PILON: Make the Bouquet… Or Else!

By Roger Pilon | February 21st, 2017 at 9:08 am

BY: Roger Pilon / VP for Legal affairs / Cato Institute

Roger Pilon is the founding director of Cato’s Center for Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is also the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and the inaugural holder of Cato’s B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies.

Filed Under: Business, Civil Rights, Commentary, Culture, Ethics, Gay Rights, Liberty, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Property rights, Social Justice

Court’s haven’t yet compelled pastors to officiate at ceremonies that are inconsistent with their beliefs, but we have heard calls for eliminating the tax-exempt status of their institutions. Such is the wrath of the crowd that wants our every act to be circumscribed by law—their law, of course. And they’re prepared, as here, to force their association on unwilling parties even when there are plenty of other businesses anxious to serve them.


REED: What Does the World Need More Of?

By Lawrence Reed | February 17th, 2017 at 1:21 pm

BY: Lawrence Reed / President / Foundation for Economic Education

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction.

Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Inspirational, Leadership, Opinion

About 30 years ago, I came across a few sentences labeled “The World Needs More.” They might have appeared in Readers’ Digest, I’m not sure, and the author was noted as “Anonymous.” I’ve tried many times in the decades since to find the author’s name, but to no avail. Whoever wrote those original three or […]


Northside Sun: Reforming And Strengthening Procurement Laws Needed To Address Corruption.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 8th, 2017 at 5:33 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, County Government, Culture, Ethics, Immorality, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Public Service, Spending

These are not isolated examples but rather the tip of the iceberg, confirming a recent nationwide study showing Mississippi to be the most corrupt state in the nation.

Ultimately, the state Legislature is to blame for allowing Mississippi to have the worst public procurement laws in the nation.


LOGAN: Public Reaction To MS House Bill Could Be Match That Lights Fire Under NCAA

By Brad Logan | January 20th, 2017 at 7:15 am

BY: Brad Logan / Guest Commentary

Brad serves as play-by-play broadcaster for WFCA-FM and has served as host of the weekly high school football call in show. He has previous stints for ESPN Radio, Sports Plus 790-WMC and the Delta State University Radio Network, while also serving as editor of Ole Hotty Toddy, an online blog.

Filed Under: Commentary, Culture, Education, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Ole Miss, Opinion, Oxford

gridironnow.com While I look for absolutely nothing to come of this bill drafted in the Mississippi Legislature in regards to any legal action against the NCAA, the simple aspect of any urgency from any party directed at the NCAA can only be seen as a positive as it relates to Ole Miss. SEE ALSO: Former Ole […]


CRAWFORD: Legislature’s Proposed Budget Gives Up On Rewarding Performance

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 18th, 2016 at 6:38 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, PERS, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Tate Reeves, Uncategorized

BY: Bill Crawford The proposed budget is $195 million less than the twice-cut current budget and cuts nearly every agency. It would eliminate funding for almost 2,000 currently unfilled positions and remove civil-service protection to make it easier for agency heads to fire workers. (Speaker Philip) Gunn warned agencies “to pay strong attention to this […]


CRAWFORD: Legislators Should Concern Themselves With State Taxpayers When Confronting University Shortfalls. 

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 11th, 2016 at 10:53 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Budget, Commentary, Education, Institutes of Higher Learning, Legislature, Opinion, Spending

BY: Bill Crawford Since the 2012 law was passed, out-of-state students have caused most of the enrollment growth among universities. In the latest published IHL numbers from 2009 through 2014, total headcount enrollment increased from 73,712 to 79,704. However, in-state enrollment fell slightly from 58,453 to 58,175. Out-of-state enrollment at our two largest and growing […]


BOUDREAUX: Government Experts Can’t Give You A Happy Life

By Donald Boudreaux | November 25th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

BY: Donald Boudreaux / Economist

Donald Boudreaux is a senior fellow with the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Filed Under: Commentary, Influencing Institutions, Liberty, Opinion, Principles of Freedom

Ideological and political disagreements are healthy. They reflect different perspectives, experiences and priorities. And although masked by the farcical circuses that are political campaigns, discussions and debates do change minds and move public opinion. Only you are expert on what is best for you and your family. Of course, some talk deserves less attention. Outright […]


CRAWFORD: Fundraising and Political Maneuvering Contribute to Shorter Terms for University Presidents

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 4th, 2016 at 2:30 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, Institutes of Higher Learning, Leadership, Mississippi, Opinion

BY: Bill Crawford Once university presidents seemed to hold office forever. As a new Kirk Fordice appointee to the IHL Board in 1992, I was awed by the tenure of Walter Washington, 25 years as president at Alcorn State University, Kent Wyatt, 24 years at Delta State University, and Aubrey Lucas, 21 years at the […]


FREEMAN: If There Really Were a God

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 10th, 2016 at 6:57 am

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Christianity, Commentary, Culture, Devotional Study, Faith, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Religion

BY: Fr. Stephen Freeman Belief is a strange thing. It rests like an idea in our mind. We can examine it, walk around it, argue it, and change it or reject it. But as an idea, belief really isn’t such a big thing. It is probably quite correct to say that most of the things […]


HEILPERN: Family-Focused Interventions Are Key to Social Change

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 23rd, 2016 at 12:17 pm

BY: MississippI PEP Staff /

The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

Filed Under: Commentary, Education, Entitlements, health, Immorality, Influencing Institutions, MDOC, Medicaid, Public Service, Religion, Unemployment, Virtue

BY: Kindra Heilpern/Institute of Family Studies So what is the cause of social decay? The data is so overwhelming, and the answer is so obvious, and yet we seem to have missed it: virtually every social problem can be traced back to family distress and dissolution. For example, marital distress is associated with increased rates […]