Cochran-Childers race will test how state’s voters value seniority

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight.

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Cruising toward the end of a long, strange trip

Sid Salter

Let’s step back a bit from normal prognostication in what has now supplanted the 1983 Mississippi gubernatorial campaign as the strangest political campaign in the state’s long and bewildering political history.

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Restoration of voting rights for felons issue likely to resurface

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As part of his final months in office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to beat the political drums for restoration of voting rights to felons in states like Mississippi that make it difficult if not impossible for convicted felons to vote.

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Now there are two buildings named after a Lee at MSU

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – An academic note, if you will, after the biggest college football weekend in Mississippi that I can recall. And while this isn’t as sexy as one of our universities hosting Katy Perry or Tim Tebow, it’s heady stuff.

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Nursing home cameras raise privacy, protection questions

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Far more than the Byzantine political considerations, the Cochran nursing home photo uproar raised issues that have absolutely nothing to do with politics and everything to do with privacy and protection.

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Understanding health insurance numbers key, plotting state’s future

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In 2013, the Census Bureau reports in their Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement that about 500,000 Mississippians or around 17.1 percent don’t have health insurance of any kind. Nothing.

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Fine print raises skepticism, both approaches to MAEP ‘full funding’

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove wants Mississippi to sue its way to so-called “full funding” of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), while other well-intentioned public education advocates want voters to approve a ballot referendum that purports to mandate education funding.

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His tired body played out, but Cristil’s voice never failed him

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – “Fridays With Jack” was what Jack Cristil’s daughters Kay and Rebecca wryly called my many kitchen table interviews with their father in the process of writing his 2011 biography on the model of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.”

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Hurricane Katrina still casts a long shadow after nine years

Sid Salter

Mississippi communities are rejoicing over the fact that Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan Program debts are being forgiven by the federal government in area where those loans were made nine year ago for Hurricane Katrina relief.

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Immigration remains a political lightning rod in coming elections

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – With statewide elections looming next year and federal elections a year later, Mississippi voters can prepare for another round of electioneering that focuses on the question of illegal immigration.

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