Former MS Attorney General Mike Moore Is A Driving-Force Behind Opioid Lawsuits.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 24th, 2017 at 6:05 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: Culture, Democrats, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Medical Care, Mike Moore, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, National, News, Public Safety, Revenue

The legal front widening against makers of opioid painkillers has something in common with landmark tobacco litigation of the 1990s: attorney Mike Moore.

WILSON: Mississippi Charter Schools Case Hinges On Key Constitutional Question

By Steve Wilson | April 5th, 2017 at 11:58 pm

BY: Steve Wilson / Watchdog.org

A reporter with Watchdog.org, a member of the Mississippi Press Association and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Steve served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Filed Under: Charter Schools, Contributor, Education, Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, School Choice, Spending

According to state law, if a child lives 30 miles or more for a school located in their district, they can attend a school in an adjacent district. The money that the old district received for that child, both in state and local tax revenue, follows the child to the new school.

Attorneys also brought up the matter of conservatorships, where the state takes over a failing school district and fires the local superintendent and the school board. Under such a scenario, the Mississippi Department of Education appoints a conservator to get the district back on track. At no point during this process does the local district have any control over the property tax revenues still flowing into its coffers.

AG Jim Hood Delivers $34 Million To State Treasury, Wants Lawmakers To Appropriate To Dept. Of Mental Health

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 24th, 2017 at 8:53 am

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Filed Under: Budget, health, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending

In the last year, Attorney General Hood has delivered two checks totaling $100,158,623.58 in addition to this $34.4 million dollar check today. His office delivered a check in the amount of $66,207,318.37 on Feb. 17, 2016, and a second check for $33,951,305.21 on Oct. 7, 2016.

PLUNKETT: Perplexed Democrats Challenge Unprepared Republicans In State Senate To Provide Evidence Of Medicaid Fraud. Thank Goodness Someone Had Heard Of Google!

By Keith Plunkett | March 8th, 2017 at 5:08 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: Brice Wiggins, Budget, Contributor, Culture, David Parker, Democrats, Entitlements, Ethics, Federal Government, health, Hob Bryan, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Republican, Spending

An exchange between Democrat and Republican Senators on Tuesday reported by Mississippi Today illustrates why changing the schedule of legislative sessions to every other year instead of annually is a good idea. A bill to tighten oversight of Medicaid and reduce improper payments brought heated debate in the state senate for an hour. If the […]

House Rejects Legislation To Reduce State AG’s Authority

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 20th, 2017 at 3:09 pm

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Filed Under: Jim Hood, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News, Politics

The Mississippi House has narrowly rejected a bill to limit the attorney general’s powers. But the bill is being held for another debate, and a Republican chairman needs to pick up just a few votes for the bill to pass and move to the Senate. House Bill 555 would require the attorney general to receive […]

PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 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, Economy, Ethics, Keith Plunkett, MDA, MDE, MDEQ, MDOC, MDOT, Medicaid, MEMA, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS Attorney General, MS Bureau of Narcotics, MS Secretary of State, MS State Government, News, Opinion, PERS, Politics, Public Service Commission, Spending, Taxes, Treasurer

The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that: “a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that […]

AG Jim Hood Sues Google For Mining Student Education Data

By MississippI PEP Staff | January 19th, 2017 at 5:56 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: Education, Jim Hood, Liberty, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News

State Attorney General Jim Hood’s office filed a lawsuit Friday accusing Google of illegally mining the data of Mississippi public-school students. On Tuesday, Hood accused Google Inc. of collecting personal and search-history information from students in order “to advance its own business interests and increase its profit.” He said Google violated the Mississippi Consumer Protection […]

PLUNKETT: And The Winner Of The Inaugural ‘2016 Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ Is . . .

By Keith Plunkett | December 12th, 2016 at 6:45 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: #PEPPoll, Budget, Contributor, Governor, Haley Barbour, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Lynn Fitch, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Public Service, Spending, Stacey Pickering, State Bonds, Taxes, Treasurer, Virtue

We hope you enjoyed our first-ever ‘Mississippi PEP Turkey Award’ interactive email series the week of Thanksgiving. I certainly had fun putting the content together. In case you missed it we put together 3 – and with a surprise twist added a fourth – examples of Mississippi elected officials trying to appear tough and no […]

PLUNKETT: Will “Arrogant” Legislative Leadership Avoid Difficult Policy Discussions in 2017?

By Keith Plunkett | November 26th, 2016 at 2:46 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: Contributor, Culture, Federal Government, Keith Plunkett, Leadership, Legislature, Liberty, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Politics, Principles of Freedom, Republican, Tate Reeves

Columnist Bill Crawford is the latest Mississippi politico to write about recent attempts by the Mississippi House Management Committee to keep details of legislative contracts hidden behind a wall of confidentiality, and he pulls no punches. Crawford places the blame for the mishandling of the details of the contract squarely at the feet of Lt. […]

AG Hood Joins Legislature’s Attorneys in Canning House Committee Vote to Keep Contracts Secret.

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 21st, 2016 at 4:47 pm

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Filed Under: Ethics, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi State House, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom

The Clarion Ledger reports that Attorney General Jim Hood, in a letter to legislative leaders, said the Legislature by law cannot keep its contracts secret from the public — despite a committee’s vote to do so. Legislative leaders on Monday said that over the last few days, their lawyers had concluded the same thing. The […]