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BREAKING: Leslie McLemore Elected Council President

JFP reporter Adam Lynch called in from the City Council meeting tonight to report that new Ward 1 Councilman Jeff Weill provided the swing vote to elect Leslie McLemore Council president, and to reject Melton's good friend, Frank Bluntson, who is acting council president. Charles Tillman was elected vice president. Voting for McLemore were the anti-Melton bloc—McLemore, Marshand Crisler, Margaret Barrett-Simon, plus newbie Weill.

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95113
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This is good news, by the way. Must not please Melton a-tall.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-28T19:07:38-06:00
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95114
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Oh, so McLemore's back in the saddle again, huh? Congrats to him! I'm only gloating because I live in his ward. :-D

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LatashaWillis
Date
2007-08-28T19:10:13-06:00
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95115
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Well, that's two in the win column since Melton's BS budget was also voted down. Looks like the new id on the block can hold his own!

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Cliff Cargill
Date
2007-08-28T19:31:56-06:00
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95116
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Good mediating Weill. Good call on the budget too!

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pikersam
Date
2007-08-28T20:13:27-06:00
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95117
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Looks like Weill might be in the voting block with Crisler, Barrett-Simon and McLemore. Best way to go, Mr. Weill!

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golden eagle
Date
2007-08-28T20:16:30-06:00
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95118
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Congratulations to McLemore. He may be golden; but, I like to hope he is voting what he thinks is right. So, far I think he is following the wishes of Ward 1. I don't not think a majority of Ward 1 wants Melton to get away with much more, so let's hope he feels the same. It's real easy for the bulk of the residents in Ward 1 to ride out a budget crisis and temporary millage increases. What Ward 1 forgets is that the majority of Jackson can't afford it; especially if it forces more people into poverty potentially leading to more crime problems. We are one of 7 Wards, and we need to remember that. Just like the fact that we may be small, we may have troubles; but, we are the Capital City of the State of Mississippi. It is high time Stokes, Bluntson, and company began to act like this was the Capital.

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pikersam
Date
2007-08-28T20:29:43-06:00
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95119
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This was the best news all night. At least Melton won't be able to control Council. He has the city, the police department, Doug Anderson and clearly thinks he now has the D.A.'s office. He doesn't have the sheriff or Council leadership. At least there's that. Who else?

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DonnaLadd
Date
2007-08-29T08:06:59-06:00
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95120
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I'm glad to see the City Council has a person who is for the people and not being brainwashed by Melton or his "flunkies". Here's another person Frank can't buy!

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Clif
Date
2007-08-29T09:20:23-06:00
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95121
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YEAAAAHHHHH!

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Queen601
Date
2007-08-29T10:38:54-06:00
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95122
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Why did Mr. Weill vote for Mr. Tillman for vice president instead of Mrs. Barrett-Simon?

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Fitz
Date
2007-08-29T12:07:53-06:00
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95123
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Fitz, a compromise vote perhaps?

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Jeff Lucas
Date
2007-08-29T12:57:53-06:00
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95124
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Perhaps, but I live in Ward 1 and I am not happy with that vote. You can't trust or reason with the Meltonites.

Author
Fitz
Date
2007-08-29T14:58:19-06:00

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