ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 Meeting of the Mississippi Legislature

By MississippI PEP Staff | November 30th, 2016 at 6:43 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Becky Currie, Brice Wiggins, Bubba Carpenter, Chris Massey, Chris McDaniel, Cory Wilson, David Parker, Greg Snowden, John Polk, Josh Harkins, Legislature, Mark Baker, News, Philip Gunn

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) has released its 2016 ratings of the Mississippi Legislature. In the third year of rating the state, ACU found that the Republican average increased by 3 points—from 77 out of 100 in 2015, to 80 out of 100 in 2016. “Mississippi’s 2016 session enacted much needed small business tax […]

Even Conservative Rep. Andy Gipson thinks ban on gay marriage will be overturned.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 10th, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Federal Government, Gay Rights, Legislature

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Mississippi, could provide the catalyst for the Supreme Court to decide the gay marriage issue once and for all, nationwide. And it’s likely, many legal experts believe, bans on gay marriage such as Mississippi’s will fall. RELATED>>>PLUNKETT: The “Marriage Equality” myth. “I am opposed to same-sex marriage, […]

Hood appeals judges ruling to halt open-carry to Supreme Court.

By MississippI PEP Staff | July 1st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Gun Control, Jim Hood, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS Attorney General, MS State Government, Politics, Republican

Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to throw out a state judge’s order that blocked Mississippi’s open-carry gun law from taking effect. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd ruled this past week that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm. Hinds County District Attorney […]

GIPSON: Clarification of Constitutional Gun Rights protects all Mississippians.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 24th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Contributor, Gun Control, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Public Safety, Public Service, Republican

BY: Andy Gipson @AndyGipsonMS The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Section 12 of the Mississippi Constitution have always recognized “the right to keep and bear arms” without a permit. Our State Constitution provides: Article 3, Section 12. Right to bear arms: The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in […]

Law clarifying open carry rights set to take effect July 1.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 3rd, 2013 at 6:40 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, Public Safety, Second Amendment

In one month a law will take effect in Mississippi that has many law enforcement officers, business owners and regular people confused. House Bill 2, a bill meant to clarify Mississippi’s concealed carry gun laws, defines the word concealed and in doing so says it shall not include weapons being carried upon a person in […]

Lawmaker discussion shows divide on Medicaid expansion.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 9th, 2013 at 6:45 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Budget, David Blount, Democrats, Entitlements, Federal Government, health, Legislature, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Republican

Democratic Sen. David Blount, of Jackson, said adding an estimated 300,000 people to Medicaid — most of them working poor — makes sense because Mississippi would receive billions of federal dollars over 10 years, and that money would support health care jobs. “We ought to recognize a good deal when we see it,” Blount told […]

Gates: Odd coalition kills loan fee bill.

By MississippI PEP Staff | April 8th, 2013 at 6:43 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Banking and Finance, Democrats, Ethics, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Religion, Republican, TEA Party

During the last week of the Mississippi legislative session, an odd coalition came together to help kill a controversial bill that would have allowed small loan companies to charge fees amounting to an annual percentage rate of up to 99 percent on loans from $500 to $4,000 that are mostly taken out by low-income, working […]

Plunkett: Self-interest driving predatory policy at Mississippi Legislature is a recipe for political disaster.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 12th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Banking and Finance, Contributor, Democrats, Education, Entitlements, Ethics, Federal Government, Insurance, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Lynn Fitch, Medicaid, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics, Public Service, Republican, Tate Reeves

BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett True Conservatives understand that life is sometimes tragic, and that government can’t legislate away every pain that ails. Liberals, as Economist Thomas Sowell puts it, love to appear on the “side of the angels” in their attempt to correct every ailment of society. These are basic core differences in philosophy […]

Governor Bryant signs two gun owner protection bills into law.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 4th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Concealed Carry, Ethics, Governor, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Second Amendment

Gov. Phil Bryant today signed into law two measures to protect gun owner rights. House Bill 485, which takes effect immediately, protects personal information collected from applicants for concealed carry permits. House Bill 2, effective July 1, clarifies the legal definition of carrying a concealed weapon. “In January, I called on House and Senate leaders […]

Group says SB 2571 to legalize predatory finance practices in Mississippi.

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 3rd, 2013 at 7:53 am

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Filed Under: Andy Gipson, Banking and Finance, Ethics, Federal Government, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Politics

An agency of the Mississippi Baptist Convention is opposing a bill that would allow consumer finance and loan companies to charge fees amounting to an annual percentage rate of up to 99 percent on installment loans from $500 to $4,000. “Our position is we don’t need this bill,” said Rob Chambers of the Christian Action […]