Tuesday in side of the “Beltway” and otherwise

Here ya go folks, some of the best links money can’t buy:

Thad Cochran’s Executive Assistant Accompanied Him to 42 Countries on 33 Taxpayer-Funded Trips ~ Matthew Boyle

Staying with the election theme:

Gene Taylor says Steven Palazzo cast three unforgivable votes ~ Paul Hampton

Actually Gene was kind to Palazzo leaving off the wild parties that trashed beach houses, Palazzo’s former Chief of Staff heading to the Federal Pokey, using his taxpayer funded staff to conduct his and wifey’s personal business, etc, etc. etc.

Next up, from the how much damage can a packaged out former tampon salesman cause before he is packaged out again (Russell feel free to chime in here):

Chiquita verifies company considering a move from Gulfport ~ Anita Lee

Yo Fernando…..;-)

Speaking of Yo. Yo Gordon. 😉

Woman was aiding FBI in scrutiny of DA Harry Morel ~ Gordon Russell and Richard Thompson

This case simply won’t go away. Kinda like Slabbed. :mrgreen:

Finally, from the disaster that is the Jefferson Parish Hospital Privatization Process:

Children’s, Ochsner sign up same consultant to relieve financial pressures ~ Ben Myers and Rebecca Catalanello

Bonus heard on the street. Councilmen Roberts and Spears are butting heads these days. The conflict evidently traces to one of the JP public hospitals.


Thank you Gene

Welp, it’s officially official folks.

Taylor wastes no time going after Palazzo in Mississippi’s 4th District ~ Paul Hampton

Gene has a website up and those wanting a yard sign can go here to request one. I’m gonna make time to stop by his campaign office and pick up several to put out across the district.

But the Fluffer Congressman is the GOP Party Establishment choice and they will spend mightily to keep their tool entrenched in DC for Steven Palazzo is a useful tool that is loyal to his political party instead of his people at home.

Gene Taylor officially kicks off campaign to reclaim congressional seat ~ Warren Kulo

Sixty fours days is gonna fly by quickly. Stay tuned.

As I was saying weeks ago: Gene Taylor to run for Congress as a Republican

Gene Taylor going back on the ballot ~ Sea Coast Echo

I’ve fielded several inquiries today concerning former congressman Gene Taylor. Updated

Today is the deadline to qualify here in Mississippi for the fall congressional elections.  As I understand it either you qualify by close of business today or you don’t get to run in the March party primaries or participate in the November general election.

I’ve shook the tree multiple times. Gene has always had a close circle of standup local folks and family that he relies upon for a sounding board and they must be very tight-lipped as there is nothing on the community to indicate a return to politics for the former congressman.

So with around 3 hours to go before quitting time today I’ll posit my best guess and say despite the various grass-roots draft Gene movements the former congressman will be staying in private life based on everything I can glean from the tea leaves. I hope he proves me wrong before 5 but don’t count on it folks. ~ sop


Michael Newsom at the Sun Herald just got the definitive word folks.

From the diaries of a useful idiot allow me to present a typical Jones County voter….

Useful Idiot: Noun (ˈyüs-fəl i-dē-ət)

In political jargon, useful idiot is a pejorative term used to describe people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they do not understand, who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause.

A year ago we replaced Congressman Gene Taylor because he had thrown in with the liberal Democrats and was voting with them most of the time. We elected Steven Palazzo to replace him because he was the only one running against Taylor and we were hoping he would do a better job.

However, since he’s been in Washington it seems like he has forgotten all about the people he is supposed to represent.
During the last several months I cannot get him to acknowledge anything I send him. I don’t know if he replies to his constituents on the Coast, but he pretty much ignores us in the northern half of the district. We don’t need Gene Taylor back in office, but at least Gene Taylor answered our correspondence.

Congressman Palazzo had a small window of opportunity handed to him on a silver platter with which to prove himself.
He has proven to have fallen in with the Washington crowd.


Poor Ida obviously has no clue about Gene Taylor’s voting record or else she would not have displayed her ignorance by saying Gene had thrown in with liberals actually voting with them. And what happens when ignorant people vote based on Fox News talking points? Well you get a sold out political hack whose family makes big money cutting shit house deals off the backs of the taxpaying public in Steven Palazzo. I think Ida may have been the lady at Gene’s Moss Point town hall meeting complaining about all the foreign MDs that were allowed to practice in South Mississippi.

In any event even the backwoods ingrates know they have a pig in the poke with Palazzo.  Too bad they still have no clue what a good thing they had going with Gene.


Palazzo pummeling continues as the Sun Herald profiles the competitive field for our fluffer congressman.

Folks today Geoff Pender at the Sun Herald checks in with an extensive profile of the competitors lining up to unseat our bumbling fluffer Congressman Steven Palazzo that is far from the type of “namby-pamby tripe” that is normally found in political stories. It is so damn good I gotta excerpt it as the Sun Herald is a long way from the bad old days when they were reprinting Palazzo’s press releases as news without questioning the contents. Here are a few snippets:

He was swept into office last year by TEA Party–fueled anti-incumbency fervor, but now freshman U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo has some of the same forces lining up against him for his first re-election bid.

And one misstep after another producing headlines in Washington and at home isn’t helping him.

Pender goes on to identify Gene Taylor, Michael Watson and Brian Sanderson, names that have frequently popped up in the political blogs, as those challengers.  The fact Gene appears to be open to the possibility of another run is what makes today’s article as it would represent a shift for Team Taylor.  It is my hope Gene makes that run as he was in fact an excellent representative for this area as the list of folks the Boss Hogg hand-picked Palazzo has alienated in his own party is impressive as Pender catalogues all the Palazzo missteps less than one year in his term of office including using his taxpayer-funded staff as babysitters for his kids among other things: Continue reading “Palazzo pummeling continues as the Sun Herald profiles the competitive field for our fluffer congressman.”

Election 2010 fallout: Media from across the country weigh in on Gene Taylor’s election loss.

The Marine Log: Shipbuilding champion Gene Taylor loses re-election bid

U.S. shipbuilders are losing a staunch Congressional ally. After 11 terms in the House, Rep. Gene Taylor has lost his bid to be re-elected to the Mississippi District 4 seat.

…His eleven terms brought a seniority that placed him well to defend shipbuilding interests as Chairman of the key Seapower and Expeditionary Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. He is also Co-Chairman of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus.

The Journal of Commerce: Maritime Advocate Taylor Loses Election

The wave of Republicans taking over the House on Tuesday swept out Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., one of the most passionate supporters of the Coast Guard and U.S. merchant marine in Congress.

Taylor has served 11 terms in Congress. He is chairman of the House Armed Services subcommittee on seapower and expeditionary forces and chairman of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus. His district includes the Northrop-Grumman shipyard at Pascagoula. Continue reading “Election 2010 fallout: Media from across the country weigh in on Gene Taylor’s election loss.”

You gotta give a little to get a little. This is what the coast lost in last night’s election.

With Ike Skelton’s defeat Gene Taylor would have been the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, in line to chair it when the Dems regain control of the House.  It is a loss of seniority that will have negative impacts for the coast down the line, especially at the shipyard.

Ironically, the person who cost both Skelton and Gene their jobs in one Nancy Pelosi kept her House seat and the people in her House district the benefit of her seniority. Meantime the clout of the Mississippi delegation in Congress has never been less.


This is what happens after Bararck Obama became more interested in the brand than sticking with the message.

Yep we supported you but dude you lost us. Ed Liddy, AIG Bonuses, that lying sack of shit Tim Geithner and the retreads like Laurence Summers guaranteed it. How ironic that it is Ted Kennedy’s old senate seat that will derail health care reform. Meantime if Mr Prez wants to find out what he can do to get things back on track he need look no further than the bluedogs in his own party.

But some in the party warned that the Democratic Congress was on the brink of a mistake that could cost lawmakers dearly.

Representative Gene Taylor, a conservative Mississippi Democrat and opponent of the health plan, said its nearly $1 trillion cost and the lack of widespread public enthusiasm for it adds up to a political miscalculation. Continue reading “This is what happens after Bararck Obama became more interested in the brand than sticking with the message.”

Gene Taylor on Protecting Coastal Homeowners

Protecting Homeowners the Right Course of Action

By Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)

Four years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, rebuilding homes and communities continues at a snail’s pace. The protection we thought was there to ensure our speedy recovery is the obstacle that stands in our way: homeowner insurance—both its cost and its payment, or the lack thereof.

Skyrocketing cost of homeowner protection

Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s three counties—Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson, the residential real estate market demonstrates the ripple effect this insurance crisis is having in our economy and recovery. One large coastal real estate firm recently informed my office that the number of residential contracts that fall through at closing has risen dramatically. Before Katrina, the number was less than 10%. Today, that number has more than tripled to nearly 1/3 of all contracts. The reason? The skyrocketing cost of homeowner’s insurance.

When the bank includes the exorbitant insurance premiums into the debt-ratio equation for the mortgage loan, an increasing number of prospective buyers no longer qualify for the loan. This is so prevalent that coastal realtors are advising potential buyers to shop for insurance before they begin to look for a home.

Commercial insurance rates have also soared for small business owners. In 2007, the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce reported that its members had seen an average increase in premiums of 346 percent with the range between 300 to nearly 670 percent.

Continue reading “Gene Taylor on Protecting Coastal Homeowners”