WALTERS: McDaniel’s Religious Liberties Act Protects Fellowship Of Christian Athletes In Stone County School District Case

By Ryan Walters | April 23rd, 2017 at 7:46 am

BY: Ryan Walters / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Ryan Walters is a life-long Mississippian from Jones County. He is a professor of history holding a bachelor and master’s degree in American history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of "The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic." Find more of his writing at MississippiConservativeDaily.com

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Christianity, Civil Rights, Contributor, County Government, Culture, Faith, Feature Stories, Influencing Institutions, Inspirational, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Principles of Freedom, Religion, Republican, Ryan Walters, Stone County

Despite the confusion, and legal ignorance displayed by officials at the government-run school, once the law was revealed to them by attorneys at the Liberty Institute the issue was eventually resolved in favor of the religious liberties of the students. The FCA was granted permission to distribute God’s Word on campus.

FISCHER: Is It “UnChristian” To Execute 8 Murderers In 11 Days?

By Bryan Fischer | April 21st, 2017 at 3:07 pm

BY: Bryan Fischer / Contributor

Bryan Fischer is the host of the daily 'Focal Point' radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. 'Focal Point' airs live from 1-3 pm.

Filed Under: Bryan Fischer, Christianity, Contributor, Culture, Feature Stories, Law Enforcement, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Public Safety

The Bible is clear that when civil government allows people to skate for decades after having been justly convicted of murder, the result is that more and more innocent people will die as the restraint of the law against violence becomes an increasingly meaningless and theoretical concept.

PLUNKETT: Dylan Wood Deserves Respect For Actions In Ole Miss Vandalism Case

By Keith Plunkett | April 20th, 2017 at 5:53 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Influencing Institutions, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Liberty, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Ole Miss, Opinion, Oxford, Politics, Public Safety, Social Justice, State Flag, Virtue

“In my conversations with Dylan he has been measured in his approach to all of this, repeatedly saying he wanted to be sure he gave these young ladies and the others involved every opportunity to do the right thing. He has offered for them to join him in using this to help unify the school […]

PLUNKETT: Tens Of Thousands Digging Out One Spoonful At A Time

By Keith Plunkett | April 15th, 2017 at 6:54 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Contributor, Feature Stories, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Public Service

It’s not much really. But, I’d like to think it is just a small kernel of evidence, that if you plug away at something long enough it can actually begin to change. There has been a lot of policy and politics discussed and debated on these web pages in that four years. Some have made an impact.

There’s something in that, no matter how small it may be, that gives me a glimmer of hope for those who continue to work on digging out from under the mountains of regulation, restriction and unintended consequences of government past.

PLUNKETT: Reducing The Size Of The Legislature Has Been Attempted Many Times Before, Including 2017.

By Keith Plunkett | April 9th, 2017 at 3:52 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Election Reform, Ethics, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, SLRP, Spending

Imagine, not only would the state be saving $14 million during each Session, but then we’d realize savings over and above the current expenditures of a full $28 million every other year by not having them report at all.

Let’s find someone to throw in legislation to get rid of the special legislative retirement plan (SLRP) and Mississippi will be well on the way to reducing one of the biggest problem expenses in state government.

PLUNKETT: Student Files Affidavit Against Ole Miss ‘Phenomenal Woman’ For Racially Motivated Criminal Conspiracy

By Keith Plunkett | April 7th, 2017 at 8:32 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Education, Ethics, Feature Stories, Immorality, Influencing Institutions, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Ole Miss, Oxford, Public Safety, Race

Wood agreed earlier in the month when asked by University Police to not file charges on the condition that Scott agreed to sit down and discuss the incident with him. But Scott has refused to reach out to Wood.

“She had every chance in the world to contact me,” Wood said.

GIBERT: Getting To Free-Market Health Care Doesn’t Stop With Repealing ObamaCare

By Gerard Gibert | April 6th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

BY: Gerard Gibert / CEO - Venture Technologies

Gerard Gibert is founder and CEO of Ridgeland-based Venture Technologies, a multi-state IT solutions and managed services provider since 1985 with 300 employees in 13 states. Gerard is a frequent business commentator in both academic and media circles on the impact of Washington policy on employers and small businesses.

Filed Under: Contributor, Democrats, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Insurance, Liberty, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi PEP, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Principles of Freedom, US Congress

In addition to federal law, every state regulates the sale of insurance. That’s one of the roadblocks to interstate sale of insurance and one of the drivers of premium costs. So even with repeal of federal law, insurance will remain intensely regulated.

MAHARREY: Mississippi Law to Ban Sanctuary Cities Actually Doesn’t

By Michael Maharrey | April 6th, 2017 at 1:29 am

BY: Michael Maharrey / Communications Director -- Tenth Amendment Center

Michael Maharrey is the Communications Director for the Tenth Amendment Center. He proudly resides in the original home of the Principles of '98 - Kentucky. He is the author of the book, 'Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty'.

Filed Under: Contributor, Ethics, Federal Government, Governor, Immigration, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Public Safety, Sean Tindell, Tenth Amendment

As signed by Gov. Bryant, the new law would not bar implementation of local provisions prohibiting inquiries about a person’s immigration status. It also doesn’t prohibit local authorities from releasing undocumented immigrants from custody once they’ve posted bond, or served their time, even if ICE requests an immigration detainer. In short, SB2710 does not prohibit the most common sanctuary city policies and in no way outlaws sanctuary cities.

WILSON: Mississippi Charter Schools Case Hinges On Key Constitutional Question

By Steve Wilson | April 5th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Contributor, Education, Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, School Choice, Spending

According to state law, if a child lives 30 miles or more for a school located in their district, they can attend a school in an adjacent district. The money that the old district received for that child, both in state and local tax revenue, follows the child to the new school.

Attorneys also brought up the matter of conservatorships, where the state takes over a failing school district and fires the local superintendent and the school board. Under such a scenario, the Mississippi Department of Education appoints a conservator to get the district back on track. At no point during this process does the local district have any control over the property tax revenues still flowing into its coffers.

PLUNKETT: Ole Miss Administrations Lack of Response To One Students Threats of Violence Reveals A Double Standard

By Keith Plunkett | April 3rd, 2017 at 3:00 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Managing Editor

Keith Plunkett is the Policy and Communications Director for the United Conservatives Fund, and the Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com.

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Culture, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Influencing Institutions, Institutes of Higher Learning, Josh Harkins, Keith Plunkett, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Ole Miss, Oxford, Public Safety, Race, Social Justice, State Flag

An Ole Miss student remains enrolled after complaints were registered with Chancellor Vitter’s office and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity regarding a Twitter comment she made threatening violence against white people in response Donald Trump’s election as president.

At the same time Ms. Scott was issuing threats against “any white person” on Twitter she was helping maintain a level of public pressure against the Ole Miss administration that eventually led to the withdrawal of student Jordan Samson for racially insensitive comments he made on Facebook.