Big Rumor in Mississippi: Thad Cochran to Step Down

The big rumor in Mississippi is that Senator Thad Cochran will step down due to this health.  According to the buzz in Mississippi, Mitch McConnell had Cochran flown to Washington on a government plane for votes.  Governor Bryant is having conversations about appointing Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves to the position.

Sources who have knowledge of the situation tell me the Republicans want this issue resolved quickly so that it does not hang over Senator Wicker’s head as he potentially faces a primary challenge.

Mississippi BANS Sanctuary Cities For Illegal Immigrants

Yesterday afternoon, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (a Republican) signed into a law a bill passed by an overwhelming majority of the state legislature to ban sanctuary cities that would protect illegal immigrants from federal prosecution.

The signature comes after Trump’s recent immigration-related executive orders and on the same day that newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions from neighboring Alabama held a press conference to give an update on his office’s efforts in cracking down on illegal immigration. Back in 2010, the city of Jackson, MS, passed an ordinance that prevents police officers from asking anyone about their immigration status – effectively creating a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. This bill not only reverses that ordinance, but prevents any other cities from passing similar ordinances.

Governor Bryant, who endorsed Ted Cruz in the primary but served as a campaign surrogate for Donald Trump in the general election, was quoted as saying “The President said these jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of the Republican.”

A crackdown on illegal immigration was one of the main rallying cries of Trump and most Republican candidates in 2016, and the issue is credited to be one of the driving factors behind Trump’s surprise win last November.

According to the Pew Research Center, Mississippi had about 25,000 immigrants in 2014 that had entered the country illegally, and therefore could face deportation by AG Sessions’ office under President Trump.

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Mississippi Is The Next Battle For Religious Freedom

Rob Hill is a Methodist pastor at Broadview United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS. He’s also the state director of Human Rights Watch, the Orwellian name for the LGBT group that places civil special rights for their victim class above God-given rights of conscience.

Hill went on CNN with Don Lemon to tell us that “religious freedom” (using scare quotes) is just a code-word for discrimination.

LEMON: Religious liberty — is that just a code for discrimination? I don’t want to provide services to certain people? Isn’t that just a code, Rob?

ROB HILL, MISSISSIPPI STATE DIRECTOR, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN: Yes, it is a code. We have robust protections for religious beliefs under the first amendment of the constitution. So people have the right to believe whatever they want to about God and practice their faith and I certainly treasure that as a person of faith, but never has the first amendment been used or been allowed to — it was not intended to be used as a way to deny somebody else their civil rights. If you work for the government, if you are paid by tax payers, then you need to do your job. And if you can’t do your job, you need to find something else to do.

LEMON: Listen, this allows people, again, people in certain provisions, wouldn’t have to serve certain people, which at its base is discrimination. DJ’s, photographers, videographers, poets, it also says employers and school administrators would also be allowed to dictate access to bathrooms, spas, locker rooms, and other intimate facilities and settings in the bill. Clerks and their deputies would be provided a process for recusing themselves from licensing marriage licenses, and judges and magistrates and justices of the peace and deputies would be given a similar process. Didn’t we go through this last in Indiana? Didn’t we go through this last year in Kentucky? And the Supreme Court says, no, you cannot do that. It is discrimination.

Lay aside the fact that Lemon, who alternates between being a useful and effective journalist and being a total jackass, assumed the jackass position in this interview. Lemon is totally wrong. No, RFRA language does not allow DJ’s, photographers, videographers, poets (?) to refuse service to “certain people.” On the contrary, it permits them to refuse to participate in a religious rite which violates their conscience or faith.

As for dictating access to bathrooms, spas, locker rooms, etc., what a ridiculous claim. The Supreme Court has ruled no such thing about discrimination, in Indiana, North Carolina, or anywhere else that language exists.

And here’s Hall, compassionate pastor, reminding his flock that they need to stay out of government and the public square. While he “treasures” the right (where did that right come from?) to practice faith, he thinks it should be confined to places where his real flock, the under 100,000 LGBT population in a state of 3 million people, don’t rule the roost.

Even then, Hall believes that if two (or more?) LGBT people want to use a Mississippi church to have their wedding, pastors should have no “right” (again, these rights come from people, not God) to refuse.

Hall is a sham of a Christian pretending to lead a church, likely full of people who claim the name Christian but lack one shred of evidence revealing their belief in the authority of Scripture, the supremacy of God, or the fear of the Lord.

In short: They are not Christians.

This morning I am praying for Hill and his flock. I am praying for all who are deceived by the notion that Man is in control of what rights we have. The American form of government is almost unique in its recognition that God gives rights to Men, equally, directly, and without favoritism or a “divine right of kings.”

I pray that while Christians should properly be compassionate and loving to gays and lesbians, transgenders and bisexual people, we should stand on the truth, and the truth alone. I hope and pray that the citizens and lawmakers in Mississippi will not cave in to the pressure that cracked Gov. Deal in Georgia. Amen.

The Chris McDaniel Legacy Haunts the Republican Party

Chris McDaniel ran for the United States Senate as a Republican. He won the Republican Primary in Mississippi, but was thrown into a runoff against Thad Cochran, the incumbent.

During the runoff, the Republican Party in Mississippi and Washington pulled out all the stops to stop McDaniel. They assailed outside conservative groups as malevolent influences in the Republican Party. They used friends in the news media to attack conservatives who strayed from the party line.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee was particularly spiteful with both their outside consultants and inside communications team, led by Brad Dayspring, attacking anyone and any group that strayed from Thad Cochran. They assailed Ted Cruz, who at the time was even a co-chair of the NRSC.

The extent to which the GOP was willing to play for keeps — largely to keep a gravy train of government waste and greed rolling — was eye opening to many conservative activists.

When Governor Rick Perry hired Henry Barbour, the nephew of Haley Barbour and one of those orchestrating the Cochran defense, many conservative activists turned from Perry and never went back.

When Scott Walker tossed Liz Mair, but stood by his Super PAC’s hiring of Brad Dayspring, conservative activists fled him too.

Many of those activists decided the party that burned them needs to be burned down. They are prepared to show as much grace and mercy to the GOP as the GOP showed them in 2014.

As Scott Brand noted in National Journal’s Hotline today,

Not a single incumbent senator lost a 2014 primary, and very few in the House did either. But that win-loss record masked primary results showing incumbents—especially Republicans—weakened across the board. More and more incumbents have gotten pulled into competitive primaries since 2010. Before that time, around three-quarters of House Republicans won renomination with at least 90% of the vote. Now, only about half clear 90% support in a primary, while the share who fail to reach even 60% has risen dramatically.

— Especially in the Senate, the challengers who held the likes of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to less than 50% of their primary vote were not considered top-tier challengers. But Joe Carr (R) and others managed to capture a seething outsider, anti-establishment and turn it into significant primary support. Despite financial disadvantages, they raised “threshold money”—enough to run viable campaigns.

Brand does not even mention McDaniel, but McDaniel’s name comes up repeatedly in conversations with conservative activists who have gone to Trump. They have concluded the GOP does not give a damn about them, so they do not give a damn about the GOP.

The chickens are coming home to roost for the GOP now. They played for keeps. They won the battle. But it is looking more and more like they are losing the war. The funniest thing about it though is that they do not realize it and do not want to realize it.

It’s not like they could do anything differently anyway. They are quite happy to have Thad Cochran in office and think if they just ignore Trump he will go away. To be sure, he might, but so will a lot of voters the GOP needs.

The Marionettes Remain Uncut

“At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks.”

Having been an elected Republican and someone who routinely takes the position of supporting conservatives in primaries and Republicans in general elections, the Mississippi race does crystalize for me the desires of many to start a third party. In essence, tea party activists are the RINOs. A Republican Party campaigning on making the Senate “conservative,” used liberal Democrats to preserve an incumbent Republican and defeat a conservative. The actual conservatives are the outsiders with the GOP establishment doing all it could to preserve its power at the expense of its principles.

The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.

The Republicans have become the party of lobbyists, most of whom were on twitter celebrating their purchase.

Mississippi is a crystalizing election in that sense. Cochran is, for all intents and purposes, a marionette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lobbyists. They drop him onto the stage of the Senate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These puppeteers are so invested in keeping their gravy train going that they will, while claiming to be Republicans, flood a Republican primary with Obama voters to ensure their gravy train continues.

And to be clear, there is nothing wrong with that. They won fair and square. They changed who the electorate was, which was allowed under the rules.

But this becomes a longer term problem for the Republican Party. Its core activists hate its leadership more and more. But its leadership are dependent more and more on large check writers to keep their power. Those large check writers are further and further removed from the interests of both the base of the party and Main Street. So to keep power, the GOP focuses more and more on a smaller and smaller band of puppeteers to keep their marionettes upright. At some point there will be more people with knives out to cut the strings than there will be puppeteers with checkbooks. And at some point those people with knives become more intent on cutting the strings than taking the place of the marionettes.

It is a system that cannot perpetuate itself. Conservatives lost in Mississippi and it hurt. Ted Cruz and/or Rand Paul could have made the difference, but chose not to for a variety of mostly understandable reasons. Unfortunately for them and their allies, the opposition within the GOP does not play by the same rules. The reinforcements conservatives want to send are therefore less likely to be sent.

The establishment plays for keeps. Their income is dependent on doing so. A McDaniel win would have disrupted the flow of money and redirected a crony capitalist agenda through which many make millions. The establishment had far more to lose than conservatives had to gain and it showed. They should be commended.

Unfortunately for the Republican Party the fight continues. And as grassroots activists feel further and further removed and alienated from the party, it will become harder and harder to win. The slaughter the GOP will inflict on the Democrats in November will be a bandaid of built in momentum. When the GOP inevitably caves on repealing Obamacare, opting instead to reform it in favor of their donors’ interests, we may just see an irreparable split. Then, and even worse, if party leaders and party base voters cannot reconcile themselves to a common candidate in 2016, God help us.

I continue to oppose a third party. I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.

Will the National Republican Senatorial Committee Pledge to Support Chris McDaniel?

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out an email this morning, as it usually does. One link attacked Matt Bevin in Kentucky. Several attacked Democrats around the country.

Thirteen links in the email attacked Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel. McDaniel is challenging the incumbent Republican Thad Cochran in Mississippi. The email, following other tweets and hits from the NRSC, accuse McDaniel of being racist, a bigot, gaffe prone, etc.

McDaniel is neck and neck in the polling with Cochran. His candidacy has sent Haley Barbour & Company in to outright panic mode. Barbour has stopped letting murderers out of jail long enough to try to murder McDaniel’s campaign.

As more conservatives around the country pour into Mississippi to help McDaniel, it is time to ask if the NRSC will pledge to support McDaniel if he wins. More so, it is time to ask what specifically they will do to help McDaniel after they’ve painted him as a gaffe prone bigoted racist.

The NRSC claims it wants a conservative Senate majority. Are they really such whores they’ll turn on a dime to help the guy they’re eviscerating right now? Or will they gladly take the loss should McDaniel win, then claim if only conservatives hadn’t challenged them they’d have won?

My guess is the latter. My guess is the NRSC is laying mines right now to sabotage Republican challengers in November. They’d rather rule in hell than have a conservative Senate majority not of their making.

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