Ocean Springs Mayor Not Backing Down: Board Votes To Recoup Legal Fees From “Frivilous” Lawsuit.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 22nd, 2018 at 11:21 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: Gulf Coast, History, Mississippi Municipalities, News, Public Service, Spending, State Flag

From the day it was filed, Ocean Springs city leaders called a recent lawsuit filed over the state flag “frivolous.” Now they’re taking action to get back the money they spent on legal bills. During a meeting Friday, the Ocean Springs Board of Aldermen voted during executive session to move forward with filing a claim to […]

Weaponizing “Scorecards” and the Folks that Lie About Them

By Will Hall | June 12th, 2018 at 7:04 am

BY: Will Hall / Contributor

Filed Under: Business, Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Elections, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Spending, State Bonds, Will Hall

If doing exactly what a lobbyist wants you to do is courageous or if voting for hundreds of millions in pet projects is conservative, then Cindy Hyde-Smith is the most courageous conservative Mississippi could ever ask for.

Columnist Charlie Mitchell Needs To Catch Up Before Writing About U.S. Senate Race.

By Paul Reese | June 9th, 2018 at 11:46 pm

BY: Paul Reese / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Paul Reese is Constitutional Conservative and Libertarian from Grenada, MS. He has a B.S. in history from the University of North Alabama and an M.A. in Religion from the Memphis Theological Seminary. Paul is an active member of the United Methodist Church, and has been married for 19 years.

Filed Under: Abortion, Budget, Chris McDaniel, Contributor, Economy, Elections, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Immigration, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Paul Reese, Politics, Spending, US Congress

Senator Chris McDaniel has offered several ideas and proposals on a range of topics – including the economy. But to help Mr. Mitchell catch up, here are some of them.

Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Balanced Budget Theatrics Is Purposefully Misleading

By Pat Nozinich | May 31st, 2018 at 12:55 pm

BY: Pat Nozinich /

Pat Nozinich is the vice chair of the Tate County Republican Executive Committee and secretary of the Tate County Republican Club.

Filed Under: Budget, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

If Cindy Hyde-Smith has her way, she will never have to vote to balance the federal budget.

Seven Ways Cindy Hyde-Smith Is Little More Than A Carbon-Copy Of Thad Cochran

By Ryan Walters | May 29th, 2018 at 12:34 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 MississippiConservativeDaily.com

Filed Under: Budget, Chris McDaniel, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Elections, Federal Government, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, National, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Spending, Thad Cochran, US Congress

Cindy Hyde-Smith is showing herself to be a carbon copy of Thad Cochran, not exactly what liberty-loving conservatives wanted to see.

Full-Week Of Events Scheduled For Mississippi Politicos To Engage

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 20th, 2018 at 6:55 pm

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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, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Hinds County, Lauderdale County, McComb, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, News, Pike County, Politics, Public Safety, Public Service, Rankin County, Republican, Spending, Transportation, US Congress

Mississippi’s political advocates and grassroots volunteers will have several opportunities to engage candidates and participate in discussion over public policy this week.  Monday, diners will enjoy a Penn’s catfish dinner at 6 provided by Country Boys Farm Supply in Pelahatchie as they listen to Senator Chris McDaniel discuss his run for US Senate. Third District Congressional […]

Cindy Hyde-Smith’s Vote Against Balanced Budget Clearly Defines Mississippi’s US Senate Race

By Brad Patano | May 19th, 2018 at 4:10 am

BY: Brad Patano / Contributor

Brad Patano is a Principal Partner in an architectural and engineering firm in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He is active in political advocacy and also volunteer organizations including Coast Young Professionals, Ocean Springs Education Foundation and Ocean Springs Baseball Organization.

Filed Under: Brad Patano, Budget, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Politics, Spending, US Congress

The campaigns for US Senate in Mississippi just defined itself. This primary in November isn’t about who is sweeter, cuter, or more likable. It is about our future and real issues. Government only gets as out of control as its financial means allows it. Do you support more federal spending or do you support fiscal responsibility? It really is that clear.

Governor Phil Bryant Turns Up The Fear-Factor Over Bridge Closures: “People are going to die!”

By Keith Plunkett | May 2nd, 2018 at 1:52 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: Contributor, County Government, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Governor, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Public Safety, Spending, Transportation

That the governor could so easily blame county officials on national television without a hint of shame over his own earlier lack of concern (until there was a danger of losing federal susbsidies) speaks volumes about Governor Bryant’s sense of responsibility.

Port of Gulfport Must Add 800 Additional Jobs To Qualify For $570 Million Of Federal Money

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 2nd, 2018 at 4:59 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, Christianity, Commentary, Culture, Economic Development, Faith, Federal Government, Gulfport, Job Growth, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Spending, Transportation, US Congress

In exchange for the HUD money, the Mississippi Development Authority agreed that the port would create 1,300 jobs, 51 percent of which are to be targeted for low to middle income individuals.

Increasing the Cigarette Tax to Fund Road Maintenance in Mississippi? Not So Fast.

By Katherine Loughead | May 1st, 2018 at 12:49 pm

BY: Katherine Loughead / Policy Analyst — Tax Foundation

Katherine Loughead is a Policy Analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation.

Filed Under: Budget, Contributor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

When linked to inflation, transportation-related taxes and infrastructure user fees generally help ensure that as long as infrastructure networks have reliable users, they have reliable funding. On the other hand, not only are cigarette taxes unrelated to infrastructure, but they also represent a declining revenue stream.