Archive for January, 2011

Luckett wins; What about Bryant versus Dennis?

January 5th, 2011 Comments off

In a Mississippi Business Journal online poll this week, Clarksdale Democrat Bill Luckett received 57 percent of the vote against Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant when readers were asked who they will vote for in this year’s governor’s race.

Now, we are asking who readers think will be the Republican nominee for governor — Coast businessman Dave Dennis or Bryant.

Let us know what you think.

Update: Luckett takes lead on Bryant

January 4th, 2011 Comments off

After early morning voters had gubernatorial-hopefuls Bill Luckett and Phil Bryant dead even in a MBJ online poll, Luckett supports apparently went to work.

As of 11:30 this morning, Luckett had charged out to a big lead, with 75 percent of the vote.



After less than one day in the race for governor, Bill Luckett and Phil Bryant were in a dead heat in an online Mississippi Business Journal poll.

Considering that Mississippi is such a Republican-leaning state, these early results are interesting.

Obviously, these are not scientific results. Still and yet, they represent the views of readers of the Mississippi Business Journal, which consist of most, if not all, of the major business leaders of the state.

It will be intriguing to see how this plays out over the next few days.

Ron Franklin dumped by ESPN for offensive remarks in workplace

January 3rd, 2011 Comments off

Yeah, we do things a little different down here in the South.

In the workplace, the terms “honey” and “sweetie” are still tossed about from time to time, but you had better be careful about the way you use our special Southern terms, or it could end up costing you your job.

Southern gentleman and longtime sportscaster Ron Franklin learned that the hard way.

Franklin, an Ole Miss alum and Oxford native, was pulled from the radio broadcast of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl following his sexist comment toward a female sideline reporter. Franklin, 68, reportedly referred to Jeannine Edwards as “sweetcakes” during a production meeting when she attempted to join a discussion he was having with another announcer. When she complained, Franklin allegedly then swore at her. ESPN did not have time to find a replacement for Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl but made the move for Saturday.

The move comes just days after an ESPN anchor was suspended for plagiarizing a newspaper story. Will Selva admitted to copying all but a few words of a column on the Lakers written by Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register and using it on air.

Not a great week for ESPN folks, but you have to admit, it could be worse. Just ask the members of the Big 10 conference.