Haley Barbour’s previous position(s) on Mississippi’s health insurance exchange no longer a factor. This is Chaney’s baby now.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett It’s terribly funny to see liberal’s contort as to how, as governor, Haley Barbour supported a state-run health insurance exchange. In their efforts to help pave the way for ObamaCare in Mississippi, some will call on the most feeble of arguments. Conservatives should get a good chuckle when Mississippi lefty's are … Continue reading Haley Barbour’s previous position(s) on Mississippi’s health insurance exchange no longer a factor. This is Chaney’s baby now.

Harrison: Speculation beginning for possible replacement to Senator Thad Cochran


It has been 1988 since there was an election for an open Senate seat in Mississippi. It appears obvious that a lot of major politicians are assuming Cochran will not seek another term. And if he does, there most likely will be a great deal of gnashing of teeth -- silently -- from those politicians … Continue reading Harrison: Speculation beginning for possible replacement to Senator Thad Cochran

Analysis: High stakes in Barbour pardons showdown


Legal experts say all states have some sort of pardon or clemency for people who violated state law. The U.S. president can pardon people charged under federal law. In Mississippi, the governor has ultimate authority to pardon, commute or suspend sentences. That's not the case in every state. In neighboring Louisiana, for example, under the … Continue reading Analysis: High stakes in Barbour pardons showdown

CL: Phil Bryant gets a pass on hospital tax


Looks like Gov. Phil Bryant will be spared the all-out war that greeting former Gov. Haley Barbour when it came to imposing a state hospital tax to help fund Medicaid. As The Clarion-Ledger has reported, Gov. Bryant says he supports renewing the state hospital tax because Mississippi can't afford to replace the Medicaid money that … Continue reading CL: Phil Bryant gets a pass on hospital tax

(Please God! Make it stop!) Mississippi Supreme Court justices may eye Barbour’s pardons


Anybody completely sick of this saga yet? Thanks Haley . . . thanks a million. Tom Fortner, the attorney for four of the five pardoned criminals who worked as trusties at the Governor's Mansion, filed a petition Monday asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to give immediate consideration to the case. Friday's hearing before Hinds County … Continue reading (Please God! Make it stop!) Mississippi Supreme Court justices may eye Barbour’s pardons

PERRY: Keep the pardon


As the legislature considers limiting the pardon, it should remember during the eight years of the Barbour Administration, 82 different Mississippi legislators introduced 180 bills to restore rights to those convicted of murder, arson, kidnapping, embezzlement, Medicaid fraud, armed robbery and other felonies. Barbour approved 86 of those bills. These were bipartisan efforts. Three of … Continue reading PERRY: Keep the pardon

12 of Barbour’s pardons won’t be challenged


Twelve ex-convicts who committed mostly non-violent crimes in 11 Mississippi counties no longer need to worry whether their pardons from former Republican Gov. Haley Barbour will stand. "I feel like a weight's been lifted," said Barry Sanderson Jr., who served more than three years on probation for kidnapping in the late 1990s. He received a … Continue reading 12 of Barbour’s pardons won’t be challenged

Curbs on AG’s hiring counsel have historical precedent


Claims from Democratic lawmakers that Republican legislation aimed at changing the state's outside counsel process for the attorney general's office is "retaliation" against Attorney General Jim Hood's stance on former Gov. Haley Barbour's controversial pardons ignore a substantial amount of Mississippi legal and political history. State Rep. Bob Evans, D-Monticello, called Senate Bills 2084 and … Continue reading Curbs on AG’s hiring counsel have historical precedent

Bryant passes first test with high marks


Bryant’s openness and his clearly articulated standard for pardons is welcome and will serve both he and the people of Mississippi very well. The governor has seized this important moment to lead the new Legislature toward meaningful reform in the pardon and parole process. To restore public confidence in the system, Bryant proposes that “very … Continue reading Bryant passes first test with high marks

Pardons: Bryant on the right track


Newly inaugurated Gov. Phil Bryant seems to be on the right track in rejecting the trusty clemency policy followed by his predecessor, Gov. Haley Barbour. But an individual policy by an individual governor is not be the best way to address the issue. Barbour is still facing a firestorm of criticism in the wake of … Continue reading Pardons: Bryant on the right track