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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In parking lots, it’s amazing what passes for handicapped in state

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Go to a supermarket or big box discount store on any busy day and watch the circus. If the day you choose is a cold or rainy day, prepare to watch a three-ring circus.

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Cochran, the old scarred warrior, remains on the job on Capitol Hill

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The good news is that the significant majority of Mississippi voters – Republican, Democrat, black, white, conservative, moderate and liberal – voted against squandering the hard-won seniority of veteran Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by voting to re-elect him.

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Over $22.1 million later, Senate race nears merciful conclusion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – At the close of business on Friday, Oct. 31, Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race had run up a tab of $22,129,447 and growing, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Influence Explorer” website. See for yourself at http://realtime.influenceexplorer.com/race/2014/S/MS/2/.

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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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