Archive for October, 2009

RR: Gallo’s radio family; The judicial pendulum

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Doing a little catch up this week, so here are my two most recent columns.

Fans of Super Talk Mississippi may find my interview with Paul Gallo interesting. From a cotton farm in Shaw, Mississippi working for his first-generation American parents, to Chicago, to general manager of the Super Talk flagship station, whether discussing his colleagues or audience he always speaks of “family.”

You can read the column online at the Madison County Journal: Perry / Gallo’s radio family

Last week I wrote about the Mississippi Supreme Court. Some say it swings like a political pendulum and that in 2008 it had become too friendly to civil defendants and needed to be moved back toward the plaintiff / trial lawyer position. I suggest rather than a pendulum, the Court should be a plum line - flush with statute and the Constitution.

You can read the column online at the Madison County Journal: Perry / Judicial pendulum swings

RR: Newspapers carry the torch

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I love a newspaper and a cup of coffee in the morning. Last week was “National Newspaper Week” and I wrote about my own feelings for newspapers: I love them. The reports of the demise of the newspaper industry are premature and I am convinced that local newspapers can thrive and survive (despite cutbacks and challenges during the current economy). You can read the column at the Madison County Journal online: Perry / Newspapers carry the torch

Wilson Exits Noxubee Alliance

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

After several years of excellent service, Capstone Partner Brian Wilson will be leaving the Noxubee Alliance. His relationship with Noxubee County continues personally if not professionally, as it is his home and he is always looking for ideas to help that community. Because of his passion for the area, I’ve visited Noxubee many times in recent years and love downtown Macon, the Noxubee River, their blues and music heritage, and the history of the area. Wilson said in his release, “Noxubee County has a bright future of which I will always be on the team” and I personally know that to be true. The County has had some great economic successes and the seeds are planted for more, and Wilson will always be around nuturing those seeds even if he isn’t the gardener. The Columbus Commercial Dispatch and the Mississippi Business Journal both have pieces about his departure.

RR: Keenum serves up maroon meat at Stennis

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

This month’s luncheon sponsored by The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol Press Corps featured Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University.  Keenum spoke on MSU’s efforts to deal with budget cuts, and his optimism at the future of the expanding university.  Here is an excerpt that shows Keenum’s leadership during tough economic times, something more state leaders should emulate:

He explained upon beginning his administration last year he immediately faced a five percent budget cut and spent all but three weeks of his first six months as president in Jackson lobbying for level funding this year. He succeeded, but when he returned to Starkville he instructed all departments to write budgets that assumed a five percent cut again.

“Sure enough, last month, the governor made a five percent cut,” Keenum said. “We were already prepared for that.”

Keenum also initiated cost savings efficiencies: by transitioning from paper checks to electronic transactions, the university is saving $400,000 a year.

You can read the full column at the Madison County Journal: Perry / MSU prepared for budget cuts

Kentucky Politics Redux

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Shortly after the Neshoba County Fair I made a trip to Kentucky and wrote about it on the blog.

One of the items that came out of the political speeches at Fancy Farm, Kentucky was a fun youtube video which was eventually yanked.  It has been modified and has returned. It targets Attorney General Jack Conway who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate open seat to replace Republican Jim Bunning. Presumably it is the work of supporters of fellow Democrat, Lieutenant Governor Dan Mongiardo.

Mongiardo now has his own youtube problem involving audio of him attacking his own Democratic governor and using certain expletives, saying, ” I don’t need this job. I don’t need the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, one of the front runners for the Republican nomination for this U.S. Senate Seat in Kentucky, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, (who serves as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State) will be attending a hearing on Stanford financial hosted by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann on October 5 from 1-2:30pm in Room 113 of the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson.

RR: Barbour’s politics rooted in jobs

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Governor Haley Barbour has been on a roll lately pushing his message of jobs through smart energy, health care, and tort reform policies.  I write about it in my column this week, but below are links to some of the items I discuss.  You can read the full column at The Madison County Journal online: Perry / Barbour’s politics rooted in jobs

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