STARKVILLE – In the wake of the latest dismal jobs numbers, President Barack Obama is returning to a campaign theme that served him well in the 2008 campaign: He wants Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for American households earning less than $250,000 a year while allowing the same tax cuts to expire for households earning more than $250,000 annually.
STARKVILLE – The top drawer political reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care reforms known as “Obamacare” is one founded deeply in the 2012 federal election cycle and the inexorable grind of partisan politics.
STARKVILLE – The Supreme Court’s split decision on the omnibus 2010 Arizona immigration legislation really satisfied no one and settled nothing in terms of delineating America’s future immigration policy.
STARKVILLE–Remember the 2012 Mississippi GOP presidential primary? Remember former Republican U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich’s promises to bring the nation’s gas prices back down to $2.50 per gallon?
STARKVILLE – Members of Congress from the Midwest and members from the South are fighting over whether this nation’s farm policy will favor crops grown primarily in the South over crops that are more prevalent in the Midwest.
STARKVILLE – Can the United Auto Workers unionize “Detroit South” – including Mississippi’s Nissan and Toyota auto manufacturing plants – as a last ditch effort to salvage the troubled union’s long-term financial fortunes?
STARKVILLE – Perhaps more than any two sets of numbers, the conventional political wisdom is that the national average price of gas and the nation’s unemployment rate will have much to do with the outcome of the presidential election and future control of Congress.
STARKVILLE – Now that order has been restored at the Adams County Correctional Center after weekend rioting saw one prison guard killed and 16 other prison personnel and three inmates injured, perhaps a fair question is how and why Mississippi got into the private prison business?
CLEVELAND – At his speech here to the movers and shakers in the Mississippi Delta’s business, agricultural, educational and political circles, Gov. Phil Bryant’s remarks were met with more than polite applause. Bryant, the mechanic’s son from Moorhead, understands the Delta region’s challenges as lessons from his boyhood.
STARKVILLE – Gov. Phil Bryant’s legislative agenda fared about as well in the 2012 regular session as the 1890 Mississippi Constitution would allow – which is to say that the political stars have returned to their historic alignment after the eight-year anomalies of the two terms Haley Barbour served as governor.