Earmark Investigation: Bennie Thompson on Bolton, Miss., Road Improvement

Washington Post: Earmark investigation: Bennie Thompson on Bolton, Miss., road improvement

Thirty-three members of Congress have steered more than $300 million in earmarks and other spending provisions to dozens of public projects that are next to or near the lawmakers’ own property, according to a Washington Post investigation.

In Mississippi, Thompson secured a $900,000 earmark that was later used to resurface about two dozen roads in 2010 in Hinds County. One of those was LC Turner Circle, a quarter-mile residential loop in the small town of Bolton, where Thompson owns a home and two lots and his daughter owns a home.

Under the ethics rules Congress has written for itself, this is both legal and undisclosed.

McTeer Seeks Congressional Office

Bolivar Commercial: McTeer seeks congressional office

McTeer recently spoke of her preparations and platforms for her campaign.

“As being a former mayor of Greenville, I think it was one of the best preparations I could have because in this economy I have not only worked to help people in their situations but have done so practically,” McTeer said.

McTeer will be on the ballot for the March 13, 2012 Democrat Primary.

“Serial Candidate” Among Potential Palazzo Challengers

By Kaija Wilkinson Mississippi Press

Florida resident Joshua Larose, who has also run for office using the first name “Josue,” is among those who sent their qualifying paperwork to the Mississippi Democratic Party ahead of a Friday deadline. However, Democratic Party Executive Director Rickey Cole said he plans to recommend that Larose be disqualified.

“He has a very interesting story, to say the least” Cole said. “Basically, he is not what he claims to be.”

Paperwork Larose filed in Jackson says he is a qualified elector of Harrison County, but the address he provided matches a business complex in Flowood, Cole said.

“We’ve done a little research and found that he is a serial candidate in Florida,” Cole said. “Evidently he’s trying to branch out and run for office in Mississippi.”

On the website Our Campaigns, Larose’s bio says:

“He is a 25 year old rich man, born on June 12, 1981. Regarding his education level he is earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, then he is earning a Certificate in Real Estate, in Mortgage Brokerage and finally he has a MBA Degree. He is also a Federal Lobbyist, officially recognized and registered by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C.”

In Florida, he’s run unsuccessfully for Miami mayor, state and U.S. Senate, and governor, Florida newspapers have reported.

He started 40 political parties, created 160 PACs and has claimed his war chest exceeds $14 million, according to the blog Foolocracy.com.

One newspaper, the Sun Sentinel, reported that he created more than 300 PACS during his campaign for governor.

Among his parties listed on Foolocracy: American Music Stars Political Party, American Aristocrats Political Party and American Billionaires Political Party.

US Rep. Thompson Files for Re-Election in Miss.


AP./Hattiesburg American: US Rep. Thompson files for re-election in Miss

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson filed qualifying papers Tuesday to seek re-election in Mississippi’s 2nd District.

Former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer has said she’ll challenge Thompson in the Democratic primary. Cobby Mondale Williams of Canton plans to run in the 2nd District as an independent.

The 2012 elections in Mississippi are beginning to take shape. It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next 10 days of candidate qualifying.

Kentucky: Two Horse Races


Southern Political Report: Kentucky: Two horse races

Kentucky will host two very competitive contests for Congress in 2012, one an open seat being vacated by a Republican, the other a rematch of a very close 2010 race. Although the Democrats easily (56 percent) reelected Gov. Steve Beshear (D) in November 2011, the overall climate in the state appears to favor the GOP, with President Obama, who lost the state by 57 percent to 41 percent in 2008.

In the 4th District (Covington, etc.), four-term US Rep. Geoff Davis (R) is retiring, leaving an open seat in this usually Republican district, which is composed in large part of suburbs of nearby Cincinnati, Ohio. McCain got 60 percent here in 2008; Bush got 63 percent in 2004.

In the 6th District (Lexington, etc.), four-term US Rep. Ben Chandler (D) scraped by in 2010 with 50.1 percent of the vote to challenger Andy Barr’s (R) 49.8 percent, a difference of only 647 votes out of some 239,000 cast. Barr, 37, is an attorney and a part-time constitutional law professor.

The race in Kentucky’s 6th District could determine if Democrats gain the 25 seats needed to reclaim the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.