The New Mississippi Democrats
Following a very successful fundraising year, we have seen a renewed excitement in Mississippians who are universally tired of the same old politics. Democratic candidates offer a distinct difference to other parties candidates.
Democrats continue to ask 'if the breadwinner loses their job today can they find a new one tomorrow right here at home'? When students graduate, will they find a job at home? If the answer is no then it's time to join with Democrats who have plans to fix those problems.
The Republican leadership in DC and Jackson have failed our Mississippi economy. Our roads and bridges are in shambles, infrastructure is crumbling and cuts to healthcare and education force higher taxes at the local level on working families. There are fewer jobs in Mississippi today than after the 2007 Great Recession.
There is less money in our state's coffers because Republican leadership has an institutional problem of giving away our tax dollars to their corporate buddies in the form of special tax break legislation and outright grants. These corporate donors will be the same ones scratching the backs of Republican candidates this season in the form of political contributions.
Democrats stand ready to answer questions truthfully because they offer logical and reasonable solutions to government problems. No spinning here! We encourage everyone, whether Democratic, Republican, or independent - those who want a real change in government - to step forward and vote for Mike Espy for Senate and other Democrat-backed candidates in the Tuesday, Nov. 27 runoff election.
Our attorney general is under attack!
The Legislature pulls this card on the power of the AG every session, but this time, they're close to getting away with it. We need you to tell them, "Leave our AG alone!"
Right now, there are three bills making their way through the capitol that would prevent Attorney General Jim Hood--or any AG, for that matter-- from protecting you and your loved ones from greedy powerful corporations. These bills (HB1238, HB1177, and SB2295) wouldn't let the AG go after opiod manufacturers for lying about the addictive nature of the drug. It would stop him from maling pharmaceutical companies pay back the state for hiking up drug prices. And it would allow utility giants like Entergy to get away with intentionally selling you expensive energy.
General Hood has recovered more than $3 billion from these crooks since he took office. Just this week, he sent a $32.1 million check to the state Treasury. Do lawmakers really think our state can afford to lose what the AG has brought to us?
All we ask of you is that you call or email your legislature. You can find their contact info by entering your zip code here https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/. Then get on social media and tell your friends to call and say #LeaveOurAGAlone.
The next legislative deadline is Tuesday, February 27. CALL OR EMAIL NOW!
Clarion Ledger: AG: Corporations have Mississippi lawmakers 'flat doing their bidding'
WJTV: AG Jim Hood goes to war with the Legislature
AP: Facing $1B Suit, Utility Seeks to Curb Attorney General
We congratulate our Alabama neighbors by electing Democrat Doug Jones to the United States Senate! This election, coupled with historic wins in Virginia and Louisiana, tells us folks are hearing the Democrats' message throughout the South and want reasonable voices to lead.
In this election, Republicans solidified their losing views on women, children, race, jobs, and the economy. This Republican platform is supported by the Mississippi Republican Establishment, without question.
Democrats believe it is past time to lay aside the labels and work together with logical and reasonable solutions to our problems. Let's all lead together!
GOP raid on state retirement system still alive
Mississippi Democratic Party Release
A couple of weeks ago, this Mississippi Democratic Party warned of rampant rumors concerning changes to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) being considered by Republicans, as they have in years past. They called the email from the Mississippi Democratic Party a "LIE."
Republican leaders tried hard to spin the issue away from themselves after they had been caught. Republicans even trotted out Speaker Pro Tem Snowden on statewide talk radio to counter the truth.
Now, we find more Republicans confirming that retirement system changes are on their agenda.
Democrats are working hard to keep legislation transparent and protect everyone including state employees and retirees.
As for our Republican friends who don't want to acknowledge the truth that everybody now knows about, we repeat an old adage that 'you sleep in the bed you made.'
Millsaps Survey Reveals Widespread Voter Concerns
Mississippi voters are uncertain about the direction of their state, wary of insufficient public school funding and overall quality, and open to considering new funding streams to provide for public education. These findings and more are detailed in the results of the first ever Millsaps College-Chism Strategies State of the State Survey.
Administered through a partnership between Millsaps College and Chism Strategies, the State of the State Survey was designed to gauge how Mississippians assess key actors and institutions in state government, where they would like to see the legislature focus their energy during the 2018 session, the state of public schools locally and across the state, and the public’s receptiveness to generating new education revenue.
“The findings of the State of the State Survey may help inform policymakers in the weeks and months ahead in their efforts to tackle critical issues impacting our state and our citizens,” said Dr. Nathan R. Shrader, assistant professor of political science at Millsaps. “Among the main lessons learned from this survey are that Mississippians are concerned about the state of public education and that nearly 60% believe that funding is currently too low. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, voters do not reflexively reject options for raising revenue to address the problem.”
The survey finds that a plurality of Mississippians—40% overall—believe that the state is on the wrong track. The survey, which assessed job performance of three state-wide elected officials, showed strong majorities approve of the job performance of Governor Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood while there is more uncertainty among the public regarding Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and significant disapproval of the State Legislature. Although voters are somewhat divided on what they see as the top priority facing the legislature, nearly 30% want to see an emphasis on fixing roads and bridges.
Come on in
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As goes our youth, so goes our future. The Mississippi Democratic party is committed to identifying, encouraging and supporting youth involvement at all levels. Join them in their most important work.
Mississippi Democrats have a long, strong tradition of dedicated local leadership. Committed, diverse and with roots deep in their communities, county committees form the backbone of our party.
We all know that women do all the real work and that's especially true in the Democratic Party. They are essential to maintaining and advancing women's rights as well as those of every one.
Women and men elected starting at the grass roots level to be our out-front torch bearers. Composed of working people, retirees and professionals, our leadership reflects the diversity of our party.
Life-long, committed, Democrats who stick with us even if the levees break. They fill the sand bags and tote them to the crevasse. They and other affiliate groups help us keep the furrows straight.