Monday, February 16, 2015

Reeves announces re-election bid.

Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following press release:

Reeves files paperwork with GOP to run for Lt. Governor

Jackson, MS - Lt. Governor Tate Reeves was joined earlier today by his wife, Elee, and their three girls as he filed his qualifying paperwork at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters to run for re-election as Mississippi’s Lt. Governor.

After filing for re-election, the Lt. Governor offered the following statement:

“I feel honored and humbled that the citizens of Mississippi put their trust in me four years ago to serve as our state's Lt. Governor.  I’m proud that many of the conservative ideals and principles I ran on in 2011 have been realized in the form of bold, transformative legislation signed into law by Governor Bryant.  We've made great progress since the 2011 elections, but I am committed to working even harder in the next four years to make Mississippi the best place in America to raise a family and build a business.”

As reported in late January, the Lt. Governor started the year with $2.35 million on hand for his re-election effort.

Reeves’ campaign manager Garrett McInnis declared, “Tate Reeves is the proven conservative leader Mississippians can count on for the next four years.  We will employ a robust and extensive grassroots effort to communicate with Mississippi voters about all that Lt. Governor Reeves has accomplished.  His conservative vision for our state has led to meaningful reform to boost educational achievement, lower our debt burden and make Mississippi a safe place to raise a family.”
In his first campaign for Lt. Governor in 2011, Tate Reeves campaigned on the following:

• Protecting Mississippi’s families
  • The Senate passed the Mississippi Student Liberties Act which ensures students can express their faith in school, gives them the ability to organize faith-based activities and groups, and allows students to express religious viewpoints in their assignments.
  • In 2012 he led the efforts to pass the Child Protection Act, which requires immediate reporting of suspected abuse by healthcare practitioners, clergy members, teaching or childcare providers, law enforcement officers or commercial image processors when faced with reasonable suspicion that a sex crime against a minor has occurred.
  • In 2013, in response to the terrible tragedy in Newtown, CT, he successfully pushed a bill that would provide funds for armed law enforcement in our schools to prevent similar incidents.
  • In 2013, he supported allowing the state Department of Human Services to determine whether individuals enrolled in the federal Temporary Assistance for Need Families use illegal drugs.
• Protecting Mississippians’ constitutional rights.
  • He supported a 20-week abortion ban which will go a long way to protect the lives of the unborn and continue to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.
  • He has worked alongside the National Rifle Association(NRA) to  protect Mississippians' Second Amendment Rights by protecting the personal information of concealed carry permit holders, pushed a sales tax holiday for firearms and related hunting supplies, clarified the law allowing Mississippians to carry concealed carry permits and supported the Constitutional Amendment establishing a right to hunt and fish.
• Reducing the debt burden on the citizens of Mississippi.
  • Since that time Lt. Governor Reeves has led an effort to dig our State out of a $460 million hole – where the legislature used one-time money for recurring expenses. Now – the state has a balanced budget that only spends recurring revenue for recurring expenses.
  • The State has filled its rainy day fund to its statutory limit in case of emergencies such as the recent natural disasters.
• Passing education reform to raise academic achievement for all students
  • In the 2012 session, he successfully fought to change the school rating system to an easy-to-understand A-F system from a confusing seven-tier program.
  • In 2013, he led the push for school choice, including allowing for the establishment of public charter schools to provide children with an opportunity for success.
  • In the 2014 session, his teacher pay raise plan passed to raise teacher salaries by $3,500 by July 2015 and establishing the first merit pay program.
• Increasing efficiency and transparency in government
  • His efforts to limit new vehicle purchases by state agencies has saved about $23 million in taxpayer money.
  • He has proposed stricter laws on state contracting to tighten state contracting laws and increase scrutiny on government practices.
• Creating an environment that encourages the private sector to invest in jobs
  • He fought to reduce the inventory tax paid and improved the workers compensation law to make it fair for employers and employees. 
  • Mississippi’s unemployment tax has been reduced and is now the 8th lowest in the country.
  • This past week Tate Reeves proposed eliminating the antiquated franchise tax, reducing the tax burden on small businesses and phasing out the 3 percent tax bracket for individuals.


Anonymous said...

I surprised he's not running for governor.

Anonymous said...

We could use more Tate, less Pheel, and no Gunn.

Anonymous said...

Has he called out Alday?

Anonymous said...

Double Chili-Cheeseburgers for all! Between him and Haley its a race to eliminate all chins.

Triage Expert said...

Why should he call out Alday? Oh, wait, you're suggesting he should use Thad's gimmick to court the black vote?

Anonymous said...

3:57 It's all in the family. You'll vote who they tell you to vote for. You just get to chews the party.

Anonymous said...

PLEASE do not fall for his BS. YOUR senators are not allowed to vote for what's in their district's/your best interest because of this man. There is a group of about 30 senators who vote only the way Tater tells them-Terry Burton, Dean Kirby, etc. If they go against this dictator, there will have consequences to pay. We no longer have a democratic senate. We have a North Korea dictatorship and instead of Kim..., MS has Tate. PLEASE don't continue one more term of this guy. Our state needs and deserves better.

Anonymous said...

If you are right, then the democratic process will play out and the rest of the people in the state will see it as you do and vote someone else in his place. If not, then the tea party whack jobs that took a good thing (what the tea party was intended to be) and went postal and ruined their chances of ever being relevant.
Good luck beating Tate.

Anonymous said...

Based upon the conservative agenda the Senate has passed, I sure wish we had a dictator named "Tate" in Washington.

Anonymous said...

It's 8:44 again. Please understand this is not a tea party, Republican Party, Democratic Party issue. This is an issue of one person who has power and doesn't use that power for the betterment of the people of our state. He uses it to further HIS political career. Why do you think he has $2.5 million in campaign contributions? He intimidates people & forces them to do what he wants. If you're a senator who goes against him, he'll do a myriad of things: threaten to find (and support) an opponent to run against you, take away your chairmanship (if you have one), assign you to ineffective committees, &/or get his group to vote against something you are trying to get past. He is so full of himself & unfortunately we have a spineless senate (for the most part) that will not stand up to him. He is terrible. If the citizens of our state could see the real Tate Reeves & how he rules, trust me, they would send him to the house in a split second. He is not good for our state. One last thing-I'm not a tow the party line kinda person. I vote for an individual, not a party. Regardless of which party Tate says he represents, he truly ONLY represents the best interest of himself.

Anonymous said...

All these teabaggers complain about Tate but what has Pheel done? His agenda changes with the wind, his staff lacks any policy expertise, and he campaigned for Thad. Strange the teabaggers don't hate him like they hate Tate.

Anonymous said...

Do they have a Fenians in DC?

Anonymous said...

7:50 AM: This is what every Lt. Gov has done over a number of decades. Brad Dye did it, Briggs did it (famously stripping Dick Hall of his chairmanship after only one year); Musgrove, Tuck, and now T ate have done it. This kind of political heavy-handedness is sanctioned by the rules of the Senate, which are voted on by SENATORS and which is what gives the Lt. Gov such power. If the SENATORS have a problem with this, they can always vote to change the rules.

Most Tea Party rank and file are fine with Tate. He has been the most Tea party-ish of all state officials. His agenda is Tea Party. His record is truly conservative.

Anonymous said...

Run, Chris, Run!

Anonymous said...

@7 54
We tea baggers don't care for Phil either. He should never had endorsed Cochran and should have stayed out of it.
Tea baggers. Man your a clever soul aren't you.
What the heck are you a Democrat? That is terrible.

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