Obama Joins Desoto Democrats In Spirit
We mentioned a couple weeks ago that the Desoto County Democratic Party would be hosting a fairly large fundraiser with most of the Democratic candidates for statewide office, plus other key players, there. The event took place on August 26.
Unfortunately, Barack Obama couldn’t be there to cheer the party on live and in person, but they made sure he was there in spirit. Kelly Jacobs, who is a volunteer coordinator for Obama for America in Mississippi, posted several pictures from the Olive Branch event on Facebook, where we learned that a life-size cut-out of Obama joined the speakers at the podium.
To the right is a close up of Obama on stage as Connie Moran speaks. (You can click on the image for the full-size). And below is an overview of the room with cardboard Obama next to the head table:
Nunnelee ‘Grindin’ For His State.’ If you follow college football in the state, you’ve likely heard that phrase and if you’re a Mississippi State fan you’ve probably used that phrase. The words were first used by former running back Anthony Dixon, and the rest they say, is history.
Whit Waide is a professor at State who is known to use the phrase in class, on Twitter, etc. He even received a card from Rep. Alan Nunnelee, who wrote Waide to say, “I want you to know I’m up in Washington grindin’ for my state.” Nunnelee, as you may remember, is a State grad.
The district he represents is considered the Ole Miss district, compared to the Third which is the State district. But party trumps schools in politics, at least recently. Nunnelee knocked off Ole Miss alum Travis Childers last November. Gregg Harper, in the Third, is a grad of Mississippi College and Ole Miss Law School.
Upcoming events. A couple events that will be happening over the next week:
** The Mississippi GOP will have a short press conference Wednesday night from 6:45-7:00 at the Jackson Convention Center. Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant will be there, and all we know is that it is on “Mississippi’s November 2011 elections.”
** Personhood Mississippi will hold a rally on September 8 at First Baptist in Jackson. This is a kickoff for their campaign to drum up support for the personhood initiative which voters will decide on in November. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who is pretty familiar to Mississippi politics, will serve as the keynote speaker. Also for the initiative, the American Family Association has pledged $100,000 in support of the measure.