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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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/.
STARKVILLE – After a long, bruising, and for Mississippi Republicans, significantly divisive U.S. Senate campaign, the end of the road is now in sight.