Russ is a proud Mississippian and the founder of Magnolia Tribune Institute. His research and writing have been published across the country in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, National Review, USA Today, The Hill, and The Washington Examiner, among other prominent publications. Russ has served as a national spokesman with outlets like Politico and Bloomberg. He has frequently been called on by both the media and decisionmakers to provide public policy analysis and testimony. In founding Magnolia Tribune Institute, he seeks to build on more than a decade of organizational leadership and communications experience to ensure Mississippians have access to news they can trust and opinion that makes them think deeply. Prior to beginning his non-profit career, Russ practiced business and constitutional law for a decade.
The Friday ‘Sip: Week of Jan. 30th
In this edition, we say goodbye to a legislative legend, address a claim that Gov. Reeves once supported Medicaid expansion, analyze the set field for Mississippi's elections, ponder Hamilton 68, and breakdown what bills live after the first legislative deadline.
Most Cases in MSDH Maternal Mortality Report Were on Medicaid at Time of Death
As lawmakers continue to debate the merits of expanding Medicaid to cover postpartum care for up to a year, new information reveals that most maternal deaths have occurred while mothers are on Medicaid.
Henifin’s Jackson Water Plan: Punish the Tax Base
The federal third-party administrator seeks to charge for water based on the value of the property instead of how much water is actually used. The proposal is a second property tax masquerading as a water bill. Many in Mississippi looked at the federal government stepping in to address Jackson’s water woes as a miracle cure.…
Postpartum Fight: No One is Killing Women and Babies
No one benefits when healthcare discussions are contorted beyond recognition to advance a political agenda. The Mississippi Legislature is considering whether to expand Medicaid to cover postpartum care for up to a year. Presently, pregnancies covered by Medicaid include sixty days of postpartum care. Last session, Senate leadership favored the proposal, and the House, led…
Trust families when it comes to their children’s education
Every child deserves the best chance for success—regardless of zip code, regardless of race, and regardless of their parents’ income. This week is National School Choice Week. It is fitting then that last night the Iowa legislature passed the Students First Act. The bill, which Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ successfully campaigned on, will give every…
THE MORNING ‘SIP: Week of Jan. 16th
The Morning ‘Sip is a rundown of the latest stories from across Mississippi and beyond. So grab a cup of coffee, sink back in your chair, and take a trip through the events that got our attention this week. One Poll, Two Poll. Red Poll, Blue Poll. This week, Mississippi Today rolled out two sets…
Pull the Plug on Efforts to Shut Tesla Out
In the long-run, things that make life easier win, and people who try to stop those things lose. If Tesla wants to sell me a car and I want to buy a Tesla, I fail to see how that is any of the government’s business. If Tesla wants to buy a piece of land and…
THE MORNING ‘SIP: Week of Jan. 9th
The Morning ‘Sip is a rundown of the latest stories from across Mississippi and beyond. So grab a cup of coffee, sink back in your chair, and take a trip through the events that got our attention this week. Presley Suggests that Gov. Reeves Aint Nuthin’ But a Hound Dog Last Friday, Brandon Presley shared…
Mississippi’s Public Pension in the Danger Zone
It’s time for an adult conversation on what is driving deficiencies and how to responsibly fix them. Mississippi’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) is in trouble. It has been that way for quite a while. Only no one wants to admit it. Addressing the fault lines in the program is fraught with peril for politicians.…
Patriotic Education Grant Program, incentives for modified school calendars among education legislation still alive