Judge Lee modernized state appellate court system

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The death of the retired Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice Roy Noble Lee Sr. should be noted for what it is – the passing of the man who led efforts to modernize the Mississippi court system despite the strongest possible ties to the status quo in Mississippi.

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This time, Rapunzel was going to spin kudzu into black gold

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I like to think of it as the day that Mississippi taxpayers were told that with a little faith and an investment in new technology, we could turn kudzu into gold. Black gold, Texas Tea, you know the rest of the song.

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MAEP battle will be fought on two fronts with numbers and language

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The brewing battle over what the Mississippi Legislature does with the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) conflict will be defined both by numbers and by language.
Proponents of the Better Schools, Better Jobs group are pushing a ballot initiative to amend Section 201 of the Mississippi Constitution to require that the state provide and the Legislature fully fund an “adequate and efficient” public school system.

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Hood’s outside counsel nets $400M of funds for the state

Sid Salter

While Mississippi’s Attorney General Jim Hood has been one Democrat that the state’s Republican Party has often targeted but never tagged, the GOP trial balloons continue to be floated by a number of potential challengers.

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State’s educational attainment is linked to poverty, unemployment

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Since we’re headed into a courthouse-to-statehouse election year in Mississippi, the political conversation will of course turn to who is responsible for any and every thing that’s not to the liking of the state’s electorate.

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Christmas no longer about the presents, because it’s the presences that matter

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I remember so well the unbearable anticipation of Christmas Eve with my sisters Sharon and Sheila in the little teacher’s home across from the Beulah-Hubbard school in rural Newton County a half-century ago.

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Need government help to walk across the street? Stay tuned…

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Of course, it has name that fits our self-absorbed society – it’s called “distracted walking.” Consider it a second cousin to “distracted driving.”

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Pres. Obama-inspired lawsuit aside, immigration dance requires partner

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined a 17-state coalition this week in a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s unilateral executive actions on immigration. The suit seeks to bar President Obama’s action.
Nationally, Obama’s executive actions would spare about 4.1 million parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years from deportation and extend to them the right to work. Several hundred thousand young people would receive similar protections.

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Reeves’ ruling on same-sex marriage tied to 2004 election tactic

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly what was the genesis of the hard-hitting ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that granted a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriages?

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Bipartisan prison contract review board features strong characters

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If anyone was expecting Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint a state Department of Corrections contract review task force panel that was a Republican rubber stamp crew, they are likely disappointed. Instead, Bryant appointed a strong bipartisan group of reviewers who have strong principles and who won’t worry about offending anyone.

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