Memo to Professor George and The Clarion Ledger: It Was Gov. Fordice, Not Gov. “Fordyce”

It is not a scientific survey but my gut feeling is that during recent months The Clarion Ledger’s guest columns, op-eds, etc. have leaned even more toward left field than in the past. The most recent example was a guest column that appeared in the newspaper’s online edition in early June. If the column appeared in the print edition, I did not see it. The article was written by Carol V.R. George. George was identified a research professor of history emerita at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. George has a new book that deals with the murders and struggle for civil rights in Neshoba County. The column also noted George “splits her time in Florida and New York.” In her column, George takes shots at the college board for not extending the contract of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones and essentially adds criticism of Mississippi’s “good ole boy” network, past and present. However, not once, but five times in her column, George refers to Kirk Fordice, who served two terms as governor.  Five times George spells the late governor’s name as “Fordyce.” Before someone who “splits her time in Florida and New York” dispenses advice to Mississippians and comments on state politics and history, I would suggest she correctly spell the now late governor’s name. Which leads to another question about the spelling: Does The Clarion Ledger still employ copy editors?

Did any reporter ask Adrian Shipman who is paying her expense lawyers? It is certainly not Shipman.

Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments from the two sides involved in the constitutional amendments dealing with public education that voters will consider next November. Sitting behind the lawyers was the Oxford mother of two children, Adrian Shipman, who is the plaintiff in the case opposing the legislature’s amendment versus the one supported by the Better Schools, Better Jobs organization. The press noted that Shipman spoke to reporters after the hearing. Do you think any of those reporters asked Shipman who is paying the expensive lawyers who are representing her? I think you know the answer to that. The Better Schools, Better Jobs organization has been quick to cry foul about the Mississippi Legislature and other opponents of its constitutional amendment. On the other hand, shouldn’t we know who is Shipman’s real benefactor?

Gov. Bryant steps up for Mike Hurst; Tate Reeves – Political fundraising machine

A few weeks ago, I commented that Gov. Phil Bryant had thrown Republican attorney general nominee Mike Hurst under the bus. The reason was because Bryant, while on the Gulf Coast, endorsed the Hurricane Katrina related lawsuit filed by Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood against State Farm. There were also several reports Bryant had previously told Hurst he would help Hurst with financial support but had not stepped up. This past Monday Bryant did step up when he was the “featured guest” at a fundraiser for Hurst in Jackson. Two weeks earlier, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves held his annual fundraiser at Bravo! Restaurant. The top host level was a mere $50,000 to contribute or raise. Six firms and individuals were on the event’s printed invitation at that $50,000 “Founders Circle” level. For those with pockets not as deep, they were listed at the $25,ooo “Champions Council.” Other host levels ranged from $10,000 to the cheap seats host level of $1,000. There are few candidates in Mississippi that have been as successful as Reeves in raising campaign funds.

Rick Santorum’s book won’t be on the best seller lists

Former senator Rick Santorum is running for president again. He is a real longshot and won’t do as well as he did four years ago when he ran for president. Santorum wrote a book, “It Takes a Family.”You will recall Hillary Clinton’s book, “It Takes a Village.” Clinton’s “It Takes a Village” sold 700,00 copies by 2006. Santorum’s book that was published in 2005 sold 14,000 copies by 2011.

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