Thursday, March 24, 2016

Democrats slam Speaker

The Democratic Caucus of the Mississippi House of Representatives issued the following statement:

House Democratic Leader Gives Statement on Speaker Gunn’s Repeated Refusal
 to Follow Bipartisan Agreement

(Jackson, MS) – House Democratic Caucus Leader David Baria issued the following statement regarding Speaker Philip Gunn’s refusal to adhere to agreed upon promises for debate and discussion in the chamber:

I want to clarify for the public 2 important points regarding the activities in the Mississippi House yesterday.

1. The reason that members of the Hinds County delegation were requesting that bills be read is very simple-- the Speaker broke his promise to them that the Jackson Airport takeover bill would be killed. I expect that bills will be read again today. The House Democratic Caucus supports the Hinds County delegation on this important issue.

2. The other point of clarification has to do with the rule on Points of Personal Privilege. As you are aware, we negotiated a deal with the Speaker to restore the rule with slight modifications. During the negotiations the Speaker came to me with a proposal to restore the rule, but only recognize members at the end of the day. I told him that we would not accept having to wait until the end of the day. After a few days in which he contemplated our position, he agreed and offered a 10-minute time limit instead. We agreed to the time limit and reached a deal on a new rule. The Speaker also represented to us that while we were removing language from the rule that made the personal privilege a precedent motion, he would not make members wait until the end of the day.

Yesterday, when a member sought recognition for a point of personal privilege the Speaker said he would not recognize him until the end of the day. When the member was recognized he questioned why he had to wait all day when the rule did not require it. The Speaker responded that because certain language had been removed from the rule he had the discretion to refuse to recognize a request for a point of personal privilege until the end of business. This is clearly a breach of our agreement reached only a week ago.

I have expressed my profound disappointment on these 2 issues to the Speaker in a personal letter. Unfortunately, his actions have made it much more difficult to work together as trust is such an important factor in conducting the business of the House.


Anonymous said... mean ole' Republicans!!

Anonymous said...

Phillip Gunn is a joke. I remember his same tactics on the beer legislation. No honor.

Anonymous said...

Gunn is pretty wishy washy on a few huge issues. I would not take his word unless it is in writing and you can throw him under a bus if he breaks his word.

Anonymous said...

They pull out all the stops for the airport because they know the courts will eventually uphold the legislation.

Anonymous said...

Booty from a distance

Anonymous said...

The pull out all the stops for the airport because they know the state and the city will each spend millions of dollars on the legal fights and the courts will never uphold the legislation.

Anonymous said...

Don't have the votes to beat the Speaker in the House? Take the fight to the media. In the end it's all just a fart in the wind.

Squeezes One Off said...

Being exposed publicly as a liar and a scoundrel among peers is anything but a fart in the wind. The only person in either chamber who would simply laugh-off a letter of this compelling magnitude would be Steve Holland. When it comes to spineless scoundrels, he has no equal. To Holland, this would be a midnight fart in a funeral home.

Anonymous said...

Gunn is not known as an honest man. One thing, he had the taxpayers spend millions more than necessary to make sure the DOR moved to Clinton. Good for Clinton, bad for Mississippi taxpayers. Lets see if he supports the Senate bill that prohibits politicians from spending campaign contributions for personal reasons.

Anonymous said...

Note to're not in power any longer. Your chair is in a corner at the back of the room. Take a seat and shutup.

Remember Billy McCoy?

Anonymous said...

There is no honest politician. Grown people should already know this.

Anonymous said...

3:06. that's not true. the clinton option was the least expensive.

Anonymous said...

As a Republican, I hate to see Philip Gunn run the Mississippi House in much the same way that Harry Reid ran the U.S. Senate. The majority party is not there to run roughshod over the minority party. That does not make for good legislation, good policy and good will. At the end of the day, if the majority party has the votes to pass or defeat a bill, then so be it. But the process should follow proper procedure until it gets to a vote -- none of this "sit down, shut up and deal with it" is necessary. And just because Democrats, like the truly terrible Billy McCoy, acted like that when they were in control doesn't make it right. Republicans should be better than this

Anonymous said...

As a Republican, I hate to see ...

Your anonymous self-affiliation means nothing.

Anonymous said...

6:06 - As does your anonymous self-affiliation.

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