oh, well, guess that’s POLITICS; that’s what alot of us are so tired of.

    • Dontreadonme permalink
      May 28, 2010 6:54 am

      Why don’t Joe talk about his National Sales Tax. That really gets people in the Tea Party fired up. More money for the government is never good.

      • Scott permalink
        May 28, 2010 9:58 am

        It’s called the FAIRTAX and you can check it out on It is HB25 and has close to 60 sponsors. The bill would eliminate the income tax, death tax, capital gains, payroll tax, etc. and sunsets if the 16th amendment is not abolished. It is the only plan out there that is fair and simple and would be a boost to our economy. Don’t Read On Me–you should actually know what you are talking about before spreading lies and misinformation. There are a lot of people in our state who support the FAIRTAX and your attacks are unfounded and untrue. It’s okay to disagree with Joe, but be truthful and factual about your criticisms, especially when it comes to the FairTax because it would be good for our economy by creating jobs and keeping more money in our pockets. The only people who don’t like it are politicians who would no longer be able to control us with their massive, incomprehensible tax code. I am glad Tegerdine actually has a game plan and states what he believes… you can’t get that from either of his opponents.

        • LimaBean permalink
          May 28, 2010 10:44 am

          dontreadonme, I support Palazzo, but also support the FairTax. The IRS needs to be abolished. When people fear their government something is wrong. The Fair Tax is not a perfect system, but it is better than what we have now. It also does not discriminate by class or status or process people like our current system. Ending the IRS takes us one step closer to having a government that does not step on the liberty of the citizens that created it. Further – the IRS has been chosen to be the gatekeeper for the new health care law because as an agency it has the proven ability to catalogue and process all working individuals in our Country. Its reach is so broad that it has been used for law enforcement purposes and has been suggested as an agency to register firearms and other authoritarian measures. We can fund our government without all of the “big brother” stuff. The FairTax is one way to do that, but not the only idea I would support.

    • princess sophia permalink
      May 28, 2010 9:57 am

      If there had been a snow ball’s chance of scoring some points in a debate you could be certain Palazzo would have done the debate, but sadly and I mean quite sadly he gets creamed and his inability to think on his feet becomes self evident. The debates did help Palazzo a bit though. Wells Griffen his campaign manager was able to take notes when Joe was speaking so that he could help Palazzo get a message that the people could stomach. Wells stole those planks for Steve I guess that’s just politics though. At least one candidate means what he says and that counts a lot more than anything else. Joe is going to trounce Steve. Actually Joe won’t do the trouncing it will be the people that do that.

      I too wonder exactly what Palazzo did regarding the oil spill. Joe went out and got hazmat training so he could help with the clean up. I’m pretty certain Steve did nothing of the sort.

  4. cwarep permalink
    May 28, 2010 11:47 am

    I know Palazzo is just super busy somewhere. Rumor has it he likes smaller crowds to speak to. He’s been trash talking Joe to waiters at Ruth Chris steak house lately.


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