The Rankin County School District may have kept the Brandon High School Band off the field on Friday night, but they didn't stop the parents and fans from voicing their support for the band's intention to play the hymn "How Great Thou Art". With the absence of the band on the field at halftime, fans … Continue reading Video: Brandon Football Fans rise and sing “How Great Thou Art” during halftime.
Sponsors of the Term Limits Ballot Initiative will officially kick off the signature gathering drive at the Mississippi State Capitol on Thursday afternoon, July 23. Following the announcement at 2:30 sponsors will meet with volunteers to organize efforts across the state. The initiative has been given the official ballot initiative number 51. It would … Continue reading Mississippi Term Limits Ballot Initiative to launch on Thursday, July 23.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett At this point we’ve heard just about every conceivable angle on the politics of Mississippi’s state flag. We’re the last state left in the country to officially fly the image of the confederate battle flag on our state flag, unless you consider--as some are now beginning to--the … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Redemption vs. Deception: Why ALL Mississippians should support keeping the state flag.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett | UCF Staff @Keithplunkett A few weekends ago I sat in a dimly lit cinder block building in Bentonia Mississippi that I knew well and reminisced with an old family friend named Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Duck is world renowned as the aficionado of a style of blues guitar simply known as … Continue reading PLUNKETT: The state flag isn’t the problem; forgetting our humanity is.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett | UCF Staff The latest ‘State of the States’ reports by Gallup are out this week and the findings show what most already knew about Mississippi: we identify ourselves as the most conservative state in the nation, retaking that distinction from neighboring Alabama. However, as in years past in the … Continue reading PLUNKETT: ‘State of the State’s’ report shows trust gap between conservatives and Republicans in MS.
The Clarion Ledger's Geoff Pender is reporting: After months of consideration, Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler has qualified to run for state auditor. Hawkins in a message confirmed she has qualified Monday, and will have an official announcement later. Hawkins, a Republican, will challenge incumbent two-term Auditor Stacey Pickering, who has said he is seeking … Continue reading Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler qualifies to run for auditor
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett | UCF Staff On February 6, conservatives celebrated the gift of Ronald Reagan. Born on that date 104 years ago, his presidency embodies the finest moment for conservatism in the modern political era. It's why every candidate with an 'R' next to their name attempts to claim the mantle of … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Remembering Reagan’s confidence in creative community and public service.
Senator Chris McDaniel released details of two election reform bills he hopes will make it to the Senate floor for a vote before a deadline on Tuesday, February 3. Both bills were double-referred, one to Appropriations Committee chaired by Senator Buck Clarke and the other to Judiciary A Committee chaired by Senator Briggs Hopson. Senate … Continue reading Chris McDaniel releases details on election reform bills, calls on chairmen to bring bills out of committees.
Assistant teachers could see a $1,000 pay raise under a plan moving forward in the House. The House Education Committee approved House Bill 582 Wednesday, which would raise the employees' yearly salary to $14,000 a year from $13,000 a year. The committee originally considered a $500 increase, but agreed on $1,000. With 6,000 assistant teachers … Continue reading HB 582 would give teachers assistants $1,000 raise at total cost of $6 million to taxpayers.
State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carey Wright posted a letter to educators on the Mississippi Department of Education's website after the board of education voted Friday to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) consortium, which developed the English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments aligned to Mississippi's College-and Career-Ready … Continue reading Supt. Wright tells government school educators that withdrawal from PARCC changes nothing.