My trek to my first day of work began rather bleak. A light morning drizzle quickly transformed into a heavy London rain as I walked from the Underground in search of coffee before my day began.
For more than six years, Mississippi has been suffering from an outmigration of citizens, particularly millennials after graduating from the state’s universities. State legislators have differing opinions on the issue.
“State Representative House District 2, Alcorn County. The University of Mississippi for a business degree and minor in English, and a law degree from Mississippi College.
“My title here in the legislature is senator, but we also have titles like chairman of certain committees. And I’m chairman of the Energy Committee, and then I’m vice chairman of Appropriations. I went to the University of Mississippi and got a bachelor of business administration [degree] in 1987, and I got my juris doctorate [degree] in 1990. Both degrees from Ole Miss.”
Rep. Michael Evans, 42, represents District 45, which includes Kemper, Lauderdale, Neshoba and Winston counties. He is from Preston, Mississippi.
As a Democrat accustomed to facing challenges from a Republican-controlled state legislature, Sen. Derrick T. Simmons (D-Greenville) knows he awaits many roadblocks on the path towards what he describes as a better Mississippi, but that isn’t stopping him.
In a private interview this week with Meek School of Journalism and New Media students who are members of the University of Mississippi Capitol Press Corps, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood discussed the importance of media and journalism in a free society.
By Savannah Day Mississippi Capitol Press Corps The 2018 legislative session looks quite hopeful to Governor Phil Bryant and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, but some Mississippi Democrats feel differently. In […]
The opioid epidemic continues to claim the lives of many people throughout the nation. Opioid addiction has forced change within federal and state government and prompted some leaders to to take action to decrease death rates within the state.
There are positives and negatives when it comes to Mississippi’s education system.
Some believe the new public charter school, Clarksdale Collegiate Prep, set to open in Clarksdale in the 2018-2019 school year, is a better option for students. Others disagree, and some aren’t sure.
Democrat Representative Credell Calhoun, 74, of District 68 – Hinds and Rankin counties, has been in politics since 1979. Before Calhoun started his political journey, he attended Prairie View A & M University and Jackson State University, where he earned a bachelors of arts degree in business administration and political science and a master’s degree in counseling. Calhoun also served in the Marine Corps.
As the 2018 legislative session convenes in Jackson, lawmakers know that education funding is sure to draw intense scrutiny and debate, and Oxford’s two legislators are gearing up their respective sides for a fight over a multitude of education policy issues.
By Terrence Johnson Mississippi Capitol Press Corps What is your name, age, where are you from? Oscar Denton, 63, from Vicksburg. What is your title? Where did you attend college? What […]
I grew up in a small town that almost everyone could pronounce, but no one could truly spell. It was one of those towns where you had to be a native of the area to know where it was.
My dad always said I will end up in political journalism. He’s wrong. I still do not like politics. I have been exposed to trigger warning and sensitivity about microaggressions that led me to pay attention and be more informed, but politics are complicated. The wide variety of issues ranging from roads to increasing taxes on the rich sometimes goes completely over my head. We all have political opinions – some very strong, but to me, it is all very complicated and sometimes boring.
Public charter schools have only been around as a unique alternative to traditional district schools since the 1990s in the United States, but they have recently become a popular policy tool. They are separate from normal district schools and usually run by private entities while still being publicly funded.
It is no secret that Mississippi’s infrastructure is in questionable condition. With roads and bridges deteriorating, it’s hard to deny the neglect of necessary structures in this state.
After graduating from college in May, I am leaving the state of Mississippi. I’ve known Mississippi for my entire life. She feels safe. She feels comforting. She feels familiar. I grew up in her schools and learned from her people.
My experience working as a member of the Mississippi Capitol Press Corps has been eye-opening. Prior to our trip to the state capitol building in Jackson, I had never done any reporting outside of my Oxford, Mississippi bubble. The trip was about experiencing new opportunities and returning to Oxford a better reporter than when I left. I can say without a doubt that is what happened.
Politicians are notorious for smooth talking and skirting policy specifics while highlighting their achievements in office. State politicians are no different, and in Mississippi, where politicians haven’t had many achievements in recent years, the conversation truly must shift from one of past accomplishments to future workings.
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