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12/05/04

Governor Moves Office To South Mississippi

Beginning first thing Monday morning, the state capitol is going to seem a lot closer to home.

That's because Governor Haley Barbour is temporarily moving his office to South Mississippi for four days of tours, speeches and interaction with the public.

"It's a special time where people can actually see their government in action and come in and talk to the governor and speak to members of his staff," said Gulfport Attorney Al Hopkins.

Barbour will make stops in Greene, George, Stone, Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties, for events ranging from visits to schools and businesses to more leisurely pursuits like a fish fry.

Hopkins, a long time republican executive committee member who helped coordinate the Governors schedule in Harrison County, says he's looking forward to seeing the Governor share his message with the people of South Mississippi.

"He is meeting with certain groups of people to answer their questions," said Hopkins.

"And that has to do with senior citizens, it has to do with business people. It has to do with what economically we're doing in South Mississippi, what we're doing in a lot of other areas in South Mississippi," he added. 

The Governor will be on a very tight schedule during his visit to South Mississippi, leaving little time for questions with the general public.

So we asked people if they had one chance and one question, what would they ask Governor Haley Barbour.

"Mr. Barbour why are you cutting out Medicaid for our senior citizens?" asked Biloxi resident Tonja Cumbaa. 

"Why the medical services are so expensive and the medicine is too expensive also?" inquires Gulfport resident Pilar Metts. 

"What are you going to do about jobs coming down to the coast?" asks Diamondhead resident Michael McIntosh. 

It's those and other questions that Hopkins says Barbour and the members of his staff hope to answer to the satisfaction of every South Mississippian they meet.

By Don Culpepper

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