New Chairman takes the reins of MS Board of Education

Kelly takes over as chairman of Mississippi Board of Education

John R. Kelly has begun a two-year term as chairman of the state Board of Education.

Since 2007, Kelly has served as Gulfport’s chief administrative officer. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2011.

A Utica native, Kelly has worked as regional director for community and family support with Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida. He’s worked with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University and was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park campus.

Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University, a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a doctorate from USM.

Kelly succeeds Wayne Gann of Corinth as board chairman. Gann will serve on the board until his term ends in July 2015.

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Mississippi receives 179 unaccompanied children caught at U.S. border, report shows

Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data Thursday showing that sponsors in Mississippi received 179 of more than 30,000 such children nationwide from January 1 to July 7.

California, Florida, New York and Texas received the most children in the past half year, accounting for 46 percent of the children released to sponsors.

Nicole Webb, a spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Bryant had no immediate comment. Earlier Thursday, Webb said Bryant had no knowledge of any arrivals in the state. Bryant, a Republican, wrote to President Barack Obama on Friday demanding that Obama pre-announce plans to send immigrants to Mississippi and saying Mississippi would block transports.

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MS Conservative Daily: A Mississippian’s reply to Ann Coulter


In recent weeks we have seen two columns by “conservative” columnist Ann Coulter about the current controversy over the Mississippi Senate race. Allow me to finally reply to this opportunistic, money-grubbing Establishment hack masquerading as a conservative:

Ann, in your first piece on July 9, you condemned Senator Chris McDaniel for fighting against what is massive corruption and you slander his supporters as “clowns and nuts” and the “sore loser brigade” for backing him. You detailed many campaigns where Republicans had elections outright stolen from them, namely Richard Nixon, John Thune, and Bob Dornan, who took the supposed high road and did not challenge the results.

Yes, you are correct, those Republicans had elections stolen from them, and it’s quite likely that Romney was a victim as well, given some of the numbers in Ohio and elsewhere. But what happened, Ann? The Republicans did NOT fight back and, as a result, the Democrats (and the GOP Establishment) KEEP STEALING THEM and will do so as long as we stand idly by and let them. Senator McDaniel has decided to take a very courageous stand against this kind of politicking, the illegal votes, but also the awful Barbour-funded race-baiting that Mississippi conservatives had to endure for weeks in June. I haven’t heard one word from you about any of that. You must support those types of tactics. Shame on you!

In your column on July 23 I find that you are back at it again, smearing us for seeking to replace Cochran with a “slightly different Republican.” This simply shows that you know nothing about Thad Cochran or his atrocious voting record. I don’t have time to school you this evening so why don’t you do that important work on your own. Here is one suggestion: Peruse this site, read all the great information we have compiled, and learn something!

You write, “It doesn’t look great having alleged Republican activists claiming that any votes from blacks in a GOP primary were fraudulent.” Yes, many were fraudulent. More on that later.

“It so happens that Cochran has always won a fair portion of the black vote — and the Democrat vote.” Well, that’s because Cochran has had no serious opponent since Reagan’s first term. In fact, most of his opponents, if he had one at all, were unknowns, with no money, and no campaign to speak of. But answer two questions for me, Ann? Why did these same Democrats NOT vote for Cochran in the June 3 primary? And, with a serious Democrat on the ticket this year in Travis Childers, and with Chuck Schumer’s gang vowing to support him, do you honestly think those Democratic votes will be there for Cochran in November? If you do, then you are as ignorant as I thought you were!

“It’s really fantastic to have McDaniel supporters out there denouncing Cochran for getting blacks to vote for him,” you sarcastically write. Yet what you fail to understand is that we are denouncing the more than 10,000 ILLEGAL votes cast in the Republican runoff, those Democrats who had previously voted in the Democratic primary. It’s not a suppression of the vote to seek to keep folks from voting in BOTH primaries. In fact, it’s against the law here.

Yes, Ann, so far the McDaniel campaign says they have found that many illegal votes, and that’s without 22 counties that are refusing to allow any inspection (that should tell you a lot), which are probably the worst violators, so it’s probably a lot worse. If you really want to know what’s going on here in Mississippi, check out Chuck Johnson’s site – – and once again learn something!

Finally, you erroneously praise Cochran as a lifelong Republican, for always seeking black votes (news to us), for winning a House seat in a heavily black (no it wasn’t) and Democratic district (which was shifting Republican in 1972), replacing a segregationist Democrat in the Senate, and campaigning at historically black colleges since the 1970s (more news to us).

So, since you have absolutely no clue what you are talking about with Thad Cochran’s career, here are a few facts from a Mississippian that actually knows what’s going on:

Thad Cochran used to be a Democrat. He admitted in an interview in 2006 that he first voted for a Republican for President in 1968 when he cast his vote for Richard Nixon. Yet he still did not switch parties until he ran for Congress in 1972. In that same interview he said, “We had a congressman unexpectedly decide to retire and a couple of Republicans came to see me to ask me to run for Congress. I told them I wasn’t a Republican…”

Cochran has a long history of associations with segregationists, facts that he admits in his official Senate biography.

“As early as 1951, Cochran accompanied his mother as she drove through her hometown of Utica, and helped deliver door to door a campaign tabloid for the [Democrat] Paul B. Johnson, Jr. campaign for Governor. His father was a surrogate in the campaigns of Felder Dearman for Highway Commissioner and Jack Tubb for State Superintendent of Education. Cochran often traveled with his father and helped with voter registration for these campaigns.

“Later, Thad Cochran became active in other political campaigns on his own. He appeared on television for the first time to endorse Fred Thomas for Sheriff of Hinds County in 1967. He was Hinds County Chairman in Brad Dye’s successful race for State Treasurer, and he wrote talking points and issue briefs for [staunch segregationist] Charles Sullivan’s campaign for Governor in 1971.” (Cochran Senate Biography, 12/9/2013)

Cochran also opposed ending apartheid. For example, he voted to keep Nelson Mandela in jail, according to The Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Appallingly, Cochran refused to sign a Senate Resolution apologizing for failing to pass anti-lynching legislation.

Cochran has also given interviews to such magazines as Southern Partisan, which has been referred to as a “neo-Confederate periodical.”

In 1979, Cochran supported Jimmy Carter’s racist judicial nominee state circuit judge L.T. Senter. (The Washington Post, 11/30/1979; The Associated Press, 12/21/1979)

According to Project Vote Smart, Cochran is rated 0% by the NAACP.

These are what we call facts, Ann, and they are not in dispute.

Here are some more facts, Ann: We do not seek to suppress black votes. We do not seek to keep blacks from the Republican Party. We would love to see more blacks support the GOP because we have better policies, not because slanderous ads, illegal PACs, and unlawful actions scared them into doing so.

Twice now you have slammed a good man and a damn good conservative who happens to be a friend of mine, and trashed true conservatives in Mississippi as fanatics. I must say that I have been skeptical of you for years, especially when you called Tea Partiers frauds and supported Chris Christie for President, but now you have certainly shown me your true colors. You are not a principled conservative but just another Establishment hack, no different than Karl Rove or Mitch McConnell, or the Democrats you supposedly hate so much.

We, the true conservatives in this great nation, are fighters, Ann, which is obviously something you are unfamiliar with. You have shown yourself to be a Tory. Thank God you were not in Philadelphia in 1776! You probably would have argued that King George really wasn’t all that bad. Or that he was only slightly different than Thomas Jefferson, am I right?

We believe in fighting for this great country that we are losing by the day. We’ve had enough of cowardly Republicans, like you, who whimper at the slightest hand raised by Democrats. We are proud to stand behind a true conservative fighter in Chris McDaniel and God bless his efforts! But if you are not going to join our crusade, then do us all a big favor and shut up!

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Democrat candidate for Congressional District 1 caught padding his resume, claimed he was Army Green Beret.

Congressional candidate defends special forces claims

A Mississippi congressional candidate called out by the Special Forces community for describing himself as a Green Beret on the internet says he stands by what he has said, even if it should have been phrased differently.

Ron Dickey, running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican 1st Congressional District Representative Alan Nunnellee, was attached as a food service specialist with the 3rd Special Forces Group during Desert Storm while he served in the Army from 1990-1993. During 1991-1993, attached support personnel assigned to a Special Forces unit were authorized to wear the Green Beret.

“This happened over 21 years ago. At that time the Army had different standards, the Department of the Army issued me a green beret. Not only did they issue the Green Berets to those who choose to go through the training course to become a green beret,” he said. “It’s like the difference between a certified teacher and an uncertified teacher.”

Dickey, of Horn Lake, said the campaign workers who wrote his biography information didn’t understand the difference, but owned up to being the last say on what’s published.

“The people that did my bio didn’t understand the connection and generalized, but here in the last week people have asked for details and specifics on my military service,” he said.

His website and social media accounts are “run by my campaign. But I’m the ultimate decider of what gets put on and what’s taken off.”

Since the controversy started, Dickey has edited and removed most of the language referring to his service with the Green Berets.

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Mississippi legislative leaders say they’ll make new effort to write budget based on results

Top legislative Republicans are promising that Mississippi will get performance-based budgeting right this time.

In 1994, the Legislature passed a plan requiring agencies to collect data measuring their performance under five-year strategic plan. But that data, though listed in budget documents, has been little used in making decisions.

House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that a new approach will identify agency programs and try to determine whether the money spend on them produces results. The idea is to stop spending on programs that don’t produce measurable results — and, in some cases, spend more on programs that do produce results.

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Judge hears arguments in US lawsuit over Mississippi voter rolls

A federal judge heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit filed by a group seeking Mississippi voter records.

U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas of Texas is in Jackson to hear arguments by True the Vote organization.

The lawsuit seeks access to nine counties’ voter rolls as Chris McDaniel gathers information to challenge his Republican primary runoff loss to Sen. Thad Cochran.

Plaintiffs say federal law requires authorities to release of voting rolls and poll books without erasing voters’ personal information.

The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled last week that it’s proper to redact birth dates from poll books. McDaniel is asking justices to reconsider.

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Fake Applications for #ObamaCare Tax Subsidies Show How Vulnerable Health Care Law is to Fraud & Abuse

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany Jr., M.D. (R-LA), Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-OK) released the preliminary results of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) undercover examination of enrollment controls in the ObamaCare health care exchanges. The Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight held a hearing July 23 with the GAO to further discuss the findings of its report.

As part of a “secret shopper” investigation, GAO created 18 fictitious identities to apply for premium subsidies through the federal Exchange by telephone, online and in-person. With only one exception, GAO was able to get premium tax credits and health insurance with fake information through telephone and online applications. The results of their investigation are as follows:

11 out of 12 Fake Applications Approved: Out of 12 applications with fake information for the Federal exchanges, 11 were approved. The total amount of these credits was $2,500 per month or $30,000 per year and is currently being paid out for insurance policies for these fictitious individuals.

Applications with Fake Documents of Citizenship and Income Approved: Investigators provided fake documents, such as Social Security Numbers and proof of income and citizenship, which proved to be no barrier to getting taxpayer-funded credits. Additionally, investigators found that federal contractors made no effort to authenticate documents applicants provided.

In-Person Assisters Nowhere to be Found: GAO made six in-person attempts to sign up for federal subsidies. GAO was unable to obtain assistance in five of those attempts for a range of reasons including one navigator stating assistance was not available because was down and another declining to provide assistance. These assisters have received tens of millions of dollars in federal grants to provide services to applicants.

See the full report HERE

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