State Representative Jeff Smith has started his campaign for re-election and also for election to Speaker of the House. Smith , who only lost the last Speaker race by a single vote, gathered some thoughts for me yesterday and sent them to me concerning the latest political going-ons involving the State Legislature and political jockeying statewide. Here is the content of the message in Jeff’s words;
“There seems to be more political activity with the Legislature, than actual Legislation. I have had a lot of activity with my announcing for Speaker, and have had a chance to be on state-wide radio twice. I have set up a ‘Facebook’ site at the request of several constituents and friends. My site is SmithForSpeaker on Facebook. I have had over 200 friends add me in less than a week. I keep getting comments from friends and individuals, concerning a group of Rogue Republicans, who seem to be intent on getting me an opponent. I have talked to Phil Bryant, Staffers of the Governor, Staff of Tate Reeves and others and we can’t understand why this going on, There appears to be a small group trying to get incumbents, opponents in North Mississippi. I am thankful for the people being contacted and their friends, letting me know.
I can not understand why anyone, locally, would want a candidate for Speaker to take the time and money running a general campaign election and not concentrate on his chances for Speaker.
The Federal Court is having a hearing on “Good Friday” to ascertain several manners including if a “temporary plan” can be adopted for Legislators to run under for the 2011 election cycle. The Executive Committee of the Republican Party seems to want the Court or Panel of Judges to draw a Plan rather than the parties agree to any temporary plans. Several incumbent Republicans have contacted me, upset the “Party” seems intent on letting appointed Judges draw an overall Redistricting Plan, and not negotiate a settlement between House and Senate Members. Of course, had we done it during the Regular Session we would not be here.
I hope the people in the Golden Triangle area will let their Representatives and Senators know, it is a shame Federal Judges are being asked to draw a plan the State Constitution mandates the State Officials complete. I would hope a plan can be adopted soon, to prevent Judicial Bureaucrats from again doing a job reserved and the responsibility of the Legislature.
City Council Discussion of Police Department
During discussion this past Tuesday night about the Columbus Police Department, Ward 5 City Councilman Kabir Karriem told Chief St John that he visited the Sims Scott police substation last week and found the person inside asleep. The chief said the person in question was “a civilian who has helped the department in many things” and was not a police officer. Mayor Robert Smith then asked St. John how many substations were inside the city (a question that has been asked of the chief at least 5 times already this year, it seems. RW) St. John, once again, went through the list of substations in the city.
Also during the discussion with Councilman Karriem, the Ward 5 Councilman told the chief that he had not witnessed any of the things the chief had spoken about earlier (the conversation was about police presense near ‘hotspots’ and how the police department was handling neighborhood parks, etc)I’d take issue with what Councilman Karriem told the chief. I have personally witnessed the police department presense in those area’s that Karriem said he had not (maybe he just missed them. RW) It sounds like much ado about nothing, to me. It’s time to let Chief St. John run his department. Or maybe the mayor or Councilman Karriem would like to do that?
It’s called ‘micro-managing’, gentleman. Let the chief run his department!
Ron Williams can be reached by email at Ronsings2you@aol.com