Allain’s term as governor rose above nasty campaign

Sid Salter

The announcement of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain’s death this week at the age of 85 brought back memories of the time 30 years ago when Mississippi and the rest of the nation waded through one of the more bizarre chapters in the state’s political history and perhaps the dirtiest campaign seen in this state before or since.

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What will the U.S. House do with online sales taxes?

Sid Salter

Back on April 25, the U.S. Senate by a vote of 63 to 30 passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure which would empower states to collect sales tax out-of-state online purchases. The bill would exempt small businesses that earn less than $1 million annually from out-of-state sales.

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Corinth, Alcorn county leaders not just talking, but planning

Sid Salter

CORINTH – Every economic development entity, every chamber of commerce and every regional economic alliance talks about growth, new jobs and ways to bring increased prosperity to their locales. But in Corinth and Alcorn County, their leaders are not just talking about growth – they’re planning for it.

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Hi-Tech Scott County defense plant has weathered three decades

Sid Salter

This week Raytheon Co. announced a 150-job expansion at their plant in Forest, Mississippi.  Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority played a central role in making that happen, along with City of Forest and Scott County officials and the state’s congressional delegation.

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Strange bedfellows emerge as marijuana policy debate rages

Sid Salter

After voters in the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana in their states, the public debates there moved on next to the obvious conflicts between state laws legalizing pot sales and the prevailing federal laws that prohibit the sale of weed.

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Cochran’s re-election decision may be more complex this time

Sid Salter

Five years ago at the University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, I was asked to conduct a public interview with Mississippi’s senior U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during his bid for a sixth term against Democratic challenger and former state legislator Erik Fleming.

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Barbour talks energy, says he’s held his last public office

Former Republican Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in Starkville this week to address one of the state’s largest Rotary Clubs and the topic of his remarks – despite significant and dramatic recent national and state political developments – were almost exclusively about energy.

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Breaking good: Mississippi’s anti-meth law really works

Sid Salter

While the country was mesmerized by high school chemistry teacher Walter White’s descent into ruin in the TV series “Breaking Bad” the truth is that methamphetamine manufacture is a filthy, dangerous and soul-crushing affair.

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Holder, feds seeking to bypass Supreme Court, voting rights

Sid Salter

On the battle over the government shutdown, the Obama administration narrative continues to be that Republicans shut down the government because they didn’t get their way on Obamacare. There may be some truth to that, but if so, Republicans don’t have the market cornered on playing hardball for do-overs on public policy.

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U.S. government shutdown produces no heroes or winners

Sid Salter

Democrats think they held the line in defending historic public health care legislation even at the cost of shutting the government down. Republicans believe they fought the good fight in trying to defund, delay or repeal the very same legislation – the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” – and embraced the same belief that a shutdown was preferable to compromise.

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