Cochran and Wicker Split On Earmark Vote
Earlier today the full Senate shot down an amendment that would have banned earmarks for two years. The final vote was 39 in favor and 56 opposed. This vote came just a couple weeks after the GOP conference agreed to a voluntary ban that is not enforceable, but had near unanimous support.
Sen. Thad Cochran was among eight Republicans who opposed the ban. Sen. Roger Wicker supported the ban.
Going back to 2002. Emily Wagster Pettus made an interesting observation in this AP article about Haley Barbour’s indecision on whether he will be running for president in 2012. For one, the guessing game will keep his name in the news and keep us plugged on Barbour’s every move.
But as for now, Barbour can easily be found on cable news, writing op-eds, traveling to all important states like Iowa and New Hampshire in addition to his day job duties as governor. In many ways- but obviously on a smaller scale- this is similar to what Barbour did before he announced his candidacy for governor in 2003. He would give speeches on policy, criticizing then-Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, and certainly make a name for himself before making a formal announcement (even though there wasn’t much speculation left when he did).
House GOP plans for 2011 session. Rep. Mark Baker (R-Brandon), who serves as Leader of the House Republican Conference, was recently on the Gallo show and said that the GOP “will be very aggressive in pushing an agenda that includes less spending and continue belt tightening in state government.”
Obviously 2011 is an election year. We will see if that has any influence on which belts get tightened, so to speak.
Perry on 2010 judicial elections. Brian Perry has a very informative blog post with a number of thoughts from the 2010 judicial elections. Just some quick notes: No incumbent running for re-election on the Supreme and Appeals Court lost, just one Chancery Court Judge lost re-election, as did two Circuit Court Judges. Most incumbents didn’t even face a challenger.
MoveOn to host rally at Thompson’s office. MoveOn.org, the liberal PAC, will host a rally at Bennie Thompson’s Jackson office on Thursday afternoon. It is dubbed the “No Millionaire Bailout” rally to drum up opposition to extending all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.
Here is a message from the host:
“Congressmen Thompson professes to be a supporter of the people and, generally, he is. But at the moment, he has yet to declare whether or not he will only vote for the middle class tax cuts as opposed to those and the rich ones passed by Bush.
I’d like to know where he stands and I believe so to should the hard working people of Jackson, MS.
We will do a Speak Out at his offices on the 2nd. If you have a story to share about why it is so wrong to choose tax cuts over creating jobs or helping the unemployed this is your chance.”