Democrats block budget provision in MS House forcing a return to Capitol.  


The Mississippi House will be back for a second day of special session Wednesday. Senators passed a bill Tuesday to let Gov. Phil Bryant dip further into the state's financial reserves to plug a hole in the state budget. The House needed a two-thirds vote to consider the bill the same day it passed the … Continue reading Democrats block budget provision in MS House forcing a return to Capitol.  

Former State Senator Tommy Robertson sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement. 


Former state Sen. Tommy Robertson was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, with two years to serve, for embezzling $379,594 of a $484,000 construction loan that he was handling for a couple through Singing River Federal Credit Union. Special Judge Richard McKenzie also ordered Robertson to serve eight years under post-release supervision, fined him … Continue reading Former State Senator Tommy Robertson sentenced to 10 years for embezzlement. 

Gov. Bryant calls special session to begin Tuesday morning. 


Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a call for a special legislative session to deal with a shortfall in Mississippi’s 2016 budget. The governor’s office said in a news release Monday the special session will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The call contains one item: legislation authorizing the governor to transfer money from the state’s rainy … Continue reading Gov. Bryant calls special session to begin Tuesday morning. 

MS PERS losing money on investments, could show first annual loss since 2009. 


   A report by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi shows the state’s pension fund lost money in the past year, which could further damage PERS’s already weakened bottom line. According to the third quarter report, the fund has been hit with total losses of 0.47 percent so far this year, with the biggest … Continue reading MS PERS losing money on investments, could show first annual loss since 2009. 

Hinds DA Smith, arrested on 6 counts of aiding criminal defense, fires back at AG Hood for obstruction of criminal investigation. 


As reported earlier today, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has been arrested following a joint investigation by the Attorney General's Office and the FBI. 45-year-old Smith was arrested on Wednesday at his office by investigators with the Attorney General's Office and the Hinds County Sheriff's Office. He was charged with 6 counts of … Continue reading Hinds DA Smith, arrested on 6 counts of aiding criminal defense, fires back at AG Hood for obstruction of criminal investigation. 

Centralized bureaucracy at MS Dept. Of Education continues excessive spending under Superintendent Carey Wright. 


   The state Department of Education is paying a private investigator nearly $16,000 for 38 days of work to supplement the work of a full time state employee, Mississippi Today has learned. The revelation comes amid complaints from Gov. Phil Bryant and other state officials about excessive spending by the department during the tenure of … Continue reading Centralized bureaucracy at MS Dept. Of Education continues excessive spending under Superintendent Carey Wright. 

#TermLimitsMS initiative dies on calendar as volunteers focused on presidential politics. 


The loosely-formed group of volunteers who backed the term limits effort found their time preoccupied by a contentious primary between Trump and Cruz supporters. (Sen. Chris ) McDaniel, who was also Mississippi director of the Cruz campaign, told The Associated Press on Monday that people gathering signatures for the term limits initiative "ended up on … Continue reading #TermLimitsMS initiative dies on calendar as volunteers focused on presidential politics. 

State Senator Terry Burton tells a whopper in defense of DUI charge, judge lets him go.


   State Senate President Pro Tem Terry Burton, R-Newton, was found not guilty of a second DUI on Thursday when a Scott County judge ruled cough syrup and breath spray must have caused a "false positive" on the breath test he took after he wrecked. "I had a coughing spell after all the powder and … Continue reading State Senator Terry Burton tells a whopper in defense of DUI charge, judge lets him go.

Rep. Herb Frierson on whether banning public funds to Superintendents Assoc. will kill group: “If it does, it does.”


BY: Daarel Burnette II/Education Week    Don't bite the hand that feeds you, lawmakers repeatedly warned the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents. But after a contentious political battle over school funding and the state's constitution last fall, the association's leaders apparently bit a little too hard. The lobbying organization launched a vigorous campaign to change … Continue reading Rep. Herb Frierson on whether banning public funds to Superintendents Assoc. will kill group: “If it does, it does.”