Steve Wilson is a writer and a journalist. He serves as the Mississippi Bureau Chief for Watchdog.org. Beginning his career as a sports writer, he has worked for the Mobile Press-Register (Ala.), the LaGrange Daily News (Ga.), Highlands Today (Fla.), McComb Enterprise-Journal (Miss.), the Biloxi Sun Herald (Miss.) and the Vicksburg Post (Miss.) His bachelors degree is in journalism with a minor in political science from the University of Alabama. He served four-plus years in the United States Coast Guard after his high school graduation and is a native of Mobile, Ala.

Annual audit reveals glaring issues in Hattiesburg

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Waste, Local Government, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments

CITY IN CRISIS: The annual comprehensive audit of the City of Hattiesburg revealed some serious issues with the city's finances.

Several glaring issues revealed in the city’s annual audit could be a sign of rough waters to come for Hattiesburg.

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The US needs a real plan to fix immigration crisis

By   /  July 22, 2014  /  Commentary  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: U.S. Coast Guard

Back in 1994, the United States dealt with a different immigration crisis. Instability in Haiti led to thousands riding on everything that would float to head north.

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Mississippi pension fund heads for final ‘Jeopardy’

By   /  July 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Mississippi, National, News, Pensions, State House, State Politics, State Senate  /  No Comments

PERS

We’ll take pension reform for a thousand.

Make no mistake, Mississippi is playing “Jeopardy” with its retirement fund.

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Lawyers for MS U.S. Senate candidate say fight for seat far from over

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

SPEAKING OUT: State Sen. Michael Watson (R-Pascagoula) is one of the attorneys for the Chris McDaniel campaign.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel intimates he’s not concerned about his political fate as he continues to fight the results of the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

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One-vendor broadband contract represents sweetheart deal

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Mississippi, Public Utilities, Uncategorized, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

Eagle-NET is providing unfair competition to smaller companies, critics say

Sweetheart deals don’t get any better than this.

A 10-year contract with no competition gets a two-year extension, even before the contract expires.

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New EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants could cost Mississippi billions

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Mississippi  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Mississippi Power

The cost for Mississippi to meet proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants could run into the billions.

Guess who’ll be footing the tab? Everyone who pays an electric bill.

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