Mississippi’s Lame Duck Governor Threatens 400,800 Mississippi Jobs

Mississippi stands to loose billions of dollars if Trump closes the southern border.  So why is the lame duck governor encouraging this action?  Mississippi’s economy ranks below the national average begging the question, “Can Mississippi afford to elect another Republican Governor?”  Thank you Jackson Free Press for your insight.

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2018/dec/31/bryant-urges-trump-close-border-threatening-40800-/?fbclid=IwAR0PTTET4VCp-oQa_3P5SHdBBvvsJZ55KeSUBsciywEjFoIDLWlol9O406w

Qualifying for State and County Elected Offices Begins January 2, 2019

The new year marks another Election year in Mississippi.  Qualifying for state offices (Gov., Lt. Gov., etc), district offices (Legislature, Dist. Attorney), and county officers (Supervisors, Clerks, etc.) begins January 2, 2019.

The following is the schedule for qualifying, basic qualifications, and a link to the Secretary of State’s 2019 Candidates’ Qualifying Guide.  If you are considering running for office at any level, please consult this guide.  Qualifying fees have changed considerably, so please refer to the guide as you consider your options.

QUALIFYING SCHEDULE

Statewide, State District, and Legislative Office Qualifying Period:
  • Begins Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Ends 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019
County and County District Office Qualifying Period:
  • Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Ends 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2019

ELECTION DATES

Primary Election Day …………………………………………….Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Primary Runoff Election Day ………………………………..Tuesday, August 27, 2019 General Election Day ………………………………………..Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Regular Special Election Day …………………………… Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Special Runoff Election Day ……………………………Tuesday, November 26, 2019

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICE

All candidates must meet the following requirements to qualify for office:

  • Qualified elector (registered voter) of the State of Mississippi and of the district of the office for which the candidate seeks election.
  • Never have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, being defined as a crime punishable by a minimum of one (1) year confinement in the state penitentiary, unless pardoned for the offense.
  • Never have been convicted of a felony in a court of this state; or, of a felony in a federal court or of a crime in a court of another state which is a felony under the laws of this state on or after December 8, 1992; excluding, however, a conviction of manslaughter or a violation of the United States Internal Revenue Code or any violation of the tax laws of this state, unless the offense also involved the misuse or abuse of an office or money coming into a candidate’s hands by virtue of an office.

Additional qualifications for statewide, state district, legislative, and county offices are listed in the Candidates’ Guide at the link below.

If you have any questions regarding running as a Democrat in Pearl River County, please email Agnes Dalton, PRCDEC Chair at rockman1935@aol.com or call (after 7 p.m. on weekdays) 601-746-6020.

http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/QualifyingForms/2019%20Candidate%20Qualifying%20Guide.pdf

Mississippi’s Lame Duck Governor Secretly Discusses Expanding Medicaid

After 8 years of denying healthcare to the working poor, an overwhelming mandate from the 2018 Mid-term Elections may have Phil Bryant singing another tune.

So, why the change of heart?  Follow the money.  For years we have heard the plight of rural hospital and their financial difficulties stemming from the reduction in Medicaid payments for uninsured patients coming through their emergency rooms.  What we haven’t heard is that many of these hospitals are privately owned or governed by a board of Republican donors and voters.  Now faced with bankruptcy and closure looming, they have finally started putting pressure on this governor who openly refused to shake President Obama’s hand let alone accept matching Federal funds that would have provided healthcare to the most vulnerable – the working poor.

The mid-term elections showed healthcare or lack thereof as a driving issue among voters, even in Mississippi.  It’s a pity that this governor has denied his citizens affordable healthcare both Medicaid and a competitive Exchange.  For years citizens have had to use the national Exchange for insurance through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  These policies and their rates have always been higher than neighboring states who accepted the Federal funds and established competitive Exchanges.  Even our own Insurance Commissioner Cheney tried to establish a competitive Exchange when ACA first rolled out but was thwarted by Bryant who informed the Federal program that Mississippi would not be accepting the Federal funds.

Now that Federal matching percentages have dwindled to almost nothing, Bryant is clandestinely trying to join 38 other states who provide for their citizens in spite of their politics.

Are Republicans finally losing control of the Southern vote?  Is the base going to finally follow their own best interest instead of an R or a D behind a candidate’s name?  The answer may not be far away as Mississippi begins its local election cycle on January 2, 2019.

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/22/mississippi-medicaid-expansion-phil-bryant-obamacare-1050178?fbclid=IwAR2XsmvrxIdItF8v8B8qCyJzO2udnKTbc5pu_lXDkXzGmv8TeWvP1v4h4FQ

 

Come Celebrate the Holidays with Us

Calling all volunteers.  If you contributed in any way to this year’s Mid-term Elections, please join us in a well deserved celebration.  We all came together to Get Out The Vote. Now let’s get together again to celebrate our unity and success.

Dinner will be at Sherral’s Diner, next to Pearl River Central School complex on Highway 11 in Carriere on Thursday, December 20 at 6:00 p.m. Sherral’s can provide a vegetarian soup as well as they salad bar.  The rest of us order off the menu.

You must RSVP you name to me in order to attend. RSVP is required to give Jeremey at Sherral’s an idea of diners that evening. So, RSVP to Agnes Dalton at 601-746-6020 or rockman1935@aol.com

Former MS Democratic Party Chair, Rickey Cole’s Message to Volunteers

 

Beloved Comrades,

In one more revolution of Mother Earth, campaign 2018 will have ended. The magnificent determination and commitment you all have displayed over these many weeks has rekindled a mighty fire within my battle scarred heart from what had dwindled to a smoking ember. You have renewed me a thousand times.

But now is not the moment for laurel crowns, though each and every one of you is worthy. No, now is that fleeting moment just before the Zero Hour, a time of preparation and prayer for warriors since humanity first took to the field to fight for hearth and home.

Warriors? Yes, you are all warriors. My noble friend from Maryland, Martin O’Malley, dubbed you so as he prepared to board his flight in the darkness Saturday night after his inspiring brief sojourn here with us.

So, noble sisters and brothers, take a little rest. Drink of whatever brew steadies your hand. Take nourishment. Say your prayers according to your custom. For when the sun next rises, we have before us a mightier battle than we have ever any of us joined before. Tomorrow we wield the sword of truth against the hoariest of all our homeland’s many demons. We face nothing less than Mississippi’s foundational original sin. Tomorrow is the day that we, you and I, must be the knights who finally slay that Ancient Deadly Dragon who has burned and pillaged and raped and devoured our benighted land since the very first generation. Tomorrow, White Supremacy must die.

MAKE IT SO!

Pearl River County Democrats and NAACP Join Forces to Get Out the Vote

 

Pearl River County Democrats and NAACP members joined forces to canvass in Picayune for Mike Espy.  We were honored with several special guests to encourage our efforts.  Guests included Martin O’Malley, former Governor of Maryland, Rickey Cole, former Chairman of the MS Democratic Party, Vanessa Jones, candidate for Chancery Court Judge, and Rep. Jeramey Anderson, recent Democratic nominee for MS04 Congressional Seat.

Thanks to the efforts of all of our volunteers, Pearl River County Democrats turned out in record numbers.  We are thankful to all who helped in this effort and look forward to strengthening our alliance for upcoming elections cycles beginning in 2019.

Let’s Turn Mississippi Blue

 

Pearl River County must turnout 4,600 Democratic Voters and 703 Absentee Voters.  Won’t you help us?  We need Phone Bankers and Canvassers to accomplish our goal.  We have a strategy, we need the help to implement.  Contact our county chair by email at rockman1935@aol.com or call 601-746-6020 for more information. 

Let’s Turn Mississippi Blue!