Will Budget Hearings Reveal Detached State Government Officials?

By Keith Plunkett | September 17th, 2017 at 9:58 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: Budget, Contributor, Events, Feature Stories, Keith Plunkett, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Spending, Tate Reeves

Legislative Budget Hearing is a missed opportunity for public discussion about what state government ought NOT to be doing to begin with.

Bill Crawford Suggests Lawmakers Approval Of Sports Betting Was Intentional.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 7:03 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: Commentary, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Philip Gunn, Politics, Revenue, Sean Tindell, State Lottery, Tate Reeves

Legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to offer and control Las Vegas style sports betting. Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn are saying that was not the intent of […]

PENDER: Passing Legislation Shouldn’t Be Efficient

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 23rd, 2017 at 9:18 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: Budget, Commentary, Ethics, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Republican, Spending

I’m all for government running more efficiently in most cases. But not legislation. I suggest it should be relatively difficult to pass laws and spend tax dollars, and the more people with a hand in the process, the better.

PLUNKETT: Koch-Fighting In Mississippi: AFP Slings Dough To Stage Political Strut

By Keith Plunkett | June 7th, 2017 at 4:41 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: AFP-Mississippi, Campaign Finance, Contributor, Culture, Elections, Endorsement, Ethics, Feature Stories, Inspirational, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics, Progressivism, Public Service, Republican, Russ Latino, Social Justice, Taxes

The kitchen door is open. If you can be open and accountable enough to answer some questions, listen to some doubts, and take a little bit of heat without resorting to a tantrum then you’re welcome to come on in. If you’re selling something that isn’t what you say it is, try another sucker.

I was born at night, but it wasn’t last night.

#PEPPoll: Which office should Sen. Chris McDaniel run for?

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 28th, 2017 at 6:37 am

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Filed Under: #PEPPoll, Chris McDaniel, Feature Stories, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Republican

Sen. Chris McDaniel told reporters Friday that the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Roger Wicker isn’t the only office he’s considering. Vote in this #PEPPoll and tell us which one you’d like him to run for?

McDaniel Lets Slip That U.S. Senate Not Only Elected Office He’s Considering

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 28th, 2017 at 2:50 am

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Filed Under: Chris McDaniel, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service

Rumblings about State Senator Chris McDaniel challenging U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker in 2018 are still ongoing. But McDaniel also let it be known he’s considering a run for statewide office too, and he is looking at it “closely”.

Mississippi Capitol Designated As National Historic Landmark.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 5th, 2017 at 11:04 am

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Filed Under: City of Jackson, Culture, Federal Government, History, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, National, News

Mississippi officials are celebrating the designation of the state Capitol as a National Historic Landmark. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and others took part in a ceremony Thursday inside the structure that is still a working statehouse. The Capitol cost only $1 million when it was built between 1901 and 1903. It has undergone multiple restoration […]

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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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.”

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.

PENDER: From Whom Is The Republican Leadership Trying To Keep Secrets?

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2017 at 6:44 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: Budget, Commentary, Education, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Republican, Spending, Tate Reeves

Most rank-and-file lawmakers are given info on a need-to-know basis, and apparently they don’t need to know many things until it’s time to vote. This strikes me as odd, that secrecy and timing strat-e-gery have increased even as Republicans have increased their hold on the Legislature to a super-majority. The Democratic Party is barely a going concern in state government these days. From whom is the leadership trying to keep secrets?