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.

PLUNKETT: Curtis Wilkie’s Mississippi no longer exists.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Back in August I wrote a response to an article by Curtis Wilkie in the New York Times. Wilkie is an historian and author who grew up in Mississippi, leaving in the late 1960’s to work as a writer. The majority of his career was spent working for the Boston … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Curtis Wilkie’s Mississippi no longer exists.

PLUNKETT: Constitutional Conservatism is about neither blind allegiance nor political jihad.


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.

Even Conservative Rep. Andy Gipson thinks ban on gay marriage will be overturned.


The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Mississippi, could provide the catalyst for the Supreme Court to decide the gay marriage issue once and for all, nationwide. And it's likely, many legal experts believe, bans on gay marriage such as Mississippi's will fall. RELATED>>>PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth. "I am opposed to same-sex marriage, … Continue reading Even Conservative Rep. Andy Gipson thinks ban on gay marriage will be overturned.

#ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.


Mississippi's Medicaid enrollment has grown since January, even as top elected officials continue to oppose expanding the program. Medicaid director David Dzielak (JELL-ick) told legislative budget writers Friday that the biggest reason for the enrollment increase is a new type of income calculation. He said that under the federal health overhaul law, the Affordable Care … Continue reading #ObamaCare growing Medicaid and CHIP in Mississippi without expansion.

Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.


A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled against the Obama Administration in a case challenging the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services decision to extend tax subsidies to states without a state health insurance exchange. The decision comes on the heels of several other rulings, including the opinion of the D.C. Circuit in Halbig … Continue reading Federal judge in Oklahoma rules no tax subsidies without a state run exchange.

Miss. court rules in favor of utility in eminent domain case


The Mississippi Court of Appeals has sided with a south Mississippi utility authority in a dispute over the use of eminent domain to take private property for a massive sewage plant built with federal Hurricane Katrina money. The court\'s ruling on Tuesday overturns about $47,000 in attorney\'s fees that had been awarded to the owner … Continue reading Miss. court rules in favor of utility in eminent domain case

Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.


A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money. Wealthy people are healthy people, more or less. They have the money to pay for health insurance, and get better medicine, and more frequent treatment. High school dropouts rarely achieve … Continue reading Mississippi Dropouts Are Driving Up Medicaid Costs by $52 million per year.

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?

OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.


BY: Jansen Owen @JansenOwen There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living inside the United States. They are the people we stand in line with at Wal-Mart. They are the people we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings. We all travel the same streets, shop at the same grocery stores, and listen … Continue reading OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.