Royal Commonwealth Society Comes to Mississippi: Did Bryant’s Loyalty Pays Off?

A year ago, Nigel Farage, a well-known Brexit-believer and former leader of the UK Independence Party in the United Kingdom, graced the stage for then presidential candidate Donald Trump’s rally in Jackson, Miss. Farage shared the stage with Trump, encouraging Mississippians to beat back the “Establishment” in the 2016 presidential election. Gov. Phil Bryant also graced that stage in August 2016, and after Trump won the election, Bryant found himself in good company with the Brexit boys again. Bryant reportedly invited Farage to the inauguration in D.C., where he introduced him to a room full of partygoers:

“We got the bad boys of Brexit here!” hollers Phil,” Guardian writer Marina Hyde wrote. Bryant’s connection to the United Kingdom did not stop in D.C. apparently, and on Sept. Continue Reading

Gov. Bryant Appoints New Judge to Mississippi Supreme Court

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee to the Mississippi Supreme Court, after he tapped Justice Jess Dickinson to lead the Division of Child Protection Services, vacating his seat on the high court. Ishee served for 13 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. “The Mississippi Court of Appeals is a hard working court that handles a high volume of cases. We look forward to Judge Ishee joining the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said in a statement.  

Ishee will serve in Dickinson’s spot on the court; Dickinson was only halfway through his second eight-year term on the state’s high court when Bryant pulled him to be CPS commissioner. Continue Reading

How to Help Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency released a comprehensive guide explaining how Mississippians can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Below is a press release from the agency, explaining how to donate, volunteer and help:

To donate to relief efforts:
The most effective way to support disaster survivors in their recovery is to donate money and time to trusted, reputable, voluntary or charitable organizations. Cash donations offer voluntary agencies and faith-based organizations the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster. Continue Reading

Part of Ridgewood Road Closed Until Saturday Due to Sewer Maintenance

The City of Jackson issued a press release today about road closures due to sewer maintenance this week:

Ridgewood Road northbound from Douglass Drive to Meadowbrook Road will be closed starting Wednesday, August 16, to allow sewer maintenance to replace a caved in section of sewer line in the middle of the intersection of Ridgewood Rd. and Meadowbrook Rd. Traffic will be detoured onto Eastover Dr. west, I-55 Frontage Rd. north, and Meadowbrook Rd. east to Ridgewood Rd. Continue Reading

Hinds County Residents Overwhelmingly Pass School Bond Measure

Residents who live in the Hinds County School District approved a bond measure by almost 85 percent of the vote cast on Tuesday, August 15 to help improve their district’s schools. The bond will fund building renovations, construction and in-class improvements within the district. The vote allows HCSD to issue a $59.9 million bond to make their planned improvements to the school district in the next three years. There are 55 planned projects in the school district. “I would like to thank Hinds County residents for displaying their overwhelming supporting for our children and our schools by passing this bond,” Superintendent Dr. Delesicia Martin said in a press release. Continue Reading

Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Asks Gov. Bryant for Special Session to Change State Flag

The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus has renewed its calls for lawmakers to change the state flag, and in the wake of violence at the Charlottesville white supremacist rally this weekend, MLBC members sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter asking for a special session to change Mississippi’s state flag. The full text of the letter is reproduced below:

Dear Governor Bryant:

The deaths and acts of terror in Charlottesville are the latest evidence of a rising tide of white-nationalism and hatred in America. The images out of Virginia were another clear reminder that Confederate symbols have no place in Mississippi’s state flag. Governor Bryant, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, strongly urges you to call an immediate extraordinary session of the Mississippi legislature to change the state’s flag. If a pending economic development deal required legislation, you would rightly call representatives and senators back to Jackson to do their job. Continue Reading

House Speaker Gunn Calls (Again) to Change State Flag After Charlottesville Rally

After several state officials weighed in on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, House Speaker Philip Gunn decided to weigh in on the situation on Monday afternoon. His first Facebook post, posted in the afternoon on August 14, condemned white supremacy and bigotry. “Bigotry, hatred and the promotion of racial superiority, like that of white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan, have no place in our society. I condemn, in the strongest sense possible, what occurred in Charlottesville. These are not the acts of true Americans. Continue Reading

Gov. Bryant Taps Another Supreme Court Justice to Lead Child Protection Services

Gov. Phil Bryant tapped Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson to be the next commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services on Tuesday, leaving an open seat on the state’s highest court. The appointment comes on the heels of former Justice David Chandler announcing his retirement after leading the department for a little over a year. Bryant initially tapped Chandler to lead the newly created department in December 2015. Bryant went back to the court to find Chandler’s replacement. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said Dickinson would be missed on the high court in a statement. Continue Reading

JPS School Board Pushes Meeting Back a Week

The Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees, which is down to three members, pushed back its next meeting an additional week. The meeting, initially scheduled for next Tuesday, has been pushed to August 8 instead. The board is at a stand still, at least to approve consent-agenda items, because to vote, they need a quorum of members. A quorum for the JPS board is four. After Dr. Richard Lind left the school board last week, the JPS board does not have a quorum. Continue Reading

Another House Rep Resigns After Winning Vicksburg Alderman Spot

The House of Representatives continues to lose members this summer after election season. Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg, announced his retirement after Vicksburg residents elected him the new South Ward Alderman for the City of Vicksburg. “After reviewing the Attorney General’s opinion, I have decided to resign from my seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives,” Monsour said in a press release. “This was a tough decision for me to make, but ultimately it is the best thing for the citizens of Vicksburg and for me. By leaving the House, I will be able to devote all my time and energy to my new position as South Ward Alderman.” Continue Reading