Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rep Bennie Thompson Chief of Staff Faces Jail Time for Tax Evasion

Rep Bennie Thompson's chief of staff, Issac Lamar Avant, has plead guilty to not filing timely the returns between 2008 and 2013. He is reported also to have filed false deductions in 2006 and 2007.  Sentencing has been scheduled and could include jail time along with the restitution he is already required to pay.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Mississippi: Health Officials Confirm One New West Nile Virus Case, Two New Travel-Associated Zika Cases

Jackson, Miss. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one new human case of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the 2016 state total to four. The reported case is in Rankin County.
So far this year cases have been reported in Hinds, Grenada, Lamar, and Rankin counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2015, Mississippi had 38 WNV cases and one death.
Also today, the MSDH reports two new cases of Zika virus in Mississippi residents who recently traveled to the Carribbean and Central America. One case from DeSoto County had traveled to Jamaica and one case from Madison County had traveled to Guatemala. Three other travel-related case occurred earlier this year.
"The most important thing to remember is that West Nile virus is in Mississippi and continues to be a major health threat," said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs. "We are now in peak West Nile season, and we advise all Mississippians to continue to take precautions to prevent infection as we move through the late months."
In previous years, WNV has been reported from all parts of the state. All Mississippians are potentially at risk – not just the areas where cases are reported.
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that may cause serious birth defects if contracted during pregnancy. Zika virus infection can cause a mild illness with symptoms (fever, joint pain, conjunctivitis or rash) lasting for several days to a week, but 80 percent have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Death is very rare. The MSDH strongly advises pregnant women not to travel to countries where Zika is actively being transmitted.
Zika has been seen in parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and some Pacific islands for years, but has recently been reported in approximately 30 countries, mostly in the Caribbean, Central, and South America. The breed of mosquito that is spreading Zika - Aedes aegypti - has not been detected in Mississippi since the early 1990's. The MSDH is currently conducting surveillance for Aedes mosquito populations for every county in the state.
The MSDH suggests the following precautions to protect yourself and your environment from mosquito-borne illnesses:
  • Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors.
  • Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.
For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website

Friday, July 1, 2016

Governor Bryant and State of Mississippi Receive Prestigious Education Innovation Award

 Mississippi Governor Recognized for Improving Education for Students

JACKSON, MS — Governor Phil Bryant and the state of Mississippi have received the Frank Newman Award for Education Innovation. The state of Mississippi and its leader, Governor Bryant, were nominated to be the recipient of the award by the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) for the tremendous steps taken in educational improvements for the students of Mississippi and the implementation of polices impacting young Mississippians. "Using innovation to modernize Mississippi's education system has been a priority since I took office," Governor Bryant said. "The reforms we've enacted are working, and I am grateful to ExcelinEd and the Education Commission of the States for recognizing Mississippi as a leader in revolutionizing public education.”

“Ever since I began working with the Governor years ago, he has always been passionate about education reform and doing everything he could to help the students in our state," said MSGOP Chairman Joe Nosef. “This is a tremendous honor for our Governor, our Republican leadership, and the state of Mississippi to be recognized for revolutionizing our educational system and expanding opportunities for students.”

The Frank Newman Award was accepted by Laurie Smith, Ph.D., Education Policy Advisor to Governor Phil Bryant, on June 29, 2016 on the Governor’s behalf.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Z's Mississippi News Notes - June 30, 2016

Mississippi will get first $150 million from BP economic damages Friday, Attorney General Jim Hood said.
Hood also said he fears Mississippi lawmakers may try to balance the state budget with money from BP, something the Coast delegation, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves all have said they oppose.

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Abe Marshall Hudson Jr. of Shelby has won a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives.
Unofficial results show Hudson received 1,250 votes and Earl S. Lucas of Mound Bayou received 739 votes in a special election runoff Tuesday. They ran in District 29 in Bolivar and Sunflower counties.

Long-time state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, announced from the House floor Wednesday that he would file retirement papers by 5 p.m. Thursday.
The announcement, made during special session debate on giving the governor additional authority to fill budget holes during the final days of the current fiscal year, was a bombshell.
At the end of his speech, Holland told members he loved all of them, but paused and said, “some more than others.”

House Democrats and Republicans had differing goals Wednesday – the second day of a special session where ultimately legislators agreed to give Gov. Phil Bryant additional authority to tap into state reserves to plug budget holes.
House Democrats also sought to deal with anticipated problems facing the budget for the next fiscal year. House Republicans wanted to deal solely with the expected deficit in the budget for the current fiscal year, which ends at midnight Thursday.
While the two sides struggled back and forth for more than three hours Wednesday, in the end the Republican majority voted down all the Democrats’ efforts.
Primarily along party lines, the House voted 72-38 Wednesday to give Bryant additional authority to transfer funds from the Working Cash Stabilization Fund during the final two days of the fiscal year to balance the budget.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Z's Mississippi News Notes - June 29, 2016

Citizens Militia Of Mississippi will be in Jones County hosting a public meeting!
 Stop by the Old Mill Catfish Camp in Ellisville to find out who we are and what we stand for. Bring the family, and find out how you can help in your community, county, and state!
July 2, 2016:  5 PM - 8 PM
Old Mill Catfish Camp
195 Old Watermill Rd, Ellisville, Mississippi 39437

Since May 2009, Mississippi parents of multiples – twins, triplets and so on – have had the option of choosing whether or not their children are placed within the same classroom at school. 
They have Fulton residents Caryn Gann and Leanne Robinson to thank for that choice.
Now, two years later, House Bill 1191 – more commonly known as the “Twins Law” – has passed its deadline to be repealed, officially becoming permanent law in the state of Mississippi. Robinson and Gann – both teachers and parents of twins – who spearheaded the cause said they can breathe a sigh of relief.
“We felt like we could breathe easy for two years, but wondered what would happen after that,” Gann said.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ms House GOP: House Democrats caused another day of Special Session & $30,000 at the taxpayer's expense.

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House procedures dictate that the rules must be suspended to authorize an additional transfer to alleviate the deficit for FY2016. This motion was brought to a vote on the House Floor.
41 Nays by Democrats led the motion to fail and result in a second day of Session due to House Rule 42. It reads as the following:
"A motion to suspend the rules for a particular purpose having been decided in the negative, it shall not be in order to renew the motion for the same purpose during the same day."
This means, despite what House Democrats (particularly David Baria) are saying, they caused another day of Special Session and $30,000 at the taxpayer's expense.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sen Chad McMahan To Show Support for "7 Days for the Troops" in Tupelo, Mississippi

Z's Mississippi News Notes - June 27, 2016

 A Mississippi lawmaker says the state constitution is at stake in his lawsuit against the House speaker over a speed-reading computer voice that’s been called the “demon chipmunk.”
Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford says Republican Speaker Philip Gunn violated the constitution by setting the machine to read bills aloud at a superfast speed. Hughes’ attorney says House members called it a “demon chipmunk” voice.
“No one, not even the speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives, is above the Constitution,” Hughes’ attorney, S. Ray Hill III, wrote in a brief filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.
Any member of the Mississippi House or Senate can demand that a bill be read aloud immediately before a final vote on it, according to Section 59 of the 1890 state Constitution. Bill-reading is a common filibuster tactic.

The closing weeks of June have brought the first previews of what could be Mississippi’s 2019 race for governor — Jim Hood versus Tate Reeves.
At this time last year, Phil Bryant was cruising toward re-election, while truck driver Robert Gray was still six weeks from shocking the world by winning the Democratic primary without even voting for himself. Bryant, of course, demolished Gray in the general election.
So maybe it seems too soon to be talking about 2019. But word began to trickle out following the Democrats’ annual Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer dinner in May that the attorney general, the last heavyweight Democratic politician in Mississippi, was finally going to take a shot at the governor’s mansion. And Hood’s actions since then — wading into the midst of the state’s budget difficulties — bear that out.
Talking to reporters last week, Hood expressed opposition to corporate tax cuts and called for more spending on roads and bridges, subjects pretty far afield from the usual public utterances of the Chickasaw County prosecutor.

The Mississippi Democratic Party elected new leaders to head the organization for the next four years, including former House minority leader Bobby Moak as party chair, the organization said in a statement Sunday.
Moak is from Bogue Chitto. Rae Shawn Davis of Gulfport was voted in as vice chair. Earle Banks from Jackson will take over as the executive vice chair and Ryan Brown of Brandon will be treasurer. Rubye Funchess of Jackson was elected secretary and Jamie Franks of Mooreville as parliamentarian.

Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a call for a special legislative session to deal with a shortfall in Mississippi’s 2016 budget.
The governor’s office said in a news release Monday the special session will start at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The call contains one item: legislation authorizing the governor to transfer money from the state’s rainy day fund into the general fund to cover the 2016 budget deficit.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 28, 2016: Meet and Greet for Steve Crampton - Constitutionalist for Mississsippi Supreme Court

Steven's Bar-B-Q
208 Fulton St, Greenwood, Mississippi 38930
 5 PM

This November, the voters of North Mississippi have a chance to elect a true Constitutionalist to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Steve Crampton has a proven record of fighting to protect our rights for roughly thirty years from local courts in Mississippi to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Come out and meet our conservative candidate for State Supreme Court for the Northern District.