Posts Tagged ‘Haley Barbour’

Analysis: 2012 not stressful for incumbents

This is a comfortable election year to be a sitting U.S. representative, U.S. senator or appellate judge in Mississippi. Incumbents have raised far more campaign cash than challengers, adding to their built-in advantage of name recognition. Judicial candidates are extremely limited in what they’re allowed to say, so it’s tough for a challenger to pick […] [...]

Analysis: Coffee, tea and punditry from Barbour

In some scenarios, Haley Barbour would have been traveling the United States these days as the Republican nominee for president. Instead, he’s on the sidelines doing what he does best — dispensing political advice for GOP loyalists. Since finishing his second term as Mississippi governor in January, Barbour has been in demand as a talk […] [...]

Cumbest appointed chairman

Mark Cumbest, broker-owner of Cumbest Realty Inc., has been elected chairman of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission. This is his second time to serve as chairman since he was first appointed to the Commission by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2005. Cumbest is the Mississippi Real Estate Commission representative from the 4th Congressional District. He is […] [...]

Is farming good economic development?

Eight years chairing the Mississippi Senate Agriculture Committee led Cindy Hyde-Smith to conclude there’s a lot of gold to be mined down on the farm. The state just needs to more vigorously dig for it, she decided after a dozen years in the Senate and a lifetime working in agriculture. As the state’s newly elected […] [...]

Matheson leaving board

Life long educator and Pass Christian superintendent Dr. Sue Matheson has relinquished her post on the Mississippi Board of Education. Matheson had served on the board for nearly three years after her appointment by former Gov. Haley Barbour. Matheson has led the Pass Christian School District for 10 years. During this time, her schools and […] [...]

New MDA chief enters arena in competitive fashion

The background of Brent Christensen, the new executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, stacks up well against his rivals around the South, a review of the professional biographies of the chief executives of several nearby states shows. One of those rivals, Florida’s Gray Swoope, is well known in Mississippi, having led the Mississippi Development […] [...]

OPINION: This not a good year to fiddle with PERS, lawmakers decide

Legislators lived up to expectations that changes to the $20 billion Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System, or PERS, would be too politically radioactive to take on this past session. Gov. Haley Barbour left office in January with an urgent call for lawmakers to reform a system he said was inching toward placing a $1 billion […] [...]

WISEMAN: On 10th Amendment issues states are doing just fine

One surefire way to gain the sympathy of the voters during election season is for a candidate to bemoan the fact that the evil ole federal government is brutishly suffocating the states under the heel of its boot. Given the recent rhetoric of certain candidates and the flurry of activity by the states now is […] [...]

Gov. makes appointment to port board

PASCAGOULA — Gov. Phil Bryant has reappointed attorney Jimmy Colmer to a four-year term on the Jackson County Port Authority/Port of Pascagoula Board of Commissioners. He originally was appointed by Gov. Kirk Fordice in 1993, and was reappointed twice by Gov. Haley Barbour. The board consists of nine commissioners, with four appointed by the governor […] [...]

Blakeslee handed gavel

President of the Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning Robin Robinson has passed the gavel to incoming president Ed Blakeslee at a Board meeting held today in Jackson. Blakeslee will officially take the seat on April 1. Blakeslee was appointed to the IHL Board of Trustees by former Gov. Haley Barbour […] [...]

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