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Two New Republican State Representatives

January 20, 2011

At a press conference this afternoon- which is becoming a pretty regular event these days- the Mississippi Republican Party welcomed two new members to the party. Representatives Russ Nowell of Louisville and Margaret Rogers of New Albany formally made the switch and gave Republicans number 52 and 53 in the House of Representatives.

Rogers is a two-term Democrat who faced no opposition in 2007. That January, she supported Jeff Smith for Speaker. Nowell is in his first term after defeating Republican James Gregory by just 66 votes. A third candidate- Harvey Darden- received about eight percent of the vote meaning Nowell won with just 46 percent overall. He also supported Smith for Speaker.

As of today, the Democratic advantage is down to 69-53 in the House. While Republicans hit the symbolic 50 mark for the first time in their history last years, the Democrats are now under 70 members for the first time in their history. This also means that the portion that the Black Caucus makes up in the Democratic caucus continues to grow. There are 37 LBC members compared to 32 white Democrats.

This also means the Billy McCoy dissenters are getting even smaller inside the Democratic caucus. With these two switches, there are just seven left in the Democratic Party (including Jeff Smith). Six others are now Republicans.

Nowell and Rogers have been added to our running list of party switchers which you can view here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Grizz permalink
    January 20, 2011 12:38 pm

    Whilr Mississippi may have to suffer with the cancerous effects of King Bennie the Corrupt A tad longer,Beef Plant Billy and the partisan traitor Jim Hood are on their way out—
    Mississippi cannot afford their antics any longer.

  2. Republican Dawg permalink
    January 20, 2011 7:15 pm

    Any thoughts on the next to change parties?

  3. polly permalink
    January 21, 2011 12:27 pm

    can’t help but throw race in there can ya? pathetic.

    • January 21, 2011 1:04 pm

      Race is a huge factor and liberals obviously don’t want to admit it because its not working in their favor. The bottom line is whites are leaving the Democratic Party in big numbers. And this is a big deal. Obviously not PC to talk about but we’re here to talk about inside politics, strategy, etc. and race is central. If you can’t handle it, JFP is calling your name.

      • Grizz permalink
        January 21, 2011 1:10 pm

        isn’t a polly something that sits on a perch repeating it wants a CRACKER ?

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