Thursday, May 7, 2015

Moak: The Dems will rise again

State Representative Bobby Moak (D-Two Sisters) sent out this call for help yesterday:

In 2011 Democrats barely lost control of the Mississippi House of Representatives to Republicans. With 122 total members, we lost the House by only 5 seats – and, in fact, by approximately 1,100 votes statewide. The polls and the data we are looking at show us that NOW there is opportunity for Democrats to regain the House during the 2015 General Elections. Here is how.

The Math
There are 43 Republican and 40 Democratic seats guaranteed election this year since there is no competitive general election taking place in them. That leaves 39 seats to be decided in November. Of those 39 seats we have recruited strong Democratic challengers in the 23 Republican seats where our chances are the greatest. There are only 8 Democratic incumbents being challenged. 2 of those are considered safe and the remaining 6 are favorable to Democrats. The remaining 8 seats are new or open districts and 3 of those are safe for Democrats as well. This puts us at a distinct advantage, so much so that recently Republican Austin Barbour conceded that "the House is in play."

We need your financial support to press this advantage. Can you donate $10 today?

The Issues
During the past three years Democrats in the legislature have pushed positive issues like funding education, supporting healthcare and creating real jobs through infrastructure development. And we have shined a light on the corrupt practice of awarding contracts from state government coffers to special friends. Democrats own the high ground on these issues and the other side knows it. In poll after poll we see voters favor our position.

How We Win
The campaign math works for Democrats if we get your help to deliver our message on these issues. If we are able to put the Mississippi House of Representatives under leadership that is supporting good public policy instead of party agendas we all are the better for it. But we need your help to win.
We need your financial support. A little or a lot, it all adds up and will be put to good use for the sole purpose of electing our candidates. Please be a part of our winning strategy, because we can’t do it without YOU!

Please click here to donate today.

Rep. Bobby Moak
Democratic Leader
Mississippi House of Representatives

P.S. We will win because we are running one of the most sophisticated operations in the history of Mississippi politics. Please help us continue to do this by making a contribution today.


Anonymous said...

What's the difference in where we are today vs. 40 years ago?? We've got more arguing going on between the chambers, we are still last place in just about every catagory BUT we are one of the safest places for guns in America. Thanks Phil, Tate and Phillip for your leadership. And before you trash this post, name one area that we're better off in than twenty five years ago before Fordice.

Anonymous said...

The counties that are run by Republicans are in good shape. But you can't help people who would rather live off the government, keep having children out of wedlock, and then vote for Kenneth Stokes.

Anonymous said...

Wrong answer 10:31, I'm an R and it sounds like you are as well. We don't elect Phil, Tate, and Phillip to make sure there are 15 affluent counties in the state. We elect them to lead the state and help the areas that need the help. I have never heard one of these guys actually stress helping us rise from the bottom. Guns, yes. Trash teachers, yes. Talk tough, yes. That's all this crowd does.

Anonymous said...

The RINOs running the show are no different than the Donkeycrats. If the Republicans lose the House it will be of their own hubris. Campaign promise after 2011 campaign promise has gone unaddressed.

Anonymous said...

11:19 15 affluent counties? Where? Did you mean cities? Even then, where? Madison and Ocean Springs are the last and only great white hope left for this State. The 2% of the population that actually owns the businesses, land and support 63% of this State which gets, expects and enjoys their check. The day is soon coming when that two percent becomes one. Then who pays the bills? It sure as $h!+ won't be "everyday" people or democrats.

Anonymous said...

12:20 while a tad bit melodramatic, your point is well taken. So, my point is some of us believe that political leadership could have helped get that number to 3 maybe 4% in your example. Don't you believe they could have or can?? Have they even lifted a finger to do that?? NO

Anonymous said...

We should be so lucky as to get another Mississippi Governor as strong as Kirk Fordice! We have not had a governor of his caliber since his last term and certainly will not for the next four years. Even though we have a so called Republican in the Office of Governor who will obviously be re-elected, he fills a chair and nothing more. Mississippi could have a trained monkey in that chair and we would still see the same result.

Anonymous said...

How often I have thought of Gov. Fordice recently. He made national headlines with the statement "This is a Christian Nation and don't you forget it!" If he could hear the heathen rave now.

Anonymous said...

8:50 - how about a few areas.

Lamar County
DeSoto County
Lee County
Lowndes County
Madison County
Lafayette County

Anonymous said...

8:50 we actually have less arguing going on than just five years ago. You must have an awfully short memory of Speaker Billy McCoy's reign with his band of idiots - some of whom are still there but the noise they are making is less than a tree falling in a forest.

To go back to your 1975 era, no comparison. Only part of the state that is in worse shape than then is the Delta. And that same area is what causes us statistically to be at the bottom of many measurements.

Yes, we need a solution to the poverty, housing, lack of education, etc in the Delta. So far, haven't seen anyone coming up with real solutions yet. Yes - many 'programs' for spending more money, and none of them has helped. Do you think that Phil, Tate, Philip -- or any other leader for that matter - can solve the problems that exist because of decades of poor leadership in the 75 years prior to your measurement stick of 1975.

Anonymous said...

Moak makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

Fat Bobby: The Dark Knight Rises

Saltwaterpappy said...

To all of you who are longing for a return to the days of Captain Kirk Fordice, I must respectfully disagree. I am a 61 year old life long Conservative and Republican. At no time in my adult life do I recall a MS governor who served, acted, and behaved with such ineptitude and hubris as Mr. Fordice. Looking back, he reminds me of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney rolled up into one miserable person. He always seemed to be upset at events and with those around him. The only thing that saved his administration from being a complete disaster is the fact that Captain Kirk did have the good sense to hire Andy Taggert to serve as his first chief of staff, and when Andy had finally had enough, the Captain followed by appointing Mark Garriga. These two fine attorneys served double duty as the political firemen who were charged with putting out the media fires that Mr. Fordice was constantly fanning with his gaffes and pissy, mean-spirited comments. Only Jesse Ventura, while serving as the governor of Minnesota, made a bigger and worse ass of himself than the Captain.

Anonymous said...

The 2% aren't supporting the 63%!

Our federal and state and county and local taxes are a small percentage compared to the federal monies coming into this state!

More than a few of the upper 2% in Mississippi would be middle class in other parts of the country so yes, you are hurting the worse because you are the most at risk.

Yet, to my astonishment, those in the bottom of that 2% don't seem to know it and support policies that will increase your economic risk and burden.

I also pay federal and state taxes in 4 other states by the way.

I'm not bitching about paying taxes. My concern is how badly my tax dollars are spent as well as corruption throughout our economic,political and social systems.

History tells me that my privilege will disappear if the hordes storm the gates because of greed and corruption!

History also tells me that noblesse oblige works!

There will always be lower classes, and poverty and crime and external threats. The trick is to not let greed and hubris and prejudices keep us from keeping those threats at bay. And, not to let the politically ambitious use our fears and character flaws to manipulate us.

But, I'm not hopeful. We are in the process of repeating some of the worst economic, social and political mistakes in all of history. The 12-14th centuries should be particularly instructive!

Anonymous said...

The Republicans redistricted after the last elections. More black seats but fewer Democrat seats. I look for the R's to pick up a few seats.

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