MSGOP Week in Review

This week’s review looks back on the State of the Union Address, the severe weather that affected the Pine Belt, several legislative notes of interest and some recent appearances by our elected officials.



President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, and we reported a number of responses from your Republican leaders. Today, we have a continuation of those responses.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann:

“No election official likes voting delays. They like individuals who are not qualified to vote casting a ballot even less. Constitutional rights of the States to determine the voting process is an original cornerstone which should not be removed. In regards to the economy, sustainable employment will be stimulated and supported by individual investment, not foreign debt. As Americans, we must rely on ourselves for education and job creation. They are irretrievably linked.”

Speaker Philip Gunn:

“The President’s speech is simply liberal talk with no solutions. He won’t lead; so, the Mississippi House will. Unlike Washington, we’ll balance the budget without raising taxes, work towards stopping Obamacare from coming to Mississippi, and defend the Second Amendment.”


Wicker Questions CBO Director about Federal Budget, Debt and Tax Policies

This week, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker brought up some important questions regarding the Federal Budget. These questions revealed that the Congressional Budget Office Director cannot score President Obama’s plan to avert sequestration because it’s just a speech. Watch it HERE:


U.S. Senator Roger Wicker


It was also announced this week that U.S. Senator Roger Wicker will be the new ranking member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.


Federal Legislation

Palazzo Proposal:

Congressman Steven Palazzo has introduced ”Right to Refuse” legislation this week that would amend the Constitution, making it illegal for Congress to impose a mandate tax on those who do not purchase a product, such as health insurance.

“Like many Americans, I was appalled when the Court upheld the mandate tax last summer and set this dangerous new precedent,” Palazzo stated.  “The government has no business taking your hard-earned money just because you don’t spend it the way Washington wants. This is about Americans’ fundamental right to refuse to purchase any number of goods and services, and that would of course include health insurance.”
Clean Drinking Water:

This week, Congressman Gregg Harper introduced a bill that seeks to ensure the public availability of safe and affordable drinking water in rural communities. You can read about it HERE:

“Approximately 1,000 Mississippi communities receive water from rural water associations or small municipalities,” Said Congressman Harper, “This legislation would help provide technical assistance and compliance training for these smaller districts to meet federal compliance for an additional five years.”
Severe Weather

Two Mississippi Counties Declared Federal Disaster Areas:

This week, FEMA declared Forrest and Lamar Counties a Federal Disaster Area. “Tuesday I requested an Expedited Disaster Declaration from the White House in order to speed recovery to those hit hardest by these tornadoes,” Gov. Bryant said. “I appreciate their quick response which will ensure we are able to provide critical resources as these residents and communities begin the difficult process of recovery.” Read more HERE.


Governor Phil Bryant

First Lady Deborah Bryant Touring the USM Campus

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Municipal Elections

As a reminder, the deadline to qualify to run in a municipal election is March 8th. If you have any questions or information to share on the municipal elections, please let us know by contacting J.D. Griffin at




On Monday, Auditor Stacy Pickering appeared on Supertalk’s JT Show to talk about increasing accountability with education spending.


State Auditor Stacey Pickering


Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves presented the Lt. Governor’s Award to the Lucky 13 4-H Club of Pearl River County.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves


Yesterday morning, Chairman Joe Nosef appeared on NewsRadio 104.9 with Kipp Greggory.

MSGOP Chairman Joe Nosef


Yesterday afternoon, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann brought valentines to the patients of Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.


Secretary Hosemann Visiting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital


Next Monday (Feb 18th), Chairman Nosef will attend the Madison County Republican Party’s Presidents Day Gala with special guests Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Congressmen Harper, Nunnelee and Palazzo as well as our Governor, Phil Bryant. If you have any questions, please call 601.201.3692
Next Tuesday (Feb 19th), join Congressman Gregg Harper and Chairman Nosef at Noxubee Civic Center for the Noxubee/Kemper County President’s Day Dinner. The event starts at 6PM and tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple. If you would like to attend, please contact Mary Allsup at (662) 726-4481.
Next Thursday (Feb 21st), Chairman Nosef will be speaking at the Gulfport Rotary Club at Noon.

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As always, thank you for your support of our Party,

Brandon Payne
Executive Director

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