Posted 1 day ago

BREAKING: Court rules in favor of Cochran’s motion to dismiss against Chris McDaniel.

BREAKING: Court rules in favor of Cochran’s motion to dismiss against Chris McDaniel.

Judge says McDaniel waited too late to file challenge with the MS GOP.

Stay tuned.

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GAO Report: Government Fails to Trace Food Stamp Fraud Online

GAO Report: Government Fails to Trace Food Stamp Fraud Online

States are ill equipped to detect and report food stamp fraud in the digital age, including attempts to sell benefits for cash, alcohol and other services, a new report says.

Much of the fraud occurs through social media and e-commerce websites such as Craigslist, the investigation by the Government Accountability Office found.

The GAO reviewed state and federal efforts to address fraud…

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BRUNORI: Repealing Mississippi’s Franchise Tax Is A Good Idea

BRUNORI: Repealing Mississippi’s Franchise Tax Is A Good Idea

BY: David Brunori

The problems with the franchise tax should be obvious. The tax is imposed without respect to profitability. Thus, start-ups and businesses caught in an economic downturn pay. That is true with all property taxes, of course. But the difference between a property tax on business capital and a property tax on real property is plain: Business capital can be moved and real property…

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Posted 2 days ago

14 school districts sue state, Musgrove and fellow lawyers could make over $27 million

14 school districts sue state for underfunding Mississippi Adequate Educational Program

Fourteen Mississippi school districts sued the state Thursday, seeking money they say they were illegally shorted by the state’s public school funding formula over the last six years.

The lawsuit also asks a judge to order lawmakers to never again underfund the Mississippi Adequate Educational Program.

State…

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Posted 3 days ago

Jindal Suit Says Obama Forced #CommonCore on Louisiana and other states.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sued the Obama administration over Common Core, contending that federal officials unlawfully coerced Louisiana and other states into adopting the increasingly unpopular national education standards.

“The federal government has hijacked and destroyed the Common Core initiative,” Jindal said in a prepared statement.

The lawsuit, filed this morning by the Republican…

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Posted 4 days ago

Superintendents say low test scores on MCT-2 show #CommonCore methods are working.

Superintendents say low test scores on MCT-2 show #CommonCore methods are working.

The Department of Education this week released Mississippi Curriculum Test, 2nd Edition scores from the 2013-2014 school year, and most students didn’t perform as well as they did on the 2012-2013 test.

Local educators say that’s OK. As a matter of fact, that’s what they wanted to see.

“I was kind of glad to see our scores drop,” Jackson County School District Superintendent Barry Amacker said.…

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Republican office holders tread lightly around discussion of MAEP

Republican office holders tread lightly around discussion of MAEP

Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves have expressed concerns with the effort of a newly formed grassroots organization to garner enough signatures to place on the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment to fully fund public education.

Other Republican state officeholders were cautiously non-committal in response to a Daily Journal survey about the initiative.

The only statewide…

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Posted 5 days ago

BURKE: How Charter Schools Spend Less than Public Schools, But Achieve Better Results

BY: Lindsey Burke | Daily Signal

This fall, more students than ever will head off to public charter schools as the school year begins. Approximately 2.5 million students will enroll in 6,500 charter schools across the country. Notably, from 2001 to 2011, charter school enrollment increased by 1.2 million students.

Charter schools, which are public schools that are independently managed and…

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Humanist organization goes after Jackson Public Schools Superintendent for allowing prayer at teachers’ meeting.

Humanist organization goes after Jackson Public Schools Superintendent for allowing prayer at teachers’ meeting.

Humanist group targets JPS for prayer in teacher meeting

A humanist organization took Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedric Gray to task today for allowing a pastor to pray at a teachers’ meeting before the school year.

The American Humanist Association, whose catchphrase is “Good without a God,” said they have a client who complained to them about a Christian pastor who gave a sermon and…

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SHEDLOCK: With #ObamaCare, More Now on Welfare Than Full-Time-Employed

40% of U.S. on Welfare; Obamacare Expands Welfare by 23 Million; More on Welfare Than Full-Time-Employed

BY: Mike “Mish” Shedlock | Global Economic Analysis

As a result of Obamacare Medicaid expansion coupled with means-tested Obamacare assistance, I estimate welfare rolls expanded from 35.4% of the population in 2012 to about 40% in 2014.

Let’s go through the math to see how I make that…

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