$5.53 billion Kemper Project’s genesis a tangled path

By   /  July 28, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Public Utilities, State House, State Senate, Technology  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: The Southern Company

 
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
It’s a $5.53 billion sentinel, rising above and overlooking the pine forests north of Meridian, Miss., in Kemper County.
How did it get here, this enormous steel structure, called at the same time the state’s biggest boondoogle and a great technological leap forward, a force capable of supplying the state’s energy needs for the [...]

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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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New Mississippi law helps gun owners shoot down local bans

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Politics, Regulations, State House, State Politics  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Steve Wilson

A new law in Mississippi is giving gun owners ammunition to fight gun bans in government buildings.

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Raft of new Mississippi laws now in effect

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Earmarks, Legislature, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, News, Politics, State House, State Politics, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

FLYING HIGH: Mississippi's state budget has the highest percentage of federal funds by any state, according to a recent report. PHOTO BY: CREATIVE COMMONS

Each July 1, all of the laws passed by the Mississippi Legislature go into effect. Here are some of the laws that went live Tuesday.

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State auditor: Mississippi working to erase ‘corruption’ label

By   /  July 1, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Legislature, Lobbying, Local Government, Mississippi, Misuse of funds, News, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

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A recent study labeled Mississippi as the nation’s most corrupt state, but state auditor Stacey Pickering says it should get credit for its efforts to fight corruption.

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Dozens of Mississippi officials skirt records law

By   /  June 17, 2014  /  Mississippi, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Transparency  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: State of Mississippi

Some politicians in Mississippi are skirting the law when it comes to filing their personal economic statements.

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