Clarion Ledger political writer Geoff Pender took the opportunity during a recent Editorial Board meeting to question State Auditor Stacey Pickering about the still unanswered questions surrounding reports of misspending of campaign dollars, and a FBI investigation into unpaid taxes. Pickering continued to deny that he was under investigation by the FBI regarding unpaid … Continue reading VIDEO: Pender grills State Auditor Pickering over campaign finance issues during CL Editorial Board meeting.
Jackson has netted $958,000 from a Deepwater Horizon claim although the city was more than 150 miles from where any oil washed ashore. The city's claim isn't part of the $1.5 billion the state is receiving from the BP oil spill settlement. Jackson officials said recently they hope some of the state's settlement will … Continue reading City of Jackson gets $958,000 from BP oil spill.
BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org Mississippi Watchdog reviewed the most recent campaign finance records from state legislators who retired after this session and found several who left office with thousands remaining in their accounts. State Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose had $154,417 in his campaign account after leaving the House. State Sen. Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, … Continue reading WILSON: Mississippi campaign finance laws give retiring politicians a golden parachute.
Cellular South is asking Judge William Singletary to revoke his 2006 order. It was issued after competing companies back then attempted to get copies of pricing and other info BellSouth submitted for the state’s request for proposals for phone and internet service. At the time, the state’s open records law allowed records containing a … Continue reading 2015 passage of transparency reform at center of state contract fight between C Spire and AT&T
BY: Steve Wilson Here’s an idea. If the Initiative 42 crowd wants Gunn’s and Reeves’ emails in the hopes of mining them for a “gotcha” nugget or two, how about some transparency on their end, as well? Let the people know whether they’ve been lobbying school administrators to encourage their employees to support Initiative … Continue reading WILSON: Initiative 42 backers should come clean, produce emails to school administrators.
Six immigrants are suing two Mississippi companies, saying the firms misled them about wages they would be paid to work in landscaping jobs under contracts with the state Department of Transportation. The workers are all from Mexico and came to Mississippi under the H-2B temporary visa program that allows people to work in the … Continue reading Immigrants sue 2 Mississippi companies over work issues related to state highway contracts.
Madison businessman Irb Benjamin, indicted last week in connection with paying bribes in exchange for prison contracts, made $198,000 in recent years lobbying for Mississippi’s check cashing & payday loan industry. Benjamin pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 to federal bribery and kickback charges that could land him in prison for 20 years and a … Continue reading Key figure in expanded prison probe netted big dollars from payday lending groups
The JFP Editorial Board writes: Not coincidentally, Gov. Haley Barbour is currently on tour to promote the book he co-wrote with Democratic strategist Jere Nash. While Barbour apparently calls the Port of Gulfport the "one that got away," the truth is, the project stands with other shining beacons of the "Haley Barbour Victory Tour"—Silicor, … Continue reading JFP Editorial Board: Barbour’s Katrina legacy much different from one he’s trying to write for himself.
The Paying former Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps so they could benefit from Corrections contracts is the charge against Irb Benjamin, 69, of Madison, and Sam Waggoner, 61, of Carthage. The two were indicted by a federal grand jury, announced Acting United States Attorney Harold Brittain, FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Donald … Continue reading Two more charged in paying former MDOC Commissioner kickbacks
BY: Bryan Fischer @BryanJFischer No father who is thinking clearly would put his young son in proximity to an adult homosexual. The Boy Scouts have made a fateful and fatal decision to allow homosexuals to serve as mentors to young boys. This will be and should be the end of this once noble organization. Why? … Continue reading FISCHER: The Boy Scouts Sign Their Own Death Warrant