Money Talks

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS - The Money Race Is On In Mississippi House Primary Contests -The 1st District, formerly held by Republican Rep. Roger Wicker, who was appointed to succeed Trent Lott in the Senate. CQ Politics rates the seat Safe Republican. A special election in the northern 1st District is scheduled for April 22 to choose a temporary successor who will serve until January 2009.

In the 1st District, former Tupelo mayor Glenn L. McCullough Jr. raised the most among Republicans: $334,000 through Feb. 20. Democratic Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis W. Childers raised the most for his party, $182,000, $103,000 of which came from personal loans.


• Glenn L. McCullough Jr., former Tupelo mayor, raised $334,000 and reported $191,000 on hand.

• Greg Davis, mayor of Southaven, raised $252,000 and reported $61,000 on hand.

• Randy Russell, ophthalmologist, raised $161,000* and reported $80,000 on hand.

*Personal contributions from the candidate accounted for $80,000 in receipts.


• Travis W. Childers, Prentiss County Chancery Clerk, raised $182,000* and reported $119,000 on hand.

*Personal contributions from the candidate accounted for $103,000 in receipts.

GOP Debate

CONTACT: Cory Adair, Political Director
(601) 948-5191; cory@msgop.org


Jackson, Miss – The Mississippi Republican Party, along with the Monroe County Republican Party and the John C. Stennis Institute of Government, is sponsoring a debate for the Republican candidates in Mississippi’s First Congressional District.

The debate will be held on Tuesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Elkin Theatre in Downtown Aberdeen, Mississippi. “We are excited to have the opportunity to co-sponsor a debate between these candidates,” said Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring. “We are confident a Republican will carry this district again in November, so it’s important that the candidates have a discussion of issues that relate to conservatives in the First District.”

Admission is free, and doors at the Elkin Theatre will open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night. For more information, contact the Mississippi Republican Party at (601) 948-5191 or Chris Brown with the Monroe County Republican Party at (662) 315-6966.


Drug Money

HatTip: CottonMouth: Travis Childers Signs Pledge Not To Take Contributions From Pharmaceutical PACs

Hot Air and Heritage

Glenn McCullough's new spot.

HatTip to and commentary at RightOfMississippi.

Steve Holland's new spot.

HatTip to CottonMouth.


Shakem Up Travis

Travis Childers has another ad up, yes his mama is back. HatTip: CottonMouth.

6 legs for Davis

Daily Journal - Six legislators support Davis for U.S. House - Greg Davis, a Republican candidate for the 1st District House seat, was endorsed Wednesday by six members of the Mississippi Legislature. They are: Sens. Merle Flowers and Doug Davis and Reps. Wanda Jennings, Forrest Hamilton, Tommy Woods and Ted Mayhall.


Republicans Debate in Aberdeen

Daily Journal - GOP hopefuls for House to debate in Aberdeen - The first political debate in the race to fill former U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker’s seat has been set for March 4 in Aberdeen, a Republican-only event that will feature two of the three GOP candidates. Planning to appear are Republicans Randy Russell of Oxford and Glenn McCullough of Tupelo. The third Republican, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, cannot attend. The debate, organized by the Monroe County Republican Committee with assistance from the Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, will start at 7 p.m. in the Elks Building downtown. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the debate is scheduled to last about one hour. Brad Davis, a McCullough staffer, said the University of Mississippi in Oxford and a DeSoto County group could hold debates before the first election.

Forum in Nesbit

Desoto Times - 1st District forum set for March 5 - The Northwest Mississippi Association of Realtors will sponsor a political forum on March 5 featuring the candidates vying for U.S. Representative in the First Congressional District. The forum will get underway at 10 a.m. Republican candidates include Greg Davis, Glenn L. McCullough, Jr., and Dr. Randy Russell. Democratic candidates are Travis W. Childers, Marshall W. Coleman, Steve Holland, and Brian Neely. The forum will be conducted in the large meeting room of the Realtors Association, located at 2795 U.S. 51, Nesbit.

Holland Campaign Email

This week has been exciting! Many are volunteering, saying that Steve is needed in Washington to represent regular working folks like he takes care of their needs in Jackson. This certainly is encouraging for the family and workers in the headquarters.

While Steve was furiously fighting for more Medicaid funds and championing the cigarette tax to help finance health care needs, I was on the phone calling our friends for direct help. The response is great. Many of you have responded in such a generous manner. The Holland Family will never forget.

Deadlines in the Mississippi House of Representatives where Steve is Chairman of Public Health, is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and one of the Leadership Team that sets the whole legislative agenda, all, his responsibilities, have kept him from being out in the district as much as he wants. These travels are confined to the weekends. Professionals say Steve's campaign radio and TV spots are the best in the field this year. We have others to air soon. I hope you're hearing and seeing them. We welcome your feed back.

One way you can help with our campaign is to forward this email to your list of friends and associates on your email contacts list.

Thursday night I represented Steve in DeSoto County where we got a gracious reception and found many who were already carrying our message. They tell us that Steve is the candidate who can win the Special Election on April 22 and win in the General Election in November.

While speaking to a very large crown at the Hernando Courthouse, I pointed out that on our candidate card there is a picture of Steve holding our granddaughter by our foster son and his wife. I told them what a fool we were as grandparents about her and that she calls Steve "Big." Many grandmothers wanted a campaign card and shared their own grandchildren stories with me.

If you haven't got a campaign card, I'd like to send you one to show off our granddaughter. Steve and I have two sons and two daughters, but only one granddaughter.

Remember, it's March 11. That's the Democratic primary. Thanks and forward this on to others.

The next two weeks will be furiously busy for us, and if you have any time you want to donate, we have something for you to do. You can either respond to this email or call Amy, our office manager at 662-842-6464.

Once again, thank you for your support and generosity!



Three Republicans in Desoto Forum

Desoto Times - Republicans go head-to-head - The three Republican candidates vying to become the next U.S. Representative from the First Congressional District squared off Thursday in a forum sponsored by the Republican Women of the DeSoto Area.

Russell, a practicing ophthalmologist from Oxford, called himself a true disciple of Ronald Reagan and family values advocate. He and his wife Amy, parents of two biological children, have been foster parents to 90 children during the course of their 24-year marriage. "There is nothing more important than protecting human life," Russell said. "Every one of us started out as a fertilized egg." Russell said he would protect the rights of the unborn if elected to Congress and work to secure America's borders. "You don't leave the door to your home open," Russell said. "America is our home." Russell estimates there are between 20 to 30 million people who are not supposed to be in this country." Russell said the state of American healthcare needs to be improved and be made more efficient. A staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Russell said he advocates a strong military.

Glenn McCullough, Jr., a sixth-generation Mississippian, said he, too, is a conservative Republican who will protect America's freedoms. "This country is founded on your right to life," McCullough said, citing the preamble to the "Declaration of Independence that guaranteed "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." "It's a basic right that all Americans have," McCullough said. "If we forget we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under." He chastised what he called "liberal courts that take away basic freedoms.' McCullough, former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, also touted his working relationships with Washington D.C. power brokers such as Mississippi's senior U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. "We need to make sure you have full funding for I-69," McCullough said. "DeSoto County is the 34th fastest growing county in the U.S. I am the person who has sat down with Sen. Cochran and his staff." McCullough said the future Interstate 22 needs to be completed in parts of Alabama to fully operate as an interstate system. He said the region's airports and other infrastructure are important to the county's future. "The second busiest private airport in the state is in Olive Branch," McCullough noted. McCullough said as a former mayor, city council member and business leader, he knows how to work with various levels of government to build on that investment.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said his tenure of service as a mayor for 11 years and a state legislator for seven years has proved his leadership abilities. Davis served as a state legislator from Southaven from 1991-97. "When we were down there, we were the Right to Life authors," Davis said, adding lawmakers were among the first in the nation to outlaw partial birth abortion. "I'm a firm believer in the sanctity of life," Davis, father of three young daughters. Davis said if elected to Congress he would bring the same type of efficiency in government that he has brought to City Hall. "We've been able to acquire enough renters at city hall to pay for our utilities," Davis said. "We've gone from spending 60 percent on bureaucrats to more than 60 percent on public safety." Davis said as mayor Southaven's crime index is far lower than neighboring Memphis. Davis said Memphis has a crime index of 18.5 while Southaven's crime index is at 1.7 for violent crime. That equates to 1.7 instances of violent crime per one thousand people. Davis said his city invested more than $10 million into Snowden Grove and has seen a return on that investment of nearly 100,000 visitors a year. "It was because we had a vision," Davis said.

Democrats in Desoto

Desoto Times - Democrats say it's their year - A packed house at the DeSoto County Courthouse listened as Democratic candidates vying for House and Senate seats outlined their plans to improve the economy and fix the nation's health care crisis. A half dozen Democratic candidates spoke before an estimated crowd of 200 people at one of the largest Democratic gatherings in recent history.

Travis Childers, 49, is seeking Roger Wicker's former First Congressional District House seat. "This is an important election - a seat that has only opened up twice in my lifetime," Childers said. A longtime Prentiss County Chancery Clerk, nursing home owner and realtor from Booneville, Childers touts his ties to the working people of Mississippi. Childers said he was just 16 when his father died in 1974. His mother worked two jobs to put food on the family's table. Childers went on to college while working full time to pay his way. The Ole Miss graduate now runs a 120-bed nursing home in Booneville. "I stand for the working class people," Childers said. "It's a tragedy that working class families don't have health care. This campaign is about jobs. It's about the economy."

Gloria Holland, speaking on behalf of her husband, longtime State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said Holland, chairman of the House, Public Health Committee, is committed to making health care affordable for all Mississippians. Holland formerly chaired the House Agricultural Committee. He initiated the state Children's health Insurance Program. "Steve Holland has stood for North Mississippi for the past 25 years," Gloria Holland, mayor of Plantersville, told the audience.

Lawyer Brian Neely, 47, of Tupelo is also in the running for the First Congressional District seat. "People are suffering and they are hurting," Neely said. The son of a physician, Neely said he knows about the need to improve health care. "I know what it's like to have an elderly parent, and have to decide between groceries and medicine. We are citizens of the richest country in the world. It's absolutely ridiculous." A disabled veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Neely said veterans need assistance. He promised "new ideas and new vision."

Marshall Coleman, also seeking the First Congressional seat, said he has been endorsed by James "Ken" Hurt who has withdrawn from the race. "Rural America is hurting," Coleman said. "There aren't a lot of jobs there. Everything has been stagnated by the economy." Coleman said he would push for a way to allow illegal immigrants to earn citizenship by paying taxes. They must learn English, Coleman said. "Jobs are the number one issue," Coleman said. "We need jobs before we need highways. Big business has overpowered us."

Brian Neely - Country Lawyer

Commercial Appeal - 'Country lawyer' pushes highways, schools, health; Ex-Marine seeks to replace Wicker in First District seat - Brian Neely is keying his Democratic Party primary race for the First District U.S. House seat on three main issues: Infrastructure improvements, educational reform and health care reform. He describes himself as a "country lawyer," practicing primarily in Lee and surrounding counties, but he formerly served as the appointed Lee County prosecuting attorney. Among his ideas to help First District residents, Neely has some ideas for DeSoto County in particular. "For example, I believe there should be a by-pass in DeSoto County to move the traffic from U.S. 78 over to Interstate 55 without all that congestion on Goodman Road," he said. "That would help commerce, but it would also save money for the through-traffic and it would cut down on the air pollution there." Similarly, he said it's ridiculous that people in Tupelo must rely on the two-lane Natchez Trace Parkway as their best route to the state capitol in Jackson. And he said leaders should work on getting a four-lane highway from Columbus to Birmingham. "Our leaders should do what they can to help our citizens, and we need someone who can also work with leaders in other states like Tennessee, Alabama and Arkansas," he said. But he said the experience with the VA pharmacy "shows me that we need prescription medical relief. "If the VA can negotiate for better prices on drugs, so could Medicare. It's obscene that we allow the system to keep punishing our elderly citizens on drugs when we could make life better for them. Neely said his campaign will be characterized mainly by networking -- door-to-door work by himself and his aides -- and through television and newspaper advertising. "I have 12 local chairmen in the 22 counties, but we're very well organized," he said.


1st Annual GD Campaign Bday Bash

You’re Invited!!! 1st Annual Greg Davis Campaign Birthday Bash - Live Music provided by Hillbilly County; Food; Face-painting and Fun for the Whole Family

Friday February 22nd
6:00 -7:30pm
Davis Campaign HQ - 310 Stateline RD, Southaven (Old Golden Corral Building)
Suggested Contribution: $50
Please RSVP to info@gregdavisforcongress.com or 662-996-1113

Hurt for Coleman

Daily Journal - Hurt says he supports Coleman - Former Democratic congressional candidate Ken Hurt on Thursday announced his endorsement of fellow party hopeful Marshall Coleman. Hurt, who last week suspended his campaign for U.S. House 1st Congressional District, said he and Coleman agree on the major issues dominating the race. He also said the Calhoun City business owner truly cares about the people. Hurt, of Verona, also will provide free political consulting and strategic advice to the 49-year-old candidate. Coleman's campaign manager, Dameion Brown, said Hurt's support will give his boss a competitive edge in the race against three other Democrats and three Republicans.


Special Election April 22

We assume that all the candidates seeking this race during the regular election (March 11 Primary; November 4 General) will qualify for the special election, but we expect the Republicans and Democrats who do not win their party's nomination will drop out of the special after the primary. But maybe not, it could get interesting.

Clarion Ledger - Special election set for Wicker's old seat - A special election to fill the unexpired term of former U.S. Rep. and current U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in Mississippi's First Congressional District has been set for April 22, according to a news release from Gov. Haley Barbour's office. In a Writ of Election filed with the Mississippi Secretary of State, Barbour said if a runoff is required, it would be held on May 13, 2008. He designated March 7, 2008, as the qualifying deadline for candidates in the special U.S. House election.

Commercial Dispatch - Barbour sets special election timetable

CQpolitics - Multiple Mississippi Election Dates Hard to Keep Straight

Trio for McCullough

Daily Journal - Trio endorses McCullough - Glenn McCullough Jr., a Republican candidate for 1st District Congress, was endorsed this week by three current and former Golden Triangle area officials - state Sen. Terry Brown and state Rep. Gary Chism of Columbus, and former West Point Mayor Kenny Dill.


Russell Release


Oxford , MS –Republican and Candidate for Congress Randy Russell will begin an advertising campaign on television and radio.

“It is important that the voters of Northern Mississippi have a choice in representing them in Congress,” Dr. Russell said. “I not a career politician and I have never run for office before. I believe I am different kind of candidate.”

The ads focus on Dr. Russell’s real world experience as well as conservative activism. Russell has been a practicing physician in Mississippi for over 25 years. He and his wife, Amy, have been volunteer foster parents for more than 90 babies.

Both ads are available at www.randyrussellforcongress.com.


Scarier Than A Heart Attack

Steve Holland radio spot: "There is nothing scarier than a heart attack..." (HatTip: CottonMouth)

Questions of Economy

Daily Journal - Candidates split on tax cuts, have other ideas for economy - In response to a Daily Journal questionnaire, five of the eight candidates support extension of the tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire in 2010:

Prentiss County Chancery Clerk Travis Childers, Southaven Mayor Greg Davis, former Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough Jr., Tupelo attorney Brian Neely and Dr. Randy Russell of Oxford.

Opposing future cuts are two Democrats – Calhoun City Alderman Marshall Coleman and consultant Ken Hurt, who has suspended his campaign. Both say the president’s plan has helped only the rich.

Steve Holland, also a Democrat, said he would support the cuts “only if it were connected to middle-class tax relief.”

These questions are answered by each of the candidates in the Daily Journal today:

Q: The nation is currently either in a recession or close to it. What is the role of Congress in improving the economy?

Q: How would you balance the need for fiscal restraint with seeking federal support for economic development needs in the 1st District?

Q:Do you support extension of the Bush tax cuts scheduled to expire in 2010? Why or why not?



Two Republican candidates are going up on TV.

Glenn McCullough shoots hoops with his boys.

Greg Davis shows a picture book to his daughter.


7 Endorse McCullough

Tupelo Mayor Ed Neelly, former Tupelo Mayor Larry Otis, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, state Reps. Brian Aldridge and Jerry Turner and Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan and Fulton Mayor Paul Walker have endorse Glenn McCullough. HatTip - Daily Journal - Campaign Notebook

Childers and Mama

Travis Childers is the first up in the First District on television. HatTip: CottonMouth - Travis Childers Airs TV Ad in Race For 1st District


GOP trio at Columbus-Lowndes Republican Women

Commercial Dispatch - Congressional candidates detail priorities to Republican women - The three Republican candidates for the 1st District Congressional seat vacated by Roger Wicker spoke Tuesday to a full audience at the Columbus-Lowndes Republican Women luncheon. Davis wants to “bury the death tax” and restrain spending, support the armed forces, protect the United States border, and supports the Second Amendment. McCullough said he wants to “champion our conservative values,” “bring better jobs,” “keep America safe,” “promote public education,” and “secure our energy future.” “I believe we got too much away from the founding principles of our country,” he added, noting he supports “limited government, not this over-arching government that tries to get into all our lives.”

Hurt Out

Daily Journal - Hurt suspends campaign for House District 1 - Democratic congressional candidate Ken Hurt announced Wednesday he's suspending his campaign but said he will still work to influence the race. Hurt, who faced four challengers in the Democratic bid for 1st District U.S. House Representatives, said poor health and a lucrative book deal prompted his decision. Because it's too late to remove his name from the March 11 election ballot, Hurt said he will participate in debates if they're organized. But he urged people not to vote for him. Instead, he'll endorse another Democratic candidate he agrees with. In discussing his book, the longtime political operative said, "I'm going to tell all on everybody." He declined to reveal the publisher, but said, "I've been offered a real sizable advance." In the meantime, the 71-year-old from Verona wants to rally statewide support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.


Commercial Appeal Profiles Greg Davis

Commercial Appeal - KNOW THE CANDIDATES Mayor touts legislative experience - Greg Davis

Thanks Jere

Thanks to Jere Nash for his shout-out.

He says, "Kudos go to Ann Ellis Simmons for maintaining websites for the first congressional district campaign and the third congressional district campaign. Both sites are great one-stop places to go to get information about the candidates and to readily access their websites. Check 'em out."


Russell Bus Tour


Oxford , MS – Today, Republican and Candidate for Congress Randy Russell announced he would be having a bus tour through the district from February 14 – 16.

“It is important to me to get out and meet actual voters,” Dr. Russell said. “We have been very encouraged by the overwhelming response to our campaign. I am not a career politician and the more people who see that I am the only conservative choice for North Mississippi , the greater chance we have of winning the Primary in March.”

Day One – February 14, 2008
Noon: Bus Door Kick Off from the Campaign Office - Oxford, MS
1:30PM: Pavilion in Water Valley. - Water Valley, MS
4PM: Town Park on Hwy 4 Pavilion - Senatobia, MS

Day Two – February 15, 2008
7:30AM: Whistle-Stop Restaurant - Byahlia, MS
11AM: County Courthouse - Ripley, MS
3:00PM: Corinth City Hall - Corinth, MS
5:45PM: New County Courthouse - Iuka, MS (Next to Wal-Mart)
Country Squire Restaurant - Iuka, MS

Day Three – February 16, 2008
6AM: Jimbo’s - New Albany, MS
10AM: Sale Barn - New Albany, MS
Noon: Harvey’s Restaurant - Tupelo, MS
2PM: Town Square - Houston, MS
4PM: Downtown Aberdeen - Aderdeen, MS
6:30PM: Holiday Inn Hwy. 82 and 45 - Columbus, MS

The District includes all of Northern Mississippi . The Republican Primary will be held on March 11, 2008.

For more information, please visit http://www.randyrussellforcongress.com.

Russell - "servant leadership"

Commercial Dispatch - Opthalmologist wants to be ‘servant leader' in 1st District - A desire to work for the people with a “servant leadership attitude” drives an Oxford ophthalmologist, Dr. Randy Russell, in seeking the Republican nomination for the 1st District Congressional seat vacated by Roger Wicker.

“I want to fight for moral principles,” he told The Dispatch editorial board Thursday, noting he advocates a “traditional two-parent family,” and is “pro-life.”

A resident of Lafayette County, who also practices in Southaven, Russell and his wife, Amy, have a son and a daughter, who both attend the University of Mississippi.

Additionally, the Russells have been volunteer foster parents to more than 89 newborn babies, waiting for permanent placement.

“I'm the clear conservative choice,” he said. “We are social and economic conservatives.”

“I don't think we should withdraw troops without a specific strategy that secures gains made on the ground,” he said of the war in Iraq, suggesting publicizing timetables for withdrawal only “assists the enemy.”

Regarding the economic stimulus plan of Congress and President George W. Bush, he said the offered “direct tax rebates are going to be of short and limited effect.”

To make the cost of health care more affordable, Russell suggested “tax reforms and insurance reforms.”

“The Democrats want to take us toward a socialized system,” he said. “No one will be happy. We've got the greatest health care system in the world; we don't need to put government between physicians and their patients.”

And he emphasized a need to “transition younger workers to taxpayer owned retirement accounts,” in response to potential insolvency of the Social Security fund.

“The Social Security fund was devised by politicians who couldn't foresee Americans' life spans would increase,” he explained. “You can't predict what the future will hold, so everyone should own their own retirement account.”

“We need to be very careful about bringing home the bacon because everyone in the country wants to do that,” he added. “(We must) be very careful about building bridges to nowhere. Mississippi (should work to) be the best place in the country for private investment.”

“We've got the technological and material ability to stop people from coming across the border,” he said. “We just haven't had the political will. I want to be part of that process that makes it happen."

Defending the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - which states, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” - also is a high priority for Russell.

“It protects all other amendments,” he said of the Second Amendment, noting the U.S. needs a “strong military.”

“I want us to continue to have the strongest military power in the world,” he elaborated. “Democrats in Congress have tried to shackle our intelligence agencies. We will suffer more terrorist attacks I think can be prevented, if we let the intelligence agencies do their jobs.”

Russell, 54, concluded by characterizing himself as holding a “low tax, limited government philosophy.”

Holland Campaign Email

Our Campaign for Congress is gaining momentum. Let me give you an update. Northeast Mississippi Friends gave us a successful fundraiser Friday night at the Park Heights Restaurant in Tupelo. We're actively raising money and looking ahead to our media campaign. A lot of scientific research on other candidates, issues and various matters is being conducted. Our radio spots are on the air.

During the past week I was given the Mississippi Chapter of the American Lung Association Award for my legislative support of research regarding asthma. Did you know that asthma is the biggest reason for children missing school? Neither did I until I became involved with the efforts to develop a comprehensive education program dealing with youngsters as well as adults who suffer from asthma.

I have engaged former Rep. Bill Miles of Fulton to be my campaign manager. Not only did Bill and I serve in the Mississippi House of Representatives together, we both have relationships going back to the late Congressman Jamie L. Whitten. You may recall that I started my career working with Congressman Whitten in Washington. His enviable record of service is a record no one is likely to break for some time. He served more than 50 years. His efforts meant better health care, highways, housing and a higher quality of life. That's what I want to do as our Congressman.

Don't forget that the election is March 11. This unusual election is like playing ball games. The most important game is the next one. The most important election is March 11. The winner of the March 11 primary will advance to the General Election in November. Soon, Gov. Barbour will announce the date for the Special Election. That will determine who serves for the rest of 2008. In November the winner will serve the two-year term.

Be sure to watch our Web Page and keep up with what our campaign is doing. We welcome volunteers and otters who are interested in government for the people. Please feel free to forward this to your friends and family. Best wishes, I remain

Your friend,

Steve Holland



1) From a reader's email:

A Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll; conducted 1/16-17 for Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (R); surveyed 300 GOP LVs; margin of error +/- 6% (McArdle, Roll Call, 2/5). Tested: Davis, Tupelo Mayor Glenn McCullough (R) and ophthalmologist Randy Russell (R). Primary Election Matchup
G. Davis 36%
G. McCullough 22
R. Russell 1

Source: House Race Hotline

2) From MisterTurnbow:

I saw a GOP internal poll over the weekend that was taken for the special congressional election in north Mississippi. There wasnt anything all that surprising in it. Greg Davis had a 45-40 lead over former TVA Chief Glenn McCullough in the GOP primary. They didnt survey the democrats but I would assume that State Rep Steve Holland will win that race. The general election match ups showed that Davis and McCullough would both defeat Holland but McCulloughs lead was only eight points while Davis was up by twelve over Holland.

Starving the Beast

Here is an excerpt from Steve Holland's post over at CottonMouth:

Later, and in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, I was in a session of the House and we were visited by numerous representatives from the coast, almost all of them begging for help from the state government. A number of these folks were Republican in orientation and had for years supported a political philosophy of "starving the beast," of cutting government services. After listening to the pleas for help, I could no longer hold my tongue and I told them in as polite a way as I could that you could not starve the beast, and then when you need help expect the government to be able to function.

During the medicaid crisis, he was told by his doctor that he was going to cut off his chemotherapy. Let that sink in for just a moment. In these the United States of America, a mentally retarded man was gong to, in effect, be sentenced to death because, in effect, he was powerless, poor and mentally retarded. At that moment, in a fit of anger, I called the doctor's office and let it be known that this was not going to be happening. And if it did, there would be some kind of consequences. His chemo was not stopped.

I tell you these stories to point out the fact that there is a place for proper government intervention in society. That politics HAS consequences.

For 25 years now, the Republicans have attacked the government; they have starved the beast. As a result, we have a degrading infrastructure and the middle class has been losing out. And it has to stop. Sadly, the previous office holder of the First Congressional Seat has been part and parcel to this political philosophy.

It is worth remembering that for decades, the First Congressional Seat was held by Jamie Whitten. Jamie Whitten didn't try to starve the beast. He knew that there was a proper place for government and he believed in constituent service, making sure that the folks back home had a voice in Washington and that their needs were taken care of as much as possible.

That is what is shaping up in this election, the differing philosophies between the political parties. Because elections have consequences.

(Meanwhile Will Bardwell posts on the Anti-Holland, J. Everett Dutschke Flies Again: TellTupelo.com - where Bardwell says Dutschke "is back at work doing what he does best -- hassling his arch-nemesis, state Rep. Steve Holland. Dutschke (a karate black belt!) has countered Holland's congressional campaign Web site, SteveHollandForCongress.com, by purchasing SteveHollandForCongress.net -- which leads to TellTupelo.com, an anti-Holland Web site in which Dutchke slams his rival for his stances on virtually every major issue.")

Daily Journal Q&A

Daily Journal - 1st District hopefuls focus on economy - The candidates made their priorities known in response to a Daily Journal pre-election questionnaire. The four-part questionnaire will appear in the Daily Journal starting today on Page 6A and continuing over the next three Mondays. Today's installment covers background, priorities and philosophy.

These questions are answered by each of the candidates in the Daily Journal today:

Q: What relevant experience, background and personal characteristics equip you to be an effective congressman for the 1st District?

Q: What would be your top three priorities as 1st District congressman?

Q: How would you describe your political philosophy?


Chancery Clerk wants to move up to Congress

Steve Holland has hired former Rep. Bill Miles of Fulton as his campaign manager.


McCullough, Neely, Holland

The Panolian - Eight seeking seat vacated by Wicker - Republican Glenn McCullough of Tupelo visited last Tuesday, following a Monday night visit by fellow Republican Greg Davis of Southaven. McCullough is a former mayor of Tupelo. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the only Mississippian to have served as TVA chairman. He is also a former member of the Appalachian Regional Council. McCullough said that he supports better jobs like those which will be afforded by the General Electric facility under construction in Batesville and also support for existing employers like Batesville Casket Company. The candidate for representative said that voters’ concerns in Mississippi’s First Congressional District include safety and security. “As a local mayor, I’ve had to make sure our schools are secure,” he said. McCullough said that his career also made him aware of the need for security in the nuclear energy industry. “I believe we have to win the war for freedom,” McCullough continued; “help Iraq and Afghanistan secure their freedom.” Regarding illegal aliens, McCullough said, “we ought to stop it, secure our borders, identify the people here illegally and deal with them according to law. “Locally and regionally, I’ve solved problems,” the candidate for First District representative said.

Webster Progress Times - Neely's agenda includes infrastructure, education - Infrastructure, education and safe communities are key issues of congressional candidate Brian Neely. The Tupelo attorney is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 1st District Congressional seat vacated by Roger Wicker. He spoke Jan. 22 to a gathering at Liberty United Methodist Church in Eupora. Neely stressed the importance of having the proper infrastructure to attract new job opportunities. He noted that the Natchez Trace is the most direct route from here to Tupelo, but that commercial traffic cannot use it. "Your representative is supposed to make sure you have the infrastructure (needed) in your vicinity," he said. "It's wrong you don't have (interstate) highways. Good leadership will get you highways." Neely said another priority would be making sure all high school students graduate with a diploma, not simply a certificate of completion. "It's crazy to send a child through school for 12 years and they don't have the basic skills (they were promised to compete)," he said. At the federal level, the candidate said he wants to see tax rebates for minorities and small businesses. "We need to put more of our resources into helping people start their own businesses and be successful," Neely said. Neely is a former county attorney for Lee County and a former Marine Corps captain. He is the great-great-grandson of the late Rev. James Henry and Mattie Quinn Windrick of Walthall.

Daily Journal - Campaign Notebook - State Rep. Steve Holland, who's running for the 1st District U.S. House seat vacated when Roger Wicker was appointed U.S. senator, visited a civics class at Plantersville Middle School to talk about Wednesday's Mississippi House passage of full school funding. "We not only fully funded the formula (for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program), we did it plus $65 million over," said Holland, a longtime supporter of public education. "Two billion is what it takes, but in House Bill 513, we increased that to $2.308 billion."


Russell claims conservative mantle

Daily Journal - Oxford candidate touts ‘clear conservative choice’ - People are often surprised to hear that a physician is running for Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District seat. After all, Dr. Randy Russell’s ophthalmology practices in Oxford and Southaven, his civic involvement and his family keep him busy already. “I want to fight for the founding principles of our country. It has to do with free enterprise, limited government, strong defense against our enemies, and the traditional married, two-parent family.” Russell, a Republican, acknowledges he’s the least-known of the three Republican candidates for the seat formerly held by Sen. Roger Wicker, but says he is “The Clear Conservative Choice” in the race. His campaign literature emphasizes he is “pro-life, pro-family, pro-adoption,” values he and his wife, Amy, have supported by rearing their own two now-grown children and by serving as foster parents to 90 newborn children, the most recent of which arrived Friday. Russell said he believes useful federal projects are part of the common good of the nation, and he would compete to bring as many as possible to the 1st District. “Things that are going to be built, that are essential, you fight for those things,” he said. “The congressman is supposed to be an assistant, a helper, in all that.”


DJournal Update

Tupelo Daily Journal:

McCullough to have open house at headquarters - Glenn McCullough Jr will host a campaign headquarters open house from 4-6 p.m. today. The public is invited. The office is at 850 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, between The Summit and the Chevron station.

Childers talks economy at Justice Center - Travis Childers brought his campaign message of federal fiscal responsibility to a Thursday media event at the Lee County Justice Center. "How can this administration look America in the eye and say we're going to cut your taxes and pay for this war?" he asked. "We're just running up the credit card." He blamed many of Northeast Mississippi's job losses on the North American Free Trade Act, saying regional businesses "deserve fair trade deals."