BY: Bobby Harrison | Daily Journal The Better Schools, Better Jobs group was formed because since it was fully enacted in 2002, MAEP has been fully funded only twice – both election years. And in recent years, the state has fallen further behind in its commitment to local school districts. At this point, the state’s … Continue reading HARRISON: TEA Party possibilities and education funding weigh heavily on Republicans in 2015.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett It is unfortunate to see the misrepresentation going on by Ryan Walters, and his descent into labeling and grouping anyone and everyone who doesn’t adhere to what he perceives to be the “politically correct” way to worship at the “politically correct” alter. His latest comes on the heels of some … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Constitutional Conservatism is about neither blind allegiance nor political jihad.
(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.
BY: J Craig | ANMNews.com There is a problem with the youth culture in this country. There is also a problem with the Republican Party. They actually have very similar issues. The youth don’t understand certain words and Republicans cannot comprehend how to reach the youth. This needs to be addressed not only to unite, … Continue reading CRAIG: The Republican Party must learn how to recruit youth and minorities
That Top-Two system is what peaked a majority of the panel’s interest. Essentially, it would list every candidate for office on one primary ballot and the top two vote getters would move on to the general election regardless of party. Some members of the panel believe the Top-Two process would force candidates to focus on … Continue reading Hosemann’s election reform panel favors a top-two primary, both party chairmen disagree.
BY: JD Winteregg|ANMNews.com We Millennials understand that there are a lot of well-meaning people out there from the Boomer generation–and even some of the older Gen Xers–who really want to connect to our generation in a political sense. They talk emphatically about reaching the Millennial demographic. “If only we could just educate them on the … Continue reading WINTEREGG: Hey Republicans! The top 9 things NOT to say to Millennials.
BY: Jansen Owen @JansenOwen There are over 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living inside the United States. They are the people we stand in line with at Wal-Mart. They are the people we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings. We all travel the same streets, shop at the same grocery stores, and listen … Continue reading OWEN: Conservatives have an opportunity to lead on immigration reform.
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.
Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a state judge's order that blocked Mississippi's open-carry gun law from taking effect. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled this past week that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm. Hinds County District Attorney … Continue reading Hood appeals judges ruling to halt open-carry to Supreme Court.
The working poor — indeed, all of us — deserve a real dialogue about the future of Medicaid in Mississippi. Name calling and grandstanding is not serving anyone. Neither is reverting to a kind of religious warfare. Medicaid patients have much higher mortality rates and much poorer health outcomes than people on private insurance. As … Continue reading TAYLOR: Real dialogue, not religious warfare needed in Medicaid debate