Saturday, May 22, 2010

Methodists get saved by a corporation and other news from the valley

The Methodist backed Lambuth University in Jackson, Tn was saved yesterday after an eventful week in which it looked like Lambuth was on the verge of closing its doors. But according to the school's President an eleventh hour agreement with an unnamed corporation was worked out yesterday that will enable the school to stay open. No official word yet on the details of the agreement but the infamous word on the street has it that the school will no longer have an affiliation with the Methodist church. I saw former FOX news contributor Angela McGlowan nailing up her campaign signs to utility poles this week in northeast Mississippi. I'm not a betting man(especially when Im in Alabama...hehe) but what do you want to bet that dear old Angie will fly back to New York and beg Roger Ailes for her job back and leave her sorry looking signs nailed up to utility poles across the first district long after she get''s her expected drubbing at the ballot box on June 1? Danny over at his blog the political parlor, is reporting that Alabama Attorney General Troy King(R) is now trailing "Big" Luther Strange(R) by a wide margin in internal polls for the GOP primary thats coming up on June 1. This will be great news if it happens. King has not only been dogged by gay rumors but most importantly he has often made important issues concerning the safety of Alabamans more about him than it should've been about the public. So it will be a good thing if he goes down in ten days. One final note and that concerns the primary over in Arkansas. It will not shock me at all if Lt Governor Bill Halter defeats US Senator Blanche Lincoln in a few weeks. He performed much better last Tuesday than a lot of the public polls showed him doing. To come within two points of defeating a non scandal plagued incumbent US Senator in a primary speaks volumes about just how vulnerable she really is. So my guess is she will probably lose next month to Halter in the runoff and then Halter will lose by a wide margin in November to GOP nominee John Boozman.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Former President Bush (43) coming to west Tennessee!

Former President George W Bush who served from 2001 to 2009 in the White House will be Freed Hardeman University's featured speaker at their annual scholarship dinner this December in Henderson, Tn. Last December the University set a record by bringing in a little over $1.1 million at the annual scholarship dinner that featured Mike Huckabee as its main attraction. I'll go out on a limb here and predict they'll break that record this December. The University is a conservative school and if I'm not mistaken. I recall hearing of a poll conducted on campus in 2004 that showed a staggering 95% of the students and teachers voted for Bush/Cheney that year. So Henderson, Tn will probably be packed when President Bush comes to town.....

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Weekly round up

Its been a so so week for GOPers across the deep south. First with the very bad news. It seems a pretty prominent GOP county commissioner down on the Alabama coast is a murder suspect in the death of an attractive real estate agent in the Mobile area. Commissioner Stephen Nodine(R) was named the prime suspect yesterday by the local police chief where the death occured. I can't find a picture online of the real estate agent to link to but I'm surprised that this hasn't made national headlines yet. Because the agent was a pretty attractive blond and we all know how the media loves cases of beautiful white women who come up dead in a questionable manner. Mr Nodine was once considered a rising star in the Alabama GOP but that star has long since faded. Now to the good news. The party switching democrat over in Mississippi turned out to be State Rep Scott Bounds(R). His switch this past Monday gives the Mississippi GOP their largest ever caucus in the State House at 50 members but the bad news is there still 12 short of having a majority. In other news from around the deep south this past week. I had a GOP state senator mention to me to be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a possible party switch to the GOP from a current black democrat senator. This black democrat senator is unhappy with the way the national democrats in Congress and the White House are running the country and he's been receiving a lot of heat from the conservative leaning church that him and wife attend to switch to the GOP. So we shall see. Back in my old home state of Tennessee there was a little political news. Joe Ford easily defeated his main challenger in the democrat primary for Shelby County Mayor. He now goes on to face Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell(R) in August . He easily won the GOP primary for County Mayor. We'll see how this turns out in August but the last time one of the infamous Ford brothers in Memphis took on law enforcement. It didn't turn out so well, as we all know. Thats about all the political news I heard while traveling this week. The coming weeks should be fun. There's intense rumors in Montgomery, Al that a grand jury could issue indictments at any time which will result in a good number of legislators being arrested for corruption charges in regards to the gambling lobby in that state.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Who will it be?

Never let it be said that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour doesnt love building suspense. His office sent out an email blast yesterday saying their will be a huge party switching announcement on Monday from a democrat in the legislature. The announcement really won't change anything. The GOP essentially runs the state senate now even though they dont have a numerical majority and in the house it will only get them to 50 seats(which would be a record)but they'll still be 11 short of a majority. About the only thing this looming party switch will do is provide the GOP with a little more momentum as they head into the fall elections.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Political roundup in the deep south

Louisianna Governor Bobby Jindal(R) made news this week in another way besides the very public debacle concerning the historic oil slick approaching landfall in the gulf region. He appointed Scott Angelle(D) to replace the outgoing Lt Governor Mitch Landrieu(D) who plans to resign next week to become New Orleans Mayor. Mr Angelle only plans to serve in this post though until an election is held in November for this post. Current Secretary of State Jay Dardenne(R) is running in that election and is considered a heavy favorite to win that post for the rest of Landrieus current term which ends in January 2012. Alan Nunnelee(R) has hit the airwaves and the billboard circuit across north Mississippi over the past week. He's running in the GOP primary this summer hoping to be the nominee to face vulnerable Congressman Travis Childers this fall. You really cant miss his billboard on highway 45 north coming out of Tupelo. I just hope he removes it shortly after he wins in November. Some pols like the 2002 Lt Governor nominee Bill Armisted(R) in Alabama have an extremely bad habit of leaving the billboards up for years after an election is over. Not much going on in my former home county of Hardin County, Tn when it comes to there elections so far. I drove through there last night and there are hardly any yard signs up yet. Hardin County though usually waits until the heat of the summer kicks in before they flip out over the various pols. We do have a lot of county elections coming up this Tuesday in Tennessee. In west Tennessee its been relatively quiet except for Shelby County and Henderson County. Most of the hoopla in Shelby involves one of the infamous Ford's who lied his way into becoming a prominent political post in Memphis and in Henderson County, it seems the FBI is on the verge of arresting the current Sheriff. If I didnt know any better Id swear I was having a Lost type flashback to the 1980's after writing that previous sentence. But unfortunately its all to real. By the way, speaking of Lost. I was in "Sawyer's" hometown of Jasper, Al. the other day and I saw this one lady who was handing out fliers at the courthouse inviting fans of Lost to her house for a Lost party on the night of the series finale three weeks from tomorrow night. One of the many things that have puzzled me about this show is why in the world did they pick Jasper, Al. as Sawyer's hometown. But anyway back to the lady at the courthouse. I kindly told her I didnt live anywhere near Jasper but if she could get State Senators Charles "boom boom" Bishop and Lowell "leadfoot" Barron to come. Then I would make the two hour drive just to be in the same room as them on a Sunday night. One final thing concerning politics and its another FBI related story. A handfull of legislators in both parties in Alabama have been subpoenead to testify before a grand jury next week that is investigating alleged bribery over the bingo bills that were in the legislature this year. I don't know what to make of this story. You would think if it was serious then the FBI would've took the route they did in Tennessee in 2005 and kept all this out of the press until they were ready to lower the boom on everyone. But we have different people in charge of the justice department now so it could just be a case of them employing a different tactic to get their indictments. We shall see. Theres never a dull moment in deep south politics. There's always someone having an affair, stealing or doing something criminal.....