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Tuesday Morning Election Notebook

June 7, 2011

A couple notes on the 2011 elections…

** The Mississippi Tea Party is hosting a legislative candidate training workshop today in Jackson. This is an invitation only event for challengers showed they were aligned with Tea Party principles according to the group’s questionnaire. Rep. Mark Formby is leading the event and he will be joined by Reps. Sam Mims, Mac Huddleston and Alex Monsour.

Here is a sample of an invitation that was sent to Tracy Arnold, an HD 3 candidate.

** Dave Dennis has a couple fundraisers lined up over the next 10 days. On June 14, he will have a reception in Lake. On June 16, they will have a $5,000 a couple fundraiser in Jackson with special guest Ambassador John Palmer.

** Over the weekend, we reported that Alan Nunnelee’s chief of staff Diane Hawks will be heading to Billy Hewes campaign. The Hewes campaign sent out an email confirming the move today.

Statement from Hawks: “I am excited to be a part of the Hewes team because I know that Billy is the right man for to be Mississippi’s Lt. Governor at this pivotal point in time. Billy’s strengths include integrity, experience, and a hard work ethic and those are winning characteristics, both for the campaign, and for the people of Mississippi when he is elected. I’ve known Billy and Paula for many years and I’m proud to join a great group of people already working on their behalf in North Mississippi.”

Statement from Hewes: “Diane brings a wealth of experience to our team. Her ties to Desoto County and North Mississippi run deep. Her private sector background, public service experience, and knowledge of what it takes to run a state-wide campaign will prove to be an immeasurable resource for my staff and for me personally, as well. I am honored by her willingness to serve as a Deputy Campaign Director.”

** Tate Reeves will have a Northeast Mississippi Regional Office Grand Opening on June 11 at noon. The office is located at 850 North Gloster, Suite 7 in Tupelo.

** Today, Reeves and Hewes will participate in the Mississippi Health Care Associate Forum at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. This will be the sixth join forum between the two lieutenant governor candidates.

Here is a statement from Reeves on the event: “I look forward to discussing important issues such as Medicaid funding, efforts to reduce Medicaid fraud, and needs related to the care of vulnerable adults. I appreciate MHCA providing this opportunity for candidate to address their members.”

** The MSGOP sent out a press release today officially welcoming Rep. Jeff Smith to the Republican Party.

Here is a statement from Chairman Arnie Hederman: “Representative Smith’s decision to join the Republican Party means we have reached a new high-water mark in the Mississippi House. Our party’s position in the House is the strongest it has been in over one hundred years. We look forward to a spirited and respectful Republican primary in District 39 this summer, and we are confident that Lowndes County Republicans will choose the best representative for the next four years.”

And a statement from Smith: “I am very pleased to be a Republican. With my conservative voting record and good relationship with the Republicans in the Mississippi Legislature and in my District, I feel at home in the Republican Party. As a military veteran and Patriot, I feel I will be comfortable with the Republican Party, and its conservative philosophy, along with the protection of individual rights and the work ethic.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ron Williams permalink
    June 7, 2011 9:59 am

    The Politically connected and special interests are pulling out the stops to keep the same faces in control of our State. Let’s do something about it.

    Lets’ go ahead and win this thing in the Primary.

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