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NRCC Hits Childers on Taxes

June 18, 2010
tags: 2010 House, 2011 Ag Commissioner, Bill Marcy, Lester Spell, MS-01, MS-02, NRCC, Richard Cook, Travis Childers
by Brett

The NRCC issued a statement earlier this morning going after Rep. Travis Childers on taxes. Childers usually doesn’t complete a speech without talking about reducing taxes, but the NRCC cited a December vote where Childers supported the leadership on a bill to extend the death tax which was set to expire in 2010 (following a 10 year decline under the 2001 Bush tax cuts). The bill passed by a 225-200 vote with no Republicans supporting it.

The inspiration behind the attack from the NRCC was the recent statement from the Mississippi Democratic Party (as we talked about yesterday) where they nailed Alan Nunnelee for meeting with Grover Norquist and supporting the mission of Americans for Tax Reform. NRCC spokesman Andy Sere offered this: “Only a desperate, tax-raising politician like Travis Childers would attack someone for fighting against tax hikes. After just two years in Washington, the congressman already seems to think North Mississippians’ money is his money- what else would explain his vote to kill local jobs by making the death tax permanent?”

Lee weighing options in the wide open Ag Commish race. Following Lester Spell’s announcement that he will not be running for re-election as Agriculture Commissioner we noted that State Rep. Dannie Reed (R-Ackerman) will be a candidate, but he certainly will not be the only one. Bobby Harrison spoke with State Sen. Perry Lee (R-Mendenall) who left the door open for a run saying he will give the decision “a lot of prayerful consideration and a lot of discussion with my family.” Max Phillips is also a possibility. He was the GOP nominee in 2003 (running against Spell when he was a Democrat) and he then unsuccessfully tried to knock Spell off in the GOP primary four years later. On the Democratic side, a couple names that generally come up are Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (D-Brookhaven) and Rep. Stephen Holland (D-Plantersville).

In addition to the question of who is running, I am sure another question will come up: Does this need to be an elected (rather than appointed) position?

MS-02 runoff Tuesday. Primary turnout a couple weeks ago was painfully low- especially in the Second and Third Districts where the incumbent is favored by a mile in November. But, the GOP will be heading for round two in the Second on Tuesday as 2008 candidate Richard Cook and Bill Marcy square off in a runoff. The winner will face Rep. Bennie Thompson in the general election.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Grizz permalink
    June 18, 2010 3:17 pm

    Grover Norquist is a powerhouse with deep big pockets. Many Republicans are in his pockets and in his debt. Norquist’s ties to Islamic supremacists and jihadists have been known for years. Just six weeks after 9/11, The New Republic ran an exposé explaining how Norquist arranged for George W. Bush to meet with fifteen Islamic supremacists at the White House on September 26, 2001 — to show how Muslims rejected terrorism. For Alan Nunnelee to be associated with this man / group is a disgrace to ississippi Electors and shows he will NOT go aghainst the islamizization of sharia law into America–shame shame Alan–you just lost a TON of support–

  2. RandomThoughts permalink
    June 18, 2010 3:42 pm

    Brett, minor correction. The 2001 bill which provided for a phase out of the estate tax with an ultimate ONE YEAR repel in 2010 contained a sunset clause which provided that after Jan. 1, 2011 the estate tax would return to its 2001 level. The 2001 level taxed all estates greater that $1.3 million (married joint filing) and the highest tax rate was 55%. So while you are correct that the estate tax was set to expire in 2010 (which by the way it has, this is a good year to die if you are wealthy) without any action by congress the estate tax will return to its 2001 levels.

    In December the House voted to extend the 2009 tax rates indefinently. In otherwords, if the House bill which Childers supported (and no republicans supported) had become law the estate tax would have been made permanent at 45% on all inherited wealth with the first $3.5 million exempted.

  3. Shad permalink
    June 18, 2010 4:08 pm

    Dannie Reed is a wonderful legislator with an unbelievably conservative record. I’d like to hear what he has to say on abolishing the position though? Does anyone know what his fundraising capability will be?

  4. June 18, 2010 4:35 pm

    Reed has a website out that it looks like he is still working on, but does give some background on himself, his positions, etc. that may be of use to you- http://www.reedforag.com/

  5. RileyDad permalink
    June 18, 2010 6:16 pm

    Perry Lee and Dannie Reed are longtime friends dating to when both were Extension Agents in their prospective counties. It is doubtful, based on this, and some things he has said that Lee would run against Reed.

    I had heard that Dannie was running and was put in touch with him by Perry Lee several months ago when I called Perry to see if he was running again.

    Brett, check your email.

  6. mg419 permalink
    June 18, 2010 9:55 pm

    Re: NRCC…..are they gonna make any noise for Palazzo down in the 4th district…since the primary it’s all been about Nunnelee……nothing against the Sen., but we down in the 4th district would like to see our truly good for nothing Congressman go home to Bay St. Louis for good…….I hope they don’t leave Palazzo hanging out to dry like they have done some of the other viable candidates in the past.

    Re: Ag Commissioner—Go Max !!!!

    • June 19, 2010 10:49 am

      About the 4th and the NRCC it is kind of strange but they are under different NRCC regions meaning different people are over them. I think they are and will be active in the 4th but the thing is most of what were hearing from the 1st is either a reaction to media articles about the race (which we havent seen in the 4th really since the primary) or a reaction to press releases either for or against Nunnelee (again, we havent really seen much of that in the 4th as of yet). Most of what the NRCC does is more behind the scenes.

  7. Dannie Reed permalink
    June 25, 2010 12:44 pm

    I am for an full open review of the Ag. Commission and related agencies. A strategic plan which involves consumers and customers and the more successful ideas from around the country will provide efficient solutions to the organization of the agencies and boards. The Commissioner overseas and influences the regulation of the largest economic engine in the state that supports one third of our jobs and economy, including our food and fuel. If we elect 3 Highway Commissioners, and 3 Public service commissioners, and numerous judges, I think that most Mississippians may want an election.

    • RileyDad permalink
      June 25, 2010 12:49 pm

      Dannie — drop me an email when you get a chance with your phone #

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