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‘He’s Got The Hair Like Trent’

December 22, 2010
tags: Bill Marcy, Congress, Delbert Hosemann, Haley Barbour, Roger Wicker, Steven Palazzo, Thad Cochran, Trent Lott
by Brett

Rep.-elect Steven Palazzo spoke at the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce’s Morning Call meeting earlier this week and touched off on a number issues he and the new Congress will take on. He was also critical of some of the bills that have passed including Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal and he would have liked to see a permanent tax-cut extension rather than the temporary agreement reached.

Here are some comments from Palazzo: “Apparently, they did not get the memo on Nov. 2. A lot of people wish they would have just gone home and not done anything. They’re tinkering with things we’re going to have to spend a lot of time fixing…(Repealing don’t ask, don’t tell) is a solution in search of a problem where there was none…I have yet to find a soldier, airman or marine that was for that.”

** In giving his first major speech since being elected, Chamber President Bruce Marie said that the incoming Republican is “holding up to Trent Lott,” adding, “you’ve even got the good hair, like Trent.”

Hosemann comments on Census findings. Mississippi’s population saw an uptick of 4.3 percent over the past 10 years, but that was off what neighboring states (save for Louisiana) experienced.

Here is part of a statement from Sec. of State Delbert Hosemann: “The latest figures released by the Census Bureau track a national trend of growth in the Southern states; Mississippi’s population increase … shows our state is no exception to that rule. Mississippi is a great place to work, raise a family, and have an excellent quality of life. It appears the rest of the nation is beginning to recognize these traits as well.”

** Internationally know demographer Billy Frey with the Brookings Institute looked at data from 2005-2009 and analyzed the most (and least) segregated states in the country. You can review their studies here.

The findings found Mississippi as the fourth most integrated state in the nation, behind just Delaware, South Carolina and Nevada. On a scale of 0 (complete integration) to 100 (complete segregation), the Magnolia State scored a 48. The most segregated states were New York, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Marcy comments on Barbour. 2010 Second District Congressional candidate Bill Marcy, who also happens to be African American, commented on the controversy surrounding Haley Barbour.

From Marcy’s Facebook page: “Governor Barbour is a good man. It is sad that the progressives and Democrats have targeted him as a racist. When they cannot win the debate they go after your character. Haley has steered the state through the recession and helped elect many other governors. Governor Barbour is NOT a racist he is my friend.”

Lame duck happenings in the Senate. After the omnibus blew up, Congress was forced to take up a continuing resolution to keep funding the government. The latest stopgap measure will fund the government through March 4. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker supported the measure.

Cochran, who helped draft the omnibus, issued a sharp statement regarding the stituation: “The fact that we are again fighting a year-end battle over how to fund the government is extremely disappointing to me. The failure of Congress to pass a budget resolution this year or to move toward consideration of individual appropriations bills means we have not fulfilled one of our most fundamental duties—providing for the operation of our federal government.

I hope that those who opposed how the omnibus bill was crafted and presented will work with me and Chairman Inouye in the next Congress to find a way to consider the appropriations bills individually and in a timely manner.”

** The Senators split on the START treaty, which was ratified yesterday. Wicker opposed it, saying, “I remain concerned this treaty hurts our ability to defend America in the coming years. A rushed attempt to ratify the START Treaty in the waning days of a lame duck session of Congress further alarms me. Tying our hands now unwisely limits us in this changing world.”

Cochran joined with a large number of Republicans in supporting the treaty late, and said, “While I am dissatisfied with the way that this treaty has been considered by the Senate in a lame duck session, I take our responsibility to provide advice and consent to international treaties very seriously, and I do not think that the politics of the moment should trump our national security priorities. I am cognizant of the fact that the New START has received unanimous endorsement by our country’s diplomatic and military leadership, and it would be an extraordinary position for the Senate not to support their views on how best to advance our national security interests.”

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