Thursday, November 5, 2015

GOP really takes over the House

Mississippi Republicans will enjoy a super-majority in the House of Representatives. Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn issued the following press release:

Rep. Jody Steverson (D-Ripley) Switches Parties
Jackson, MS—Speaker Philip Gunn today confirmed that Representative Jody Steverson, a Democrat from Ripley, Miss., has joined the Republican Party.
“We are pleased with Rep. Steverson’s decision,” said Speaker Gunn. “His views and ideology closely align with those of the Republican Party.  We look forward to continuing our work together.”

Rep. Steverson is a business owner in Ripley, Miss. On Tuesday, he ran unopposed and was reelected to a second term.

“I am honored to join the Republican Party,” said Rep. Steverson. “I want to be a part of the progression of Mississippi. I’ve always been conservative in my voting record concerning social issues like Second Amendment rights. My views line up closer with those of the Republican Party. With this switch, I know I will be able to better help my constituents of Tippah County in House District 4.”

The 131st Legislative Session begins on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.


Anonymous said...

I am a Republican, but I feel that is wrong. He just got elected as a Democrat. Most politicians are for self rather than principles. If Democrats had won the House, would he have switched to the Republicans? Of course not. His values are for sale.

Anonymous said...

Well ok, whatever. The story that I would like to see written is about that big-deal so called "Mississippi Democratic Trust" headed-up by Brandon Jones, David Baria,and Bobby I really be livin in Madison Moak. They spent 30k to 40k apiece on 5 to 7 House candidates in winnable districts on direct mail with some northern VA Democratic mail shop, and word from the candidates is that the candidates themselves had to pony-up 7k of their own money to get the mail done and sent. Lotta good that did...

Anonymous said...

I am a Republican, but I feel that is wrong.

I'm sure the Democrat running against him in four years will appreciate a campaign donation commensurate with the size of your outrage.

thusbloggedanderson said...

The golden age commences; the problems Mississippi once faced will be no more.

Anonymous said...

I can understand people being upset with his switch, but the last sentence in his statement really says it all. I would bet his constituents would not mind that much if he can actually get some of his goals accomplished as a republican. He knew there was no way any of his goals were going to get accomplished with a disappearing democratic party. Republicans had better watch out though. With that much of a voting block they can't blame anything on democrats if things do not go well for the state.

Anonymous said...

Whatever party affiliation he has will have no bearing on his beliefs and character....but by aligning with the super majority, he certainly increases his influence, which helps his home district. Good politics by him.

Anonymous said...

@1:56- Democratic Trust is a joke. Their day is over.

Anonymous said...

seems to me this is a breach of faith with the voters. just because it's legal, it doesn't mean it's ethical. While I don't hold myself out to be an R or a D, I generally vote R.

It seems that the right thing would be if somebody wants to switch parties after they get elected then that person should be required to resign, and then have a special election. Otherwise, its taking office under false pretenses. we put people in jail for that, unless, of course, they happen to be politicians and don't think ethics rules ought to apply to them. just my two cents worth.

Anonymous said...

With that much of a voting block they can't blame anything on democrats if things do not go well for the state.

Affirmative. Republicans own it. Put up or shut up time. Will Gunn and Reeves step up or squander it all like Boehner and McConnell?

Anonymous said...

Let's make America great again!

Who Needs Math said...

The truck driver has now switched to R and will be taking on Finch in four years. Meanwhile, he's working on his GED.

Anonymous said...

Those switchers tend not to stay very glued to the party line votes. I mean, if you are just now switching, there's a good chance you are pretty much a died in the wool D believer that just wants to switch for expediency.

Anonymous said...

Look for a few others to switch as well..maybe Bain, Miles, and Horan in the House. Possibly Wilemon in the Senate.

Anonymous said...

He voted against the final tax cut bill. I wonder if he agreed to support tax cuts when switching parties?

Anonymous said...

The "tax cuts" were an election year gambit but you are too ignorant to understand the difference.

Anonymous said...

At least one DemLib who realizes his party is headed for extinction in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

The DemLibs in MS have now reached the level of comical. Listen to the speech by their Ag Commish candidate about a "hoe in every home". I would switch to out of shear embarrassment.

Anonymous said...

It never bodes well when one party controls government. It doesn't matter which party it is or what " principles" they claim to espouse, or what locality, state or country it is or what time in history it occurs.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Anonymous said...

Wilemon would be a good switch. So would Bain. I don't think that the House Rs would take Miles' phone call.

Anonymous said...

We welcome him with open arms and appreciate his standing and his vote for the individual and constitutional principles.

Rasmussen reported recently that the majority of people identifying themselves as Democrats believe socialism is a good thing. This is sad and dangerous. We either stand as a people for the Constitution, as written, or we go down the drain with Supreme Court legislation and Presidential edicts. Believe me, Federal trespass on your rights will also become State trespass on your rights.

So, may the 2016 session of the Mississippi Legislation go down in history as the body that accomplished sanity in spending and in education. Please scrap the MAEP as it is outdated and needs replacing. We do not need to go through another 42/42a struggle; we need common sense measures to consolidate, fund, and equip our schools to be student-centric instead of administrative-centric. The teachers' union should not prevail in our schools nor should national "libral think" be taught. Mississippi is unique and our students should be taught basics, as well as classical education, where needed. Those who do not want to pursue college should be educated for life and skills. This Legislative session can use a wide and secure brush to help return Mississippi to education that will produce creative, enthusiastic, and diciplined citizens ready to face careers and duties. I believe 2016 can do this.

Anonymous said...

Normally, 6:15, I would agree with you. But, in this instance, I see the possibility of saving another class of students from the iniquities of past legislation. You know, they might could even have a shot at cleaning up some of the nepotism. Doesn't have to corrupt; this power can be used correctly if we keep them accountable.

Anonymous said...

The party of Bubba Thompson rules!

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