Saturday, June 8, 2013

Hey Sen Lautenberg, say hello to the term limits movement

The death of US Senator Frank Lautenberg(D-NJ) got me to thinking about how long Senators stay in office and I found some mildly surprising news after a little research. When the new US Senate convenes in January 2015 at least seventy seven of the one hundred members will have served fourteen or less years in the US Senate. On the democrat side of the aisle only eleven members(Leahy,Reid,Mikulski,Boxer,Feinstein,Murray,Wyden,Durbin,Reed,Landrieu and Schumer) will be left that were elected prior to 2000. With the exception of Pat Leahy(1974),Barbara Mikulski and Harry Reid(both in 1986) the entire democrat caucus in the US Senate will have been elected in the Clinton,Bush and Obama years in the White House. Its pretty much the same on the Republican side as well where they will have 12 members(that could change depending on elections and retirements)who were elected prior to the year 2000. All but six of their Senators(Hatch 76,Cochran 78,Grassley 80, McConnell 84, Shelby and McCain were elected in '86) have come along in the Clinton, Bush and Obama years.  Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe is the only one left from the 1994 GOP landslide. Pat Roberts from Kansas,Jeff Sessions from Alabama,Susan Collins from Maine and Mike Enzi from Wyoming were elected in 1996 and Mike Crapo from Idaho rounds out the pre 2000 gang...he came along in 1998. All these retirements and deaths of Byrd,Inouye,Kennedy and Lautenberg have pretty much taken the steam out of the term limits movement in this country...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Biloxi Blues!

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant(R) is now behind a plan to build a new baseball stadium in Biloxi that would house a double A minor league team. Most people feel that the team thats moving there is the Huntsville Stars. The Jackson Generals in Jackson, Tn have and will likely always be at the bottom of the minors in attendance because of their market size. So its only natural to think that their a leading candidate to relocate but the Generals owners have a good working relationship with the city and are taking an active role in building a new hotel near the stadium there in Jackson. Thats why its unlikely they will be relocating anytime soon in my opinion. The Huntsville Stars though are a different story...there owner has a pretty bad relationship with Huntsville's Mayor Tommy Battle and city leaders. There are rumors that he even refuses to take phone calls from Mayor Battle. Which is not a good sign if your a fan of minor league baseball in Huntsville. This also doesnt bode well for Tupelo's hopes of getting a minor league team anytime soon. There was a group from Tupelo who inquired about the Huntsville Stars last summer but it didnt go anywhere. Their more suited for a single A team in Tupelo but those teams are kept more on the east coast and across the Mississippi river. So its unlikely they'll be landing a team in that league anytime soon in Tupelo.