When I hear stories like the one listed below it aggravates me to death in some ways. Here we have a county that saw the GOP sweep all the offices up for election last November and one that is very reliable for the GOP in presidential elections. But the good folks in one area of this county are screaming bloody murder because they are afraid the USPS is going to close their small post office(which by the way looks pretty old in the picture). I wonder how many of the residents of Ryland who have signed these foolish petitions went and voted for conservative candidates last November who made budget cuts their first priority if they were to win? It reminds me of a debate in Bemis, Tn a few years ago when a middle aged lady broke down in tears to a WBBJ reporter at the thought of that old post office closing. The problem there was that just a few miles down the road in downtown Jackson sat a brand new post office that had just opened. Oh and the lady who cried on TV had a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on the vehicle that she was driving. This is the problem with a lot of the rank and file republicans in this country. They can talk the talk but for some dam reason they can't walk the dam walk. Its very disappointing from this conservatives point of view. When this country collapses under its financial debt, if Im still alive I had better not hear one dam conservative in places like Ryland and Bemis say one thing to me about financial responsiblity.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
We have had three more senators in Lousianna in recent weeks switch to the GOP. That now gives the GOP a 23 to 16 majority in the Louisianna state senate. Next door in Mississippi its looking more and more likely that the courts will end up drawing the districts for the state legislature this year. House Speaker Billy McCoy(D) is refusing to send conferees to a meeting with the state senate to work out their differences over redistricting. By the way word has it that Speaker McCoy will retire from the legislature once the legislative session is over and the same goes for longtime democrat state senator Jack Gordon(D) as well.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This past Friday the Mississippi state house passed a redistricting plan and sent it to the state senate. As expected the plan passed by the house pretty much keeps the democrats in the majority in that chamber. Looking at the plan it looks like the democrats would retain the majority somewhere along the lines of a 69 to 53 seat margin. The plan now goes to the state senate which is controlled by the GOP. Their are rumors flying all over this weekend in political circles in the magnolia state that Lt Governor Phil Bryant(R) is going to over rule the plan that his redistricting chairman Senator Terry Burton(R) came up with last week and put his own plan on the floor early this week. Lt Governor Bryant's thinking on this issue basically comes down to this. If the GOP delays the issue for 3 more months then everyone would have to run under the old districts this November and indicators point to the GOP taking over the house under the current districts in the house and adding to their current majorities in the senate under both the Burton and Bryant plans. If that happens then the new GOP legislature would take control next January and presumably draw districts that would favor them for decades to come. Lt Governor Bryant is probably going to get hammered in the media if he does what is rumored this coming week. But as any politically astute person knows, redistricting has always been a partisan issue and will always be like that. Also some people forget that the democrats have been in control of the state house in Mississippi literally since the beginning of time so no one should really shed any tears for the democrats if Lt Governor Bryant prevails on this issue in the coming weeks and months.