Comedy Central “news” host Jon Stewart’s factually challenged, sloppily reported and downright false attempt at painting all 3 million Mississippians with the same broad brush of backward racism, ignorance and insularity is much like the legal arguments many attempt to make in defending no change whatsoever in Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
In the decade or so that I’ve written about the fact that Mississippi fails to collect sales tax on online purchases, three things have become painfully evident.
First, there’s the shocking news that people who aren’t currently paying sales tax on their online purchases really don’t want any change in the status quo.
STARKVILLE – State Rep. Toby Barker’s House Bill 716 calling for creation of a new Starkville Consolidated School District from a merger of the existing Starkville School District and the Oktibbeha County School District is likely the first salvo in a more systematic battle to reduce the number of school districts in the state after decades of the issue of school consolidation being a political planet killer to politicians who dared mention it.
Despite politically crapping out last year on virtually the same piece of legislation, State Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, is rolling the dice again in the 2013 legislative session on online gaming legislation that could have a profound impact on the future of legal gaming in the state.
STARKVILLE – This week’s unveiling of the annual “Kids Count” Data Book for Mississippi will – as always – stir interest on both sides of the state’s legislative aisle as Democrats and Republicans alike confront reliable statistics from the leading resource for comprehensive research and information on Mississippi’s children.
STARKVILLE – Mississippi lawmakers face the usual lineup of tough issues in the 2013 session – the state budget, transportation issues, charter schools, renewed calls for a state bond bill, and perhaps the toughest issue of all, the question of whether or not to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
The 2013 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature is set to run Jan. 8 through April 7.
STARKVILLE – The Connecticut school shooting tragedy focused the nation’s attention first on U.S. gun rights policies, but the focus rightly shifted to the problems of mental health and the public’s willingness to see mental health treatment funding suffer as a result of a stagnant economy, changing priorities or simple benign neglect.
STARKVILLE – The Connecticut school shooting tragedy will have a long and profound impact on the debate on Second Amendment rights in this nation. Certainly, with the killing of 26 innocent people, including 20 small children, such a debate is appropriate.
STARKVILLE – So just what impacts would occur in Mississippi if President Obama and House Republicans can’t avert going over the so-called “fiscal cliff?”
STARKVILLE – A report released this week by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured suggests that regardless the decision of Mississippi’s state government on whether or not to expand Medicaid as part of “Obamacare” or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state Medicaid costs will increase with or without the expansion because those made newly eligible for Medicaid – expanded or not.