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.
Let’s step back a bit from normal prognostication in what has now supplanted the 1983 Mississippi gubernatorial campaign as the strangest political campaign in the state’s long and bewildering political history.
STARKVILLE – As part of his final months in office, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has continued to beat the political drums for restoration of voting rights to felons in states like Mississippi that make it difficult if not impossible for convicted felons to vote.
STARKVILLE – An academic note, if you will, after the biggest college football weekend in Mississippi that I can recall. And while this isn’t as sexy as one of our universities hosting Katy Perry or Tim Tebow, it’s heady stuff.
STARKVILLE – Far more than the Byzantine political considerations, the Cochran nursing home photo uproar raised issues that have absolutely nothing to do with politics and everything to do with privacy and protection.
STARKVILLE – In 2013, the Census Bureau reports in their Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement that about 500,000 Mississippians or around 17.1 percent don’t have health insurance of any kind. Nothing.
STARKVILLE – Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove wants Mississippi to sue its way to so-called “full funding” of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), while other well-intentioned public education advocates want voters to approve a ballot referendum that purports to mandate education funding.
STARKVILLE – “Fridays With Jack” was what Jack Cristil’s daughters Kay and Rebecca wryly called my many kitchen table interviews with their father in the process of writing his 2011 biography on the model of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie.”
Mississippi communities are rejoicing over the fact that Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan Program debts are being forgiven by the federal government in area where those loans were made nine year ago for Hurricane Katrina relief.