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.
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.
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.
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.
Country singer Merle Haggard asked the tough question in 1981 about the state of the nation’s future when he wrote a song that confronted the erosion of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. with this simple question: “Is the best of the free life behind us now? Are the good times really over for good?”
After more than 30 years of reading think tank “white paper” analyses of so many indices of economic or social progress where Mississippi lags at or near last place among the states, here’s one category where the Magnolia State leads the pack. We’re No. 1!
I’m a Mississippi State guy. Always have been, always will be. For more than 30 years now, I’ve made no secret of my allegiance to my alma mater and have never missed an opportunity to tell the story of what a difference Mississippi State University has made in my life and that of my late parents and my sisters. I love the place and I love the people.
STARKVILLE – An analysis by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute at the State University of New York-Albany shows that the first quarter of 2013 saw state tax collections increase dramatically with strong growth in personal income tax collections – the strongest growth since the start of the last recession.
I’m sure that there are other small churches that have contributed significantly to this nation’s culture, but I likewise rather doubt that any church in America that has had a more profound impact on the culture of the rural South than has East Fork Baptist Church, located about a mile off Hwy. 24 in rural Amite County, Mississippi.
STARKVILLE – With U.S. World War II veterans dying each day at a pace of an estimated 1,000 daily and those who survive now in their 80s and 90s, the impact of the observance of the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion is lessened with each passing year.