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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Senate race: Goldwater was wrong, extremism is a vice

Sid Salter

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?

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MSU grads hear how world’s dinner table is expanding

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – On a joyous occasion like one’s college graduation, few of us want to think about hunger and deprivation.

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Opponents of Voter ID continue to engage in wishful thinking

Sid Salter

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.

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Chemical shortages are thwarting efforts to ‘sanitize’ death penalty

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Can we really “sanitize” the death penalty so as to avoid pain and suffering by the condemned inmate?

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State voter identification program set to debut in June 3 primaries

Sid Salter

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.

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