3. Chris McDaniel and the McGOP: Speaking of transparency, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, must have an invisibility cloak. Despite being noticeably absent from Senate proceedings most of the first three weeks of session, online articles have countered that he’s been hard at work in the Senate each day. McDaniel galvanized tea party conservatives in his unsuccessful U.S. Senate race last year. Many wondered if he would be a force to reckon with in the Legislature this year. So far, he has not been — apparently has bigger fish to fry. He has created a PAC to go after “establishment Republicans” in Mississippi and nationwide and plans a five-city fundraising tour this week.