Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas by Candlelight Tour at Capitol today

Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves issued the following statement: 

The State Capitol will rejoin the annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour on Friday with music and a visit from Santa Claus, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. 

The Capitol was recently named as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of Interior. Portions of the Capitol were under renovation last year during the event. 

Music performances include “Christmas Jazz at Sunset” under the direction of Bob Davidson, director of Senate Legislative Services. The group features a rhythm section with horns and will perform in the Rotunda throughout the evening. Punch and cookies will be served.

The Capitol joins the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion, Old Capitol Museum, Manship House Museum, Eudora Welty House and Garden, and William F. Winter Building for the Christmas by Candlelight Tour. The sites will be decorated for the holiday season. Free transportation will take visitors from site to site, with parking available at the Old Capitol and the State Capitol. The tour begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m.

For more information about the 21st Annual Christmas by Candlelight Tour call 601-576-6800 or email


Anonymous said...

Tater prolly ain't got time to drop by for a quick howdy doo. However, bein' he's gonna be runnin for gubna an all, he might just spare
some time. After all, Tate and the others will get travel, per diem etc. if they decide to attend.

Anonymous said...

Damn 9:36, can't you drop your crap every once in a while? Besides the fact that half of what you say is wrong (they wouldnt get travel and per diem) this is a nice holiday event that involves a wide range of public, private and religious groups helping kick off what should be a joyous season for the entire metro area.

Your cynical and weak attempt at humor and trying to inject your politics into everything does nothing but show your ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with 10:05, a play on names gets really old and does not edify in any manner. 10:05 could easily check on some of the ridiculous claims made. I've been on these tours and they are great for children and adults.

Anonymous said...

10:05 AM
I am a former state employee and have attended these type of holiday events representing my agency. Any which envolved travel and/or hotel expenses were paid by the State of Mississippi, including the per diem.
"Nice holiday events", such as those you describe, will be attended by elected state officials far and wide. Don't think for a second that they will hesitate to take your tax $ in their travel, hotel and per diem.

I have no doubt that I am sometimes cynical and not really very humorous. I am a registered republican who believes that the
Lt. Gov. is playing a very negative game with his power. I may not be as smart as you, but on this issue I am not ignorant. It might not be all legal but it happens daily. The dept. of finance and administration is well aware it occurs.

Anonymous said...

Are you justifying your existence 10:28? By the way if you think that it is rediculous that Tate Reeves is running for Governor, by most appearances you are incorrect. Whether Reeves receives a per diem for the event, those reps. and sens. from outside if the Jackson city limits will, if they choose.

Anonymous said...

The Lt Governor does not get a per diem!

10:05 said...

11;53. Thank you. And he doesn't receive mileage reimbursement, although he is driven in a DPS vehicle. But no money to him as 9:36 claims.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. It's called lobbying, SLRP, free transportation, meals, flight travel and lodging. All in addition to his pay check, 11:53.
A per diem wouldn't cover all that. Most of these statesmen get a per diem and much of those "benefits" as well.

Anonymous said...

1:14 if you thin that he gets no $ other than a DPS vehicle, you are flat wrong. No matter what 9:36 referred to as per diem.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 10: 05. I think it is wonderful that Mr. Reeves and the rest are putting on this nice holiday event for all of us. I voted for him,
he is a good man to do this.
Thank you for publishing the invitation.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Obviously NONE of the earlier commenters have ever been to this event... Who give a rats ass about if Tate will be there or if he gets extra money or if DPS wipes his butt...

Get out and see these amazing sites decorated for Christmas! Awesome event for the entire family!!! Love that our State does this every year!!!

Anonymous said...

We should all go, no matter who takes credit for it.

Howdy Doo - I Ain't Tater.. said...

Any state employee authorized by his or her agency head does indeed get to charge mileage (travel) for all business miles driven in his personal vehicle and meal expense (per diem) for meals devoured while on state business away from his official work station.

Not sure what Tate's secretarial staff will charge off, but you can bet your sweet ass that politicians from all over the state will attend and make hay with the expense report they submit. Even when their meal is provided, or paid for by another party, or even when no meal at all is eaten, they have the flexibility to include a per diem meal charge on their expense report.

Don't give me your bull shit. I have experience with this system.

Anonymous said...

6:46 - obviously you have plenty of bull shit experience. Get over it. To be 'authorized' it has to be for official business, and going to a Christmas tour wouldn't meet the test. I am sure that your experience has taught you how to beat this system by lying about the purposes for your trip.

The truth of the matter is that you started this crap talking about LG Reeves, now you are talking about the LG staff. Hate to tell you but the Capitol is their assigned work place, so they can't collect that very coveted per diem and travel that you wet your bed over.

This is not an event for politicians but for the public. There will probably be plenty of government employees that will walk across a street or two to attend and enjoy the festivities. They will not charge mileage for their walk from the Sillers, or the Woolfolk, or the PERS building, I'm sure. Yes, they might leave their office an hour early to attend, and I'll even agree that they might not dock themselves for that hour.

Meanwhile, why don't you get off your state computer and get your ass back to work.

Anonymous said...

10:48 State employee and republican? I call bull. ALso you can't register as a republican or any party in Mississippi. Nice try play again later

Anonymous said...

There were/are many state employees who are republican.
I worked for the State of Mississippi for over 28 years.
I am registered and carry card with what was the referred to as The Naional Republican Party; originally founded 1825.
I said nothing about being registerd to vote Republican in Mississippi, as I often vote for candidates of other parties whom I believe more qualified for the job at hand.
I was not trying to play wth someone such as yourself as surely you are a smarter person than me.

Anonymous said...

Well 11:33, your statement that you are a "registered Republican" certainly implies 'registered to vote'. But as a good government employee, we'll let you off on that way to skate responsibility. But the so-called card that you claim to carry sounds like one of those that is sent out by the National Republican Party (others are sent by the State Party) to a massive mail list as a fund raiser.

But I would suggest that you try to get your $5 back - which I bet is about all you as a good, vote for anybody government employee would send in, assuming you sent something so that you can claim your registration as you do. Why should you get it back? Its obviously a counterfeit since there was no Republican party in 1825.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 - I'm sure you will have an answer for this little detail too so that you can continue your diatribe that all politicians spend their every waking hour trying to figure how they can claim an extra fifteen or twenty dollars of per diem and travel payments.

Anonymous said...

10:03 you could register for a party in the early to mid seventies. My brother did and still carries his proof in his wallet. Further proves the commentor is of retirement age. Lord help us all if Tate runs and is elected. There HAS to be someone else who can run against him that will help this State.

Anonymous said...

10: 03 is an argumentative jerk.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 4:50. Not in Mississippi. I registered in 1971 and it was not an option. Hasn't ever been. If your brother has proof of a voter registration by party in Mississippi, it is a fake. Truth is, he doesn't have it.

And, by the way, the fact that he registered in the early OR mid-70's does not prove that the commentator is of retirement age. If he registered in 1971,he could have been 18 (the law had been changed from 21 to 18 that year). If he was 18 in 1971, which is the earliest part of the 'early 70's', then he is 63 now, which is close to retirement eligibility. Move that to mid-70's and your proof is about as accurate as your claim of his registration by party.

Anonymous said...

4:28/7:11 PM

Is everyone a just plain untruthful in your book or are you just a know it all? If I prided my arguments on could have been, or that a real piece of paper someone states they have, doesn't exist, that would be a shame. In Mississippi we do have Rep. and Dem. " party primarys ", this often is the origination of the term "registered" in many of the minds of persons with whom I am aquainted.
BTW, this is 11:33, I am of retirement age. I do carry a republican card more as memorabilia received in 1973. I was mistaken as to the founig date and you are correct. I, however like other comments herein am well aware the representatives of this state take full advantage of all exter benefits unless they are new and honest. I saw this daily and know of several for eg. drive 25 miles, stay in nice hotels and eat fine meals at your expense. Many state employees "required to travel" supplement their salary by thousands $$ each year in this manner. This is not just $15/$20 extra and even if it were true and 2000 employees claimed the $20 only 5 trips for whatever purpose per yr. that is still $200,000. Certainly much more travel graft goes on yearly with the legislative branch, executive employees and state agencies large and small.
I am not in anyway suggesting that this legal but it happens often each day in govt. agencies.

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