Fallout from Epps scandal had roots in private prison expansion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In great measure, the emerging judicial and political fallout from the bribery scandal surrounding former Mississippi commissioner of public safety Chris Epps had its origins in Mississippi’s private prisons expansion that began some 20 years ago.

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Supreme Court upholds role of Legislature in initiative process

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After the state Supreme Court ruled that circuit judges indeed aren’t empowered to rewrite legislative alternatives offered to initiative and referendum questions, state voters are back to three basic questions on future funding of K-12 education through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
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Gray’s Democratic primary win provides conspiracy theories

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There’s more than a little novelty to a political candidate who doesn’t spend a dime, doesn’t campaign, and doesn’t even vote for himself to win the gubernatorial nomination of a major party – as Terry truck driver and newly-minted Mississippi Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Robert Gray has discovered.
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Another extension as political can kicked down deteriorating highway

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – And the political can gets kicked a short way down the deteriorating highway once again. The Federal Highway Trust Fund gets a three-month reprieve as Congress has once again applied a short term political fix to the nation’s long term infrastructure problems.
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State term limits effort cleaner, but still is poor public policy

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi voters have rejected term limits each time the question has come before them, but the United Conservative Fund group led by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, wants to offer state voters another bite at the apple.
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One Trump over the line

Ray Mosby

On a stage in Iowa last week, Donald Trump told a group of gathered conservatives that John McCain was not really a war hero. Donald Trump said that about John McCain.

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Lessons on official symbolism beckon from across Miss. River

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – From Washington to Charleston, South Carolina and across the states that comprised the old Confederacy, debates continue to rage over vestiges and symbols of the Civil War. The debate is at once emotional, irrational, passionate and picayunish.
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New book will offer a look behind Haley Barbour’s political mystique

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Slated for an August 15 release, the new book by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is called “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 243 pages) and - with an able assist from writer Jere Nash and a moving foreword by former Biloxi newspaper publisher Ricky Mathews – it tells a remarkable tale of resilience, determination, hardball politics and perseverance by the most able politician I’ve ever known.

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High court marriage ruling faces procedural roadblock in Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that same-sex couples can marry nationwide isn’t immediately applicable in Mississippi based on a prior ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that granted a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s past ban on same-sex marriages.

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New Orleans in the rear view mirror

Ray Mosby

NEW ORLEANS—Ah, those best laid plans.... “Riding on the City of New Orleans,” that’s what we thought we were going to do. I mean, that’s a pretty neat idea, right?

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