JFP Endorsements — VOTE Tuesday, August 7 | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

JFP Endorsements — VOTE Tuesday, August 7

The JFP endorses the following candidates who have serious primary battles in races that we have been able to research in-depth to make an intelligent and educated recommendation. Please vote.

Sheriff — Malcolm McMillin
We endorse Sheriff McMillin due to his long experience and his efforts to concentrate patrols in the more beleaguered areas of Jackson. We admire his aggressiveness with the Board of Supervisors and willingness to air his concerns about the supervisors, especially the funding of law enforcement needs.

There is a reason that Mayor Frank Melton has targeted McMillin with his own candidate—the sheriff has been willing to stand up to the mayor when many would not. He's earned our respect for that fortitude, and for following the law when the mayor violated the law, without regard to political fallout.

With such a weak police chief in Jackson, it is imperative that the county has a strong leader to help balance out the weakness of Chief Anderson. Melton has created one helluva river to change horses in the middle of—and McMillin needs to stay right where he is to help us navigate the rough waters.

District Attorney — Faye Peterson
When DA Faye Peterson took over the DA's office after longtime DA Ed Peters resigned, she inherited a mess and too few attorneys to deal with the backlog of 4,000 cases. She rolled up her sleeves and went to work, robbing Peter to pay Paul—and funded two more ADAs to help clear the backlog. She also created the court facilitator system, which was integral in cutting the county court docket by half—while showing a remarkable ability to make the most of meager resources.

Still, Peterson's expertise is in trying and winning felony cases, save a small number where outside interference blocked success. And her record of pleas for strong sentences and alternative sentencing is stellar, which in turn helps free up county jail space, and clear the dockets in a more timely manner.

Meantime, Peterson has shown remarkable strength while under vicious attack from the mayor and his supporters. The disinformation campaign mounted by the people who want to control her office does not change the fact that Peterson is a strong DA who will continue the turnaround in that office, and in the wider criminal justice system, alongside McMillin. Voters cannot afford to reject the expertise and strength Peterson provides.

Supervisor/District 1/Democrat – Sean Perkins
Perkins has the determination to develop a better working relationship with the sheriff's department, which is desperately needed. We also believe he will help lead a more open Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor/District 1/Republican – Randy Gant
Randy Gant is the only non-incumbent who has been regularly attending supervisor meetings. He expresses an earnest frustration at the secrecy of the meetings, and wants to open the process to the public. He is the only candidate who has brought up the pressing issue of flood control as a county priority. He questioned the supervisors' expenditure on the controversial parking garage. He should win.

Supervisor/District 2/Democrat – George Moore Sr.
Although George Moore Sr. was less than thrilling in his interview with the JFP, we endorse him for this seat. We feel strongly that it is time that Doug Anderson moves on. Anderson regularly thumbs his nose at the Open Meetings Act and exerts overwhelming influence over some other supervisors, including President Ronnie Chappell. In this case, any change would have to be a good change.

Supervisor/District 3/Democrat – Peggy Calhoun
Incumbent Peggy Calhoun has the guts to stand up to other supervisors on controversial decisions. She was once locked out of a meeting by Doug Anderson because he was trying to "comply" with sunshine laws by not having a quorum—an absurd interpretation of open-meetings principles. In meetings, Calhoun strives for open dialogue and to learn more about complicated issues.

Supervisor/District 4/Republican – Phil Fisher
In interviews with the JFP, Phil Fisher displayed impressive knowledge of open-meetings law and problems with past purchases like the Mississippi Valley Title Building. He said he would ask for the attorney general's opinion on Anderson's interpretation of open-meetings law. He expressed a desire to build positive relationships with other agencies, including the sheriff, and to "quit playing games" and "throw out the egos." Let's let him.

Supervisor/District 5/Democrat – George Smith
George Smith was not very forthcoming in his interview, but he is the best choice over Kenneth Stokes, who displays little knowledge of or interest in what the supervisors actually do. Incumbent Smith needs to challenge his colleagues on open-meetings policy and help build a new unified board focused on the needs and rights of county citizens.

Lieutenant Governor/Republican Primary — No Endorsement
We suspect we might endorse Phil Bryant, had he sat down for an in-depth talk with the JFP as did other serious contenders Charlie Ross and Jaime Franks (posted at jacksonfreepress.com). If either Ross or Bryant is elected in November, we encourage him to show more independent thinking. Mississippi needs separate branches of government, and it will not serve the citizenry to have the Senate leader in blind lockstep with the governor.

Secretary of State/Democrat — John Windsor
We choose John Windsor for his willingness to recruit new voters directly out of high school and his refusal to give into easy anti-immigrant rhetoric for cheap votes. Windsor is young and energetic—a plus for a position that needs a lot of creativity, both to engage new voters and to re-energize the disenchanted ones who don't bother. We also believe he would send a positive message about the new Mississippi in his dealings with potential residents and businesses.

Secretary of State/Republican — No Endorsement
The JFP is disturbed by the anti-immigration rhetoric by Rep. Mike Lott and Delbert Hosemann, who says he wants to keep "illegal" immigrants and deceased voters off the voter rolls. This position needs to focus more on getting new voters to register and turn out, not obsess about overblown problems that are used as political wedge issues.

Agriculture Commissioner/Republican — Max Phillips
Democrat-turned-Republican Lester Spell's time has come and gone. His move to the GOP was a weak ploy to recoup political losses from the $55 million beef-plant debacle. Challenger Max Phillips isn't the most progressive candidate we've ever seen, but we do like his focus on alternative energy sources.

Insurance Commissioner/Democrat — Gary Anderson
We'd endorse Gary Anderson for about any position he decided to run for. He is the former Mississippi chief fiscal officer, and has the know-how and technical experience to run any government office. We respect Anderson's suspicion of the insurance industry and his genuine desire to watchdog the industry, as opposed to allowing them to run roughshod over the state. Anderson has shown a willingness to sharpen insurance policies to remove the vague and misleading language in which the disturbing small print often hides.

Insurance Commissioner/Republican — Mike Chaney
Mike Chaney wants to simplify and clarify insurance policies and their language and keep out undue influence from special interests. He was one of the most vocal advocates on the Senate Insurance Committee for policyholders following Katrina.

Auditor/Democrat – Jacob Ray
If the state auditor's office is about policing—and it seems to be of late—then former special assistant attorney general Jacob Ray is the best choice. Ray's openness with the media while he was in the AG's office helped expose questionable efforts by public officials to handle taxpayers' money. Ray has extensive experience as a lobbyist and has a good relationship with the Legislature.

Senate, District 26/Democrat — John Horhn
Sen. John Horhn has served Jackson well, helping bring the Jackson Metro Parkway and countless developments to the city, including the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. We urge him to think carefully before letting campaign donations, including from tobacco companies, influence his decisions. He should more strongly support the grocery/cigarette tax swap in the next session. Horhn claims he is not for sale; let's see him prove it.

Senate, District 29/Democrat — David Blount
David Blount will make an excellent replacement for hyper-conservative Richard White in the Nov. 6 general election. Blount's unquestioning support for the public school system stands in sharp contrast to that of the incumbent, whose support has been limited to an election year. Blount fought hard for the $150 million JPS bond proposal and is vice president of Parents for Public Schools.

House, District 66/Democrat — Cecil Brown
The JFP wholeheartedly endorses incumbent Cecil Brown for his rabid support of public education and the grocery/cigarette tax swap. Brown has been an advocate of positive development in the city. He was key to development of the old Mississippi School for the Blind facility, as well as new additions to University Medical Center.

House, District 71/Republican — John Reeves
We enthusiastically endorse John Reeves. We like Reeves because he thinks independently of political dogma and cares passionately about the city of Jackson. He helped orchestrate a $2 million one-time legislative gift to the city, helped change a law so the city could make money off traffic tickets, fought to keep the King Edward project going, and even spearheaded a bill to bring recess back to schools and take trans fats out of the cafeteria.

House, District 72/Democrat — Kimberly Campbell
Rep. Fleming has an impressive progressive record in the state—but we find his history on women's issues disturbing, particularly his support of half-baked ploys to outlaw abortion rights in the state, even though it is a constitutionally protected right. Kimberly Campbell impressed us by standing up to the Melton administration as the city's policy analyst. She is not afraid to stand up for reproductive rights, and that is desperately needed.

House, District 63/Democrat — Walter Robinson Jr.
Walter Robinson Jr. has 24 years of experience in the Legislature—longer than many JFP employees have been alive. Robinson is a strong supporter of education and the grocery tax swap.

House, District 65/Democrat — Mary Coleman
Incumbent Coleman is a strong leader who is president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislatures, and a lifelong member of the NAACP. She fully supports public education and higher wages for workers. She'll shout down a Good Ole Boy in a heartbeat.

Previous Comments

ID
93843
Comment

Tim Rush is running in the House/District 71. I've spoken with him and find his ideals refreshing. Was he interviewed by JFP and can you give me any particular reason why he was not endorsed? Just wanted something for comparison. Thanks.

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-01T18:27:43-06:00
ID
93844
Comment

I remember Tim Rush from Tougaloo. He worked there, and I thought he was nice.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-01T18:34:37-06:00
ID
93845
Comment

Did anyone see this on WJTV? Sheriff McMillin Uses County Cars in Campaign Commercial WJTV asked the Mississippi Attorney General's office whether the use of deputies and county vehicles violates state election laws. We'll have the AGs opinion and reaction from the other sheriff's candidates tonight on News Channel 12 at Ten. In the interview, McMillin says the deputies were off duty and volunteered to be in the commercial. He said that he probably shouldn't have used the cars. I wouldn't be surprised if the other candidates are working on commercials right now to shine a spotlight on this.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-01T18:49:17-06:00
ID
93846
Comment

That's fine and good, Debwah, but I think it's unfair to the candidate to post something that hints at something improper. If you know something, tell us AND back it up. Otherwise, I'll vote for Faye all day everyday before I vote for either of the Melton flunkies.

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-01T19:39:32-06:00
ID
93847
Comment

I'm sorry, Debwah. Your allegation has to go away unless you can provide evidence directly to us of what you're alleging.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T20:15:03-06:00
ID
93848
Comment

Whatever you say ladd. I am sorry I can't my hands are tied. But this has something that has bothered me since I knew about it 2 1/5 years ago. If you would like to "personally" email me then maybe I can help you out.

Author
Debwah
Date
2007-08-01T20:23:20-06:00
ID
93849
Comment

"The JFP is disturbed by the anti-immigration rhetoric by Rep. Mike Lott and Delbert Hosemann, who says he wants to keep "illegal" immigrants and deceased voters off the voter rolls." What a crock of sh*t. The lot of you together couldn't hold Delbert Hosemann's jock in terms of intellect or work ethic (or Charlie Ross's for that matter). And I suspect that even you know this. There is no rational basis for opposing rules that keep people who enter the county illegally from selecting our leaders. Granted, it may not be the most pressing issue facing the state, but at worst, it's completely innocuous. What isn't innocuous is the degree to which overwhelmingly Democratic voter fraud has impacted elections in Mississippi. If you haven't watched scores of slack-jawed yokels file off a bus holding sticky pads with the names of dead voters in various precincts, like I have, I suppose this might seem like a debatable point. I assure you it is not. The idea that it's the SoS's job to get more of these reluctant, poorly informed drones voting, just for the sake of voting, is equally insipid. Unless, of course, you think they might help your preferred candidates win. Say, for example, if you promised to vote them largesse out of the public fisc. And while we're at it, do you people even understand the Secretary of State's role with respect to recruiting corporate investment in the state? Do you have any idea what an overwhelming advantage a guy like Hosemann, who is one of the state's top corporate lawyers, has in this respect? Or is it just, "Corporate = bad, now let's grab a latte' at Cups in Fondren"?

Author
laughter
Date
2007-08-01T20:32:15-06:00
ID
93850
Comment

Granted, it may not be the most pressing issue facing the state, but at worst, it's completely innocuous. Then, why are they spending so much time on it? To get cheap votes. This state has been down that road way too often; we don't need someone playing that wedge issue in the *secretary of state's office* of all places. What a crock of sh*t, indeed. It's the new "southern strategy," retooled.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T20:34:18-06:00
ID
93851
Comment

(I can see that this endorsements page is going to draw quite the potpourri of topics on a wide variety of subjects. My suggestion is to start a forum if you want to talk about any topic in-depth, and post a link here to it. If not, we might have to close comments on this one because it'll turn into a circus of comments. So, everyone help by starting new threads. Thanks.)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T20:35:51-06:00
ID
93852
Comment

On your last question, LTG, yes, we do understand the corporate investment recruitment aspect. That's why his immigration rhetoric is so disturbing and disappointing. He should focus on what's actually important rather than helping fuel Mike Lott's xenophobic flames.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T20:37:14-06:00
ID
93853
Comment

I love blogging this time of year. God Lord. Why would ANYONE WANT TO HOLD ENGLEBERT'S JOCK?!? I mean, Delbert.

Author
emilyb
Date
2007-08-01T21:57:35-06:00
ID
93854
Comment

Good point. I just don't want to hold it. Just don't. And I suspect they know it. Yes, campaign season makes for interesting blogging. Reminds me of all those folks who only go out on New Year's Eve. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-01T22:03:28-06:00
ID
93855
Comment

What? No governor endorsement? You ran an entire issue devoted to Eaves but your not willing to endorse him? Also, what is this with the lack of a republican endoresement for secretary of state? "The JFP is disturbed by the anti-immigration rhetoric by Rep. Mike Lott and Delbert Hosemann, who says he wants to keep "illegal" immigrants and deceased voters off the voter rolls." Yea, keeping non-voting immigrants and dead people off the voter rolls is a bad thing. I think this statement is the most telling about the AGENDA purported by the JFP regarding their stance on immigration. Extreme Liberal bias in local news at work. What a joke. This entire paper.

Author
Trust
Date
2007-08-02T02:30:27-06:00
ID
93856
Comment

Yes Trust, because Jackson media are just overwhelmingly liberal, aren't they? God forbid that even one media source take politically progressive editorial positions, right? Never have I seen a whinier bunch of sheilas--if I can use an expression from down under--than you conservatives who come on here and throw your little fits. No offense to the ladies intended. Do you have any evidence that immigrants without the right to do so have ever tried to vote in an election in Mississippi? Do you have evidence of substantial voter fraud whatsoever? Let me explain this to you very slowly. It's a problem to require strict voter identification if those requirements disproportionately impact black folks--and they do, along with poor whites, I might add. But such measures are especially troubling for their impact on minority voters, especially when they purport to solve a problem no one can demonstrate actually exists. Republicans have engaged in all sorts of elaborate rain dances in recent years to try to argue that we need voter I.D. because of voter fraud, even going so far as to terminate U.S. attorneys who didn't take the problem seriously. The problem is that there is no problem. Research shows that it's measures like striking felons from the roles and putting up police checkpoints outside predominantly minority polling places that distorts election results, not these phantom illegal immigrant voters y'all love so dearly. In sum, all research shows that minority votes are undercounted at a rate far surpassing majority votes, but you guys want to take measures that will make that problem worse. Way to live up to your heritage.

Author
Brian C Johnson
Date
2007-08-02T03:19:25-06:00
ID
93857
Comment

By the way, don't bother citing this business about the AG arresting three folks for voter fraud. The question is whether voter fraud is a serious problem that justifies screwing around with voters' rights. Here is a little history on how Republicans have tried to game this issue. As with so many other areas, when experts reported findings the Republicans didn't like, they simply rewrote the experts' report. Though the original report said that among experts "there is widespread but not unanimous agreement that there is little polling place fraud," the final version of the report released to the public concluded in its executive summary that "there is a great deal of debate on the pervasiveness of fraud." ... Two weeks ago, the panel faced criticism for refusing to release another report it commissioned concerning voter identification laws. That report, which was released after intense pressure from Congress, found that voter identification laws designed to fight fraud can reduce turnout, particularly among members of minorities.

Author
Brian C Johnson
Date
2007-08-02T03:41:06-06:00
ID
93858
Comment

WJTV asked the Mississippi Attorney General's office whether the use of deputies and county vehicles violates state election laws. We'll have the AGs opinion and reaction from the other sheriff's candidates tonight on News Channel 12 at Ten. In the interview, McMillin says the deputies were off duty and volunteered to be in the commercial. He said that he probably shouldn't have used the cars. I wouldn't be surprised if the other candidates are working on commercials right now to shine a spotlight on this. - LW I saw this report last night and again this morning. I doubt that it will have a significant impact on voter opinions, which are probably locked in this close to the election. It may sway a handful of folk who think he's been in there way too long, but others who are more fearful of the Meltonian Candidate being elected will still vote for Mac. But this mini-controversy is the main reason I don't like multi-term officeholders, because of the arrogance and entitlement mentality that always seems to creep into their attitudes about public service and spending. I've seen it happen even to the *good* ones when they've become too comfortable from being reelected several times.

Author
Jeff Lucas
Date
2007-08-02T05:35:22-06:00
ID
93859
Comment

God Lord. Why would ANYONE WANT TO HOLD ENGLEBERT'S JOCK?!? I mean, Delbert. Emily, I couldn't laugh heard enough at that commercial. My nine-year-old niece loves it.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-02T06:09:05-06:00
ID
93860
Comment

Extreme Liberal bias in local news at work. What a joke. This entire paper. Maybe if you would've read the entire article, you would see that there were five Republican endorsements, which blows your argument of "Extreme Liberal bias" out of the water. Given that you posted that statement at 3:30am, I guess the talking points memo works around the clock.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-08-02T06:56:44-06:00
ID
93861
Comment

Many Mississippians used to say it was "communist" to allow blacks to vote. Whatever, Trust. As for endorsements in the governor's race, there is only one serious candidate in each primary; we will endorse that one in the general election. And we don't endorse just to endorse; on another thread you attack the idea of voting just to be voting. Anyone who believes that certainly should not logically then say that a paper should endorse a candidate they do not believe deserve the citizens' votes. Trust, it really is OK that there are people in Mississippi who disagree with you. It makes it a better state. Try calming down. Oh, and don't miss the "alien" on the cover of the paper. It's the best. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T07:09:44-06:00
ID
93862
Comment

And to correct a factual distortion by Trust: We did not devote a "whole issue" to Eaves, as stated. We did a JFP cover interview with Eaves, as we did with Jamie Franks, Charlie Ross, and tried to do with Phil Bryant and Haley Barbour. (The top state office candidates.) Bryant kept saying he was going to do it, but then wouldn't actually sit down. If he wins, we still will offer him a cover interview, as we will Barbour. Either way, there will be a a big cover story on Barbour (at least one) before the November election, and we hope he sits down for an interview for it. We will also be extending JFP interview invitations to the AG candidates and other candidates who didn't have significant primary challenges, and who are facing fall campaigns.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T07:19:04-06:00
ID
93863
Comment

Oh, and don't miss the "alien" on the cover of the paper. It's the best. ;-) ladd You mean Doug Anderson! ;-)

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-02T07:35:45-06:00
ID
93864
Comment

Oh so now Brian Johnson has to explain things to us very slowly. Dude quite acting like we are total bafoons. All you are doing is trying to push your agenda on others and force them to believe what you do. It's not going to work. There is nothing wrong with voter id and there is nothing wrong with trying to get dead people off the voter rolls. Let me explain it to You very slowly. Voter id will help prohibit people from voting twice in an election. It is not a deterant for black people to show an id. That old line is just worn out. No one should be miss out on voting because you have to show id. Anyone can at the very least get a state id card. That is if they are eligible to vote in the state of Mississippi. Is everything the Pubs fault to you. Is nothing ever the fault of Dems?

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-02T09:15:33-06:00
ID
93865
Comment

As for the JFP endorsements. I was surprised at the some the Pubs you endorsed as I am voting for some of them. I think it's petty of you not to make a Pub endorsment for Secretary of State of Lt Governor. Just because someone wans't nice to you and the line about illegal immigration is a bunch of junk. Delbert Hosemann will probably the next SOS and Phil Bryant the next Lt Gov although Ross is a good candidate also. I think either of those will beat Jamie Franks. Now what I'd really like to see is the JFP endorsement in the general elections. I wonder how many Pubs you guys will endorse in November? I bet Mike Chaney and Max Phillips (if he wins the primary) don't get your endorsement then.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-02T09:21:30-06:00
ID
93866
Comment

It's not about "being nice to us," Lakeside. It's about us not having enough substance to endorse on. Unlike other media, we don't draw names out of a hat. We don't consider that ethical. There were some Democratic races we didn't endorse in for similar reasons. Funny that you don't point those out. And, no, the JFP will not endorse candidates who push hateful wedge issues, just like we don't endorse southern strategists. If that's all there is on a certain ticket, then no endorsement. You can like it or not, but that decision isn't open for debate. BTW, why are you wasting so much time whining about the JFP when you could be discussing issues and trying to actually convince people to vote for the people you believe in? You're wasting people's time here, not to mention your own.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T09:35:05-06:00
ID
93867
Comment

Lakeside, we've often criticized Democrats—earlier this week, in fact. And I happen to know that Brian doesn't think any more highly of the Dems than I do. So that's a red herring. (Or is it blue?) No one is trying to "push an agenda" any more than you are; everyone is expressing their opinions, and complaining about them doing that simply indicates that you're avoiding the actual facts being placed on the table. If you're worried about looking like a "bafoon," I would keep that kind of silliness to a minimum. It strikes me that y'all don't like people to disagree with you—and really get ornery when people counter your rhetoric with actual facts, which is what Brian is doing. I thought Republicans (I assume that's what "Pubs" means?) don't like regulation unless there's a true need shown for it, which the Libertarian side of me agrees with. Voter ID is a pretty hefty regulation on a very basic right. The problem is, no one has shown a compelling reason for voter ID, and it is being used a political wedge issue. We don't buy it, and that is our right.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T09:41:41-06:00
ID
93868
Comment

I thought she meant Frank Melton.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-08-02T09:42:43-06:00
ID
93869
Comment

That is, Frank Melton being the alien.

Author
golden eagle
Date
2007-08-02T09:43:34-06:00
ID
93870
Comment

Hee. I like troll rhetoric. Lakeside: All you are doing is trying to push your agenda on others and force them to believe what you do. That's one way of interpreting Brian's post. Another way to interpret Brian's post was that he has researched the matter of voter fraud, expressed an opinion, and linked to sources that provide support for that opinion. Lakeside must be very very delicate, if that is to be construed as "force." Maybe Brian has, from his new digs in *another hemisphere* managed to "force" Lakeside to read the JFP, sit down at his computer, blog here, and, come election day, will again take over his mind and "force" him to vote a certain way. I bow to the power of Brian, and of the JFP.

Author
kate
Date
2007-08-02T11:03:32-06:00
ID
93871
Comment

*snicker* I, too, bow before the power of Brian.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T11:07:10-06:00
ID
93872
Comment

Ms Ladd said "It strikes me that y'all don't like people to disagree with you—and really get ornery when people counter your rhetoric with actual facts" With all due repsect that is the pot calling the kettle black. I could care less if people disgaree with me. I just don't want someone to belittle me because I think a certian way. As for voter id. I'm sorry, but it's my opinion that you guys are way off base. I know you aren't about to change your minds on the issue, but there have been cases of voter fraud where id could have possibly prevented it. It's ok for people to have a differant opinion than mine on the issue though.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-02T11:32:57-06:00
ID
93873
Comment

Like it or not, voter id will pass. It doesn't stop anyone from voting who should either.

Author
Cliff Cargill
Date
2007-08-02T11:39:31-06:00
ID
93874
Comment

Lakeside, can you link to those cases for us? do you have anything to counter the info that Brian linked to and quoted?

Author
kate
Date
2007-08-02T11:43:37-06:00
ID
93875
Comment

Kate, it always prove it prove it on this site. It it's something that doens't fit the ideas of the JFP then it must be proven. Even if I gave some links some posters here would find a way to shoot holes them. You know as well as I do there have been voter fraud cases where dead people have voted. If I get time I will do some research and show you the case, but the cases exist.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-02T11:57:04-06:00
ID
93876
Comment

Actually, I like it when people disagree, and post new information for us all to think about and discuss. What is tiresome is this whiny stuff from some of you, complaining about being attacked everytime someone disagrees with you. Fortunately, we don't get that type of user very often. The vast majority of people who post here know how to discuss and disagree with others respectfully. Those who are here just to bash folks they disagree with end up getting bored, or getting suspended for violating the User Agreement. You could call it Survival of the Fittest. ;-) So, now, please stop whining about the JFP and discuss your issue. Pronto. Or move on.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T12:04:10-06:00
ID
93877
Comment

Trust wrote: What? No governor endorsement? You ran an entire issue devoted to Eaves but your not willing to endorse him? Also, what is this with the lack of a republican endoresement for secretary of state? Your answers are in the first paragraph of the endorsements: The JFP endorses the following candidates who have serious primary battles in races that we have been able to research in-depth to make an intelligent and educated recommendation. Please vote. I'll translate: 1. Eaves doesn't have serious opposition for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, so no endorsement. 2. After conducting in-depth research, the JFP has decided not to recommend a Republican candidate for SoS.

Author
Ex
Date
2007-08-02T12:57:03-06:00
ID
93878
Comment

Thanks, Ex. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T13:03:28-06:00
ID
93879
Comment

Lakeside wrote: Kate, it always prove it prove it on this site. It it's something that doens't fit the ideas of the JFP then it must be proven. er, yes. If what you say does not match other research that I have seen, then I will, indeed, ask for data from you. Even if I gave some links some posters here would find a way to shoot holes them. er, I believe that process is called "debate". You know as well as I do there have been voter fraud cases where dead people have voted. er, no, I really don't. I know that there have been allegations, but I haven't followed this issue all that closely. I was hoping you could educate me. I also know that there have been cases of people being prevented from voting, which is also a huge concern. If I get time I will do some research and show you the case, but the cases exist. Please do. I have many concerns about unnecessary gov't intrusion into my life. If we can avoid something like "voter id" then I think we should. The research I have seen has generally shown that widespread voter fraud is not really happening. At least not at a rate that warrants issuing IDs. But, this is a complex and important issue, and I'd like to see research, data, statistics, etc, as I continually re-evaluate where I stand. But really, I'm not going to take the word of someone posting anonymously that "cases happen."

Author
kate
Date
2007-08-02T13:20:54-06:00
ID
93880
Comment

Here's an award-winning news piece that Ayana Taylor wrote for us about voter ID claims a couple years back. I'm with Kate: Prove the need for regulation before you do it. It seems pretty basic.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T13:25:16-06:00
ID
93881
Comment

You've also got a little problem around the fact that at least half of "illegal" immigrants in the U.S. do pay taxes. It's called, "Taxation without representation." And there is nothing right about letting U.S. companies exploit cheap labor, and then not allow that cheap labor to vote. You can't have it both ways.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T13:31:25-06:00
ID
93882
Comment

Law talking Guy Is this the same Delbert who swore at Neshoba that he was going to create a special business court to handle all business cases and remove them from circuit court? Either he has NO clue what Secretary of State does, or he is pandering. That idea would need something called an Amendment to the Mississippi Constitution. I get so sick of candidates who either have no clue what the office does or pathetically panders.... Like Delbert's Republican opponent who at Neshoba promised to SECURE OUR BORDERS. Did I miss when the Secretary of State was given God like powers? AGamma627

Author
AGamm627
Date
2007-08-02T16:05:00-06:00
ID
93883
Comment

Mary Coleman! Have you looked at record? She runs with the good ole boys.

Author
Bell
Date
2007-08-02T17:11:22-06:00
ID
93884
Comment

Ms. Ladd, I am a Libertarian but I will be voting in the Republican Primary for the sole reason of electing Delbert Hosemann, I know a good man when I see one, I am disturbed that you are all but openly calling Mr. Hosemann a Racist, his record shows him to be far from it, in you In-Depth research did you come across the fact that he was the lead financier and executor of the deal to set up the Jackson Medical Mall? That he does tax and land acquisition work for New Horizons Church pro-bono? Or maybe that he is on the Board of the Jackson State Foundation? That he raised a half million dollars for Katrina first respnders and familes, or that there have been articles and books published referencing his personal philanthropy in the Jackson community and around Mississippi? My guess is that you didn't dig that deep. I got most of the above from his website by the way. Here is a simple guess as to why one of probably the smartest guys in the state is using a wedge issue. He polled, the language worked with the target audience, he didn't want the true Xenophobe Mike Lott to gain any traction, so he rolled with it to steal the issue away. What do you bet when he wins in a week that language will be long gone? From James Glaser's Book, The Hand of the Past in Contemporary Southern Politics "The fundamental dynamic of southern politics, a racial dynamic, still holds, however. The process of who gets what, when, and how still must take place between majority whites and a large black minority, and this is the stuff of politics… It is not about candidates being unable to escape the shackles of virulent racism, though some certainly may be constrained by their racial attitudes. The argument here is that the racial balance of a district is determinative of so much of the campaign. The story of Delbert Hosemann is instructive. Here was a white man who had given enormously to the black community, and not from a sense of obligation or for political gain. But as a Republican candidate, he could think of blacks only as "not my people," and savvy as he was, he recognized that there were no circumstances under which he could make headway into the black community." So before you go accusing someone of using a "new southern strategy" you might want to do your homework, you wont go far running down someone like Delbert who has as good of a name in this community as anyone. Ummmmmm I know that I sound like I want to hold his jock, but really I dont Nothing against you Ms. Ladd I am a Nubie here, it was that post of yours that made me register. I hope to engage productive debate.

Author
ArmchairQB
Date
2007-08-02T17:30:21-06:00
ID
93885
Comment

As I have learned here, everyone has their own opinion and that is what life, elections and every topic on this forum is about. To add your own opinion, for others to read and discuss, whether you are in agreement or not. I thought that this was what the "forums" were about, "free" to express and discuss. If you open a topic for discussion, expect discussion and opinions. I am sure that not every one agrees, but that happens even in families... I hate to see it turn into mud slinging and snipping, I am seeing way to much of that on the t.v., and the real issues are being put to the side. Passion can get the best of us. I hope we can help everyone with ideas and information. Thanks.

Author
Debwah
Date
2007-08-02T18:00:59-06:00
ID
93886
Comment

We aren't calling Mr. Hosemann a racist, by any stretch. What we said is that he is using cheap language in order to get votes by using the emotional wedge issue of immigration. Which you just said he did as well. You seem to not mind this; as a proud Mississippian, however, who has seen this kind of garbage wound and handicap our state, I do mind. Mr. Hosemann should resist such urges. And for the record, I was set to endorse him before I heard that language. It was a severe disappointment. Obviously, he is a far, far superior choice to Mike Lott, but I couldn't with good conscience endorse him after hearing that language.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T18:46:14-06:00
ID
93887
Comment

So, what are the issues that you support. Cheap language, the handicap, or garbage? What do "WE" want to improve out city. Give the political candidates and idea and resource. Not arguing between us. What do "WE" want. What are our NEEDS. Let's skip the rederick....and go to what the voters want.

Author
Debwah
Date
2007-08-02T20:33:06-06:00
ID
93888
Comment

Cool then I agree, I guess I'm more of a "whatever it takes to win" kind of guy though when it comes to the rough and tumble world of politics. Wedge issues, emotional wedge issues, heck use 'em all if we can get a good guy like Hosemann to beat a scary guy like Lott. I can just see through Hosemann's game, I mean look at his past there is no way that this guy suddenly just changed as a person, he is running in a Republican primary and I say do what you gotta do fella, Get elected and then go be the best darn blue book maker we ever had! I just wanted to help clear the issue up for anyone who might have been forming misconceptions about the man, not the persona, from your post.

Author
ArmchairQB
Date
2007-08-02T20:42:17-06:00
ID
93889
Comment

I feel you, Armchair, but I still can't deal with it. I think we hurt ourselves in the long run more if we set up a situation where a candidate has to play these kinds of games to win. Take the state's Democratic Party. It has long been afraid to stand up for straight-ahead progressivism. I don't mean some kind of goofy ultra-left staff. When Barbour ran, Musgrove tried to out-right the man who had been planning the right's strategy for years—by inviting Judge Moore's rock over for a political visit on taxpayer property. Then they put Mitch Tyner—who seems nice enough, btw—to pretend he's a conservative, so they could use him to trash Barbour. All of these games (a) didn't work and (b) turned off voters who didn't feel like they had anyone to vote for. Likewise, in this case, the people who are buying the anti-immigrant wedge drivel are going to vote for Lott. In trying to bite off some of that poison, Hosemann is losing support from people—perhaps likes us—who can dig a good progressive-minded Republican. And you can't separate the persona from the person when it comes to politics. It never works to. A sell-out is a sell-out, and a playa is a playa. I know a number of people in this state who play a conservative on TV, while they are in fact pro-choice, pro-gay rights and so on. But they won't admit it to the voters. I like some of them as people, but I do respect them as public servants. They really could be part of the solution, but they're too busy pandering to an extreme, and assumging that the majority of Mississippians are ignorant racists who vote, more than anything, based on such fear tactics. Meantime, the games mean that they turn off many of the voters who need to be brought in. It's very sad, and it's a cycle that will conttinue until we stop it. If we don't stand up against these games, we will forever more be holding our nose to vote on Election Day. We've got to change it, and we stop it by calling these kind of games for what they are: dishonest. I believe Mississippi deserves better, and to be treated as if our state isn't filled with ignorant racists.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T20:56:58-06:00
ID
93890
Comment

Oh my God! Brian still speaks from the Southern Hemisphere! Not fair, Donna. Gone is gone. I blame this damn, new-fangled, Communist-inspired internet. Gathers liberals from all over the freaking world. It's gonna kill us. On a serious note-- 1. RABID is a great word to describe Cecil (the frown) Brown. Rabid animals should be quarantined for neurologic dysfunction. However, as that is already present in this instance, I'm not sure what symptoms we'd be watching for. He's gonna get a real skunking from Cory Wilson. Although I live in Madison (as y'all endlessly point out), my finger on the pulse of NE Jackson tells me that folks are tired of Cecil's endless spending. 2. I suspect that Delbert Hosemann's very cute ad is the most exciting thing he's ever done. One word--BORING! Two other words--white bread (not racist--so stop already). 3. Can't wait to see who you endorse for attorney general in the November election. But of course--the JFP gave some touchy-feely award to Jimmie Sue Hood, so despite the fact that he's a legal idiot, and Mike Moore's stooge, you'll probably give him the A-OK. Look at Al Hopkins--he's a retired major-general with no ulterior motive or further political aspirations. Seems like a real class act. 4. Although I admire Faye for telling Frank to drop dead, she's clueless and feckless as a prosecutor. To quote a very liberal plaintiff attorney friend of mine (true friend, true story)--"She's dumb as a box of rocks." She looks and acts like a deer in headlights every time she's in front of a camera. Why is it so hard to find a competent, independent DA? HDMatthias, MD

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-02T21:45:27-06:00
ID
93891
Comment

Well, that there's one line-up of useless, juvenile ad hominem attacks, Doc. We can always count on you for brilliance. You did start out well. For a minute, I thought you'd loosened up enough to actually tell a joke. Love the "new-fangled" thing. But the rest of your post is downright silly. As for Peterson, Doc, I'm spent much more time talking about serious issues with her than I have with you (you're too busy hurling insults), and I find her one of the brightest women I've ever encountered. And I've bumped into some smart chicks along the way. You're making crap up here. Go find a way to be happy.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T21:51:59-06:00
ID
93892
Comment

Ms. Ladd: I am the happiest woman on the face of the planet. I write very quickly, so these missives take little of my time away from important matters. By the way, most who know me think of me as extraordinarily funny. I'd be happy to get 200 randomly chosen lawyers from the area to vote on Ms. Peterson's fund of legal knowledge. I bet my bottom dollar that she would be rated very low. And I stand by all I wrote as truth. Before you bury me with your usual condescension, let others on the blog have the first whack, Ms. Ladd.

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-02T22:20:46-06:00
ID
93893
Comment

Debwah--you're not even close on the word rhetoric, not rederick. Rhetoric is from Greek, and is the art or technique of persuasion, usually through the use of language. check out this website www.merriamwebster.com

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-02T22:22:23-06:00
ID
93894
Comment

I write very quickly, so these missives take little of my time away from important matters. I guess everyone needs some one thing to be proud of. By the way, most who know me think of me as extraordinarily funny. Really. I wouldn't have guessed. Maybe you don't translate well online. Not everyone does, you know. It's nothing to be ashamed of.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-02T23:13:19-06:00
ID
93895
Comment

I would also like to see a poll of lawyers who could rate Faye. I think it would shatter Donna's little dream of Faye as the perfect DA. She ain't.

Author
Trust
Date
2007-08-03T00:21:14-06:00
ID
93896
Comment

Oh dear. Donna's being mean to me again. What should I do? Why does she parse everything I write? Must be getting under her skin. HDMatthias, MD

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-03T03:50:05-06:00
ID
93897
Comment

Can't wait to see what happens to the Southwick nomination on the floor of the Senate--tee-hee. HDM

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-03T03:54:17-06:00
ID
93898
Comment

Mary Coleman? Wow! Did you guys even try to talk to Chris Bell? Check out his website http://www.electchrisbell.com/ see what he is about. As far as Mary goes...what has she done in the last 10 years as far as new legislation goes? Legislation that she has introduced not pigggy backing on others. Oh yeah, she has been vice preisdent of NBCSL and has been elected president this year...wow that has really helped my folks in district 65!

Author
Big Tee
Date
2007-08-03T04:50:56-06:00
ID
93899
Comment

I have thought about this several times - whether or not to even bring this up or even where to bring this up - but I must say that I am glad that you really didn't endorse J.A. Eaves. Even though I count my self as a strong democrat and a Christian, his beliefs really chap my hide... I read his speech and was a little put off about the prayer thing but last night I heard one of his ads in the back-ground, and I must say, at first I thought it was a commercial from MADtv or something. I was stunned when I turned around and realized it was him. Bring back prayer in school? Start bible study in school? Again, I am a Christian and I'm all for God BUT I realize not everyone shares my views. My neighbor is Muslim. I know a Hindu or two and even some Buddhists who live around the corner. What about them? Why isn't he taking into consideration their beliefs? Oh yeah, Mississippi is mainly Christian Conservative so let's get their vote. What this all boils down to, at least for me, is that I honestly think he is using that twist on religion to get the otherwise conservative Baptists to vote for him or something. I really have to question his motives here because it just seems to contrived. Sorry - this may have not been the right place for this, but I really REALLY had to get this off my chest. Needless to say, as a Christian Democrat, I will not be voting for John Arthur Eaves.

Author
Puck
Date
2007-08-03T09:11:59-06:00
ID
93900
Comment

Big Tee: Chris should get out, knock some doors and meet people. I live in Dist. 65 and would be open to hearing his pitch, but all I've gotten from him is a photocopied mailer with very vague info (the website you listed wasn't included on the mailer - that would have helped). I'm not trying to knock him, I think he can be competitive if he gets out there more. Coleman won by less than 1,800 votes in 2003. It would be easy to talk to at least that many people if he put in the time.

Author
Drexel73
Date
2007-08-03T09:15:06-06:00
ID
93901
Comment

PuckInJxn, i encourage you to keep an open mind on eaves.his position on the bread and butter issues are more progressive than any other previous democratic gubernatorial nominee.eaves has been a HUGE financial contributor to democratic candidates for president and congress and to the DNC and the other party fundraising apparatuses... the choice is likely to come down as either barbour or eaves. i could be wrong but there is no independent candidate for governor on the ballot in november.barbour is anthema to any progressive person.

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-03T09:26:47-06:00
ID
93902
Comment

And, i was disappointed the JFP didnt see fit to endorse eaves.

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-03T09:27:55-06:00
ID
93903
Comment

Puck, I'm with you on the Eaves thing, with one caveat. I will probably end up voting for him, because I think that voting, even for the "lesser of 2 evils" is the right thing to do. He does has some progressive ideas, even if they are being presented in a fairly bizarre package. I too, wish that candidates could talk about more than "jesus" and "the bible" when they are wanting to inject ethics, morality and spiritual values into the discussion. Every culture has something to offer, lessons in how to be a better human being. If we are going to truly be a progressive state, with, for example, auto manufacturers from Asia playing a large part in our state's economy, we might want to be a little more inclusive in our language and practices.

Author
kate
Date
2007-08-03T09:32:40-06:00
ID
93904
Comment

I love getting it from all ends. So to speak. ;-) Chimneyville, we've already explained that we didn't endorse in every single election. If a candidate didn't have a serious primary challenge, which Eaves doesn't, that one can make until November. It makes little sense to me to endorse candidates who, themselves, haven't bothered to mount much of a campaign, yet. "Fall campaigns" should be dealt with in November. But all the complaints from all you Dems and Repubs are duly noted.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T09:32:47-06:00
ID
93905
Comment

okay, then, my disappointment was misplaced.

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-03T09:36:15-06:00
ID
93906
Comment

Trust, if the lawyers who come on this site parading as other people are any indication, I don't think we care what they think. They are earning their reputation (with respect to the ones who don't play baby games). I'm not being mean to you, Doc. I'm pointing out the painfully obvious. It's not like one has to parse your posts to see what you're like. I do have compassion, though, but still. You're a grown woman who can't help but call juvenile names about every time you post, and you think you're *funny.* It's sad that you don't understand that people are more likely to be laughing at you than with you.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T09:37:50-06:00
ID
93907
Comment

We'd endorse Gary Anderson for about any position he decided to run for. Despite many of my local elections being in the Republican primary, I am voting in the Democratic primary for one reason: to vote for George Dale for Insurance Commissioner. I don't make this decision lightly as I supported Gary Anderson for Treasurer 4 years ago and as I firmly believe that term limits are a great idea. So why am I throwing my support behind George Dale? In part because of the JFP's interview with Anderson. As a lawyer who does work in the world of insurance, there were a number of things said by Mr. Anderson that showed (in my opinion) a misunderstanding of the role of Insurance Commissioner and a misunderstanding of the facts surrounding both Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I am also disturbed by Mr. Anderson's repeated implication that there is something wrong about accepting money from persons affiliated with the insurance industry (agents, adjusters, etc.) because it is the Commissioner's job to regulate that industry. If that were truly a problem, then no one could ever accept money from anyone they may regulate -- no candidate for State Senator could accept money from anyone from his district, no judicial candidate could accept money from any lawyer that may appear before him, etc. Why are insurance-industry affiliated persons donating money to George Dale? My suspicion is because they believe he would be best at the job. As I do. Happy voting on Tuesday. Newt

Author
Newt
Date
2007-08-03T09:47:46-06:00
ID
93908
Comment

Wow! I just wanted to thank the JFP for that good laugh. I had to stop laughing to write. How can we take you serious. You endorsed George Moore over Doug Anderson. Let me get this straight, of over 20 years of service, the only reason you can contend is because he locked that nasty person out of the meeting. WOW! Now that is funny. And then to top it off, you talked to him and you still would endorse him. There goes your credibility with me. When I heard Credell Calhoun say that the reason we should support George Moore is because he got three awards at Sears and "we need someone who could walk" I knew that I needed to support Doug Anderson whether I agree with him or not. Peggy Hobson Calhoun, fights for nothing but flowers on the highway. She doesn't even fight for her hair dresser to do a better job on her head. So you can stop right there with that lie. I can understand most of your endorsements, but that is one where you just lost me. Now I shall commence to once again laughing.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T11:37:56-06:00
ID
93909
Comment

Ladd wrote, "It's sad that you don't understand that people are more likely to be laughing at you than with you." Do you ever get that feeling, Ladd? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Author
Dave555
Date
2007-08-03T11:48:34-06:00
ID
93910
Comment

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, fights for nothing but flowers on the highway. She doesn't even fight for her hair dresser to do a better job on her head. jacksonian, you sound like a sistah. :-) I don't know about Calhoun's hair, but I don't have a problem with beautification projects. Are you saying she never brings anything else to the table? I would like to read more about it if you have some sort of documentation. As for Anderson, I have a problem with the "lipstick on a pig" comment he made about Highway 80. I think anything is worth the effort if you get positive results.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-03T12:12:03-06:00
ID
93911
Comment

ONE MORE THING!. I think it fit to say Doug Anderson has done a lot for his district. He has paved all the roads in our district and if we need anything we just call him. There are not very many people in other supervisors districts who can say the same thing. When it comes to beating a dead horse with a stick you have done it. I stand corrected on one thing, It has not been a total of 20 years, it has been 31 years that Supv. Anderson has served his community, and it is amazing to me that you are so hung up on the fact that Ms. Calhoun called you whining about being locked out of the meeting. Why did she just not ask to be in on the meeting. How would you feel, Ms. Ladd, if you were having a meeting, and I decided to just come on in and have a seat without even asking you. You would not like it very much. How do I know? Because you are very disrespectful to those who post on this forum who have different views than you do. You say that you think we need these supervisors to work on unity and all that, but yet you think it is okay for Calhoun to barge into a meeting that she was not invited to. How hypocritical is that. Did you ever ask her to go to Supv. Anderson and ask him if it would be okay to sit in on the meeting. Of course you didn't. The courteous thing for anyone to do, if they were trying to get along, is to say "Supv. Anderson I have looked on your calendar and discovered that you have a meeting. Would it be okay for me to attend." But in Calhoun form.. Drama is her answer. Ladd, get over it. I hate to tell you but, noone really cares about the meeting that the female was locked out of but you and her. Can we come up with another reason that you hate Supv. Anderson so much, because quite frankly, for the past 6 months, I have been sick of this one.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T12:13:28-06:00
ID
93912
Comment

L.W., I am very much a sistah. If there was anything she was fighting for then there would be documentation. I don't have a problem with beautification projects, but I do have a problem when the funds are not there for it. I can think of a lot of other things that the county needs besides flowers. I agree with the Lipstick on the pig. If we have no businesses, and abandoned buildings, then what are flowers going to do. NOTHING! That was money that needs to go to raises for jailers or other people. Not flowers. Let me tell you the real reason why I support Doug Anderson. The only reason he catches it so hard is because he is the only one to stand up for what he believes. Not just making a fuss about other supervisors, but just in what he feels is best for the county. He is the only supervisor who backs up what he says. I personally, am sick of the whining that comes along with Calhoun. I am a feminist who is sick and tired of hearing it. It makes her seem weak. Get about the county's business. ALL OF THEM NEED TO GET ABOUT THE COUNTY'S BUSINESS. Why is it that whenever there is drama, the female is involved. She calls the paper and boo hoo's and people like Ladd fall for it. Look at the record. That is what I look at. And baby, you going to have to show me a little bit more than three awards at sears at the age of 60 (George Moore).

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T12:23:43-06:00
ID
93913
Comment

FYI, here are some recent stories about the Supervisors: - Supes and Open Meetings: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=13732_0_27_0_C - Beautification: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=10264_0_4_0_C - Garage "design phase": http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=13295_0_27_0_C - Sheriff's Race and Supes: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/comments.php?id=14135_0_9_0_C

Author
Todd Stauffer
Date
2007-08-03T12:53:53-06:00
ID
93914
Comment

let me get this straight. I am telling you that the JFP credibility is shot with me right now because of those crazy endorsements, and you turn around and give me four JFP articles that are written in support of Calhoun and McMillan (who I do support) and against Doug Anderson. Please enlighten me on your point. I know what the Open Meetings Act is. What I am saying is this is not a reason to support someone who can't even talk for himself over Doug Anderson. Have you heard George Moore Speak. Please do that and then tell me what you think. I can not conceive how in one instance you want Jackson to succeed and in another instance tell us to elect someone who can't even tell us why we should elect him. The JFP itself, in the endorsements talk about how terribe the interview was with Moore, yet they are okay with him being elected to represent Jackson and Hinds County. The way the Board is set up now, there is a voice for both sides of the issues. Have you ever thought why Calhoun's husband does all the speeches for Moore and want let him talk, because they need someone on the board who will be the puppet for Peggy Calhoun. Now that's all good and fine for you Calhoun supporters, but please don't insult my intelligence when you in the same breath say, Doug Anderson has influence over certain supervisors, isn't that why the Calhouns are so involved in Anderson race, so they can achieve the same thing?

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T13:03:07-06:00
ID
93915
Comment

jacksonian, doug anderson is supposed to represent ALL of Hinds Co, not just his District. So, he had not paved all the roads as far as I'm concerned. If all the roads have been paved in his District then that is selfish! Period! You Anderson folks crack me up. Fair representation to you guys goes like this, "One for your Districts, Two for Mine!" Doug Anderson is the biggest problem in this County and why we are years behind every other Southern city of this size from economic development to education to infrastructure. When someone takes money out of my pocket to put into worthless projects, building purchases, and piss-poor contract services - that is STEALING! Which makes most on our Board of Supervisors CROOKS! Karma will judge him rightfully.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T14:40:16-06:00
ID
93916
Comment

The more I read your posts jacksonian, the more I realize you don't think there are 4 other Districts in this County. Some of us aren't in either Calhoun or Anderson's District; yet, we rely on 3 votes (Supervisors) to make decisions for ALL of Hinds Co. Personally, I don't think Doug Anderson makes good decisions on behalf of the other's in this County. His voting only rewards a few, and his tenure (like Smith and Stokes in Jackson) mirrors the decline of this County and Capital City. Then once Jackson got a real mayor in office, Doug Anderson did everything in his power to stop any attempt at real progress between the County and the City. The hack job he did on Johnson was incredulous. I think two years of Melton has shown that the Board of Supervisors are the ones stuck in the past. They are the ones who can't work with progressives who want to see a better area for all the people in the County and City.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T15:04:25-06:00
ID
93917
Comment

Sure he is suppose to represent all of Hinds County, but guess what.. all of Hinds County is not voting for him, just his district. You come on this board and you whine about doug anderson. You want to know why you can't whine about any other supervisor, because NONE of them work as hard as Doug does for us. You would rather agree with a fool that wants to spend money on flowers that cost just as much as the freaking building that you are complaining about. At lease with the building we can remodel and rent out and make more money, with flowers all we can do is drive by them (if they don't get stolen in the process). If your district is not thriving as ours is, then maybe you need to boot your supervisor, but don't get mad because doug anderson is doing what WE elected him to do. The other supervisors do nothing!!! and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. So elect Robert Graham, Silas Bolden, George Smith or Kenny Stokes, Ronnie Chappell and Doug Anderson. Peggy does nothing for her district, she is so caught up in whining about what Doug Anderson want let her do, Wow one man who want compromise his beliefs and integrity for her. I am happy to hear of it. Furthermore, as for your karma, the thing about karma, is that you have to believe in it for it to do anything for you. Try Jesus he'll kick your karma's but anytime. Now go ride your karma on your torn up roads, me and Jesus are riding smoothly on the roads that Supv Anderson had paved for us.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T15:10:52-06:00
ID
93918
Comment

That last line is pretty good.

Author
Dave555
Date
2007-08-03T15:14:59-06:00
ID
93919
Comment

Now for your second post. Who gives a flip about Johnson. Now that's living in the past. I must say, I was surprised to see Doug endorse anyone in that race, but he didn't have to do much endorsing, the people were ready for a change. Doug does not have enough influence for Harvey Johnson to get beat the way he did. Stop giving him soooo much credit. Again, what has Peggy or Barbour done for the county. Oh.. I forgot, Barbour and his wife did cheat a couple of people out of money.. but that's not money out of your pocket I guess. I tell you what. I'll send you some flowers for your boo-boo, since flowers appear to be the going thing. That's what you would rather have than a building apparently. Have you called and spoken with Doug Anderson about your issues with him? You go on what you think you know. Have you given any input on any of the issues that the Supervisors have voted on, no you sit back and wait til after the fact to belittle and chastise because the vote didn't go the way you think it should. Tell your rep to fight a little harder so that you can have the things that District 2 has. And I quote "Don't hate the player, hate the game."

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T15:18:38-06:00
ID
93920
Comment

Thanks Dave555, how are you and your roads doing? Well I hope.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T15:19:44-06:00
ID
93921
Comment

Guess what, I researched some of my therapy books, pikersam, and I must apologize for not addressing your problem. Now that I have studied your post, I think what you are trying to say is that, you are not frustrated with the representation that Doug gives his district, but with the lack of representation that your representative gives your district. So, you would feel better if all the wonderful things that Doug was doing in District 2 would be done for aaalllll the districts. I understand and I hear you. Because, the funny thing about most people who complain about Doug is, they don't live in his district. So it's kind of one of those situations where, your supervisor sucks, so you want ours to suck too. I understand. I will pray to Jesus for you to get a good supervisor. Are we friends now?

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T15:32:58-06:00
ID
93922
Comment

How much of Jackson is in District 2? I'm in Northwest Jackson, and that is in District 2.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-03T15:47:28-06:00
ID
93923
Comment

Would You? Don't worry I got my own bonafided motorized Savior... I think you need to rethink how well your District is doing? Yeah, the roads around the Medical Mall, and State St in Fondren are just spectacular! Heck, one of his polling places is right near the infamous Ridgeway St. crackhouse! Yeah, that some quality leadership results in that neighborhood. Him and Kenny leading the people to ruin! By any means necessary!

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T15:48:18-06:00
ID
93924
Comment

And, i was disappointed the JFP didnt see fit to endorse eaves. chimneyville But, at least you don't see it as some half baked conspiracy by the JFP like some of these others who are posting. I think it is great they are getting all the 'outrage' they are on this thread from who they did and didn't endorse. Which brings us back around to that pesky term progressive.... ;-)

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T15:55:18-06:00
ID
93925
Comment

Well you can save some of the crackheads some of the time, but not all the crackheads all the time. Wow, you know the exact address, a regular I take it. Bishop Street, Good times!! L.W. Northwest Jackson is a toss up because I believe that is some of Calhoun's district, also. If Calhoun doesn't know her district, how can I. Sorry, I can't help you there. Once again, I am happy with the job MY Supervisor is doing. And until you have actually called Doug Anderson and discussed your issues with him, as far as I'm concerned you are what we call on Bishop Street a coward.. not my words, Bishop Street words. You looked up everY research you could find except one... Well, here is one I looked up for you. Doug Anderson 601-366-3451 (home) and 601-973-5552 (office). After you talk to him, then post. I have voiced my concerns with Calhoun, Smith and Anderson, and guess who is the only one that gave me hope.. you guessed it. A-N-D-E-R-S-O-N.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T16:16:03-06:00
ID
93926
Comment

You have a motorized Saviour. Yours will soon run out of gas. Mine has been going for 2007 years. :-) In the words of Carrie Underwood... "Jesus take the wheel, take it from his hands."

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T16:18:35-06:00
ID
93927
Comment

I just want you to tell me the honest truth. If a National News Camera came to interview the Supervisor of District 2. Are you telling me that you would rather have George Moore represent the people of Mississippi as opposed to Doug Anderson. Forget talking to Doug Anderson, once again, I beg you talk to George Moore. L.W. from past posts you seem like a sistah who is very involved in the community, have you heard the George Moore speak, and can honestly say he is a better representative then Doug Anderson. Think about how you would like your people to be represented. I just want your honest opinion.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T16:24:18-06:00
ID
93928
Comment

jacksonian, I haven't heard Moore speak other than the commercial I just saw a minute ago, and that wasn't long enough for me to form an opinion. My neighborhood is in Anderson's ward. I haven't decided who to vote for yet.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-03T16:29:32-06:00
ID
93929
Comment

L.W. I respect that.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T17:03:35-06:00
ID
93930
Comment

She doesn't even fight for her hair dresser to do a better job on her head. Jacksonian, sounds like you and the Doc ought to get together and dish people a bit. Otherwise, I could never endorse someone who thumbs his nose at open and accountable government the way that Doug Anderson has done. It's a 101 basic when it comes to a public official. That's not the only issue, but it is a HUGE one when it comes to the Supervisors.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T17:41:18-06:00
ID
93931
Comment

I think it is great they are getting all the 'outrage' they are on this thread from who they did and didn't endorse. Right on, Pike. All this banter is making me salivate in delight. The endorsements alone may double our comments and our traffic! Hit us from the left, hit us from the right—just hit us, baby! ;-D

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T17:54:59-06:00
ID
93932
Comment

Actually its only a huge issue for you and Calhoun. It may be an issue but not a huge issue. I'm sorry, but I disagree with you. Ladd, from what I have read, it seems that you, like myself, all for intelligent people. Honestly, I do not believe that you would agree that Moore would be a good representative. You are upset about the meeting thing, why can you not talk to Doug about it, tell him you think he was wrong, and move on. He has a great mind and is an asset to the county. I'm sorry that your dislike of him has made you blind to the point where you would entrust Hinds County to Moore, who can not even speak for himself. If there are issues, then why can't Moore or Credell Calhoun state them. "We need someone who can walk" is an insult to Doug Anderson and all handicapped people.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T17:58:28-06:00
ID
93933
Comment

BTW, folks, some of our more brilliant trolls are e-mailing some of you fake e-mails from other people, some filled with obscenities. It seems campaign season really brings out the best in some of you. Please forward those all to the JFP admin to have investigated: [email][email protected][/email]

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T18:00:07-06:00
ID
93934
Comment

Actually its only a huge issue for you and Calhoun That's not true. Closed government is a huge issue for every citizen. And I'd rather have someone who would sit and say nothing—like a Clarence Thomas—than someone who actively works to thwart open government. I also remember Anderson being part of that disaster group with Melton at the Medical Mall back during his campaign—when they all declared he wouldn't sit next to a convicted felon (cough, cough), and then walked out into the hall and tried to shout the meeting down. Not a class act, that group.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T18:02:25-06:00
ID
93935
Comment

Ladd, one question, have you ever sat down and talked to Doug? When you post about him you based it on Calhoun's account of being locked out of the meeting (which you never addressed why she just couldn't ask to be a part of) and him walking out of the medical mall. As a journalist, why not call him and sit down with him. You obviously sat down with George Moore to know that his elevator does not go all the way to the top. But you telling me that you would rather have someone to sit and do nothing is an insult because that is not who I want to represent MY district. I would rather have someone who is going to fight for me and I know that Doug Anderson will do this. Can I set up a meeting between you and Doug? I don't know him personally, but I know someone who can make this happen. I am very shocked that you based your opinion on these two incidents. Come on Ladd, I know you are better than that. Seriously, George Moore, you're kidding right? I beg of you, sit down with my candidate.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T18:14:57-06:00
ID
93936
Comment

The staff endorsement (which isn't just from me) is based on numerous interviews that our staff has done with him, coverage of the meetings, being locked out of meetings and so on. And not it's not based on Calhoun's account only. I realize you have a dog in this hunt, but you can't make things up to suit your story. Sorry. My most direct conversation with him happened at that Medical Mall mess and was less than impressive. And just so you know: The endorsements aren't open to change at this point. Agree or disagree, they are final.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T18:19:27-06:00
ID
93937
Comment

Ladd, did Moore actually say that Doug Anderson was a very good public servant and that he had nothing bad to say about him? Come on Ladd!

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T18:19:40-06:00
ID
93938
Comment

I was not expecting you to change your opinion, just like I would not change mine. Okay, let me just clarify this. You were at the meeting when Calhoun got locked out of the meeting? Who else gave you an account of the story? Once again, why did she not ask him to sit in on the meeting, why did she insist on barging in? I missed those details in the numerous stories you have written about that incident. I'm sorry I missed the Medical Mall mess, what was your direct conversation with him? I'm glad you feel strongly about your candidate, and may the best man win. However, again, I am surprised that you would say that you would rather have someone sit and do nothing like Clarence Thomas. Very interesting. Again, aren't you a little curious as to why the Calhouns have invested their money and time into "dethroning" Doug Anderson. Because she wants to do the same thing that you claim Doug Anderson is doing, control the other Board members. If Moore gets elected, do you think he would have his own agenda or just follow along with everything Calhoun says. Who would his loyalty be to, the people who elected him or Peggy Calhoun who funded his campaign? I just want your honest opinion.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T18:26:45-06:00
ID
93939
Comment

Weird post. Calhoun had the right "to barge in" to a public supervisors' meeting. It sounds like you might be as challenged on the meaning and spirit of sunshine laws as Mr. Anderson apparently is. If you didn't get the Clarence Thomas reference—he never asks questions and speaks up during oral arguments. That does not mean he does not *do* anything. He thinks and makes decisions. Don't misquote me. I'm done, jacksonian. You are here to defend your candidate no matter what, but I don't have to engage in any conversation with you about it—and don't wish to, considering the tenor of your posts. The endorsement is published, the election is Tuesday, please vote. I'm out. (Hint: If you're here trying to get votes for your candidate, attacking those who endorsed his/her opponent isn't going to help you. Make a positive pitch and leave the trolling out. Otherwise, you're just going to turn off more voters.)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T18:33:21-06:00
ID
93940
Comment

Thanks to the all powerful ladd for those "words of wisdom". People have already formed their opinions. My purpose here was to discuss your decision to endorse Moore. I didn't agree with it and that's my stand. I understand that your paper only comes out once a month, and therefore your endorsements have to stand. I appreciate your commenting on my post. I am a resident of District 2. My candidate has fought for my district and I will be voting for Doug Anderson. Because I join your forum for the discussion, you take it as an attack!! Truly understand, that this is far from an attack. As L.W. said, I am a sistah, if it were attack, you would know about it. This was a discussion, a disagreement but not an attack. You're a journalist, you shouldn't get EVERYTHING confused.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T18:53:50-06:00
ID
93941
Comment

The JFP comes out every Wednesday afternoon and every day online, jacksonian. The next print edition will be out Wednesday, the day after the primary. The results will be discussed on the Web site starting Tuesday night. Otherwise, feel free discuss your candidate. No one's stopping you.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T19:10:32-06:00
ID
93942
Comment

One of the reasons you list for endorsing Faye Peterson for district attorney is that she created the court facilitator position to move the cases and ease the backlog of the court dockets. Faye peterson's claim that she created the court facilitator position is completely disingenous. When the sitting county court judge who handled criminal matters in 2004 tried to meet with court officials to come up with solutions for the backlog of cases and cure the ills of the system (defendants sitting in the Raymond jail for over a year with no indictment in sight) she challenged the county judge as well as the circuit judge (who had jurisdiction over the county jail) all the way to the Supreme Court to keep information about the status of her cases secret (status meaning how much longer was it going to take her to indict cases that had been pending for too long. . . nobody was wanting secret grand jury info). She did not creat this position. She fought very hard against it until the supremes bounced her. See opinion 2004-m-02264. Wish you guys would run a nice story about this disturbing and bizarre position she took in 2004. It was a good idea to have this position then and now, but she certainly didn't create it. Doug Jones was the facilitator when this legal battle occurred. Michelle Purvis was working for her at the time, but I guess she wasn't paying attention so that she can point this out now to all the voters.

Author
Leroy
Date
2007-08-03T19:35:05-06:00
ID
93943
Comment

Leroy, we'll get her response and post by Monday. Check back.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-03T19:37:23-06:00
ID
93944
Comment

Leroy, I like the way you explained your position. Calm, cool and collected. :-)

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-03T19:50:08-06:00
ID
93945
Comment

Thank you L.W. I am new to this blog. I read it often but haven't felt the urge to "share" until today.

Author
Leroy
Date
2007-08-03T19:54:46-06:00
ID
93946
Comment

Yet, the snafu you mention Leroy doesn't seem like grounds to not vote for her. I'm not challenging your post at all, it seems like a good question. I would think at one time or another people in those positions of Gov't make a decision that in hindsight they should do differently. Like Melton tearing down the house on Ridgeway for instance. Her's doesn't seem like a big mistake or a reason to not keep her in office - especially when you consider the two opponents. I see that the factual statistics show that a large dent has been made in the backlogs; and you still have police departments in Hinds that have investigations pending that result in delays out of the hands of the DA. Jackson is the biggest contributor of this which further says Lewis is not ready to be Sheriff. Smith is running with the support of the good old boys who got us in the mess we are in now. Purvis is just working off the Melton list with help from City employees. So, I see no reason to change horses right now until things like the FBI investigation and subsequent fallout is over. Even though the goal is to stop the antics of Melton and his cronies, the repercussions may shake the political trees loose of many dying leaves that cling to life on the branches and roots of the taxpayers. Once that is done then we can begin a campaign to put better people in many offices around here the next go around.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T20:40:26-06:00
ID
93947
Comment

I agree with the endorsement of Faye Peterson. I think she has done an excellent job with the opposition and resources she has had. I will definately be looking for her response. I also like Sheriff McMillan. Like my feelings toward Supervisor Anderson, I don't like or agree with everything he does, but I do think he has done an excellent job as Sheriff. I was actually surprised to learn that he and Doug Anderson are actually really good friends and that he is over to their house on a regular basis eating peach cobbler. ( Learned that from Doug's daughter's post on the clarion ledger web site.) I hate that they are on the "Melton Hit List". Besides, if everyone got a long, what would we have to talk about on these oh so fun posts?

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-03T21:16:03-06:00
ID
93948
Comment

Well, jacksonian, I am glad we think alike on some issues. Since LW will vouch that I am not a 'sista' ;-) is your sentiment about Faye and Mac prevalent among your friends and co-workers. One thing I have noticed about this year's races verses the last big election is the lack of polls by the media stations and various groups. None that are published. I speculate that someone (the melton groups) doesn't want the public to know that their candidates are not faring as well as they hoped. They couldn't start screaming it loud enough when the polls were in Melton's favor last time around. Just a guess? What do you think?

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T21:29:54-06:00
ID
93949
Comment

Pike, you're an honorary sistah, even if you're a guy. :-P

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-03T21:39:20-06:00
ID
93950
Comment

Aww.. Thanks! Y'all would love my better half!

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-03T21:46:36-06:00
ID
93951
Comment

Now that Leroy mentions it I've heard the story about the court facilitator and Peterson before. It was told to me by an official in Clinton and matches Leroy's account. I believe the county judge that he mentions was Mike Parker, but I'm not sure.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-03T22:52:12-06:00
ID
93952
Comment

I think Doug Anderson is a better choice than George Moore, but he needs to have something done about this. Hinds County is probably going to be on the hook for this one. http://www.wlbt.com/global/story.asp?s=6885488

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-03T22:55:44-06:00
ID
93953
Comment

Once again, Ladd cuts people down and then off when she doesn't agree with them. Ladd should reread her posts to Jacksonian. It appears that when she has heard more than she wants to on an issue, especially when she disagrees with the poster, she stops discussion, like a parent who says "because I said so." It sure puts a damper on opposing opinions. HDMatthias, MD

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-03T23:00:40-06:00
ID
93954
Comment

Here some opinion sfor you since there is no endorsement for SOS and the GOP side. I happen to think if Hosemann or Lott want to curtail illegal immigration and get dead people off the voter rolls that is great. From what I can tell Hosemann would be a great choice for the office and he good individual. I don't know as much about Lott, but he may not be bad either. You guys can think these are political wedge issues all you want, but then you won't be living in reality. Both are real issues that affect citizens of our country and the election process.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-03T23:07:15-06:00
ID
93955
Comment

Doc, I'm not stopping discussion, so don't start making stuff up. I, and anybody else here, has the right to engage or not engage in discussions—and those of you who are just here to badger particular people (or, in your case, juvenile name-call) are tiresome and don't merit a whole lot of response. Some of y'all seem to be just trying to fling any kind of insult you can at the monitors to see what sticks because you don't like our endorsements. Some of you are even posting as other people on the site and in e-mails in order to name-call people one-on-one. Folks, there are a variety of opinions, and this site is not going to be overrun by name-calling trolls. Get used to it. And complain all you want. I don't care.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T07:59:35-06:00
ID
93956
Comment

Back to an actual issue: Lakeside, what is the evidence that we have a problem with illegal immigrants and dead people voting in Mississippi to a point that it makes sense for Hosemannand Lott to spend taxpayer money focusing on a big effort against them? As we've said several times, you need to prove the need for such regulation. If you can't, it's clearly a wedge issue. Also, how do you propose dealing with the problem tht many "illegal" immigrants do pay taxes and thus deserve representation? Or, how they do they propose to? Or, have they considered that?

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T08:01:45-06:00
ID
93957
Comment

Here's what Peterson actually said about the facilitator in her interview with Adam: riminal Court Facilitator, Ken Lewis, from Clinton. That has worked out so incredibly well. I found, when I first got to office, that law enforcement agencies could make arrests, and take their time getting the case over to us. We wouldn't know sometimes if they had made an arrest or that the case wasn't over, or did they have an indicted charge versus an unindicted charge. Because there was no centralized way to compile the information you could convict somebody on one charge and they'd have another charge that was outstanding that they're waiting on and they couldn't move on to the next stage of the process. The criminal court facilitator is a conduit of information from the law enforcement agencies, the jail to this office, so we can streamline folks through the system. Say someone is arrested Jan. 1 by the sheriff's department on a drug charge. At 90 days, if you're eligible for a bond you need to either bond out, or you're on our radar because we need to get you through the system. The facilitator then notifies law enforcement if we have not received the case, so we can let you know that we have not received the case, the purpose being we can get it to the grand jury sooner. It serves as a reminder to law enforcement agencies that they need to get the case to us and we can get it to ADAs. If they have to return it, usually the turnaround time is a week, meaning if we send it back for follow-up questioning we'll get it back within a week. Before then, sometimes we'd even forget we had sent it back to them, it was so chaotic. That was back when everybody would jump into the finger-pointing. Stop the finger-pointing. We got a person whose job it is to make sure everybody knows what to do. The facilitator makes sure a case gets to an active trial docket. He also stays on top of the lawyers in this office, reminding lawyers of dates that cases are due before a grand jury. Did the facilitator ever find himself riding the back of cops trying to get a case through? That must have caused some resentment. At first, there was resistance. That's when Doug (Jones) was doing it, but lately agencies have become dependent on the facilitator to help them get their cases moving. At first they thought the facilitator was there to call them out on messing up something and dropping it into the news, but that was not the purpose of that. The purpose was just to get things moving, to get the cases indicted sooner, to get the people convicted sooner so we can move them out of the county and into MDOC or wherever else they need to go. Combining that with having Judge Hilburn down there once a week to hear pleas, bonds and other matters really gets things moving. The facilitator makes sure cases are placed on the docket for him. We'll get some people saying, 'Look, I haven't seen my lawyer in four months.' He'll set him on the docket so the lawyer will show up and tell him something. That's how we've kept the jail numbers down. We have peak seasons when the numbers go up, but we just work them right back down again. Full transcript

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T08:07:22-06:00
ID
93958
Comment

"The criminal court facilitator is a conduit of information from the law enforcement agencies, the jail to this office, so we can streamline folks through the system." Yes she sounds very supportive of this, but she was not in November of 2004. I have seen her on local tv stations saying that this was her "blueprint." In November 2004 she refused to participate in the process and threatened to fire Doug Jones (he said so on the record at the hearing) if he complied with the court's order to show the status of cases where defendants were in jail for too long without her office presenting the case to the grand jury. Rather than work with court officials for a pragmactic solution she took a political position and filed a writ to stop the whole process. Please find out why. In the end (after the Supreme Court ruled against her) she did not fire Doug and she allowed him to comply with the county court's order to move the cases along and set the appropriate ones for bond review, dismissal, indictment. etc... Why file a writ and create all this litigation when the right thing to do it seems would have been to come to the table and participate with court officials? Now this court facilitator bit is one of her campaign stump speeches. I will be reading monday for her response. At first, there was resistance. That's when Doug (Jones) was doing it, but lately agencies have become dependent on the facilitator to help them get their cases moving.

Author
Leroy
Date
2007-08-04T12:48:51-06:00
ID
93959
Comment

"At first, there was resistance. That's when Doug (Jones) was doing it, but lately agencies have become dependent on the facilitator to help them get their cases moving." my bad. i meant to quote her at the end.

Author
Leroy
Date
2007-08-04T12:51:30-06:00
ID
93960
Comment

woah woah, what proof do you have that half of Illegal Immigrants pay taxes? we dont even know how many are here so i dont see where you can name a percentage of how many pay taxes, most are paid in cash (no taxes) and if they do have forged documents, they get a return. Most people in America dont pay taxes at all. I highly doubt a case could be made for them needing representation, unless you consider the state or local sales tax an undue burden. They are undocumented, I dont care if they come from Canada, Mexico, or Japan. They are here Illegaly it is a crime. Paying taxes does not give you the right of representation in this country anyway, ever been to DC? Citizens of the States get representation even the ones who dont pay taxes and are supported by the government via social welfare Not that I endorse the rhetoric per se from the SOS primary BUT, Ms. Ladd there is one point here I believe you have missed entirely. Illegal Immigrants CAN also have a passive yet direct effect US elections just by being here, it's called a census, which counts everyone inhabiting an area, or tries to. The results of a Census are then used to determine district lines and voting power in the US house of Representatives. If we continue to have waves of new "Guests" to Southern California and Texas other states could lose their seats and votes (Mississippi) without any of them having ever pulled a lever.

Author
ArmchairQB
Date
2007-08-04T13:07:45-06:00
ID
93961
Comment

I didn't miss that point, Armchair. I understand how the census works, and I believe that areas where U.S. businesses employ massive amounts of low-income workers should reflect their presence. It's simple, really. Here's a piece from the Times section about immigrants paying taxes. The problem is: There are many emotional myths about immigrants that are bolstering this political rhetoric. Having a real discussion about immigration policy is smart (and I haven't heard one yet from any of the anti-"illegals" on here), but using empty rhetoric to get cheap votes is just the old souther race strategy, retooled. Candidates should be ashamed. Again, Leroy, we'll be happy to get a response from the D.A. to your comments. Everyone check back Monday.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T13:47:22-06:00
ID
93962
Comment

Pikersam, as far as I can tell, the sentiment among many is that Faye Peterson and Mac will both be re-elected. However, I have been shocked in the past. Although I voted for Melton, I was rather shocked that he won. The purpose of my voting for Melton was to show Johnson that he was not the top dog he thought he was. He seemed to be getting rather arrogant to me. I NEVER thought he would actually lose. My concern with the election process is that, a lot of people don't vote. Therefore, the winners are going to based on not who is the best candidate, but who can actually get their people to the polls. That is my opinion.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-04T14:37:16-06:00
ID
93963
Comment

It appears that Ladd wishes representation without citizenship. Using census figures based on illegal (non-citizen) population numbers is antithetical to the Constitution-based, rule-based society we claim to love. But at least we know where she stands, although it's no surprise. HDMatthias, MD

Author
HDMatthias, MD
Date
2007-08-04T15:17:19-06:00
ID
93964
Comment

Doc, you are SO not qualified to even guess at what I am in favor of—and you are not allowed to put words in my mouth, or anyone else's. Try forming a smart opinion of your own that doesn't involve (a) name-calling or (b) blaming single mothers for all of society's ills before you even think of trying to come on my site and tell me what I am saying. THEN, try to listen to what I'm actually saying, which is that it is stupid and bigoted to make blanketed statements about immigrants without having a discussion of where everyone, including U.S. business, fits into current immigration policy, when declaring who is "legal" and who isn't. Take your arrogance and name-calling and go on home to the Northside Sun where people get cash awards for telling blacks to give thanks for slavery. I'm done with trolls here.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T15:35:13-06:00
ID
93965
Comment

actually the provision in the constitution that is foundation for the protection of civil rights---the 14th amendment-- refers to "persons" and makes no distinction based on citizenship. also the original constitution required slaves to be counted for census purposes

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-04T16:45:34-06:00
ID
93966
Comment

also the original constitution required slaves to be counted for census purposes Yeah, the original "illegals"—when it came to voting and having any kind of human rights.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-04T16:57:11-06:00
ID
93967
Comment

Doug Anderson's behavior during the last Mayorial Campaign in Jackson was enough to turn me against him forever. He was mean-spirited and destructive, in my opinion. His behavior since in matters of how County money is being spent are not in the best interest of the tax payers. Even Ron Welch says he had envisioned a new penal farm consisting of concrete slabs and prefab buildings; not the architectural boondoggle being designed by Anderson's ex-family. We could probably already be housing prisoners in a new penal farm had the more cost-effective and quicker method been used thus helping to reduce crime now. The rotating meetings designed to deny information to the complete assembled Board of Supervisors and to the public are just plain wrong and some of us havn't forgotten this. So, mine will be an "anybody but Doug" vote.

Author
ChrisCavanaugh
Date
2007-08-05T19:40:44-06:00
ID
93968
Comment

Wow, now it's not only the US Goverment's fault about the immigration situation, but now US business is at fault too. I don't reckon the illegals or the countries they come from have a thing to do with it. It's all the fault of the US Goverment, business, and citizens. Ms Ladd, you get on people for name calling and arrogance. I know this is your board, but maybe you should read some of your own post. Just because someone disagress doesn't make them a troll. I see on this board all the time people implying that conservatives need to open their minds. Well that is a two way street. You always ask for proof that illegals or are hurting this county. Well how about a little something to support your claim. Show us where illegals aren't a drain on our resources and the such when just about any thinking person can see otherwise. Any law abiding person can come to this country legally. It's not like we have an iron gate up saying no admittance.

Author
LakesideRes
Date
2007-08-06T08:29:27-06:00
ID
93969
Comment

Your last post was fine, or at least the part about immigration. There is plenty of research out there about the effect of immigration in the country, in various direction. We can find plenty of meat discuss. Just pick one. As for trolling—Lakeside, disagreeing is fine. There are plenty of people who blog here who disagree with each other, and do it respectfully and without trolling. Trolling for a fight is just that. It is disrespectful. It is ad hominem (to the wo/man). It is not about the issue, but about the fact that someone dares not agree with the troll. It is about dissing the messinger. It derails what could be an intelligent discussion with time-wasting posting like this. So let me make it clear. There will be NO more posts going forward that we deem is trolling for a personal fight. None. They will be deleted without further comment, and the troll suspended. Any complaints or questions about trolling or the moderation must go to [email][email protected][/email] . If these rules do not suit you, you are welcome to go elsehwhere to post. It is that simple. So please self-regulate in order to keep the privilege of posting here. Refresher course on the Blog Rules. From this point forward, any violator will be suspended.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T09:16:33-06:00
ID
93970
Comment

Further discussion of immigration that does not directly involve a candidate named in the piece above must continue here or or here, in two existing immigration threads where we have already covered a lot of territory. There is no need to re-invent the same wheel here and derail a conversation about the primaries. Or, readers are welcome to start new immigration threads in the Forums. Please keep this thread directly on topic of the candidates discussed above.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T09:28:24-06:00
ID
93971
Comment

Neighbors Against Crime would like to also endorse District Attorney Faye Peterson.

Author
dpsmith
Date
2007-08-06T11:08:21-06:00
ID
93972
Comment

It probably got lost in all the "interesting" discussion on SOS and Anderson but can JFP give some response to the Mary Coleman/Chris Bell questions? I was surprised that JFP didn't give Bell a deeper look as he's a young person breaking into politics. Or perhaps JFP did and I missed it. Just curious (it's my district) and would like more information before I vote on Tuesday. Thanks!

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-06T11:18:38-06:00
ID
93973
Comment

Hey, urbangypsy! dpsmith, what is Neighbors Against Crime? Email me at webmaster @ wakeupjackson . org.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T11:25:39-06:00
ID
93974
Comment

Urbangypsy, Adam is out of town on a well-deserved vacation this week, and he's the one who did the political reporting, so we'll have to wait until he returns. I can say that the first time I ever heard from Mr. Bell directly was in an e-mail this week complaining about our endorsement of his opponent. The bottom line from me, though, is that we find that Mary Coleman is a strong legislator, and a powerful black woman in a Legislature with few of them, and we stand by our endorsement of her.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T11:29:52-06:00
ID
93975
Comment

Adam's on vacation, huh? I hope he gets all the rest he needs. He deserves it!

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T11:32:07-06:00
ID
93976
Comment

I know. He nearly killed himself the last few weeks on all the election coverage, and he put off his vacation until he put a story to bed Friday about the Ward 1 election. And he was filing breaking city stories for the Web as he walked out the door. ;-) Dedication, thy name is Adam.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T11:34:46-06:00
ID
93977
Comment

Adam: the hardest working man in journalism. OW, good God... LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T11:42:36-06:00
ID
93978
Comment

Yes, I noticed Adam looked well worn at the council meeting last Tuesday. Hopefully this vacation will recharge his batteries.

Author
Jeff Lucas
Date
2007-08-06T12:43:01-06:00
ID
93979
Comment

Mary Coleman was my first boss on the first real job I had as work study student in the bookstore at Tougaloo College. She is a wonderful person who was crazy enough to trust an 18 year old boy to drive her new car to pick up her husband from work. I was glad to finally use my driver's license which my dad and brothers said I must have gotten illegally considering my lack-luster driving talents. I don't know her opponent, but I wish him the best of luck, too. Mary is an excellent people's person and she happens to hail from Louisville/Noxapater, which makes me double bias in her favor.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T13:25:33-06:00
ID
93980
Comment

Thanks Donna and Ray )and HI L.W. I wasn't trying to debate JFP endorsing her, just wanted to know if JFP had more background on Bell (his name wasn't mentioned as an opponent). I didn't know the JFP policy (being contacted by candidates rather than JFP contacting them) so this helps. I want to encourage young people who are interested in trying to change our community to run for public office. They do however need to run strong campaigns and get their names out whenever possible. I'm sure all of the new, young candidates will learn valuable lessons from this election cycle. Regardless of winning or losing.

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-06T13:54:25-06:00
ID
93981
Comment

I didn't say that was the policy, Gypsy. I said that Mr. Bell never contacted me before the endorsement, which is odd, considering how important it seems to be to him. We do often have a hard time reaching candidates, or their media folks, which always amazes me, but I don't know what Adam did on this one. However, I'm very comfortable with our endorsement of Ms. Coleman and encourage Mr. Bell to keep at it if he doesn't defeat her. We have highly encouraged Sean Perkins for years now—and, to his credit, he has been proactive about reaching out to us and letting us know what he is about. Obviously, it cuts both ways. We reach out, but we have a tiny staff. Candidates need to reach out to media that are important to them on a regular basis.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T13:59:28-06:00
ID
93982
Comment

Sorry to use the word "policy"- brain dead and should have used a different word. I know how supportive JFP has been about Perkins and I think he's a good model of a young candidate that others can learn from. Again- I'm not challenging JFP on the endorsment of Coleman or the way the endorsements were done. I think young people who are interested in polictics read JFP and blog here. This is a great opportunity for them to learn how to work with the media in the future.

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-06T14:16:56-06:00
ID
93983
Comment

I understand urbangypsy. I'm all for old folks who aren't doing anything worthy stepping aside or getting pushed aside. Mary is still quite functional and capable. Likewise she knows lots of important people here and throughout the country who can help improve Mississippi. I saw her recently and was amazed at how well she still looks and how alert she still is although she's only 60 or 61. During her years at the Department of Human Services or other state agency she had lots of people questioning her decision, dedication and fitness. I think she has rebounded well from that criticism and the criticisms perhap didn't match the facts.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T14:22:37-06:00
ID
93984
Comment

No problem, Gypsy, you're asking questions, and we're answering them. I would offer the advice to him that the best way to build a political future is by putting as much positive information as possible out there about yourself, rather than spending too much time lambasting people who don't support you, yet. It seems a bit immature to write me an e-mail lecturing me about it and copying the president of the NAACP and the director of the ACLU. I love Derrick and Nsombi to death, but I doubt either of them believes that the JFP has to do everything they want. Not that either has ever mentioned Mr. Bell to me, either. My point: Build for the future.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T14:24:18-06:00
ID
93985
Comment

And Ray's point is very good: Coleman's position and network is very impressive, and that's part of this. I always say that it is a challenger's burden to demonstrate how they will do a better job than the incumbent. I don't endorse new blood just to endorse new blood, although I am thrilled when new blood shows that they have the sophistication, energy and kills to be better than the incumbent.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T14:26:40-06:00
ID
93986
Comment

Chris, if you were a harvey johnson supporter, I guess it would be outrageous behavior to you. Since I, at the time, was Melton supporter, I didn't think it was mean spirited at all. Some of the personal attacks against Anderson and his brother by the Johnson administration would be mean spirited, I would say, but I guess we don't really care about that. We just look at it through tunnel vision. Once again, Doug is not powerful enough to get Melton elected. On the flip side. It seems whatever the Board of Supervisor does is Doug's fault. So that tells me one of two things, either the other Supervisors are ineffective, or he is the only one that knows what he is doing to get his point across. By the way, speaking of hypocrite, I believe it was the "anybody but Harvey" that got us this Melton era to begin with. Either contact your supervisor and tell them directly how you feel to get your point across, because evidently the other members of the board are not doing a good job. Doug is only one vote. He is a very effective speaker and politician. One more time for the road, who is the architect, oh I just reviewed the other 50 articles.. Doug's ex-son-in-law from 13 years ago.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-06T15:03:02-06:00
ID
93987
Comment

Jacksonian, what I saw during that campaign, which Doug Anderson, was a part of was, indeed, mean-spirited. No doubt about it. I don't think Anderson got Melton elected, but he sure was part of the alliance. Anderson isn't responsible for everyone on the Board of Supervisors, but he is responsible for his own actions—and for those that affect other supervisors' ability to do their jobs. And his efforts to keep Supervisors' actions secret go against Democratic principles of openness and accountability. He is a public servant, and does not seem to realize that he serves at the will, discretion and direction of the people.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T15:07:38-06:00
ID
93988
Comment

I accept your opinion on your views of the Melton campaign. I'm still not quite sure what HE did to be mean spirited besides campaign against Johnson. I never said he was responsible for everyone on the Board of Supv, Ladd. What I said was that he is one person, and as a matter of fact, he isn't president or vice-president at this time. I have a few questions for you, only because I am not sure of the answer. Does an official have the right to meet with contractors or companies, say to lunch or just speak with them without it being an open meeting? Is it against the Open Meetings Act for a supervisor to do research on a subject on his own which may include meeting with other companies? What constitutes a violation of the Open Meeting Act? My understanding is that anyone on the Board of Supervisors or any gov't official can invite someone to come and meet with them to learn or discuss plans without inviting other supervisors or alerting the media, and this has always been done. It was not until Calhoun decided to barge her way into the meeting and was uninvited and decided to cry about a situation that was common practice among Supervisors. Again, I am just wondering, is it because it was on county property that he violated this act. I'm just not sure where the line is crossed. If the architect (the ex-son-in-law) goes by Doug's and they discuss issues of the county, would that be a violation? Again, Anderson is one person on a board of five. Give credit where credit is due. He is outspoken and a great proponent for what he believes in. If anything, this is the kind of leadership our county, city, state and national government needs. I have attended Board Meetings before, and what you wrote in your endorsement about Peggy Calhoun was a huge contrast to what I saw at the meetings. When it comes time to vote, as with many of the Supervisors, noone anything to say except Doug or Charles. They both make their point clear. All I heard from Calhoun were smart comments and telling people to be quiet. Ronnie Chappell didn't say anything, George Smith Didn't say anything. The discussion was mainly between Charles Barbour and Doug Anderson. This is not just one meeting. My point is, sure Calhoun contacts the media and preaches her point, but when it comes time for the discussion and vote, she has no clue or just can't communiciate it.. just my observation, Ladd. I know she is one of your favorite people. :-)

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-06T15:57:41-06:00
ID
93989
Comment

Jacksonian, Doug Anderson was part of the Melton group that made a$$es of themselves at the Jackon Medical Mall. I mean, complete a$$es. And he was one the "spokesmen" for the group, along with ... wait for it ... Bob Hickingbottom. I have as first hand knowledge of this one as I can get. Beyond that, it sounds to me like you are very close to Mr. Anderson, which is fine. But knowing that nothing I say will matter to you, I am going to refer you to the Open Records and Open Meetings laws in Mississippi, which are easy to find, and the multiple stories done by us and others on how they/he have violated those rules. I'm sorry: I give Mr. Anderson very little credit. And I have never even met, nor spoken with, Ms. Calhoun, so it's hard for her to be one of my "favorite people." Mr. Anderson needs to take responsibility for his own weaknesses, not blame others for them.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T16:05:50-06:00
ID
93990
Comment

Thanks for the referral. I am very curious about it. Actually, the closest I have gotten to him, is being on his Juvenille Diabetes Research Foundation Team for his grandson. I actually met his daughter and grandson and spoke with them. They are EXTREMELY NICE and GRACIOUS people. The only time I have spoken with Doug is when I call to ask questions about certain county issues. He always takes time to explain it to me. I just have always supported Doug, Alice Harden, Alice Clark, Ronnie Musgrove, Bennie Thompson etc. They are some of my favorite politicians in Mississippi because of their history with the government. In my opinion, they have been people with history in our state. Doug has a brilliant mind, although he is conservative, and a little old fashon (not in a bad way). I don't like to see people who have worked hard as a public servant for all of their lives be disrespected and not given credited where credit is due. Especially as a black official coming into politics at the time he did. I appreciate your dialogue with me on the subject and I will bow out. May the best man win and may the county, city, and state move forward with or without those you have endorsed or not endorsed. PEACE!

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-06T16:16:49-06:00
ID
93991
Comment

On that note... It's time to go fishing! Maybe I'll take my County issued vehicle. Now to pretty much put this Anderson/Melton stuff to rest I present to you an article from the mayorial election: "Word just came from JSU that the mayoral debate there has been cancelled. It sounds like it's because Melton wanted to send a stand-in. Here's the short statement: Due to scheduling conflicts and possible substitutions for one of the mayoral candidates, tonightís 7 p.m. debate at Jackson State University has been cancelled. This is all so sad. We're also cancelling our youth forum Saturday as well. and... "Marcus Chanay at JSU left a message explaining why tonight's mayoral debate at JSU was cancelled: 'We found out about 3:30 this afternoon that Mr. Melton was not going to be able tp participate in the debate, and he was going to send Mr. Doug Anderson, Supervisor Doug Anderson in his place. We felt that was not what our students wanted to hear. They did not want to hear Mr. Anderson; they wanted to hear Mr. Melton and Mayor Johnson. Because of that, the debate was cancelled.' And, you are welcome to link to the other story about the Medical Mall fiasco where Anderson tried to sit in for Melton there too! So, why was Anderson sitting in for Melton? Half of District 2 isn't even in Jackson! Hmm? I'm sure it's just cause he's a good guy. Of course, it tells me he is willing to meddle in other political races which he shouldn't do when he was elected by the County NOT the City. As a stand in, he is saying "I represent Frank E Melton." Period! Just seems shady to me. How about the numerous quotes from Anderson saying that Harvey was why the City and County didn't work together? I think 2 years of Melton shows that our County Board of Sup's are derelict in their duties! Who can work with anyone who holds closed meetings, and tries hard to keep public matters private?

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-06T16:18:30-06:00
ID
93992
Comment

I was writing while Donna was posting. :-) I just have always supported Doug, Alice Harden, Alice Clark, Ronnie Musgrove, Bennie Thompson etc. They are some of my favorite politicians in Mississippi because of their history with the government. jacksonian You do realize that all the trouble Mayor Melton, and those around him, are having is a direct result of Rep. Bennie Thompson's wishes. He is directing everyone from the FBI down to Faye Peterson! OMG! No one told you? Thompson HATES Melton! He's doing everything possible to get rid of him! It's all a POLITICAL WITCH HUNT! You can go ask people in government in Raymond, Terry, Utica, Edwards, Clinton, and the rich streets of Jackson. It's like old hat now! That would mean that either Doug is on board with Bennie or he is throwing caution to the wind by sticking with Melton? I don't know. I only know that I wouldn't want to be in Bennie's way while he scorches the City trying to get rid fo Melton! Yo, Ray... How's it going? ;-)

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-06T16:27:14-06:00
ID
93993
Comment

Yaaawwwn. Oh Pikersam, were you finished? Question, did you hear from Melton during the campaign. I did. Got to ask him a question, too. Please don't sit here and tell me about Doug standing in for the mayor, when State Rep Credell "the creep" Calhoun, wouldn't let anyone even ask George Moore a Question at any of the Candidates meetings. But yet again, Doug is wrong, but noone talks about Calhoun being involved in his race and practically funding it. And I asked, Moore a question at the forum and was told by Credell Calhoun that he was too shy to speak in public. What the he** is that? And this is my district. I don't want to talk to Calhoun, I want to talk to the freakin candidate. But again it's wrong to have the "anybody but Johnson attitude" but okay to have the "anybody but Anderson attitude". Spare that b.s. pikersam, the smell is making me sick. If the meeting was so private.. how the heck do you know about them. If he were trying to keep them private, he sure did a messed up job. Ya'll know what they were about, who was in attendance, when they were, what time they were, and where they were. And the majority ONE vote (Doug's vote) decided all of this. WOW! Thats a bad mama-jama! He has my vote. :-0..

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-06T16:34:39-06:00
ID
93994
Comment

"The Creep" Calhoun? Jacksonian, you should have stayed gone. You're over the top now.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T16:39:19-06:00
ID
93995
Comment

Hush, girl, is that what Bennie is Doing! I did not know that. I didn't say I agreed with Melton NOW! I just wanted Johnson out. Am I sorry? I can't say that I am sorry because noone knew that Melton was going to do some of the things he is doing. So, do you think the Bennie thing is a good thing or a bad thing? I mean when you say directing, it almost sounds like the Gangsta Disciples:-) I was typing the other one while you were typing. This is another conversation.

Author
jacksonian
Date
2007-08-06T16:39:32-06:00
ID
93996
Comment

I'm alright Pike. I'm not sure which Pike I like the best - the serious or funny one. Better watch out! People will start to think you're crazy or racist like they do about me. My saving grace is the emails I get from various new people telling me they liked or were amused by something I wrote at one point or another.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T16:48:10-06:00
ID
93997
Comment

Don't worry jacksonian, I ain't here to change your vote. I'll let the facts speak for themselves. Love Doug all you want; but, don't force him on me. I don't know why you are worried about Moore? Doug will probably win by a landslide. You seem defensive? Is the Anderson camp worried? That said, I am glad that a paper (and WAPT - seen the bridge fiasco?) actually wants to begin to expose the ineptness of the Sup's. I hope we vote some new blood into the other Wards that will challenge the good old boy system that's been going on for years? Also, I should have started with this a long time ago. I've met Mr. Anderson. I like him as a person. He has contributed a lot to MS before he became Supervisor. I know he is a good man. However, in time he has shown he does not make the best decisions on behalf of all the residents of Hinds. No offense, he may be elected by District 2; but, he has to vote with ALL Districts in mind. That is simple civics. Simple humankind. If he can't do that, then he shouldn't be in office. Maybe the next 4 years will be the time Doug decides to make the rest of Hinds a better place?

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-06T16:48:20-06:00
ID
93998
Comment

Pike makes a good point that I'd like to emphasize: The JFP does not prognosticate about who's going to win (it's not a game to me), and we don't endorse based on who we think is likely to win. We consider that unethical.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T16:50:07-06:00
ID
93999
Comment

Let's see... I'll vote for Delbert because I like the commercial, and I don't see another qualified candidate. As for everything else, feh. Most political wind won't blow past elections....

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-06T16:58:30-06:00
ID
94000
Comment

I'll run the next time so Ironghost can have a clear-cut and impeccably qualified favorite. Otherwise, I will go with my heart and knowledge of each and vote accordingly.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T17:05:02-06:00
ID
94001
Comment

Truth is Ray, what I wrote is not funny. It has been said by folks on the street and by elected officials of towns in Hinds Co. like it was 'matter of fact.' Stoned frat boys can cook up better conspiracies then this! I mean, as if, Bennie MADE Melton take a drink and tear up a crack house! When supposed 'good people' make this kind of leap of faith, it rattles you to the core that our system can be this disappointing on certain levels. When people like Melton can walk all over the rules and regulations of the citizenry then how can you salvage the system if the others you elect just ignore the truth?

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-06T17:05:09-06:00
ID
94002
Comment

Stoned frat boys can cook up better conspiracies then this! Now, THAT's a JFP line o' the week. I've missed you guys. We promise not to let the trolls run quite so amok again. We've tightened the reins.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:08:34-06:00
ID
94003
Comment

(There is some joke here about "aging stoned frat boys" that seems apropos to this thread, but I can't get it quite right, so I'll skip it. )

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:10:04-06:00
ID
94004
Comment

I know, Pike. I've heard many crazy things too. Like some of the commercials I've seen recently. What's scarier is that people fall for this stuff.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T17:12:19-06:00
ID
94005
Comment

[quote]I'll run the next time so Ironghost can have a clear-cut and impeccably qualified favorite.[/quote] *snerk* Running for DA next time? :D Oh, and Donna? There will always be another election so don't ditch the joke. Might not be able to vote freely thanks to Democrats, but we'll have something to complain about!

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-06T17:14:30-06:00
ID
94006
Comment

We're not ditching anything but trolls, Iron. I mean, they even drown out your incredibly misguided ravings. (blowing a kiss)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:16:05-06:00
ID
94007
Comment

Not only do they fall for it, but they then turn around and treat the rest of us like dumb fools by trying to say, oh, no, that wasn't about race. This is the dumb sh!t stuff that makes the world think we're a racist cesspool. We're not; we just have some questionable specimens rising to the top now and then. The people of Mississippi have to stop it. No one else can. Charlie Ross should be bombarded about doing this, and making it sound like we're in the 19th century, not the 21st.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:17:53-06:00
ID
94008
Comment

Something unprecedented is occurring right now: WAPT says that every single piece of ad time for the 6:00 and 10:00 news today will be taken up by campaign ads, which is a first for them.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T17:18:44-06:00
ID
94009
Comment

OK, L.W., I'll turn on the TV in my office. I know a hint when I see one. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:19:30-06:00
ID
94010
Comment

Iron, how have we done more damage than the repugnants or repugnicans to deny the vote to anyone. I'm going to write a column on what we did compared to what y'all did in Florida, Ohio and elsewhere. Anyway, Iron, should you ever run for something other than the Mississippi border, you have my full support.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-06T17:25:06-06:00
ID
94011
Comment

OK, L.W., I'll turn on the TV in my office. I know a hint when I see one. ;-) By George, she's got it! LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T17:26:41-06:00
ID
94012
Comment

Thanks, Ray. At least I'll have a couple of votes. :) Donna: I'll have you know my rantings are not misguided, but carefully prepared from a majority of the voices in my head. 3/5ths and it's good for me! (Us?) I'll get to the "your guyz are more evil than mine" argument later. It'd be hard figuring out whose done more to mess up democracy.

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-06T17:29:02-06:00
ID
94013
Comment

I just heard Tyrone Lewis, of the embattled JPD, talk about fighting crime in the county. Right. Right now, there's a Gary Anderson ad about George Dale taking money from the insurance industry. It is rather amazing that the insurance commissioner COULD take money from insurance companies, huh? BTW, here's a PDF of a card sent out for Dale this weekend by the "lawsuit abuse" lobby: Front Back In a post-Katrina world where people had to sue to get the insurance companies to pay a dime, how does it make sense for the insurance commissioner to complain about "lawsuit abuse"??? It is hard to be more tacky, or incorrigible, than that. L.W., I can't do this. They're driving me crazy.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:30:16-06:00
ID
94014
Comment

Iron, I don't have any "guyz." I'm an equal-opportunity critic. That's what p!sses people off. You're pretty much that way, too, I must say. That's why I forgive your few misguided posts.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T17:31:38-06:00
ID
94015
Comment

L.W., I can't do this. They're driving me crazy. You have to. It's for the good of our nation. LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T17:36:24-06:00
ID
94016
Comment

Also, I've gotten a few automated phone calls with recording of candidates asking me to vote for him/her. So far, I've heard Elmer Fondren, Michelle Purvis and some other guy I can't remember.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T17:39:20-06:00
ID
94017
Comment

Oh yeah, I knew I meant to ask something else: I see that you did no endorsements for Tax Assessor. Why is that?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T17:56:05-06:00
ID
94018
Comment

Too many candidates. Not enough time to look at them all carefully. That's the problem with a small staff. And it doesn't make sense to pick one out of a hat, if you know what I mean.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T19:35:41-06:00
ID
94019
Comment

Oh okay, just curious. Yes, there are a lot of them. Personally, I'm voting for Carl Monte Reeves. When I met him, I thought he was such a nice and intelligent guy. Here's his flyer: [IMG]http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a47/law6331/ReevesCampaignFlyer.jpg[/IMG]

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T19:58:01-06:00
ID
94020
Comment

Wouldn't Melton have a cow? :D

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-06T20:16:03-06:00
ID
94021
Comment

Iron, I think he'd have a whale.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T20:17:58-06:00
ID
94022
Comment

I think I'm going to vote for Reeves as well, L.W. We saw him and Charlotte at the zoo Saturday and had a great chat. They do appreciate what you've done for them. It's sad that Melton doesn't understand that his own actions are drawing people together and inspiring people such as yourself to get involved in calling for what is right and just. You're an inspiration. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-06T20:35:21-06:00
ID
94023
Comment

Thank you, Donna, but on the contrary, this paper is an inspiration. Hanging out here gave me the boldness to speak out. I learned a lot here, and my hat goes off to you and the rest of the staff for educating me. If I didn't get my info here, I don't know what kind of mindset I would be in about what's going on in City Hall.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-06T21:03:06-06:00
ID
94024
Comment

Also to add For anyone not around the legislature or the law community (i.e. the normal people ) Delbert Hosemann's nickname is Dumb Hoss ( obviously replace the Ho for an A for the real meaning) That is from Republicans and Dems...and I think he will win the nomination... Sad AGamma627

Author
AGamm627
Date
2007-08-06T22:49:14-06:00
ID
94025
Comment

AGamm, why do they call him that?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T06:00:36-06:00
ID
94026
Comment

When did they start ID'ing at the polls? I just voted and the lady asked me for ID.

Author
LawClerk
Date
2007-08-07T06:22:32-06:00
ID
94027
Comment

LawClerk, there is an 800-number listed in Eric Clark's press release yesterday. Why don't you call and ask them and report back.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-07T06:27:45-06:00
ID
94028
Comment

I didn't get asked for ID. Sounds like somebody over there is confused.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T07:11:56-06:00
ID
94029
Comment

Speaking of voter ID: 5th Circuit may review ruling on voter IDs

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T07:22:48-06:00
ID
94030
Comment

I went to vote this morning and left frustrated once again. I've been voting at the same place for the last 10 years. The last election and today, my name was not on the list. I know I'm still on it because I got a card from the Circuit Clerk's office stating my place to vote district and my name. The card said if there were no changes, do nothing. But, of course, I got there this morning and was not on the list. I was offered the opportunity to vote by Affidavit, but was so frustrated I left. Of course, I'm going back at lunch to vote, but it is SO FRUSTRATING! How hard can it be to keep this in order especially when I have not moved. Anywho, thanks for letting me vent. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...:-)

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-07T07:43:48-06:00
ID
94031
Comment

honey, you may need to let the Circuit Clerk know about your problem. Twice in a row is too many.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T07:51:45-06:00
ID
94032
Comment

Lawclerck and honey2. Are you guys traditionally republican voters who are trying to vote in the Dem primary this time? That's OK! I just wonder if those who are profiled republican by the Democratic poll workers are going to try and make it hard for those people to vote? Also, in the case of Honey2, be sure to check both books for your name - the Rep. and the Dem. It is important to know if either party is getting book different from the other. I think it is very important to know if that happens. Noxebee Co. is not the rare exception. Voter fraud cuts both ways, and if you don't think that the Dems are scared of cross-over votes to keep Sheriff Mac in you are fooling yourself. BTW: I think I know how some of those accused criminals Smith represents are paying for his services - by holding signs at the precincts for him! OMG! Dude, take off the gold chains and sideways hat at least!

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-07T07:56:08-06:00
ID
94033
Comment

Hi Honey2- I was the second person behind you in line. I'm so sorry you had an issue today but PLEASE go back and vote. I've been voting at that precinct for over 10 years too but luckily I've never had a problem. Good luck with getting it straightened out.

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-07T08:26:52-06:00
ID
94034
Comment

Btw- we received 2 calls from friends this morning. They voted for McMillian. On the "confirm your vote" page the selection said LEWIS. They went back to change their vote to McMillian and reported it to the poll workers. I'm sure it was just a glich in the machine...

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-07T08:31:19-06:00
ID
94035
Comment

Forgot to mention that Faye Peterson and George Moore made personal appearances near the fire station I vote at. I also ran into someone who was out there for Judge Britton - my godfather. That man is everywhere. :-)

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T08:35:44-06:00
ID
94036
Comment

I HOPE it was just a glitch, urbangypsy. I hope the voters are reading that last screen before they confirm anything.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T08:37:45-06:00
ID
94037
Comment

I voted in the repub primary. The lady asked me my name, and stared at me. I repeated it. And she asked me again. I repeated it again. Then asked me for "Identification." I asked her if she was only going to ID me, or everyone here. But, she didn't answer. Probably couldn't hear. Then, she passed me over to the other lady because my last name doesn't start with "A". The other lady took my ID from the first lady, and it took her a while to find "me" in her roll. I pointed out my name on the roll, and she asked me if I still lived there. JEEZ LADY! You have my drivers license in your hand! I asked her if she was only going to ID me, and she said she ID's everyone. I asked her when that started, and she said it has been going on as long as she's been doing this. I asked her how long that was, and she said "years." I got my voting "card" and went to the machine.... I thought I would just put the card in, but no. You have to wait for the lady to come with the master unlock module, and then she starts it for you. I joked that I needed an advanced degree to work the machine, and she laughed. I really don't like the automated machines. What's so hard with paper ballots? I know we save trees this way, but jeez. It's annoying, and I don't trust it. Overall they were nice, but, I was slightly annoyed at the process. Oh, and this was straight up at 7 a.m.

Author
LawClerk
Date
2007-08-07T08:43:15-06:00
ID
94038
Comment

That's a little early in the morning to get aggravated, huh? I wonder why they decided to ID you. You don't look like Charles Manson, do ya? LOL Seriously, did you happen to see any other voters get treated like that?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T08:52:14-06:00
ID
94039
Comment

Nope... Don't look like that. There were only 5 other people voting at the time. Didn't see anyone else sign in.

Author
LawClerk
Date
2007-08-07T08:56:51-06:00
ID
94040
Comment

gary anderson's party tonight is at hal and mal's and jacob ray's party is at the walthal.enjoy

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-07T09:00:10-06:00
ID
94041
Comment

Gypsy, I definately plan to go back at lunch to vote. I was already in a jacked up mood (yes, that early in the morning!) and didn't feel like going through the hassle of the Affidavit. I've been on the phone all morning trying to get through to the electiion commission for an explanation. When I called the Circuit Clerk's office, they were able to pull me right up. They then referred me to the Election Commission. She did tell me that they submit the list to the Election Commission, so if I was on their list I should be on the Commission's list also. Go figure. There's no way that I'm gonna let McMillian nor Faye Peterson be 1 vote short because of somebody's screw-up! I will go back at lunch and complete the stupid Affidavit, but I just want to know why I have to.

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-07T09:27:08-06:00
ID
94043
Comment

No, Pike, I'm pretty sure I usually vote Democrat. Heck, if I was on somebody's book, I wouldn't left so angry.

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-07T09:29:25-06:00
ID
94042
Comment

Lawclerk, you need to report the lady who took your ID. As of now, it is illegal to ask for ID in anything other than a Federal Election. She was flat out lying if she said she'd been doing it for years. Go back and observe for a few minutes if you have time, and then report this woman. But, the "key card" the lady activated your machine with is a very important safe guard for these machines. You cannot give the voter a card that has the 'chip' on it that unlocks the machine to vote. That opens up the possibility of swapping cards that can reprogram the machine, etc... That lady was just doing the job she is supposed to do. The card they give you is more for when it is real busy, the person with the key card knows whether you are about to vote or not. I wouldn't sweat that part, just the lady that asked for ID. Good thing we don't have to worry about you voting for one of Melton's cronies! ;-) Urban, you need to call Sheriff's campaign and have them send a poll worker to that location where the the machine was goofing up.

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-07T09:29:25-06:00
ID
94044
Comment

That's cool honey. I just believe in free votes for all parties. I be just as hard on either party if they play games with the vote! I got a card just recently from Hinds confirming my polling location. Did you get one? If so, go back and show it to them, and make sure that your vote is counted!

Author
pikersam
Date
2007-08-07T09:33:12-06:00
ID
94045
Comment

Yes, I got the card. I changed my last name and had the card hand-delivered to the Clerk's office the next day. When I called this morning, they were able to pull me up by my changed name so I know they got the card. Anywho, I'm going back, but think about somebody who really doesn't care one way or another about voting. You think they gonna keep going back? No, they'll just say ....well, you know what they'll say! I keep thinking "If you don't vote, don't complain". I'm not giving up my chance to complain by not voting... ;-)

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-07T09:40:58-06:00
ID
94046
Comment

For those of you anxiously awaiting, I did return to vote. I completed the Affidavit envelope and was given a print-out to fill in my info and was then led to a machine to vote. It was so smooth. Last time I had to do a complete paper ballot. Now that I've voted, I can complain if any idiots are elected. Oh, yea, one more thing......GO FAYE!!!

Author
honey2me
Date
2007-08-07T12:29:58-06:00
ID
94047
Comment

mcmillan's reception tonight is at hal and mal's

Author
chimneyville
Date
2007-08-07T12:34:36-06:00
ID
94048
Comment

WAPT is doing an hour of election coverage starting at 9 PM.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T12:36:26-06:00
ID
94049
Comment

I can't wait until this election is over with as this one has unnerved me as much as any national one ever has. Maybe the next time we will dispense with foolish commercials and just have a throwdown in the streets.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-07T14:23:15-06:00
ID
94050
Comment

That's funny, Ray. Just the other day, I pictured Purvis and Peterson having a WWE-style wrestling match. LOL

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T14:29:31-06:00
ID
94051
Comment

Ray and L.W., either of you catch John Horhn's radio spot with the grandmotherly speaker? Is it just me or did that rub y'all the wrong way too? It could be that I'm still SOOO angry over the grocery tax that I have blinders on but I welcome other's take on it- not just L & Ray.

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-07T14:52:29-06:00
ID
94052
Comment

Yeah, I heard it. One old lady, several old ladies, 2 guys fighting over who loves the governor the most, blaming city crime on the Sheriff or District Attorney, et al. I kept waiting on someone to say if I don't win this election the Lord will call me home or my unconceived child told me he/she wanted a better life than what we're getting now so I decided to run.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-07T15:06:59-06:00
ID
94053
Comment

So when are you running Ray??? Inquiring minds want to know!

Author
urbangypsy
Date
2007-08-07T15:15:18-06:00
ID
94054
Comment

Urbangypsy, Grand Master Flash says, "You gotta have a scheme in this land of milk and honey." I'm surprised any decent and sane person runs for office nowadays considering all the crap you have to endure. I'll opt for being a nobody trying to help everybody.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-07T15:22:52-06:00
ID
94055
Comment

It is rather amazing that the insurance commissioner COULD take money from insurance companies, huh? That's like saying judges shouldn't take money from lawyers, senators shouldn't take money from, well, anyone, etc. I know Anderson is a talented person, but this is misdirection. In any other election, who cares who the insurance commissioner is? The insurance industry -- brokers, actuaries, agents, lawyers, and, yes, companies. The only reason people care this time -- as opposed to say 4 years ago -- is due to Hurricane Katrina. Not that I don't want people to care about the position -- it is an important position -- but not in the way Gary Anderson's promises make it sound. Just another perspective . . .

Author
Newt
Date
2007-08-07T15:56:16-06:00
ID
94056
Comment

In a post-Katrina world where people had to sue to get the insurance companies to pay a dime, how does it make sense for the insurance commissioner to complain about "lawsuit abuse"??? Donna, you have stated this a number of times. While some insureds certainly have filed lawsuits, the vast majority have not filed suit. How do I know this? The number of lawsuits, while in the hundreds, is signficantly lower than the total number of claims nearly 1 million in MS and LA . The "insurer of last resort" -- the so-called Wind Pool -- had over 16,000 claims and paid almost $745 million. That's over $46,000 a claim on average. And this is with a policy that has limits no higher than $1 million. I am hardly saying that every insurer did it right or that some insureds haven't had to sue to make things right due to some companies' mistaken decisions (e.g., State Farm's reliance on policy language that was in contrast with some Mississippi cases) and individual mistakes (e.g., an adjuster missed certain items, etc.). But to say that people had to sue to get the insurance companies to pay a dime -- which may be correct for some individuals -- doesn't paint an accurate picture. Just my two cents . . .

Author
Newt
Date
2007-08-07T16:18:45-06:00
ID
94057
Comment

"People" did have to, Newt. I didn't say every person. It's that simple. You're parsing for something that isn't in my post. No one should have had to—and if they sue as a result, it should not be called "lawsuit abuse"—especially by the fracking insurance commissioner. Just my two cents . . .

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-07T16:20:55-06:00
ID
94058
Comment

I didn't hear the commercial, urban. I hardly listen to the radio right now.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-07T19:17:02-06:00
ID
94059
Comment

Well, we're thrilled to have won the overwhelming majority of our endorsements, on both aisles. As as 12:24 a.m., as we're singing off: Our winning endorsements: McMillin Calhoun Fisher Smith Chaney Anderson Horhn Blount Brown Reeves Campbell Robinson Coleman Undecided until runoff: Peterson Our losing endorsements: Grant (We said Gant; must correct) Perkins Moore Windsor Phillips Ray (And we would have won Bryant and Hosemann, had Bryant sat down with Adam, and Hosemann hadn't disgusted us with his anti-immigrant rhetoric. We are happy they beat their opponents.)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-07T23:31:48-06:00
ID
94060
Comment

It is Gant. Ledger has it wrong. Go figure. I shouldn't have doubted Matt, but it's been a long night. I want to applaud Windsor, Ray and Perkins—all three dynamic young men whom we need on deck. They were all long shots, and they all ran classy campaigns. We look forward to seeing what they do next. This is great practice. As for Max Phillips, I just like him so much as a person—his wife, too—but I don't know if he's ever gonna take Spell. ;-) Now to Ward 1 (see our issue tomorrow!) and the D.A. runoff, which we knew was likely to take a lot of time this month. As I always say: It ain't over 'til it's over! Night all, and I'm praying that Anderson holds on as I sleep.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-07T23:44:46-06:00
ID
94061
Comment

Oh, and we lost Doug Anderson anti-endorsement, too. Too bad he didn't have a stronger opponent. But at least Chapelle is out.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-07T23:59:55-06:00
ID
94062
Comment

Any Ideas why Flemning lost? I'm kinda stunned, really. I can't respect the man since he endorsed Larouche once, to be honest but voters don't have any memory...

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-08T09:22:40-06:00
ID
94063
Comment

Women, Ironghost. It is not his strong suit on many fronts, and it is widely known in his district. I wouldn't have bet big money on Campbell winning, but I knew she had a great shot. This isn't about Larouche, trust me. We're talking about it on a different thread some.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T09:24:35-06:00
ID
94064
Comment

Oh, and lest we forget, there is that issue of Campbell's JFP endorsement. ;-)

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T09:25:29-06:00
ID
94065
Comment

I'm sure it helped, Donna. :) The way Mac blew out his competitors, I was worried the JFP's had used too much power on him!

Author
Ironghost
Date
2007-08-08T09:27:42-06:00
ID
94066
Comment

Anybody knows where Michelle and her supporters are hiding? Enough is enough!

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-08T09:40:00-06:00
ID
94067
Comment

Good question, Ray. I know she wasn't talking to the media until the final results were in. Has she done any interviews yet? Someone told me she didn't take it well the last time she lost.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-08T09:42:54-06:00
ID
94068
Comment

Anybody knows where Michelle and her supporters are hiding? City Hall? I haven't heard interviews with Smith, either. Have y'all? I suspect he dreads going another three weeks the way the momentum was headed. The more specific Peterson gets about facts, the harder the race is going to be. I'm surprised Smith wasn't on all the cameras last night trying to grab momentum.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T09:45:59-06:00
ID
94069
Comment

Actually, they were trying to hawk interviews with her all day yesterday, e-mailing that she was available any time. Maybe no one asked. ;-) Truth is, we've heard quite enough from her to last us a while. It seems that every word out of her mouth insulted our intelligence.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T09:47:08-06:00
ID
94070
Comment

I haven't heard interviews with Smith, either. Have y'all? I saw a snippet of an interview he did with WJTV. I don't remember the exact words, but it had something to do with getting the Purvis votes. If I remember, I'll watch the news at noon to see what he said. I'm pretty sure they'll repeat it.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-08T09:50:18-06:00
ID
94071
Comment

it had something to do with getting the Purvis votes. I bet it did. After all, Smith was Purvis' campaign manager as recently as January. Can people read the writing on Ed Peters' wall here!?! Funny thing is that Purvis probably really thought she was going to win, like Wilson Carroll did four years ago. I remember him at Hal & Mal's waiting, waiting, waiting for the last results from North Jackson that he thought would put him over.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T09:56:17-06:00
ID
94072
Comment

Ray Carter, I don't know where Michelle Purvis is? One thing that I thought would surface during the campaign was the fact that Michelle is divorced from Mr. Purvis and she is now married to another guy but, did not use his last name on any of her campaign lit. This sounds dishonest or it's like hiding something. Don't get me wrong. I think that it is a woman's right to wear or not wear her spouse's name. But, Michelle's deal opens up a can of questions. "Enough IS Enough" and it is over for Purvis in this race so I will be working hard to help Faye. She was great with her supporter last night at the celebration on Monument. I also appreciated the fact that she admitted to feeling tired but, not before thanking everyone and letting us know that the big fight was ahead of us and that she needs support. I like Faye and she is BRIGHT!

Author
justjess
Date
2007-08-08T10:12:23-06:00
ID
94073
Comment

What I find with Peterson is that the more she gets out and answers questions and talks to people, the more credibility she gets. I've never seen a single question rattle her, and there are some tough questions for her, considering how hard the machine has worked to discredit her. Speaking of, The Clarion-Ledger's silence on this race is just deafening. I truly think they're in a corner licking their wounds because they've realized how much they've helped the machine spread lies at this point. They've so been used; it's too bad they haven't realized it sooner. How can we say: It's about the State-Metro Desk, Stupid!

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T10:15:20-06:00
ID
94074
Comment

Oh, and contrast what I just said about Peterson's response to tough questions to the fact that Robert Smith couldn't answer simple questions about why he was Purvis' campaign manager and how the Ed Peters support shook out without stumbling all over the place.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T10:17:12-06:00
ID
94075
Comment

I knew she was married before. I met the first husband and was disgusted almost immediately by him. I wanted to congratulate her on the divorce from him.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-08T10:21:51-06:00
ID
94076
Comment

Jess, who is Purvis Married to now?

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-08T10:40:37-06:00
ID
94077
Comment

Folks, I'm curious who she's married to. However, there is no need for personal attacks on Ms. Purvis' family. Cease and desist!

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T11:37:22-06:00
ID
94078
Comment

He was and maybe still is a police officer. I met him in internal affairs regarding a female client an officer had allegedly roughed up about 12 years ago. How he handled that situation made me intensely dislike him. I know nothing of him outside that encounter and all my comments went to that one professional encounter.

Author
Ray Carter
Date
2007-08-08T13:05:57-06:00
ID
94079
Comment

"I've never seen a single question rattle her, and there are some tough questions for her, considering how hard the machine has worked to discredit her." Did you get her response monday to the 2004 court facilitator challenge to the supreme court? (which sounds completely unrelated to melton) i never saw a post on this from ladd. i am anxious to see her response on why she filed a writ to challenge 2 sitting judges policies on easing overcrowding at the jail. yet today she says it is a reason to vote for her.

Author
Leroy
Date
2007-08-08T13:22:55-06:00
ID
94080
Comment

Leroy, I didn't because we kept missing, and I didn't actually catch her until after the polls closed yesterday (and then I just asked her where her event was so we could post it, figuring it was too late to hit her with new questions). However, your question is on my list to ask her now that we'll have a whole new round of coverage to do for the run-off. So keep an eye out. Additional questions for both candidates are welcome, the tougher the better. Bring 'em on.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-08T14:42:18-06:00

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