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UPDATE: House Speaker McCoy Wins in 62-60 Vote

The Legislature is in session, and the House will vote on a new speaker shortly. Keep an eye out here for the outcome of the contentious battle, with Gov. Haley Barbour watching from the sidelines to see if his efforts to oust McCoy will pay off. Watch for a full report from Adam Lynch right here later today. Meantime, read his Jan. 2 legislative analysis and preview here.

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98053
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I haven't gotten Adam's report yet, but here is a serious of e-mail updates going around From the House -- Watson nominates Ed Blackmon. Moak second. Bailey second. Bondurant nominates Robert Johnson. Bobby Shows second. Mary Coleman moves to close nominations. Unanimous close. Votes taken. Chuck Espy, Russ Nowell, Linda Coleman voted for Johnson (Jeff Smith). Tied vote. Revote. Jeff Smith is in Bennett Malone's face right now. They are revoting. ... In the revote Bennett Malone held for Blackmon. Tie vote after second revote. Secretary Clark is presiding. They are revoting for the third time. Ed Blackmon was elected by 62 to 60. Linda Coleman voted for Blackmon third revote. Malone held fast. Twice.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-01-08T14:01:09-06:00
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98054
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Looks like House voted 62-60 for McCoy to keep his seat. More details, and explanation, of all this maneuvering soon.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-01-08T14:02:31-06:00
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98055
Comment

Well, that's a needed vote for balance of power. Imagine how close Haley Barbour and the national Republican machine just came to controlling every branch of government in Mississippi.

Author
DonnaLadd
Date
2008-01-08T14:05:25-06:00
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98056
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Final e-mail update on McCoy: Reecy Dickson nominates McCoy. Bo Eaton seconds. Flaggs seconds. Bondurant nominates Smith. Woods seconds with no remarks. Scott Bounds seconds. Vote taken. Russ Nowell votes for Smith. L Coleman sticks with McCoy. Espy for Smith. McCoy won 62-60. The chamber erupted into shouts and applause!

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-01-08T14:10:38-06:00
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98057
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Gotta love those Espy men!

Author
jd
Date
2008-01-08T14:42:13-06:00
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98058
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I am surprised that the Free Press would support Billy McCoy. I was under the impression you were in favor of true Sunshine in government. McCoy has done more to keep what goes on in the house a secret than any other speaker in a while.

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Nick22
Date
2008-01-08T14:54:45-06:00
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98059
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Nick22, we support McCoy in his battle with Barbour—not exactly Ye Ole Sunshine Boy himself. It's simple. Mississippi cannot be controlled by one man, and he already controls the Senate and much of the judiciary.

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DonnaLadd
Date
2008-01-08T15:28:45-06:00
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98060
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You are correct a balance of opinions is always healthy. I am just not 100% convinced Jeff Smith is controlled by Halley Barbour. I would like see more bills voted on by the entire body of the house which you must admit Bill McCoy does not have a great record of allowing. I know “they all do it” but I think they should be held accountable for it by losing their position when they do it.

Author
Nick22
Date
2008-01-08T16:06:05-06:00

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