One City, United and Divided

From Team Jackson and Vision 2022 to Celebrate Jackson, the capital city suddenly has a host of organizations trying to change the perception of the city. How is a bit more unclear.

From Team Jackson and Vision 2022 to Celebrate Jackson, the capital city suddenly has a host of organizations trying to change the perception of the city. How is a bit more unclear. Photo by Trip Burns.

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Duane O'Neill, President and CEO of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, addresses members at the first Team Jackson luncheon.

Within two months, the city of Jackson and community leaders have unveiled several programs that claim the same goals: to unite Jacksonians, promote the capital city's positive features and move Jackson into a better future.

That presents a question that no one seems to answer: Why aren't they working together on one big project?

On Nov. 14, the city unveiled Celebrate Jackson, a marketing campaign for Jackson, at a surprise event with little advance notice. City officials announced a celebration, called Eleven 14 until the day of the event, but gave little more information prior to the event. On Nov. 14, a Wednesday, local restaurants set up booths, school choirs performed, and bands played on the green around City Hall for a couple hundred people as the city announced its new marketing campaign: Celebrate Jackson.

Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., with the support of the Jackson City Council, hired the local Fahrenheit Creative Group for $98,000 in July to help shine a better light on the city--coincidentally or not, just in time for the 2013 city elections. Johnson is up for reelection.

City Director of Marketing Anthony Dean said the goal of Celebrate Jackson is to give local residents a chance to use their voices to highlight the city's positive aspects. Dean said the campaign will feature Jacksonians highlighting the city's best attributes in television commercials, on billboards, in print advertising and in other outlets.

Darren Schwindaman*, a graphic designer and branding specialist at Jackson-based Creative Distillery, says the entire Celebrate Jackson campaign process stunk from the beginning. The first problem came when the city didn't bid the campaign out, he said. Most organizations request bids and proposals before hiring agencies, he said, but the city hired Fahrenheit Creative without a bidding process. The city doesn't have to bid out projects that can be considered professional services.

Once Fahrenheit Creative got the contract, they didn't do any of the needed preparation to discover what the views of the city were that they wanted to change, Schwindaman said. "They didn't do any focus grouping to figure out what the perceptions are from people in the suburbs and in the city," Schwindaman told the JFP.

The opening event drew criticism, too. Signs that marketers designed to hang from light poles were too long and dragged on the ground. The city meant for the signs to showcase the city. Instead, workers took them down soon after the Eleven 14 event. Dean said the signs, which read "Celebrate Jackson," still advertised the campaign as intended despite their wrong size.

"I'm not saying it was a mistake," Dean told the Jackson Free Press. "It was just the way it turned out. The banners were just long."

Starting the campaign with an event was a very poor way to start a marketing campaign, Schwindaman said. Branding the TV commercials and posters for the event with the Eleven 14 logo was even more confusing to Schwindaman.

"All the promotion that was done and, presumably, all the money spent wasn't even about the Jackson rebranding. It was about the unveiling event for the Jackson rebranding," Schwindaman said.

Despite early promises of TV commercials, billboards and more, little has come of the campaign since the Nov. 14 event. Jason Thompson of Fahrenheit Creative Group said he is working with the city to plan the next steps of the campaign and search for new avenues of funding. Thompson said Fahrenheit hasn't spent the full $98,000, but the company approached the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau board Nov. 30 and asked for additional public funding for the campaign.

JCVB Executive Director Wanda Wilson told the JFP that Fahrenheit Creative didn't ask for an exact amount, and didn't present any specifics about how it would use the money. Other sources present at the meeting, though, said Mayor Johnson warmed the room up before Fahrenheit Creative requested more than $100,000 in additional funding, based on a vague PowerPoint presentation that gave little specific detail.

Despite the lack of details, Wilson still called it a "great presentation." She said Fahrenheit Creative will submit a grant application with more specifics, at which time the JCVB board will make a decision.

"It is being taken under consideration at this point," Wilson said. "We won't know for sure until after the grant application has been received."

The Jackson Free Press has requested the Fahrenheit proposal, budget and expenses of the Celebrate Jackson campaign to date. The city had not responded to the request at press time.

A Team ... Vision?

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Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, makes the opening remarks at the first Team Jackson luncheon at The South Warehouse off State Street.

In January, two business groups, Downtown Jackson Partners and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce announced Team Jackson, an effort to counter bad perceptions about Jackson and promote business in the city and its suburbs.

Membership in this group is available to anyone for a fee of $100. It is made up of schools, businesses, individuals and organizations from around the city.

Team Jackson states the same basic and vague goals of Celebrate Jackson: to provide citizens a chance to be heard, to focus on the positives in the city and to move the city forward with one united vision.

To accomplish its goals of spreading positive perceptions, Team Jackson plans to hold luncheons every other month for members and their guests--who presumably are already on board with the group's mission. The lunches cost $20. Non-members are invited to join luncheons, but Team Jackson requires a RSVP. At the group's first luncheon Jan. 15, organizers pledged to move Jackson forward.

Jeff Good, member of the board of directors of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, also spoke to the crowd of more than 100 Team Jackson members about Vision 2022, yet another chamber-led project that popped up in recent months.

Vision 2022, which the GJCP announced in October, is a comprehensive 10-year plan for the entire Jackson metro that includes building a lake near downtown Jackson, a medical corridor along Lakeland Drive and Woodrow Wilson Avenue, pedestrian trails throughout the metro, and a focus on aerospace engineering development, as well as other aspects.

A group of 10 volunteer committees--separate from 10 Team Jackson committees--are steering the Vision 2022 initiative. Good said the committees don't set any agendas, because the plan is already complete. The committees' job is to put the plan into action.

Duane O'Neill, president and CEO of GJCP, said after the Jan. 15 meeting that Team Jackson's purpose is to act as a public relations tool for the chamber and the Vision 2022 plan. He hopes that Team Jackson will help bring the 10-year plan, which focuses on the growth of Jackson as well as its suburbs, to fruition.

"Vision 2022 is an initiative that takes a lot of projects, money and things to do. Team Jackson is more to share the information and keep everybody plugged in," O'Neill told the Jackson Free Press. "(Vision 2022) is more down in the nitty gritty, making it happen."

Like Vision 2022, Team Jackson also consists of 10 committees.

Marika Cackett, co-chairwoman of the Team Jackson news committee, said Team Jackson, unlike Celebrate Jackson, is not focused solely on the capital city, but also on surrounding suburbs.

To help those suburbs, Good said the focus needs to be on Jackson, though. For the suburbs to thrive, he warned, the core city must thrive.

Not a Political Platform

Despite the 100-plus member group including businesses and individuals with direct links to political candidates in this year's city election, and the timing of its announcement, Cackett says Team Jackson is not a political group.

Mayoral candidate Jonathan Lee is a member of Team Jackson, as are former City Councilman Ben Allen, who has remained actively involved in city politics, and the law firm of Sam Begley, who has close ties to Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and worked on his campaign in 2005. The city is also listed as a member, although city sources say it has not been actively involved in the effort.

"I think if you look at the different committees and the different people, we're all very different people," Cackett said. "We're not trying to elect someone to office. That's not what this is about. We're just trying to let people know what's going on in our city."

Money for Team Jackson membership and bi-monthly meetings goes to the Central Mississippi Growth Foundation, a non-profit created in 1970 by the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

O'Neill said the foundation is a way for the GJCP to raise and distribute funds for various projects without having to create separate non-profit organizations.

CMGF's tax records show the non-profit brought in $656,604 in 2010 and $706,671 in 2009. Most of those revenues, between $484,000 and $540,000, come from membership dues. Most of the remainder, about $160,000, came from government grants.

O'Neill said he couldn't say exactly without looking at the records, but that he believes the membership dues come from fund raising. The grants are mostly workforce development grants, O'Neill said, that the GJCP uses for job training projects.

The largest expenditure for the foundation over the past five years has been the Horizon United campaign. O'Neill said Horizon United was GJCP's five-year plan that led up to Vision 2022. It is now complete.

Among other investments, the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership donated $250,000 through the foundation to the Pearl River Vision Foundation for its lake project. That foundation is led by McGowan Working Partners, which is also a Team Jackson member and active in local politics.

Central Mississippi Growth Foundation filed tax returns as a IRC 501(c)(6), which includes business leagues and chambers of commerce. Under that filing, CMGF is legally capable of making campaign contributions to candidates and lobbying office holders, as long as neither of those actions is the organization's primary activity.

Paul Moak, former president of the GJCP, said he did not know much about the foundation, even though he is listed as the group's president on its 2010 IRS Form 990. He said his presidency at GJCP made him president of CMGF. He said CMGF is not a political organization. CMGF makes it easier for the GJCP to fund various projects, such as Team Jackson, Moak said. Instead of having to set up nonprofits for each program, GJCP can use the Central Mississippi Growth Foundation name to report the revenues and expenditures of Team Jackson.

Why exactly the chamber set up CMGF in the first place is a mystery to Moak. "I think it's primarily a vehicle that was just created to help facilitate a lot of different things that have occurred over the years without having to recreate (a nonprofit) every time some project comes down the pike," Moak said.


*Editor's Note: Darren Schwindaman worked as a graphic designer for the Jackson Free Press several years ago. We reached out to him for comment because he criticized Celebrate Jackson publicly in social media soon after the November launch.

Comments

swurveus 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm confused by the paranoid tone of this article.

There are so many great things created by so many great people in the Jackson area, that it can't all fall under the umbrella of one group of people. What's the downside of that?

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lenajones61 1 year, 3 months ago

Interesting piece - hope there is a part II - or some follow-up soon. I am sure it would be fascinating to see an organizational chart for the top leaders of each splintered effort. It speaks volumes about the role of politics in galvanizing factions and shaping responses.

If there is a subsequent followup, I hope that it will speak to the story behind the story -- which group intially came up with the idea to sincerely promote Jackson as a positive place to live, work, recreate, conduct business, etc.? Did subsequent groups emerge because their voices were not heard with the original or are these splintered efforts the result of different groups vying to "own the solution" of a problem with no easy fix even when unified efforts exist and is nearly impossibly to remedy when separate attempts result in unintended consequences that neutralize the gradual gains. Turf wars, one of the unintended consequences that inevitably result from splintered efforts, zaps the life out of well-meaning attempts and tend to create dividing lines long after their usefulness.

That being said, I hope city leaders find a way to solidify their efforts. Whether all public or private funding (or even a combination of the two), in most cases combined efforts make for a more efficient use of innovation, human resources, and funding. Separate efforts are like using 100 people to paint a house with one holding the paintbrush while the other 99 turn the house.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

Lena, I agree with you. The best thing that could happen right now is that the organizers of Celebrate Jackson, starting with city marketing director Anthony Dean, admit that Celebrate Jackson was not planned or executed well -- and tell us where all the money went (when we get the proposals and budget we will post it here). Then tell us how they're going to fix it without getting another $100,000. There are many people around Jackson who could help an effort like this work without spending all that money. They need to build alliances.

As for Team Jackson: Again, the rollout seems to be rocky. There are people involved who are declaring that it is "non-business," but Duane O'Neill says it's the public-relations arm of the Greater Jackson Chamber's Vision 2022 plan. That doesn't sound like a bad idea (although why in the world you'd need two sets of 10 committees boggles my mind), but why doesn't everyone involved have correct talking points about what it is?! Going around saying that it's "non-business" when it's clearly primarily a business organization started and run by two business organizations just makes it look like they're hiding something (that it's a business organization). We're for good business efforts; if you're going to do it, own it, and don't pretend it's a group of anyone and everyone (especially if you have to be a member to attend the luncheons).

Both of these groups need some fixes and fast if they are going to be effective. In the kind of Jackson most of us want to live in, the members of the groups would put aside their political differences and work together. I won't hold my breath, though, especially not during city election season.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

And Lena, the organizational chart is a good idea. And we sure do love to do an infographic. I'll put it on the story list.

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lenajones61 1 year, 3 months ago

Swurveus, in response to your statement: There are so many great things created by so many great people in the Jackson area, that it can't all fall under the umbrella of one group of people. What's the downside of that?

First, I want to say I really don't have a dog in that fight. Secondly, I have to assume you are serious when you infer that there is no downside to duplicated efforts. You need look no further than the fact that Mississippi has more churches and worship centers than any other state. This lands us as Number 1 givers among states year after year, but contributions to churches are counted. However, because many churches are simply spinouts of original ones that never mended fences with disaffected members -- who left and started their own -- what we have as a result is in THEORY a larger number of people who give to charity when in point of fact we have the least number of charitable foundations that are helping to allieviate the poverty in one of the nation's poorest states.

Did you notice that there were foundations mentioned in the article? Such foundations have built-in reasons (membership criteria and the like) for being exclusive and self-serving of its members sometimes narrow interests. Not saying that this was the case here -- but it happens all too often.

In the meantime, when it APPEARS that there are enough people helping with the heavy lifting to get things done, folk with truly innovative ideas mistakenly believe that their input is not needed. Moreover, because there are expenses associated with every institutional response, a large percentage of resources goes into fixed costs for EACH organization.

Let use the churches/faithbased institutions as an example again -- many do not operate pantries, employment readiness programs, or any social service outreach efforts because the charitable giving required to keep them solvent leaves little room for added social responsibilities part of their raison d'art.

Sometimes duplication of efforts gives us a false sense of movement when we are in fact running in place. When resources are scarce, duplicated efforts drain needed resources in order to sustain each effort's survival. The scramble to stay alive often creates polarization to justify duplication existence -- all I am saying is that we have done this too long and at Jackson's expense -- we can do better but we need someone occasionally holding a mirror to our actions so that we can see ourselves and vow to do better as a result.

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mscbo39 1 year, 3 months ago

To: Lenajones61 -- Oh puleez! Churches and their members often work through other organizations both financially and through volunteerism. Sixteen of the eighteen current Stewpot board members come from churches. A significant share of Habitat for Humanity's covenant groups and individual volunteers come from area churches. These individual's community work and charitable giving grow from their involvement in their faith communities.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

Nice post, Lena.

I will also add that this story is not paranoid, but it is watchdoggish. I'll be frank. EVERY city election, we see groups pop up in the months before with vague names and goals: SafeCity, Better Jackson PAC, some secret northeast Jackson citizens committee formed to help Melton beat Johnson (I forget the name) -- not to mention the Metro Crime Commission in years past. ALL ended up being political even if they didn't start out being. The Better Jackson PAC gave lots of money (mostly from McGowan Working Partners) last election to Marshand Crisler and refused to file reports on it until we literally forced them to reveal themselves at the last minute.

We are not saying any of this is true about these groups. But it is why we want to know what is going on, by whom, who is getting and spending the money, and if they give campaign contributions. We exist as a watchdog and make no apologies for that. And it automatically makes people suspicious when your surrogates make false claims -- such as Team Jackson being "non-business," which was so easy to debunk that it's laughable. Now, do the surrogates not know who started the group and why? Maybe. But that's a PR problem for the group, and it's going to hurt them if they don't fix it.

Call it constructive criticism. All the above groups can clean up some of these problems, but they need to acknowledge them first. And if any group comes along and tries to quietly funnel money to candidates, we will do our damn best to figure it out and tell our readers. Call it paranoid if you wish, but we've spun around this dog track enough times to know what to watch for.

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Tom_Head 1 year, 3 months ago

Um:

Membership in this group is available to anyone for a fee of $100. It is made up of schools, businesses, individuals and organizations from around the city. Team Jackson states the same basic and vague goals of Celebrate Jackson: to provide citizens a chance to be heard, to focus on the positives in the city and to move the city forward with one united vision.


I really don't think they're going to get one united vision out of a working-class city if they're starting out by asking everybody to donate a hundred bucks on spec.

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swurveus 1 year, 3 months ago

This is Chris Myers, by the way. I don't know why my login showed up as Swurveus. I refuse to get into a Kamikaze-like argument on this post about this, but I do have to express my sincere disappointment in the JFP treatment of this subject. This story assumes a lot of things without digging very deep into them. No participants on any of the committees of either group were quoted, only some of the people at the top.

First of all, it should be pointed out that Celebrate Jackson has nothing to do with either Vision 2022 or Team Jackson. Celebrate Jackson was a great example of how PR should not work. The event was poorly executed...bottom line. I would love to hear the Mayor address this and explain what the intent was.

Secondly, I sit on two committees under the umbrella of Vision 2022. I attended the Team Jackson lunch on Tuesday. To assume that no one there has political motives is naive, but to assume that everyone there does is naive as well. The people I have met so far have nothing but the best intentions for Jackson in mind, and have donated their time and energy into helping make it so. The launch of Vision 2022 was open to the public and anyone and everyone can join one of those committees.

As for the $100 membership fee for Team Jackson, Tom... Things cost money. Putting on events, lunches, etc. costs money. Yes, it's a hindrance for people who don't have it (Kamikaze says he is working to alleviate that problem), but it's also a hindrance to the people who just want to show up and hobnob. If the city government were to spend that kind of money then didn't deliver, they'd be hearing complaints like the ones above about Celebrate Jackson. GJCP is an entity that can make it happen.

I'll steal a recent quote from Vice President Joe Biden who said something along the lines of "We're not going to get caught in the trap of thinking that unless we're going to do everything, we shouldn't do anything." These groups are actually starting to do things and share the things that others are doing. It's not perfect, but it's a first step.

Like I said, I don't want to get into a debate about this. If it turns out to be a politically motivated group, I'll be one of the first to say I was wrong and get out, BUT if it turns out that this 10-year plan is the kickstart that Jackson needs to really get moving, then please forgive me if the ones involved gloat a little bit.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

Hi Chris, Thanks for posting, and for using your real name. It's so much easier to have an intelligent conversation with a real person on the other end.

Your post seems to conflate a number of things and shows some false assumptions about our story. I'll address a few points quickly. First, I can't imagine anyone, or certainly, you being disappointed in anyone for asking real questions and seeking facts about any organizations that spring up to support Jackson or any particular developments. Of course, someone is always "disappointed" when we or anyone asks questions about a project they're involved in, as you well know from your criticism of the original Whitney Place concept in Fondren (in which you and others raised good questions and awareness that, hopefully, will improve that plan if it goes forward).

We're a journalism organization, and our job is to ask questions. That always ruffles somebody's feathers. I cannot allow that to bother me if I want to put out a quality publication that watchdogs the community.

Now, re the groups themselves. This story is really about two apparent public-relations efforts that emerged around the same time: Celebrate Jackson and Team Jackson. Both recently popped up, and both have had inauspicious starts. Celebrate was clearly poorly planned, timed and executed; Team Jackson clearly suffers from poor communication and transparency even among its own members--which is really not helpful for a group set up, apparently, to only serve a public-relations purpose. (Kamikaze, for instance, was promoting it hard as a "non-business" organization and completely open to anyone including at the luncheons -- even though it's a Chamber project designed to promote Vision 2022, and it costs $100 to join and then $20 to attend members-only luncheons.) Both groups have some fixes they need to attend to, and our story is largely about that. We also get the impression that both groups are involving people their organizers like and are comfortable with; we've heard from many active community people that they haven't been invited to participate in either effort.

We also make no apologies for asking questions about any vaguely named Jackson group that pops up during city campaign season as I've already explained. As for Celebrate Jackson, this should have happened years back, or at least months, before the mayor's office is wrapped up in reelection for better execution as well as the perception that it's been done for political reasons.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

As for Team Jackson, my question is similar. Why in the world do you need a pubic-relations group of this size just to promote another group of a similar size (with the same number of committees). Someone seems a bit group- and committee-happy, no? Why doesn't Vision 2022 -- which we've covered already and has impressive goals, as far as we can see so far -- just have a rockin' public-relations committee that does the same thing? It can't hold informational coffees or luncheons? And how strong a role are mayoral candidates playing in the group? Asking those questions does not reflect poorly on anyone on the committees; there are great people involved in all these efforts; it's not about that. It's more about who is steering the ships and how.

Speaking of, why is Downtown Jackson Partners -- a downtown Jackson Business Improvement District -- playing such a prominent, leading, busy role in a chamber public-relations group that is targeting the entire metro? It's one thing to be a member -- makes sense -- but a prime organizer? It seems like there is a lot of work still to be done downtown that could keep them busy, considering all those empty storefronts. Even Metrocenter is figuring out how to offer artists free studio space so they can put interesting things in those depressing empty rooms. Why in the world can't DJP focus on small-but-important efforts such as that? And if they're doing it, why don't they do a better job of telling the city and the media about it? As far as I know, they still haven't returned our calls for this story about Team Jackson, which we're told is their baby. It's just hard to understand why they seem to spend so much direct time on projects outside downtown.

As for Vision 2022, this story shows no criticism of that group at all or the good people involved on the committees. We've covered it already when it was announced in October, and Jacob plans to go point by point in its plan to explore its goals, why needed, plans, etc. He is already planning to attend committee meetings and flesh out a series of stories on its goals this year. We haven't seen anything to take issue with on it and don't. We're a huge fan of strategic planning, and this area has suffered from too little. Here's one story we've done on it, and another.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

The ultimate point, though, is why so many people working for the good of the city don't want to work with others doing the same thing just because they disagree or ask questions. This is small-minded and provincial, and it's going to continue to hamper our efforts. My suggestion to you, Chris, is to use your role as an insider to ensure that the tent really is larger than the likes, dislikes and political preferences of the group's leaders. And that everyone stays excited and focused even after the election has passed. I suspect they will on Vision 2022; my jury is out on the others. And if they do, and good work happens, gloating would be silly. Why? Because that's what the JFP wants to see happen, and it's why we're asking the damn questions in the first place. Careful about drinking the Koolaid of those who bash us merely because we dare to ask questions. That's thinking small, and the city needs larger, more challenging thinking on every level.

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Tom_Head 1 year, 3 months ago

There are some very good people involved in Vision 2022, Chris, and I count you among them. But you can't have a uniting vision for a working-class city that requires $100 up front, and $20 monthly lunches sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Not when—frankly—there are community organizers all over the place trying to do the same work for free. The Chamber needs to acknowledge that it doesn't necessarily represent the whole city—just the people who have a certain amount of disposable income, free time, and respect for the Chamber as an entity, which usually means executives and entrepreneurs—and embrace that, rather than claiming to speak for the vast majority of Jacksonians who aren't involved in this process on any level.

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lenajones61 1 year, 3 months ago

To mscbo39: (sigh). My key argument is, left unnoticed and unquestioned, duplication of services can result in waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary polarization. I used churches and faith-based institutions as a prime example to simply say that even guided by the most heartfelt missions we run the risk of falling short of what can be accomplished in the absence of over proliferation that limits the resources available to tackle complex challenges. It was not an attack on the church/faith based institutions because with 90% of the population being faithful believers just about any organized effort will be dominated by religious adherents, directly or indirectly.

As a believer, there are things that I don’t question and they are above my head. However, I try not to confuse what is human with what is divine. As far as I am concerned anything humans create is subject to review, rethinking and possibly revamping should sound judgment dictates. One of my favorite stories coming up was The Wizard of Oz. To this day I am more than okay with someone -- the press, concerned citizens, or whomever --pulling back the curtains to reveal the real source of the booming voice and smoke-filled room and whatever magic behind causing some people to see merely what they want to see and not what is. I am convinced that when well-meaning public efforts are exposed to healthy scrutiny all is the better for it. No one, not even the chief strategist, should have to labor of the myth of perfection (like Oz) when the better alternative would be to freely admit that our initial roll out is a work in progress.

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donnaladd 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, looky here: The election-time fake-email bandit is back. I have quite a collection from this guy over the years. He loves to fraudulently fake addresses to and from people/groups to attack us in sophomoric, and often obscene, ways--often trying to conflate local issues with his national conservative political agenda. Watch out for him, and if you get a surprising email "from" or about me or the JFP or anyone else, don't be quick to believe it's real:

From: teamjacksonms@gmail.com Subject: teamjacksonms@gmail.com has shared: Whoops: PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year' Turns Out to Be True Date: January 19, 2013 11:12:01 AM CST To: Donna Ladd ladd@jacksonfreepress.com Reply-To: teamjacksonms@gmail.com Another story you fucked up bitch.

(This one came early in the day. In previous years, they often came during cocktail hour and sounded like it. Maybe he's on the wagon, or is drinking earlier in the day. That might explain why he seems to be conflating the work of the national Politifact with the local JFP. Smh.)

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Belvedere 1 year, 3 months ago

For heaven's sake, let's not give Celebrate Jackson another $100,000 to air the TV spots they made. You know, people really shouldn't jump up and down on elevators. And that logo...it's like they did the seaweed font and a big sun, then decided they needed something for it to look like Jackson, so they glopped on a cartoon of the New Capital Building with the type, "Our Capital City". What is that, the slogan's slogan?

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