Politics, predictions and political humor are on the menu at the Mississippi Economic Council’s eighth-annual Hobnob Mississippi on Wednesday at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson.
Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant will highlight the lineup of Mississippi’s statewide elected officials scheduled to speak at the event.
Writing duo Jere Nash and Andy Taggart, authors of “Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2008” will make their second Hobnob appearance and provide an inside look at Mississippi politics. The morning discussion will be moderated by Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of The Clarion-Ledger.
Nash and Taggart promise to spice information with humor as they explore how federal politics will affect state politics in 2010 and 2011, and provide commentary on a lineup of likely candidates, Taggart said. He expects statewide officials to focus on budget issues and is looking forward to Washington-based political satire group The Capitol Steps. “Hobnob is just one of the most fun things that happens in our state’s politics every year,” Taggart said.
Nash said he will remind attendees that a new U.S. census will begin April 2010. The census, which only occurs every 10 years, will shape public policy based on whether resulting numbers require some legislative districts to be redrawn.
The Capitol Steps will give its third performance at Hobnob, and nobody is immune to their brand of satire, said Scott Waller, MEC senior vice president for public affairs. The troupe formed in 1981 when a group of Senate staffers set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. They have recorded 29 albums, including their latest, “Obama Mia.”
Waller expects more than 1,000 to attend the event, which he calls “a chance for people not to wear a tie.”
Hobnob is an opportunity for business, community and political leaders from across the state to get together, socialize and make contacts. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes with a Mississippi-style lunch of catfish and barbeque.
Weather precautions have been made to keep guests dry. Tickets are $50 for MEC members and $75 for non-members. More information about Hobnob can be found at www.msmec.com.
MEC’s 8th Annual Hobnob
When: Oct. 21
Where: Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson
8:30 a.m. – Registration
9:30-9:35 a.m. – Call to Order/Chair’s Welcome
10 a.m.-noon – Statewide Leaders
• Lester Spell – Agriculture Commissioner
• Mike Chaney – Insurance Commissioner
• Tate Reeves – State Treasurer
• Stacey Pickering – State Auditor
• Jim Hood – Attorney General
• Delbert Hosemann – Secretary of State
• George Flaggs – House District 55, representing Speaker of the House Billy McCoy
• Phil Bryant – Lieutenant Governor
• Haley Barbour – Governor
Noon – The Capitol Steps
12:30 p.m. — Lunch
By AMY McCullough I STAFF WRITER
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