PERS Under Threat by Republican Super-Majority

Bobby Moak

PERS under threat…….

Rumors are more than swirling that for the 5th straight year, Republicans are trying to take funds from the state’s retirement system. Even the conservative Mississippi Business Journal lays it out…/bill-crawford-reeves-fiscal-plan-r…/

Make no mistake. Republicans have the leadership positions and are the only ones pushing this agenda. They have a supermajority and can make it happen because rank-and-file Republicans vote as they are told by their leadership.

They have put the budget in the worst shape than anyone can remember, taken local funds for schools, failed to provide money for roads and bridges, and gave our tax dollars for these items to their corporate buddies that fund their campaigns. They tell you one thing at home then follow the leader in Jackson.

If you are concerned about your retirement, be aware because they have also eliminated 10,000 state jobs that pay into the retirement system to keep it healthy. They have a rotten plan for you and your retirement money. Contact your Republican legislators in the House and Senate and let them know this is a bad idea.

Jeramey Anderson Launches Campaign with Party in Gulfport

On Saturday, November 11, Representative Jeramey Anderson made it official. He is running to replace Steven Palazzo as the Congressional Representative from MS 4th District.  Seven members of the Pearl River County Democratic Party traveled to Gulfport to show our support for this young man.  Jeramey is a shining star in our party with a vision for a better Mississippi.

Qualifying for this seat begins in January, with primary elections in June.  At this time, our party cannot endorse anyone until qualifying closes.  We look forward to working with all of our candidates in the 2018 Mid-term Elections.


Posted by Jeramey Anderson for Congress on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Posted by Agnes Wilkerson Dalton on Sunday, November 12, 2017

Message from DNC Chair Tom Perez

Making 2020 Transparent

By DNC Chair Tom Perez

When I ran to serve as chair of the DNC following the 2016 election — a cycle unlike any other in American history — I knew that repairing our party’s structural flaws and healing the deep divisions among our supporters would not be easy. While we’ve made remarkable progress since last November, we still have a long way to go.

I am more committed than ever before to restoring voters’ faith in our democratic process because even the perception of impartiality or an unfair advantage undermines our ability to win. That is unacceptable.

To that end, the new DNC under my leadership is committed to the task of making sure that our 2020 nominating process will be unquestionably fair and transparent. And all the people I’ve brought on board since taking over as chair are working according to the following principles:

  • We believe that only through transparency and accountability can we rebuild the trust we need to win elections.
  • We believe that it’s critical to build an infrastructure that supports all candidates and helps Democrats win.
  • We believe that a party must listen if it seeks to lead.
  • We believe in the principle of equal opportunity for the American people and for our candidates in our party elections.

Of course, as any leader knows, principles only matter when they inform and inspire action. After listening to Democrats from every wing of our party, I’ve developed a series of concrete reforms to put our principles into action and guarantee that under my watch, the new DNC will work to rebuild trust with the people we represent. These principles are:

  1. To ensure that no candidate participating in our presidential nominating process gains any unfair advantage- real or perceived- during our primary season. We will decide the debate schedule in advance, instead of negotiating it after all our candidates have entered the race.
  2. I will ensure that any and all joint fundraising agreements will be transparent, including the new Democratic GrassrootsVictory Fund agreements we’ve developed with all 50 state parties. This is the first time the DNC has signed joint fundraising agreements like this so early and before the mid-term elections.
  3. At all times, I will follow the rules established in the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party, not least of all as they pertain to the selection of our nominee for president of the United States. If there are opportunities for the DNC to make changes to the Charter and Bylaws to be even more transparent, I will work with the DNC body to pass those changes.
  4. I will continue to support the Unity Reform Commission, whose goals are both to unify and reform the party we all love. We will work with the Unity Reform Commission to implement their collective recommendations for meaningful change in our party.
  5. I will continue working to reform and revive our party by empowering diverse grassroots Democrats at the leadership table. We will build on our recent successes with small-dollar fundraising. And we will reject contributions from corporate PAC donors whose goals conflict with our platform.
  6. In addition to committing to a transparent process, I will work with all members of the Democratic Party to make the 2020 process as inclusive as possible, including working to protect the right of every Democrat to make their vote and their voice heard in the primary process.
  7. I will work with our DNC members and progressive partners to ensure that the 2020 process is transparent, accountable, and representative of the will of rank-and-file Democrats

We should never confuse unity with unanimity, and it is my unequivocal goal to regain the trust of voters and unify and strengthen our party to ensure we can elect Democrats from the school board to the oval office. I will not rest in the fight to restore the faith of hardworking families in the political party I love.

Representative Jeramey Anderson Announces Candidacy for Congress

Representative Jeramey Anderson of Moss Point made it official Friday and formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for MS04 Congressional seat currently held by Steven Palazzo.  Primaries for mid-term elections will be June 2018 followed by the General Election in November.


Pearls of Resistance Request

Dear Resistance Group Member,
Please make sure, beginning Monday,  you call every morning to Wicker’s and Cochran’s offices in opposition to the disastrous tax plan. 
Below is a narrative you can use when calling. Please share this! 
Thank you!
Debbie Craig
Cochran: 202-224-5054
Wicker: (202) 224-6253
 “Hello! My name is [___] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to let Senator Wicker/Cochran know that I do not support any Budget Resolution that will pave the way for massive tax cuts for the wealthy and for corporations, like the one the House passed on October 5.
  What Donald Trump and the Republicans have proposed is not tax reform: it’s tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. Things like repealing the estate tax and the net investment tax only help the super rich.
  And we DO NOT have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. That’s a myth being pushed by the GOP
The amount corporations actually pay is much lower than what they’re supposed to pay. Their effective tax rate, according to the Government Accountability Office, is only 14%. That rate is in line with or lower than the rest of the world, and there’s no evidence that the tax rate hurts U.S. competitiveness
   I want Senator Wicker/Cochran to hold corporations accountable for paying their fair share, not let them off the hook.
   There are too many loopholes in the tax code that the wealthy and corporations exploit to get away with paying less than their fair share. 
   But the postcard idea doesn’t work, and if by simplifying the tax code you mean consolidating brackets, then I’m opposed to that. That is an idea that only benefits the very wealthy of incomes $3 million and up. 
   Please take down my contact information so you can let me know what the Senator decides to do.
Thank you.”

Rep. Jeramey Anderson to receive award from U.N.

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Mississippi State Representative Jeramey D. Anderson to Receive Most Influential People of African Descent Under 40 Award.

The ceremony hosted by the Most Influential People of African Descent will honor individuals transcending race with their achievements in politics, business, media, religious, and humanitarian endeavors impacting popular culture all over the world.

Moss Point, MS (September 22, 2017) – In support of the United Nations (UN) International Decade for People of African Descent representing years 2015 – 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a global civil society initiative, will honor high achievers of African descent under the age of 40 from around the world. This event will be held on September 26, 2017 at the One UN Millennium Hilton Hotel in New York, New York following the opening session of the United Nations.

Yellow Dog Democrats

Pearl River County met its goal of 12 new members into the Yellow Dog Democrats.  This means a steady income from that membership.  As promised, the State Party will share 40% of the dues collected from our local committee.  Even though the contest is over, any new Yellow Dog Member will be credited to us, and we will receive money back on all current and future members.  I hope you will consider supporting your Mississippi and Pearl River County Democrats by joining us as a Yellow Dogs.  There are many options to join.  If you are interested, contact Agnes.