Partial Medicaid Expansion Would Increase Federal Costs

By James Capretta | January 16th, 2019 at 11:46 pm

BY: James Capretta / Real Clear Policy — Contributor

James C. Capretta is a RealClearPolicy Contributor and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, National, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

It would be better if partial Medicaid expansion were pursued as a legislative change rather than an allowable state waiver because, in legislation, Congress could offset the added federal expense with cost-reducing reforms. Among other things, Congress could cut costs by limiting the use of tax schemes intended to circumvent the states’ matching payment requirements.

The Supreme Court’s decision in 2012 disrupted the plan to establish a national standard of Medicaid eligibility. The result is vastly different Medicaid eligibility rules across the country, which probably isn’t sustainable over the long term.

Hey, Democrats, If You’re Going To Use A Religious Test, Tell Us What It Is

By Bryan Fischer | January 15th, 2019 at 7:13 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, Commentary, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Faith, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Senators are welcome to use their religious convictions as a guide to their vote on nominees. If they think it’s unacceptable for a federal judge to be a committed Roman Catholic, they are welcome to their view and certainly may vote accordingly. But then they must not criticize senators – or voters such as myself – who would politely decline to vote for a Muslim nominee on similar grounds, namely that the values of the Muslim religion are incompatible with public service in the United States.

Extending Green Energy Subsidies Is Six Times The Costs Of A Border Wall

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 14th, 2019 at 5:00 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: Budget, Democrats, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Federal Government, Immigration, National, News, Republican, Spending, Taxes, US Congress

Based on committee estimates, continuing solar and wind tax subsidies is nearly six times the $5.7 billion Trump is asking from Congress for a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Rich Never Actually Paid 70 Percent

By Phil Magness | January 8th, 2019 at 12:04 pm

BY: Phil Magness / Research Fellow - AIER

Phil Magness is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Magness is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed book Colonization after Emancipation: Lincoln and the Movement for Black Resettlement (University of Missouri Press).

Filed Under: Commentary, Contributor, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Taxes, US Congress

The oft-repeated claim of spiraling inequality in the United States is a myth, premised on outdated statistics and poor historical analysis.

Stennis Institute Report Dissects Vote Totals from US Senate Race.

By MississippI PEP Staff | December 18th, 2018 at 6:33 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: Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Democrats, Elections, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Politics, Republican, US Congress

The Stennis Institute has provided a recap with some visualizations to help those interested learn a little more about the election results. General Election Overview The special election resulted in a near-even vote for Hyde-Smith and Espy, with each receiving approximately 41% of the vote. McDaniel received 16.5%, and Bartee wrapped up the field with […]

Anti-Abortion Group Announces 5-Figure Ad Buy To Help Save Hyde-Smith’s Campaign, Attack Espy

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 21st, 2018 at 1:02 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: Abortion, Campaign Finance, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Elections, Federal Government, Mississippi, News, Political Action Groups, Politics, Pro-life, US Congress

Women Speak Out PAC will release a series of digital ads targeting Democrat Mike Espy for his support of abortion. Espy is running against GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to succeed former Senator Thad Cochran who retired.

Partly True, and Only Partly True. So. Help Us. God

By Keith Plunkett | November 16th, 2018 at 9:05 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of

Filed Under: Budget, Business, Commentary, Contributor, County Government, Economic Development, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Spending, State Bonds, US Congress

‘MS still has the lowest per capita personal income, just as it has for nearly 90-years, and an abysmally low labor force participation rate (LFPR). It’s lower today, in fact, than in 1976, which was during one of the worst economic depressions in US history.’

What? This isn’t news?

It is to Governor Phil Bryant.

Exactly What We Need: Senator Chris McDaniel Will Only Owe The People Of Mississippi

By Ryan Walters | November 2nd, 2018 at 9:06 pm

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

Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Chris McDaniel, Commentary, Contributor, Elections, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Ryan Walters, US Congress

Should he win election in November, Chris McDaniel would be perhaps the freest and most independent member of the US Senate.. McDaniel will owe them nothing! He will only owe the people of the state of Mississippi who hired him as their man in the US Senate. And this is how the system was supposed to work in the first place, before US elections were awash in cash.

Hiding Appointed U.S. Senate Candidate To Avoid Public Scrutiny Is An Affront To Our Entire Political System

By Steve Crampton | October 29th, 2018 at 9:12 am

BY: Steve Crampton / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Prior to founding his own firm, Steve Crampton served as Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel for Liberty Counsel, and as Chief Counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy. He has served as lead counsel in numerous reported decisions in state and federal courts. Steve lives in Tupelo, MS.

Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Commentary, Contributor, Elections, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Voters are prevented from getting the information we need about Cindy Hyde-Smith. Instead, they churn out sleek TV commercials and unleash attack ads against Chris McDaniel. Her campaign is long on emotion and mud-slinging and short on facts and issues.