I think by now everyone paying attention to the hire of Phil Bryant/Haley Barbour political crony Ashley Edwards at the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission, including the PR counter offensive to the negative publicity accorded the Edward’s hire has seen the letters to the Editor at both the Sea Coast Echo and the Sun Herald by Waveland Alderman Lili Stahler referencing a column on the topic by Bill Minor. Of interest to me was the fact the Sun Herald edited the Bill Minor Column on that topic heavily (click and read now as it will soon be gone). And the part of Minor’s column that ended up in the McClatchy chop shop? The part about where the nickname Hancock Parish is derived. Here it is via the Desoto Times Tribune:
Back in my days covering Mississippi for The Times-Picayune, one of my specialties was rooting out corruption in county government. Hancock County (Bay St. Louis) always seemed one of the usual suspects.
Times have changed, at least in who’s in charge politically. Whereas almost every public office-holder back then was a Democrat, or called himself a Democrat, today a high percentage of them are Republicans, even at the county level. How the party switch happened is still debatable, but one way it happened is that Repubs broadly cast the impression Democrats couldn’t be trusted with handling the peoples’ business. In other words, Republicans were the ones in white hats and Democrats were the black-hatted bunch.
A story in the (Biloxi) Sun Herald that caught my eye last week had good old Hancock County back in the chicanery marketplace, the deal this time surprisingly orchestrated by the state’s top Republican, namely Gov. Phil Bryant himself.
There is a reason the Sun Herald does not cover Hancock County investigatively and that reason is on display in the part of Bill Minor’s column that ended up on the cutting room floor.