The man behind the Empower Mississippi support of legislative challengers to long-time DeSoto County legislators defeated in the August primary election held firm behind the organization's methods during a presentation to the Rotary Club of Olive Branch Tuesday. Many of its mailings that backed the challengers in the election were labeled as negative advertising, … Continue reading Callen defends Empower Mississippi campaign tactics to defeat Desoto legislators.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett It is unfortunate to see the misrepresentation going on by Ryan Walters, and his descent into labeling and grouping anyone and everyone who doesn’t adhere to what he perceives to be the “politically correct” way to worship at the “politically correct” alter. His latest comes on the heels of some … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Constitutional Conservatism is about neither blind allegiance nor political jihad.
The state of Mississippi is found at the top of several state rankings, many of which are normally not positive. But for the second straight year, the Magnolia State tops the list of best states to practice medicine. Gov. Phil Bryant visited Southaven Thursday to promote that fact. Bryant also encouraged DeSoto County leaders to … Continue reading Gov. Bryant in DeSoto County to tout states ranking as best to practice medicine.
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is asking a Hinds County judge to throw out part of the $70,000 that the state auditor alleges he owes for unsubstantiated personal expenses. The Commercial Appeal reports that Davis is scheduled to be in chancery court in Jackson on Wednesday. Davis argues his reimbursements followed state law. He says contends … Continue reading Davis fighting against Auditor Pickering’s claimed recovery amount.
Senate Bill 2199, which was supposed to lead to more appointed superintendents around the state, lost on a 65-52 vote. Members then voted 60-59 to amend Senate Bill 2658 to cut a requirement that students score at least 21 on the ACT college test to enter teacher preparation programs. The House left intact a requirement … Continue reading House nixes appointed Superintendents and ACT college entrance requirement for teachers.
There is talk of a possible settlement in the civil trial of embattled Southaven Mayor Greg Davis now that civil proceedings have been postponed until May. The civil matter could be settled after Davis' criminal trial involving embezzlement and other related charges are dealt with in April. Davis has been indicted on three state counts … Continue reading Possible settlement mentioned in civil trial of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis.
BY: Heather Fox @heatfox It is appalling how DeSoto County Schools sends out mass e-mails to all staff, teachers, etc., dictating them to rally against charter schools, and then we have staff or their family members writing untruths on media venues about the education reform being considered by legislators. The superintendent tells principals they will … Continue reading Fox: Desoto Superintendents use of scare tactics against Charter Schools is appalling.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett You might think Desoto County Kingpin Milton Kuykendall and the many other Superintendents of government schools across the state would have their hands full getting back to educating Mississippi children after the holidays. You'd be wrong. A mass email went out Tuesday afternoon from Kuykendall to over 140 Desoto County … Continue reading Plunkett: Kuykendall and Superintendents Assn. preparing to play hardball over Charters, PERS and Appointment legislation
UPDATE: News Channel 3 out of Jackson is reporting that Davis is charged with two counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of false pretense. He was booked into jail just after 11 a.m. on a $3,500 bond. ORIGINAL: Memphis News Channel 3 has confirmed Southaven Mayor Greg Davis has been indicted. … Continue reading Southaven Mayor Greg Davis indicted by grand jury.
Kevin Blackwell today endorsed his former opponent David Parker in the Senate District 19 run-off election on November 27. Parker is set to run against current freshman State Rep. Pat Nelson. “As a small businessman and a Republican leader, I believe David Parker is the best candidate in the race to represent DeSoto County in … Continue reading Blackwell endorses Parker over Nelson in Senate 19 race.