Amazon begins collecting online sales tax from Floridians this month

Sid Salter

Online retail giant Amazon.com this month began collecting sales tax for online purchases made by Floridians. Why now? It’s because Amazon.com now has a physical bricks-and-mortar presence in Florida.

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Nation’s warning label crusade approaching ridiculous levels

Sid Salter

First came the Surgeon General’s warnings on the packs of cigarettes that I once smoked. The warnings were correct, of course, and perhaps necessary to supplant the influence of massing advertising campaigns that targeted young people.

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States exploring all options over road and bridge repair funding

Sid Salter

While there were a number of legislative victories during the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature, lawmakers could not reach agreement on a long term fix for an old problem – the fact that the revenue structure for funding road and bridge construction and repair in Mississippi isn’t keeping pace with the projected costs of the state’s needs.

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Byrom execution: Equal rights should mean equal responsibility

Sid Salter

I have no idea whatsoever if Mississippi Death Row inmate Michelle Byrom is guilty of the masterminding the alleged murder-for-hire of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr., in 1999 in Iuka. The Byrom case is not one in which I’ve invested any significant research.

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Cook’s respected analysis bears out Miss. Senate race dynamics

Sid Salter

There are few political analysts in the U.S. and particularly in the South whose prognostications and informed analyses are more universally respected by Republicans and Democrats alike than those authored by Louisiana-native Charlie Cook.

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State was one of several exploring ‘free’ community college tuition

Sid Salter

House Bill 424, known as the Mississippi Promise Community College Tuition Gap Pilot Program, died in committee on March 4 after being referred to the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Will drug testing for welfare benefits really save tax dollars?

Sid Salter

Mississippi lawmakers are into the home stretch in the 2014 legislative session, and one of the surviving bills is House Bill 49, which would require drug testing for some people who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or what is commonly known as “welfare” benefits.

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Entry of Taylor, Childers into House and Senate campaigns raises stakes

Sid Salter

The script in Indiana went like this: Tea Party activists decided longtime Indiana Republican U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar “wasn’t conservative enough” to suit them and targeted him for defeat in the 2012 Indiana GOP primary.

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Hurricane Katrina & the Tea Party: Introductions are indeed in order

Sid Salter

Seems uncertainty reared its head in Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary this week. But the depth and degree of uncertainty – if one wants to call it that – between the two candidates really defines the race and points up the choices facing Mississippi voters.

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Even with a stacked deck, UAW dealt a stunning loss

Sid Salter

Despite everything but an engraved invitation to unionize from the company, the 1,550 hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected representation by the United Auto Workers labor union by a vote of 712 to 626 on Valentine’s Day.

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