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NRA Primary Endorsements and Grades

July 20, 2011

A complete list of grades and endorsements from the NRA has now been posted online, and available for your viewing here.

Here is some information on the statewide candidates:

– In the governor’s race, they endorsed Phil Bryant. Two of his GOP challengers- Dave Dennis and Hudson Holliday- received A’s based off of their questionnaire responses. On the Democratic side, Johnny DuPree was the only candidate to be graded and he received a D. (As we mentioned awhile back he is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group the NRA doesn’t think much of).

– Tate Reeves and Billy Hewes both received A’s; no endorsement given.

Grades, but no endorsements, were issued in other statewide races:

– Delbert Hosemann, the incumbent, and Ricky Dombrowski both received A’s.

– Lee Yancey, Lynn Fitch and Lucien Smith all received A’s.

– In the Ag Commissioner race, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Max Phillips and Dannie Reed all received A’s.

– In PSC races on the Republican side, Boyce Adams received an A while Marvin Cox was not graded (Northern District), and Leonard Bentz, the incumbent, and Travis Rose both received A’s (Southern District).

– In the Transportation races, Mike Targert received an A (Northern), Dick Hall, the incumbent, was not graded while his challenger Tim Johnson received an A (Central), and Scottie Cuevas and Tom King both received A’s (Southern).

A couple notes from the legislative primaries:

– The NRA endorsed Terry Burton in his re-election battle in SD 31 against Tad Campbell. Burton has an A+ rating; Campbell an A.

– On the Republican side in the Senate, other incumbents facing primaries won endorsements including: Doug Davis, Perry Lee, Sidney Albritton, Ezell Lee, and Tommy Moffatt.

– On the House side, Mark DuVall won the group’s formal endorsement. He and Jamie Franks both have A ratings from the NRA.

– All Republican incumbents facing primaries in the House won the group’s endorsement. The only “candidate” to win an endorsement was Nolan Mettetal, who is a Senator now running in the House.

Note: Candidates with voting records receive grades based off that record, plus the questionnaire. Candidates without a specific voting record receive grades based off the questionnaire solely. You will notice on the NRA’s website, they receive grades such as AQ (meaning based on the questionnaire). For the purpose of this post, we just noted the grades without the Q. Also, ratings may be added/ adjusted as information becomes available to the NRA.

Made update to grades in treasurer’s race after receiving additional information.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Seale permalink
    July 20, 2011 2:54 pm

    The letters sent by the NRA to Billy Hewes and Tate Reeves are very different despite the A grades both received. The letter to Hewes highlights his “long history of support for Second Amendment issues in the Mississippi Legislature” including the “Castle Doctrine”. Of course, Billy Hewes, as a 20-year Senate veteran, has a long history of voting, and support for, NRA’s issues over and above merely filling out position answers on a questionnaire.

    • Clayton permalink
      July 20, 2011 6:23 pm

      If that really makes a difference, then why didn’t they endorse Billy Hewes?

  2. Steve Seale permalink
    July 20, 2011 7:15 pm

    Clayton, it’s a contested Republican primary between two good candidates. I believe the NRA and other trade associations making endorsements should support those candidates who have supported them in the past … as legislators and as policy-makers in other positions. Hewes is the one with the clear record on the NRA’s issues. It’s clear, though, that the NRA was trying to avoid making a choice because it’s not sure who will win.

  3. Frank permalink
    July 20, 2011 9:39 pm

    Why didn’t Hewes get an A+? I’m sure I’ve never heard of the NRA making or not making an endorsement because of whose going to win, I don’t really think it’s part of their criteria. If it were part of their criteria they would be making endorsements on other than principle. They would have probably endorsed obama for President in 2008, barney frank and nancy pelosi would have received NRA endorsements, even chuck schumer. The Hewbots just keep reaching and reaching.

  4. rankinlawyer permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:40 am

    The NRA has a long history of playing it safe, normally that is seen in favoring incumbents. Frank seems to have forgotten the Childers and Taylor endorsements.

    • Frank permalink
      July 21, 2011 9:19 pm

      I didn’t forget the Childers, Taylor endorsements. If anything it makes my point, they have a critera and they follow it. I don’t like it, I just renewed my membership and will remain a member but I am bothered by many of their endorsements and I believe their policy or critera of giving the edge to incumbents is wrong. I am also supicious of some of the endorsements they gave to democrats in the 2010 elections in light of the favored status the democrats bestowed on the NRA. One vote the NRA apparently doesn’t consider is the first one a legislator cast, the one where they elect the leader or speaker of their legislative group and who controls the committees.

  5. Steve Seale permalink
    July 21, 2011 4:38 pm

    Frank, this “Hewbot”, as you name call, is willing to put his full name forward in stating an opinion. What about you? As for the issue of getting an A instead of an A+, Hewes didn’t get an A+ because of the rating criteria used by the NRA. He got the same rating as Reeves (but Reeves was tagged an “AQ” because he has no voting record). You’re just dead wrong about NRA endorsements and why they’re made. They endorsed US Senator Harry Reid even though he voted for the Brady Gun Bill.

  6. Frank permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:28 pm

    Frank Walker, Olive Branch, Your making one of my points re: questionable endorsements, Harry Reid.

    • Frank permalink
      July 21, 2011 9:32 pm

      Excuse the Harry Reid comment, I was on the wrong NRA reply.

  7. Steve Seale permalink
    July 21, 2011 9:56 pm

    Thanks, Frank. Trying to discuss or debate important issues with people who won’t stand behind what they say by identifying who they are is less than productive. On the Reid endorsement, it makes my point that, even though Reid did not meet the NRA criteria (Brady Bill) and his opponent would be better on NRA issues, it endorsed Reid to prevent an even more objectionable Democratic Majority Leader in the Senate, Dick Durbin. And, by the way, I’ve never been a “bot” for anyone … and I have a public service record to prove it. You can ask Sen. Merle Flowers about that or a number of people I can name in OB if that’s not the case. Name-calling isn’t necessary if the argument you make is strong enough. Best wishes.

    • Dontreadonme permalink
      July 22, 2011 7:50 pm

      (This comment had been deleted)

      • Steve Seale permalink
        July 22, 2011 9:08 pm

        You’ve made this post a couple of times different places. I don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. I represented FGH but never had any control over any money. I’ve never stolen or been accused of stealing by anyone but you. So why don’t you show who you are and say what you’re talking about. I’ll be happy to solve your problem one way or another.

        • Dontreadonme permalink
          July 24, 2011 9:04 am

          (This comment had been deleted)

  8. Steve Seale permalink
    July 24, 2011 9:32 am

    Tread, as you are the only one out there making these claims, and since you won’t identify yourself by name and are an example of why unsubstantiated comments, innuendo and gossip make blogs such as this less effective than otherwise, I’ll just ignore you hereafter and ask others to do the same. A cowardly liar like you deserves nothing better. As for my public service, I’ll let folks who want to investigate it, including 10 years on active duty and in the reserves as a U. S. Naval officer serving our country, weigh it against an unidentified liar’s unsubstantiated mud.

    • Dontreadonme permalink
      July 25, 2011 5:25 pm

      (This comment had been deleted)

  9. GoneFishin permalink
    July 24, 2011 4:51 pm

    So, are you supposed to be Don’t Tread on Me? Or Don’t Read on Me? If the former, you left out a T.


    • Dontreadonme permalink
      July 25, 2011 5:17 pm

      Learn to Spell…

  10. GoneFishin permalink
    July 26, 2011 5:14 pm

    Thanks for the laugh. I will miss seeing you on here when school starts.

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