mississippi

Cheney Takes Charge -- for a Pipeline

September 14, 2005 - The WaPo and Josh Marshall are pointing to an interesting story that appeared in the American of Hattiesburg, MS last Sunday. Here's the lead to the story: Shortly after Hurricane Katrina roared through South Mississippi knocking out electricity and communication systems, the White House ordered power restored to a pipeline that sends fuel to the Northeast. That order - to restart two power substations in Collins that serve Colonial Pipeline Co. - delayed efforts by at least 24 hours to restore power to two rural hospitals and a number of water systems in the Pine Belt.

Unquiet Grave

June 2, 2005 - They exhumed the body of Emmett Till yesterday. The all-white jury that acquitted his killers reportedly did so in part because they couldn't be certain the body fished out of the Mississippi was really Till.

It's Back

May 3, 2005 - The Gulf "Dead Zone," an oxygen-starved region in the Gulf of Mexico that recurs annually, has appeared early this year, and could be growing.

Hide the Silverware

May 3, 2005 - I love this headline from the Clarion-Ledger: "Police brace for visit by Bush." He's talking about traffic snarls, but when Rankin County Sheriff Ronnie Pennington says "It will be a mess," he could mean the President's

Barbour for President?

May 2, 2005 - Political Wire passes along a story from the New York Sun that a "small but influential group of GOP insiders" are urging Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) "to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2008." Apparently, the pro-Barbour chatter is on the rise.

Mississippi Sinking?

April 28, 2005 - U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has slipped a provision into a military spending bill that would grant his state authority to sell or lease mineral rights in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, an offshore national park.

Clean Sweep Against Gay Marriage in the South

April 12, 2005 - Our friend Pam Spaulding has a rundown on "The State of Bigoted Marriage Amendments" newly added to state constitutions. The South is, to no one's surprise, solid on the issue. Five Southern states passed constitutional amendments banning gay marriage just last year: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi (plus, for good measure, border state Oklahoma). North Carolina has such an amendment under consideration.