Reputable Media Sources
The Bolivar Commercial: http://www.bolivarcom.com/
The Clarion Ledger: http://clarionledger.com/
The Clarksdale Press Register: http://www.pressregister.com/
The Commercial Appeal: http://www.commercialappeal.com/
The Commercial Dispatch: http://www.cdispatch.com/
The Daily Leader: http://www.dailyleader.com/
The Daily Times Leader: http://www.dailytimesleader.com/
Delta Democrat Times: http://www.ddtonline.com/
Desoto Times Tribune: http://www.desototimes.com/
Enterprise Journal: http://www.enterprise-journal.com/
The Greenwood Commonwealth: http://www.gwcommonwealth.com/
Gulf Live: http://www.gulflive.com/
Hattiesburg American: http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/
Jackson Free Press: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/
The Meridian Star: http://meridianstar.com/
Mississippi Business Journal: http://msbusiness.com/
The Mississippi Press: http://www.gulflive.com/mississippipress/
Mississippi Public Broadcasting: http://mpbonline.org/
Natchez Democrat: http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
The Neshoba Democrat: http://neshobademocrat.com/index.asp
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: http://djournal.com/
The Oxford Eagle: http://oxfordeagle.com/
The Star Herald: http://starherald.net/
SuperTalk Mississippi: http://www.supertalk.fm/
Sun Herald: http://www.sunherald.com/
The Tunica Times: http://www.tunicatimes.com/
The Vicksburg Post: http://www.vicksburgpost.com/
WLBT and Fox 40: http://www.msnewsnow.com/
Informative Mississippi Political Blogs
Bigger Pie Forum: http://www.biggerpieforum.org/
Jackson Jambalaya: http://www.kingfish1935.blogspot.com/
Magnolia Report: http://www.magnoliareport.com/
Reasonably Right: http://www.brianperry.ms/reasonablyrightarchives.html
Y’all Politics: http://www.yallpolitics.com/
Important Mississippi Government Officials
Governor (Phil Bryant): http://www.governorbryant.com/
Phil Bryant was elected Governor of Mississippi with 62 percent of the vote in November 2011 and was sworn-in as the state’s 64th Governor on January 10, 2012. He was sworn-in as Mississippi’s 37th Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2008, after capturing 59% of the vote in the November election. He started his career in public service as a Hinds County Deputy Sheriff and was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from District 59 in Rankin County in 1992 and re-elected in 1995. Bryant was appointed State Auditor by the late Governor Kirk Fordice and re-elected overwhelmingly in 1999 and without opposition in 2003. To continue his career of service to Mississippians, Governor Bryant has brought together an exceptional group of dedicated people in the Governor’s office who are committed to supporting the Governor’s vision for a better, more prosperous Mississippi. With responsibilities ranging from the research and creation of policy initiatives to the state’s job creation efforts, the Office of the Governor plays a key role in shaping the future of the our state.
Lt. Governor (Tate Reeves): http://www.ltgovreeves.ms.gov/
The Office of Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves stands ready to steer Mississippi on a path to a brighter future. He will work towards better-paying jobs, better schools and a good quality of life for Mississippi families. Lt. Gov. Reeves knows Mississippi needs to continue to improve the climate for companies to bring highly-skilled jobs to the state – keeping taxes low and providing the best in workforce-training opportunities.
Secretary of State (Delbert Hosemann): http://www.sos.ms.gov
The Office of the Secretary of State is dedicated to being both a service and information agency. There are seven divisions of the Secretary of State's Office: Business Regulation and Enforcement, Business Services, Education and Publications, Elections, Policy and Research, Public Lands, and Securities and Charities. In addition, the agency employs executive and administrative staff which help oversee the various functions of the office. Constitution also designates the Secretary of State as "Keeper of the Capitol."
Attorney General (Jim Hood): http://www.ago.state.ms.us/
The Attorney General is the chief legal officer and advisor for the State of Mississippi on both civil and criminal matters. His responsibility is to represent public officials and governmental agencies and to issue legal opinions that interpret state law. The Attorney General has the sole power under Mississippi law to bring or defend a lawsuit on behalf of the state. He acts as counsel to state agencies to defend them or bring suit on their behalf. Most importantly, the Office is charged with the representation of the people of the State of Mississippi.
State Treasurer (Lynn Fitch): http://www.treasury.state.ms.us/
The elected office of the State Treasurer is created under Article 5, Section 134, of the Mississippi Constitution. The Mississippi Code details the fiduciary responsibilities of the Treasurer. These responsibilities include the issuance of State debt, responsibility for the timely payment of principal and interest on the State's bond and note obligations, and receiving, disbursing and investing State funds.
State Auditor (Stacey Pickering): http://www.osa.state.ms.us/
The Department of Audit, which employs some 150 persons, including approximately 25 Certified Public Accountants, comprises one of the largest auditing firms in the state. The Office is widely regarded as the definitive authority in matters pertaining to the use of public funds, and the recommendations offered by its auditors and other expert personnel are readily adhered to and respected throughout the state. The employees of the Department of Audit are mindful of the grave responsibility of upholding the public trust and strive to maintain the level of competence expected of them by virtue of their positions.
Mississippi Legislature: http://www.legislature.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx
This website is the homepage for the Mississippi State Legislature. You can get the current status of legislative bills, along with other services.
Mississippi Supreme Court: http://www.mississippi.gov/agency_directory/agencyDetails.aspx
Mississippi has a two-tier appellate court system that reviews decisions of law and fact made by the trial courts. The Mississippi Supreme Court is the court of last resort among state courts. Decisions of the Chancery, Circuit and County Courts and of the Court of Appeals may be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Commissioner of Agriculture (Cindy Hyde-Smith): http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/agency/biography-cindy-hyde-smith-commissioner-of-agriculture.htm
Cindy Hyde-Smith was elected Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce by Mississippi voters in November 2011, following a 12-year career as a Mississippi State Senator for District 39. With her election, Hyde-Smith made Mississippi history as the first woman to ever be elected to the statewide position. She succeeds longtime Commissioner, Dr. Lester Spell, Jr., who did not seek re-election for a fifth term in office.
Commissioner of Insurance (Mike Chaney): http://www.mid.ms.gov/pages/commissioner.aspx
Vicksburg resident Mike Chaney is Mississippi’s Commissioner of Insurance. Prior to his election in 2007, Commissioner Chaney served seven years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and eight years in the Mississippi Senate. Since taking office in January, 2008, Commissioner Chaney has brought a style of openness and accessibility to the office, including opening a Mississippi Insurance Department office on the Gulf Coast. He has also spearheaded a wind mitigation program for the Mississippi Gulf Coast region to strengthen homes against hurricane-force winds and help homeowners realize discounts on their wind insurance premiums.
Helpful Mississippi State Agencies
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce: http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens.
Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance: http://www.dbcf.state.ms.us/default.asp
The State of Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF) is committed to providing quality supervision and regulation to those institutions, persons, firms, corporations, and associations furnishing financial services, as authorized by statute, to the people of Mississippi. DBCF is charged with the primary examination and regulatory supervision of all state chartered commercial banks, state chartered thrift institutions, state chartered credit unions, independent trust companies, consumer finance companies, premium finance companies, motor vehicle sales finance companies, pawn brokers, title pledge lenders, consumer loan brokers, check cashers, mortgage lenders, the sale of commercial exchange, and debt management service providers. DBCF also gives cooperative assistance to any individual, institution, industry, or other regulatory agency within the scope of our responsibilities. DBCF staff is fully aware that courteous professionalism is not a goal, but the minimum acceptable standard of performance in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of The Department of Banking and Consumer Finance.
Mississippi Department of Corrections: http://www.mdoc.state.ms.us/
The Mission of the Mississippi Department of Corrections is to provide and promote public safety through efficient and effective offender custody, care, control and treatment consistent with sound correctional principles and constitutional standards. The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) approves Residential Transitional Centers for the housing of MDOC ex-offenders when such Transitional Centers meet the following standards: 1. Complies with applicable local governmental zoning and permit codes; 2. Provides safe and humane living conditions; 3. Promotes paid employment opportunities for residents; 4. Promotes pro-social and life skills for residents; 5. Prepares residents for societal re-entry with economic self-reliance; and 6. Provides program services and activities with the measurable objective of reducing recidivism. Statement of Purpose The Mississippi Department of Corrections Community-Corrections Division exists to: provide for public safety, promote opportunities for positive behavioral change in the offenders under its supervision, secure provisions for community based assistance and services needed by the offenders, decrease criminal behavior and recidivism and serves as an alternative to incarceration.
Mississippi Development Authority: http://www.mississippi.org/
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the state of Mississippi's lead economic and community development agency, with approximately 300 employees engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers throughout Mississippi. The agency works to recruit new business to the state and retain and expand existing Mississippi industry and business. MDA also provides technical assistance to the state's entrepreneurs and small businessmen and women and oversees programs that support Mississippi's minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, the agency provides Mississippi's corporate citizens with export assistance, manages the state's energy programs and oversees programs that help its communities become more competitive. The agency works to promote tourism to the state and develop and support Mississippi's tourism industry, as well. Additionally, MDA is responsible for managing $5.4 billion in federal Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery funds, economic stimulus funds and other federal programs for the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities: http://www.mscdd.org/
The CDD is an appointed group of people designed to support individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and the community they live. We are not a direct service organization, but develop strategies to support systemic change for the people we advocate. The Mississippi Department of Mental Health serves as our Designated State Agency (DSA). The CDD operates independently within the DSA, but receives much support to maintain the management of our operation.
Mississippi Department of Employment Security: http://mdes.ms.gov/
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is a federally funded state agency. The programs of MDES, under direction of the governor of Mississippi, report to the federal government. The U.S. Congress appropriates all funds expended to administer employment security programs.
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.deq.state.ms.us/
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for protecting the state’s air, land, and water. Our mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians by conserving and improving our environment and fostering wise economic growth through focused research and responsible regulation. MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher is appointed by the Governor. The Governor also appoints the seven members of the Commission on Environmental Quality who serve seven-year staggered terms.
Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration: http://www.dfa.state.ms.us/
The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is the primary agency responsible for State government financial and administrative operations including employee payroll, vendor payments, employee insurance, construction, maintenance, and protection of State buildings in the Capitol Complex, financial information management systems, management of the State’s vehicle fleet, and numerous other related activities. DFA is composed of fourteen (14) offices with a total staff of approximately 400 employees. Mission DFA, as the executive branch agency for fiscal and asset management, provides services, solutions, regulations, and guidance to its customers to help improve the quality of life in Mississippi. Vision The Department of Finance & Administration sets the standard for excellence in the State Government Enterprise. We will facilitate change for better government.
Mississippi Department of Health: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/
The Mississippi State Department of Health promotes and protects the health of all Mississippians. The Mississippi State Department of Health Works To: Monitor Disease Disease tracking and outbreak management Prevention of flu, mosquito-borne diseases, HIV, and other STDs, and communicable diseases.
Mississippi Department of Human Services: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/
Agency Mission Statement: To Provide services for people in need by optimizing all available resources to sustain the family unit and encourage traditional family values thereby promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility for all Mississippians.
Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services: http://www.its.ms.gov/
The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) provides statewide leadership and services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. ITS facilitates effective planning, deployment, and operation of information technologies for Mississippi State Government. ITS seeks to form dynamic partnerships with our customers and the private sector to optimize the use of available resources for enhanced delivery of government services.
Mississippi Insurance Department: http://www.mid.state.ms.us/default.aspx
The mission of the Mississippi Insurance Department is to impartially enforce the laws and regulations enumerated in Mississippi Code Ann. Section 83-1-1 et seq., thereby creating an environment conducive to a competitive marketplace for the sale of insurance products and services while providing the State's citizens with the maximum amount of consumer protection. Our aim is to create the highest degree of economic security, quality of life, public safety and fire protection for the State's citizens at the lowest possible cost. To accomplish this mission, we are committed to providing assistance to our customers in a timely, caring and ethical fashion.
Mississippi Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER): http://www.peer.state.ms.us/index.html
PEER is an acronym for Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, a standing committee of the Mississippi Legislature. Created in 1973, PEER provides the Legislature with timely and accurate information on Mississippi state government in order to enable that body to perform its function of legislative oversight. PEER analyzes state agency programs and operations and helps the Legislature make state government more effective, efficient and accountable. The forms which PEER analyses take include: performance evaluations, investigations, and expenditure reviews. The PEER Committee is comprised of seven members of the Senate and seven members of the House of Representatives and employs a staff of about twenty-seven.
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources: http://www.dmr.ms.gov/
In 1994, the Mississippi Legislature created the Department of Marine Resources as a separate governing agency to enhance, protect and conserve marine interests of the state. We manage all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas, and provide for the balanced commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes.
Mississippi Division of Medicaid: http://www.medicaid.ms.gov/
Medicaid is a national health care program. It helps pay for medical services for low-income people. For those eligible for full Medicaid services, Medicaid is paid to providers of health care. Providers are doctors, hospitals and pharmacists who accept Medicaid. The mission of the Division of Medicaid is to ensure access to health services for the Medicaid eligible population in the most cost efficient and comprehensive manner possible and to continually pursue strategies for optimizing the accessibility and quality of health care.
Mississippi Department of Mental Health: http://www.dmh.state.ms.us/
Mission: Supporting a better tomorrow by making a difference in the lives of Mississippians with mental illness, substance abuse problems and intellectual/developmental disabilities one person at a time. Vision: We envision a better tomorrow where the lives of Mississippians are enriched through a public mental health system that promotes excellence in the provision of services and supports.
Mississippi Board of Pharmacy: http://www.mbp.state.ms.us/mbop/pharmacy.nsf
The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy was established by legislative action in 1920. The mission of the Board is to protect and promote the health of Mississippi citizens by regulating and controlling the practice of pharmacy and the distribution of prescription drugs and devices. The Mississippi Board of Pharmacy is comprised of seven pharmacist members, all appointed by the Governor. They are assisted by an administrative staff headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Board.
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services: http://www.mdrs.state.ms.us/
The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that provides resources to help Mississippians with disabilities find new careers, live more independently, overcome obstacles, and face new challenges. All of our employees are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the people we serve. I invite you to explore our website and learn about the different programs, services, career opportunities, and personal stories of some of the people we serve. You will also find contact information for members of our staff who are ready and willing to assist you. Please visit often as this website is updated regularly to keep you informed about our activities and upcoming events and as always, we welcome your questions and comments.
Mississippi Department of Revenue: http://www.dor.ms.gov/
The Department of Revenue is the primary agency for collecting tax revenues that support state and local governments in Mississippi. This website provides information about the various taxes administered, access to online filing, and forms. The Department of Revenue is responsible for titling and registration of motor vehicles, monitoring ad valorem assessments throughout the state to ensure consistent appraisal and valuation of properties among the municipalities and counties of the state, enforcement of Mississippi's Prohibition and Local Option Law and operating as the wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages.
Mississippi Tourism Development: http://www.visitmississippi.org/
Mississippi Tourism is a division of the Mississippi Development Authority. It has been created to promote tourism in Mississippi.
Mississippi Department of Transportation: http://www.gomdot.com/
The Office of State Aid Road Construction administers Mississippi's State Aid Road Program to assist Mississippi's 82 counties in the construction and maintenance of secondary, non-state owned roads and bridges. State Aid also administers the Local System Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation Program for the repair or replacement of the most needy bridges in Mississippi, as well as administering special projects funded through the Federal Highway Administration and the Mississippi Development Authority. Additionally, State Aid administers the FHWA's National Bridge Inspection and Inventory program for the approximately 11,000 county and locally owned bridges in Mississippi.
Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks: http://www.mdwfp.com/
It is the mission of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks to conserve and enhance Mississippi's natural resources, to provide continuing outdoor recreational opportunities, to maintain the ecological integrity and aesthetic quality of the resources and to ensure socioeconomic and educational opportunities for present and future generations.
Essential Mississippi State Commissions
Mississippi Ethics Commission: http://www.ethics.state.ms.us/ethics/ethics.nsf
The Commission administers and enforces the Ethics in Government Law, codified as Sections 25-4-1 through 25-4-119, Miss. Code of 1972, and related authorities. The Commission’s three primary roles within the Ethics Law are to: Receive Statements of Economic Interest for filing by public officials and candidates, and make the completed forms available for public inspection. Process sworn complaints and investigate alleged violations of law by public servants. Issue written advisory opinions to public servants regarding the conflict of interest laws. The Ethics Commission also enforces the Open Meetings Act and issues decisions on the Public Records Act. Details are provided via the links to the left. All elected and appointed officials and employees of state, county, district and municipal government in Mississippi come under the authority of the Commission. The Commission and its staff are committed to helping public servants comply with the law and ensuring the highest standards of governmental integrity for the people of Mississippi.
Mississippi Gaming Commission: http://www.msgamingcommission.com/
The mission of the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) is to enforce the Gaming Control Act and Charitable Gaming Laws of the State of Mississippi. The MGC will establish and enforce regulations under the authority of those laws in such a manner that will ensure the integrity of the State of Mississippi and maintain the public confidence in both the charitable gaming and casino gaming industries by working in conjunction with the industry.
Mississippi Public Service Commission: http://www.psc.state.ms.us/
The Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications, electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. The agency is charged with assuring that rates and charges for services are just and reasonable, that the service rendered is reasonably adequate, and that any facilities constructed or acquired are required for the convenience and necessity of the public. Additionally, the agency exercises safety jurisdiction over gas pipelines and has area jurisdiction over all public utilities. In carrying out its responsibilities, the commission answers complaints, makes investigation and conducts both formal and informal hearings.
Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission: http://www.mswcc.state.ms.us/
The mission of the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission is to effectively guide, promote and demonstrate the conservation, development, protection and proper utilization of the soil, water and related resources of the State.
Mississippi Transportation Commission: http://sp.mdot.ms.gov/Commission/Pages/Commissioners.aspx
The state of Mississippi vests oversight of its transportation resources and operations in a three-member elected commission representing three geographic areas in the state—Northern, Central and Southern districts. In accordance with state law, the commissioners have the authority and responsibility for the supervision of all modes of transportation in the state dealing with aeronautics, highways, public transit, ports, and rail safety. The membership of the Mississippi Transportation Commission appoints its chairman.
Workers' Compensation Commission: http://www.mwcc.state.ms.us/
Our goal is to provide the public with useful information regarding Workers' Compensation in the State of Mississippi.