State Rep-Elect Dana Criswell leads effort pressing MS Congressional Delgation to vote against funding Planned Parenthood. 


   DeSoto County Representative-Elect Dana Criswell (R) led an initiative to send a letter to the Mississippi congressional delegation, pressing its members to vote against any spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood.       “No member of the Mississippi delegation to the U.S. Congress should support any funding resolution or mechanism – an appropriations bill, … Continue reading State Rep-Elect Dana Criswell leads effort pressing MS Congressional Delgation to vote against funding Planned Parenthood. 

Rep. Bennie Thompson’s Proposal to Remove Mississippi State Flag from U.S. Capitol on Hold Until State Legislature Acts


   The Republican who heads the congressional committee considering a measure to remove the Mississippi state flag from the House side of the U.S. Capitol says she wants to hear from the Mississippi legislature—which does not convene until 2016. The resolution to remove the Mississippi flag, which exhibits in an upper corner the emblem of … Continue reading Rep. Bennie Thompson’s Proposal to Remove Mississippi State Flag from U.S. Capitol on Hold Until State Legislature Acts

Commissioner Dick Hall to Cochran: Put safety of Mississippi drivers above profits of national corporations. 


Mississippi’s transportation commissioners are urging U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran to help squash a proposal that would force the state to allow larger double-trailer trucks on its roads. “I don’t like Congress mandating that states do this,” said Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, who signed a letter to Cochran, R-Miss., along with the state’s other … Continue reading Commissioner Dick Hall to Cochran: Put safety of Mississippi drivers above profits of national corporations. 

Farm Bureau recognizes Congressman Gregg Harper for work on Farm Bill, Transportation.


The Mississippi Farm Bureau today awarded Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) the Friend of Farm Bureau Award for his work in the 113th Congress. This is the third consecutive time that Mississippi Farm Bureau has honored Rep. Harper for his commitment to the farmers of Mississippi. “We are pleased to recognize Congressman Harper with our Friend … Continue reading Farm Bureau recognizes Congressman Gregg Harper for work on Farm Bill, Transportation.

Chairing Space Subcommittee brings Palazzo campaign cash from out of state PAC’s.


As chairman of a House Science and Technology Committee panel over the last four years, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has been a vocal advocate of U.S. space exploration, calling for the resumption of manned flights. That stand has served his re-election campaign well, too, bringing a pile of cash that helped him stave … Continue reading Chairing Space Subcommittee brings Palazzo campaign cash from out of state PAC’s.

CHANDLER: How much weight would Thompson’s endorsement carry in an election to replace him?


Mississippi 2nd District congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, was one of the names floated Monday as a possibility to replace outgoing Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano. (The Politico story in which Thompson is mentioned can be read here.) Thompson has represented the 2nd District – which encompasses the Mississippi Delta and parts of Hinds County – … Continue reading CHANDLER: How much weight would Thompson’s endorsement carry in an election to replace him?

Mississippi students, educators brace for higher loan debt.


A failure by Congress to extend a cut to federal student loan rates means that rate will double Monday, an increase that will impact both students and higher education institutions. The rate for subsidized federal Stafford loans increases to 6.8 percent with the the new fiscal year. Loans for the upcoming academic year will cost … Continue reading Mississippi students, educators brace for higher loan debt.

SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.

Flag Day and Freedom: A Historic Connection


BY: Tricia Raymond June 14th is Flag Day, a patriotic holiday set aside to recognize what Old Glory symbolizes to our nation – freedom and justice, honor and duty, courage and integrity. Of the various patriotic holidays Americans celebrate throughout the year, Flag Day is among the least recognized. I rather expect that if more … Continue reading Flag Day and Freedom: A Historic Connection

NEWSOM: Cochran scenario to produce Coast lieutenant governor?


I've heard Republican power brokers are already working on a fairly complicated contingency plan involving multiple appointments that could end with a South Mississippian in the lieutenant governor's office if Cochran steps down before his term ends. Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint Cochran's replacement until an election could be held. Bryant could choose Lt. Gov. … Continue reading NEWSOM: Cochran scenario to produce Coast lieutenant governor?