Now is your chance to shape Mississippi public education

If you’ve ever felt an urgency to make sure every child in Mississippi receives a quality education, we are right there with you. Success in the classroom doesn’t depend only on the dedication of teachers, but also on the amount…

Mississippi just made it easier for teachers to run for office. Here’s why that’s important.

In Mississippi, legislators serve only a few months a year, so they’ve always held lots of different jobs in addition to public service. Many are lawyers and farmers. Several own businesses. But very few of them, even those who serve…

Your Mississippi In-Person Voting Guide

The way you vote impacts the trajectory of your city, county, the state of Mississippi, the entire United States, for generations to come. This is why it’s critical that you let your voice be heard with your vote. You’re hopefully…

Planning for the Future in Desoto County

The Best Laid Plans Have y’all ever had a week in which absolutely nothing went as planned? Let me just say, that was exactly how this week started out for me. I had great plans scheduled: presentations to three Ole…

Mississippi Perspective: 600,000 vs 5

If you’re 18 or older and a Mississippi resident, odds are that you’re registered to vote. According to the MS Secretary of State’s Office, 1.85 million Mississippians are currently registered to vote. Based on the most recent Census estimates, those…

Perspective: Mississippi Students Do Care

Recently, I was honored to have the opportunity to attend a 12th grade AP Government class in a local public high school. There were 21 students in the class, ranging a multitude of backgrounds, but all 17 or recently turned…

A note on confirmation

With the voter-registration deadline of Oct. 8 fast approaching (Oct. 9 by mail), if you’ve registered to vote, there’s one more super-duper important step you need to take before the election: CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION! One in five voter-registration forms isn’t…

What to Expect at a Candidate Forum

In case you didn’t know, there’s a huge election on November 6, 2018. That means now is candidate-forum season! Candidate forums are a great way for the general public to get to know people running for office. But there’s no…

Greetings from Kristen Dechert, our new director of women in leadership

All across the country, women are rising up. Record-breaking numbers of women are running for Congress in 2018, and recently we’ve seen landmark wins for women in many state legislatures. The political winds are shifting, and people across the country…

Meet your Mississippi State Capitol Junior Pages

In Mississippi, a Junior Page represents: Themselves! The Senator or House member who serves a page’s district is usually their sponsor for their week as a Capitol Page. That’s why (if you want to be one) it’s important to know…