Monday, January 23, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Monday, January 23, 2006

These are your headlines for the day...

1. I suppose seeking damages from companies bilking the poor is a frivolous waste of time. And all this time I thought helping those who can't help themselves was a cornerstone of morality.
Hood hires local firm to sue drug companies - The Clarion-Ledger:
Attorney General Jim Hood has contracted a Ridgeland law firm to sue prescription drug companies for allegedly inflating prices when selling products to the Division of Medicaid.

Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush is taking on the complex lawsuit, despite criticism in recent years that Hood and his predecessor, Mike Moore, should not have farmed out state lawsuits to plaintiff attorneys when suing large companies.

To win the suit, the firm must prove that Mississippi has paid tens of millions of dollars to provide overpriced medication to Medicaid recipients.
2. I'm not sure how many times it has to be said before the governor gets on board: MAEP needs full-funding to be effective. Then again, perhaps the GOP leader doesn't want effective public schools so he can seek to privatize them.
EDITORIAL: Full education funding -
The final commission report issued Wednesday makes justified recommendations about formula adjustments to help fast-growing school districts like DeSoto County, but in the main it affirmed that MAEP can accomplish its legislatively intended purpose - if fully funded.

We agree, and the report should provide the necessary impetus for the Legislature to find the money for MAEP in the 2007 budget cycle. The new budget year starts July 1.
3. The governor has killed two campaign finance reform bills – one by a veto and one through Senate negotiators. Could it be any clearer that our esteemed former-lobbyist-turned-governor wants the ability to buy elections?
Hard to ‘follow the money' - The Meridian Star:
An old axiom urges citizens to “follow the money” if they want to learn the motives behind politicians' actions.

It's good advice but difficult to heed in Mississippi because of loopholes in the state's campaign finance disclosure requirements.

The state House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly passed a bill to close those loopholes, including the ability of out-of-state organizations to spend money influencing Mississippi elections without reporting their contributors.
That's it. Have a good day.


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