Alan Lange: Political Entrepreneur

By Ryan S. Walters

The great historian Burton Folsom, professor history at Hillsdale College, wrote a groundbreaking book defending many of the so-called “robber barons” of the Gilded Age, infamous men such as John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and J. P. Morgan. In Myths of the Robber Barons, Folsom delineates two classes of tycoons – market entrepreneurs and political entrepreneurs – one good, one bad. [Read more…]

Panicked Establishment Already At Work To Save RINO Roger

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

The Republican establishment in Mississippi is panicked and I don’t mean by any perceived threats from the incoming Trump Administration. No it’s more local, more personal, and more frightening than that. Rumors are starting to grow that State Senator Chris McDaniel might just throw his hat into the ring against Senator Roger Wicker in the 2018 midterms and that prospect fills the powers-that-be with dread. [Read more…]

McDaniel vs. Cochran 2014: Why Charlie Mitchell Gets It Wrong

By Ryan S. Walters

Charlie Mitchell is the assistant dean, and assistant professor, of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at12235042_1026092310787990_1474717039908903470_n Ole Miss, which means, presumably, that he knows something about a journalist’s trade, though we can’t say the same about his knowledge of politics.

In his column today, Mitchell seeks to figure out Donald Trump’s appeal. This election is about discontent, he writes, and people are unhappy. But why? Because “America has become a nation of makers and takers. They and Trump are the makers. Everyone else is a leech.” These people are angry about being “forced to pay taxes to house and feed those who can’t or won’t work.”

Trump supporters don’t see him “as a genius,” he writes. “They don’t care about his position on issues…. They don’t care what he says or who he offends. He’s not an insider, and that’s all that matters.” [Read more…]

The Hypocrisy of Delbert Hosemann

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Recently, two Jackson-based Republican political operatives, Greg Brand and George Williams, entered no contest1 pleas for a misdemeanor charge concerning a printed campaign mailer distributed during the 2015 state election cycle.

Their target was Madison mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler, who was running in the primary for State Auditor. The mailer ridiculed Hawkins-Butler but was also anonymously distributed with no names or addresses listed, a violation of state law because it mentioned a specific candidate for office.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who oversees the state’s election laws, referred to such seemingly outrageous conduct as “destructive to the republic.” Columnist, political consultant, and establishment mouthpiece Brian Perry pushed the same narrative in a recent column, writing that “if you mention a candidate, put a disclaimer on it” because “it’s the law, and also just good manners.” [Read more…]

Political Flashback: June 3, 2014 – Chris McDaniel Defeats Thad Cochran

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Today is the two-year anniversary of a truly shocking political story. On June 3, 2014, State Senator Chris McDaniel beat US Senator Thad Cochran in the Republican primary for US Senate, gaining the votes of nearly 158,000 Mississippi conservatives. [Read more…]

Senator Chris McDaniel Pens Open Letter to Mississippi Conservatives, Steven Palazzo Breathes Sigh of Relief

From Senator Chris McDaniel:

Dear Friends,

For months, friends and supporters have been asking me to run for Congress against Steven Palazzo. Such requests have only intensified in light of Steven’s inexplicable support of President Obama’s disastrous budget, whereby many Congressional Republicans (including Mississippi’s entire GOP delegation) voted to fully fund the president’s liberal agenda, including Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, sanctuary cities, climate change, refugee resettlement programs and his unconstitutional executive orders.

Put simply, the Omnibus Spending Bill they supported did not honor the promises they made to the men and women who elected them. Instead, the bill adopted the big-government agenda of Democrats and effectively forfeited our Republican victories of 2014, while cementing Obama’s priorities for nearly the full remainder of his term.

Ninety-five House Republicans displayed courage in fighting the president. But Mississippi’s delegation did not. Each of them surrendered without a fight and blindly supported President Obama in the same manner they blindly supported the failed leadership of House Speaker John Boehner. [Read more…]

Deeply Divided: How Conservatives will overcome the Establishment and reform our party, our state and our nation

By Senator Chris McDaniel

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 Thad Cochran 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. [Read more…]