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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I saw the obituary for Joe Martin in the Jackson newspaper, my mind shot back to a place that only exists in fading memories from three decades ago – the old Sun-N-Sand in Jackson.
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.
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.