PLUNKETT: Political response to Senate Conservative Coalition proves why it is needed.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett A group of eleven state senators announced on Tuesday the formation of the Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition (MSCC). The group will assist conservatives in parsing through the details of approximately 3,000 bills filed each year at the state capitol with the hope of getting good conservative legislation in the spotlight … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Political response to Senate Conservative Coalition proves why it is needed.

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Invitations go out to conservatives to join senate coalition to evaluate legislation.


Eleven of the 32 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate say they're forming a conservative coalition to help evaluate bills. In announcing their plan Tuesday, they say they're not disgruntled. They also say they're inviting others to join, sending letters today to their fellow senators. "This is about advancing conservative issues. Period. End of game," said … Continue reading Invitations go out to conservatives to join senate coalition to evaluate legislation.

NEWSOM: Cochran scenario to produce Coast lieutenant governor?


I've heard Republican power brokers are already working on a fairly complicated contingency plan involving multiple appointments that could end with a South Mississippian in the lieutenant governor's office if Cochran steps down before his term ends. Gov. Phil Bryant would appoint Cochran's replacement until an election could be held. Bryant could choose Lt. Gov. … Continue reading NEWSOM: Cochran scenario to produce Coast lieutenant governor?

Legislators to continue port tour today.


The state Senate's Ports and Marine Resources Committee is continuing rounds Thursday to visit coastal ports, committee chairman Sen. Brice Wiggins said. Wednesday the group visited Bienville Port in Hancock County and the state Port of Gulfport. Thursday morning, they will be in Jackson County to tour the Port of Pascagoula. Two members from the … Continue reading Legislators to continue port tour today.

Plunkett: Entitlement Reforms will raise expectations of self-determination, achievement.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Update: the initial posting of this article did not list some bills that were introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives. They have been added. Another shot at Entitlement Reforms by the Mississippi Legislature appears to be lost for the 2013 session, proving once again that talk from some Republicans … Continue reading Plunkett: Entitlement Reforms will raise expectations of self-determination, achievement.

GoCoast 2020 Commission off to a good start


The 113-member Commission, charged by Gov. Phil Bryant to create a comprehensive plan for these funds, is a great blend of business and community leaders from all sectors across the three coastal counties. Jackson County is well-represented on the Commission, not only on the committees but in leadership roles. Mississippi Power CEO Ed Day of … Continue reading GoCoast 2020 Commission off to a good start

First GoCoast session presenters hear worries from fisherman


Jackson County residents attending a GoCoast listening session Tuesday expressed more concern for those in the seafood industry than for tourism or the economic development outlined in a Power Point presentation. About 100 people turned out at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jackson County campus to give input into GoCoast 2020, Mississippi's plan for ways … Continue reading First GoCoast session presenters hear worries from fisherman