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Mississippi Senator McDaniel releases statement on Boehner resignation

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Senator Chris McDaniel released the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner:

“Speaker Boehner has become a casualty of an unnecessary fight the GOP is having with it’s own base. Republicans took control of the House and Senate with the help of conservatives based on promises to fight ObamaCare and illegal executive actions. But the leadership under Boehner and Senate Majority Leader McConnell have capitulated time after time. They have taken steps to hand the leverage they have over to Democrats and the President, and have reduced the role of Congress to that of an overpaid rubber-stamp committee.

“I thank Speaker Boehner for his service. But, I also think this should be a lesson to establishment DC Republicans that Conservatives simply will not stand by silently and support weak and ineffective leadership. We want fighters who stand by the rule of law and reject the insiders game in Washington, D.C. The GOP must once again become a party of principle, and Conservatives plan to make it so.”


MCDANIEL: How conservatives will overcome the establishment and reform our party and nation

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Much has been made about the present divide in the Republican Party. Mississippi is no stranger to the controversy. My U.S. Senate race against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in 2014 exposed deep divisions within the party, both state and national.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran had to rely upon thousands of liberal Democrats to win a Republican primary. In so doing, his campaign resorted to dirty, underhanded, and sleazy tactics that have been well-documented.

Not only did his campaign play the “race card” while openly encouraging liberals to cross-over and participate to the GOP primary, he openly campaigned like a Democrat — pushing for more big government, massive federal subsidies, pork-barrel spending, and increased food stamp participation. In what’s perhaps the most conservative state in the republic, he expressly repudiated the Republican platform for the state and country to see.

Though indefensible, it was a victory for the political class, lobbyists, D.C. insiders and corporate elites who see the federal government as little more than a banking institution for the big business special interest lobby. They, along with assorted establishment groupies led by Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), celebrated their pyrrhic victory, justifying their actions by slandering conservatives as somehow radical, extreme or unelectable.

Betrayed again by the D.C. machine, conservative frustration with the party establishment reached a record high.  More than a year later, the anger is still very real. Conservatives are convinced the GOP’s leadership has openly abandoned the party’s conservative foundation.

But to fully comprehend why this is happening, we have to understand the background story. Central to the divide is how people, particularly the mainstream press, attempt to define the combatants.

Take my race, for instance. I have been a Republican since 1984, and have never been a member of a TEA Party group.  Nevertheless, during my run for U.S. Senate in 2014, most attempted to improperly frame the ongoing GOP fight as TEA Party vs. The GOP Establishment. But nothing could be further from the truth.

What we are seeing, instead, is an ongoing struggle between true conservatives and moderate insiders — who presently control the GOP establishment — within the party structure.

On one side of the debate stands the thoughts of Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater (constitutional conservatives).  On other side of the “fracture” is the moderate idealism of Nelson Rockefeller and Mitt Romney (establishment insiders).

Constitutional conservatives seeks structural reform, smaller government, constitutional balance and the maximum in individual liberty consistent with social order.  The moderate establishment camp lauds the value of compromise, while fighting to preserve the status quo, so long as corporate welfare, favoritism to their donors and the growth of government suits their financial and personal needs.

Perhaps no one has expressed the divide as well as Redstate.com, an online news and opinion website for conservatives. In describing a recent poll for the 2016 GOP nomination for President, it declared: “Jeb Bush and John Kasich are tied. They are also fighting for the same demographic slice: moderate-to-liberal, high income voters. This is not surprising given their message of “hey, that status quo is working pretty good for me.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ben Carson and Donald Trump are fighting to win the support of Ronald Reagan’s conservative coalition — a union of blue collar libertarians, economic, pro-defense, and social conservatives.  Interestingly, these are the very people who have abandoned the establishment because they no longer believe that Republicans adhere to conservative principles.

Put simply, one side distrusts government and policies of centralization; the other simply seeks to control the D.C. machine, even if it means sacrificing principles. Conservatives claim liberty and Constitutional government as our combined end game; the other side desires power at any cost.

Although we’ve lived under the same tent for years, tension between the groups is rising, and some in the establishment camp have resorted to hostile tactics. Both Cruz and Trump, for example, have recently been slandered. And what was done in Mississippi last year was despicable.

Contrary to the attempts to brand conservatives, there is nothing radical or racist about our thoughts, ideals or policies. Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan were voices for our government philosophy, which is rooted in Jeffersonian liberty and the heritage of Western Civilization. It represents a consensus of reason operating within tradition, and it recognizes its origin as the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Instead of allowing the establishment to define us, please consider the true conscience of a Goldwater/Reagan conservative:

  • We believe that political solutions should be sensitive to the whole human being – mind, body and soul – conceding that the problems affecting society are the result of the complexity of human life and therefore cannot be quickly or efficiently rectified by government action, schemes of forced social improvement or similar one-size-fits-all approaches.
  • We value self-government, believing that local governments are preferred because they are closest to the people and, therefore, the most responsive.  Consistent with this idea, we believe states should retain all powers given to them by the Founders which ensures a system of state autonomy where state and local governments act as “laboratories” for democracy — a system where policies are created and tested pursuant to the Constitution’s 10th Amendment.  This not only ensures social and fiscal experimentation, but also a balance of power between the central authority and the states, whereby individual liberty is preserved for future generations.
  • Refusing to ignore the spiritual side of individuals, we hope to maintain a high moral tone in society, insisting that truths exist and are necessary for people to responsibly self-govern their own affairs.  We trust in God, as He is our foundation.
  • Our philosophy is characterized by respect for inherited institutions, in which individuals develop character by voluntarily cooperating with others in local associations designed to further the common good without government interference.
  • Living within our means is a way of life for us, so we expect our government to do the same.  We request the courtesy to earn a living, but do not desire the government to provide for our necessities.  Work is always preferred to welfare.
  • Before we look for government to save us from every perceived crises, we would rather depend on ourselves, our families and friends. Hero worship is not our norm, as we are not easily charmed by smooth-talking politicians desiring a cult of personality.
  • It has been said that governments only expand because they do not trust the independent, free judgments of the people. But we understand that any movement whose main promise is a relief from personal responsibility is immoral in its effect, however lofty its good intentions.
  • The acceptance of personal responsibility begins with the admission of a simple truth:  government is not our ultimate protector and cannot be all things to all people; liberty is the result of individuals learning to rule themselves.
  • We admire complexities, embracing blessed variations and stubborn particularities.  Unlike liberalism, it is not our desire to override the wills of people and reform them into one master plan.  The establishment seek to use the power of government to dominate others; we do not and would never.
  • Since independence is a cornerstone of our philosophy, we believe people and corporations should accept the consequences of their actions, although failure or unhappiness may be the eventual result. Government bailouts offend our notions of justice and fairness.
  • The rule of law matters to us; words have meaning. We consider the words and phrases of the Constitution to be sincere, and not subject to whimsical change by the dictates of a federal judge. It has set down for all to see the fundamental American principle that there are certain rights held by every individual which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny.
  • We reject philosophies rooted in collectivism, particularly when coerced by the power of the state.  Consequently, we reject racism, sexism and other forms of identity politics. We see men and women as individuals and judge them respectively.  We seek to empower the individual and his voluntary associations, not as collective groups, but as an American citizen entitled to dignity and respect.
  • We likewise reject any system where the wealthy and well-connected are allowed disproportionate access to our governments.  Each American citizen, regardless of wealth or power, should have an equal voice and right to petition the halls of power without the corrupting influences of political favoritism, cronyism and nepotism.

And yet, conservatives do not presume to have all the answers, because they are not ours to give.

The collective knowledge of humanity, driven along by complex experiences good and bad, are far better teachers than any one movement, person or government could ever be. It was President Reagan who reminded us that his strength as a “great communicator” was always rooted in his communication of great things that came from the heart of a remarkable republic – our collective experiences, wisdom, and beliefs in the principles that have guided us for more than two centuries.

Perhaps there is no better description of our camp than an unyielding desire simply to be left alone. America’s greatness is derived from its free citizens, not the coercion of its government.

There is nothing radical about common sense, balanced budgets and the rule of law.

And if you wish to gain our support, be honest with us, then trust us to govern ourselves.

As we embark on an uncertain future, conservatives are confident in our principles and beliefs. But we are tired of politicians and disgusted by the lies and perpetual inaction on the part of so-called Republicans.

After my race against Thad Cochran last year, it took time for me to process the betrayal — not simply to me, but to the Republican platform and conservative ideas to which I had professed by loyalty and dedication.  As part of my evaluation, the divide in our party became more apparent than ever before.

But also, my resolve was strengthened.

It became apparent that we conservatives are being targeted for marginalization by many within the party’s leadership.

Consequently, we must change our mindset by developing the spirit of reformers.

What does that mean?

Well, in 1902, William George Jordan published The Power of Truth. In it, he wrote, “Anyone can plant radishes; it takes courage to plant acorns and wait for the oaks. Learn to look not merely at the clouds, but through them to the sun shining behind them. When things look darkest, grasp your weapon firmer and fight harder. There is always more progress than you can perceive through your senses, and it is really only the outcome of the battle that counts.”

“And when it is all over and the victory is yours, and the smoke clears away, and the smell of the powder is dissipated, and you bury the relationships that died because they could not stand the strain, and you nurse back the wounded and faint-hearted who loyally stood by you, even when doubting, then the hard years of fighting will seem but a dream. You will stand brave, heartened, strengthened by the struggle, re-created to a new, better, and stronger life by a noble battle, nobly waged, in a noble cause. And the price will then seem to you  . . . nothing.”

Perhaps, instead of conservatives, we are now simply reformers, pilgrims in an unholy land.

In any event, make no mistake, reform is coming.

This is our party. This is our republic. And despite the establishment’s money and power, we will fight to regain our rightful place.

As it was last year, so it is today: Now is the time.


PLUNKETT: A top-tier presidential candidate is coming to the state. Where’s the Mississippi Republican Party?

Mississippi State GOP chairman Joe Nosef explains to reporters the purpose of the executive committee meeting to deal with Republican runoff results at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in downtown Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State GOP chairman Joe Nosef explains to reporters the purpose of the executive committee meeting to deal with Republican runoff results at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in downtown Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State GOP chairman Joe Nosef explains to reporters the purpose of the executive committee meeting to deal with Republican runoff results at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in downtown Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Rogelio V. Solis)

Maybe you’ve heard.

There is a major GOP presidential candidate coming to the state of Mississippi on Tuesday. But if you are aware, you didn’t get that information from the Mississippi Republican Party.

Ted Cruz, a favorite among conservatives, has been drawing huge crowds on his “SEC Bus Tour” since the first GOP debate on Thursday night. Just yesterday in Alabama, 1400 people swarmed an event that was initially expecting 400 to attend, forcing the entire affair outside.

Cruz has surged in the post-debate polls conducted over the weekend, and is now solidly in the top tier of candidates.

The events in Mississippi, one in Tupelo and the other in Olive Branch, have been broadcast across media outlets for weeks. Yet, the Mississippi Republican Party is quiet. The last communications via the parties social media page promoted Chairman Joe Nosef’s appearance on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ and the news that the debate on Thursday was the highest-rated primary debate in history.

Back in December of 2014 the party hosted presidential hopeful Rand Paul with the theme that the state GOP was “reuniting” following the bruising Senate campaign between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel. They welcomed John McCain with open arms in June of 2014 as he campaigned for Cochran. They celebrated a visit by Jeb Bush to the state just a few months ago.

Where is the party support for Cruz?

Does this sound like a party that has “reunited”? Does is sound like a state party that truly cares about “reuniting”? Or does it sound like more of the same picking and choosing political favorites?

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund. He has worked on communications and policy issues with a range of public officials from aldermen to Congressmen, and a variety of businesses, government agencies and non-profits. He serves or has served as a board member of several non-profit, civic and political organizations. Contact him by email at keith@unitedconservativesfund.com or follow him on Twitter @Keithplunkett


Ted Cruz to campaign with Chris McDaniel in Mississippi

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Politico Reports:

Ted Cruz will campaign next week with Chris McDaniel, the insurgent conservative who mounted a high profile but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran last year.

Cruz, the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, is planning a weeklong swing through the South. While in Mississippi on Tuesday, he’s set to stop in the northern cities of Tupelo and Olive Branch, and McDaniel is expected to accompany him during the trip and ride on Cruz’s campaign bus, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed.

McDaniel initially edged Cochran in last summer’s primary election but fell just short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. The GOP establishment rode to Cochran’s rescue in that runoff, and McDaniel further alienated many Republicans when he challenged the results of the second election.

But he is a hero to the deeply conservative grass roots, an important part of Cruz’s base, and he will help Cruz rally supporters in a region that was friendly to McDaniel in the Senate race. Cochran’s victory — aided by a coalition of Magnolia State and D.C. heavy hitters — was seen as a major victory for the establishment — and a warning to tea party challengers eyeing challenges to incumbents.

Cruz, who is at constant odds with his party’s leadership, did not endorse in the Senate race but backed McDaniel’s calls to investigate the runoff results.


MCDANIEL: The indelible imprint of Father’s Day

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Chris McDaniel is joined by his family as he waits for the result of his GOP primary runoff election against incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran on Tuesday June 24, 2014 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. (AP Photo/George Clark)

With Father’s Day today, I’ve been paying special attention to the wonderful moments of life.

They often represent simple experiences taken for granted, such as a midsummer’s night rain storm, a beautiful sunset, or an early morning mist resting comfortably on emerald green grass. Or, they may be of a more profound nature – a telephone conversation with mom, a grandfather’s smile, or the much needed support of a good friend.

Varying with one’s personal adventures, they define a life worth living and mark the highlights of one’s experience, though we often don’t realize it at the time.

Sadly, it has become common for many in our society to rush through the wonderful moments of life in an effort to realize others.

However, spending one’s life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives leaves most feeling unhappy and exhausted.

Not only are hasty departures from contentment bad for the soul, impatience can be conducive of heartache, as well as the impetus of guilt.

Lost time is never found again. That’s why we’ve all experienced some type of sentimental yearning for return to an irrecoverable history.

Nostalgia can be painful, particularly when regret is involved.

So lately, in clarifying my focus and reordering my priorities, I have come to understand that one way to avoid regret is to live without neglecting the present, especially in matters of the heart.

As a father, living life without neglecting the present now dwells among my highest priorities.

My sons deserve my time, my earnest consideration, and my devotion. Such were my father’s precious gifts to me; now it’s my turn.

I always find time to respond to a tiny tug at my pants leg.

Before Cambridge was born, I dreamed of him, I imagined him, I prayed for him. Now that he’s here, I cherish my time with him. And when my youngest son, Chamberlain, was born, life became complete. My love for them both is endless, without limits.

But even though watching them grow has been the delight of my life, it hasn’t always been easy. As all fathers can attest, their arrivals occasioned major changes.

For instance, both have developed a superhuman ability to make noise. Between drum sets, motor cars, action figures, and laser guns, volcanoes have erupted with far less turmoil and pandemonium.

And there is always – and I mean always – some type of strange smell floating inside our house. After all, a perfect summer day to a little boy means mud on his face, a scrape on the knee, and chasing frogs in the shade of the front porch. Despite my wife’s hard work to maintain cleanliness, we have quickly discovered that a boy is best described as a noise with dirt on it.

My personal space has disappeared, too. What once was a spacious home is now a cluttered minefield of balls, books, cars, trucks, and other assorted plastic dangers. Mom’s broom is no match for Curious George, Elmo, Spider Man, and friends.

Boys are God’s way of telling you that your house is too orderly.

Making matters worse, though I do my best to professionally represent my constituents, I have a confession to make – I haven’t worn a clean shirt in years. For some reason, particularly when I’m wearing white, my sons imagine me as a two-hundred pound walking paper towel.

And yet, with proper perspective, incredible fulfillment is discovered daily amid the complexities and difficulties of raising boys.

I’ve learned to enjoy even the challenging moments, because I know life is fleeting. My time with them is short, so I embrace each second.

One day, many years from now, when I’m sitting in my empty home alone, strangely quiet and far away from the worries of this hour, the day will come when I will find myself in nostalgic thought, wistfully recalling a much too hurried time — one of clamor, laughter, mud puddles, puppy dogs and innocence.

And with my shirt carefully pressed and perfectly clean, I’ll mourn the loss of those days when I think of the touch of my sons and their greasy little hands.

Their loving touch of affection while longing for my attention, which should have been my only focus, will always mean more to me than the temporary stains left behind.

At the end of this life, it will not be the blemishes on my shirt that mattered most; it will instead be the indelible imprint they’ve left on my heart.


Mississippi: In praise of courageous leaders

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From Mississippi Conservative Daily:

Chris McDaniel, Melanie Sojourner, Michael Watson, and Perry Lee are the Profiles in Courage in the Mississippi Senate.

“The true democracy, living and growing and inspiring, puts its faith in the people – faith that the people will not simply elect men who will represent their views ably and faithfully, but will also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment – faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will reward courage, respect honor, and ultimately recognize right.”

So said John F. Kennedy in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, where he profiled US Senators who showed tremendous courage during their tenures in office, including several who took such bold stands that it cost them their seats. Yet they stood courageously on principle. And courage was a virtue that Kennedy most admired, as should all of us.

In every legislative session, whether in Jackson or Washington, we see conservatives take audacious stands in support of unpopular causes. We all remember Ted Cruz standing alone on the floor of the US Senate passionately fighting against Obamacare and valiantly trying to persuade his fellow Republicans to join him in defunding it. Though he lost what he knew would be a rough fight, one for which he would face intense ridicule, he still took the principled stand.

There have been numerous examples in this year’s session of the Mississippi legislature. Conservative senators, including McDaniel, Watson, and Sojourner, took a very courageous and unpopular stand on a bill that would mandate that health insurance companies provide autism coverage. The easy road was to simply vote “yea” and move on, saving oneself from tough questions and political attacks.

But tough votes and courageous stands tell us who is really a conservative and who is just playing one on TV for the voters. Hard decisions and bold votes separate the conservative wheat from the political chaff.

In the latest example, timely news broke today that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has won the endorsement of nearly every member of the Republican majority in the state senate. And, right on cue, the Republican Establishment jumped for joy at the announcement.

Alan Lange of Y’all Politics said that Reeves “played this like a fiddle,” outmaneuvering and outflanking the Conservative Coalition to win over seven of the eleven members of that McDaniel-founded group. But nothing could be further from the truth. This was simply an easy political decision made by politicians. These 28 Republican senators who chose to endorse the current leadership, even though many privately loathe Tate, did not make a courageous stand. They chose the easy path, which was to simply endorse Reeves and keep him off their back in an election year.

United Conservatives Fund spokesman Keith Plunkett had this to say about the endorsements: “It’s unfortunate that some politicians have a hard time fighting the temptation of self-interest and ambition, but thank goodness we have fighters like Chris McDaniel, Melanie Sojourner, Michael Watson, and Perry Lee, who put conservative principles first. We need more like them and that’s what we’re working for with the United Conservatives Fund.”

But let us not criticize those 28 senators who chose their own path. I would only remind them of words from our Lord: “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction.”

Instead of mud-slinging, our focus should be on the four members of the Mississippi senate who took a noble stand against the powers that be – Senator Chris McDaniel, Senator Melanie Sojourner, Senator Michael Watson, and Senator Perry Lee. True courage can be found in these brave senators who chose not to open the wide gate and take the broad path, but made a decision that will likely place a political bulls-eye on their back.

But as Thomas Jefferson once advised his young nephew, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

These four senators chose to stand like a rock and they deserve our praise, not ridicule. And that is precisely the kind of courage and leadership that the United Conservatives Fund is seeking around the state, for it is the only virtue that will put our state and our country back on the right track.

Originally posted at Mississippi Conservative Daily


MCDANIEL: Restraining Presidential Power: Executive Orders

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By: Senator Chris McDaniel

Soon after the Republican sweep in the midterm elections, President Obama issued a very controversial executive order on immigration, allowing a minimum of five million illegals to remain in the country without fear of deportation.  This order essentially granted them amnesty and nullified federal laws governing aliens who crossed into the country illegally.

Now, bear in mind, Obama has said on at least 22 different occasions that the powers of the presidency do not give him the authority to issue such an order. In one such instance, he told the Spanish network Telemundo:  “I’m not a king. My job as the head of the executive branch ultimately is to carry out the law.  When it comes to enforcement of our immigration laws, we’ve got some discretion. We can prioritize what we do. But we can’t simply ignore the law.”

But ignore the law he did.

And it’s not only immigration that has attracted his pen.  In December, he issued an order to stop oil and gas exploration in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Just this past week he issued another order to expand the amount of paid sick time for federal workers, all without congressional approval.

How can he get away with such abuses of power?  It’s easy with a timid Congress afraid to confront him directly.

Making matters worse, Obama has also deceitfully used language to confuse the public by naming his orders something else.  Rather than call such actions “executive orders,” he now labels them “memoranda.”

But whether they are called executive orders, memoranda, or proclamations, these actions have the same force of law and Obama, despite his denials, has issued 33 percent more executive actions than President George W. Bush and nearly 50 percent more than Bill Clinton.

Why does he do this?  Because Congress won’t act, he declares, so he must.  Yet, contrary to his belief, a “Do Nothing Congress” Clause is not in the Constitution.

In fact, unbeknownst to most people, there is not one single word in Article II of the Constitution, or in any other section, that mentions “executive orders,” “proclamations,” or “memoranda.”  Without Congressional authorization, they are all unconstitutional, whether issued by a Republican or a Democrat.

The Constitution, in Article I Section I, gives all legislative, or lawmaking, authority to Congress, not to the President.  The President’s power consists of making sure “the laws be faithfully executed.”  He cannot make law on his own, nor can he use executive action to delay or modify laws, as he has done repeatedly with Obamacare.

Although it may seem to be a frustrating system, it is the best ever conceived by man, designed to safeguard the liberties of the people.  This is accomplished by one of the great beauties of our government – the separation of powers, a division of sovereignty between the federal government and the states and divided authority between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.  Put simply, the diffusing of power protects our individual liberties.

The founders did this to keep the nation from falling into despotism and dictatorship.  As James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, said in Federalist 46, “The accumulation of all power, legislative, executive, and judiciary in the same hands . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

But sadly we seem to be moving inexorably in that direction.

To stop this movement, Congress, now in the hands of Republicans, should take swift action to restrain the growing powers of the President.  Any illegal executive actions taken by any President should be swiftly reversed and, if applicable, as in the case with executive amnesty, defunded.

No President, regardless of party, should be allowed to change laws or delay them without congressional action, and no presidential action should ever have the force of law.

That power must forever remain in the hands of the people’s chosen representatives.

Senator Chris McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses parts of South Mississippi, since 2008. He lives with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.


Chris McDaniel doubling down on hard work despite attacks

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Sen. Chris McDaniel with Mississippi USA National Miss Teen 2015 Hailey Holland

JACKSON, Miss. – State Sen. Chris McDaniel has been back at work and hard at it in the Mississippi State Senate meeting constituents, writing legislation and attending to upcoming committee duties, but some in the media are attempting to paint a very different picture.

Geoff Pender, a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger writes in a recent article, “McDaniel was on the Senate floor Jan. 6, the first day of the session, but has since been missing from the chamber most days of the session.”

Pender goes on in his opinion piece about how McDaniel is supposedly “Present, but unaccounted for” during session.

Chris McDaniel, the popular State Senator who took on a 42-year, statewide elected incumbent in Thad Cochran in last year’s heated Republican US Senate Primary continues to live rent-free in the heads of those who wish to keep government as is.

McDaniel has been questioned on his presence in the legislative session by Pender before in questioning whether McDaniel’s heart is still in his state senate job. According to McDaniel spokesman Keith Plunkett the Jones County Senator is very focused.

Sen. McDaniel has not only been at the Capitol every day working for the voters,” says Plunkett. “He has also been there in the past week when the body was not even in session, meeting constituents, writing legislation and attending to upcoming committee duties. I’ve met with him there on several different occasions. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him more rested and ready.”

Geoff Pender writes of McDaniel, “On Wednesday, when he was greeted by his colleague, he came in about 45 minutes into heated debate on an education bill. But McDaniel has been marked present, if unaccounted for, each day.”

Plunkett explains that this is just another sad attempt to paint a mythical picture for someone else’s gain.

You would think the media would have more to write about at the state Capitol than who saw whom and who was seen by whom,” Plunkett wrote in an emailed statement to ANM News. “The Capitol press corps in Jackson should be taking coverage a bit more serious than the writers of a VIP section in a lifestyle magazine.

Plunkett said that “both instances which Mr. Pender mentions seeing Sen. McDaniel on the floor of the Senate were the only two days out of the eight so far that the body was gaveled in.

As to any claims about attendance, Mr. Pender should check the journal,” he said.

McDaniel has not only been at the Capitol every day and had numerous meetings regarding the details and language of bills he was drafting, but he has visited with constituents visiting and even provided one group with a tour of the Capitol.

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Left is Brandy Stringer, Center is Sen. Chris McDaniel, right is Kelly Watson.

McDaniel met with supporters at the Common Core Rally at the Capitol in Jackson on Tuesday, January 6 and took time to listen to their frustrations.

Kelly Watson of Gautier who met with Sen. McDaniel said, “Chris McDaniel told us that it was a wonderful thing what we were doing, taking a stand against a Trojan horse like common core.  He was very kind and thanked us for what we were doing, & encouraged us to continue the fight. He told us that he would continue to fight common core, and help us rid our state of this nightmare.

Watson also told ANM News, “Chris McDaniel is one of the rare political figures, who acknowledges that he works for the public, and his actions prove that to be true.

While Pender’s article claims it is difficult to truly validate someone’s attendance from the Senate records, just last year those very records were used in an attempt to attack McDaniel’s presence on the job.

Hopefully Mr. Pender and others in the press corps will soon get beyond this level of childishness and move towards the seriousness of reporting on the actual work Sen. McDaniel and others are doing,” said Plunkett. “The work of managing the people’s business is about more than being seen by reporters. It is unfortunate that more, including the members of the media whose job it is to inform the public, don’t take that work as seriously as Sen. McDaniel does.

Many political pundits and pollsters have shown when it comes to Republican voters Chris McDaniel defeated Thad Cochran, not once but twice. While he may not have been allowed to go on to represent the GOP in the general election, he continues as a force to be reckoned with in the conservative movement in Mississippi and across the country.

McDaniel started something with the U.S. Senate campaign that has taken the conservative movement by storm and shows no signs of slowing down. Despite the actions of those like Mr. Pender who believe McDaniel is “unaccounted for,” the people see things much differently.

All indications are that this is a fight that is only just beginning, and Mississippi is at the center of the storm.


Mississippi Senator Chris McDaniel releases statement on National Religious Freedom Day

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LAUREL, Miss. — Senator Chris McDaniel today released the following statement in support of National Religious Freedom Day.

National Religious Freedom Day commemorates the adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom that became the basis for the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

Senator McDaniel authored Mississippi’s landmark Religious Liberty Law in 2013 that re-established the state’s commitment to the rights of all to freely worship.

Statement:

“I join today with millions across the country to celebrate National Religious Freedom Day and with those who believe that if we are ever going to get our country back on track, it is going to start in our churches,” Senator McDaniel said.

The foundation of everything we believe, the cornerstone of society, is religious freedom. It is the driving force of engagement and involvement that comes from that freedom that has made our country the most prosperous in history. It is not man-made designs but our faith in a higher calling and purpose to serve one another that has created prosperity. 

“God has shined the light of his blessings upon our willingness to serve. It is the millions of unknowable transactions of neighborly kindness and prayer that we all take for granted every day. 

“This is the foundation of a country of traditions that is worth preserving. 

“I will continue my dedication to those traditions and to the rights of the people to freely worship where ever they may be, whether in the classroom or in the public square. I will continue my service to the people that they may have a voice and a place to share their unique God-given gifts with others. 

“Religious Freedom is what allows that Power to bring us into individual renewal and prosperity. 

“We must never allow the divisive schemes of secularism and the cultural worship of ourselves to hide that from the world. We must renew our commitment to the spiritual guidance only available to us by our Creator. Christians must stand now like we have never stood before, and we must do everything within our power to maintain that right without compromise.”

Senator McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses part of South Mississippi, since 2008. He resides with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.


MCDANIEL: The Failure of Obamanomics

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cmac2By: Senator Chris McDaniel

The nation just recently received the news that the economy grew at its fastest rate since 2003, a brisk 5 percent.  The same day, the Dow moved past 18,000, a new record.  All indications, at least from those seeking political gain, are that the economy is soaring.

And that has been the consistent Obama theme, although the middle class and poor have seen little evidence of a prospering economy.

At a rally in Kansas City back in July, Obama touted his recovery: “America has recovered faster and come farther than just about any other advanced country on Earth.  For the first time in more than a decade, if you ask business leaders around the world what’s the number-one place to invest, they don’t say China anymore. They say the United States of America.  And our lead is growing.  So . there are a lot of good reasons to be optimistic about America. Things are getting better..”

But despite the best efforts of the president and his followers to sugarcoat the state of the economy with their own unique set of facts and figures, the underlying reality is far different.

A good quarter of growth does not an economic recovery make.  We could very well consider this false growth when we factor in government spending.  Overall federal spending increased nearly 10 percent in the third quarter, with military spending rising 16 percent, which can account for much of the increase.

We also have major concerns with China.  It was recently reported that China has now surpassed America as the number one economy in the world, out-producing the United States, a placement we have not seen since Ulysses S. Grant was President in the 1870s.  China owns more than $1.3 trillion in US Treasury bonds and has indicated a willingness to dump them.

China is also strengthening its economic ties with Russia and is promising to help get the world off the dollar.  Losing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency would have devastating consequences for the United States.

President Obama seemingly ignores such concerns.

Rather than liberating capital for the producers that actually hold capital, thereby allowing it to be invested in the economy, he believes that vast public spending will encourage growth and, somehow, correct the problem of income inequality, which he has droned on about for years.

Despite his best efforts, Obamanomics has been a failure for most Americans.  According to a recent study by the Russel Sage Foundation, middle class wealth in 2013 was 20 percent less than what it had been in 1984, three decades ago, with nearly a third of that drop coming since Obama took office.

Even Alan Greenspan, Former Federal Reserve Chairman, paints a gloomy picture.  “The United States is doing better than anybody else, but we’re still not doing all that well,” Greenspan said last week.  “We still have a very sluggish economy.”  He then indicated the economy will not recover until American companies – that is, producers – invest more capital in productive assets.

President Obama vowed to enrich those in the middle class, but his policies have failed them.  And now they are struggling to find steady employment.  As of the fall of 2014, there are more than 92 million Americans who are not in the labor force, an increase of more than 11.9 million since Obama took office.  Not to mention the million added to the welfare rolls.

And yet, remarkably, the vast numbers of immigrants surging across our borders seem to be having no trouble finding jobs. Immigrant workers now account for all employment growth since 2007.

Ronald Reagan, as well as John F. Kennedy, took a different economic approach, a plan the Left derisively calls “trickle down” economics.  The result for President Reagan was years of steady economic growth, not just one quarter; the creation of twenty million high-paying jobs; an increase in manufacturing output; and a rise in median income by $4,000.  Indeed, GDP under Reagan grew from $2.8 trillion in 1981 to nearly $5.5 trillion in 1989, almost double.

Under Reagan, America grew stronger and more vibrant; under Obama we are in steady decline with no end in sight.

History has provided us with examples of what policies work to get the economy moving and create jobs. But we need strong leadership willing to turn those examples into new action. The last thing we need is more disinformation and propaganda from this administration trying to convince us that all is well and that government manipulation is working.

Senator Chris McDaniel is an attorney, conservative commentator and was a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. He has represented the 42nd District, which encompasses parts of South Mississippi, since 2008. He lives with his family in Ellisville, Mississippi.

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Mississippi’s Chris McDaniel calls on lawmakers to oust Speaker John Boehner

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State Sen. Chris McDaniel speaks before a crowd of partisan supporters gathered on the south lawns of the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., in April 2014. (AP)

LAUREL, Miss. — Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel has a message to the Republicans on Capitol Hill; Oust Speaker John Boehner.

McDaniel is the conservative State Senator who ran against Sen. Thad Cochran for U.S. Senate in the Mississippi GOP primary. He earned more Republican votes in both the primary and runoff, but was unable to knock off the 36-year incumbent due to Cochran getting Democratic voters to come out for him in the GOP runoff.

“It is clear Republicans across America want someone other than John Boehner as speaker, and nowhere is that truer than here in Mississippi,” McDaniel said Monday in a statement provided to ANM News. “With the new year and a new Congress, our elected officials have been given the opportunity to choose new leadership. Our Mississippi Representatives should do the right thing and vote for someone other than John Boehner for Speaker of the U.S. House,” McDaniel said.

“Republicans may be in control of the legislative branch, but they lack principled leadership.  Consequently, true conservatives have faced an increasingly hostile environment from the DC establishment. It takes more than empty rhetoric to lead.  The GOP must become a party of principle again.  And in so doing, we have to learn to fight for conservatism and our Constitution again.”

Breitbart News is reporting that McDaniel’s conservative ally in the state senate, Sen. Michael Watson is also calling to oust Boehner. Watson called on his congressman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo to vote for a Republican alternative to Boehner for Speaker of the House on Tuesday.

Watson posted this on Facebook on Monday: “It seems clear the vast majority of conservative Republicans want someone other than Rep. Boehner for Speaker, and South Mississippi is no different. I encourage Rep. Palazzo to listen to the voices of South Mississippians and vote for a new speaker.”

Listen to Chris McDaniel on Focal Point with Bryan Fisher:

Sen. Chris McDaniel on Boehner: “can’t change D.C. by electing same people” from American Family Association on Vimeo.


It’s time to take the Republican Party back from men like Scalise and Boehner

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Do you remember what the GOP establishment did to conservative Mississippi State Sen., Chris McDaniel, during the primaries? The GOP wanted Sen.Thad Cochran to win so badly, they drummed up bogus race charges after he had won the first primary to ensure that he would lose in the run-off. Many people even believed the election might have been stolen if the African American voters who were targeted in Cochran’s advertisements voted for Cochran after they had also voted in the Democrat primary weeks earlier. That would be illegal.

J. Craig wrote in an article posted on NewsNinja2012.com:

This race woke up a lot of people both inside and outside of Mississippi to the corruption and deception known as the Barbour Plan. Former Governor of Mississippi and well-known lobbyist Haley Barbour, through his Mississippi Conservatives Super PAC was able to use funds and radio ads to mislead Mississippi voters about Chris McDaniel. Haley’s nephews Austin and Henry Barbour are very close to Thad Cochran. Austin is the senior Cochran campaign adviser and Henry is the Republican National Committeeman and also runs Haley’s Super PAC. These are the people, including Pete Perry, GOP Chairman for Hinds County who were hand selected as part of the Barbour Plan to keep Thad Cochran in office no matter what. Yeah that Pete Perry. The guy who raked in $171,000 from the Pro-Cochran Super PAC to “Get Out the Vote” for Thad Cochran.

The Cochran campaign knew they lost on June 3rd and also realized they could not win in the runoff without the help of Democrat voters. They soon rolled out a plan that would almost guarantee a victory for the Senator that had absolutely no idea he was even in a race. The Barbour funded campaign used racist radio ads that aired only in the heavily populated Delta area where the majority are Black Americans and Democratic voters. A Mississippi radio station aired an ad warning voters that the Tea Party would “take away” food stamps and other welfare benefits before the run-off. The ad certainly appeared to target black voters.”

Mises quote qolAt the time, the situation in Mississippi reminded me of this Ludwig von Mises quote: “There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. ”

Chris McDaniel was an honorable man, but Republican Party establishment hacks, and groups like the NRSC, will use any corrupt means to hang onto their political power. These crooked race baiting tactics exist within the Democrat Party as well as the Republican establishment, and conservatives need to stand on principles and speak out against these underhanded maneuvers.

Fast forward to the Steve Scalise scandal. It’s been all over the media that Steve Scalise may or may not have given a tax policy speech to a group of white supremacists associated with the horrid David Duke. This event was twelve years ago while he was a state representative. The same establishment players who were condemning an innocent man like Chris McDaniel last summer, are now quick to come to the defense of a man of questionable character like Scalise. Some of the NRSC members posts on social media prove this point. Steve Scalise may or may not be a racist man, but he certainly isn’t an honorable man.

Everyone in the Republican Party can see there is a double standard. Obama can associate with every radical person and group in existence and nobody bats an eyelash. Some of the white people in the Democrat Party, like Sen. Robert Byrd, have had numerous ties to racist groups and events and nobody cares. Majority Whip Steve Scalise possibly speaking at a conference for a group he didn’t know was associated with white supremacists seems mild by comparison. However, as conservatives we need to raise the bar and hold a higher standard for principles than the Democrats. Steve Scalise may or may not have spoken to the EURO group, but he does have ties to Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to David Duke. Kenny Knight, like David Duke, holds anti-Semitic and racist views and he has ties to the KKK and other hate groups. Knight even claims to have donated to Scalise’s campaign. Since the scandal has broken, Scalise hasn’t done enough to disassociate with Kenny Knigh,t and this isn’t good enough for the number three leader in the House. We can’t have a man in GOP leadership that tolerates anti-Semites and white supremacists as a constituent group. It is bad enough we have to be falsely called racists for merely criticizing the policies of a half-black president, we don’t need this kind of unprincipled person in such a high position in our party.

It is reprehensible that Speaker John Boehner and Kevin McCarthy have rallied around Steve Scalise and defended him. Nobody in the Republican Party is saying that Scalise himself is a racists, but can you imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and Scalise had been a Tea Party conservative? Boehner would have hung him out to dry. He would have asked a conservative to step down in a New York minute. Scalise betrayed Americans over Obama’s amnesty last month. The Republican Study Committee (RSC) use to be the conservative body of the GOP which would fight back when bills were promoted that didn’t align with conservative values. Scalise bumped real conservatives out of the way to become the chairman of the RSC, and since then has done everything in his power to destroy the purpose of the RSC.

In interviews with four aides who worked for Scalise while he helmed the study group, the staffers, who spoke under the condition of anonymity to avoid retaliation, described being actively prevented from working towards the RSC’s traditional goal of moving the GOP conference and its leadership to the right.

Plus, Boehner and Scalise worked behind the scenes to rid true conservatives from certain committee assignments.

Steve Scalise is an integral part of Boehner’s establishment team out to defeat conservative politicians and conservative goals. Meanwhile, Boehner is seeking re-election from his Republican colleagues as Speaker on Tuesday, the first day of the new Congress. A recent poll shows that over 60% of the Republican voters want him gone. When asked why, most stated he wasn’t effective at opposing Obama’s agenda. It would only require 29 House members to get rid of Speaker John Boehner

Joseph Story use to say:

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.

The wise have been banished from our public council and D.C. has become filled with immoral leaders who don’t represent the values of America. Too many people side with the Republican Party as if it were their “team”, even when the Republican Party is wrong. People need to stop looking at political parties and start looking at political philosophies. The problem is there are too many people who never even ponder what the Republican Party should stand for. We need more conviction in our politicians who advance a creed, not a Party. Finding our way back to the mindset of the framers will go a long way in healing the progressive damage to our country. Either you believe in Constitutional liberty, personal property rights, individual sovereignty, federalism and the philosophy of the founders, or you believe in big government control and central planning. If we want to save our Republic, we need GOP leaders who represent principles first, not men who commit all of these underhanded maneuvers. Conservatives need to get out the scrub brushes and clean house! Scalise needs to step down and Boehner needs to be voted out as Speaker. Now is the time. Conservatives need to go full force on their fight against the GOP establishment to win back the Party.


A Historic Effort: Defending the Chris McDaniel Campaign

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From Mississippi Conservative Daily:

Back in September the left-wing website Politico named the Chris McDaniel campaign as one of the worst of 2014, comparing his effort to those of serial liar Wendy Davis of Texas, the drab Pat Roberts of Kansas, and others, many which were actually flops. Unsurprisingly, the establishment hacks at Y’all Politics couldn’t resist reprinting the nonsense on its site the same day.mcdaniel-point-AP

Nor could Sam Hall, who, in his Clarion Ledger column took the same shot at McDaniel by citing the Politico story.

So, who really cares what Politico has to say anyway? It’s a Democratic, leftist site created solely to challenge the Drudge Report. Their opinions are irrelevant to conservative Mississippians. But desperate to tear down Senator McDaniel and his insurgent campaign to take down the entrenched Cochran/Barbour establishment machine, these useful idiots will get into bed with just about anybody they can, even liberal Democrats, since they share a common enemy and want to see the continuation of the status quo, despite the current poll-supported opinions of a majority of Americans.

But what of this silly notion of a bad McDaniel campaign? Let’s look at the key facts, shall we? And I do stress FACTS, not media or establishment drivel.

Senator Chris McDaniel, who represents Jones County and parts of Forrest County, took on a 42-year, statewide elected incumbent who was thought by many to be unbeatable. Henry Barbour scoffed at the notion of McDaniel challenging Cochran, telling the media that “he will get his head handed to him and he will deserve it.” Hinds County Boss Pete Perry, who never met an honest election he liked, predicted McDaniel would lose 80-20. The political “genius” Frank Corder of Y’all Politics, who couldn’t even successfully manage his own bid for mayor of Pascagoula, thought McDaniel would do a bit better, but would still get no more than 40 percent of the vote.

Yet all these so-called political virtuosos, who still joyfully rip into Senator McDaniel, as well as his staff, on an almost daily basis, were wrong and hugely so. They could not even read the pulse and mood of their own electorate. But Chris McDaniel could.

Having no organization to counter the mighty Cochran/Barbour machine, Senator McDaniel had to build one from scratch. And he did so in spectacular fashion, organizing in nearly every county and raising millions of dollars. If you want to know the real reason why Chris McDaniel is so hated by the establishment, this is it. The politically animalistic Barbours want no competition to their rule over the state of Mississippi and McDaniel’s group has brought a serious challenge to that monopoly.

In the 8-month campaign from October to June, Senator McDaniel crisscrossed the state, traveling tens of thousands of miles, speaking to hundreds of groups, and shaking an incalculable number of hands. He wanted a campaign based on the great political issues before us, and held townhall meetings to talk directly to the people. He invited Senator Cochran to join him for these public forums, and to debate on television before all Mississippians. But the aging Senator took a different approach. He chose to ignore the issues, snub the people, and run a campaign based largely in the gutter.

What were the results? Chris McDaniel, against all odds, defeated Thad Cochran on primary night, June 3. In the runoff election three weeks later, McDaniel won nearly 60 percent of the Republican vote and gained a Republican record 187,000 votes, a record for a Republican primary in Mississippi. Talk about party building! Senator McDaniel greatly expanded the Republican Party base across the state.

Though the media and the Cochran camp obsessed over the “outside money” that came in to help McDaniel, the establishment spent $15 million, much of it coming from out-of-state crony organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, to take down the insurgent, yet still failed. The only way Cochran, Barbour & Company could defeat Senator McDaniel and his conservative army in the runoff was to bring in more than 42,000 Democrats, thousands of which we know voted illegally, and many of whom were likely paid to do so. Those that weren’t paid, voted out of sheer fear, ginned up with one of the worst race-baiting campaigns in modern memory.

And while we are on the subject of facts, it is important to note that Senator McDaniel needed not a single Democrat to defeat Cochran but Cochran needed tens of thousands to beat McDaniel. That is the bottom line to Cochran’s whole sorry campaign. He couldn’t rally the conservative Republican base around him so he chose to go after voters who think more like he does in seeking to expand government services, an ideology he has held his entire political career.

Yet we hear not a word from Y’all Politics, Sam Hall, or the rest of the media in Mississippi about these facts. They are still fixated on these manufactured scandals, and any attack against McDaniel, and are busily carrying water for Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat who seems to be infatuated with the idea of nailing the McDaniel camp with something they had nothing to do with but has made no effort to peer into the real scandal of Mississippi 2014 – the Cochran vote-buying scheme.

Just like on the national scene, though, conservatives know that we will never get the real story from the media, or from all these political prognosticators, the little Karl Roves of Mississippi, who are more often wrong than right, and never more so than in 2014. They are only interested in keeping their hands in the taxpayer-supported cookie jar, not in any real, meaningful political reforms.

Like it or not, Chris McDaniel beat Thad Cochran, not once but twice, and ran not the worst but perhaps the best campaign this year. He did better than any Tea Party/insurgent candidate in America, terrified the establishment in Mississippi and in Washington, and has built a serious organization to strengthen the conservative movement, not only in Mississippi but across the country. And only with true conservatism, the McDaniel brand, will we finally be able achieve serious reforms for our state and for our nation.


Chris McDaniel has New Life to his Challenge of Thad Cochran’s Tainted Victory

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Chris McDaniel has been fighting what he believes is a corrupt system following his unexpected loss in the GOP Senate run-off in Mississippi. His opponent, incumbent Thad Cochran, was accused, with evidence, of paying black voters to illegally vote in the run-off, as they had already voted in the Democrat primary and had no intention on voting Republican in the general election, and using another sleazy, lie-based tactic.

The Cochran campaign and its supporters stooped to disgusting race-baiting tactics to lure black Democrats to vote, accusing McDaniel of being associated with the KKK and telling them McDaniel would work to bring segregation back to Mississippi.

McDaniel has been fighting the irregularities and corrupt tactics in the election ever since the loss and has refused to concede. Neither the state nor the national GOP would back his investigation or consider its findings. But now, his fight has new and powerful political life breathed into it.

A Mississippi High Court has agreed to hear McDaniels case in the GOP primary dispute. As reported by the AP via the Houston Chronicle.

Attorneys for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday that a challenger waited too long to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn Cochran’s victory in the June 24 Republican primary runoff.

However, attorneys for the challenger, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, argued that current Mississippi law does not specify a deadline for filing a challenge of election results. McDaniel is asking justices to revive lawsuit that was dismissed in late August. The circuit judge who dismissed the suit agreed with Cochran’s attorneys that McDaniel waited too long to file.

Justices spent nearly two hours listening to arguments and asking questions of both sides. They gave no indication of when or how they might rule.

Cochran and McDaniel were not in court Thursday.

If justices side with McDaniel, the lawsuit could go to trial and he could try to prove his claim that the runoff was tainted by irregularities such as people voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and then crossing over to vote in the June 24 Republican runoff. Mississippi does not register voters by party, but it bans people from voting in one party’s primary and the other party’s runoff in the same election cycle.

(H/T: TPNN)


 

You can watch the recorded video from Thursday’s Supreme Court hearing:

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Watch LIVE: Mississippi Supreme Court set to hear Chris McDaniel challenge

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JACKSON, MS –The Mississippi Supreme Court is set to hear Chris McDaniel’s election challenge Thursday morning at 10 am cst.

It’s not clear when justices will rule.

A circuit judge dismissed McDaniel’s lawsuit in August, saying the McDaniel campaign waited too long to challenge the results of the June 24 primary runoff. The judge agreed with Cochran’s attorneys, who cited a 1959 state Supreme Court ruling that a candidate must file a challenge within 20 days. McDaniel waited 41.

McDaniel’s attorneys say state law was rewritten in the 1980s and doesn’t specify a deadline.

Cochran won the runoff by 7,667 votes. McDaniel claims the election was tainted by voting irregularities.

Watch the hearing LIVE here.

Mobile users can watch the live stream here: http://shout.lt/GkQb


 

UPDATE: Watch the hearing recorded here.

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Remembering Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss. — The 2014 primary election cycle has certainly been interesting and fun to watch, but being part of it and seeing first-hand the measures in which the Republican establishment will go has been infuriating. Down in Mississippi, the number one most corrupt state in America, a battle for the Republican seat for United States Senate has been going on for months. The duel has been between 36-year incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and new blood State Senator Chris McDaniel.

This race has been the most intense and highly watched in the nation. First, we had State Senator and challenger Chris McDaniel who won over the Republican voters in the “Republican” Primary on June 3 with 49.5 percent of the votes to 49 percent for Cochran. Due to neither candidate receiving more than 50 percent which is state law, they were forced to a runoff. On June 24, again Chris McDaniel won over the Republican voters in the “Republican” run-off. He received more Republican votes in both races than the incumbent Thad Cochran. Cochran was announced the winner though only by receiving 45-65,000 Democrat votes. Many of these were indeed cross-over votes (illegal) who were misguided, lied to, and bribed to in order to show up and vote for Thad Cochran.

haley-barbour-300x198This race woke up a lot of people both inside and outside of Mississippi to the corruption and deception known as the Barbour Plan. Former Governor of Mississippi and well-known lobbyist Haley Barbour, through his Mississippi Conservatives Super PAC was able to use funds and radio ads to mislead Mississippi voters about Chris McDaniel. Haley’s nephews Austin and Henry Barbour are very close to Thad Cochran. Austin is the senior Cochran campaign adviser and Henry is the Republican National Committeeman and also runs Haley’s Super PAC. These are the people, including Pete Perry, GOP Chairman for Hinds County who were hand selected as part of the Barbour Plan to keep Thad Cochran in office no matter what. Yeah that Pete Perry. The guy who raked in $171,000 from the Pro-Cochran Super PAC to “Get Out the Vote” for Thad Cochran.

The Cochran campaign knew they lost on June 3 and also realized they could not win in the runoff without the help of Democrat voters. They soon rolled out a plan that would almost guarantee a victory for the Senator that had absolutely no idea he was even in a race. The Barbour funded campaign used racist radio ads that aired only in the heavily populated Delta area where the majority are black Americans and Democrat voters. A Mississippi radio station aired an ad warning voters that the Tea Party would “take away” food stamps and other welfare benefits before the run-off. The ad certainly appeared to target black voters.

Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi. And the most conservative state in the republic this happened and if it can’t happen here, it can happen anywhere,” he said after the Associated Press called the race for Cochran. “And that is why we will never stop fighting.” – Chris McDaniel

Cochran “allegedly” edged out McDaniel in the runoff by 7,667 votes. He did so due to election fraud. He did so due to monies from Republican Political PAC’s. He did so due to Haley Barbour. He did so due to Mitch McConnell. He did so due to racist political ads paid for by Haley Barbour. He did so due to the Republican Party establishment hacks who wanted to hold onto their power and puppet-dangling control with Thad Cochran. They had more money. They had more power. This is the problem America.

Here’s the breakdown:

Of the 82 counties in Mississippi and out of those the McDaniel campaign was able to gain access to (within reasonable time), there were a total of 15,372 illegal votes. These were found by reviewing poll books (original and redacted), signature logs, voting machine tapes, and countless other electoral resources. The problem with all of this is that this isn’t even half of the issues because the campaign was not granted full access to what was required to fully investigate. They were stopped at every turn and given countless excuses on why they were not allowed to view the election material.

There were 35 counties who flat-out denied access to review poll books. Of those counties that were allowed to be reviewed, there were 14 counties with ballot boxes unlocked, 26 counties with seals broken, 29 counties with a broken chain of custody, and so many other irregularities that cannot even be explained because the court houses were such a mess.

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When McDaniel’s attorney, Mitch Tyner filed the challenge, he did so in 41 days. Judge Hollis McGehee ruled on August 29 that McDaniel waited too long to file his challenge with the state Republican Party. McGehee said that under state law the challenge had to be filed within 20 days. They cited a 1959 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling that said an election challenge must begin within 20 days of the election. McDaniel argued that the 20 day deadline was no longer the law. McDaniel’s lawyers filed an appeal September 5th with the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn McGehee’s judicial decision rejecting McDaniel’s challenge.

The Mississippi State GOP, Party Chairman Joe Nosef, and the Mississippi judicial system put up all kinds of road blocks to stall the actual McDaniel filing. It certainly appears the ‘stalling’ was a deliberate ploy with this legal maneuver of the 20 day time limit as the back-up plan for a court challenge. The frustrating part about this is initially this judge was viewed as being fair after his remarks about the upcoming challenge, as he indicated his authority to unseat Cochran if he were elected in November. The judge also communicated in a letter to circuit clerks that they should preserve the election records for the trial. He was adamant about his authority and showed a backbone at the 1st hearing. So, he didn’t know about the filing date issue at that time? Something just isn’t right here. Seems somebody came to him at the end with the “20 day filing” save.

10406472_10203808213262176_708920863002293792_n-300x300The judge ruled on a technicality for the Cochran campaign and all of the very telling evidence that was put together over weeks of time has not been reviewed thus far. That is a problem. Enough of the charades from the Cochran campaign and favors from all of their high-profile, influential people who are the decision makers, it is time to review the data and start fixing the GOP. The time is now.

Thad Cochran lost in Mississippi to a better candidate in Chris McDaniel and the Republican establishment chose to throw grenades at their own people in order to secure power and influence. This is sick and not right for the integrity of our elections. Chris McDaniel is a great man. A man of character, faith, family, and integrity, but also a man who is a proven fighter. He clearly has taken the most heat from any political candidate this election cycle, but he has taken it from his own party.

I pray we’ll get justice. We need our chance to present our evidence. And the people of this country and this state need to finally see the ugly, ugly under belly of some elements of the Republican Party. And those elements, as bad as they’ve behaved, they have no business being the party of freedom or being Reagan’s conservative party.” – Chris McDaniel

The son of Mississippi may have fallen down momentarily, but rest assured, he will rise again. The fight is far from over. McDaniel started something down in Mississippi that was very much-needed for the entire Republican Party. It woke up a lot of sleeping giants. This is no longer the party of Reagan, but the party Reagan would fight. We conservatives must continue to fight. Fight we will.

Are you a McDaniel Republican? #RememberMississippi