PLUNKETT: Redemption vs. Deception: Why ALL Mississippians should support keeping the state flag.


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.

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HARRISON: Speaker Gunn forces through bill to rename #CommonCore, won’t be as welcome in senate.


BY: Bobby Harrison | Daily Journal Tea Party Republicans had entered the 2015 session saying they would not be satisfied with anything less than the elimination of Common Core standards, which they claim are part of an attempt by the federal government to take over local school districts. During debate of the proposal to change … Continue reading HARRISON: Speaker Gunn forces through bill to rename #CommonCore, won’t be as welcome in senate.

Group says #CommonCore repeal bills proposed by Speaker Gunn and Sen. Carmichael don’t allow local control.


The Mississippi Faith and Freedom Coalition called on the House and Senate leadership to provide solid legislation to repeal Common Core State Standards “CCSS” that matches their public promises and recent headlines. The Coalition views House Bill 156 authored by Speaker Gunn as a simple rebranding of the standards providing no outright repeal of CCSS … Continue reading Group says #CommonCore repeal bills proposed by Speaker Gunn and Sen. Carmichael don’t allow local control.

Dems take issue with Speaker Gunn’s private use of his private office.


Democrats are questioning what House Speaker Philip Gunn was doing at the Capitol on Monday night, when he invited some guests in after hours and served them food while Capitol police turned away media. A spokesman for Gunn says the meeting was just that – a meeting with some of Gunn’s top advisors and supporters. … Continue reading Dems take issue with Speaker Gunn’s private use of his private office.

Speaker Gunn’s efforts to bring gunmakers to Mississippi attracts Beretta and Remington


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Speaker Philip Gunn announced yesterday via Facebook that his efforts to attract gunmakers to Mississippi has received a response from both Beretta and Remington. Gunn's post read: "We recently received notice from BERETTA USA and Remington expressing their interest in moving to Mississippi. As you know, gun manufacturers are under continued threat … Continue reading Speaker Gunn’s efforts to bring gunmakers to Mississippi attracts Beretta and Remington

Herring, overseeing Bryant transition, reflects on GOP gains


As for gains by the Republican Party across the state, Herring said it's hard to describe it as anything less than "historic," noting that Philip Gunn's eventual election as Speaker of the House is the first for the GOP in 136 years. With a majority in both the state House and state Senate, Herring said … Continue reading Herring, overseeing Bryant transition, reflects on GOP gains

Gunn to Neshoba County: Scott Bounds will be leader in House


Rep. Philip Gunn of Clinton told Rotarians that it is "great news" for Neshoba County that Republicans now have the majority leadership in the House for the first time in 140 years. Gunn was recently selected by Republican House members as the preferred candidate for the speaker's post. Rep. Scott Bounds, R-Philadelphia, will have an … Continue reading Gunn to Neshoba County: Scott Bounds will be leader in House

Gunn led House likely to focus on AG’s appropriation of funds in legal settlements


Gunn has argued that the attorney general is not elected to decide how taxpayer money is to be spent. That, he has said, is a job for the Legislature. That is why Gunn, who has served in the House for nearly eight years, wants to see an attorney general "sunshine law" passed in Mississippi. Such … Continue reading Gunn led House likely to focus on AG’s appropriation of funds in legal settlements

New House speaker has priorities in order (Sid Salter) | gulflive.com


Teacher union advocates who may lament Republican leadership in the House might pause to reflect on the status of the Clinton public schools. Long a leading academic district, the Clinton schools have struggled through the recession like other districts. Gunn knows education finance decisions don't occur in a vacuum. All in all, Republicans have chosen … Continue reading New House speaker has priorities in order (Sid Salter) | gulflive.com