Sen. Cochran answered his critics while Childers is ready to rumble

Sid Salter

PHILADELPHIA – What did I see and hear at this year’s Neshoba County Fair? During his July 31 appearance at the venerable campground fair, incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran went back to the career characteristics that have marked his long and successful career to answer his critics.

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History ignored in debate over black vote, GOP Senate primary

Sid Salter

Reaction to the fact that black voters were either invited or influenced to take part in a Mississippi Republican second primary vote has run the gamut from histrionics to humor, but the fact is that the history of electoral entanglement between blacks and the Mississippi GOP is in great measure coming full circle.

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Black voter participation in GOP primary is not a step backward

Sid Salter

Back in 1995 in the film “The American President,” Michael Douglas delivered a speech answering a rival that for many defined the cynical, hardball nature of politics in our country when he said that his opponent was “interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.”

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Immigration issue illustrates broader partisan divide in USA

Sid Salter

The border crisis that brought President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the table earlier this week is one that graphically illustrates the partisan and philosophic divide that is grinding our American government into the quagmire of gridlock.

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GOP standoff: State law clear in election certification procedures

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If one bases their perception of what happens next in the political circus that the Mississippi Republican Senate Primary election has become on what is being shoved out on social media, it would seem that the ultimate resolution of this conflict will come as a result of which group can shout the loudest.

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Online gaming results suggest more bad news for state casinos

Sid Salter

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.

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Why is Mississippi’s senate primary running up a tab of $16.4 million?

Sid Salter

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/.

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Federal high fund depletion looms as threat to Mississippi

Sid Salter

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.

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From food stamps to tax collections, state’s economy improving

Sid Salter

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.

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Implementation of state’s new Voter ID law was a non-event

Sid Salter

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.

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