House approves $31 million in bonds, renewed disagreement with Senate possible.


Medical school officials say the 151,000 square-foot building will replace outdated student laboratories and relieve overcrowding that has forced the school's simulation program into converted closets and a basement. But money for the medical school could get caught up in a renewed struggle between the House and the Senate over how much the state should … Continue reading House approves $31 million in bonds, renewed disagreement with Senate possible.

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AP Analysis: Mississippi gas tax debate


Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, a Republican, is waging a Don Quixote-like campaign to persuade people that Mississippi needs more money to build and maintain roads. It's been nearly two decades since Congress last increased the federal gasoline and diesel taxes that pay for highways. It's been 25 years since Mississippi increased its motor fuel tax, … Continue reading AP Analysis: Mississippi gas tax debate

Chicken Little Syndrome: Voter ID


BY: B. Keith Plunkett--@Keithplunkett The chicks are all aflutter. It seems Voter ID in Mississippi and beyond is going to seriously hamper the ability of otherwise qualified individuals to vote. It seems that, despite the 62% of the people who voted for the initiative obviously don't mind showing their ID to do so, this law … Continue reading Chicken Little Syndrome: Voter ID

New Personhood bill introduced in Mississippi Senate


Republican Sen. Michael Watson said he hasn’t read FIllingane’s bill, but he would support changing the constitution to end abortion. "People didn’t really understand what (Initiative 26) was. There was, again, some bad information that got out and some scare tactics that were used," Watson said. Watson said in a state where the majority of … Continue reading New Personhood bill introduced in Mississippi Senate

Lawmakers support PERS | mspers.org


A group of local lawmakers dispelled fears regarding the future of PERS Wednesday at a University of Southern Mississippi legislative forum. “There’s not anybody in the House or Senate that I know of that’s stupid enough to mess with PERS,” said Sen. Billy Hudson, R-Purvis. In agreement were Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, and Rep. Toby … Continue reading Lawmakers support PERS | mspers.org

New debate expected on immigrant workers in Mississippi


Although it's important to get the crops to market quickly while still fresh, Mississippi's small specialty farmers aren't as prone to use illegal labor as are the larger specialty growers in Georgia and elsewhere, according to Hood. "The smaller guys won't take the risks that some of the larger specialty crop operations in other states … Continue reading New debate expected on immigrant workers in Mississippi

Sen. Fillingane talks politics with local women at luncheon – WDAM – Channel 7 – Mississippi News, Hattiesburg, Laurel


HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Senator Joey Fillingane joined the Forrest/Lamar Republican Women's Club Tuesday to talk politics. Fillingane spoke to the ladies about Voter Identification, Eminent Domain and the most controversial issue on this years ballot, Initiative 26 the definition of 'person'. Which ever way voters lean, Fillingane said it's important to know exactly what each amendment means. … Continue reading Sen. Fillingane talks politics with local women at luncheon – WDAM – Channel 7 – Mississippi News, Hattiesburg, Laurel

Analysis: Miss. gov candidates spit on voter ID


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have squabbled for at least 15 years about whether to require voters to show a driver's license or other form of identification at the polls. They haven't enacted a voter ID law, but the issue never disappears and the passion surrounding it never seems to diminish. Now, it's moving … Continue reading Analysis: Miss. gov candidates spit on voter ID