State Auditor Says Review At MDE Shows Illegal Contracting.

By MississippI PEP Staff | September 30th, 2017 at 6:48 am

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Filed Under: Education, Ethics, Law Enforcement, MDE, MS State Government, News, Spending, Stacey Pickering

MDE Chief Operating Officer Says Agency Received Approval for Contract Method and Provided Pickering’s Office With Documentation in 2009. After media reports uncovered practices at the Mississippi Dept. Of Education suggesting illegal contracting within the department and some members of the Legislative PEER Committee requested he look into it, State Auditor Stacey Pickering released the […]

How Pickering Used An Unexplained Project To Undermine The New Medicaid Fraud Prevention Law

By Keith Plunkett | August 6th, 2017 at 4:27 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, Culture, Democrats, Ethics, Feature Stories, Federal Government, health, Insurance, Jim Hood, Keith Plunkett, Legislature, Medicaid, Medical Care, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, Obamacare, Opinion, Politics, Stacey Pickering

For legislators who actively worked to get the Mississippi Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act to the governors desk earlier this year, the news of Pickering’s project was a complete surprise. Leave it to Republican Legislators to finally pass a new law to introduce some efficiency standards that might “reduce the size and scope of government,” only to have another Republican officeholder inject an additional layer of complexity before it even gets moving.

Senate Passes Campaign Finance Bill

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 9th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

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Filed Under: County Government, Elections, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Stacey Pickering

Senators unanimously agree that there should be limits on Mississippi public officials spending campaign money on themselves. The legislature’s upper chamber passed Senate Bill 2689 Wednesday, sending it to the House for more debate. The House passed a similar bill last month, and Sen. Sally Doty, a Brookhaven Republican, says differences will likely be worked […]

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 […]

Pickering says he's confident in the case built against Jones County Judge.

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 1st, 2014 at 7:21 pm

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Filed Under: Ethics, Law Enforcement, MS State Government, Stacey Pickering, Uncategorized

The state auditor said Wednesday that his office is confident in the data collected and the demand issued against Judge Billy Joe Landrum. “We do expect that money to be paid back to the citizens and to the local government in Jones County and we will hold him accountable for that at the appropriate time,” […]

Mississippi DMR selling boats it received from ex-director’s foundation.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 25th, 2013 at 8:43 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Stacey Pickering

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is selling two recreational fishing boats that are part of an ongoing investigation. The DMR sought bids on the 36-foot Topaz and the 42-foot Californian in an ad published Friday in the Sun Herald. DMR leased the boats for a while from the Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation, which was […]

Auditor Pickering releases Legislative Expense Report.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 20th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, Spending, Stacey Pickering

Mississippi spent nearly $7.5 million for salaries and expenses of state lawmakers during the 11 months that ended in early April. That breaks down to nearly $5.2 million for the House of Representatives and $2.3 million for the Senate. The figures are in a new report from the state auditor’s office. The report covers expenses […]

Union County Coroner resigns amid Auditors investigation.

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 7th, 2013 at 7:59 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Mississippi, MS State Government, Public Service, Spending, Stacey Pickering

Union County Coroner Mark Golding has resigned. On Thursday, the State Auditor’s Office confirmed Golding is being investigated for filing false claims and invoices with the county over death investigations and was paid for the claims. A news release says investigators seized a $5,000 check Wednesday from the Union County Chancery Clerk’s Office as evidence. […]

Rewind One-Year: Speculation beginning for possible replacement to Senator Thad Cochran | Mississippi PEP

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 31st, 2013 at 7:09 am

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Filed Under: Delbert Hosemann, Elections, Federal Government, Haley Barbour, Mississippi, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican, Stacey Pickering, Thad Cochran

One year ago today: Harrison: Speculation beginning for possible replacement to Senator Thad Cochran | Mississippi PEP.

Hardball: Democrat using DMR investigation against GOP opponent in Ocean Springs mayors race.

By MississippI PEP Staff | May 21st, 2013 at 7:10 am

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Filed Under: Connie Moran, Democrats, Elections, Ethics, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, Politics, Republican, Stacey Pickering

During an April 16 press conference in Biloxi, (Auditor Stacey) Pickering responded to a question about public officials using the Dept. of Marine Resources boats at taxpayer cost. At the time, Pickering said if any public officials were found to have “violated the public trust, they will be held accountable.” (Ocean Springs mayoral candidate John) […]