Gov. Bryant’s special session

Facing a $75 million shortfall in the state budget, Gov. Bryant called a special session to dip into the state’s rainy day fund to cover the deficit. After much grandstanding, the legislature authorized the governor to pull from the $349 million fund to balance the state’s $6.2 billion fiscal 2016 budget.

After years of demanding that the rainy-day fund only be used to pay one-time costs, Republicans are dipping into the fund for a second time within a year. And this after a year of corporate giveaways and borrowing money to do so. Katherine DeCoito makes the observation that, at this rate, the politicians are incentivized to make every year a “rainy day”–at least until the state is bankrupt–and they can no longer bail themselves out.

Geoff Pender further illustrates the absurdity of the legislative session which cost taxpayers $102,000 which would be comical if it wasn’t so pitiful. Our legislators, Democrat and Republican, apparently think they are playing with “Monopoly” money. Unfortunately, it is not.

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2015 Gulf Coast Candidates for State Senate

The following have qualified for candidacy in the 2o15 election for the Mississippi Senate. Only the Gulf Coast region is represented. For a complete list see Empower Mississippi‘s tabulation for the entire state.

District 40 (Pearl River): Incumbent Angela Hill (R) is uncontested.

District 45 (Forrest): Incumbent Billy Hudson (R) is uncontested.

District 46 (Hancock): Incumbent Philip E. Moran (R) is uncontested.

District 47 (Harrison/Jackson/Pearl River/Stone): With Sen. Tony Smith qualifying to run for the Public Service Commission Southern District, three candidates have qualified to replace him:

  • Jimmy L. “Bo” Alawine (D)
  • Rogena Mitchell (R)
  • Joseph M. “Mike” Seymore (R)

District 48 (Harrison):

  • Incumbent: Deborah Dawkins (D)
  • Joseph B. Piernas, Sr. (D)
  • Walter Crapps (R)

District 49 (Harrison):

  • Incumbent: Sean Tindell (R)
  • Katherine DeCoito (R)

District 50 (Harrison): Incumbent Tommy Gollott is uncontested.

District 51 (Jackson County):

  • Incumbent Michael D. Watson, Jr. (R)
  • Butch Loper (R)

Alisha Nelson McElhenney had qualified for the District 51 seat but switched her candidacy to the Lieutenant Governor seat following Watson’s announcement.

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