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McCoy Hasn’t Made A Decision Yet

December 20, 2010
tags: Alan Nunnelee, Billy McCoy, Carlton Reeves, HD116, Jamie Creel, Jamie Franks, Jess Hogue, Mississippi Democrats, Roger Wicker, special election, Thad Cochran
by Brett

According to a recent column from Bobby Harrison, Speaker Billy McCoy has yet to make a decision about whether he will run for re-election in 2011; and a third term as Speaker of the House.

Rumors of McCoy’s retirement are certainly going around Jackson, and a combination of health issues and potentially uphill climb to holding on to his powerful post may cause the Speaker to retire. McCoy said he will make an announcement at the “proper time” and he doesn’t want it to “figure into the session.”

** In the same column, Rep. Brian Aldridge (R-Tupelo) said, “Nobody has a clue…about what the speaker will do.” Another member, Rep. Noal Akins (R-Oxford), opined that, “if Billy is living, he is running.”

Wicker and Cochran praise confirmation of Reeves. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, two supporters of Jackson attorney Carlton Reeves’ nomination to be district judge for the Southern portion of the state, issued similar statements yesterday as Reeves was confirmed by a voice vote on Sunday.

From Cochran: “I congratulate Carlton Reeves on his confirmed appointment to the federal bench in our state. I trust that his legal experience will serve him and the people well as he takes on this important responsibility.”

From Wicker: “Carlton Reeves brings a diverse background of service to the bench for the Southern District of Mississippi. Qualified, impartial judges are critical to continuing our nation’s legal traditions.”

Where is the Mississippi Democratic Party? In his Sunday column, Sid Salter said this about the differences between the two parties in Mississippi:

“Less than a year ago, the party’s website was active, the Democratic Party had an active and engaged staff and was doing a significant amount of party-building activities. Former party executive director Sam Hall departed in August. Hall announced his decision to step down as executive director of the party and said in a blog post that he was returning to his private consulting firm.

The invisibility of the Mississippi Democratic Party in the midterms was simply stunning. Meanwhile, Mississippi Republicans are operating a fully functional, 24/7/365 effort in the state. State GOP chairman Brad White’s visibility and party-building work was constant during the midterms.”

** Also in Salter’s column is a recent statement from Sen. Davis Baria (D-Bay St. Louis). When asked if the Republican nomination for statewide office was the equivalent of winning the general election, Baria said: “We’re close to that. The Democratic Party is in trouble in Mississippi and we’ve got to get better organization and better leadership.”

Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Franks obviously can’t like reading that.

*** Of course Franks is also busy with some personal issues. Last week, he and Lee County Democratic Party Chairman Eric Hampton were in court asking that a lawsuit filed by Lee County School Superintendent Mike Scott against the two men be dismissed. Last summer, the Lee County Democratic Party tried to kick Scott- who had an affair with Franks’ ex-wife- out of office. Scott is elected by the voters, and serves at their will. Scott filed suit alleging that Franks tried to “extort, defame and interfere with his employment, among other things.”

Nunnelee to hold prayer breakfast/ lunch. Congressman-Elect Alan Nunnelee will hold three gatherings for a time of prayer on January 3rd before he heads to Washington to be sworn in. The times are as follows: 7:00 at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, 9:30 at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo and 12:00 at Broadway Baptist Church in Southaven.

Weekend Senate highlights. It was a split decision this weekend for liberals for one of the final weekends of the huge Democratic majorities. The military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was repealed and in pretty easy fashion. Senators Cochran and Wicker opposed it. Conservatives were successful is killing the Dream Act, which was certainly a bigger issue than DADT to most conservatives from what I have read (read in to that what you’d like). Cochran and Wicker also opposed that bill.

Here is part of a statement from Wicker on DADT (haven’t seen one from Cochran): “I am concerned today’s vote adds to their (the military’s) very difficult work. Forcing the implementation of a controversial policy takes focus off of the critical mission we are asking these brave warriors to accomplish.”

** Wicker and Cochran also issued statements on the president’s signing of the compromise tax bill that was Ok’d last week.

From Wicker: “With the President’s signature, this law extends the current tax rates for two years, giving some certainty to small businesses and entrepreneurs to help them grow and add jobs. I am glad Congress stopped the largest tax hike in history from hitting any Americans. We should focus on creating an environment that promotes job creation.”

From Cochran: I am pleased that families and businesses in Mississippi will not see their federal income taxes rise for the next two years. It is my hope that this act will serve to help accelerate the economic recovery by allowing Americans to keep more of the money they earn. Now that we have provided more certainty in this area, it is my hope that the new Congress can more effectively take on the challenge of getting our fiscal house in order.”

They both also praised the Gulf Opportunity Zone tax incentives that were included.

HD 116 candidate profiles. ** Here is a profile of Jess Hogue, a candidate for the House seat left open by the resignation of Steven Palazzo, who recently hosted a reception at Destiny Plantation in Biloxi. It looks like the Republican candidate has Howie Morgan, an Oxford-based consultant, running her campaign. *** And here is a profile of another candidate, former State Rep. Jamie Creel, the Democrat-turned-Republican.

This date in history. 150 years ago today the state of South Carolina formally seceded from the union. About three weeks later Mississippi would be the second state to do so.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Grizz permalink
    December 20, 2010 11:49 am

    I rather believe the VOTERS Will Make up Beef Plant Billys mind for him
    on his future if he runs again.Enough of his antics.

  2. rubradog permalink
    December 20, 2010 8:21 pm

    McCoy has a lot of conflicts going on in his head. He hates Republicans (he really does) and the thought of them taking over the House drives him nuts. He has this massive ego that makes him think he is the only person who can “save” the House for “the people” whom he equates with Democrats. Although the Republicans have won more votes than Democrats in almost all the statewide elections in recent memory McCoy still thinks all Republicans are a small number of greedy rich people and the Democrats are the regular working people. His physical medical problems are real so that has to weigh in as well but I agree with Rep. Akins. I think if he is alive then he is running.

    What does the MIM nation hear of who the R’s are running?

  3. Davis permalink
    December 21, 2010 8:47 am

    Haven’t heard a lot from the R side. Since they are pretty organized, as opposed to the Democrats, I imagine they’ll just have one guy. But I think we won’t hear much until redistricting and even the elections are over. But Brett was saying earlier that Republicans are bent on electing a Republican (not a conservative Democrat), which is a good thing.

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