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Tuesday Afternoon Election Notebook

March 22, 2011

A couple notes on the 2011 elections…

** The big news today is that Rep. Gregg Harper will be appearing at an even for Lee Yancey in Meridian today as the Congressman endorses his campaign for state treasurer. We will get a recap of that event when one becomes available.

** Yesterday, Dave Dennis sent out a campaign email to supporters. Here is some of what the gubernatorial candidate said:

“The resounding message I hear from voters across Mississippi is that our state will need strong leadership in the Office of the Governor when Governor Haley Barbour finishes his term. Mississippians want a conservative with private sector business experience to serve as Mississippi’s next CEO. I humbly ask you to consider my record as I seek the Republican nomination for Governor.

Last month, we kicked off this campaign by making 21 stops across a thousand Mississippi miles. We haven’t slowed down. Everywhere I go, Mississippians tell me they are tired of politics as usual and they want a fresh face with proven business experience. They want someone with leadership they can depend on to be competent in state government.”

** Phil Bryant will hit the campaign trail in this bus (image to the left).

Here is a full size image of the bus. It looks like it is an old school bus with the Bryant wrapping on it. You can see the Thomas mudflaps, along with distinctive school bus lines and emergency door on the back.

Campaign buses are certainly nothing new. Here is the Roger Wicker bus from early 2008 after he has been appointed to the Senate in a lead-up to his special election match up with Ronnie Musgrove.

** Steve Simpson, the Republican candidate for attorney general, recently had to pay back taxes to satisfy a lien on his Gulfport home.

** The Meridian Tea Party, who- like many Tea Party groups throughout the nation- concentrated on national elections when they were founded, will begin working on local elections in a run-up to November. Here is a write-up from the Meridian Star.

** Over the weekend, Lloyd Gray wrote this column: Mississippi Democrats find themselves at historic lows.

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