NEWSLETTER

September 27, 2021

10 Things I’ve Learned About Mississippi Politics

  Most politicians care about only one thing – reelection Most legislators believe they work for the state agencies not the people If you want to […]
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April 3, 2021

From Your Capitol -Big Government and Higher Taxes

This was the thirteenth and final week of the 2021 Legislative Session. We completed the last day on Thursday, April 1, after working through the weekend […]
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March 16, 2021

From Your Capitol – March 16, 2021

Today the Mississippi House of Representatives used an unusual procedure to revive the Mississippi Tax Freedom Act of 2021 because the Mississippi Senate refused to even […]
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February 7, 2021

From Your Capitol – Week of February 1, 2021

The fifth week of the 2021 Legislative Session proved to be the busiest thus far. Committee meetings to discuss House bills wrapped up early in the […]
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January 31, 2021

From Your Capitol – Week of January 25, 2021 (Fear of Government)

Earlier this week I had a conversation with my son, who returned home from a two year adventure in Oregon and is on his way to […]
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January 28, 2021

Declare Mississippi a Bill of Rights Sanctuary State

The Democrat Party of the United States is waging a cold-war against our constitution and our rights as free citizens. The recent election of Joe Biden […]
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January 24, 2021

From Your Capitol – Week of January 18, 2021

This is the third week of the 2021 Legislative Session. The deadline for introducing general bills was on Monday night, and committees will now begin discussing […]
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January 9, 2021

From Your Capitol – Week of January 5, 2021

On Tuesday, January 5 the Mississippi State Legislature began its 133rd legislative session. The first order of business was to adopt the new state flag that […]
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December 24, 2020

Mississippi Freedom Caucus Weekly Update – Endless Executive Orders

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus will propose legislation that limits the governors power to issue executive orders.
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December 13, 2020

Mississippi Freedom Caucus Liberty Update – Occupational Licenses

Did you know that if you want to cut someone’s hair, paint their nails, or even study trees that grow fruit you must first obtain permission […]
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December 6, 2020

Mississippi Freedom Caucus Weekly Update – Income Tax

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus appreciates Gov. Reeves joining in the fight to eliminate the state income tax.
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November 10, 2020
committee meeting at state capitol

What issues are important in 2021?

Even though the 2020 presidential election is far from over, it is time to begin thinking about state and local politics and what issues our legislature […]
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October 10, 2020

Rep. Dana Criswell Joins Coalition Urging Trump and Congress to Take Action on School Choice

Friday, October 9, 2020 FreedomWorks Issues Coalition Letter Urging Trump Administration and Congress to Take Meaningful Action on School Choice WASHINGTON, D.C. — FreedomWorks today, along […]
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October 8, 2020

Mississippi Department of Health Threatens Your Doctor

Have you ever wondered why citizens of Mississippi have a difficult time obtaining good healthcare, or why folks in rural counties are often left with less […]
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October 2, 2020

Mississippi Freedom Caucus Makes Statement about Ending Mask Mandate

OCTOBER 1, 2020 Statement on Governor’s Executive Order Changes Yesterday Governor Reeves announced the end of a portion of the state-wide mask mandates.  We applaud the […]
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September 21, 2020

Rep. Dana Criswell Becomes Founding Member of Mississippi Freedom Caucus

I am proud to announce that I have become a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Caucus.  Over the past few years I have witnessed the […]
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September 20, 2020

Mississippi Freedom Caucus Addresses COVID Executive Orders by Governor

In a letter to Gov. Tate Reeves the Mississippi Freedom Caucus addresses emergency orders. CLICK HERE TO SEND A LETTER TO GOVERNOR REEVES  and let your […]
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August 10, 2020

Mississippi Legislature Waste More Time and Money

Its 6:30 pm on Monday August 10 and the Mississippi Legislature has returned to the capitol under the guise of handling issues associated with COVID-19. In […]
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August 3, 2020

Citizens Petition Governor Reeves to Allow Hydroxychloroquine Treatment

It is time the people of Mississippi take control of their health and well-being during this pandemic.  Doctors have been prohibited from prescribing a well documented […]
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July 7, 2020

Mississippi Republicans Bring You Tax Increases

Unemployment in Mississippi and the nation is at an all-time high due to the Corona virus and the shut down of the world economy. Businesses have […]
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June 25, 2020

State Representatives Fighting for Your Voice on State Flag

In 2001 the legislature asked the citizens of Mississippi to choose their flag. The overwhelming majority of people choose the 1894 flag. I do not believe […]
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June 15, 2020

Criswell Wins! Court Orders Jackson Never to Restrict Open Carry Rights Again

On Friday, a federal court ordered the City of Jackson to never again act on its own to restrict the right to openly carry a firearm. […]
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June 13, 2020

From Your Capitol – Lies, Back-Room Deals, and Deceit

Folks have asked me from time to time to tell them what it is like to be a member of the Mississippi Legislature. Well, I have […]
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May 14, 2020

Mississippi Legislature Passes Small Business CARES Act Relief

Essential points of small business relief Two tracks, a direct payment track and an application-based track Statement of legislative intent applicable to both direct payment and […]
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May 3, 2020

REPORT CONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS to Rep. Dana Criswell!

During the COVID-19 pandemic the people of Mississippi have willingly closed businesses, attend church online, and put their lives on hold to fight the virus. But, […]
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April 28, 2020

MJI files lawsuit over Jackson’s order suspending open carry on behalf of Rep. Dana Criswell

For Immediate Release CONTACT: Brett Kittredge, kittredge@mspolicy.org MJI files lawsuit over Jackson’s order suspending open carry Jackson, Miss. – The city of Jackson cannot restrict your […]
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April 27, 2020

State Representatives Demand Jackson Mayor Rescind Illegal Ban on “Open Carry”

Jackson Mayor Lumumba issued an executive order suspending the constititional rights of citizens who live in and visit the city of Jackson.  He has declared that […]
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April 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update – April 16, 2020

Can an employee refuse to return to work because they can draw more in unemployment benefits than they earn in wages? We have been asked about […]
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April 10, 2020

Rep. Criswell Sends Letter to State Officials on Religious Liberty

In response to the COVID-19 emergency Gov. Reeves issued Executive Order Number 1463 on March 24, 2020. In this order Governor Reeves lays out the state’s […]
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April 8, 2020

OVERVIEW OF MISSISSIPPI UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

Disclaimer The guidance offered here is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Only the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) can […]
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April 1, 2020

Small Business Guidelines for Coronavirus Assistance

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has provided an easy to read outline of loan assistance available to small businesses affected by the coronavirus government shutdown […]
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March 26, 2020

Summary of US Senate Coronavirus Stimulus Package – March 26, 2020

Click Here to read the US Senate Coronavirus Bill SUMMARY OF COVID PHASE 3 UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE AND TAX PROVISIONS March 24, 2020 Title II – Assistance for […]
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March 25, 2020

Mississippi Coronavirus Update – March 25, 2020

Date: March 25, 2020 Re: COVID-19 March 25 Update 1. Executive Order. As you may know, the Governor entered a lengthy executive order yesterday. It is […]
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March 20, 2020

From Your Capitol – COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, March 17, the Mississippi House of Representatives suspended the legislative session until April 1 at 2 p.m., or a date mutually agreed upon by […]
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March 15, 2020

From Your Capitol – March 15, 2020

This week was a busy week for the Mississippi legislature. Thursday, March 12 was the deadline for representatives to discuss these general bills. Any bills not […]
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March 6, 2020
Rep. Dana Criswell receives ACU Award for Conservative Excellence

From Your Capitol – March 6, 2020

Last week was a busy week in the Mississippi legislature, committees met frequently as Tuesday’s deadline to have House Bills out of their corresponding committees quickly […]
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February 23, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 23, 2020

The activity at the capitol increased considerably during the seventh week of this years session as all bills to be considered have been submitted and assigned […]
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February 17, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 17, 2020

The sixth week of the 2020 legislative session brings us to the first major legislative deadline, the last day for legislators to request bills written by […]
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February 9, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 9, 2020

It’s hard to believe that the Mississippi legislature has been in session for over a month. Now that members have been assigned to committee positions and […]
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February 3, 2020

From Your Capitol – February 3, 2020

During the fourth week of the 2020 legislative session activity is beginning to pick up as committees are getting organized. Each committee must meet and vote […]
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February 1, 2020

How to Join the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

Gun owners are demanding their local political officials backup their gun-rights campaign promises with action. If you want your county or city to become a Second […]
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January 26, 2020
Criswell speaks at second amendment rally

From Your Capitol – January 26, 2020

The third week of the 2020 legislative session was a busy week that began with a rally supporting our second amendment rights and solidarity with fellow […]
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January 19, 2020

From Your Capitol – January 19, 2020

Anti-Gun Legislation Introduced in Mississippi Senate The second week of the 2020 legislative session was full of ceremony and history. Sometimes I get frustrated and tired […]
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January 17, 2020

Criswell Receives Award for Conservative Excellence

The American Conservative Union is a long-standing defender of conservative values. Every year, they score legislation based on how it improves the lives of Mississippians by […]
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January 15, 2020

Tyranny in Virginia

Tyranny: a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler Virginia Democrats introduce a bundle of radical laws to limit 2A rights, militias, […]
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January 12, 2020

From Your Capitol – January 12, 2020

On Tuesday, January 7 the 2020 legislative session began. I was honored to be re-elected by the people of Olive Branch to represent them for another […]
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January 6, 2020

Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution

  Several have asked to see a copy of the Second Amendment Sanctuary resolution that will be considered by the Desoto County Board of Supervisors and […]
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January 3, 2020

Why Join the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

In November, the nation watched in amazement and fear as Democrats flipped the Virginia State legislature from red to blue and a conservative governor in Kentucky […]
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August 24, 2019

Mississippi State Representatives Release Letter Opposing “Red Flag” Laws

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June 12, 2019

Dana Criswell Endorsed by the NRA

Today I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) for the primary election to the Mississippi House of […]
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April 9, 2019

From Your Capitol – 2019 Session Review

The 2019 legislative session ended on Friday, March 29. I’ve taken a couple of weeks to clear my mind of politics and to reflect on this […]
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March 24, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 18, 2018

This was the eleventh week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Because it is late in the session, much of the week was spent deciding whether to […]
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March 16, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 11, 2019

This was the tenth week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Wednesday of this week was the deadline for the House to discuss general Senate bills. Any […]
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March 11, 2019

Why I voted against a teacher pay raise.

Late today, Monday March 11 the Mississippi House of Representatives voted on a teacher pay raise bill. The bill had been sent to the House from […]
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March 10, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of March 4, 2019

This past week was the ninth of the 2019 legislative session. The major deadline of the week was Tuesday, March 5 which was the Deadline for […]
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March 6, 2019

March 5 & 6, 2019

Today was one of those days that makes me wonder why I take the time away from my family to be here in Jackson. Politicians are […]
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March 2, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 25, 2019

The end of this week marked the deadline for House appropriations and revenue bills to be introduced and passed. The House Appropriations Committee finished passing bills […]
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February 24, 2019

My votes for Week of February 18, 2019

Bill Number Bill Name My Vote HB1160 Bonds; authorize issuance for construction of the Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children. Nay HB1431 Tax exemptions; revise requirements […]
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February 23, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 18, 2019

The Mississippi legislature slowed down this week once we passed the deadline for general House Bills. The House began working on House Appropriations Bills, which will […]
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February 22, 2019

Call to Action

Below is communication from a national hemp grower’s organization, Mississippi farmers need your help to bring this highly profitable crop to our state. Friends, As we […]
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February 16, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 11, 2019

The House met as a whole throughout the week to discuss general bills that made it out of committee and onto the calendar. Thursday, Feb. 14 […]
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February 9, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of February 4, 2019

This week was the busiest week so far in the legislative session. The deadline for committees to vote on bills assigned to them was Tuesday February […]
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February 3, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 28, 2019

This past week was the end of the first month of the 2019 legislative session. This week was the busiest week for committees as the February […]
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January 26, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 21, 2019

The Mississippi legislature entered its third week of the 2019 Legislative Session when it gavaled in on Monday afternoon. The deadline for introducing bills was Monday […]
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January 19, 2019

From Your Capitol – Week of January 14, 2019

This is the second week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Because it is early in the session, the committees are just starting to meet as bills […]
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January 19, 2019

Daily Journal – January 16, 2019

Yesterday the Mississippi House voted on the Rural Broadband Enabling Act. On the surface this sounds like a great idea because who could be against folks […]
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January 13, 2019

From Your Capitol – January 8, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8 the 2019 session of the Mississippi legislature began. This is a 90 day session and the last of my first term in […]
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December 16, 2018

I need your support to continue the fight for freedom

Dear Friend and Supporter, As a legislator in the Mississippi House of Representatives I have enjoyed being a part of moving our state into the future. […]
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December 10, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell Announces Formation of Re-Election Campaign Committee

Today I announce my bid for re-election to the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 6. Serving the people of Olive Branch in the Mississippi legislature has […]
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August 26, 2018

Why I Oppose a State Lottery

On Thursday August 23rd Governor Bryant called the Mississippi legislature into special session to address funding repairs of Mississippi’s roads and bridges. This issue has been […]
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August 6, 2018

Medical Marijuana – For or Against?

Medical Marijuana is a subject that I never expected to consider. As a conservative person, both politically and in life I fully accepted the common thought […]
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June 5, 2018

2018 Legislative Session Recap from Rep. Joel Bomgar

I am sending you Rep. Joel Bomgar’s (Madison) most resent newsletter recapping this year’s legislative session. If you are not familiar with Rep. Bomgar I encourage […]
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April 3, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Final Week

The 2018 Legislative sessions ended on Wednesday March, 28. The final stretch of the legislative session consist of final votes on appropriation bills and conference reports. […]
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March 20, 2018

Daily Journal

Here is a question for you, How much money do you think local governments should give away to private institutions and charities? By Mississippi law a […]
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March 18, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of March 12, 2018

The Mississippi legislature adjourned for the week on Thursday, cutting another day from the session to save taxpayer dollars. This week, the House considered the remaining […]
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March 11, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of March 5, 2018

The Mississippi House of Representatives adjourned for the week on Thursday March 8 in an effort to save taxpayers over $30,000 by not meeting on Friday. […]
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March 3, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 26, 2018

The big deadline this week was Tuesday February 27. All bills from the senate had to be considered and passed by the House committee or the […]
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February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

It’s a little before 6 am on Tuesday morning. I’ve been awake since about 5 reading through some bills that I believe will come up today. […]
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February 25, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 19, 2018

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and reflect on this past week’s events in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday […]
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February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018

It’s 6 am and I’m sitting in my RV getting ready for my day at the capitol. I’m often asked where I stay in Jackson during […]
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February 16, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 12, 2018

This week marks the half way point for the 2018 Legislative session, and the beginning of the appropriations process. Each state agency has its own bill […]
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February 14, 2018

February 13, 2018

​Today I am beginning a daily journal of my life as a Mississippi state representative. Representing the people of District 6 which includes Olive Branch, is […]
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February 11, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of February 5, 2018

The Mississippi House of Representatives spent much of this past week debating and voting on bills. Thursday, February 8 was the deadline for representatives to discuss […]
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February 8, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – Gun Owner’s Under Attack

Gun owners across the United States have become accustomed to having our rights and freedoms attacked. We are called dangerous, uncaring, and uncompromising, but we know […]
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February 5, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 29, 2018

Its early Monday morning and I’m finally getting around to writing my weekly update. Some of you probably know that in my real life, not politics, […]
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January 28, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 22, 2018

The Mississippi legislature was busy this week with committee meetings as we approach a deadline for Tuesday January 30 to have House Bills out of their […]
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January 25, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – Gun Rights Legislation

Today the Mississippi House of Representatives, Judiciary B Committee, passed HB1083 to clarify the rights of gun owners in Mississippi. History of MS Concealed Carry Law […]
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January 19, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 15, 2018

The third week of the 2018 legislative session was an interesting week and cold weather was another major topic. Myself and about 20 other legislators stay […]
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January 13, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell – From Your Capitol, Week of January 8, 2018

Good morning from the frozen tundra of north Mississippi. I know anyone living north of Tennessee thinks this is nothing, but for Mississippians this is crazy […]
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January 6, 2018

Rep. Dana Criswell, From Your Capitol – Week of January 2, 2018

Mississippi’s 2018 legislative session has begun, and as always it will be an interesting year. In just our first week we’ve seen a shuffle of committee […]
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January 1, 2018

From Your Capitol – The 2018 Session Begins Tomorrow!

The 2018 legislative session begins tomorrow and the weather is not cooperating. As I write this on New Year’s Day sitting in my hotel room in […]
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October 12, 2017

Developing Clear Principles and Values

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on October 10, 2017 Last week we discussed the importance of electing political leaders who put principle above […]
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October 8, 2017

Politicians, Principles, and Relationships

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on September 28, 2017 On January 5, 2016, I walked onto the floor of the Mississippi House of […]
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September 27, 2017

The Opioid Epidemic and Childhood Vaccinations

This article first appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily on September 13, 2017 By Dana Criswell Today we are experiencing a crisis in the U.S. and especially […]
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September 10, 2017

Lessons of a Mississippi Freshman Legislator

(This article appeared on Mississippi Conservative Daily, September 6, 2017) On new years day 2015 my wife, Julie and I sat down and discussed the idea […]
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June 7, 2017

From Your Capitol – First Extraordinary Session 2017

The Mississippi Legislature convened on Monday, June 5, for a special session called by Governor Phil Bryant. The special session was necessary after appropriations for the […]
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March 24, 2017

From Your Capitol – Stopping Run-Away Taxes

Over the past two years a majority of the State Representatives from DeSoto County have taken a hard stand against the constant raising of taxes by […]
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March 19, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of March 13

The deadline to consider revenue and appropriations bills that originated in the Senate occurred this week. Among other things, these bills detail how much money will […]
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March 12, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of March 6

With only three weeks left in the 2017 legislative sessions the Mississippi House is reaching some of its final deadlines. Wednesday marked the deadline for the […]
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March 4, 2017

From Your Capitol – Week of February 27

This week the Mississippi House of Representatives met in committees to consider bills passed by the Senate. The bills approved by committees this week now await […]
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