STARKVILLE – With Mississippi’s gaming revenues declining – particularly in the Tunica/Mississippi River markets – the potential national impact of online gaming is a particularly relevant topic of public policy debate.
STARKVILLE – As of June 19, Mississippi’s 2014 U.S. Senate race had run up a tab of $16,352,087 and growing, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s “Influence Explorer” web site. See for yourself at http://realtime.influenceexplorer.com/race/2014/S/MS/2/.
STARKVILLE – A couple of facts as the jumping off place from which to begin this conversation: From 2007 to 2011, the federal government provided $1.27 for road improvements in Mississippi for every one dollar paid in federal motor fuel fees and during the same period, federal revenues accounted for 51 percent of state spending on Mississippi’s roads, highways and bridges.
How bad and how pervasive was the latest recession? Well, it was deep enough that every state in the union saw an increase in the number of food stamp recipients.
STARKVILLE – Imagine my absolute shock on Election Day when I approached the South Starkville precinct with my wife and we were indeed not overrun by voters stampeding from the precinct in fright over the requirement that they produce a photo ID in order to vote.
STARKVILLE – So exactly who among us becomes convinced that an incapacitated dementia patient’s dignity, safety and privacy are expendable so long as those sacrifices are useful in swaying a few votes in a political campaign?
STARKVILLE – On a joyous occasion like one’s college graduation, few of us want to think about hunger and deprivation.
Columnist Bill Minor’s recent ramblings on the question of whether Mississippi’s voter identification laws will withstand federal judicial review in a lawsuit that hasn’t been filed indulge far more wishful thinking than actual illumination of the evolving legal environment.
STARKVILLE – Can we really “sanitize” the death penalty so as to avoid pain and suffering by the condemned inmate?
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is telling everyone he sees about two national awards the state won for its Voter ID campaign.
Barring a lawsuit, the June 3 primaries in Mississippi will mark the first time the state has required voter identification in a statewide election, putting into practice a policy Mississippi voters approved by 62 percent of the vote back in 2012.