Bryant restates his opposition to health care reform

JACKSON — If there’s one thing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant makes perfectly clear, it’s this: He doesn’t like the federal health overhaul. Whether you call the law by its official name, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or by what Republican Bryant calls it, “Obamacare,” the governor says it’s too invasive and expensive. During […]

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 […]

Bryant declares emergency in two school districts

CLAIBORNE COUNTY and LEFLORE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, clearing the way for the state Department of Education to take them over. The State Board of Education last Friday sought the declaration so it could remove superintendents and school boards […]

Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, […]

Bryant moves quickly to replace Bentz on PSC

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is naming former Chevron Corp. executive Steve Renfroe to the Public Service Commission. Renfroe takes over for Republican Leonard Bentz representing the southern district. Bentz left the utility regulator last month, becoming executive director of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District. Renfroe could face thorny votes over the power […]

OUR VIEW: Bryant, Mississippi bypassing prosperity and good health

Forgive us for contemplating what could have been as speakers lined up at Gov. Phil Bryant’s Health Care Summit last week to relate the successes of their respective states in building powerful economic engines through public-private health care partnerships. A spectator who witnessed the recent defeat of Medicaid expansion in Mississippi could only imagine the […]

Bryant: Get government out of health care

JACKSON — Mississippi needs to pursue private investment in health care businesses to promote job creation and improve the quality of life, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told an audience of about 700 people Thursday at a state chamber of commerce event. The state has long been one of the poorest in the nation, and it […]

Bryant appoints Whitwell to fill vacancy left by Roberts’ death

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed Robert “Bob” Q. Whitwell Sr. as chancery court judge in a district that includes Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall and Tippah counties. A vacancy on the bench was created when Judge Edwin H. Roberts Jr. died on July 1. Whitwell is currently in private practice. He served as municipal […]

Gov. Bryant names three to charter school board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed three members to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the board responsible for approving and overseeing public charter schools in Mississippi. Each of the governor’s appointees represents a Mississippi Supreme Court District, and each appointee will serve a four-year term beginning Sept. 1. Johnny Franklin of Bolton will […]

Bryant will fight federal preclearance in state elections

CANTON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’d fight any effort to make Mississippi return to a federal preclearance process for election changes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week asked federal judges to make Texas continue seeking preclearance. Holder’s request came weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states with a history […]

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