Sen. Tony Smith says he’s looking “very seriously” at run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner.


State Senator Tony Smith tells the Picayune Item that he is looking closely at a possible run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner in 2015. In an article to preview upcoming issues in the 2015 Legislative Session, Smith said that he was "considering running for public service commissioner next year." He added: "I haven’t made … Continue reading Sen. Tony Smith says he’s looking “very seriously” at run for Southern District Public Service Commissioner.

#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.

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.

SB 2687 to bar government regulation of restaurant portion sizes moves to Guv’s desk.


The House passed the final version of Senate Bill 2687 on a 92-26 vote Wednesday. It bars local governments from requiring nutritional information, restricting portion sizes, or barring toys in kids' meals. The bill, introduced by Picayune Republican Sen. Tony Smith, is meant to keep Mississippi cities and counties from modeling rules after cities like … Continue reading SB 2687 to bar government regulation of restaurant portion sizes moves to Guv’s desk.

School merger bill amended to protect “good” districts, some Republicans break ranks


The bill allows the state to depose school board members and order new elections in districts that are taken over twice within 10 years. It originally also allowed the state to merge a twice-failed district into a neighboring district without the consent of the neighboring district. But Sen. Hob Bryan, R-Amory, successfully amended the bill … Continue reading School merger bill amended to protect “good” districts, some Republicans break ranks