Politics in Mississippi

For all Mississippi’s many problems, the state’s congressional leadership has a long record of getting presidents to make good choices for federal judge positions. Miss. Court of Appeals Judge Cory Wilson’s nomination for a Southern District U.S. District Court judgeship is the latest example.

This one is unsurprising for a couple of reasons. First, it’s

Mississippi’s loss of seniority in Congress is a threat to the state’s economy. I have touched on the subject when discussing judicial appointments. Sid Salter explains in this column. He states:

Clearly, the 2018 retirement of 45-year veteran Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — who held the vastly influential post of Senate Appropriations Committee

As reported elsewhere, Governor Bryant announced yesterday he is appointing Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis to fill Chief Justice Waller’s seat on the Supreme Court.

Bryant also appointed State Rep. Cory Wilson to fill Judge Griffis’ seat on the Court of Appeals.

My Take:

Thus concludes the judicial silly season.

I say that because

The Hinds County Circuit Court will see two new judges in January, with election runoff winners Faye Peterson and Adrienne Wooten joining the bench. Three of the county’s four judges will have something in common–and I’m not talking about being African-American women.

Peterson, Wooten and Circuit Judge Tomie Green all held elected office before winning