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TEA BLEND

Most Earmarks Are Not Only Wasteful, They Hurt Mississippi's Economy

By: Joel Bomgar, Founder and Chairman of Bomgar
Gulf Live Blog, The Mississippi Press
June 9, 2014

For me, the U.S. Senate primary (and now runoff on June 24) are a referendum on spending, deficits, debt and earmarks. One side argues that most earmarks are wasteful and have created a culture in Washington of spending and debt (which I agree has been the case) and the other side argues that federal earmarks are good and necessary for Mississippi to get its more-than-fair share of the federal pie and that earmarks are good for Mississippi's economy. >> read more

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McDaniel Wins Engaged Mississippi Voters

By: Grant Sowell, Tupelo Tea Party Chairman
The Daily Journal, Tupelo
May 18, 2014

Chris McDaniel has a clear path to victory if conservatives research candidates and embrace intellectual honesty. Gallup polls consistently show Mississippi as the most conservative state in the nation. The Republican platform lays out principled positions concerning values. We are clearly a “red state” and it is essential for constituents to elect a true conservative Republican that best represents Mississippians.
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Cochran Deaf to General Public

By Laura VanOverschelde
(In a letter to the editor, "Clarion Ledger")
May 18, 2014

Reviewing the widespread criticisms of Cochran's record, few support the incumbent, AND there is widespread indignation to his apparent deafness to the general public! >> read more

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Mississippi Tea Partier: See, I Told
You So!

By Cindy Wilkerson
April 29, 2014

Last week, Breitbart.com wrote a story about my 2012 visit with Thad Cochran on March 27, the day Obamacare was argued before the Supreme Court, a full 2 years before Obamacare went into effect. Cochran told me and others that he would not propose repeal or use his appropriations power to push defunding and that he thought “it had gone too far” to be undone. Since that interview, Cochran and his surrogates responded by mocking me, the Tea Party, and even accused us of lying. >> read more

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Cochran, Palazzo Simply Scared to Debate

by Sam R. Hall
Clarion Ledger

The push by supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel to get U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to debate has intensified quite a bit over the past couple of weeks, though it is unlikely to do any good.
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Chairman's Report: MSTP Annual Meeting 2013

By: Roy Nickolson

November 9, 2013

The past four and a half years have been very significant historically. Hussein Obama took office as President and immediately launched attacks against our constitutional republic, and with that our sacred liberties. Not content with that he also immediately started branding patriots, Christians and veterans as potential domestic terrorists that must be spied on, harassed and vilified.  In January of 2009 our world was radically changed as Obama began keeping his promise to fundamentally transform our country. >> read more

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We must not increase the gas tax!

by State Sen. Chris McDaniel

We must find efficient ways to maintain our state infrastructure without upsetting commerce with calls for more taxes and heavy-handed government controls. Our spending priorities are clearly in question when we are increasing bond indebtedness on pet projects such as museums while our infrastructure is allegedly failing. Mississippians are spending more on basic needs than ever. They don’t need their state government making that worse. >> read more

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Limited Government, Moral Truth and Conservatives Greatest Challenge
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel

Recently, I was asked to answer a number of questions regarding political thought and philosophy. Three of which are answered below. I hope you enjoy.
(1) Often in society virtue is identified or linked with collectivism, why is a limited government the most moral option?
Collectivism, if truly voluntary, has the potential to result in positive outcomes – for example, faith communities, civic clubs and charities. >> read more

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The Final Sortie
by Cory Wilson

There’s a milestone, of sorts, coming up this fall.  It’s a marker that stirs thoughts of patriotism, honor, sacrifice, and freedom, as we observe our country’s birthday.


The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight has announced one final Honor Flight on October 1, 2013.  For any interested Mississippi World War II veterans, this is the last "all hands on deck,” for a full, freedom-centered day in our nation’s capital. >> read more

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Trainwreck in Mississippi
by Cory T. Wilson

The slow-motion train wreck that is Obamacare crashed in Mississippi this month. Conservatives who have opposed the government makeover of health care have increasing evidence to say “we told you so.”
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Defending Religious Liberty
by Dot Ward

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Obama Administration, have waged a persistent campaign to secularize America and to ban all mention of religion from every public place….park, building, military facility, or school.
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State's Rights
by Rita B. Anderson

Representatives Gary Chism and Jeff Smith are to be commended for introducing House Bill 490 and taking on such a controversial bill. In doing so, Mississippi joins Oklahoma, Texas and several other states in proposing similar legislation.
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Obama's Second Inaugural Address, Translated
by Laura Van Overschelde

Members of Congress—who are about to debate raising the debt ceiling tomorrow—should have paid attention yesterday. The President was very clear that he sees no urgency about reducing the debt and cutting the deficit. In fact, in his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama was honest about his intentions to grow government in order to remake our country along his progressive vision.
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Exactly What Is "Fair"?
by Mark Mayfield

President Obama speaks sanctimoniously about the rich paying their “fair share” and what he calls a “balanced” approach to paying off our enormous $16 trillion debt. On his watch, we’ve added over $6 trillion in new debt.
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Whenever Bended Knees Meet the Cold, Hard Ground
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel

In the winter of 1777, General George Washington’s army was suffering from bitter cold, a lack of supplies and the superiority of British forces.
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No Hope, No Change
by Cory Wilson

What would have happened had Jimmy Carter been re-elected in 1980? We are about to find out. The most important election in our lifetimes has turned into the most disappointing outcome of our lifetimes. >> read more

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Trust Matters
by Mark Mayfield

In an effort to slow Gov. Mitt Romney's momentum, President Obama is proclaiming that trust is the single most important issue to consider when choosing a president. He's right. >> read more

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Markets, Meddling & Recessions
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel

Seeking to stimulate the economy, the United States Federal Reserve undertook another extraordinary monetary-policy measure in September (the “QE3"), embarking on a third dose of quantitative easing. >> read more

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Abdicating Freedom
by Cory Wilson

"Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe." - Abraham Lincoln (16th President of the United States, 1809 - 1865)

The First Amendment guarantees that "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . . ." A free press is foundational to many of our other freedoms. >> read more

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Government not Well-Suited for the Role of Caretaker
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP

For many in our country, it has become a generational habit to expect and demand that government owe the assistance it confers.>> read more

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The Empty Chair.
by Cory Wilson

When Clint Eastwood did his improv comedy bit at the Republican National Convention during which he pretended to talk to President Obama in an empty chair, it struck me as awkward. I got the joke, but I was not sure about it coming just before Mitt Romney's big speech.. >> read more

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Forcing Some to Fail Won’t Make Others Rise
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Mississippi PEP

The European nation which recorded the largest decrease in income inequality between 1985 and 2008 was Greece. In calling for higher taxes and more regulations to manage its sprawling welfare state, its economy suffered greatly.... >> read more

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Romney, Ryan and Reform
by Cory Wilson

Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate was a decision that caught many off guard. In a good way. Ryan, who is a seven-term Congressman from Wisconsin and who currently serves as the House Budget Committee Chairman... >> read more

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Self-Government and Moral Order are Intertwined
by State Sen. Chris McDaniel / Y'all Politics

The embrace of Judeo-Christian morality is an indispensable component of American life and conservative ideology, particularly in the State of Mississippi.
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What's happening with the Mississippi Tea Party and the Tea Party scene, Nationwide

Recently, one minor judge said no to TX Voter ID, and now SCOTUS has said "Not so fast buddy", and allows

Texas voter ID to stand.

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We had a great turnout for the movie - about 80+ people.  Thanks for coming out and supporting the event.

UNFAIR the movie exposing the IRS will move us closer to the tipping point for real/true replace and repeal tax reform as enabled by the FairTax® bill

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Tea party Senate challenge in Mississippi shows rift in the GOP

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Here is the summary of Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015

1. Amends the Export-Import Bank Act of 1945 to extend the operating authority of the Export-Import Bank through June 30, 2015.

 2. Provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.

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HERE IS THE VOTE:

Rep. Harper - Yes

Rep. Palazzo - Yes

Rep. Thompson - No

Rep. Nunnelee - Not Voting

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HOLDER RESIGNING AS

ATTORNEY GENERAL

$2.66T: Tax Revenues for FY14 Hit Record Through August; Gov’t Still Runs $589B Deficit

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Judicial Watch Bombshell: Clinton State Department Racket Hauled in $48 Million for Clinton Machine

Judical Watch website

So let me get this straight. Bill Clinton delivers 215 speeches around the globe while his wife is Secretary of State, hauling in $48 million for various Clinton family interests, and the Obama administration handed the Clintons an “ethical waiver” 100% of the time?

There was not one single speech that gave the administration pause? Not one?

That is what everybody is talking about in response to bombshell documents we released earlier this week, including more than 200 conflict-of-interest reviews by State Department ethics advisers. These “reviews” considered speaking engagements and consulting arrangements proposed by Bill Clinton speaking during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. >> read more

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Angry Republican Leaders Ready to Shut Door on Open Primaries

Changes sought after Mississippi Democrats help Thad Cochran beat Chris McDaniel

By Ralph Z. Hallow - The Washington Times,
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chicago — Any party that allows its opponents to help pick its candidates in “open” primaries is a PPINO — a “political party in name only” — say many Republican officials at their annual summer meeting.

Republican National Committee members and activists are still seething about reports that longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, enlisted Democrats to help him win his tough primary contest this summer against state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who was backed by the tea party. >> read more

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Complaint of Election Contest

2014 Republican Primary Election for United States Senate; complaint before the State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Mississippi.

Because of the size of the file, the complaint is listed in three parts.

Links:

Complaint of Election Contest - Part 1 (PDF 4.1 MB)

Complaint of Election Contest - Part 2 (PDF 4.7 MB)

Complaint of Election Contest - Part 3 (PDF 4.1 MB)

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Attorney: 'Mathematics' show McDaniel should have won the nomination

http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/26191063/mcdaniel-to-file-formal-challenge

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Corder's commentary shows out of control the political order is in Mississippi, and that's a good thing.  By Keith Plunkett

My friend, Frank Corder, over at  Y'all Politics can't decide whether he should use his keyboard to try and kill the growing opposition to Senator Thad Cochran, take credit for having already done so and dance on the graves, or consult them on how they should ‘rebrand’ the movement. He simultaneously attempts to insult and advise on what the TEA Party needs to do to get beyond what he estimates to be the “visibly shaken” within their ranks.

He also chides them for joining with Democrats, despite any evidence to suggest it to be the case. He does this seemingly without an ounce of irony, considering the race-baiting tactics of the Cochran campaign and the senior senators ‘outreach’ efforts to ‘expand the electorate’.

Like many of the self-described political witch doctors and talking heads who are desperate to protect the ‘important people’, Corder’s unwillingness to write seriously of the entire picture leaves him grasping at ways to discredit those he perceives as his friend’s enemies. Instead of offering his readers insight, he offers them more disinformation.  READ MORE:

http://mississippipep.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/plunkett-corders-commentary-shows-how-out-of-control-the-political-order-is-in-mississippi-and-thats-a-good-thing/

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Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Subject: Urgent: Please ask your members to contact their US Representative ASAP regarding pending illegal immigration legislation

Folks,

Tomorrow, Thursday, the US House will take up a supplemental immigration funding bill (HR 5230) and other proposed legislation dealing with the border crisis and illegal aliens.

Congresswoman Michelle Bachman and Congressman Louie Gohmert just laid out compelling reasons to reject this legislation in its entirety.  Congressman Gohmert highlighted passages in the bill that gave the DOJ unprecedented powers to allow illegals to stay in OUR county.

Please:

Urge your members to call their Congressman and tell them to vote NO on HR 5230.  The US House leadership is going to try to introduce an independent bill to try to fund this effort.  They need to vote NO on any related bill.  They need to support Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn’s bill to cancel DACA.

 

"It is those who are not in the room with us that we need to get engaged."

Alan Nunnellee 2902-225-4306

Gregg Harper. 202-225-5031

Bennie Thompson 202-225-5876

Steven Palazzo 202-225-5772

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Call Congress NOW at                         1-888-970-9139 and tell your Representative not to give Obama a dime to solve his border failures until Congress stops funding Obama’s executive amnesty!

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Wild day for Obamacare: Appeals court rulings conflict

A federal appeals court dealt a major blow to Obamacare on Tuesday, saying that millions of Americans cannot get subsidies to help pay for their health insurance through HealthCare.gov, the federal exchange serving most of the country. The court said those subsidies can only be given through the state-run exchanges.

The Halbig v. Burwell decision is the second recent legal setback for Obamacare, following the Hobby Lobby ruling on birth control coverage. But the contraception rule is a controversial but small piece of the health law; the subsidies go to the heart of coverage expansion in the Affordable Care Act.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/obamacare-subsidies-dc-appeals-court-ruling-109223.html#ixzz38DbRuPdD

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Tea Party Demands that Senator Portman Renounce Support for Cochran in Mississippi

Kent, OH - Tom Zawistowski, Executive Director of the Portage County TEA Party, reacted angrily to Ohio Senator Rob Portman's claims in a Cleveland Plain Dealer article this week that he had no idea that the $25,000 from his PAC would be used by the Thad Cochran Campaign in Mississippi to air racially charged attacks on the TEA Party. Portman was quoted in the article as saying " I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong." 

 
Zawistowski, said "Isn't it convenient Senator Portman, that you had nothing to say about the horrific, disgusting, totally dishonest racist ads run by Thad Cochran's campaign until you were identified as having provide funding for this despicable human being Thad Cochran?  Where was your moral outrage the days after the ads became public? You know that the TEA Party is made up of hard working, God fearing, Patriotic Americans who do NOT hate blacks or any other minority, yet you did nothing to defend those TEA Party members from these vicious attacks by a person you supported financially! You say that "the TEA Party activists . . . must come together to take back the Senate, yet you support a man who votes with Democrats most of the time, and who told black voter that the TEA Party is affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan and that we want to deny blacks the right to vote.  Why in hell should we support someone like Thad Cochran after what he did? Why would you even suggest that the TEA Party do so?  Why would you or any other Republican support anyone who would commit such a heinous act against Chris McDaniel A LOYAL REPUBLICAN????"
 
Zawistowski concluded by saying "Senator Portman, actions speak louder than words. You must renounce your support of Thad Cochran immediately and demand that he drop out of the race. You must demand that your fellow Senators who supported Cochran do the same.  Not to do so would show that you in fact condone the actions of the Cochran campaign and that you do not respect either the TEA Party movement or black voters. There is no place in our government, let alone in the Republican Party, for such a hateful, racist, person. So we throw your challenge back in your face and that of the Republican Party. If you believe that we must win the Senate this year, meaning with true Republicans like Chris McDaniel, and if you want to win the White House in 2016, you need to come together with the TEA Party and the social conservatives and black and latino conservatives. For I assure you, if you do not choose the moral path at this critical time, we will never forget your and their role in this sordid event, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that Thad Cochran and every RINO like him loses in the fall."
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As Tea Party vs. establishment dispute simmers, Rob Portman says he disapproves of 'racist' ads that his and others' donations may have funded

Stephen Koff, Plain Dealer Washington Bureau Chief By Stephen Koff, Plain Dealer Washington Bureau Chief The Plain Dealer 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is in charge of fundraising for the Republican Party effort to re-elect GOP Senate incumbents and defeat Democrats. If successful, the Ohioan's work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee could be credited with supplying enough cash for ads and other operations that Republicans win a majority in November, giving them control of both houses of Congress.

But right now, his personal political spending is creating serious heartburn within the Tea Party arm of his party.

That's because Portman has his own political action committee, and it gave $25,000 to a well-connected Mississippi political group that was helping a Republican incumbent fight back a Tea Party challenger in that state's June 24 primary runoff election.

The Mississippi group, in turn, funded another, more controversial group that is accused by Tea Party supporters of playing dirty tricks in the primary race.

Those tricks include portraying the Tea Party candidate as a racist, according to that candidate's supporters, and of spreading the racist message to the black community through ads and through the outreach of an African-American minister. The minister worked to get Democrats to cross party lines and vote in the Republican primary runoff -- a move reportedly so successful that it helped the incumbent, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes.

But after the financing of that effort was revealed this week by blogger Erick Erickson of the conservative Red State blog and by other media in Mississippi and elsewhere, Portman and other mainstream Republican contributors face the displeasure of Tea Party activists.

The squirm-worthy complaint at its most basic is that Portman and a handful of other establishment Republicans funded a nasty set of tactics at the expense of a Tea Party candidate.

"United States senators contributed money for ads to call Chris McDaniel a racist and to motivate black Democrats through hatred to come out and to vote for Thad Cochran," Mitch Tyner, an attorney for McDaniel, told reporters this week.

Portman told The Plain Dealer today that he had "absolutely no discretion" over how his donation would ultimately be used. He said, "I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong."

A fight with the Tea Party would be a distraction or worse for Portman, who says he will seek re-election in 2016 but who also has not ruled out a presidential bid.

To understand the issue and follow the money, you have to follow these steps:

  1. Cochran, the Republican incumbent, was in a fierce Republican primary race against McDaniel, a state senator. Cochran had his own campaign treasury and operation. But outside groups also raised money and ran ads to support him.
  1. One of those groups was called Mississippi Conservatives and is affiliated with former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Mississippi Conservatives raised $2.9 million, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

That included $25,000 from Portman's personal PAC, called the Promoting Our Republican Team PAC. Portman raises money for his PAC and spends it to help fellow Republicans.

Others who gave to Mississippi Conservatives, according to Federal Election Commission records and the Center for Responsive Politics, include American Crossroads, the group affiliated with strategist Karl Rove ($160,000); former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ($250,000); the U.S. Chamber of Commerce ($100,000), and Main Street Advocacy, a group headed by former Republican congressman Steve LaTourette of Ohio ($100,000).

Portman was not the only incumbent Republican giving money to Mississippi Conservatives. U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate minority leader; John Cornyn of Texas; Bob Corker of Tennessee; and Roy Blunt of Missouri also gave.

  1. Operating separately to re-elect Cochran was another group, called All Citizens for Mississippi. That organization has been rather secretive and controversial. Its activities were geared toward getting black Democrats to vote in the Republican primary, using personal outreach and radio ads that McDaniel supporters said were racist.

A radio ad from All Citizens for Mississippi, aimed at the black community, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, warned voters that, among other things, "A victory for Chris McDaniel is a loss for the reputation of this state, for race relations between blacks and whites and other ethnic groups."

  1. Until this week, with a deadline for filing Federal Election Commission reports, the source of funding for All Citizens for Mississippi was unknown. An African-American minister, Bishop Ronnie Crudup of New Horizon Church International of Jackson, Miss., had told the Clarion-Ledger recently that while he raised some money for the group from Republicans, he also "raised money from African-Americans. I raised money from a number of sources." He had said his group raised $200,000, according to the Clarion-Ledger.

But filings to the FEC on Tuesday showed that All Citizens for Mississippi had only one source of funding, namely, the group to which Portman's PAC gave $25,000: Mississippi Conservatives.

In four separate disbursements in June, Mississippi Conservatives gave a total of $144,685 to All Citizens for Mississippi, according to the latter group's only federal financial filing. There is a slight discrepancy between this sum and the amount that the donating group reported. Mississippi Conservatives reported in its filing that it gave $142,000.

So what's the Portman linkage, since he gave to Mississippi Conservatives and not directly to the group accused of race-baiting, 

All Citizens for Mississippi?

In the words of Erickson, a widely read blogger in the Tea Party movement:

"I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by 'All Citizens for Mississippi' were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.

"The advertisements attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel and painted conservative Republicans and Tea Party activists as racists."

But not so fast, say Portman and the treasurer for Mississippi Conservatives.

It may be clear, based on FEC records, that All Citizens for Mississippi had only one source of funding, but donors to one group had no say in how the subsequent group used the money, they said. 

"We did contribute to All Citizens for Mississippi," Brian Perry, treasurer for Mississippi Conservatives, told The Plain Dealer. "We of course don't have any editorial control of what they do. In fact, once we give, we cannot tell them how to spend their money."

Perry said that his group, like All Citizens for Mississippi, also encouraged black Democrats to cast Republican ballots in the primary. He said Cochran has enjoyed broad support from whites and blacks in past general elections, "so why not get them to vote for him in the primary?"

But that is not the same as coordinating with them or signing off on their ads, he said.

Based on its own FEC filings, it is clear that Mississippi Conservatives spent far more on its own ads and activities -- criticizing McDaniel over his stance or past votes on debt, earmarks, the Common Core education standards and tort reform -- than it gave to All Citizens for Mississippi, the controversial group.

Mississippi Conservatives raised $2.9 million altogether. Tracking its multiple independent expenditure reports to the FEC, the Center for Responsive Politics said that Mississippi Conservatives spent $1.7 million to oppose McDaniel and $122,904 to support Cochran. That sum excludes contributions made to groups like All Citizens for Mississippi.

As for donors such as Portman, Perry said, "They don't give us instructions on what to do, and we don't instruct any third party like a PAC what to do."

Election experts say that such instructions are usually not needed, because donors to one group tend to support the goals of a subsequent recipient. But that doesn't mean they approve of the tactics.

Portman told The Plain Dealer that he absolutely disapproves of the ads run by All Citizens for Mississippi.

"As NRSC finance chair, I am working to secure a Republican majority in the fall, and I support Sen. Cochran's re-election," he said in a statement. "My PAC donated money to a Mississippi PAC also supporting his election, but I had absolutely no discretion over how that money would ultimately be spent. In fact, I believe using race as a political issue, as these ads apparently did, was wrong. All who believe our country is heading in the wrong direction under the failed policies of the Obama Administration -- including Tea Party activists and more moderate Republicans -- must come together to take back the Senate and put our country back on the right track."

 

 

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McDaniel press conference with Sen. Michael Watson and Mitch Tyner

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Pics from this weekends Freedom Rally - some of the speakers were CL Bryant, Keith Plunkett, Jeremiah Boddy plus State Senator Chris McDaniel...

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Record 91,200,000 Americans not working, not looking either.

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High court rebukes Obama on recess appointments

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans in their partisan clash with President Barack Obama.

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Travis Childers issued the following statement on the results of the Republican Senate runoff in Mississippi.

"One thing is clear tonight; Senator Cochran does not have the confidence of his state, let alone his own party. The majority of Republicans voted for change in Washington. And if we are going to change Washington, we will need to change who we send to Washington."

"The same people will give us the same results of gridlock, and elected officials will continue fighting each other rather than fighting for Mississippians. It is time for a change, and I believe I can best represent the future of Mississippi in the United States Senate."

"I look forward to a spirited debate with Senator Cochran on the many issues facing Mississippi. And I am calling for Senator Cochran to join me in a series of debates beginning next month, so voters can clearly see the differences."

NOTE: Mr. Childers, Senator Cochran will not debate you, but Thad Harper or Gregg Cochran might.

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Establishment GOP SPENT A LOT OF MONEY AND POLITICAL CAPITOL to the detriment if its own base that worked tirelessly in 2011 to achieve the majority in the State House and 7 of 8 top offices. Obviously this is not of value to leadership, but it is now in this 50th anniversary year celebrating Freedom summer we are seeing the GOP buy liberal Democrat votes.
Weak leadership has shunned its own base and stated principle to hang on to power through money at the risk of conservative values such Liberty, integrity and some hope of growing its own party. And we are looking forward to the statewide elections just a year away! In addition: We are now 180,000 strong as a voting block.  Laura Van Overschelde

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Wyatt Emmerich: Bridge to nowhere in S. Mississippi

No sane person would spend $60 million to save $225,000 a year. That would be an annual return of one-third of one percent.

But the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) — in conjunction with the federal government — is not sane. They have just proudly announced the opening of a new bridge in Marion County over the Pearl River.

The new bridge, along with six miles of two-lane road, has already cost $30 million. When all three phases of the project are completed, the cost will be $60 million. The feds will pay for about $10 million, with Mississippi taxpayers picking up the balance.

Needless to say, MDOT failed to do a cost-benefit analysis.

This is what you call a bridge to nowhere, an earmark, brought to you courtesy of MDOT, Sen. Thad Cochran and the Lawrence County supervisors.

Lawrence County taxpayers will foot a mere $735,000 of the bill. Not a bad deal for them, but a lousy deal for everybody else.

 

The fact that the beautiful elevated bridge and new road adjoins miles of property owned by the contractor, T.L. Wallace, may create an appearance of impropriety, but it was all perfectly legal and openly bid, according to MDOT officials.

Bear in mind, there is a perfectly good bridge over the Pearl in Columbia, less than 10 miles south of the new bridge. That bridge, built a few decades ago, probably cost a fraction of this new bridge.

The new bridge is elevated long before it crosses the Pearl, no doubt to meet some EPA or corps “wetlands” requirement. That probably increased its cost tenfold.

MDOT paid a high price for its failure to do a cost-benefit analysis. PEER criticized MDOT on page 32 of PEER Report No. 520, stating: Although beyond the scope of this project, Congressional earmarks, such as the one noted above, illustrate how an earmark can cause funds to be expended on a project outside of the state’s need-based priority system. PEER would question how such an earmark could come into being without a needs-based priority study or specific economic development project.

 

 

After this scathing PEER criticism was released, thousands of informed and outraged Mississippians stormed the new fancy MDOT headquarters, demanding the head of MDOT director Butch Brown, who promptly resigned.

April Fools!

In fact, MDOT is quite proud of their achievement, sending out a press release extolling “The Connection of Two Communities: Jayess and Goss.”

Rural life in Mississippi is wonderful and the people of Jayess and Goss are blessed, but everybody in those two towns could drive back and forth all day long for the next 20 years and not save enough in time to justify the cost of this bridge.

This is why our state is broke. This is why we have a trillion-dollar federal deficit. This is why the Tea Party people are so mad. This is my money, your money, being squandered without proper study. And for every bridge I write about, there are 1,000 more across America just the same. Sooner or later, people are going to say, “No more!”First of all, anybody can just pull out a Mississippi map, see the bridge in Columbia and realize there is no need for a bridge just to the north.

I learned about this bridge because of a landowner in the area who watched in utter amazement as this whole thing went down. This is a person who personally stands to benefit from the bridge, but as a taxpayer, he couldn’t stand idly by.

It took awhile, but Marty Hilton, an MDOT engineer, answered all my questions about the bridge. Marty was as nice as he could be and he was forthright. My main question was simple, “Did MDOT do a cost-benefit analysis on this project?”

He didn’t beat around the bush, “No,” he said.

What can you say? How can MDOT spend $60 million without any economic analysis whatsoever?

 

 

The answer, of course, is because the money was there. MDOT lives and breathes by federal dollars. Because the feds put $10 million on the table, MDOT proceeded to waste $50 million on a bridge to nowhere.

Whose idea was it? “Supervisors from four counties believed it would help general economic development. The whole idea of a south-end river crossing has been a dream of those supervisors for many years,” Marty told me.

Marty did point out that the bridge is near the beautiful Red Bluff area of the Pearl. Having a beautiful, elegant bridge in this pretty area may promote tourism and attract people to this natural wonder. “It’s pretty dramatic. There are lots of bicyclists.”

It’ll take a lot of bicycle rides over that bridge to pay back the $60 million in bond interest.

And what about T.L. Wallace — a big time road contractor — owning the property along the bridge?

“If he gets us the lowest and best bid, he can do the work even if the road adjoins his property,” Marty said, pointing out that anybody who knows Wallace knows about his ingenuity, thoroughness and hard-working character.

“He was smart. He had the land nearby so he could use dirt from his land in the construction process and save on hauling costs.”

There were eight other bidders, and Wallace was $2 million lower than the next best bid.

When I told my source (the outraged landowner) that the bid was on the up-and-up, he fumed silently.

“There’s just got to be some kind of ethics law,” he muttered. “I mean, when you drive along the road, there must be five huge gates with T.L. Wallace’s name on them. It just looks so bad.”

Smart engineers and contractors have turned the skill of living off government largess into an art form. They are more than happy to comply with EPA regulations for massive, beautiful, multi-million dollar elevated bridges. Our politicians, engineers and environmentalists are in a loving, symbiotic relationship. This is one party to which the taxpayers are discreetly not invited.

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TEA PARTY EXPRESS has a change in Location:

Parking lot behind Pearl City Hall at 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Pearl, MS 39208

You will get to hear talk radio super star Lars Larson and also Chuck Woolery, plus local Conservatives, AND the Tea Party entertainment Crew

As we head to the finish line of electing Chris McDaniel and retiring what's his name you will not want to miss being a part of this rally.

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Eric Cantor Defeated by Dave Brat, Tea Party Challenger, in Primary Upset

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Noel Fritsch
Noel@mcdaniel2014.com
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June 9, 2014

Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate

Laurel, MS -  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Mississippi today announced he received the endorsement of former U.S. House Representative and presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul. 

"Ron Paul has been an inspiration to so many to become involved in politics and to engage the system, which is exactly what our nation needs at this crucial juncture," McDaniel said. "Dr. Paul is a true champion for civil liberties and opponent of government overreach and out-of-control spending, and I'm very excited to have his endorsement in our fight for liberty in Mississippi," McDaniel concluded.

On his endorsement, Dr. Paul said, "Chris McDaniel has been a fighter in the Mississippi Senate for smaller government and more personal liberties. We need Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate and I am proud to endorse his campaign."

McDaniel has been endorsed by a wide array of elected officials and organizations, including , Gary Bauer, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Phyllis Schlafly, American Conservative Union, Club for Growth, Family Research Council, FreedomWorks, Gun Owners of America, Madison Project,  National Association for Gun Rights, Senate Conservatives Fund, Tea Party Express, and Tea Party Patriots, Coalition to Reduce Spending, and Young Americans for Liberty.

Chris McDaniel is a constitutional conservative running for United States Senate. He represents District 42 in the Mississippi State Senate in his second term where he fights for individual liberty, free markets and fiscal responsibility in government.

 

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TED CRUZ: 'OBAMA'S LAWLESSNESS' RESPONSIBLE FOR SPIKE IN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

What can I do now?

Now that you've become a member of the Mississippi Tea Party, how else can you get involved? Below are suggestions, laid out by head committee member Roy Nicholson. Does this inspire you to action? Talk about it here on the site in a blog post or a discussion in one of our groups!

MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY CALL TO ACTION

PRAY FOR OUR NATION AND HER LEADERS AND ORGANIZE PRAYER GROUPS
If God does not intervene, turning the hearts of our politicians and opening the hearts and minds of the citizens, then all is lost.

Invite your neighbors and friends to a prayer meeting at your home or church to pray for the country. It can be as general or as specific as you are led to provide.

The group should pray in ways that they share the most agreement.

If your group sees situations and issues differently than we do, pray anyway. Do not be afraid of any honest prayer. The Father is able to hear our hearts and answer with what is best in His sight.

GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS
Register to Vote AND Vote.

Vote only for candidates who are of genuine good character that will honor their pledge to support and defend the Constitution and who will not go along with the Socialist agenda coming out of Washington.

Become an active member of your party but stand up for your beliefs and serve on committees and in leadership positions.

Campaign for good candidates who have real character and who will only vote or administrate according to the U.S. Constitution.

Write editorials for your paper, websites, and blogs.

Run for office.

GET ACTIVE AND BE WILLING TO SERVE
• Petition your federal, state, and local governments
Phone them
Visit them
Send them E-mails
Send them letters
Send them petitions with signatures
• Attend every event you can
• Volunteer at events
• Make posters and signs, greet people, do whatever needs doing

BECOME KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EDUCATE OTHERS
Educate yourself on our history, our form of government, the history of other types of political philosophies, the political process in your area.

Inform, educate, and motivate your community, neighbors, friends, family

Invite them to attend events, Send them letters & e-mails, call them, invite them to visit web sites, open your house to your neighbors and friends to hear a speaker or review information.

Distribute flyers, put up posters in stores, hand out flyers and pamphlets on the street.

Organize a group to work together doing these kinds of things.

STAY FOCUSED AND STAY IN THE GAME! This is not a one time pep rally or a short term effort. We have to push until we have completely won. We have to continue to sacrifice until our country is restored.
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THE MISSISSIPPI TEA PARTY PRESENTS:
“Governing by Principle” by
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
March 29, 2007
Governing Principles

1. Government exists to protect rights, not to create them.

2. The legitimate power of government begins and ends with the people, while its authority comes from the Creator.

3. Just because a problem exists doesn't mean government should try to solve it.

4. Long-term and cumulative consequences should be considered more carefully than short-term benefits.

5. Government has nothing to give anyone except what it first takes from someone else.

6. Individuals are ultimately responsible for governing themselves and for the consequences of their decisions.

7. Free enterprise, not government, is the engine of personal economic prosperity.

8. The free market should not be distorted by government-designed dictates or advantages.

9. Government has a responsibility to protect the foundational institution of society: the marriage based, two-parent family.

10. Parents, not government, are responsible for the education and upbringing of their children.

Principles provided by: Mississippi Center for Public Policy
http://www.mspolicy.org

Adopted and Promoted by: The Mississippi Tea Party
www.MSTeaParty.ning.com

To read MCPP’s book on the 10 Principles please go to:

http://www.mspolicy.org/mcpp_reports/mcpp_reports_view.php?entryID=105

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Were you confused on the recent events in the MS legislature regarding the 10th amendment? Below is a concise explanation of how it has gone through the legislature and where it is now.
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In drafting the U.S. Constitution, our founders were concerned about the federal government collecting too much power. The solution that was reached was to limit the authority of the federal government to only those powers specifically named and to divide or separate those powers among the three branches provided for in the Constitution. Among the safeguards included in the Constitution were the 9th and 10th amendments, contained in the Bill of Rights.

The 9th Amendment addresses the rights of the people that are not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and says:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people."

The 10th Amendment addresses the rights retained by the states and the people and says:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Since the 1930's, all three branches of the federal government have been steadily working to erode the rights promised under the 9th and 10th amendments. As the federal government has become larger and larger, the freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution have been compromised. In the past year, the federal governments expansion into areas not authorized by the Constitution have dramatically increased, threatening the continued survival of our nation and our way of life.

In response, at least 35 state legislatures have introduced resolutions affirming the 10th amendment and requesting that the federal government cease infringing upon the constitutional rights of the states and the people. Many of those state legislatures have also affirmed the importance of the 9th amendment.

Mississippi is among the states considering similar resolutions. On Thursday, May 7, 2009, the House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Resolution 69, which affirmed Mississippi's 10th amendment rights. Unfortunately, in passing the resolution, the Mississippi House of Representatives permitted several amendments to the resolution which took away from the purpose of the original resolution and some which actually contradict the 10th amendment. The passed version of H.C.R. 69 sends mixed signals to Washington and is bad legislation. Prior to closing the session, a motion to reconsider H.C.R. 69 was made, but that motion has not been voted on yet. Since the motion to reconsider is still pending, H.C.R. 69 has not been transferred to the Senate.

On the same day that H.C.R. 69 was passed, the Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 630. S.C.R. 630 affirms the importance of both the 9th and 10th amendment and was passed without harmful amendments. S.C.R. 630 has been transferred from the Senate to the House. In order for the House to vote on S.C.R. 630, the House Rules committee will have to allow it out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Even then, S.C.R. 630 will face an uphill battle as those who proposed and voted for the harmful amendments to H.C.R. 69 may try to vote in those same amendments to S.C.R. 630.

The Mississippi Tea Party supports the passage of S.C.R. 630 and can make a difference in this fight. We need to be letting our representatives in the House hear from us, particularly those members of the House rules committee and those members who voted for the harmful amendments to the H.C.R. 69. In the coming days, we will be posting sample correspondence and talking points, along with the names and contact numbers of key representatives. Please check back and make a point to commit to letting our representatives hear from you. In all of your contact with members of the legislature, please be respectful, but firm in your conviction. Remember that today's opponent can be tomorrow's friend!
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Mississippi: Democrat Pastor Accuses Cochran Campaign of Paying for Votes

A black Mississippi pastor has emerged to claim Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign paid “thousands” of Democrats $15 each to vote in the June 24 GOP runoff – and that he was part of the scheme.Rev.…Continue

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Mark Mayfield

Very sad.  So much of a loss.  I just can't believe that such a good man was put through so much.Continue

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Write-In McDaniel Name on fall ballot

 Can we get a movement going that will have McDaniel's name as a write-in candidate in the fall election? Is this the only way we can get Chris elected over Thug Cochran?

Posted by Paul Treuting on August 13, 2014 at 6:38am

Watching From Michigan

We are watching from Michigan. What you are doing is important and keep up the good work. Your friend Fudd

Posted by nefty norm on July 16, 2014 at 6:31am

My email this morning to Cochran

My email this morning to Cochran:

Thad, I've been a supporter of yours for many years but not any more.

Mississippians are EXTREMELY disappointed in you!

There is no more "the Honorable" Thad Cochran in the way you conducted this election having to stoop to liberals and democrats to pull it off. Face it, you lost the Republican election. You had to bring in democratic voters to keep your job! Mississippi…

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Posted by Richard Dobbins on June 26, 2014 at 9:50pm

There must be a consequence

"The circle is now complete.  Join me and we will rule together as father and son."

Darth Vader

The GOP has handed Childers a prewritten campaign;

1) Cochran is too old, and his mental acuity is lacking

2) The Mississippi conservatives are racist

3) The Mississippi conservatives did not want Cochran, so they went Democrat

And on and on.  But one thing is clear.  The GOP had no problem branding me, and you, and everyone else as…

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Posted by jimmy glover on June 26, 2014 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

Michael Bloomberg Huge Donation to Support Mississippi’s Cochran Campaign

Michael Bloomberg Huge Donation to Support Mississippi’s Cochran Campaign

by Absolute-News.com

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the pro-Thad Cochran super PAC “Mississippi Conservatives” in late May, Federal Election Commission (FEC) …

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Posted by Richard Dobbins on June 14, 2014 at 9:19am

 
 
 

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