GIBERT: Lawmakers Can Defund Planned Parenthood By Trading Conservative Talk For Conservative Action

By Gerard Gibert | May 3rd, 2017 at 9:32 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: Abortion, Budget, Contributor, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, Gerard Gibert, Insurance, Leadership, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Pro-life, Spending, US Congress

To fully strip federal funding to Planned Parenthood, Congress should act to amend Medicaid law to disallow participation in the program by clinics that terminate pregnancies or to share costs with other providers that perform abortions. It could be accomplished by an uncomplicated one-sentence bill. In the meantime, with a pro-life president, Title X funds should be all but fully prohibited from distribution to abortion providers.

It’s time for conservative lawmakers – at the state and federal level – to not just talk conservatively in order to be elected, but to govern conservatively.

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.

Government Contract Reforms That Should Be Big News Get Little Attention

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 22nd, 2017 at 6:10 am

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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: Ethics, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Opinion, Spending

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime champion of contract reform Representative Jerry Turner passed legislation that completely revamps the public contract […]

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.

Governor Signs ABLE Act Allowing Tax-Free Savings To Assist Special Needs

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 9:46 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: Desoto County, Governor, Inspirational, Kevin Blackwell, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Public Service, Republican, Taxes

The sponsor of the bill, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Olive Branch, called the legislation significant for the lives of those affected by disabilities and special needs.

“It’s something that will help folks not only now but provide down the line for families who have children with special needs,” Blackwell said. “At the time of the demise of their parents, these children will have the resources to be cared for and live as full and productive lives as possible.”

Former Biloxi Mayor, State Legislator And Judge Danny Guice Dead At 92

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 14th, 2017 at 2:05 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: Biloxi, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News

Former Biloxi Mayor Daniel “Danny” Guice, who lived in the city all his life, died Thursday at age 92. Guice had been a state legislator, three-term mayor of Biloxi from 1961 to 1973 and a county court judge. “Danny Guice was a beloved individual,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said. “He was a benevolent leader […]

HARRISON: Legislative Process Not Like Private Sector

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 13th, 2017 at 10:40 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: Budget, Commentary, Legislature, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Spending

In the real world, we all have tasks to perform and deadlines to meet. If we are not successful, there are consequences, including the possibility of losing a job.

But the legislative process is not like the private sector. In the private sector there is a boss – a person who has the final say. In the private sector, we essentially have two choices at the end – do what the boss says or find another job.

Governor Signs Campaign Finance Legislation Into Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 7:11 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: Campaign Finance, Elections, Ethics, Governor, Legislature, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, prohibits personal use of campaign money, and defines personal use as any “other than expenditures relating to gaining, holding or performing functions of public office.” It specifically prohibits personal spending of campaign money including: mortgage, rent or utility payments for any residential property of a candidate or family member, clothing, automobiles, travel expenses not related to a campaign or holding office, admission to entertainment events and non-documented loans.

Gov. Bryant Signs Bill Funding Trooper School

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 5:07 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: Budget, Governor, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant, Public Safety, Spending

MHP is currently allowed to have about 650 troopers on the roadway, but they only about 475. There are also about 150 troopers due for retirement.

#PEPPoll: Do You Support The Legislature Creating A State-Run Lottery In Mississippi?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 11th, 2017 at 3:18 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: #PEPPoll, Feature Stories, Gambling, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Opinion, Spending, State Lottery

What do you think about the possibility of a state-run lottery in Mississippi? Do you support it? Vote in our latest #PEPPoll.