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Chancellor Dawn Beam Appointed to Miss. Supreme Court

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
Last week Governor Bryant appointed Chancellor Dawn Beam to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Judge Beam will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Pierce, which I covered here. Here is Judge Primeaux’s post on the appointment, which is definitely worth the read. Judge Primeaux applauds the appointment but contends that there should be… Continue Reading

Judge Jimmy Maxwell Appointed to Miss. Supreme Court

Posted in Mississippi Court of Appeals, Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
On December 23 Governor Bryant announced the appointment of Court of Appeals Judge Jimmy Maxwell to fill Justice David Chandler’s seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Here is the Clarion-Ledger article on the appointment. Judge Primeaux explained the back story on his blog last week: Chandler’s resignation earlier this month, to assume leadership of the… Continue Reading

Justice Pierce Resigns from Supreme Court and I Renew My Call for Appointed State Court Judiciary

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
Justice Randy Pierce announced Monday that he is resigning from the Court to head the Judicial College at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Here is the Clarion-Ledger’s article on the story. In yesterday’s post concerning Justice Chandler’s resignation I mentioned rumors of other departures. This was one of the rumors I had heard.… Continue Reading

Winds of Change Blowing at Miss. Supreme Court

Posted in Mississippi Supreme Court, Politics in Mississippi
I was out of town last week, so naturally there was big news in the Mississippi legal community. On Monday, Governor Bryant appointed Supreme Court Justice David Chandler as executive director of the Division of Family Children’s Services, which will oversee the state’s foster care system. Justice Chandler immediately resigned from the Mississippi Supreme Court… Continue Reading

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


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