Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms

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Most observers of Mississippi politics have faced the dilemma of not knowing whether to laugh or cry in light of some happening on the public scene. While the authors have certainly shed their share of tears over the years, they have also enjoyed more funny stories and humorous anecdotes than they could ever remember. And they have learned that the best political stories, while good for a laugh, also yield nuggets of wisdom and insight. The authors heard and read plenty of good stories as they did the research for their first book: Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006. That book was named the outstanding book of Mississippi history in 2006 by the Mississippi Historical Society and the best book of nonfiction in Mississippi published in 2006 by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. Since the publication of that book, the authors have heard plenty of other stories as people have offered funny or poignant recollections to them. Rather than let these tales disappear from memory, Jere Nash and Andy Taggart thought some of them should be compiled and preserved. The result is Mississippi Fried Politics: Tall Tales from the Back Rooms. But you will find more than simply clever stories in this newest book by liberal Democrat Nash and conservative Republican Taggart. Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the authors spent hours in collections of old photography. They wanted to see if they could find some photographs that told stories through pictures in the same way the other stories in this book used words to convey a tale. Indeed, they did. And the more Nash and Taggart talked about the stories they wanted to include, the more they remembered other episodes of Mississippi s political history they thought others might want to remember editorials, speeches, and votes in the Legislature. This compendium doesn't pretend to be comprehensive; Mississippi political lore could fill a good sized library. Instead, the authors offer a holiday collection of significant moments -- mostly true -- they thought worth preserving. The reader is likely to agree with their assessment.

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Jere Nash is a liberal Democrat and political consultant in Jackson, Mississippi. Andy Taggart is a conservative Republican and attorney in Madison, Mississippi. Nash has been active in Mississippi politics since 1978 and served as chief of staff to former Governor Ray Mabus. Taggart has served as executive director of the Mississippi Republican Party and as chief of staff to former Governor Kirk Fordice.

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Nash and Taggart follow up serious historical book with humorous, easy-to-read stories By ROSS REILY Mississippi Business Journal Managing Editor ross.reily@msbusiness.com One look at the cover, and there is no doubt this political book by Jere Nash and Andy Taggart is a little off. The cover photo shows former Gov. Cliff Finch and Col. Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, enjoying some finger-lickin good fried chicken at the Governor s Mansion in January 1976 in celebration of the nation s bicentennial. This one was designed to be very readable, something you can sit by your bedside, Taggart, the Jackson lawyer part of the writing duo, said last week during an interview at the Mississippi Business Journal. We tried to write a history for non-political junkies. Nash and Taggart succeeded. Mississippi Fried Politics is a collection of stories, many of which were left on the cutting room floor from their first book (Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power, 1976-2006). As it turned out, all are fit for the latenight comedy circuit. Jon Daily of Comedy Central s Daily Show would do good to have the Mississippi tandem up for an interview. --Mississippi Business Journal, Nov 10-16, 2008, pp. 10-11

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