Mississippi Republican Party Newsletter for July 18

Dear fellow Republican,

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef continues to travel the state and will be on the Coast on Thursday as he speaks to the Jackson County Republican Club. The event begins at 7 p.m. and the group meets at the Gautier Convention Center.

Chairman Nosef will also appear at the Stennis-Capitol Press Forum on Monday, July 30 along with his Democratic counterpart for a speech and a Q&A session. The event is open to the public, but registration is required. More information can be obtained here.

Romney Visits Mississippi For Reception

Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for President, was in Jackson on Monday night for a reception. The successful event will be a boost for Romney’s campaign and also helped to drive up excitement in the Magnolia State for his campaign.

Gov. Phil Bryant with Gov. Mitt Romney during the event

Republicans Support Obamacare Repeal In The House

Last week, the United States House of Representatives voted 244-185 in favor of H.R. 6079, the Repeal of Obamacare Act. Republicans Gregg Harper, Alan Nunnelee, and Steven Palazzo joined with the bi-partisan majority in support of repeal.

“Everything that supporters of this law told us when they were passing it has turned out to be false,” Rep. Alan Nunnelee said. “They said if you like your health care plan you can keep it, it’s not a tax hike, insurance premiums will go down, it will not affect religious liberty, and the list goes on.

“I disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling, but the majority opinion did note that it is not their job to say whether or not this is a good law.  I can answer that question for them: Obamacare is bad for freedom, bad for health care, and bad for job creation and that is why it must be repealed.”

“This vote represented the 33rd attempt by the Republican-led chamber to peel back all or a portion of this law, ” Rep. Gregg Harper said.

“In the past, the president himself has claimed that this law’s individual mandate is not a tax. Yet, he’s now rallying behind the Supreme Court ruling that defined this requirement as just that – a tax. Look, I have little confidence that this far-reaching law would have ever advanced had the White House and Congressional Democrats united behind a tax mandate on every single American citizen.

“Let’s be clear: the Supreme Court ruled that this law is allowable, not that it is good policy nor that it will improve the delivery of care. This law is bad for patients and providers, it’s bad for individuals and employers, and it’s bad for states and jobs.”

“When the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the law as a tax, they weren’t saying it’s good policy,” Rep. Steven Palazzo stated.  “What the justices reaffirmed is that this is indeed a multibillion dollar tax, and that it is unconstitutional to force a massive Medicaid expansion upon states like Mississippi who cannot afford it.  The Supreme Court also reaffirmed for myself, my colleagues, and for millions upon millions of Americans that there is still a need to fully repeal this law.

“With today’s vote, we are listening to the majority of the American people who do not want this law. And we are renewing our commitment to bring real, step-by-step solutions so that Americans have access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a price they can afford.”

Read more: Mississippi Republicans Support Obamacare Repeal

What’s Happening Across The State

The Calhoun County Republican Party had a strong presence at the Bruce Sawmill Festival over the weekend where they distributed information on our Republican candidates and gave out bumper stickers and yard signs. You can find more information on the Calhoun County Republican Party by visiting their website:

Chairman Nosef will be in Calhoun County on August 6 when he speaks to the Calhoun County Republican Women at Jeffery’s in Bruce at noon.

Pictured are members of the Calhoun County Republican Party at their tent at the Sawmill Festival.

The Lowndes County Republican Women have begun “Project Smithville Child” in honor of First Lady Deborah Bryant as they work to purchase books for children in Smithville who were devastated by the tornado in 2011. The Lowndes County Republican Women are inviting all Mississippi Republican Women’s organizations to join in this effort.

For more information, please contact LCRW President Mitzi Younger at 662-327-1850 or via email at

At the county conventions in April, 21 year old Zack Huffman was elected Chairman of the Chickasaw County Republican Party. At just 21 years old, Huffman is not only one of the youngest chairmen in the state, but the country.

Huffman says he is working to get young people involved in the political process throughout the state.

The Alcorn County Republican Party met last week and featured Magnolia Hospital CEO Rick Napper as the guest speaker where he talked about Obamacare. Napper called the new law “the most dangerous legislation ever passed in the United States.” His appearance was covered by the Daily Corinthian.

You can find more information on the Alcorn County Republican Party by visiting their Facebook page here. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month at the Corinth Library at 6 p.m.

We would love to feature your County Party in our next Newsletter. Please send us information on any interesting stories or events that are happening in your county. You can email Brett Kittredge at

Upcoming Events Around The State

  • The Harrison County Republican Club meet this morning and will feature State Auditor Stacey Pickering who will be speaking for the Romney campaign. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is held on the top floor of Hancock Bank in downtown Gulfport. More details can be found here.
  • The Pike County Republican Club will have a discussion on Obamacare at their monthly meeting on Thursday. This special meeting, featuring Dr. Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, will provide attendees with the most up to date information on this issue and allow the audience to ask questions. Rep. Sam Mims, who chairs the Public Health and Human Services Committee, will also speak. The event is held at the Days Inn in McComb and begins at 6 p.m.

Make sure you keep up with all Republican events at the MSGOP Calendar here. And you can submit your Party’s event here.

New Ads From The Romney Campaign

This week, the Romney campaign released a new television ad titled “Where Did All The Money Go?” President Obama’s time in office has been marked by political payoffs to the donor class and layoffs for the middle class. He showered his friends with stimulus funds and sent millions of taxpayer dollars overseas. If we can’t trust him with our money, why should we trust him for another four years?

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The Romney campaign also released a new television ad titled “What Happened?” Four years ago, Candidate Obama spoke out against using “stale tactics to scare voters.” Now his plan to “destroy Romney” includes dishonest attacks that he hopes will distract voters from his broken promises.

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RNC Launches

The Republican National Committee has launched chronicling President Obama’s ‘sterling’ record of shipping the American recovery overseas. President Obama is on the campaign trail touting his work to create American jobs but his record says otherwise: taxpayer dollars to create jobs around the world.

View the website here.

Get Ready For The Neshoba County Fair

The annual Neshoba County Fair will run from July 27- August 3 with the political speaking set for Wednesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 2. Many of your Republican elected officials will be on the famous stage at Founder’s Square.

Here is the lineup of speakers:

Wednesday, August 1

9:40 am: Honorable C. Scott Bounds (R), State Rep., MS House of Rep., District 44
9:50 am: Honorable Giles Ward (R), State Senator, MS State Senate, District 18
10:00 am: Honorable Lynn Posey (R), Public Service Comm., Central Dist., State of MS
10:10 am: Honorable Dick Hall (R), Transportation Comm., Central Dist., State of MS
10:20 am: Honorable Stacey Pickering (R), State Auditor, State of MS
10:40 am: Honorable Tate Reeves (R), Lieutenant Governor, State of MS

Thursday, August 2

10:00 am: Honorable Lynn Fitch (R), State Treasurer, State of MS
10:10 am: Honorable Mike Chaney (R), Commissioner of Insurance, State of MS
10:20 am: Honorable Cindy Hyde-Smith (R), Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, State of MS
10:30 am: Honorable Philip Gunn (R), Speaker of the MS House of Representatives
10:40 am: Honorable Delbert Hosemann (R), Secretary of State, State of MS
10:50 am: Honorable Phil Bryant (R), Governor, State of MS

Photo Of The Week

While in town on Monday, Gov. Mitt Romney got barbeque from Hickory Pit. As you can see, much of it ended up on his shirt:

This picture is courtesy of Garrett Jackson, Mitt’s Body Man, who is a Brookhaven native and Ole Miss grad. Keep up with him- and the governor- on Twitter.

In Case You Missed It

Insurance exchange tabled

Clarion Ledger 7/12/2012– Plans for Mississippi’s state-run insurance exchange now are on hold pending the results of November’s general election, according to Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.

Flowers, Woods bid farewell

Desoto Times 7/12/2012– The Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Wednesday included farewells to two retiring legislators and a hearty celebration of the recent success of the town’s football team.

Obamacare lawsuit to be heard in Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg American 7/10/2012– A federal judge has set a bench trial date to hear arguments that the attorneys who crafted them say are a unique challenge to the constitutionality of the health care reform law.

Lt. Gov. Reeves tours Petal’s 3D School

WDAM 7/10/2012– Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visted Petal’s Dynamic Dyslexia Design, or 3D school Tuesday to see firsthand how children with dyslexia will benefit from a new state law which went into effect this month.

With GE, Toyota, Nissan, Manufacturing booms in Mississippi

Forbes 7/10/2012– Think Mississippi’s future, and you’re looking at a new American manufacturing center.

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