Hampton: Every Issue MS Legislature Dealt With In Special Session Existed In “Regular” Session

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 8:39 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, Culture, Governor, Gulf Coast, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, MS State Government, Opinion, Phil Bryant, Politics, Republican

I would have thought a political party with super majorities in the House and Senate and control of all statewide office with the exception of the Attorney General’s Office could hide their shenanigans in plain sight. Turns out, it was disagreement in the Republican Party that led to the special session.

Empower MS Hires Two Outreach Coordinators To Connect To More Parents Across State

By Keith Plunkett | June 12th, 2017 at 7:24 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: Charter Schools, City of Jackson, Delta, Desoto County, Education, Empower Mississippi, Feature Stories, Gulf Coast, Influencing Institutions, Leadership, Liberty, MDE, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, News, Politics, School Choice

Empower Mississippi has successfully pushed a number of education reform policies through the Legislature, including a program that allows students with disabilities to receive monetary assistance for educational expenses. On June 8, the organization announced the hiring of two community outreach coordinators, Anna Beth Houston and Constance White. Empower Mississippi President Grant Callen announced the two […]

Hood Says Special Session Appropriation Cut AG’s Budget By 28-Percent Compared To 2015

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 12th, 2017 at 7:08 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: Buck Clarke, Budget, Democrats, Jim Hood, Legislature, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Politics, Spending

In the 2016 session the Legislature passed the Budget Transparency and Simplification Act that substantially changed the state’s budgeting process. But the legislative leadership has yet to release information detailing how those changes impact each agency.

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.

Lori McJohnson Reflects On Two Year Fight In Legislature To Enact Nathan’s Law

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 5:17 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: Chris McDaniel, Mississippi, MS State Government, News

Jonathan Scott Pates pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to aggravated assault after he hit a stopped school bus with his truck, injuring a child who was unloading. He was convicted under Nathan’s Law, and has to go to jail for five years. Lori McJohnson said justice was served. “It also made all of the hard […]

GUAJARDO: Legislators Should Take Time To Get School Funding Formula Right

By MississippI PEP Staff | June 4th, 2017 at 4:59 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, Education, Legislature, MAEP, MDE, Mississippi, Opinion, Philip Gunn, Spending

Critics hammered the MAEP rewrite process early on because of the lack of transparency. It seemed like closed-door meetings and contracts initially withheld but later made public were the norm in the beginning. Then came a quickly called public hearing in Jackson and promises that site visits were being conducted in school districts across the […]

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

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

WALTERS: Is It Time For Lincoln To Go? My Answer To Otis Pickett

By Ryan Walters | May 28th, 2017 at 6:22 am

BY: Ryan Walters / Mississippi PEP Contributor

Ryan Walters is a life-long Mississippian from Jones County. He is a professor of history holding a bachelor and master’s degree in American history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the author of "The Last Jeffersonian: Grover Cleveland and the Path to Restoring the Republic." Find more of his writing at MississippiConservativeDaily.com

Filed Under: Civil Rights, Contributor, Feature Stories, Federal Government, History, Liberty, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Opinion, Progressivism, Race, Ryan Walters, Social Justice, State Flag

By today’s standards, Abraham Lincoln, the “Great Emancipator” with a massive temple monument in Washington with Lincoln sitting atop a throne, was a racist, far removed from the image that academic historians have painted of him.

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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The MS PEP Staff consists of a number of volunteers across the state dedicated to sharing news and commentary important to conservatives.

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”.

PLUNKETT: 2013 Mississippi Law To Protect History Has A Monumental Loophole

By Keith Plunkett | May 26th, 2017 at 6:12 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: Contributor, Culture, Ethics, Feature Stories, Governor, History, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, Opinion, Politics

This law doesn’t protect any monument from being moved. It spreads the authority in confusing ways into a labyrinth of bureaucracy, enough to make it more difficult for citizens to determine which entity and what level of government is actually responsible.