Posts Tagged ‘Haley Barbour’

Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s […] [...]

Barbour warns of divisions in Republican party

NEW ORLEANS — Even as Republicans preach the need for solidarity, divisions between the tea party and the GOP establishment are clear at a national conservative summit. Former Republican Party Chairman Haley Barbour played the part of elder statesman yesterday, warning delegates to the Republican Leadership Conference that the party must embrace compromise to win […] [...]

TORT REFORM: Caps averted liability crisis but was the price diminished accountability?

A lengthy special-session rumble at the Mississippi Capitol in late spring 2004 gave the state a civil justice revamp the Wall Street Journal called “the most comprehensive tort reform law” any state had passed. That comprehensive change came despite the absence of any give anywhere. Compromise was as elusive as a roadrunner, participants on both […] [...]

Tort reform has made a significant impact on Mississippi

A May 14 conference at the Jackson Convention Complex will spotlight the 10th anniversary of an overhaul of Mississippi’s civil justice system, an achievement business leaders say saved the state’s medical sector and polished the state’s image as a place to do business. What you won’t hear at the “Tort Reform: After Ten Years” seminar […] [...]

Barbour participates in dedication of training center

PASCAGOULA — Former Gov. Haley Barbour was on hand Tuesday for the formal dedication of an $18.9-million workforce development building that will house training programs for hundreds of workers. The Sun Herald reports the Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Facility will be used by the Ingalls shipyard for its apprentice program. Barbour said the facility […] [...]

Bryant staffer named leader of Coast port, harbor

WAVELAND, — The Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission has voted to hire Ashley Edwards, who works with Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff, as executive director at a salary of $150,000 a year. The Sun Herald reports the appointment, announced yestrerday, must be approved by the county Board of Supervisors. If approved, Edwards would supervise 36 […] [...]

CRAWFORD: Lies, statistics and balanced budgets

“Figures often beguile me,” wrote Mark Twain, “particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’” These days he might have added another with regard to the public sector […] [...]

WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction […] [...]

A nice tax surprise for April

Anytime I write about financial products that are also offered through my practice, I run the risk with this column of taking what some may view as unfair advantage of promoting products I also happen to write. While I think my many years of writing a financial column has dispelled this notion, I am sensitive […] [...]

Norris wins appointment

Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Gulf Coast business leader Jack Norris to the Mississippi State Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Norris will assume the unexpired term of former port commissioner Frances Turnage, who resigned Dec. 14, 2012. Norris is president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. He previously served under Gov. Haley Barbour as executive […] [...]

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