Cook’s respected analysis bears out Miss. Senate race dynamics

Sid Salter

There are few political analysts in the U.S. and particularly in the South whose prognostications and informed analyses are more universally respected by Republicans and Democrats alike than those authored by Louisiana-native Charlie Cook.

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State was one of several exploring ‘free’ community college tuition

Sid Salter

House Bill 424, known as the Mississippi Promise Community College Tuition Gap Pilot Program, died in committee on March 4 after being referred to the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Will drug testing for welfare benefits really save tax dollars?

Sid Salter

Mississippi lawmakers are into the home stretch in the 2014 legislative session, and one of the surviving bills is House Bill 49, which would require drug testing for some people who apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or what is commonly known as “welfare” benefits.

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Entry of Taylor, Childers into House and Senate campaigns raises stakes

Sid Salter

The script in Indiana went like this: Tea Party activists decided longtime Indiana Republican U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar “wasn’t conservative enough” to suit them and targeted him for defeat in the 2012 Indiana GOP primary.

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Hurricane Katrina & the Tea Party: Introductions are indeed in order

Sid Salter

Seems uncertainty reared its head in Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary this week. But the depth and degree of uncertainty – if one wants to call it that – between the two candidates really defines the race and points up the choices facing Mississippi voters.

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Even with a stacked deck, UAW dealt a stunning loss

Sid Salter

Despite everything but an engraved invitation to unionize from the company, the 1,550 hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected representation by the United Auto Workers labor union by a vote of 712 to 626 on Valentine’s Day.

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Senate campaign will compare grassroots and astroturf politics

Sid Salter

While watching what is shaping up to be a bitter and bloody U.S. Senate campaign in Mississippi, it’s important that state voters not lose sight of the fact that in the name of “grassroots” politics they are going to bear witness to a lot of folks selling “astroturf.”

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2014 Farm Bill’s passage a testament to Cochran’s experience, seniority

Sid Salter

Mississippi’s agriculture and forestry industries are a $7.3 billion business, employing almost one-third of Mississippi workers on 30 million acres.

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Chemical shortages have some rethinking methods for execution

Sid Salter

Are we headed back to firing squads in Wyoming or Missouri? Will Virginia bring back the electric chair? The gallows still operate in three states – Delaware, New Hampshire and Washington. Will more follow?

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State’s press to ‘roast’ Filbert, uh, Delbert Hosemann Jan. 30

Sid Salter

Far be it for a man whose birth certificate reads “Sidney Leo” to make fun of anyone’s name, but one has to admit that “Delbert Hosemann” is quite the moniker.

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