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Democrats scarce in Mississippi races; Republicans qualify for all 8 positions
The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 3/1/2011 | Emily Wagster Pettus

Posted on 03/01/2011 6:11:14 AM PST by Sybeck1

Democrats scarce in Mississippi races; Republicans qualify for all 8 positions Deadline today to enter state elections

JACKSON -- In Mississippi, where Democrats held all eight statewide elected offices just two decades ago, the party had fielded candidates for only three offices -- governor, attorney general and agriculture commissioner -- on the eve of today's qualifying deadline.

Republicans, meanwhile, had qualified for all eight races.

It wasn't clear whether Democrats would produce a full slate of candidates or if any last-minute qualifiers would enter with enough name recognition and money to gain momentum against some Republicans who have been actively campaigning for months.

State Democratic chairman Jamie Franks and employees at the state Democratic headquarters in Jackson did not respond to repeated calls Monday.

Just one Democrat, Atty. Gen. Jim Hood, now holds a statewide elected office in Mississippi. He is seeking re-election.

The Republican Party has grown steadily in Mississippi over the past two decades while the state Democratic Party has struggled with internal squabbling and funding problems.

Political scientist Marty Wiseman, director of the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, said the election of Republican Kirk Fordice as governor in 1991 signaled a change in Mississippi from a one-party state that was dominated by Democrats for generations.

"There are people who are willing to vote Democratic but there is no mechanism, no party organization to pull it all together," Wiseman said. "We're on the back end of eight years of super funding and hyper organizing of the Haley Barbour Republican Party."

Barbour, chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1993 to 1997, was elected Mississippi governor in 2001.

Mississippi Republican Party chairman Arnie Hederman said in a prepared statement Monday that the GOP is "the party of growth and opportunity not only in Mississippi but across the country." He said more than 30 elected officials in Mississippi have switched from Democrat to Republican since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

"The Democrats not only continue to have difficulty convincing voters to support their big spending, job-killing policies but are increasingly unable to find candidates willing to even run on their rejected platform," Hederman said.

Today is also the qualifying deadline for the three positions on the Transportation Commission and the three spots on the Public Service Commission, as well as the deadline for numerous local offices.

All three public service commissioners and two of the three transportation commissioners are running again. Wayne Brown, the southern district transportation commissioner, is not seeking re-election.

Legislative candidates have a June 1 qualifying deadline.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: democrats; mississippi; ms; republicans

1 posted on 03/01/2011 6:11:17 AM PST by Sybeck1
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To: Sybeck1

Legacy of Obama.


2 posted on 03/01/2011 6:11:47 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: WKB; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; ...

bump


3 posted on 03/01/2011 6:13:20 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Sybeck1

“We’re on the back end of eight years of super funding and hyper organizing of the Haley Barbour Republican Party.”

Not the dims’ marxist policies fault, it’s the eeeevil rich ‘pubs fault. LOL


4 posted on 03/01/2011 6:16:46 AM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Sybeck1

Beware of Rinos.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 6:18:03 AM PST by whatisthetruth
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To: Sybeck1

The MS legislature is the last Southern statehouse that will flip to the GOP in November.


6 posted on 03/01/2011 6:18:23 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Sybeck1

Obamster has wrecked the commie party in the south.Great job!


7 posted on 03/01/2011 6:18:44 AM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Sybeck1

This is one way to win elections.

You challenge every single open position in every single state regardless of how blue that state is then make sure you have and vet good, smart and wise fiscally conservative candidates who espouse low taxes and limited government.


8 posted on 03/01/2011 6:24:22 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: whatisthetruth

RINOS and Democrats may make the endangered species act. If so the government might place a bag limit in the 2012 election season.


9 posted on 03/01/2011 6:26:46 AM PST by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Ev Reeman

I think you’ve got a good formula there.


10 posted on 03/01/2011 6:34:08 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Sybeck1

They used to say the South shall rise again. Only this time it is against slavery


11 posted on 03/01/2011 6:36:14 AM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: samtheman

Thank you.


12 posted on 03/01/2011 6:36:47 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: screaminsunshine

Not if the former are elected and re-elected in 2012 as they were in 2010 and 2008.


13 posted on 03/01/2011 6:51:01 AM PST by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: PATRIOT1876

WOW! Way to PUT IT!!!


14 posted on 03/01/2011 7:12:53 AM PST by caprock (`+-----------------)
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To: Sybeck1
Jamie Franks and the Mississippi Democrat part's antagonism toward conservative whites probably has a lot to do with their current level of members.

By the way, Haley Barbour was first elected Governor in 2003 not 2001.

15 posted on 03/01/2011 7:20:56 AM PST by Tupelo (The Boudicca from Wasilla supporter)
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To: goldstategop

What are the current numbers in the Mississippi Legislature? I tried searching around and couldn’t find ‘em.

Is the GOP close to grabbing control of either chamber?


16 posted on 03/01/2011 7:21:03 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: goldstategop

AR is still Democrat, as is the KY House and VA Senate.


17 posted on 03/01/2011 7:23:49 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: MplsSteve

As of Feb 17th, the GOP has a majority in the MS Senate, 27R-24D-1 Vacant. In the MS House, the Dems have a 69D-53R majority.


18 posted on 03/01/2011 7:27:55 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Cool. Thanks for the info.

Of the 69 Dems, I suspect that the majority are black or rural conservative-leaning whites.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the rural conservative-leaning whites are gonna vote with the GOP members - thus meaning that a conservative majority already exists in the Ms House?


19 posted on 03/01/2011 7:36:52 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I think many of rural conservative leaning whites are switching over to the Republican party. I think it is not too far off in the future that black from the South will see that their future lies with the Republican party.


20 posted on 03/01/2011 7:45:46 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: MplsSteve

Problem is, some of those White Democrats aren’t terribly different from their national brethren. I went and counted them up, and 36 of the 69 House Dems are Black (the MS House Majority Leader is Black, Tyrone Ellis, although White Dems occupy the Speakership and Speaker Pro Tempore positions). The problem the Dems have is now that Blacks have a clear-cut majority in the caucus, it’s their right to demand the party elect a Black Speaker. The GOP still has to gain 9 seats this November, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Ultimately, the GOP will win control, and after that happens, the White presence in the Democrat party (outside of the true-believing leftists from urban areas or college moonbat towns), will rapidly dwindle. It’s already happening in Georgia and Alabama (in the case of the latter, it will probably be the last time a White will occupy the position of Dem Minority Leader).


21 posted on 03/01/2011 8:04:22 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Sybeck1; Pelham; Idabilly; cowboyway; mstar
Many freepers here simply do not understand the demographics of black belt elections.

Mississippi has not changed really.

Look who they have been elected statewide for decades since the Dixiecrats left the GOP.

What is happening now is that in a locally gerrymandered state where blacks are nearly 40% and together with a less than 15%...yes...that is correct..less than 15% of whites...are finally having state politics wrested from them.

Except for maybe Lee county (Tupelo) and the Coast, blacks run all urban areas ..what few there are and towns. In the Delta ...sparsely populated but in State Senate that is of no consequence...blacks often are 3/4s or even more of the population..imagine that. How many who post here have an inkling of that sharp divison of power that the black dems have held now since the 80s.

In areas where they were a slight minority, the local white libs...some yellow dogs..some modern day collaborators..have held together a Dem machine more or less state and local wise.

Now that is crumbling thanks largely to Haley's machine efforts himself. I am unhappy with him on some culture flashpoints but in organizing he's winning in this area.

It's not like a Dem state going GOP. 88% of whites voted GOP in 2008 and that has been the trend for some time but this balancing act blacks and white libs held together there is fading.

It's not an epiphany. It's victory.

Southern whites are almost always social conservatives from the beginning of our territories onwards...you follow that you follow them. That is where Kennedy, LBJ and later Peanut Brain and the Toon kept jumping the shark.

may here lambast Lott...I got my issues with him too just like Haley but he was pivotal in Mississippi in leading the socially conservative Dixicrat bloc to the GOP in both candidates and voters.

White social conservatives were always either Dixiecrats..from FDR's death...or Goldwater Republicans...I think Goldwater won in 64 actually...first time GOP had carried the state since 1872 when most whites were not allowed to vote then

this is the way of the indegenous white south...don't throw Toon or Carter at me...they were anomalies..which is why they got elected by non southerners and carried only a few southern states...Carter carried most in 76 and had run as a religious conservative...plus it was post Watergate...a weird time....he got smacked down in 80 by Maximus there...and Toon split the south both times with most southern electoral votes going to his opponent..thanks to Texas

this is just how it is...I am one from a long long line...there are very few exceptions even if they do get a lot of attention

22 posted on 03/01/2011 9:10:31 AM PST by wardaddy (FUHB)
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To: wardaddy
Interesting, thoughtful comments..thanks...

Question...are the state legislative districts ( some or all) subject to voting rights act provisions..i.e...must they be drawn to "guarantee" minority (black) winners?..or can the state legislature redraw the lines to allow for white and/or conservative black candidates a chance..

23 posted on 03/01/2011 9:24:44 AM PST by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: ken5050

i would guess that Mississippi is typical state wise?

he who controls the legislative body writes the districts for the House

insofar as VRA regs...like most southern states it’s a steady court battle when the lines favor one or the other but the petitioner is way more often for more black inclusion

some districts like the Delta or Hinds county would take a very creative drawing to ensure a white elected guy...but that is really off the point

MS has plenty of local white Dems elected by electorates with sizable black numbers....some value power enough that they took that route...think Steve Cohen of Memphis on a smaller scale

plus...some really way out there districts may not have a viable black candidate so the yellow dog white runs and wins

but make no mistake...nearly 5 out of 6 MS whites are to the right...especially on culture

it’s a rubber meets the road state in ways folks in South Dakota would never get

parts are like South Africa with slighty less crime


24 posted on 03/01/2011 10:57:01 AM PST by wardaddy (FUHB)
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To: wardaddy
How many who post here have an inkling of that sharp divison of power that the black dems have held now since the 80s.

In areas where they were a slight minority, the local white libs...some yellow dogs..some modern day collaborators..have held together a Dem machine more or less state and local wise.


Good article and good insight.

Can only hope the dying yellow dogs will be replaced by next generation conservatives.

Abortion and lifestyle disease will continue to take out a number of libs, both black and white. Sad to have look at it this way but. . .


25 posted on 03/01/2011 11:37:14 AM PST by mstar (Immediate State Action)
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To: ken5050; wardaddy; WKB

First, I am crushed...crushed...that you didn’t ping me, wardaddy...but I’ll bump your excellent post anyway. ;o)

Secondly, ken5050, I believe that MS is still under the voting rights act’s provisions. IOW, the feds watch the votes, but I don’t know if they have anything to do with redistricting. (It might be the only state that is still under the the VRA.)

There was a case where the blacks disenfranchised white voters, and the ‘rat in charge was judged guilty.

Holder would hate that because it was against “his people.”

I wish I kept up more, but it’s getting dang depressing to do so.

WKB? Want to chime in?


26 posted on 03/01/2011 11:58:09 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Sybeck1

Thank you so much for the ping!

It’s good to “see” you! ;o)


27 posted on 03/01/2011 11:59:03 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: dixiechick2000; ken5050; wardaddy

The Justice Department has to approve any redistricting plan before the June 1 qualifying deadline leading up to the primaries on Aug. 2.

http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/02/mississippi_lawmakers_set_to_v.html


28 posted on 03/02/2011 7:15:31 AM PST by WKB (We have Bachmann all we need to do is "Turner" on the "Over Drive")
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To: WKB; ken5050; wardaddy

I knew you were the “go to” guy! Thank you so much for the link.

Honestly...why in the world is any state...especially Mississippi...under such scrutiny.

As integrated as Mississippi is, there is absolutely no reason for it.

Unless, there are those in the fed goverment who want to suck up to somebody.


29 posted on 03/03/2011 12:05:25 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: dixiechick2000

Don’t let too many people know about the “go to” thing. I have enough on my plate as it is. :>)


30 posted on 03/03/2011 1:48:51 PM PST by WKB (We have Bachmann all we need to do is "Turner" on the "Over Drive")
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To: WKB

Okie dokie...you’ll be my “go to” guy.

I won’t say a word...;o)


31 posted on 03/03/2011 11:57:39 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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