PLUNKETT: Rep. Carpenter’s insensitive comments vocalizes “dog-whistle” politics that political parties and government institutions have been guilty of for decades.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff   @Keithplunkett Most agree that it was a mistake when State Representative Bubba Carpenter told a crowd a few days ago that they should beware of Initiative 42 because it gave “a black judge in Hinds County” authority to rewrite education policy. When the comments were reported the denouncements … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Rep. Carpenter’s insensitive comments vocalizes “dog-whistle” politics that political parties and government institutions have been guilty of for decades.

Rep. Rita Martinson won’t seek re-election in 2015, Joel Bomgar expected to make a run for seat.


(Rep. Rita) Martinson on Wednesday confirmed rumors circulating for months that she won't seek re-election after her present term ends in 2015. As the rumors have flown, tech executive Joel Bomgar has said he would consider running if Martinson does not. Martinson entered the Legislature when Kirk Fordice was governor and there were few solid … Continue reading Rep. Rita Martinson won’t seek re-election in 2015, Joel Bomgar expected to make a run for seat.

House passes #HB424 to provide free community college tuition.


A plan to pay community college tuition for recent Mississippi high school graduates who are not covered by other financial aid is advancing. Representatives passed House Bill 424 Tuesday by a vote of 115-4. It now goes to the Senate for more debate. The bill would set up a two-year pilot program at all of … Continue reading House passes #HB424 to provide free community college tuition.

House votes to create regional law enforcement “strike forces”.


Mississippi could be one step closer to setting up a trio of elite state law-enforcement strike forces. House members passed House Bill 749 by a 69-48 vote Tuesday to create a strike force office under Attorney General Jim Hood. Gov. Phil Bryant has championed the measure as a way of providing extra help to areas … Continue reading House votes to create regional law enforcement “strike forces”.

PLUNKETT: Medicaid Session truth is not pretty, but the deal got done.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. It’s oftentimes a little less flattering, too. Such is the case with the Medicaid Special Session held last week at the State Capitol.Unity is the word of the week from Republicans--ALMOST all Republicans--but the truth is the session wasn’t all smiles, … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Medicaid Session truth is not pretty, but the deal got done.

Lt. Gov. Reeves hints at support of one-year repealer, and more expansion debate in 2014.


On the opening day of the special session Thursday, the House voted to both reauthorize and to fund the health care program, something it could not do in the regular session. But both bills were held on parliamentary maneuvers meaning they cannot be taken up by the Senate before Friday. With the votes on funding … Continue reading Lt. Gov. Reeves hints at support of one-year repealer, and more expansion debate in 2014.

“On the side of the angels”: Dems try emotion in expansion debate.


A special session of the Mississippi Legislature called by Gov. Phil Bryant to try to prevent a Medicaid shutdown Sunday quickly brought emotional testimony and debate from lawmakers Thursday. “These are working folks!” said Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville. “Help them today! In Jesus’ name, care!” Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, gave emotional testimony about his “working … Continue reading “On the side of the angels”: Dems try emotion in expansion debate.

CORDER: Medicaid Special Session could go well into the weekend.


After all the smoke clears, the real question is will Democrats really vote against this program for a 5th time? A straight up or down vote against reauthorizing Medicaid is a killer vote for Democrats right now. Vote for it (and do the right thing) and they lose the political fight. Vote against it and … Continue reading CORDER: Medicaid Special Session could go well into the weekend.

Rep. Steve Holland: We’re going to talk about expansion.


In today’s special session, the Republican leadership, particularly Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton and Gov. Phil Bryant, will continue to try to block an expansion vote. But Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said, “We’re going to talk about Medicaid, all facets of it, including of the expansion.” Whether there will be a vote on expansion remains … Continue reading Rep. Steve Holland: We’re going to talk about expansion.

HALL: Will Lt. Governor play inter-party politics with Medicaid special session?


If you don’t think Reeves is purposefully trying to distinguish his position from that of Bryant and Gunn while still maintaining his current opposition to Medicaid expansion, then explain why he included this next part: “Earlier this year, the Senate reauthorized and funded Medicaid without expansion in a bipartisan vote. Unfortunately, the bill died in … Continue reading HALL: Will Lt. Governor play inter-party politics with Medicaid special session?