#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

AG Hood sends out subpoenas to Google.


Mississippi's attorney general says he still thinks Google has given inadequate responses to allegations that it's not doing enough to prevent illegal online sales of drugs without prescriptions, and says he's sending out subpoenas for company documents to further his investigation. Attorney General Jim Hood urged fellow attorneys general from other states to do the … Continue reading AG Hood sends out subpoenas to Google.

AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.


Mississippi's attorney general says the governor does not have legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order. Attorney General Jim Hood's nonbinding opinion, issued Wednesday, contradicts claims by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and could increase pressure on Bryant to call the Legislature into special session to reauthorize the state Medicaid program. Unless … Continue reading AG Hood issues opinion: Governor can’t run Medicaid.

2013 Boys State to begin May 26 at MSU.


Gov. Phil Bryant and Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker lead a list of speakers for the American Legion's Boys State on the campus of Mississippi State University this month. Bryant and Wicker are scheduled to speak on May 29, the fourth day of the annual event that teaches rising seniors about state and local government … Continue reading 2013 Boys State to begin May 26 at MSU.

DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.


The U.S. Department of Justice still is considering whether to preclear Mississippi’s voter identification requirement that was approved by voters in November 2011. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said information requested by the Justice Department on March 21 “is being sought and will be submitted to DOJ as it is collected … Continue reading DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.

Division of Medicaid preparing to notify beneficiaries of loss of coverage.


“I think it’s required 30 or 45 days before the July 1 deadline,” longtime state Rep. Bobby Moak said last week of recipients being notified.State Attorney General Jim Hood said a 2004 federal court opinion mandates that proper notice be given to Medicaid recipients prior to the end of services because of a lack of … Continue reading Division of Medicaid preparing to notify beneficiaries of loss of coverage.

Budget estimate revision could happen before House-Senate negotiations.


It is not uncommon for the Legislative Budget Committee to meet late in the session to change the estimate before the House-Senate negotiations, where final decisions on the budget are normally hammered out. It will be up to House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who is chair of the Budget Committee this year, to decide whether … Continue reading Budget estimate revision could happen before House-Senate negotiations.

Rep. George Flaggs says Medicaid reauthorization should take priority over expansion.


While (Speaker Philip) Gunn and Gov. Phil Bryant say the governor has the authority to run Medicaid by executive order, Flaggs believes they are mistaken. He points to former Gov. Haley Barbour, who tried to run Medicaid by executive order and was blocked when Attorney General Jim Hood got an injunction to prevent him. Medicaid … Continue reading Rep. George Flaggs says Medicaid reauthorization should take priority over expansion.

Oh Bill, how we’ve missed your venomous rants!


Mississippi's grumpy old liberal codger, Bill Minor, is back in old form with a recent attack on Voter ID, Delbert Hosemann and anything Republican. To paraphrase an old expression: he's old as dirt, but too mean to die. And who can blame him for being so angry? He's lived so long that he's come to … Continue reading Oh Bill, how we’ve missed your venomous rants!