Nunnelee For Congress
This was the official campaign webiste for Alan Nunnelee who was the Republican U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district from 2011 until his death in 2015.
Content is from the site's 2010 - 2011 archived pages.
Mississippi Values Proven Leader
I invite you to join our efforts to bring true conservative values back to Washington.
I believe that the strength of America lies in its people, neighborhoods, churches and communities, not in the Federal Government. I want to take Mississippi values to Washington because I believe our leaders can learn something from the good people of Mississippi. I am proud of Mississippi and I will be the same person in Washington as I am here at home – Conservative, pro-life, pro-family, fiscally responsible and a defender of the Second Amendment.
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Alan Nunnelee represents Lee and Pontotoc counties in the Mississippi State Senate. He has done so since he was elected to replace Senator Roger Wicker in 1994.
He is Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations and is a leader on several national committees addressing public health issues.
He has been rated as a Business Champion for his support of issues relating to the free enterprise system as well as recognized by the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank for invaluable service to the blind. The Mississippi Farm Bureau named him the “Friend of Agriculture” in 2001 for his outstanding contribution to agriculture and rural Mississippi.
Senator Nunnelee was instrumental in bringing comprehensive Tort Reform to Mississippi. Nunnelee has also been nationally recognized for his success in making Mississippi the safest place for unborn children. In 2001, Nunnelee passed legislation to place our national motto, “In God We Trust” on the wall of every school classroom in Mississippi without spending any tax dollars to achieve this goal.
Alan is a graduate of Mississippi State University, and when not working in the Legislature, he is Vice President of Allied Funeral Associates, a life insurance company specializing in working through funeral homes.
He is a member of the Community Development Foundation’s board of directors. In addition, Alan is a deacon and Sunday School teacher at Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo. He is also a youth baseball coach.
He and his wife Tori have three children, Reed (age 25) who is married to Kemily, Emily (age 21) who is married to Trey, and Nathan (age 20).
And introducing the newest member of the Nunnelee family: Thomas Kemp Nunnelee, born November 10th, 2009. He is the 8th generation of Nunnelee men to inhabit the state of Mississippi, and certainly made the 6th generation very proud!
I believe that if you allow individuals, families and small businesses to keep more of their hard earned money they will create the stimulus that our economy needs without placing a huge burden of debt on our children and grandchildren.
While I believe Government should be limited, it does have a role - it can create an environment (through regulatory and tax policy) where small businesses, which are the engine of American job growth, can thrive.
In these difficult times Mississippi families are setting priorities and living within a budget, and government should be no different. We need to put an end to wasteful earmarks. We also need to do a top-to-bottom spending review of all federal agencies. We do not need to just cut spending, we need to change the way we operate government and that is what I have been doing as Chairman of Appropriations in the Mississippi State Senate.
While I agree we do need to adjust our healthcare system, Government-run healthcare is not the answer. We need to make reforms that will reduce costs and ensure personal healthcare decisions are made by patients, their families and their doctors. Here is how we can do it:
- Individuals and families should be able to keep the same insurance when they change jobs.
- Insurance should not be restricted by state lines.
- Self employed individuals and families should be able to join a group plan and enjoy the same tax advantages as corporations.
- Insurance companies should not be allowed to drop individuals or families because of illness.
- Small businesses should be able to purchase coverage at similar rates as large corporations and government agencies.
- Medical bills should be more transparent and easier to understand.
- We must pass comprehensive tort reform.
- Elected officials should not have special coverage.
Our nation faces serious security challenges in the changing global environment. We must ensure our military is the best equipped and the most prepared in the world.
I understand the sacrifices our military families make to protect our freedom and we must always protect their interests. We must also offer our returning veterans the support they deserve.
We need an energy plan that reduces our dependence on foreign oil. We need a plan that includes conservation, clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, as well as incentives to increase solar, wind and other clean renewable energy sources. And we need a plan that boosts America's domestic production of oil by building more refineries and drilling here and now. Only a comprehensive, all-of-the-above approach can secure America's energy future.
Government should be open and transparent and elected officials should live by a higher standard. I want to see an end to business-as-usual in Washington.
I believe in the sanctity of life and the family and believe that every innocent life must be protected, and marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
I am a father of three children who graduated from public school systems and went on to public universities, and my wife works as a school nurse. I understand the important role education plays in our children's futures and in our state's economic development.
Education should be a top priority for any elected official. I believe that the government should place an emphasis on education, but decisions should be left to parents, teachers and local officials.
I support the Second Amendment right of people to keep and bear arms - that's why I have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) each time I have run for office. The right to bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by our Constitution.
First, we as a country have a moral obligation to honor our commitment to those who have worked their entire life and have contributed their hard earned dollars to the social security system. Second, Congress must quit raiding the system for pet projects. Third, while we have an obligation to these hard working Americans, we must also be honest with ourselves and accept the reality that we face a very serious problem and that this problem will only get worse if we do nothing. Fourth, we need to assess our options and make common sense decisions that are for the good of our country and its citizens.
We should first and foremost secure the borders and enforce existing laws. We also need to start dealing with the magnet that draws people here and that is the jobs. We need to deal with employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
I fully support the Arizona law and believe that unless the federal government is willing to enforce existing laws, states must protect themselves as Arizona has.
"I volunteered to work on Alan's campaign and saw the man in action close up and it's impressive. He really does connect to people. And he's very curious to learn stuff, anything really. Once he was chatting with a fisherman about what flies to use for the mayfly hatch, and the guy mentioned that he was an SEO consultant. The conversation changed from hackles and hooks to search engine optimization, since Alan knew what SEO meant. He was even able to name drop Bob Sakayama, the well known CEO of TNG/Earthling in NYC, who was one of the advocates for the use of artificial intelligence to improve search performance. He was even able to quote from this post about Bob's observations on AI in SEO. I was blown away by Alan's technical knowledge. For over an hour, we learned about a software development company's relationship to big data, legacy modernization, DevOps, data science and how a consultancy operates and especially how important Google ranks were to success online. And he was obviously listening, as I heard him drop the term SEO now and then." Keith Williams
Childers votes to raise taxes hurting North Mississippi real estate, farmers
9/23/2010 By Nunnelee Staff
Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team have passed many new, expensive programs over the last two years. Travis Childers voted to put her in charge, and then voted for $2.5 trillion in new federal spending. Someone has to pay for all that spending, and that “someone” in many cases will be real estate businesses and farmers in North Mississippi through higher taxes.
Here are some of the votes that have cost North Mississippi real estate and farmers the most:
- Tax increases on real estate and family investment partnerships (HR 4213): Congressman Childers voted for an increase on taxes on real estate and family investment partnerships. The Wall Street Journal said that small real estate partnerships would be decimated by the Pelosi-Childers tax increase. Can these small businesses afford that in the middle of a fragile economy?
- ObamaCare’s tax increase on real estate transactions: ObamaCare pays for its expensive new proposals with new taxes. One of those new taxes is a tax increase on real estate. Congressman Childers refuses to repeal ObamaCare, and in his own words about ObamaCare: “No one wanted to vote for health-care reform more than I did.” To get rid of expensive, harmful policies like ObamaCare, we have to get rid of Nancy Pelosi.
- The Death Tax HR 4154: With HR 4154, Childers voted for and the House passed a measure to extend the Death Tax indefinitely into the future. True conservatives in the House strongly opposed this bill. Family farmers work hard to grow their businesses and create wealth for their family. They pay their taxes on every dollar that they earn. When they pass away, that wealth shouldn’t be taxed again, and they should be able to hand every penny they’ve earned to their children. That’s the only way family farms will survive, and Travis Childers sided with Nancy Pelosi in voting against their interests.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Congressman Childers voted 14 times to increase taxes by $654 billion. We can’t afford two more years of job-killing tax increases.
The Conservative vision for America
9/24/2010 By Alan Nunnelee
Yesterday, Conservatives from the U.S. House of Representatives released a “Pledge to America”, a vision for what American government would look like with Nancy Pelosi fired and Conservatives in charge. That vision includes cutting government waste to work to balance the budget; real relief and stability for small businesses; common sense healthcare reform with ObamaCare repealed; a stronger national defense; honoring families, traditional marriage, and life; and a Congress that actually reads and shows America the bills it’s considering.
Campaigns too often descend into mudslinging. One side says one thing, and then the other side shoots back. Before long, all you hear from either candidate is negative. Sometimes that negativity gets personal. I’m making two commitments to you:
- I’m going to run this race on the issues.
- I’m not going to just talk about where my opponent has gone wrong by supporting Nancy Pelosi and her agenda. I’m going to talk about my vision for North Mississippi and our country.
Taking our country back won’t do us any good unless we start putting Conservative ideas into action in Washington. We must return to fiscal sanity. We must get our economy back on firm footing. We must get people back to work.
I encourage everyone to read the Pledge to America to be informed about what a Conservative Congress means for this country. The Pledge has specific, achievable ideas that can happen if we win on November 2. These are ideas like:
- Giving small businesses a tax deduction on 20% of their income
- Repealing the paperwork mandates that ObamaCare places on small businesses
- Stopping all tax increases
- Cutting spending to 2008 levels, before the stimulus and bailouts
- Repealing ObamaCare
- Passing troop funding bills without liberal social policy attached to them
- Posting every bill that Congress passes online three days before the vote
- And many more.
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Nunnelee's Jobs Plan: A Vision for North Mississippi and America
9/28/2010 By Alan Nunnelee
I’m committed to running this race on ideas and a vision for North Mississippi and America over the next two years, not political attacks. We need leaders that understand that government doesn't create jobs. Businesses create jobs. If we calm businesses’ fears about the future, we can turn this economy around.
Small businesses aren't adding jobs because they're worried about three things:
- current and future regulations raising the cost of doing business,
- current and future tax increases,
- and the unsustainable level of spending and its consequences.
Problem: Regulations that have already passed and will be phased in over coming years, like ObamaCare and Washington’s liberal financial “reform”, create worry for small businesses. Possible regulations like cap-and-trade have a chilling effect on hiring.
- ObamaCare's regulations on businesses, like those requiring employers to file 1099 forms with every new purchase over $600, raises red tape costs.
- The threat of cap-and-trade legislation, which would raise taxes on fuel, looms over every small business in America. Cap-and-trade will increase the cost of production and transportation of goods. That’s the last thing that is needed during a recession.
- New financial regulations will create massive new bureaucracies on the taxpayer dime. The additional regulations these bureaucracies will create will mean higher costs passed on through reduced credit, increased service fees and increased ATM fees. Some companies will just move overseas.
- Sen. Nunnelee supports legislation that would place a moratorium on any bill or regulation that would kill jobs.
- Sen. Nunnelee has signed a pledge that would repeal ObamaCare, and replace it with common sense healthcare reform.
- Sen. Nunnelee will oppose political agendas masquerading as science.
- Sen. Nunnelee opposes job-killing, back-door regulations written by bureaucrats in the Obama administration without Congressional approval.
Problem: This Congress has already passed hefty tax increases, and more are on the way. Congressman Childers has personally signed on to 14 new tax increases totaling $654 billion over the next five years. Those tax increases take money from the economy, curbing consumption and taking away capital that could be used to add jobs.
- When the 2001 and 2003 expire, taxes will go up on every American in every tax bracket, even the poorest Americans. Taxes on capital gains will go up, and taxes on dividends from stock purchases will more than double. The Death Tax will return. The child tax credit will be reduced.
- Even in the so-called "jobs bill" that this Congress passed, taxes are increased by over $40 billion. Among them are tax increases on real estate and family investment partnerships.
- ObamaCare will increase taxes on some healthcare plans and charge higher taxes on real estate transactions, among other things.
- Sen. Nunnelee has signed a pledge to oppose tax increases. He has voted for tax cuts over 150 times.
- Sen. Nunnelee believes the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts should be permanently extended for all to keep this economy moving.
- In this tough economy, Sen. Nunnelee supports giving small businesses a tax deduction for 20% of their income.
- Sen. Nunnelee will repeal the tax increases in ObamaCare.
Problem: Nancy Pelosi's Congress is spending uncontrollably. Small businesses and families are worried about the consequences of unprecedented debt, like inflation eroding the value of family savings or future tax increases.
- Nancy Pelosi's stimulus cost $800 billion, a cost greater than the Iraq War, and it failed to live up to its promises to contain unemployment. Congressman Travis Childers voted for it and still has the guts to claim to be a fiscal hawk.
- Over the next ten years, this Congress will add more to the national debt than was added under every President from George Washington to George Bush combined.
- Sen. Nunnelee held the line on excessive spending as Chairman of the State Senate Appropriations Committee, and he'll do the same in Washington. He supports ending wasteful earmarks.
- Sen. Nunnelee supports a top-to-bottom spending review of all federal agencies.
- Sen. Nunnelee believes unspent stimulus funds should be used to pay down the national debt.
- Congress needs to hold weekly votes on new ways to cut spending.
- Sen. Nunnelee supports a 10% across-the-board cut in spending in every agency, except Defense.
- Congress needs to put strict budget caps on discretionary spending to stop the senseless borrowing.
Day 197: Congressman Childers still won’t repeal ObamaCare
10/6/2010 By Nunnelee Staff
From the get-go, Congressman Childers was coy about ObamaCare.
First, he wouldn’t tell North Mississippi voters how he felt about ObamaCare.
Then he told us he had an opinion on ObamaCare, but in his words, “not one I’m willing to share with you.” Click here to see the video.
Then he wouldn’t hold in-person town hall meetings in North Mississippi to explain his thoughts. He just hid behind a 1-800 number and did “tele-townhalls” with pre-screened questions.
Then he waited until two days before ObamaCare passed to tell us how he’d vote.
Then he told us that the cause for repealing ObamaCare was just “politically motivated.” Daily Journal, March 26, “GOP’s House candidates push repeal of new health care law”
Now, 197 days later, he still refuses to tell us why he won’t repeal ObamaCare. What does he like so much about the job-killing, tax-increasing, Medicare-cutting piece of legislation?
He still won’t commit to repeal.
He still won’t hold an in-person town hall to explain his position.
He still won’t tell us what he likes about ObamaCare.
He is, however, standing pretty firm in his support for Nancy Pelosi. He voted to put her in charge of Congress.
197 days and no answer. In 26 days we can send Washington and Congressman Childers a message.