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State Rep. Scott Bounds switches from Democrat to Republican (Mississippi)
The Republic ^ | 5/9/10

Posted on 05/10/2010 1:04:53 PM PDT by LdSentinal

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi House member has switched from Democrat to Republican.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Rep. Scott Bounds announced his decision during a news conference Monday at Republican Party Headquarters in Jackson.

Bounds noted his "conservative philosophical and policy beliefs" as the reason for his change.

With Bounds, there will be 50 Republicans in the House, and the chamber will have 72 Democrats.

Bounds is from Philadelphia and has been in the Legislature since 2004.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010midterms; bounds; mississippi; partyswitch; realignment; southerndems

1 posted on 05/10/2010 1:04:53 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued

Maybe he smells the tar and feathers...or maybe napalm?

Whatever, he’s seen the light.


2 posted on 05/10/2010 1:08:58 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: LdSentinal

Welcome home Bounds.

LLS


3 posted on 05/10/2010 1:09:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: LdSentinal

don’t know anything about this guy. What is his voting record? Last thing we need is another John McCain or Arlen Spector.


4 posted on 05/10/2010 1:09:28 PM PDT by squidward
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To: LdSentinal
Sometimes you see a seated congressman switch parties so they can be a member of the majority. It takes a real commitment to core values to switch to the minority party.
5 posted on 05/10/2010 1:11:11 PM PDT by Artemis Webb (DeMint 2012----Remember May 20th is "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day")
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To: LdSentinal

If this were the Senate it would be big. This is the house though, and that probably won’t be able to go ever just because Mississippi’s demographics are what they are.

I do have to wonder what this guy’s motivation is. Mississippi House seats are deliberately drawn to produce a Dem majority and the state’s population composition aids this. I get the strangest feeling this could portend a run for statewide office as its become almost impossible to win statewide on the Dem ticket in Mississippi but the lion’s share of courthouses and local offices are still Dem


6 posted on 05/10/2010 1:11:13 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: LdSentinal

So, The Dems are out of Bounds?...............


7 posted on 05/10/2010 1:14:50 PM PDT by Red Badger (When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you'll know that its desolation is NEAR. Luke 21)
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To: Artemis Webb
"It takes a real commitment to core values to switch to the minority party. "

I'll reserve judgment until after we know more about his record as a 'conservative'... but sometimes all it really takes is cowardice to jump from a sinking ship- we've been burned by enough RINO's (remember 1994!!)

8 posted on 05/10/2010 1:15:22 PM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: LdSentinal

Wonder why his voting record is.


9 posted on 05/10/2010 1:16:53 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: LdSentinal

Hmmm. Was that a rain drop? Gosh, I sure hope it doesn’t rain.


10 posted on 05/10/2010 1:17:22 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a local RINO? Donate $$$ to a different district.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Mississippi doesn’t elect the legislature this year so this wouldn’t be an electoral consideration, at least not immediately.

Neshoba is almost a county where almost no one votes in the Republican primary in a state election year, meaning he runs the risk of getting an opponent who can play the good ole boy card on him.

If I had to guess I think he’s going to make a bid at statewide office. Only the heavy hitters will get into whatever race Hood chooses but there are plenty of downballot races this guy could be looking at.


11 posted on 05/10/2010 1:18:48 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: squidward
Well, the Democrats have called him a DINO. According to them, he votes with the GOP 92%.

Link

12 posted on 05/10/2010 1:23:26 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

‘Wolf Dons Sheep’s Clothing’


13 posted on 05/10/2010 1:24:54 PM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: LdSentinal

Another “I’ll do what’s BEST for ME” politician, or what?


14 posted on 05/10/2010 1:38:03 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: LdSentinal

As long as he does not become a RINO.


15 posted on 05/10/2010 1:39:26 PM PDT by 353FMG (Islam -- America's road to destruction.)
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To: squidward
Last thing we need is another John McCain or Arlen Spector.

Every time I hear about this type of thing Arlen Spector comes to mind. Instead of thinking someone has finally seen the light, I think of how the socialists are ruining the country by running under a different label.

16 posted on 05/10/2010 1:41:23 PM PDT by jerri (Is it over yet?)
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To: LdSentinal

Seriously, anyone who was still a Democrat after 1980 has some serious mental issues.


17 posted on 05/10/2010 2:19:26 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: LdSentinal

GOOD FOR HIM!


18 posted on 05/10/2010 2:21:07 PM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: Retired Greyhound
Seriously, anyone who was still a Democrat after 1980 has some serious mental issues.

Those mental issues are, namely:

1) Liberal-run education system,
2) Liberal-run news and entertainment industry,
3) (proceeding from 1&2) Poor/nonexistent history education,
4) (...) Poor/nonexistent economics education,
5) Widespread benefits of blood, sweat and tears of those who came before, leading to apathy and laziness. (Many are completely unaware of the price of freedom and prosperity. They believe it "just happens")

19 posted on 05/10/2010 2:24:48 PM PDT by TChris ("Hello", the politician lied.)
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To: TChris

This guy Bounds can take a hike.

He remained a Rat after the election of Barack Obama. That is unexcusable.


20 posted on 05/10/2010 2:26:11 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: AzaleaCity5691

Hmmm...looking at his options is he?

Thank you for the analysis!


21 posted on 05/10/2010 2:26:21 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Well you have to understand, to get elected across vast swaths of states like Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and pretty much all of Arkansas you either run as a Democrat or don’t run at all because the one party system still lives there.

Neshoba is one of those counties. For all we know this guy didn’t even vote for Clinton but had to run as a Democrat because not doing so meant he couldn’t get elected.


22 posted on 05/10/2010 3:04:43 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Sybeck1; dixiechick2000

Good news in Mississippi.


23 posted on 05/10/2010 3:30:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Whatever, he’s seen the light.

Boy, you're easy to convince.

24 posted on 05/10/2010 3:31:18 PM PDT by Jim Noble
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To: GOPsterinMA

Thanks for the ping.


25 posted on 05/10/2010 3:37:11 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: AzaleaCity5691; LdSentinal; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA
This is the house though, and that probably won’t be able to go ever just because Mississippi’s demographics are what they are.

Ever?

26 posted on 05/10/2010 3:38:48 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: AzaleaCity5691

“the one party system”

Old habits die hard, eh?


27 posted on 05/10/2010 3:50:03 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: Jim Noble
Not really. I'm actually a very paranoid and skeptical person by nature.

But for whatever reason this person switched to the GOP. I know nothing of Mississippi politics, so I take it for face value which is a rat switching and giving the GOP in that state's legislature one more vote.

28 posted on 05/10/2010 3:54:29 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: Impy

10-4 Impy!


29 posted on 05/10/2010 3:55:17 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Paul Ryan/Greg Abbott in 2012.)
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To: squidward

“What is his voting record? Last thing we need is another John McCain or Arlen Spector.”

From the article: “Bounds is from Philadelphia and has been in the Legislature since 2004.”

Wait a minute, Arlen Specter is from Philadelphia, too. This doesn’t look good . . .

(I know, different Philadelphia, but I couldn’t resist.)


30 posted on 05/10/2010 4:20:40 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AzaleaCity5691

“This is the house though, and that probably won’t be able to go ever just because Mississippi’s demographics are what they are.”


Even before this party switch, there were more black Democrats in the MS state house than there were white Democrats. For how much longer can Democrats really keep control of the state house given that white Democrats are an increasingly endangered species in the state? Blacks are at most 35% of the electorate, and with so many majority-black districts being created it’s only a matter of time before the GOP wins the state house as well.


31 posted on 05/10/2010 4:25:44 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Impy

I think this year’s census probably shows Mississippi at somewhere between 42-45% black based on the November 2008 vote for Obama and progression over time.

It’s also important to note that blacks constitute the majority of Mississippians under 30 and Mississippi public schools are majority black by a pretty strong clip.

There are two reasons the Republican Party in Mississippi has risen to the heights it has: Ronnie Musgrove and casino money. I don’t even have to explain the second one but with Musgrove it was like this.

In 1991, Fordice won. Fordice ended up doing everything he could to destroy the brand name of the Republican Party in Mississippi and the county courthouses in the rural areas had plenty of guys like Ronnie Shows and Gene Taylor (not rural but point stands) that they could trot out on the good ol’ boy line. Musgrove governed as a rural machine like Democrat and basically ended the Republican insurgency on the non-federal level. Then he went and messed with the flag.

Even suggesting the referendum as he did so enraged the rural white Mississippians (as well as almost all white Mississippians outside of the neighborhood by Millsaps in Jackson) that were the base of continued Democratic strength in statewide elections that it soon translated to statewide offices and Mississippi ended up having the quickest statewide conversion of any Southern state. But, it is a phyrric victory.

The county court rings were able to put in Childers, Taylor has that seat till he dies or moves up and Jim Hood could have been competitive with Barbour in ‘07 but didn’t want that fight. If Childers holds his seat this year (and its more possible than you’d think, politics up there is very “who has whose support” oriented as opposed to individual voters) then they will have a solid core of people they could run on a ticket in 2011 if they could convince them to (Hood will, the others would have to be convinced and Childers would have to step up his Obama criticism to be viable)

In the end, Mississippi will swing back Democratic. Republican dominance of statewide offices has at best another 10 years because Mississippi is just becoming too black. The white population is older and dying off, young whites leave the state and the states blacks largely stay there and have higher birthrates and the like.

The reason why the House can never go is because the population distribution is such that for districts that have to be house population, its very easy to gerrymander that 70-50 Democratic House. There are Democratic incumbents in Republican favorable areas (think Compretta) who the local establishment will never let lose to a Republican because they are conservative enough and they’re not willing to lose the power these people have in Jackson.

The truth is, blacks bring Mississippi back into the Democratic column by 2028 presidentially (and locally beforehand) and without a significant influx of whites of some kind the state will become majority black probably before I die (and I was born in 1962).

And that’s just the way it is for MS. Even if the GOP took the House in 2011 (and that’s impossible, the Senate yes but not the House) at most there will be a decade they hold it. You can’t gerrymander your way out of the changing demographics and if the population below 30 right now is majority black then in 2020 that means that the majority below 40 will be. The clock is ticking on this one.


32 posted on 05/10/2010 5:21:41 PM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: AzaleaCity5691

AC, Mississippi’s black percentage of the population in the 1990 Census was 35.6%; in the 2000 Census it was 36.3%; and in the 2008 Census Estimate it was 37.2%. So, no, the 2010 Census won’t show MS with anywhere near a 42%-45% black population. And as for MS voting Democrat for president by 2028, it would take a major realignment of the white Southern vote for that to happen, because the state is nowhere close to voting Democrat for president despite blacks voting 95% Democrat.


33 posted on 05/10/2010 6:18:47 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; AzaleaCity5691; fieldmarshaldj

I’m not a demographer but I don’t foresee a huge black demographic boom in MS. Baring something like that I think it’s a matter of time before the GOP wins at the local level. It’s already taken much longer than we’d like and may take quite a while more but I foresee white southerners becoming increasingly hostile to the rat party.


34 posted on 05/12/2010 9:38:48 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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