After reviewing the Mississippi Supreme Court’s 77–page opinion upholding Gov. Barbour’s pardons, I ended up where I started: leaning to the conclusion that pardons aren’t valid when the Constitutional publication requirement wasn’t met. My take could simply be an example confirmation bias at work.

Majority Agrees that Constitution Requires Publication

The majority framed the issue as follows:

the controlling

A great thing about having a blog is that you get to comment on current events. But an active law practice often prevents a blawger from commenting about current events when they happen. That has been the case as the story has unfolded over the last few days involving the approximately 200 pardons that Gov. Barbour

There has been a lot of press lately about Mississippi’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and the stability of the program. Governor Barbour appointed a special commission to study the system. Here is a recent Clarion-Ledger article on the topic.

Much of the focus—and pretty much all of the Clarion-Ledger’s focus—has been on the future

A definition of ‘propaganda’ is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular cause or point of view.” Last week’s Madison County Journal’s editorial supporting tort reform damages caps meets this definition.

Here are some of the gems from the editorial followed by my explanations:

Since tort reform,

Governor Haley Barbour pulled out of the 2012 presidential race on Monday. Technically, Barbour withdrew before entering the race. The reality is that he has been running since the Fall and is the first serious candidate to withdraw from the race.

There is little speculation in the Mississippi papers as to why Barbour withdrew. That clears the

Governor Barbour’s appointment yesterday of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie King to replace Justice James Graves on the Supreme Court was anticlimactic. It’s a bit like hiring an assistant coach on your current staff to replace your head football coach. It may be the best move, but it’s not very exciting for the fan base.

With the U.S. Senate approving Justice James Graves’ appointment to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, attention turns to who Governor Barbour will appoint to replace Graves on the Miss. Supreme Court. I posted on this issue in this post last June. I’ve had lines in the water for weeks on this issue

It’s funny how stories on Gov. Barbour’s foot-in-mouth statement about the white supremacy Citizens Council include statements that “liberal” blogs have cried the loudest. Technically, this may be true. But it’s not the whole story.

Non-conservative bloggers are more apt to publicly criticize a Republican presidential candidate’s stupid remarks. But don’t believe for a second that other