The Democratic race for the state House seat in District 121 apparently is over. Hunter Dawkins said he won't pursue his challenge after the Democratic Executive Committee refused to accept it. Dawkins said his only recourse would be to take his case to Circuit Court, a move that he and his attorney estimated would … Continue reading Democrats reject challenge in HD121 primary race won by a single vote.
In a move he acknowledges is a long-shot, the chairman of the Senate Highways and Transportation Committee is asking legislators to approve $300 million for timely repairs on state highways and bridges and an additional $100 million for locally maintained roads and bridges. Sen. Willie Simmons, a Cleveland Democrat, wants the money to be part … Continue reading Senator Willie Simmons files bill seeking $400 million in “emergency funding” for highway and bridge repair.
State Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has proposed two bills designed to increase education funding. However, he said Tuesday he isn't confident either will get out of committee. One, requiring Mississippi to fully fund education under an existing state formula -- one that has been fully followed only twice since its inception in 1997 … Continue reading Democrat Rep. David Baria files two bills aimed at “fully funding” education, expects neither to get very far.
A five-term Mississippi legislator wants to slap a minimum $25,000 fine on anyone who discloses information from a public body's executive session. State. Rep. Omeria Scott, D-Laurel, said discussions that take place in a closed-door meeting shouldn't be shared and that doing so violates the spirit of Mississippi's Open Meetings Law. The law specifies 12 … Continue reading Protecting Corruption? Rep. Omeria Scott files bill to fine disclosing information from closed-door meetings.
BY: Sam Hall This will come as no surprise to most voters, but Childers seemingly got into this race for one reason: Had incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran lost his primary, Childers was ready to wage a war for the heart of Mississippi voters. He would have tried to paint a narrative that offered a … Continue reading HALL: Travis Childers will not be the next U.S. senator from the Magnolia State.
Mississippi Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Travis Childers today became the first Democrat to sign an anti-amnesty pledge from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a unexpected and extraordinary play that could significantly change the dynamics of his campaign against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Childers, a former Congressman, signed the pledge Thursday that was … Continue reading Game Changer? Childers becomes first Democrat to sign anti-amnesty pledge.
That Top-Two system is what peaked a majority of the panel’s interest. Essentially, it would list every candidate for office on one primary ballot and the top two vote getters would move on to the general election regardless of party. Some members of the panel believe the Top-Two process would force candidates to focus on … Continue reading Hosemann’s election reform panel favors a top-two primary, both party chairmen disagree.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Earlier this week, homosexual Mississippians descended on clerk’s offices across the state to apply for marriage licenses. The stunt was organized by a liberal organization calling itself the Campaign for Southern Equality. The group is out of Asheville, North Carolina and is intent on pushing for “marriage equality” for lesbian, … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth.
Attorney General Jim Hood says the ruling last week by a Hinds County circuit judge blocking the enactment of a law clarifying Mississippi as a state where people can openly carry a weapon doesn’t apply outside the judge’s Hinds County jurisdiction. “I do not believe that the injunction would prevent someone outside Hinds County, who … Continue reading AG: Gun ruling doesn’t apply statewide
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?