Expectations were sky-high. Republicans, after years of fighting against Democrats who controlled the state House of Representatives, took complete control of Mississippi's government in January for the first time
in 140 years.
That control helped the GOP accomplish many of its goals in the 2012 session including passing a budget that saves money for future years, cutting inventory taxes, limiting the attorney general's power and passing rules aimed at closing the state's sole abortion clinic.
But the session showed that Republican power is not unlimited, in part because not all Republicans agree on all issues.
Intra-Republican disagreement was most apparent on charter schools, where some House Republicans opposed bills backed by their leaders.