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Full Slate Of Republicans Come Out Against Proposed Casino

July 13, 2010
tags: 2010 House, Art Rhodes, Bennie Thompson, Bill Marcy, casino, Choctaw, Gregg Harper, Mississippi Democrats, MS-02
by Brett

Forming a unified front, all seven Republican statewide office holders sent a letter to the Choctaw Indians letting them know about their disapproval of plans to build what Haley Barbour calls a slot parlor in Jones county. The only statewide officer holder not on the list is the only Democrat, Jim Hood. Barbour had previously asked for Hood’s help in stopping the Choctaw’s from moving forward but from what I have seen Hood has been pretty quite regarding the casino plans.

Here is part of what the letter said: “Allowing a gambling operation to be developed in the manner which the MBCI proposes to do will result in an economic drain on Jones County and the surrounding areas, which will necessarily have to shoulder the financial and personal burden of negative impacts resulting from this facility. This proposed gambling facility fails to meet the policy of the state to develop destination casino gambling, unlike the MBCI’s developments in Neshoba County which provided the type of amenities- such as a golf course, water park, and restaurants- needed to ensure the developments are consistent with state policies.”

Here is a PDF of the letter.

As for the two Senators who represent the state, Roger Wicker has also come out against the casino but I have not heard anything from Thad Cochran.

Harper endorses in Tennessee. Rep. Gregg Harper endorsed Art Rhodes in the open seat for Tennessee’s Third Congressional District, a sprawling, but thin district that touches Georgia to the South, North Carolina to the East, and Kentucky and Virginia to the North (with Chattanooga and Oak Ridge serving as the larger cities). The GOP primary is August 5.

Harper doesn’t exactly make a lot of endorsements or appearances for other Republicans, but he has ties with Rhodes- who has ties to Mississippi (and I believe is a native of the state). According to his Facebook page, Rhodes graduated high school from Indianola Academy before receiving his bachelors and law degrees from Mississippi schools. He then went on to serve as chief of staff for former Rep. Mike Parker (of Mississippi) until he retired (to focus on his gubernatorial run). It looks like around that time Rhodes moved to Cleveland, Tennessee to take a position with the Church of God Benefits Board. Rhodes supported Harper in his primary two years ago.

Here is a video update from the Rhodes campaign where he is joined by Harper.

Anti-Thompson website launched. Respond Mississippi has the scoop on a new website that was recently launched attacking Rep. Bennie Thompson and praising his Republican opponent- Bill Marcy. There is no ‘paid for by’ listed on the website, but it’s pretty obvious this isn’t just an anti-Thompson site but a pro-Marcy site. It tells you how to donate money directly to Marcy, as well as offering ways to help the Republican win (i.e. Marcy campaign sign, make calls for Marcy, etc). It would be interesting to know who is behind this.

Democrats host fundraiser in Jackson. The Mississippi Democratic Party is hosting a fundraiser at the Ag museum (on Lakeland) on July 27. Here is part of what the blast e-mail said: “This November will be a pivotal year for Mississippi Democrats, and in order to ensure victory across the state, the MS Democratic Party is starting to raise the capitol to support these candidates. Loaded coffers are very important especially in this competitive election year. We have all witnessed what an energized base can do, and that’s why we are preparing ourselves to re-energize that base, so that we can elect Democrats statewide in 2010-11. We are committed to putting a Democrat back in the Governor’s Mansion, Lt. Governor’s office, and protecting our majorities in the State House and Senate.”


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Clayton permalink
    July 13, 2010 4:12 pm

    Art Rhodes placed third in the 1998 Republican Primary for the Fourth Congressional District in which Ronnie Shows (D) eventually defeated Delbert Hosemann (R). After his loss, he moved to Tennessee.

  2. July 13, 2010 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the tip.

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