Home » NEWS » Govt/Politics (page 171)

Govt/Politics

Georgia recruiting ag states to help improve guest worker program

Georgia wants agricultural states such as Mississippi to join in pushing Congress to enact a modern guest-worker program that works for all farmers, not just some. “We need to work with other states to get the word out,” said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black during a stop in Macon last week on the annual Georgia Ag Forecast road show. But ...

Read More »

Carter Commentary: Getting us back to 'Made in America'

Is there an assembly line somewhere that turns out these tired opposition party responses to State of the Union addresses? Year after year, it doesn’t matter whether the chief executive delivering the speech is a Democrat or Republican, within minutes of the speech’s completion the worn-out rhetoric begins. Which brings us to Tate Reeves, Mississippi’s new lieutenant governor. The president, ...

Read More »

Do Barbour's pardons stem from Southern religious, cultural practices?

ABC News has an interesting look at the South’s tradition of prisoner pardons, a practice it says is rooted in the region’s religious practices and culture. ABC asks whether those practices influenced former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s controversial decision to grant more than 200 pardons on his way out of office. Here is the introduction and link to the story: ...

Read More »

Parkway Properties further reduces Jackson presence

Company sells all but one Jackson building; exiting ‘non-core’ markets Parkway Properties is reducing its presence the Jackson market with the sale of all but one of its office properties, but Parkway officials will not make definitive comments regarding personnel reductions. Thomas Blalock, Parkway vice president of investor relations, said in an e-mail: “Given that the portfolio sale has not ...

Read More »

MEC hosts 'A Capital Day' for business community

Speakers address energy, education and health JACKSON – Members of the business community gathered at the Marriott hotel in Jackson today to hear Gov.-elect Phil Bryant’s agenda for economic development and the details of Blueprint Mississippi, a report on improving the state’s economic health that is sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and other groups. Bryant assured the crowd ...

Read More »

Jim Barksdale to lead Miss. Development Authority

JACKSON — Governor-elect Phil Bryant appointed Jim Barksdale Interim Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority today. Barksdale, former President and CEO of Netscape Communications Corp., will succeed Leland Speed as chief of the agency that leads Mississippi’s economic development efforts. “When I campaigned for governor, economic development and job creation were cornerstones of my campaign,” said Gov.-elect Phil Bryant. ...

Read More »

Barbour to return to BGR lobby group

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour leaves office Jan. 10, he’ll return to the Washington, D.C., lobbying firm he founded in 1991 That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the plan who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Barbour’s plans were not yet public. The person said Wednesday that Barbour ...

Read More »

ALL BUSINESS: Former bank president Chuck Jordan hits the ground running as new Greenville mayor

In an election year when politics dominated headlines, perhaps Chuck Jordan’s sweeping victory in the Greenville mayoral race topped them all. In a surprising landslide victory, banker-turned-politician Jordan took more than 64 percent of the vote to become Greenville’s next mayor. Not only was this his first political campaign, Jordan, a white, took 40 percent of the black vote. Running ...

Read More »

Jackson council set for hotel vote Monday amid rush to sell bonds

A decision by Jackson City Council Monday (Dec. 19) to build a 16-floor, $96 million convention center hotel will hand Mayor Harvey Johnson a signature victory but a thumbs down from the council will give him a serious setback. The city put the deal on a fast-track to enable proposed development partner Transcontinental Realty Investments Inc. to meet a Dec. ...

Read More »

Public retirement system study panel urges cost-of-living freeze

A three-year moratorium on cost of living allowances, or COLAs, for Mississippi’s retired public employees is a key recommendation of a report that will be released by Gov. Haley Barbour Wednesday. The moratorium recommended by a Barbour-appointed study commission could save the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi about $40 million annually for three years but would deprive about 80,000 ...

Read More »