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  • Southern Democrats Urge a Return to Party Basics (more Taxes)

    11/29/2014 6:12:52 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 28,2014 | By Bill Barrow
    Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. "It's time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand," Rickey Cole, the party chairman in Mississippi, said. He believes candidates have distanced themselves from the past half-century of Democratic principles. "We don't need a New Coke formula," Cole said. "The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Cole and other...
  • Southern Democrats urge return to Party basics

    11/29/2014 6:55:02 AM PST · by Din Maker · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 28, 2014
    Southern Democrats are joining others in the party who say that a return to advocating to lift people out of economic hardship and emphasizing spending on education and public works will re-energize black voters and attract whites as well. "It's time to draw a line in the sand and not surrender our brand," Rickey Cole, the party chairman in Mississippi, said. He believes candidates have distanced themselves from the past half-century of Democratic principles. "We don't need a New Coke formula," Cole said. "The problem is we've been out there trying to peddle Tab and RC Cola." Cole and other...
  • Alabama Democrat: It’s OK for a Man to Marry a Mule

    04/16/2014 1:37:22 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 35 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | Apr 16, 2014 |
    Liberals always laugh at slippery slope arguments from conservatives who warn that the societal acceptance of homosexual “marriage” would lead to the acceptance of other grotesque practices like pedophilia and even bestiality. “That’s never happened in the past, and it will never happen in the future,” they assure us. But they have no standard of morality. They don’t even claim to have one. They don’t need a standard to tell them what’s permissible and what’s not. They just know that some things like homosexuality should be acceptable and other things like bestiality should not be permissible. -snip- Here’s Alabama Democratic...
  • Port Allen Democrat switches party, hands supermajority to Republicans in Louisiana State Senate

    07/16/2013 7:18:40 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 11 replies ^ | 7/16/13 | Lauren McGaughy
    State Sen. Rick Ward III of Port Allen has formally announced he is switching political parties, the third state lawmaker to defect to the Republican Party in as many months. With his move, the GOP now holds a supermajority in the state senate. "Overall, I feel like the Democratic Party has left where I'm at," Ward said Tuesday. "I'm conservative. My voting record shows that." Ward added that "based on the feedback" he's had in his two years in the state senate that his district would be better represented by a Republican. "Based on the direction that both the national...
  • Louisiana House Appropriations Chairman Jim Fannin switches to GOP

    07/11/2013 3:44:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    The chairman of the powerful House budget-writing committee has become a Republican, a move that continues to widen the gap between the two parties in the Louisiana Legislature.
  • Two Black Democrats Become Republicans in Louisiana

    06/17/2013 4:01:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | June 17, 2013 | Star Parker
    Anyone who doubts that the Republican Party can attract black voters needs only look south to Louisiana. At a conference held in Baton Rouge at the end of May, called @Large and aimed to attract black conservatives, black Democrat Elbert Guillary, a member of the state legislature, announced that he was switching party and becoming a Republican. Less than two weeks later, just up the road in Central City, Louisiana, black Democrat city councilman Ralph Washington – who attended this same @Large conference, made the same announcement – he’s becoming a Republican. It’s really not such a mystery. The mystery...
  • Figures. Alabama Democratic Party Can’t Pay Its Bills – Faces Eviction

    05/13/2013 4:31:05 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/13/13 | Jim Hoft
    It figures. This is what happens when you run out of other people’s money. The Democratic Party in Alabama faces eviction for not paying its bills. The water company wants their money, too. Blog.Al reported: Acting state Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley lowered her head and slowly shook it side to side when summing up the financial condition of her once powerful party. “We’re broke, broke, broke,” Worley told the party’s Executive Board in a special called meeting Frida. How broke is broke? Worley didn’t sugar coat the answer. “This is my 18th day as chair and thirty minutes after...
  • Alabama Democratic Party Submits Different Obama Birth Certificate In Ballot Challenge Appeal

    In a unusual rare move, the Alabama Democratic Party has submitted a amicus brief in the McInnish Goode v Chapman Appeal case. The reason being is most likely because the Alabama Supreme Court has Chief Justice Roy Moore presiding over it. He supported Lt. Col. Terry Lakin during his court martial. Another worry for them is another justice named Tom Parker. He once opined in a prior McInnish case: "McInnish has attached certain documentation to his mandamus petition, which, if presented to the appropriate forum as part of a proper evidentiary presentation, would raise serious questions about the authenticity of...
  • Southern Exposure: Dixie goes all Republican

    08/11/2012 11:28:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The August 20, 2012 Issue | Fred Barnes
    In 2010, the Alabama legislature went Republican for the first time in 136 years. In 2011, Republicans won the Mississippi statehouse and Louisiana’s legislature—for both, a first since Reconstruction. That leaves Arkansas as the Holdout State. But Arkansas is wobbling. If its legislature falls to Republicans this year—the odds are 50-50 or better—all 11 states of the old Confederacy will be in GOP hands. And the political current that is transforming the South from a Democratic bastion into the bedrock of Republican strength nationally will be nearly complete. In Arkansas, the ever-so-slow Republican trend accelerated in 2010. Republicans not only...
  • A rare word from Zell Miller: ‘I had a late life conversion’

    07/22/2012 1:07:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 28 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 7-22-12 | Jim Galloway
    Buford, Ga. – There was no mistaking the man who walked through the glass doors of the hotel complex on the shores of Lake Lanier. The trademark shock of white hair remains neatly groomed. The hawk-like nose still juts out over a tight jaw. The eyes are clear and bright. But the stride is gone. Zell Miller walks gingerly now, always with a cane. The former governor and U.S. senator describes himself as an 80-year-old man with 100-year-old legs. “I very, very seldom go anywhere,” Miller said in an interview. Miller’s appearance on Friday was a rare return to a...
  • Tough times for Alabama Democrats

    06/04/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 10 replies ^ | 6/3/12 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    The Democratic Party’s troubles in the Deep South are by now well known, but to get a good flavor of how dismal the landscape looks in Alabama at the moment, consider this passage from a Birmingham News story today about the early outlook for the 2014 governor’s race. Ask veteran Democratic politicians who they think might run for governor in 2014 and you get mostly empty stares or belly laughs, like the one Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham gave when he was asked the question. "What Democrat is going to run for governor?" Rogers asked. "Well, maybe me and I think...
  • Seven Mississippi democrats turn republican (Obama inspires party switches)

    05/31/2012 4:41:31 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies
    WLOX Channel 13 ^ | May 30, 2012
    Seven former democrats are now with the ranks of the republican party after making their formal switch Wednesday. Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said since democrats took control of the White House, more than 50 state and local democrats have moved to the GOP. Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner is one of those making the party change. Waggoner said he feels the Democratic party has fallen out of line with the country's moral standards. "This is enough. We've gone too far. We've gone down the road of moral decay too far. It's time to stop it. It's time to...
  • Alabama Democrats Use Bill Maher for Fundraising

    03/08/2012 12:10:52 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/8/12 | Jim Geraghty
    The Democratic party continues its bold stand against hateful rhetoric, such as the C-word, this time in Alabama: An Evening with Bill Maher March 17, 2012 Chairman’s Reception at 7pm Performance at 8pm Come join Alabama Democrats at the Von Braun Center Concert Hall in Huntsville for an Evening with Bill Maher. 700 Monroe Street Southwest, Huntsville, AL 35801. Tickets are $100 and include admission to the pre-event Chairman’s reception and prime seating at the performance. Paid for by the Alabama Democratic Party. P.O. Box 950. Montgomery, AL 36101. (334) 262-2221. (800) 995-3386. Now, if every Republican officeholder is expected...
  • Only Democrat on Ala. Supreme Court to resign

    06/29/2011 9:48:33 AM PDT · by camerongood210 · 16 replies ^ | Jun 29, 2011 9:20 AM CDT | Desmond Wingard
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb announced in a news conference Wednesday morning that she will resign her position in August. She is the only Democrat on the Alabama Supreme Court. "After tremendous amount of time and prayer and God's guidance to what is in the best interest of the Alabama Court System," Cobb said, " I have decided to step down." She cited the partisan way judges are selected and funding problems in her announcement. [Read Justice Cobb's official statement (.pdf)] With Cobb's departure, there will be only one statewide level Democrat holding...
  • State senator, Norby Chabert, jumps from Democratic Party to Republicans (Louisiana)

    03/21/2011 8:06:46 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 9 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A Houma area state senator Monday became the Louisiana Legislature's newest party switcher to the Republicans. Sen. Norby Chabert, a first-term senator from Little Caillou, announced that he has moved from the Democratic Party to the GOP. The member of a longtime Democratic political family, Chabert holds the Senate seat once held by his father Leonard and brother Marty. He's the fourth Democrat in the Senate to switch parties in the last five months, as the fall elections near and the state continues a trend to the right. Chabert said the national Democratic Party and President...
  • Lawmaker from central Louisiana becomes latest Democratic defection to the GOP (Rep. Billy Chandler)

    03/12/2011 10:32:37 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 14 replies
    BATON ROUGE, La. — A state lawmaker from central Louisiana has become the latest member of the Louisiana House to leave the Democratic Party for the GOP. Rep. Billy Chandler, of Dry Prong, announced his party switch Friday, adding another Republican to the House, which recently became a majority GOP chamber. Chandler says he's joined the Republican Party because the philosophy more closely matches his views and those of his constituents. He was elected in 2006 to the district representing parts of Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, and Winn parishes. The House has 53 Republicans, 46 Democrats, four independents and two vacancies....
  • Yet Another Party Switch: State Rep. Bubba Chaney Newest Louisiana Republican

    02/09/2011 6:28:23 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 24 replies
    The latest refugee is State Rep. Bubba Chaney of Rayville, who made his switch official today. With Chaney’s move, there are now 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats and four independents in the House, with one seat open (the one formerly held by Democrat-turned Republican Fred Mills, who just won a special election for the Senate) and set for a special election next month. Chaney, who is serving his first term in the Louisiana Legislature, changed his party affiliation at the Richland Parish Courthouse late Monday afternoon. “I just didn’t feel that my philosophy as a traditional conservative Blue Dog Democrat has...
  • 2 Mississippi House Democrats announce switch to Republican Party

    01/20/2011 6:28:31 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 2 replies
    The Republic ^ | 1/20/11 | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. — Two Mississippi lawmakers switched from Democrat to Republican on Thursday but said the new party affiliation won't change the way they vote because they've already been siding with the GOP on many issues. Reps. Margaret Rogers of New Albany and Russ Nowell of Louisville announced their switch Thursday during a news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. With the changes, there are now 53 Republicans and 68 Democrats in the state House of Representatives, with one vacant seat.
  • 3 elected Mississippi Democrats switch to GOP (State Senator, State Representative, etc.)

    12/28/2010 7:21:53 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 26 replies · 4+ views ^ | 12/28/10 | HOLBROOK MOHR
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three elected Mississippi Democrats announced Tuesday they are switching to the Republican Party, a move Republicans described as a victory for the GOP and a rebuke of Democratic Party ideology. State Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, state Rep. Bobby Shows and Simpson County Superintendent of Education Joe Welch announced the changes in their party affiliation during a news conference Tuesday at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. The party switches don't shift the balance of power in either house of the state Legislature, but GOP officials said it's part of continuing trend in Mississippi and beyond. At least...
  • Two House Democrats' defections give Republicans supermajority in Texas House

    12/14/2010 6:05:55 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 12/14/10 | TERRENCE STUTZ
    AUSTIN -- Two Democrats in the Texas House announced Tuesday they are switching to the Republican Party in move that gives the GOP a supermajority in the chamber. Rep. Aaron Pena of Edinburg appeared at a news conference with Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus to proclaim his move to the GOP along with fellow Democrat Allan Ritter of Nederland in Southeast Texas. Ritter had already indicated his intentions to shift his party affiliation. The new Republican House members will give the GOP 101 seats in the lower chamber in the 2011 Legislature, a number that will allow...
  • Updated: Two black Democrats bolt party for GOP

    12/11/2010 8:31:01 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 69 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | December 9, 2010 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Two African-American Democrats on Thursday announced that they were joining the Republican Party. Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and former state executive committee member Andre Walker said the Democratic Party had grown too liberal and they are finding a new home with the Republicans.
  • Democratic South finally falls

    11/28/2010 4:09:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28,2010 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since. After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House was defeated and Republicans took over or gained seats in legislatures across the region — the party’s ranks in Dixie have thinned even further. In Georgia, Louisiana and Alabama, Democratic state legislators have become Republicans, concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South. That the...
  • GOP has sights set on taking over state Legislature (Mississippi)

    11/03/2010 11:43:39 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 22 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | By GEOFF PENDER
    GULFPORT — First it was Congress and next it will be the state Legislature, Brad White, chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, said Wednesday after Tuesday’s GOP sweep in midterm U.S. House races. “We’ve been working hard on candidate recruitment for state legislative races next year,” White said. “Politics is a team sport, and what team you’re on matters. That’s my intention — to take over the Legislature.” Though Mississippi, like most of the Deep South, has become firmly a “red state” in presidential elections and Republicans now hold a majority of statewide and congressional offices, its Democratic roots still...
  • GOP rides wave to control every statewide office (Georgia)

    11/03/2010 5:56:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    AJC ^ | November 2, 2010 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Georgia Republicans on Tuesday finished the job they started in 2002: consolidating control of state government by sweeping every major statewide office. For the first time since Reconstruction the state is poised to have no statewide-elected Democrats. The huge night for state Republicans follows a GOP wave that swept across the country and tilted the U.S. House of Representatives into GOP control and left Democrats with a narrow margin in the U.S. Senate. With most of the votes in Georgia counted Tuesday night, the Republicans held leads in races for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner, secretary...
  • State Rep. Scott Bounds switches from Democrat to Republican (Mississippi)

    05/10/2010 1:04:53 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 33 replies · 880+ views
    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.
  • The Dixiecrat Myth

    03/19/2010 6:33:26 AM PDT · by bocopar · 70 replies · 1,018+ views
    Bob Parks: Black & Right ^ | 3/19/10 | Bob Parks
    The left is quite annoyed that myself and others dare link the racist, segregationist past in this country to Democrats, at that flies in the face of everything they claim to champion, when it comes to civil rights, racial tolerance, etc. The Democrats' own website, to this day, attempts to take fraudulently credit for the civil rights movement and legislation, and when called on it, the recitation is the same: "we've grown" and "don't forget about the Dixiecrats". Defensive liberals claim the Dixiecrats, as a whole, defected from the Democrat Party when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of...
  • CNN: Blanche Lincoln (D) To Announce Retirement Tomorrow? Announcement In The Morning

    01/25/2010 5:40:44 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 280 replies · 13,605+ views
    CNN/Ed Henry ^ | 1-24-10
    uh-oh another major Dem retirement? RT @blanche4senate Stay tuned for an important campaign announcement tomorrow morning. - ed henry CNN VIA TWITTER Blanche Lincoln's site says announcement coming in morning...
  • Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry to retire

    01/24/2010 4:24:26 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies · 1,257+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2010 | Chris Cillizza
    Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow morning, according to three sources briefed on the decision. Berry will become the sixth Democrat in a competitive seat to leave in the last two months but the first to announce his retirement since the party's special election loss in Massachusetts last Tuesday. "The message coming out of the Massachusetts special election is clear: No Democrat is safe," said National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Ken Spain. Berry, first elected in 1996, had been noncommittal about his re-election bid for months although, privately, his allies insisted he was planning...
  • Georgia's congressional Democrats feeling new heat (Voted YES, now Regret)

    01/20/2010 2:49:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 33 replies · 1,394+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 20 Jan 2010 | By Bob Keefe
    WASHINGTON -- Like the rest of the Democratic Party, Georgia's congressional Democrats are feeling shock waves from the stunning Republican win in Massachusetts. Some Democratic U.S. House members called the upset by Senator-elect Scott Brown a sign that they need to change their campaign strategies and how they do their jobs. At least one, U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta, bucked his party's leadership by suggesting it may be time for Democrats to drop their plans for health care to focus more on the economy. "This is a clarion call for us to focus like a laser on the economy,"...
  • Dem. Rep. Snyder Opts Out of Ark. Congress Race

    01/15/2010 5:58:07 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 8 replies · 668+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 15, 2010; 7:55 PM | AP
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder of Arkansas says he won't seek re-election to an eighth term. The 62-year-old says he wants to spend more time with his wife and four young children, including a set of year-old triplets. Snyder has held the Arkansas 2nd District seat since 1997. His record in the House includes standing against proposed federal bans on same-sex marriage and late-term abortions. He also voted for health care reform, which was thought to have weakened him this year.
  • Shocker: Vic Snyder Bows Out! (Updated)

    01/15/2010 4:38:43 PM PST · by BAW · 11 replies · 975+ views
    The Arkansas Project ^ | Jan 15, 2010 | David Kinkade
    Here, Arkansas: Here’s your political “holy shit” moment of the day—Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder of the Second Congressional District announces he’ll retire. Full statement at jump. Republican Tim Griffin has been making a spirited run to challenge Snyder on the GOP side, facing Scott Wallace and David Meeks in the Republican primary. Soooo…who will jump in on the Democratic side? ***snip *** U.S. Representative Vic Snyder: “2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide to set the direction for our country for another two years. Over the last several weeks Betsy and I have had discussions...
  • Alabama Democrat Casts His Lot With G.O.P. [What?]

    01/04/2010 12:35:46 AM PST · by UAConservative · 10 replies · 1,170+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 4, 2009 | Campbell Robertson
    ANDALUSIA, Ala. — Among the men who gather every morning at 6 o’clock at the Church’s Chicken here on Three Notch Street, there is general agreement that the Obama administration is doing a very bad job of running the country. And the stakes are as high, as one coffee drinker put it, as the survival of the country’s culture, economy and way of life. Yet this group is represented in the House by a Democrat, Bobby Bright. And they are actually fond of him. For now. “I like Bobby,” said Glenn Cook, 72, a retired electrical engineer. “I think he’s...
  • Breaking : Blue Dog flips to GOP

    12/22/2009 9:31:51 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 39 replies · 1,501+ views
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2009 | Ed MORRISSEY
    Usually one does not see Congressmen or Senators flipping parties to join the minority. However, Politico’s Josh Kraushaar has a scoop that Blue Dog Democrat Parker Griffith of Alabama, a freshman in Congress, has seen enough of Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. He will join Republicans in a move that has far more symbolic than substantive impact — for now: POLITICO has learned that Rep. Parker Griffith, a freshman Democrat from Alabama, will announce today that he’s switching parties to become a Republican. According to a senior GOP aide familiar with the decision, the announcement will take place in this afternoon in...
  • The myth of the “Southern Conservative” Democrat

    10/19/2008 10:52:53 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies · 1,349+ views
    Y'all Politics ^ | Oct 20, 2008 | Alan Lang
    Please pay attention Roger Wicker and Greg Davis There are many myths in southern culture. One of the latest is the myth of the modern day, "conservative" Mississippi Democrat. Currently, Senator Roger Wicker (R) and Greg Davis are locked into real battles with former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) and Rep. Travis Childers (D), respectively, for federal contests. Let's start this conversation with two basic facts. First, Mississippi is overwhelmingly conservative. That's a given. To even have a prayer (pardon the pun), a Democrat for statewide office must be conservative on God, guns and abortion. That's just a fact. A "true...
  • "Mudcat's" Southern strategy

    06/25/2008 5:34:27 AM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 8 replies · 46+ views ^ | June 25, 2008 | see-dubya
    There's this political consultant for the Democrats named David Saunders, who goes by "Mudcat", and he's full of, well, he's full of a lot of stuff, but he's no doubt an interviewer's dream because he's full of earthy local-color quotes. He's profiled by one of the Weekly Standard's best writers, Matt Labash, and drops an interesting bit of strategery: Mudcat, who describes himself as "an old-timey Democrat: pro-gun, pro-God, pro fiscal conservatism," is tired of teaching remedial Mudcat Math to deaf ears in his own party. It can be distilled as The Twofer Strategy: If you get a rural white...
  • State Senator Butler Switching Parties for AL-05 Race

    03/15/2008 7:57:43 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 18 replies · 770+ views
    Democratic state Senator Tom Butler will announce that he is changing parties and run for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat as a Republican, according to two sources close to the situation. Sen. Butler of Madison is one of the “dissident Democrats” who caucuses with Senate Republicans in a minority coalition. Many believed that Butler’s differences with Senate Democrats were more personal than political. State Sen. E. B. McClain (D - Midfield) once described Butler’s relationship with the party as wounded. (Another Senate insider described it to the Parlor in much the same way. See also here.) Democrats had hoped...
  • Caucus draws no attendance (Democrats - Mississippi)

    02/28/2008 6:00:50 PM PST · by Islander7 · 14 replies · 274+ views
    Sun Herald | Feb 24, 2008 | By MEGHA SATYANARAYANA
    Harrison County Democrats held a caucus on Saturday, and nobody showed up. The good weather, said party chairman Andrew "FoFo" Gilich, was partly to blame. "It was a nice day. It was probably hard to break away," he said, referring to family activities. The caucus is held every four years, he said, and has two goals: to elect delegates for the county's Executive Committee, which oversees elections for a four year term, and to elect county delegates for conventions. Local delegates help select national delegates for the Democratic National Convention, set for August in Denver.
  • State Sen. Mettetal joins Republican Party (Mississippi)

    01/30/2008 5:56:10 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 10 replies · 149+ views
    JACKSON (AP) — Sen. Nolan Mettetal, whose win in the Democratic Primary was disputed last year, said Wednesday he's leaving the party to become a Republican. "Switching is not the proper terminology. I'm just joining a party. The (Democratic) Party abandoned me," said Mettetal of Sardis, who has served in the Senate since 1996. Before Mettetal's switch, there were 28 Democrats and 24 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate. The balance is now 27-25. Mettetal said Wednesday that he felt the Democratic Party didn't support him in last year's election. He represents District 10, which covers Panola and Tate counties. Mettetal...
  • Democratic state senator to join ranks of GOP (Alabama)

    01/08/2008 7:43:34 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies · 144+ views ^ | 1/8/08 | BOB LOWRY
    Elba's Jimmy Holley expected to announce decision Jan. 10 MONTGOMERY - A veteran Democratic senator will switch to the Republican Party, but his move won't affect the Democrats' stranglehold on the Alabama Senate. Sen. Jimmy Holley of Elba is expected to announce his decision at a news conference in his hometown on Jan. 10. Neither Holley nor Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, who is chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, would officially confirm Holley's switch Wednesday. But Hubbard called it "the worst-kept secret in the state." Holley, 63, who has served in the Alabama Legislature for 30 years, joined the GOP...
  • Democrats to reclaim country music

    11/20/2007 6:33:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 133 replies · 169+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | November 20, 2007 | Toby Harnden
    Democrats angered at the image of country and western as Right-wing “redneck music” are planning a tour of Middle America during the 2008 election campaign by Nashville artists opposed to the Iraq war. An alliance called the Music Row Democrats is poised to re-launch itself early next year in an attempt to seize back country music from the Republican camp and spread their message that President George W. Bush’s party does not care about ordinary people. Slowly but surely, more country singers are performing songs critical of the Bush administration. Merle Haggard, who once sang the anti-hippie anthem “Okie from...
  • Democrats, but hardly liberal (Blacks in South Carolina)

    09/17/2007 9:08:23 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 21 replies · 200+ views
    Rock Hill Herald ^ | 09/17/07 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Black South Carolinians are Democrats. But they’re far from liberal. African-Americans in South Carolina have nuanced, sometimes seemingly conflicting opinions that reflect, at times, the state’s conservatism, a groundbreaking Winthrop/ETV poll found. For example, according to the poll: • Two-thirds say they are Democrats, and four in five plan to vote in the state’s January Democratic presidential primary. But almost six in 10 describe their political beliefs as conservative or moderate. • Despite that conservatism, more than half say government “definitely” should ensure every American has a “decent standard of living,” a liberal belief at odds with free-market capitalism. •...
  • Sam Nunn Weighing White House Run

    08/26/2007 12:28:28 PM PDT · by no dems · 46 replies · 1,165+ views E-mail update | 8-26-07 | Editor
    Former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn says he is disappointed with the current presidential campaign and is considering a bipartisan or independent run for the White House in 2008. “It’s a possibility, not a probability,” Nunn said in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “My own thinking is, it may be a time for the country to say, ‘Timeout. The two-party system has served us well, historically, but it’s not serving us now.’” The Georgian said he’s distressed by the “fiasco” in Iraq, the out-of-control federal budget, U.S. energy policy, and a presidential campaign that has not dealt straight on with...
  • Liberal Blogger Targets 'Bush Dog' Dems

    08/24/2007 8:39:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies · 615+ views
    The Politico ^ | Friday, August 24, 2007 | Josh Kraushaar
    A leading liberal blogger has declared political war against centrist Democrats – the latest move in an intensifying show of dissatisfaction with the Democratic Congress by the once-friendly blogosphere. Matt Stoller, who blogs at the well-trafficked, has compiled a list of 38 House “Blue Dog” Democrats who have voted with Republicans on key legislation, and called on the activist community to put pressure on them – and perhaps challenge them in primaries – if they fail to shape up. “Some of these members may need to face a primary challenge, and it's useful for potential primary challengers to know...
  • Democratic Georgia lawmaker changes parties; widens GOP majority (Georgia)

    06/19/2007 7:21:40 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 10 replies · 547+ views ^ | 6/19/07 | Matt Wilson
    Georgia state representative from the Atlanta has switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party, bolstering the wide GOP majority in the state House of Representatives. "My strong belief in fiscal responsibility and restraint... is not a good fit within the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives," Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Atlanta, wrote in an entry on his blog Tuesday morning. Rep. Jacobs' move to the Republican Party increases the GOP House majority to 107, and reduces the Democratic minority to 73 members. House Democrats criticized the move as opportunistic.
  • Biden not worried about Southern Dems [his home state of Delaware was a "slave state."....]

    08/27/2006 4:49:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 80 replies · 2,265+ views
    Biden not worried about Southern Dems 43 minutes ago Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) says he can hold his own in a 2008 presidential primary against Democratic contenders from the South, noting that his home state of Delaware was a "slave state." Biden dismissed the notion that he was a "Northeastern liberal" who would have a poor showing in the South against other likely contenders such as Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee. "Better than anybody else," Biden said, when asked on "Fox News Sunday" to...
  • Former Rep. Sonny Montgomery dead at 85

    05/21/2006 4:41:12 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 3 replies · 676+ views
    msnbc ^ | May 12, 2006 | ap
    JACKSON, Miss. - Former Rep. Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery, who during his 30 years in Congress pushed through a modernized GI Bill that boosted recruiting for the all-volunteer force, died Friday. He was 85. SNIP On Thursday, the House voted to name a national defense authorization bill in his honor. A conservative Democrat, Montgomery represented an east-central Mississippi district in Congress from 1967 to 1997, and for 13 years chaired the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He himself was a 35-year military veteran, serving in the Army in Europe during World War II, then returned to active duty during the Korean...
  • 'Yellow-Dog' Democrats a Dwindling Breed (MSM newsflash: South is no longer solidly liberal)

    05/09/2006 6:59:04 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 1,745+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 9, 2006 | JIM DAVENPORT
    GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. - Many species are rare, even threatened, in the swampy marshes along the southeastern coast, and perhaps none is closer to extinction than the "yellow-dog" Democrat of the Old South. For decades, straight-ticket, conservative white voters who displayed unyielding loyalty to the Democratic Party — they said they'd vote for a yellow dog if the Democrats ran one — transformed the South into a party stronghold. The tide began to turn in the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Act alienated some lifelong conservative Democrats and Republican President Nixon courted yellow dogs with his "Southern Strategy." Since the...
  • Democrats in 2 Southern States Push Bills on Bible Study [Or: Howard Dean Finds Jesus] (NYT)

    01/27/2006 9:30:35 AM PST · by summer · 12 replies · 469+ views
    The NYT ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 — Democrats in Georgia and Alabama, borrowing an idea usually advanced by conservative Republicans, are promoting Bible classes in the public schools. Their Republican opponents are in turn denouncing them as "pharisees," a favorite term of liberals for politicians who exploit religion. ...The Democrats who introduced the bills said they hoped to compete with Republicans for conservative Christian voters. "Rather than sitting back on our heels and then being knocked in our face, we are going to respond in a thoughtful way," said Kasim Reed, a Georgia state senator from Atlanta and one of the sponsors of...
  • Democrats want literacy class on Bible (in Alabama public schools)

    12/01/2005 12:09:14 PM PST · by Crackingham · 8 replies · 648+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | Taylor Bright
    MONTGOMERY - Democratic lawmakers are pressing for a uniform Bible literacy class in Alabama's public schools. At a news conference today, the legislators plan to announce they will push in the Legislature early next year a bill that would allow local school boards to offer "Bible literacy" classes as elective high school courses. House Majority Leader Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, and Speaker of the House Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia, were expected to make the announcement. Opponents say the Democrats' bill sanctions one religion; Republicans say Democrats are stealing their ideas. The course will center on "The Bible and Its Influence," a...
  • Three state reps jump to the GOP (Louisiana)

    11/18/2005 1:01:02 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 28 replies · 1,159+ views
    KATC3 ^ | 11/18/05
    BATON ROUGE, La. The state Republican Party can count three more members among its fold in the Legislature. Representatives Ernest Wooton of Belle Chasse, Dan "Blade" Morrish of Jennings and William Daniel of Baton Rouge have jumped to the G-O-P. Their switches bring the G-O-P membership in the Legislature to 55: 40 members of the 105-member House and 15 members of the 39-member Senate