Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Harrison: Mississippians like their politicians conservative but not term limited

The Daily journal's Bobby Harrison doesn't think the motion for term limits initiated by the United Conservative Fund has much chance.

  •  First of all, it is difficult to garner the signatures needed to place a citizen-sponsored initiative on the ballot. Of the first 48 initiatives introduced, only six have made the ballot.

    And secondly, voters have not looked favorably on limiting the terms of Mississippi politicians.

    For most of the state’s history, the state’s highest officeholder, governor, was limited to one term – one four-year term. That changed in the 1980s when the Legislature passed a constitutional resolution by a two-third margin placing on the ballot a proposal to allow governors to serve two consecutive terms. That passed – still term-limited, but for eight years instead of four.
He summarizes: 

  •  It is obvious that the current Republican leadership has no desire to tackle term limits legislatively. They could if they wanted to. More than likely, the proposal would split the Republican Party with the Tea Party wing, such as obviously McDaniel, being for it and the more traditional wing being opposed.

    If the past is an indicator, Mississippians like their politicians conservative but not term limited.