Stakes remain high in Mississippi as GOP debates health care reform

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As the Republican majority in Washington begins to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare” with their American Health Care Act, it’s important for Mississippians to remember that our state has a higher percentage of our population who are dependent on public health care or uninsured that the rest of the nation.
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Here’s what Bernie Sanders didn’t tell you about Nissan in Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – On Saturday, the United Auto Workers, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, actor Danny Glover, the NAACP, and fellow political travelers brought the “March on Mississippi” to Canton to continue to peddle the narrative that “workers’ rights equals civil rights.”
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Will Trump’s campaign rhetoric on Navy shipbuilding come true?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – During the 2016 session last year, the majority of the Republican-led Mississippi Legislature ignored Tea Party protestations and passed a state bond bill that provided $45 million for capital improvements at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula.
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Online sales tax: Lessons from watching Warren Buffett, Wal-Mart and Amazon

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The fight in Mississippi over a very straightforward decision regarding whether it’s in the state’s best interests to collect the same seven percent sales tax on online sales that we have forced bricks-and-mortar retailers to collect since 1932 is getting heated.
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Barbour offers students a realistic explanation of legislative gridlock

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour – never known for mincing words or soft-soaping his opinions especially about partisan politics – on Monday offered a group of about 400 Mississippi State University students some serious enlightenment about partisan politics and legislative gridlock as it exists today in Washington and in Jackson.
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Alternate execution method bill ignores larger death penalty debate

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There is no gentle way to say it, so here goes. House Bill 638 as passed by that chamber of the Mississippi Legislature isn’t a bill that considers whether the state should impose the death penalty. No, that’s not the matter at hand in this legislation.
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Amazon sales negotiation was victory

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The political tea leaves were rather easy to read on the topic of this week’s blockbuster announcement that Amazon was the first major online retailer to volunteer to begin collecting Mississippi’s 7 percent sales tax – technically a “use tax” – on Feb. 1.
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Legislature again debating early voting, online voter registration

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi lawmakers are once again debating substantial changes to state elections laws including early voting, online voter registration and the thorny question of restoration of voting rights for convicts.
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State’s press to ‘roast’ Marshall Ramsey

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – As is usual this time of year, the Mississippi Press Association Education Foundation will be holding a celebrity “roast” to raise money for journalism scholarships and internships by making fun of someone prominent from the state’s political, business, educational, or cultural establishment.
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Judicial races: Noble intent defies partisan reality of actual voter behavior

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There is nobility in the idea that Mississippians would want to elect judges on a non-partisan basis. The idea that justice has an either Republican or Democrat leaning should be disturbing. The idea is noble, mind you.
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