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Photo by Steve WilsonINTERVENOR: Mississippi Justice Institute director Mike Hurst and several parents of children in Mississippi charter schools are filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center that could be the end of charters in the state.

Mississippi charter schools case hinges on key constitutional question

Published on: April 4, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerNOT RUNNING: The Kemper Project clean coal power plant's latest delay is indefinite, as the company has yet to announce a new commercial operation date.

Mississippi Power announces yet another operational date for the Kemper Project

Published on: April 4, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonREDUCTION: State regulatory agencies could be forced to sunset outdated regulations if a new law is passed by the Mississippi Legislature.

Who’s watching the watchers? Mississippi licensing boards about to get a new boss

Published on: March 29, 2017


WAH-WAH-WAH: The Mississippi Legislature passed some pro-economic freedom bills in this session, but missed on a few key issues. Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Mississippi Legislature wraps up session by passing key reform bills


The Mississippi Legislature left town last week after passing some key reforms, but left some unfinished budgetary business.
Published on: April 3, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerDELAYED: The Kemper Project will be operational by April 30, the company said in an filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Southern Company hit with fifth lawsuit over Kemper Project delays, costs


Utility giant the Southern Company was served Tuesday with its fifth lawsuit concerning delays and cost overruns with the Kemper Project.
Published on: March 29, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerOVERHEAD VIEW: The Kemper Project clean coal power plant's cost has increased by $51 million in March.

Report: Problems continue to appear for the Kemper Project clean coal power plant


A report by the independent monitor says new problems continue to pop up at the Kemper Project clean coal power plant.
Published on: March 28, 2017

Mississippi closed bridge list filled with discrepancies


Only half of the bridges on a closed bridge list given to Mississippi legislators were actually closed to traffic.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerGASIFIER: The Kemper Project's troubled gasifier turns lignite coal mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility's electricity-generating turbines.

PSC’s Britton: $2.88 billlion cap on Kemper Project isn’t a guarantee for utility


The lone Republican on the three-member commission says getting the full amount depends on the company delivering on its promises.
Published on: March 21, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonPROTECTION: Proponents of "Blue Lives Matter" laws say that the added penalties for violent crimes against law enforcement officers and other first responders will deter attacks.

Mississippi governor signs civil asset forfeiture reform bill into law


Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law a bill that will bring civil asset forfeiture reform to the Magnolia State.
Published on: March 14, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonCLOSER: Mississippi continues to inch closer to an internet sales tax.

Dire outlook for internet sales tax in South Dakota may affect Mississippi


In a possible preview for Mississippi, a South Dakota court struck down the state's internet sales tax.
Published on: March 15, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonDENIED: The Mississippi Department of Revenue has denied two requests for a public records request on its sales tax deal with Amazon.

Agency: No disclosure of Amazon sales tax deal since they’re a ‘voluntary’ taxpayer


The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it won't surrender details of the Amazon sales tax deal since it considers the retail giant to be a taxpayer.
Published on: March 13, 2017
Photo by Steve WilsonSEIZED: The Madison Police Department says this police vehicle was bought with proceeds from seized drug funds.

Former official: Mississippi civil asset forfeiture system lacks transparency


A former Mississippi circuit clerk says that transparency is needed in the state's civil asset forfeiture system.
Published on: March 10, 2017


Photo illustration by Steve WilsonDENIED: The Mississippi Department of Revenue has denied two requests for a public records request on its sales tax deal with Amazon.

Mississippi Justice Institute files complaint over Amazon deal denial


The Mississippi Justice Institute filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission after its records request for terms of deal between the state and Amazon was denied.
Published on: February 21, 2017
Photo by Mississippi PowerOVERHEAD: The Kemper Project integrated coal gasification power plant is designed to turn lignite into fuel for its electricity-generating turbines.

Why the Kemper Project clean coal power plant can’t get started


The Kemper Project clean coal power plant is beset with issues that have caused its operational date to be pushed back again and again.
Published on: February 8, 2017
Photo illustration by Steve WilsonVIABLE: Despite low natural gas prices and a study that shows that running the Kemper Project clean coal power plant on natural gas would be more cost efficient, Mississippi Power plants to ask customers to pay to run it on lignite coal.

Report: Kemper Project is more economical to run on natural gas


It might be cheaper to run the Kemper power plant on natural gas, but Mississippi Power is committed to clean coal.
Published on: February 23, 2017

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Guest Voice: How the New York Times misrepresents the U.S. Supreme Court

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Commentary, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

A recent New York Times story, titled “A Polarized Supreme Court, Growing More So,” illustrates how left-of-center media distort perceptions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The story’s problems begin with the lead paragraph’s assertion that Justice Neil Gorsuch’s appointment is “a conservative replacing another conservative.” What the Times probably intended to say is that the […]

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Congressional plan for coal miner health care bailout begs question: Who’s next?

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Uncategorized, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

Republican members of Congress face a dilemma, particularly those from coal-mining states. As Congress considers a $1.3 billion bailout of health benefits for retired union coal miners, they must weigh the arguments for and against such federal bailouts.   “My district has more United Mine Workers members than any other Congressional district in the nation,”Congressman Mike […]

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Haupt: How overtaxation can kill an economy

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Legislature, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Opinion, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“I hate big government, but I really hate a government that doesn’t work. So when they say we either have to raise taxes or cut core services, it’s actually a false choice.” – Scott Walker During the late 1970s and continuing for a decade, America experienced unprecedented prosperity. President Ronald Reagan created wealth and jobs, […]

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Higher spending on shrinking Jackson public schools belies complaints about charters

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes  /  No Comments

Despite charter schools and shrinking enrollment, Jackson public schools are receiving more tax revenue rather than less.

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Despite Trump’s proposed cuts, Essential Air Service is not going anywhere

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Crony Capitalism, Economy, Federal government, Mississippi, News, Transportation  /  No Comments

Despite an effort by the Trump administration to ground the Essential Air Service subsidy program, Congress will likely try to keep it in place.

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Cybersecurity audit finds students can access obscene material on school computers

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  Education, Federal government, Mississippi, News, State Government, Technology  /  No Comments

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A Mississippi cybersecurity audit found that 20 percent of all school-issued computers could access objectionable material such as pornography.

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