PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics


BY: Geoff Pender Many of our roads and bridges are in poor shape and expected to get worse from lack of maintenance. On present course, experts predict more than half the state’s roads will be un-travelable by 2030. Part of the problem is the state, with an ambitious road building program in the 1980s, added … Continue reading PENDER: Rough road ahead for motorists, politics

Group files petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi


A group has filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Mississippi. The group, Mississippi for Cannabis, is hoping to place an initiative on the November 2016 election ballot. The group filed the petition Monday with the Secretary of State's satellite office in Hernando, says petition organizer Kelly Jacobs. It's the initial … Continue reading Group files petition to legalize marijuana in Mississippi

Legislative changes to DUI law go into effect on Wednesday.


Changes in Mississippi's DUI law that are due go into effect on Wednesday are getting mixed reviews from some in the judicial system. The Mississippi Legislature drafted the new laws in 2013, with the stipulation that the changes would take effect this year. Legislators also made some changes during the 2014 session. According to a … Continue reading Legislative changes to DUI law go into effect on Wednesday.

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”.

#7for7: In a word, Guns.


This weeks seven top posts are all about the ongoing back and forth over Hinds County Judge Winston Kidd's ruling to halt enforcement of Mississippi's concealed carry law, HB2. The reaction from conservative lawmakers was as similar in message as it was swift. Off the record many conservatives had a simple question: Who the hell … Continue reading #7for7: In a word, Guns.

AG: Gun ruling doesn’t apply statewide


Attorney General Jim Hood says the ruling last week by a Hinds County circuit judge blocking the enactment of a law clarifying Mississippi as a state where people can openly carry a weapon doesn’t apply outside the judge’s Hinds County jurisdiction. “I do not believe that the injunction would prevent someone outside Hinds County, who … Continue reading AG: Gun ruling doesn’t apply statewide

Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014


You’re still being protected, but there’s a risk to the way the Miss. Highway Patrol is operating. Many worn out cars with more than 100,000 hard miles on them are still in service and there’s a shortage of troopers, too. That’s what Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz told media Monday. He said there are … Continue reading Shortages at MHP may be on legislative agenda in 2014

Two South Mississippi sheriff’s offices say drug forfeiture spending is a public record


Sheriff's offices in two of the three Coast counties said they would have no problem letting the public know how much drug forfeiture money it has and how it spends it. And Harrison County, which has two helicopters, said it would produce flight records within a matter a days if a formal request is made. … Continue reading Two South Mississippi sheriff’s offices say drug forfeiture spending is a public record

PLUNKETT: Kidd’s gun-ruling is display of brazen ignorance.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett keep (kp) To retain possession of: kept the change; must keep your composure. To have as a supply: keep an ax in the shed. bear (bâr) To hold up; support. To carry from one place to another; transport. Of all the things that have been said and written about Friday’s … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Kidd’s gun-ruling is display of brazen ignorance.

ERICKSON: Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor.


The colonists — the revolutionaries — did not want something new, but something old. By 1776, eighty-eight years after their Glorious Revolution, the colonists realized they would have to throw off the old form of government for something new in order to gain back those rights they realized neither Crown nor Government acknowledged they had. … Continue reading ERICKSON: Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor.