Catching up with Coastie Kevin Buckel and his Open Records Suit Against the Commish (Updated)

Kevin Buckel is a familiar name to us at Slabbed and I was very happy to hear from him via email last week. Anita Lee at the Sun Herald has been keeping up with Mr Buckel’s efforts at fostering transparency at the Mississippi DOI as well as his citizen push to have the legislature afford Mississippian/policyholders basic … Continue reading “Catching up with Coastie Kevin Buckel and his Open Records Suit Against the Commish (Updated)”

Insurance Omnibus: Rigsby, Rossie and RE plus Pols on the take and Mississippians sold out by Team Phildo

A bit over a week ago a print journalist familiar with Slabbed’s coverage of the post Katrina insurance wars sent me this link to a National Underwriter top 10 insurance living legends piece that featured Dickie Scruggs (one notch above true living legend Karen Clark) at the 7 spot.  We used to feature the NU a good bit on Slabbed but that … Continue reading “Insurance Omnibus: Rigsby, Rossie and RE plus Pols on the take and Mississippians sold out by Team Phildo”

Coast news miscellany: Insurance reform and State port

Since Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005 and subsequent legal battles between homeowners and insurance companies, Buckel has lobbied lawmakers for more protections and rights for insurance policyholders. He’s thus far been defeated by the powerful insurance lobby. And what started as a more comprehensive “policyholders’ bill of rights” years ago has been whittled down to … Continue reading “Coast news miscellany: Insurance reform and State port”

Watered down policyholder legislation still hanging on in the Mississippi Legislature

I have a trio of stories from last week’s Sun Herald on the efforts to pass consumer friendly insurance legislation this legislative session. Regular Slabbed readers know that consumers have not had much of a chance in our special interest owned legislature but there are some signs that we must be closing in on an election … Continue reading “Watered down policyholder legislation still hanging on in the Mississippi Legislature”

Insurance Reforms die once again in our special interest owned legislature

Having seen our do nothing legislature in action up close and personal I was not surprised to see this morning’s front page story in the Sun Herald which declared dead every meaningful consumer friendly insurance proposal introduced this legislative session including the basic policyholder protections contained in a policyholder bill of rights. Here on Slabbed we’re not nice … Continue reading “Insurance Reforms die once again in our special interest owned legislature”

Some friends are in the news today

Long Beach resident Kevin Buckel and United Policyholders executive director Amy Bach to be specific. Kevin’s website details his thus far fruitless pursuit of a statutory Policyholder Bill of Rights for Mississippians. It has been blocked in committee in the Senate by Sen. Eugene “Buck” Clarke, a GOP free market true believer over at the … Continue reading “Some friends are in the news today”

Keeping Score #5 – Who is telling the story?

We’ve don’t engage much in self puffery here at Slabbed, Nowdy and I always figured the cream would rise to the top on its own when it came to our core topics of insurance in general and the insurance litigation in particular. And while those with responsibility and culpability would love to be able to dismiss … Continue reading “Keeping Score #5 – Who is telling the story?”

Slabbed Daily Weekend Edition: June 6/7. Catching up on insurance news.

I finished my first radio appearance a few minutes ago and thought the show went very well. Kevin Buckel was kind enough to call in explaining his public records lawsuit against the Commish as we covered a variety of insurance related topics from appraisal to the actual cost to insure a home here in the GO … Continue reading “Slabbed Daily Weekend Edition: June 6/7. Catching up on insurance news.”

While I’ve been out. Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds.

I’ve spent a few minutes catching up with the news this morning. Except for some confusing email exchanges with Nowdy I’ve largely been blissfully ignorant of nonfinancial currrent events in favor of work and the opportunity to spend most of yesterday outside in the freezing wind at the soccer complex. First off the time stamps … Continue reading “While I’ve been out. Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds.”

Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds Rebuilding Edition: The Show Will Go On

We’re way past due for an around the GO Zone post, my version of “stick and move” blogging that combines several different news stories in one post. It has been a few months since the last news tour of the area. Without further adieu here is the news that caprtured my interest. First stop is Bay … Continue reading “Around the GO Zone in 60 Seconds Rebuilding Edition: The Show Will Go On”