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.

Mississippi campaign finance laws burdensome to some, not others

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Campaign Finance, Free Speech, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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A federal court upheld Mississippi’s campaign finance regulations on “political committees.”

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Mississippi governor’s budget proposal isn’t a deep ball

By   /  November 19, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Mississippi, Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s budget proposal isn’t exactly a deep ball, either with cuts or with tax relief

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Mississippi’s pension system one of nation’s worst

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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According to a new study by State Budget Solutions, Mississippi’s pension system is far worse financial straits than its recent financial report indicated.

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Indicted corrections commissioner enjoyed ritzy lifestyle

By   /  November 7, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Corrections, Economy, Mississippi, News, Regulations, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Indicted former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps lived a lavish lifestyle in a gated community with two Mercedes Benz sedans and a beachfront condominium.

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Mississippi prison bribery scheme leads to indictments

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Corrections, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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A multi-year investigation by state and federal authorities has revealed an alleged bribery scheme that cost the state of Mississippi thousands of dollars in prison services contracts.

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Mississippi’s Thad Cochran drew tea party, Democrat votes in victory

By   /  November 6, 2014  /  Legislature, Mississippi, News, Politics, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran picked up plenty of tea party and Democratic votes in his winning bid for a seventh term in the Senate.

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