The lonely little petunia in Mississippi’s onion patch is Attorney General Jim Hood.
Until this year, Hood, the only Democrat in statewide office for four years, has had a buffer provided via the House of Representatives.
In 2011 elections, however, that buffer — the coalition composed of the Legislative Black Caucus and white Democrats — was removed. Republicans now have majorities in both lawmaking chambers. Hood is on their radar.
In headlines last week was a House committee vote that may empower state agencies, most of them small, to hire their own lawyers.