Their Girl: Cindy Hyde-Smith and the US Chamber of Commerce

By Ryan Walters | April 30th, 2018 at 3:46 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: Campaign Finance, Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Elections, Endorsement, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Ryan Walters, US Congress

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement of Cindy Hyde-Smith should tell Mississippians all they need to know.

Why We Must Be Bold on Welfare Reform

By Kay Coles James | April 30th, 2018 at 3:32 am

BY: Kay Coles James / President/Heritage Foundation

Kay Coles James is president of The Heritage Foundation. James formerly served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. She is also the founder and president of The Gloucester Institute.

Filed Under: Contributor, Culture, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Principles of Freedom, Spending

Being black and the daughter of a former welfare recipient, I know firsthand the unintended harm welfare has caused. These dysfunctions are the result of policy choices this nation has made, not the people on whom they’ve been inflicted.

Drafting Error: Hyde-Smith’s Campaign Needs Repairs After Failure To Launch

By Keith Plunkett | April 25th, 2018 at 8:51 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Elections, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Republican, US Congress

Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign hasn’t hit the ground running, it’s just hit the ground.

Welfare Reform Is Happening Fast

By Kristina Rasmussen | April 25th, 2018 at 1:12 am

BY: Kristina Rasmussen / Contributor

Kristina Rasmussen is vice president of federal affairs at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Filed Under: Contributor, Economy, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Medicaid, Opinion, Spending, Unemployment

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order on welfare reform, laying the groundwork for federal and state agencies to promote economic mobility and opportunity through work. Just two days later, the House Committee on Agriculture released a draft proposal of the 2018 Farm Bill, calling for an expansion of work requirements for able-bodied adults receiving food stamps and committing to initiatives that will reduce fraud and abuse across the food stamp program.

The “Cultural Problem” Is With Mississippi Government, Not Her People.

By Keith Plunkett | April 16th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Business, Contributor, Culture, Economic Development, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Spending

The Daily Journal, government agencies and big business groups, like the Mississippi Economic Council, rely on a false premise to excuse the failures and ignore the truth they don’t want to accept.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s Emergency Declaration Points To Heavy-Handed Politics

By Jerel Wade | April 15th, 2018 at 2:52 am

BY: Jerel Wade /

Jerel Wade is an educator and small business owner from Jones County, MS.

Filed Under: Contributor, County Government, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Spending

Why was it such an emergency that the bridges had to be closed immediately? Why did Sec. Chao herself make the call and not one of her underlings? Does Chao know anything about Brushy Creek, Tallahoma Creek, or Bogue Homa Lake? Why weren’t any of the states with worse bridge conditions forced into the same state of flux?

BGR Was Paid Big Bucks To Get Foreigners Access To U.S. Officials That Most Americans Will Never Have.

By Keith Plunkett | April 9th, 2018 at 2:40 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Contributor, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Haley Barbour, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, US Congress

Haley Barbour provides foreigners and foreign-owned companies a way around U.S. campaign finance law, just like it appears he found his own way around Foreign Agents Registration Act requirements.

WILDMON: Cochran And Republicans Resort To More “Dirty Politics”.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 20th, 2018 at 7:52 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: Chris McDaniel, Commentary, Elections, Ethics, Mississippi, National, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran, US Congress

I can’t seem to grasp the staunch opposition to Chris McDaniel amongst some Republicans in Mississippi.

McDaniel Campaign Announces 82 County Chairs and Over 1,000 New Volunteers

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 19th, 2018 at 5:23 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: Chris McDaniel, Elections, Mississippi, News, Politics, Republican, Thad Cochran, US Congress

Five days after announcing his intentions to run for the open seat being vacated by Senator Thad Cochran, McDaniel’s campaign has named 82 county chairs and has over a thousand volunteers.

Gov. Phil Bryant’s “Opportunistic” Meeting With Senator Mitch McConnell Undercuts His Lecture To McDaniel

By Keith Plunkett | March 16th, 2018 at 8:42 am

BY: Keith Plunkett / Editor

Keith Plunkett is a Policy Consultant, Editor, Writer, Founder and Publisher of MississippiPEP.com. http://mississippipep.com/profilegrid_blogs/keith-plunkett/

Filed Under: Campaign Finance, Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Elections, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Political Action Groups, Politics, Remember Mississippi, Republican, Roger Wicker, TEA Party, Thad Cochran, US Congress

Whether discussions with Mitch McConnell over the seat currently held by Thad Cochran is the silliest charge Governor Phil Bryant has ever heard or not, his response to reporters that McConnell hasn’t attempted to influence the governor’s decision is definitely one of silliest things the governor has ever uttered. Because it’s flatly false.