$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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Lawyers for MS U.S. Senate candidate say fight for seat far from over

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Legislature, Mississippi, News, State Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

SPEAKING OUT: State Sen. Michael Watson (R-Pascagoula) is one of the attorneys for the Chris McDaniel campaign.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel intimates he’s not concerned about his political fate as he continues to fight the results of the June 24 GOP primary runoff.

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Financial reports show divide in GOP over Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

By   /  July 11, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate  /  No Comments

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY: Steve Wilson

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race show a stark divide between the tea party and GOP establishment.
Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who won the runoff by 7,667 votes, received more than $4 million in contributions, with 54 percent of that coming from individual contributors. Cochran [...]

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Legal motion alleges voter fraud in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Campaign Finance, Mississippi, National, News, State Politics, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

AP file photo

 
By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
An election integrity advocacy group will get its day in court in the Mississippi U.S. Senate race.
True the Vote filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief Wednesday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District in Jackson against the Mississippi Republican Party, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the Mississippi Election [...]

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Challenger calls for new election in U.S. Senate race

By   /  July 8, 2014  /  Legislature, Mississippi, National, News, Politics, State Elections, State Senate, U.S. Senate, Voter Fraud  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Associated Press

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog
Chris McDaniel isn’t ready to quit. Rather, channeling an inner John Paul Jones, he has just begun to fight.
McDaniel, a two-term Mississippi state senator, alleges thousands of votes were cast illegally for Thad Cochran by Democrats who crossed over during the June 24 Republican runoff for U.S. Senate, which Cochran, [...]

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