Politics

Who cares about the Second Amendment?

wethepeopleBY: JOSEPH ENGLAND

You should, that’s who. The Founding Fathers created the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of individuals. The freedoms of religion, speech, association, and the rest all refer to individual liberties. The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is no different. As many of you know, the Second Amendment continues to come under attack by those who would subvert your rights to bear arms. (more…)

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STEPS COALITION, ROBERTA AVILA

RAvilaFor 22 years Roberta Avila has worked in the non-profit and social justice sectors. She has served as the Executive Director of STEPS since July, 2009. Four years prior, she held the same position with the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force. Roberta Avila is also a founding member of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and currently serves on boards for both the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) and the Mississippi Center for Justice. (more…)

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STEPS COALITION, ROBERTA AVILA

RAvilaFor 22 years Roberta Avila has worked in the non-profit and social justice sectors. She has served as the Executive Director of STEPS since July, 2009. Four years prior, she held the same position with the Mississippi Coast Interfaith Disaster Task Force. Roberta Avila is also a founding member of the Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center and currently serves on boards for both the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) and the Mississippi Center for Justice. (more…)

Human Trafficking Update: Mississippi in Action

traffickingmedium2In February of this year, tens of thousands of sports fan flocked to New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Two young Mississippi brothers, ages 10 and 11, were thrilled that a family friend had invited them to go see the game. They left early for New Orleans, and the family friend treated them to the city’s main attractions for kids. They enjoyed the River Walk, watched an IMAX movie and explored downtown. When they returned to the hotel to rest up for the big game the next day, the family friend sold the two boys to three men. The brothers were raped repeatedly throughout the night. Thanks to the human trafficking advocacy group, Advocates For Freedom (AFF), the family knew what to do. They reported the incident, and the so-called friend was arrested for sex trafficking of the minors. The young boys will have a long road back to recovery after such an ordeal, but sadly, theirs is a success story. Many children who are sold into the minor sex trade never find their way back home. (more…)

Still Fighting for a Balanced Budget & for our Armed Forces

Dear Friend,

I was disappointed last Friday to see House Democrats united against a balanced budget amendment (BBA). American families sit down at their kitchen tables and balance their checkbooks and bank accounts to make sure they live within their means. The federal government should do the same. Friday was an unfortunate missed opportunity by Democrats to sit at the table with Republicans to create a better environment for job growth through reduced spending and a balanced budget. (more…)

Voting Advice

 The following is suggested voting advice however exceptions do occur. Food for thought…Do your interests align with the general public and taxpayers instead of government workers or other special interests such as big business? Carefully consider all points and investigate each candidate as thoroughly as possible before you go to the polls. The candidate you choose will profoundly affect your life and the lives of your fellow citizens. Education is key. Nothing is absolute as there are often mitigating circumstances. (more…)

Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part III: Voter ID

As you go to the polls this November 2nd, you will be asked to answer the following questions on your ballot:
Initiative 26:
Should the term “person” be defined to include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof?
Initiative 31:
Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons?
Initiative 27:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit government issued photo identification in order to vote?
Last month, we discussed Personhood Defined, and in the July issue, Eminent Domain was discussed. In this final part of this three-part series, the issue of Voter ID is the topic. (more…)

Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part II: Personhood Defined

By Melody Worsham
Ballot Initiatives are the process by which the general population of a state can vote on a change to law. In Mississippi, the initiative process was first adopted in 1912, but was shot down by the state’s Supreme Court on a technicality. But in 1992, state legislators re-approved the measure with 70% of the senate supporting it. The state’s process is an “indirect initiative,” meaning that proposals are approved by the legislature before they are presented to the voters. (more…)

Mississippi Ballot Initiatives Part I: Eminent Domain

By Melody Worsham
In November, Mississippians will be looking at a very lengthly ballot. We will be voting for Governor and several other state officers, including Treasurer and Attorney General. We will also be choosing our U.S. representatives and senators. What Mississippi’s voters do not always get to do is vote on changes to the state’s constitution by placing them on the ballot. This year, on November 2nd, we will have the opportunity to vote on three ballot initiatives: Eminent Domain, Voter ID, and the Definition of Personhood. In the first part of this three-part series, the issue of Eminent Domain is the topic. (more…)

Q&A with Congressman Steven Palazzo

The Republican party of South Mississippi has spoken, and has put their ultimate faith in you.  Your leadership and guidance is what matters most.  How do you plan to implement change within our government?
“I am proud to be part of a conservative majority committed to restoring the public’s trust in government by stopping the out of control spending and working towards a smaller government that is accountable to the American people.  Two weeks ago, we voted to reduce the Congressional budget by five percent across the board and will save U.S. taxpayers $35 million. While it is a small amount compared to the debt this Congress inherited from its predecessor, it’s a signal to the American people that we are serious about reducing the size of government and restoring their trust in their elected officials.” (more…)

Year End Tax Tips Tax Moves to Lower Your Tax Bill

Typically people rely on a standard set of year-end tax planning techniques such as deferring income to the following year and accelerating deductions into the current year. Examples of these types of tactics are holding off on selling investments with gains until later or paying tax deductions such as property tax or charity donations.
For the year 2010 there’s an extra twist on these traditional tax planning techniques. For one thing, we know with certainty what the 2010 tax rates are. But the exact tax rates that will be in effect for 2011 is somewhat uncertain. As the law is currently written, all the tax rates will change for 2011. (more…)

Jamie Creel wants to be the Voice for District 116

With the special election called by the Governor to fill the recently vacated House seat by Congressman-elect Steven Palazzo, several candidates are off and running.  A bright spot among them is Jamie Creel, a longtime resident of the Gulf Coast and former State Representative who is looking to put his experience “Back to Work” for the citizens of District 116.  “South Mississippi needs to have a loud voice in Jackson and I have proven that I can be that voice” Creel said. “To be effective, you must be a consensus builder; listen first, gain the trust and support of your colleagues and then move to accomplish your goals”. (more…)