Expectations were sky-high.
Republicans, after years of fighting against Democrats who controlled the state House of Representatives, took complete control of Mississippi’s government in January for the first time in 140 years.
Newly-elected Gov. Phil Bryant, among others, cast the transition as epochal.
“In my lifetime, there has never been such an historic change as we are witnessing in our state government,” Bryant said in his State of the State address Jan. 24. “In the few weeks since January began, Mississippi welcomed a new lieutenant governor, speaker of the House and inaugurated a new governor. For the first time in generations, all three share a common conservative philosophy about how best to move our state forward.”