Monday, July 8, 2019

Jay Hughes: Small Towns & Transparency

Do you know the difference between a Northern Fairytale & a Southern Fairytale?

The Northern one begins:  Once upon a time . . .
A Southern one begins:  Y’all ain’t gonna believe this!!!
Having served in the Mississippi legislature four years, I can definitely say, “That ain’t no fairy tale!”
Transparency has left the Capitol, and it took Common Sense with it! I want to bring them back.  I won’t just have an “Open Door Policy,” I’ll take the door off the hinges!

I’m Jay Hughes, and I want to be your next Lieutenant Governor so that we can create a legislature where small towns matter again, where all eighty-two counties matter and democracy for all people means something.   I’m an active-duty military veteran, just like my dad. I believe in transparent and representative democracy, and I have a lifetime of experiences, as well as a public education, that will allow me to make Mississippi even better for everyone, not just the lucky few or well-connected.

Experience does matter! My experience is that instead of being born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I was born with a plastic spoon in mine – in a small town. My dad worked in the oilfield, and my mom had every job from working in a newspaper room to driving a truck, and she did it all with a CB radio, Marlboros, and a .44 magnum.

Every single day of my entire education was in a public classroom, including vo-tech during my junior and senior years of high school. To help my family and myself, I’ve worked as an oyster-shucker, carpenter, busboy, truck driver, waiter, security guard, and anything else that paid the bills, and then the student loans. I’ve also been a volunteer and a local alderman, which is kind of the same thing.

What is my agenda?  PEOPLE

It doesn’t matter what they look like, act like, or think like.  It’s just people.

That means PUBLIC education, healthcare, mental illness, and addiction recovery, and roads and bridges (instead of a sham special session).  These should be a priority in all 82 counties, and in all 250+ municipalities.

I don’t owe three million dollars’ worth of favors or a career of political promises. What I do owe is an honor to my Father’s good name and my faith.

My foundation is Matthew 25:40, and the least of these brothers and sisters.  Too many statewide elected leaders have forgotten this in Mississippi.

After 71,000 Mississippi miles on the campaign trail, I’ve received a big dose of reality:  The biggest divide is not between Republicans and Democrats - it’s between career politicians and working Mississippians.

These career politicians claim they believe in “local control,” but then get to the Capitol and have a case of dyslexia, thinking they need to “control locals.”  This means they do everything they can to avoid Home Rule and pass unfunded mandates every single year. 

I 100% believe in Home Rule  and Local Option – local authority for all municipalities!

I 100% support current annexation laws!

I 100% believe the sales taxes being collected from internet sales should go back to where they were collected!

If Amazon can figure out how to get a bag of dog treats to my front door overnight, then the Department of Revenue should sure be able to figure out which city my door is in!

Career politicians purposefully underfund our public schools so the school boards are forced to  raise local taxes and you get the blame. Career politicians talk about local control and then make local leaders and their lobbyist go to Jackson and “Kiss the Ring” just to get permission to do what the locals know is best for them.

The Small Municipalities & Limited Counties Population grant is critical and should be funded better – every year, not just election years.

Mississippi is “Small Town” America – 85% of all towns in Mississippi less than 10,000 residents, and over half of those have less than 1,500 residents.
Our small towns are hurting!

Imagine if we actually had Committee Hearings, in the open, and all bills being considered by them would be posted 24 hours before any meeting,  just like our local boards and counsels have to do.  And, all Committees, even Conferences, should have to meet in public.  Sunshine cures a whole lot of shenanigans. 

The bottom line is that I don’t believe leadership has respected in a long time what local officials deal with every single day – until it is an election year when the greatest acting in the world happens.

It’s time to deal with reality instead of spin!

It’s time to respect and serve all people, in all towns and all counties.  I pledge to do that.

Jay Hughes
It ALL starts with education!

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Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS