The morning after

A roundup of reports and Mississippi columnists’ musings on this morning after the election…

  • Lloyd Gray, editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily JournalTravis Childers‘ election to Congress in 2008 was as unlikely as his defeat two years later was inevitable, given the political tenor of the times…
  • The Mississippi Press editorial board – In years past, the Republican primary for Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District merely determined the sacrificial lamb for Democrat Gene Taylor, who routinely retained his seat with double-digit victories. Until this year. Until this political climate. Until this candidate.
  • Jere Nash, co-contributor for the Red/Blue Blog on clarionledger.com – As for the Mississippi election results, the majority of voters decided to abandon all pretense at bipartianship and support the same party for Congress they have been supporting for President for years.  This is a big deal and represents a watershed for the state GOP
  • Majority in Mississippi blog – Haley Barbour has continuously said he will look into a presidential bid following the 2010 midterms. Well, those midterms are over. In the next few months we will find out how serious a candidate Barbour is. While we have candidates who are perceived to be presidential contenders, we ought to know a lot more by January…
  • Sid Salter, Perspective editor of The Clarion-Ledger – While Mississippi Republicans and the national GOP alike have a lot to celebrate on the morning after Election Day, it would be a gigantic mistake to misread the tea leaves from the 2010 midterm elections – or should I say tea (taxed enough already) leaves?

Open meeting act met with ambivalence

During the last three years, Hinds County supervisors have spent millions of taxpayer dollars, negotiated private service contracts and made other government decisions in questionable closed-door meetings.

An analysis of the minutes by The Clarion-Ledger found the Board of Supervisors may have violated state Open Meetings Law in more than half of their 65 executive sessions by improperly discussing or voting on issues outside the public eye.

Childers leads with ink endorsements, but…

Travis Childers has done quite well in the past few days on the endorsement front, picking up nods from The Commercial Dispatch, Tupelo Daily Journal, Daily Mississippian and The Commercial Appeal. He’s even managed to rack up an impressive column of check marks from conservative national groups like the NRA.

And then there was this… Well, never say anything’s a given. Here’s the rationale.

Newspaper files ethics complaint

The Meridian Star has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission alleging Lauderdale County Supervisors violated the state’s open meetings law. Again.

Writes the Star editorial board in a recent editorial: “Here we are again, asking the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors to stop breaking the State’s Open Meetings Act.”

What makes this particularly galling is that supervisors, who initially denied the charge, are actually caught on tape this time.

Crews leaving Journal to become schools’ COO

Billy Crews, chief executive officer of Daily Journal parent Journal Inc., will resign his position with the company to become the chief operating officer of the Tupelo Public School District.

Crews was named to fill the newly created position during the district’s school board meeting on Tuesday. He will begin in his new role on Jan. 1.

Professor latest to chronicle Scruggs’ saga

In “The Fall of the House of Zeus,” veteran newspaper reporter and Ole Miss professor Curtis Wilkie tells a real-life story that reads like a John Grisham novel. Dickie Scruggs, a prominent Mississippi trial lawyer who made millions suing Big Tobacco and was portrayed in the film “The Insider,” is arrested for conspiring to bribe a judge. So begins an epic tale of backbiting, shady deal-making and greed, all played out against a deep South setting.