Unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court Decides Columbus Mayor and Council Violated Open Meetings Act

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 7th, 2017 at 3:35 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: Ethics, Feature Stories, Justice, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, News, Principles of Freedom

Mississippi Justice Institute calls first-of-its-kind decision a monumental victory for open and transparent government for all Mississippians Today, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that the Mayor and City Council of Columbus violated the Open Meetings Act when they previously met in prearranged, non-quorum size gatherings to discuss public business, intending to circumvent the Act. This […]

President Trump Nominates Hurst and Lamar To Serve As US Attorneys

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 29th, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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Filed Under: Federal Government, Law Enforcement, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, News

President Donald Trump has nominated Mike Hurst of Madison and William Chadwick “Chad” Lamar of Oxford as U.S. attorneys.

WILSON: Mississippi Charter Schools Case Hinges On Key Constitutional Question

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

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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.

Empower Mississippi: Important Rulings On Charter School Lawsuit Only Weeks Way

By MississippI PEP Staff | March 17th, 2017 at 6:35 am

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Filed Under: Charter Schools, Education, Empower Mississippi, Ethics, Grant Callen, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, Mississippi Supreme Court, MS State Government, School Choice

A lawsuit to force parents to remove their children from charter schools has been proceeding quietly for several months, but important rulings are expected to be handed down in the next few weeks.

MS Justice Institute Files Ethics Complaint Over Dept. of Revenue Refusal To Release Contract With Amazon

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

The Mississippi Justice Institute has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission over the state Department of Revenue’s refusal to release a copy of an agreement with Amazon for the online retailer to collect sales tax on online purchases without a court order. MJI, the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, […]

Wayne County GOP Scholarship Gala to Raise Money for Student Campaign Volunteers.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 21st, 2016 at 9:48 pm

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Filed Under: Angela Burks Hill, Education, Events, Mike Hurst, Pine Belt, Politics

The Wayne County Republican Party will hold a fundraiser on October the 22nd at 6:30pm at Under The C Catfish House, 1863 Highway 45 S, Buckatunna, MS 39322. Funds will go towards fscholarships awarded to students from Wayne County who have volunteered their time to work on campaigns for Republicans. Speakers for the event will […]

Judge Allows Three Groups to Join Charter School Lawsuit

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 29th, 2016 at 7:23 am

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Filed Under: Charter Schools, Civil Rights, Hinds County, Mike Hurst, News, School Choice

A Hinds County judge will let three groups that favor charter schools intervene in a lawsuit challenging whether such schools can legally receive Mississippi education money. Mike Hurst, representing a group of parents from Midtown Public Charter School, says Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas made the decision after a Wednesday hearing. Lawyers for the three groups […]