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Barbour Not Sure of Need For Arizona Like Law

August 9, 2010
tags: 2010 House, 2011 Governor, Alan Nunnelee, Dave Dennis, Delbert Hosemann, Haley Barbour, illegal immigration, Mike Huckabee, MS-01, Phil Bryant
by Brett

Haley Barbour was quoted in a WCBI article talking about immigration legislation. As we have talked about several times, Republican leaders in the House and Senate- led by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant- are planning on introducing Arizona-like immigration legislation during the next session of the state legislature (which begins after the first of the year).

While conventional wisdom would put two Democratic chairman in the House- Ed Blackmon and Willie Bailey- as those most likely to block the legislation, Barbour hasn’t given the legislation a resounding endorsement either.

“Arizona has got a much different law because they’ve got this enormous border that they have to deal with literally on a daily basis. So for me, while I’m comfortable with the Arizona law I don’t see the need for Mississippi,” Barbour said.

Without Barbour championing the legislation, it could take a hit. You may remember during 2007 that Barbour’s Democratic opponent John Arthur Eaves actually knocked Barbour for being soft on illegal immigration. Whether that is true or not, Barbour didn’t make it a central tenant of his campaign like Phil Bryant did. But would Barbour actually veto this legislation if it got to his desk? I have a hard time picturing that.

Huckabee to speak on the Coast in September. Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will be the featured speaker at a banquet for the Republican Women of Jackson County in September.

Phil Bryant will join Huckabee for the event.

Dennis talks about importance of 2010. The second part of the statement on Dave Dennis’ campaign website talks about the upcoming midterm elections- and the importance of Republicans winning as many seats as possible:

In the meantime, remember to stay focused on the 2010 elections. In Mississippi we have one Republican Congressman who must be re-elected and three Republican challengers who need our support. Across the country, Republicans are poised to make gains in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as retain and retake several governor seats. This November we can begin to move our country back toward conservative principles.

Hosemann fundraiser features Pascagoula mayor. Sec. of State Delbert Hosemann continues to have fundraisers around the state and his most recent one was in Gautier, which attracted “about 30 community leaders,” according to the host.

Among those in attendance was Pascagoula Mayor Robbie Maxwell. No hints of future office were reported, but he apparently did tell guests he was happy with his current job.

A look at 3rd Party candidates in MS-01. The Associated Press did a profile of the First District race earlier today looking at the possible influence of the multiple third-party candidates in the race. These candidates, mostly conservatives who are hammering Alan Nunnelee and Travis Childers, stand to take votes from Nunnelee according to the analysis and conventional wisdom would say that is accurate.

Two points that were made in the article that stand out: 1) When all is said and done, either Childers or Nunnelee will win. 2) The third-party candidates will still get votes by virtue of being on the ballot.

Nunnelee knocks spending measure. Alan Nunnelee criticized the decision by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call the House back into session to pass a $26 billion spending bill designed as aid for states and local government.

Nunnelee said: “Nancy Pelosi is calling the House back into session to vote on Stimulus II – $26 billion. It’ll increase taxes and spending,” and “We must start living within our means to grow jobs.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom Head permalink
    August 9, 2010 2:45 pm

    I voted for Haley Barbour over John Arthur Eaves in 2007 because while I knew he was just as conservative, I also knew that he was not a panderer who would promote hateful and useless legislation just to score political points. I’ve been critical of some of his views and actions (I will never be able to forget the commutation of the sentences of men who murdered their wives, or the human cost of imposing a face-to-face Medicaid requirement on folks in underdeveloped rural areas), but I don’t think anybody can reasonably deny that he is the most competent and intelligent governor we’ve had since William Winter. There are going to be times when we’re going to miss him, no matter who wins next year. He’s one of a kind.

    If the Republican Party is wise, he will be offered the GOP chairmanship again when it becomes vacant.

  2. Dontreadonme permalink
    August 9, 2010 7:52 pm

    I bet the ACLU and NAACP would love to bring a lawsuit with Mississippi the Defendent. Eventhough, they have no legal standing against such a law. It would be used to stain Mississippi’s reputation for another 25 years. If you think Arizona got bad press, then what kind of press is Mississippi going to get. The National press would give this story legs to keep going and going and going.

  3. MSDawg permalink
    August 10, 2010 9:37 am

    While some politicians are touting this to get more votes (looking at you, Phil), there is more to it than passing the law and saying its done, and that is what Haley is looking at. The legal ramifications of the AZ Law are still up in the air, and the last thing we need is for our state to go through the same thing, especially when you have an AG who is not supportive and only in it for himself.

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