Trimming Attorney General’s sails has consequences for the public

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.

Sun Herald
2/13/12