Thursday, October 27, 2016

Meet JJ's top 50 beautiful people.

The beautiful people have spoken.  Y'all Politics rolled out its list of the 50 most influential people in Mississippi politics.  They had their fun.  Now it's time for JJ to have its fun as well.  Here is JJ's list of the top 50. Some are beautiful, some are not.

However, there are a couple of modifications made to this list.  Actual firms are included.  The beautiful people list did not mention anything about Lord Snow yet the Mississippi Rose is somehow missing from that list.  There are some other modifications as well but The Kingfish is not going to take the fun out of the game for you so you will have to figure them out for yourself. Here we go.

First of all. It must be assumed that whoever holds the real political positions are influencers.  Those would be:

1. First Consul Phil Bryant
2. Leftenant Governor Tate Reeves
3. Speaker of the House Eddie Munster
4. Lord Protector Jim Hood
5. Secretary of State Gibbit Hosemann
6-9: All four Congressmen
10:  Haley.  He still has it.
11-12: Both Senators
13-14: Appropriations Chairmen of both chambers.  They are the purse strings.  Nuff said.

So our list has shrunk from 50 to 36.  Who are those 36?  They are listed below in no particular order.

15. Grant Callen of Empower Mississippi.  He got out from under Forest Thigpen's wings, stretched his own and soared.  When you knock off several sitting legislators and help reform state education policy, you definitely have some stroke.
16. Clare Hester: The powerhouse of Capitol Resources Group.  While some lobbyists think its all about wining and dining, Ms. Hester and her staff run a mini-CIA and have a reputation for getting things done.
17. Steve Holley.  The leader of the bond cartel.  Look at every bond deal in Mississippi.  Mr. Holley's Government Consultants will appear on most of them.  He who controls bonds controls officials and governments.
18. Geoff Pender: His political reporting at the Clarion-Ledger is widely read.  His columns always provide new facts and can change the political debate at times.
19.  Andy Gipson.  A Chairman who runs the House at times.  1523 and gun bills can be blamed on him.
20. Josh Gregory and Quinton Dickerson of Frontier Strategies.  This earlier post says it all.
21.  Clyde Muse.  He gets what he wants and everyone leaves him alone. Period.
22. Haley Fisackerly (Entergy).  Young and proactive, he makes his presence known at the capitol.
23. Clifford Thompson & sons.  They know the legislation and procedures better than almost any other lobbyist (Rest assured, the ones on this list are all at his level.).
24.  Hu Meena of C-Spire.  Helped start the charter school movement.  They have to battle the likes of AT&T so Mr. Meena makes it a point to know the game quite well.
25. Chris Gouras.  Need at TIF? Want some sales tax rebate money? Need to make that pie in the sky development project reality? Chris is the man.  He makes the public-private partnerships work.  Politicians need him so they can make the schemes of their pet developers work - at least for the short term.  He who controls the purse strings controls the power and Mr. Gouras controls a few purse strings.
26. Lord Snow.  Perfect example is MDE.  Lord Snow represents the Board of Education.  Lord Snow represents vendors who have contracts with MDE.  Lord Snow is part of the Bond Cartel.  Lord Snow is connected to the Governor's office.
27.  George Malvaney: Quiet but connected.  He moves quietly behind the scenes, never tooting his own horn or making sure everyone knows who he is.  Specializes in helping those with MDEQ problems and is known for getting things done.
28: Paul Gallo of Supertalk (97.3 FM): GOP radio.  The mouthpiece for the Republican establishment.  The Governor, the Speakers, and other such guests appear on his show.  Nothing goes out without Davenport's approval.
29.  Beth Clay of the Clay Firm.  Look at the client lists of Clay, Hester, and Thompson.  Those client lists alone command attention from politicians.  However, you don't get those lists unless you are damn good.
30.  Baker-Donelson.  A platinum member of the Bond Cartel.
31.  Forest Thigpen of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.  Defender and creator of 1523.  Mr. Thigpen and his think tank provide the policy heft for many Republicans.
32.  Mayo Flint of AT&T.  Always a force to be reckoned with at the capitol.
33. Nancy Loome of The Parents Campaign.  The defender of the education faith.  She stopped charter school legislation in a Republican legislature in 2012.  She is the leader of the educational establishment and funded by Barksdale and Molpus.
34.  Marshall Ramsey.  What every politician fears: Becoming the subject of a Marshall Ramsey cartoon.  However, it is funny how many of them want autographed color replicas once they cool off.  His Facebook page is closely followed by more than a few people.
35.  Jay Moon of Mississippi Manufacturers Association.  MMA? Nuff said.
36.  Rick Barry.  Chairman of the Board for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.  Respected and feared at the legislature.  He is the power behind an agency that has the largest share of state employees.
37.  Balch & Bingham.  B&B is the bond cartel.
38.  David Baria: He is the leader of the opposition in the legislature.  Smart but arrogant, he makes the most out of a weak hand and isn't afraid of a fight.
39.  Mike McCormick of Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.  Want to make animal cruelty a first offense felony? Forget it.  He is the leader of the rural farmers in a rural state.  Ag is big bidness in Mississippi and Mr. McCormick does not just have a seat at the AG table, sometimes he is the table.
 40. Greg Snowden.  Phi Beta Kappa.  He is the brains of the House leadership.  More than a few people who criticize the House leadership give thanks he is there.
41.  Jim Barksdale.  The Governor hires one of his staff to be his Education Policy Advisor.  He funds Initiative 42 campaign.  He creates Mississippi Today.  Then there is Costco.
42. Worth Thomas.  He makes the most out of playing bad hands, the bad hands being his clients.  One of the few black lobbyists who can work with both GOP and Democrat leadership.
43. Dewayne Boyd of APAC. 
44.  Jason Dean of Tenax Aerospace.  Put "Aero" in anything and eyes are going to glaze over in awe at the capitol.  ;-)
45.  Derek Easley of the Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC).  Mr. Easley is the business community of Mississippi.  
46. Anita Lee of the Sun-Herald.  Old-fashioned gumshoe reporter.  Her investigative reporting has broken more than a few stories of public corruption and at other times completely changed the coverage on an issue.   
47.  Kenny the Elevator Operator (until they kill him, the bastards.) at the Capitol. 
48. Bobby Harrison of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.  He is the source of capitol news for most of North Mississippi.  He has practically a whole region of the state to himself. 
49. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs. Still one of the club even though he left the capitol. 
50. Mr. Sam.  You'd be surprised at how much he knows and who he talks to.  

Honorable Mention: Whoever the SAC is for the FBI office in Jackson.

Now that JJ has made everyone mad, fire away.

One note: Sad that there are no more representatives of the media on this list.  No one from TV.  Bert is missed. 


Burke said...

Modesty may forbid, but you failed to put yourself on the list.

Good picks for the lobbyists.

Sorry to see Gipson, but so it goes.

And you're hip to Steve Holley. He'll hate the publicity.

Kingfish said...

He-he, yes he will, won't he?

Anonymous said...

51. Steve Seale

Anonymous said...

Grant was influential last year, spending more money against republicans than any other group. That's s special.

Kingfish said...

Yes, some Desoto County GOP'ers who wore kneepads for Kuykendall. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

1:17 - Good to hear from you Steve. Know you and your ego are as hurt as Gilbert is that y'all didn't make it. Just like your alma mater, wait'll next year; or the year after.

Anonymous said...

Shout out to Kenny the elevator guy! Nice to know he is still there!

Anonymous said...

Desoto new legislators are the most disliked and least influential in the legislator. What a good move. If you would spend some time at the Capitol you would know this. And working against Ray Rogers has also got Mark Baker pisses off. You win some then you get hammered.

Anonymous said...

No mention of Mr. Fillingane better known as "I wag my finger at you Washington D.Ceeeeeeeeee."

Anonymous said...

Nice. Well done, KF. The YP thing was a circle-jerk joke. If it were serious, you would have to be on there. Your posts often times start the discussion around issues or change their direction. Thank you for your work doing real investigative reporting.

Anonymous said...

Bobby Moak certainly dignifies this distinguished list.

Anonymous said...

@ 2:34 must not have met Jay Hughes.

Anonymous said...

3:08, I have, and 2:34 probably has as well. Jay Hughes is 'influential' only to the extent of his own circle jerk. He carries no weight in the Capitol - but does about as good as his counterpart from the opposite corner of the state (Jackson County). You know, the 20 year old that has his own press secretary.

Anonymous said...

51. Judge Longwitz

Anonymous said...

By JJ's counting, he included almost two hundred in his top 50. So Steve Seale and Will Longwitz both don't make #51, as if they would have even if JJ could count.

The List Is Incomplete.. said...

I guess some people get off on being name-droppers. The man who composed this list is an example.

Jay Moon? Does the MMA still even exist? The last time I saw Jaw and that Perry Mason-Sidekick Hairdo, he was collecting money in a bucket for the Boy Scouts at Madison Kroger. Damn! That was six years ago.

51. Tom Head (He keeps Kingfish stirred up more than any other person in Jacktown.)

52. Steve Holland (The only man who can pick your pocket, sell you a purple-satin-lined casket and teach you to walk pigeon-toed all at the same time. That has to count for something.

53. Kaption Kangaroot - There has to be a spot for a man who has the ability to disappear.

54. The Chancellors of all the institutions of higher learning who took down or continued to refuse to fly the State Flag. Should this group all actually be tied for No. 1?

Anonymous said...

55. Burke and the couple of others that KF keeps on retainer to boost his standing. 'Your the greatest, KF'. "Beat them again, JJ.' "Modesty left you off the list, JJ." "Nobody does it better, Fish". Certainly this should have earned them a spot along with Kenny.

Anonymous said...

Who is Mr. Sam?

Anonymous said...

What's Hu Meena's connection to charters? I thought Forrest Thigpen was the godfather of charters in MS?

Anonymous said...

What about Philip Gunn???

Go Start You Own Gig Whiner said...

@7:06, no matter how you slice it JJ is #1!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your OCD; from one to another. Love ya man.

Anonymous said...

Baria Arrogant?????? next you're going to tell us the Pope is Catholic....

Honorable Mentions said...

What about the Black Diamonds gal on the billboard? Lawd at that fanny. She oughta be at least in the top twelve. And why was Rudolph Warnock overlooked. He's the wealthiest benefactor in Madison County with a Santa Claus gift list you can only dream of.

Anonymous said...

Josh Gregory and Phil Bryant together. That explains a lot.

Anonymous said...

Certainly should have named the main MS rainmaker of Balch - Ben Stone, master attorney at law

Anonymous said...

Says a lot about society that the vast majority of these people probably have terrible values, and some of them are probably pretty stupid, yet they're the most powerful people in our state. Kinda reminds me of high school, only bigger.

Anonymous said...

10:30, the state is run like a lot of grade school kids are in charge. We just wish it would rise to the high school level.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't impressed with that list at all. Seemed like a warped version of a high school who's who list. Kind of surprised KF didn't make the list, though.

Anonymous said...

Gallo is no more than a megaphone for Lurch and a few others. Has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative.

Anonymous said...

Do all the commentators on this post realize that the list here is JJ's, not the 'official' one? Not that the Alan Lange/Supertalk list has any more credibility, but it at least touches on a sense of reality.

Yes, 1:22, this is KF's high school who's who list; Ben Stone is not on the real list just like the bond lawyers that JJ has such a fascination with - thinking they actually control anything - including Steve Holley, JJ"s favorite.

Not promoting the actual list, but go back and reread the opening - this is JJ's attempt at humor - but just like this one the real "TOP 50" wouldn't include JJ either.

Messick said...

October 28, 2016 at 6:26 AM,

I believe you're referring to "Cinnamon", if she still uses that name.

Anonymous said...

Gallo is nothing but an attraction for ad sales. But over the past few months he (along with JT) have cost STalk a large share of their previous audience becoming nothing more than an "ALL TRUMP ALL THE TIME" promoter. In trying to play to what they thought was their audience it has actually lowered it. Considering everything, that is a good thing for all of us.

Anonymous said...

Alan Lange? A "sense of reality"? ROFLMAO

Anonymous said...

Gallo lost his audience when he went into the tank for Thad Cochran.

Anonymous said...

2:46 I was referring to the official list at 1:22, and I'm pretty sure other posters knew the difference as well.

Anonymous said...

October 28, 2016 at 3:14 PM

That's ok Chrissy. Go back and wrap yourself back in your blankie (flag) and keep writing about your alma mater's terrible actions. You and the millions and millions of your followers (just check your UCF report where the numbers speak for themselves) are probably excited over Gallo's travels over to your idiocy with today's nominee. Maybe in a couple of weeks both Gallo and JT can get their instructions from Feel's Folks on what to do next.

Anonymous said...

Is Gallo still on. I stopped listening back when every other word was pit bull. That was all I ever heard them talk about and they knew absolutely nothing about them. Sounds like the topic has changed but the knowledge is still the same.

Anonymous said...

The "official" top 50 was unimpressive; politicians, a couple of radio loudmouths, and some lobbyists. The future in Mississippi is very bright.

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