Will Mabus end up the political fall guy in Navy Yard shooting?

Sid Salter

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus may be cast in the role of the political fall guy as the search for answers in the Washington Navy Yard shootings continues.

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MDOT study: kicking the can down the deteriorating road

Sid Salter

When special interest groups are struggling to avoid a tax hike, one of the tried and true methods is to call for a study that will buy time and essentially kick the issue down the road.

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State’s toughest, best editorial writer lives in Rolling Fork

Sid Salter

Mississippi’s journalism annuls are filled with stories of courage and strength under pressure. Most of those stories emanate from the civil rights era – when truth in reporting wasn’t valued in some quarters and thugs believed they could dictate the news with their fists, a burning cross or a shotgun.

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Mississippi’s history remains far more than clash of symbols

Sid Salter

The gentleman from Lucedale never uttered a word of profanity, but his phone call was intended to chew me out for daring to suggest in a positive review of former Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat’s new book that he showed courage in trying to change the image of the university and by extension our state.

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Khayat’s memoir offers lessons on changing our state’s image

Sid Salter

The national perception of Mississippi is a hard nut to crack. Regardless the realities which explode the perceived myths once we actually can get someone disparaging the state to pay us a visit and give us a try, the perceptions of our state as poor, backward, insular, and in many cases racist, remain.

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Some uninsured may get help without Medicaid expansion

Sid Salter

It’s clear that when the Obamacare health exchanges open on Oct. 1, Mississippi will continue to be one of the states that opted not to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

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Republican Dick Hall calls for tax hike

Sid Salter

Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall is a savvy politician who understands that Republicans who call for anything that can be construed as a tax hike usually end up as political road kill in GOP primaries – yet there Hall stood last week under the old oaks at the Neshoba County Fair repeating his call for an increase in the state’s gasoline tax for the second year in a row.

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At my last Neshoba County Fair with my little girl Kate

Sid Salter

CABIN #16 – For 27 years now, I’ve spent the week of the Neshoba County Fair with my daughter and it is without question my favorite week of the year.

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BP lawsuit settlement prospects are dicey for local governments

Sid Salter

In April, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood appointed his predecessor Mike Moore and Ridgeland attorney Billy Quin as outside counsels to handle the state’s litigation against BP over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Fact, fiction of immigration reform is still problematic

Sid Salter

For more centrist Republicans, the 2012 election cycle was enough to jumpstart a new discussion of compromise from hard right-wing dogma on immigration reform both at the national and state level.

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