Clinton Support for Multi Peril Insurance Makes Front Page of the Sun Herald

Again our congratulations to Steve for helping to force this issue with our Democratic Presidential candidates. Steve tells me he is still waiting to hear back from the Obama camp. As reported here first and without further analysis here is Anita Lee’s story:

As Mississippi’s Democratic presidential primary approaches, Sen. Hillary Clinton has thrown her support to multiple-peril insurance coverage for coastal communities.

Clinton sent a letter Friday to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd, D-Conn., urging him to consider adding wind coverage to federal flood insurance, a proposal from U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss. A flood-insurance bill left Dodd’s committee without wind coverage. Continue reading “Clinton Support for Multi Peril Insurance Makes Front Page of the Sun Herald”

Email from Hillary

Steve, aka Topbanana has been working the political angle of HR 3121 since the Mississippi primaries became important to the Democratic presidential race. Last Friday at the Issues + Answers lecture given by Congressman Gene Taylor we were told Senator McCain was against multi peril insurance. Today Senator Clinton came through big time with this letter to Senator Christopher Dodd.  Steve’s contribution to this effort to bring fairness to insurance for coastal residents can not be understated. Congratulations friend. Now lets see if Obama’s campaign is for the people in the Gulf South like Hillary.

Roger Wicker’s Maiden Senate Speech

The Sun Herald has consistently reported Roger Wicker would make Hurricane Katrina recovery the major part of his maiden Senate speech and they were true to their word. Perhaps Congressman Taylor now has a true champion for the multi peril concept in the Senate. Without further analysis here is the insurance exerpt of Senator Wicker’s maiden Senate speech: Continue reading “Roger Wicker’s Maiden Senate Speech”

Breaking: Several Insurers Dropped from Whistleblower Suit

It’s mono y mono now. The Rigsby sisters against State Farm.

Read Anita Lee’s story Three insurance companies dropped from whistle-blower suit.

Ocean Springs whistle-blowers are dropping three major insurance companies from a lawsuit filed over Katrina claims handling, choosing to focus on State Farm insurance companies as they press for damages under the federal False Claims Act. Continue reading “Breaking: Several Insurers Dropped from Whistleblower Suit”

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts”

Einstein got that right – so did the acclaimed journalist Walter Lippman who said the news and the truth are not the same thing.

Lippman believed many people, including journalist, make judgments by condensing ideas into symbols that are stored in the brain and released when triggered. When journalists take this shortcut, it is their opinion, not fact, that influences public opinion. Continue reading ““If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts””

Gene Taylor Issues + Answers Lecture

Gene Taylor’s issue + answers lecture at USM Gulf Park was a well attended event. Besides Congressman Taylor, Senatorial hopeful Ronnie Musgrove, State Senator David Baria and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney were in attendance.

While I organize my thoughts and before I give my personal impressions, I’ll post the Sun Herald story along with the actions of our fellow blogger and friend Steve, aka Topbanana, who shouted down an insurance agent that heckled Congressman Taylor. The agent in question was forcibly removed from the premises by campus security while Steve received a round of applause from the crowd for shutting the guy up.

This news story contains a factual inaccuracy, HR 3121 does not repeal the McCarran Ferguson anti trust exemption. sop Continue reading “Gene Taylor Issues + Answers Lecture”

Breaking: Scruggs Contempt Case in Alabama Dismissed

David Rossmiller broke this story on his blog. Thanks to Bellesouth for the pdf of the order and heads up.

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Update:

I have read the order for dismissal and await a lawyer’s analysis but to me it boils down to what was very apparent from reading Judge Acker’s original order; the law enforcement exception contained therein is absolute and was met as demonstrated by the facts of the case. Also Judge Vinson found Judge Acker’s order was poorly written: Continue reading “Breaking: Scruggs Contempt Case in Alabama Dismissed”

“You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”

Humanity is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong, but no matter, the crowd follows it.

Oddly enough, Mark Twain’s quote comes from The Mysterious Stranger– in the world of blogs and message boards, mysterious strangers are the norm. Here, for example, I am known as Promise; but,by any name, am a modern day muckraker. Continue reading ““You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.””

Don

Big Insurance, meet Connie Moran – a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree in finance/economics and international commerce – the Mayor of Ocean Springs, Mississippi with all perils insurance on her mind.Moran wants more than stories about businesses and residents having trouble rebuilding due to insurance costs, she want hard data. According to the Mississippi Press Register, she plans to provide that data to Congressman Gene Taylor. Moran wants more than stories about businesses and residents having trouble rebuilding due to insurance costs, she want hard data. According to the Mississippi Press Register, she plans to provide that data to Congressman Gene Taylor.
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