GREER: SLAPP in the face of the First Amendment


BY: Whitney Greer @whitney_greer The First Amendment of the United States Constitution explicitly states that the freedom of speech is an inalienable, constitutionally protected right. This right has been consistently redefined, particularly in regards to advances in technology. The Internet, since its inception, has posed as a vehicle for speech and expression, and user content-generated … Continue reading GREER: SLAPP in the face of the First Amendment

Senators Wiggins and Bryan support changes to sentencing laws.


(Editors Note: Senator Brice Wiggins has contacted Mississippi PEP via Twitter to take exception to the headline of this aggregated article saying it is not representative of his position. One can only assume because he doesn't support changes as the headline says, and the content suggests. But, that would assume he supports the "system of distrust" … Continue reading Senators Wiggins and Bryan support changes to sentencing laws.

May 22–On this day in Mississippi history . . .


in 2012 Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 211, the Sunshine Act. “Transparency in government is critical to its integrity,” Bryant said after signing the bill into law. “I have long supported and believed in the need for Mississippi to more clearly define its relationships with outside counsel. Our goal with the Sunshine Act is to … Continue reading May 22–On this day in Mississippi history . . .

Central MS TEA Party may join in lawsuit against IRS.


Central Mississippi TEA Party (CMTP) President Janis Lane says her group is considering joining a potential American Center for Law and Justice lawsuit against the IRS in response to being unfairly targeted by the federal agency. The CMTP filed for tax exempt status with the IRS in 2010. “We began doing some investigation and found … Continue reading Central MS TEA Party may join in lawsuit against IRS.

Lawmakers expect legislation to lower blood-alcohol limit next session.


NTSB recommended Tuesday to lower the legal BAC limit from 0.08 to 0.05. State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said lawmakers will probably see preliminary legislation on the issue but nothing more. “I think we have good law enforcement and a stout law now,” Holland said. “But, when (the NTSB) suggests something we look at it. … Continue reading Lawmakers expect legislation to lower blood-alcohol limit next session.

National group wants Gov. Bryant to veto DUI bill.


A national group that says it represents 80 Mississippi restaurants is urging Gov. Phil Bryant to veto a bill aimed at strengthening laws against drunken driving. The American Beverage Institute, based in Washington, D.C., said Monday that if the bill becomes law, it would be expensive to enforce and create too much work for Mississippi … Continue reading National group wants Gov. Bryant to veto DUI bill.

Plunkett: HB 2 has added benefit of refocusing law enforcement on true mission.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The law enforcement community is having to come to grips with the fact that all Mississippians have a right to carry a firearm. Some don't appear to be happy that they no longer will be able to demand that citizens fear them. Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis told the … Continue reading Plunkett: HB 2 has added benefit of refocusing law enforcement on true mission.

NRA issues letter of support for HB 485, Concealed Carry privacy bill.


The National Rifle Association issued the following letter of support for the Concealed Carry privacy bill, HB 485 including a map showing the thirty other states with similar law: HB 485 ensures that information relating to concealed carry permit holders is exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act, but still allows law enforcement to share … Continue reading NRA issues letter of support for HB 485, Concealed Carry privacy bill.

Southaven Mayor Davis loses perks in new budget but still gets a raise.


Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is losing $40,000 in annual perks in the city's new budget. But he is getting a $5,000 a year raise. Davis has been fighting legal battles to keep Auditor Stacy Pickering from garnishing his wages over charges of $70,000 in misspent city funds. The Commercial Appeal reports that in approving a … Continue reading Southaven Mayor Davis loses perks in new budget but still gets a raise.