Sponsors of the Term Limits Ballot Initiative will officially kick off the signature gathering drive at the Mississippi State Capitol on Thursday afternoon, July 23. Following the announcement at 2:30 sponsors will meet with volunteers to organize efforts across the state. The initiative has been given the official ballot initiative number 51. It would … Continue reading Mississippi Term Limits Ballot Initiative to launch on Thursday, July 23.
The United Conservatives Fund announced today that it is spearheading a term limits ballot initiative and that it has filed the necessary paperwork with the office of the Mississippi Secretary of State. The initiative must go through a statutory process that also involves the Attorney General before being finally approved and officially announced by the … Continue reading United Conservatives Fund to spearhead push for term limits in Mississippi
BY: Joel McNeece Most people I’ve talked to over the past week seem genuinely delighted to have last week’s elections behind us. That’s an indication of how brutal some of the campaigning was, combined with the frustration and indifference many people feel regarding modern day politics. I, too, am frustrated to go through an election … Continue reading MCNEESE: Mississippi needs real political debate in 2015
BY: Grant Callen Mississippi is on top of the college football world. This historic accomplishment has generated tremendous publicity for Mississippi, even in areas unrelated to football. As a lifelong Mississippian, I can attest there is much to celebrate here. For my three children, my wife and me, Mississippi is the best place in the … Continue reading CALLEN: More choices, not more money, is answer to what ails Mississippi education.
Evelyn Gandy was the first female elected to statewide office in Mississippi, serving as Treasurer. Today that office is held by Lynn Fitch. Fitch is currently the only female holding a statewide office in the Magnolia State. Mississippi is one of just two states to never elect a female congressman, senator, or governor. A new … Continue reading ‘Ready To Run’ Initiative encourages more Mississippi women to run for public office.
(graphic credit: Kaiser Family Foundation via MPBOnline.org) St. Dominic's president Lester Diamond says Mississippi hospitals are working on a proposal that would include changes to the existing Medicaid program to help convince reluctant state lawmakers to expand it. Diamond says there is a sweet spot that includes conservative changes to Medicaid but still open access … Continue reading MS Hospitals continue pressing for Medicaid expansion.
Mississippi's employers added 6,000 jobs to their payrolls in September and the state's unemployment rate fell again, although it remains the second-highest in the nation. The numbers, compiled by two separate surveys, continue to send mixed signals about the state of Mississippi's economy. The payroll survey records subdued growth, while the household survey used to … Continue reading Mississippi adds 6000 jobs, but 4400 stop searching.
Two same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in Mississippi filed the first federal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban on Monday, the latest in a string of similar lawsuits nationwide. "We're hoping the case will move quickly," said Aaron Sarver of the North Carolina-based gay-rights organization Campaign for Southern Equality, which filed the suit on … Continue reading Lawsuit challenges Mississippi gay marriage ban
See MDE Press Release on school rankings. RELATED>>>Without waivers, 16 Mississippi school districts would have lost “A” ratings.
The Mississippi Department of Education released letter grades for schools and districts based on Mississippi’s new accountability system, which evaluates how schools and districts performed after implementing the state’s more rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Official district grades for 2013-14 include 19 “A” districts, 43 “B” districts, 48 “C” districts, 39 “D” districts and one … Continue reading Mississippi Schools Graded According to New Accountability System and U.S. Department of Education Waivers