Geoff Pender, The Clarion-Ledger

Geoff Pender

The Clarion-Ledger

Jackson, MS, United States

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Recent articles by Geoff:

Jackson flooding: What you need to know Monday

Pearl River is expected to crest mid-day Monday. More rain is in the forecast → Read More

Feds: State auditor kept them in the dark on Mississippi welfare embezzlement bust

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said neither his office nor FBI were contacted by state auditor about investigation into embezzlement of welfare money. → Read More

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves inaugural speech full transcript

'(The) that campaign is over. Campaigns by necessity highlight differences. Governing is about coming together.' -- Gov. Tate Reeves → Read More

Reeves makes ethics, education board nominations

The nominations, which must be approved by the Senate, are among Reeves' last duties as lieutenant governor before he is sworn in as governor. → Read More

Hobnob: Statewide candidates make final pitch to Mississippi business leaders

The state's chamber of commerce hosted candidates for Mississippi statewide elections at their annual Hobnob event. → Read More

Mississippi Lottery: Powerball, Mega Millions start date announced

Multi-state jackpots have reached more than $1 billion in past. → Read More

Medical marijuana: What exactly will be before Mississippi voters?

What you should know about the Mississippi marijuana initiative. → Read More

Thad Cochran arrangements announced

Visitation, services planned for Oxford, Jackson Capitol → Read More

When Mississippi needed help, Thad Cochran stepped to the plate

Any challengers set on trampling Cochran's legacy should be leery of someone who can list on his resume, "saved the state from catastrophe." → Read More

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran dies at 81

Cochran served for 45 years, with one of the longest, most storied political careers in Mississippi history. → Read More

Speaker Gunn vows to remove Mississippi lawmaker McLeod if he punched wife

Rep. Doug McLeod accused of punching his wife because she didn't get undressed quickly enough → Read More

Delbert Hosemann tells Ole Miss students Thad Cochran is deceased. He's not.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann tells group of journalism students that longtime Sen. Thad Cochran is deceased. He is not. → Read More

Mississippi gun laws: Concealed carry, open carry, permits. What you need to know.

Mississippi has among the most permissive gun laws in the country. But there are still caveats. → Read More

Arkansas joins other states replacing Confederate statues in U.S. Capitol. Mississippi's remain

Mississippi's Capitol statues are of Jefferson Davis and J.Z. George, architect of Mississippi's 1890 Constitution, which ushered in Jim Crow → Read More

Public Office/Private Gain: No limits on Mississippi public officials taking gifts

Clarion Ledger investigation sheds light on Mississippi politicians receiving freebies, gifts. → Read More

Here's how much each Mississippi university gave in gifts lobbying public officials

Ole Miss outpaced all other schools with nearly $120,000 in ticket giveaways. Mississippi State was second with nearly $66,000. → Read More

Which lawmakers received the most freebies from Mississippi universities?

Here is a list of the top 25 lawmakers who received the most money from Mississippi's public universities. → Read More

Other states ban gifts to lawmakers. Why doesn't Mississippi?

There is no limit on how much money lobbyists can spend on gifts for lawmakers in Mississippi. → Read More

Public universities spend millions wining, dining, lobbying Mississippi lawmakers

Seven of Mississippi’s eight public universities and their private foundations spent nearly $2 million on lobbying over the past four years. → Read More

Is Mississippi Legislature running off the rails over private school vouchers?

The fight, if not resolved, could force lawmakers to continue their session that was set to end Friday, or force them back this summer. → Read More