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For Mississippi native son and attorney Philip Thomas, blogging about law, politics and topical issues in the state extends a conversation he’s been... More

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Why Keep a Flag That’s Bad for Business?

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from state grounds last week via impassioned Republican leadership. The following video of South Carolina lawmaker Jenny Horne (R) is worth watching in its entirety: Meanwhile in Mississippi, many Republicans have come out in favor of changing the state flag. Unfortunately, Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves… Continue Reading

Flagageddon

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Who can work with the god-awful Mississippi state flag back in the news. The flag, which voters unwisely didn’t dump in 2001, is being attacked from all corners. Here’s the latest scoreboard on public officials and politicians who have weighed in on the flag: Philip Gunn- Speaker of the House /  Dump it Thad Cochran-… Continue Reading

Governor, Legislature Get it Right with Texting and Driving Bill

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
It was too long coming, but Mississippi has finally enacted a law banning texting while driving. The law prohibits texting, emailing and accessing social networking sites while driving. Kudos to Governor Bryant and the legislature. In particular, Sen. Billy Hudson of Hattiesburg deserves credit for banging the drum on this issue for some time. This… Continue Reading

I’m Not Buying the Dan Jones – Butler Snow Conspiracy Theory

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove published this story on Huffington Post yesterday accusing the IHL Board of firing University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones because he doesn’t like the Butler Snow law firm. Really. I did not see this one coming. From the article: Since Jones’ hiring, [Gov. Haley] Barbour has taken two highly lucrative positions.… Continue Reading

Jones County Voters Elect New Circuit Judge

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
For the first time in nearly 30 years, someone other that Judge Billy Joe Landrum will preside over the Jones County Circuit Court in January. Laurel attorney Dal Williamson defeated Judge Landrum in Tuesday’s runoff. Not much media coverage of the runoff. I couldn’t find anything other that the WDAM story linked above, which provides… Continue Reading

Rare Circuit Court Judge Runoff Today

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Today Jones County voters will decide a rare runoff in a Circuit Court Judge election. The runoff is between longtime incumbent Judge Billy Joe Landrum and Laurel attorney Dal Williamson. Things have gotten a bit heated in Laurel. From the WDAM article on the election:  “My opponent has resorted to negative ads, untruth, that’s very… Continue Reading

Senate Race Redux

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Here is my first and probably last post on the Republican U.S. Senate Primary. In an election, the candidate with the most votes on the day after the election always wins. Opinions may differ about whether it was fair, someone cheated, etc… But the candidate with scoreboard is always going to end up the winner.… Continue Reading

How Are Government Business Incentives Working for Mississippi’s Economy?

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Last week the Bigger Pie Forum had an interesting post identifying the “Top 10 crony capitalism deals in Mississippi.” The cited deals were instances where Mississippi used “massive government incentives to lure business.” The new outlet mall in Pearl didn’t make the list. Projects that did make the list included the Toyota plant ($354 million in… Continue Reading

Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill Moving Hurricane Season to Winter

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Jackson, MS (MLR)- With the Mississippi Legislative session slated to end soon, the House and the Senate passed a bill Tuesday moving hurricane season to the winter. Mississippi’s hurricane season will now run from November 1 through March 31. Proponents of the bill claim that moving hurricane season out of the summer will benefit Mississippi’s… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Rejects U.S. Attorney’s Attempt to Pull Rank in Public Records Dispute

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
Last week the U.S. attorney’s office tried to bail State Auditor Stacey Pickering out of his public records request mess by trying to pull rank on state court Judge Jennifer Schloegel of Gulfport. Here is the A.P.’s report. It took U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett little time to reject what smelled like a back room… Continue Reading

Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Abortion Clinic Doctor Admitting Privileges Requirement

Posted in Politics in Mississippi, U.S. District Courts in Mississippi
News broke this week that a federal judge in Texas struck a portion of a Texas law that required abortion clinics to have doctors with admitting privileges at area hospitals. Here is a report on the ruling. The article states: U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked the law’s admitting privileges requirement, arguing that it “places… Continue Reading

WSJ Op-Ed: Pension Funds’ Expected Rate of Return = Biggest Lie in Global Finance

Posted in General, Mississippi Public Employer's Retirement System (PERS), Politics in Mississippi
Regular readers of this blog know about my prior criticisms of the expected rate of investment return assumption in the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System. Here are my prior posts. A Wall Street Journal opinion by former hedge fund manager Andy Kessler calls pension funds’ (like PERS) investment return assumption a fantasy that will leave… Continue Reading

Matt Steffey: Caps Debate Not Settled

Posted in Politics in Mississippi
The Clarion-Ledger printed this story this morning by Miss. Business Journal writer Clay Chandler. The story covers the status of the non-economic damages caps debate following the 5th Circuit upholding the caps in Sears v. Learmonth. The story extensively quoted MC Law School Professor Matt Steffey: “The Mississippi Supreme Court is not by anyway bound… Continue Reading

Commentary on the Fifth Circuit’s Ruling in Sears v. Learmonth

Posted in 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Politics in Mississippi, Tort Reform
When I wrote last week that I would comment later on the Fifth Circuit upholding Mississippi’s damages cap in Sears v. Learmonth, I hoped that the intervening days would fuel inspiration on the topic. They haven’t. I don’t have much to say. The Fifth Circuit’s opinion was about what you would expect from an opinion… Continue Reading

Alienation of Affection Cause of Action Survives Legislative Challenge

Posted in Alienation of Affection Lawsuits, Politics in Mississippi
The Senate bill that sought to abolish the alienation of affection cause of action is dead. Randy Wallace has the story on his blog. Theoretically, the Mississippi Supreme Court could still strike the action on legal grounds such as the murky causation and damages elements of an alienation of affection claim. But no one expects… Continue Reading

Senate Bill Aims to Abolish Alienation of Affection Cause of Action

Posted in Alienation of Affection Lawsuits, Politics in Mississippi
Mississippi Senate Bill No. 2376 is a proposal to abolish Mississippi’s fairly ridiculous alienation of affection cause of action: Section 1.  The tort of alienation of affection is abolished, and no cause of action shall lie thereon at the suit of any party. Section 2 would make the bill effective on July 1, 2013. My Take: This… Continue Reading