Mississippi taxpayers owe $10,700 apiece for mounting debt

By   /  August 27, 2014  /  Constitution, Government Waste, Legislature, Mississippi, News, Pensions, Politics, State Elections, State House, State Politics, State Senate, Taxes  /  No Comments

Photo illustration by Steve Wilson

Can anyone spare an extra $10,700 for each Mississippi taxpayer?

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Pay raise worth even more to Mississippi teachers

By   /  August 22, 2014  /  California, Education, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Politics, Taxes  /  No Comments

PA lawmakers push for economic furloughs of teachers.

As Mississippi students head back to school, their teachers are taking home a healthy pay raise. And those extra Benjamins are going a lot farther.

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Court to hear disputed election and voter fraud allegations in New Mexico

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Elections, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Politics, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

Photo from Sunland Park city website.

A judge will determine a dispute over alleged voter fraud in absentee ballots cast from Sunland Park, the site of numerous political controversies.

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Kemper rate increases even felt on the soccer pitch

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Economy, Energy and Environment, Local Government, Mississippi, State Politics, Technology, Uncategorized  /  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

The battle over Mississippi Power’s Kemper Project $5.53 billion first of its kind “clean coal” power plant has been waged in the hearing room at the Public Service Commission and in the Mississippi Supreme Court.

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MN candidate with big pockets takes another big loss

By   /  August 15, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Elections, Minnesota, News, Politics & Elections, State Politics  /  No Comments

MN's $6 MILLION MAN: Matt Entenza has failed to win 20 percent of the vote despite pouring millions of his own money into primary campaigns for statewide office in the last two election cycles. Photo:  Entenza for Auditor.

Matt Entenza got smoked again in a third quest for statewide office, even with all the zeroes on his personal contribution checks.

Yet if antipathy could be monetized, the former Minnesota House minority leader got more than his money’s worth in challenging incumbent Minnesota State Auditor Rebecca Otto, a fellow member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.

“This really felt like an ambush, like a drive-by political assassination that he tried to pull off that backfired big time,” said Larry Jacobs, a University of Minnesota political science professor. “I frankly didn’t hear of any real support for him.”

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Mississippi taxpayers could be on the hook for $69 million loan to KiOR

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Mississippi, News, Politics, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, State Senate, venture capital, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

IDLE: The Kior plant in Columbus, Mississippi is designed to turn wood chips into gasoline. The state loaned the company $75 million with a no-interest loan to build the Columbus facility and a larger plant in Natchez in 2010.

Biofuel manufacturer KiOR’s financial struggles might leave Mississippi holding the title to another failed green energy project.

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