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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Report on Kemper Project casts embattled power plant in poor light

By   /  November 5, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Jobs + Growth, Lobbying, Mississippi, Politics, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Kemper Project, a first-of-its-kind power plant that converts pulverized coal dust into natural gas-like syngas to fuel power-generating turbines, has ballooned from an original cost of $2.4 billion to nearly $5 billion. The plant is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Southern Company. PHOTO BY: THE SOUTHERN COMPANY

Imagine a first-of-its-kind power plant that costs $3.6 billion more than originally planned, with safety issues that required expensive, late fixes and a management team that denied delays and cost overruns until papering them over was no longer an option.

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Grammy museum in Mississippi gives U.S. taxpayers more blues

By   /  October 29, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Lobbying, Mississippi, National, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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The Grammy Museum Mississippi received $1.2 million in federal and $6 million in state funds to build an $18 million museum in Cleveland, Miss.

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Questions rise over Democratic groups’ campaign finances in state senate races

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Colorado, Elections, Lobbying, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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A set of Democratic-supporting 527s and independent expenditure committees may be in violation of Colorado campaign finance law.

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Is a school system’s campaign for a ballot referendum legal?

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Education, Elections, Lobbying, Local Government, North Carolina, Taxes, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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When a school system campaigns for a sales tax referendum in an upcoming election, is this overstepping North Carolina law?

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Fully funded ed program would strain Mississippi budget

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Budget + Tax, Budget and Spending, Economy, Education, Government Waste, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations, Taxes, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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If the legislature is forced to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the state’s budget will be in disarray.

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