Mississippi’s 2016 presidential vote unlikely to produce any major surprises

Sid Salter

Observers who are looking for Mississippi to provide any major surprises in our state’s 2016 presidential balloting are likely to be disappointed. From 1980 to the present, Mississippi has voted Republican in presidential politics.
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William Winter’s words still ring true

Emmerich

One of my heroes in life is Gov. William Winter. He was a close friend of my father. It was an honor to be presiding over the Rotary Club of North Jackson when he came to speak.
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Miss. Educators to State Leaders: Strengthen Our Schools

Joyce Helmick

The Mississippi Association of Educators (MAE) believes that our state leaders should concentrate on what already works in our high performing schools and provide the funding to duplicate those initiatives everywhere. Our state’s current funding formula is already a student-based model, the purpose of which is to ensure equitable funding for all students regardless of their zip code.
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Legislature’s MAEP overhaul effort clearly rooted in Initiative 42 fight

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – So exactly who is surprised that the Mississippi Legislature is considering making substantive changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program in the wake of last year’s politically bloody fight over Initiative 42 in 2015?
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Government should invest in our national parks

Emmerich

There is no better reminder of why it’s great to be an American than the majesty, beauty, and richness of our history contained within our national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, to Vicksburg National Military Park here in Mississippi, the story of America is made available for all to experience. This year our National Park Service marks its 100 year anniversary and we all should celebrate this national treasure.
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Hurricane Matthew may impact presidential election’s outcome

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Fox News broadcaster Shepard Smith drew the ire of some TV viewers for a plainspoken warning to those who refused to evacuate prior to Hurricane Matthew making landfall when he said: “This storm will kill you ... it will kill your children, and it will kill your pets.”
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Lottery talk still likely to engage that predictable political coalition

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Nothing puts preachers and their flocks in political cahoots with the state’s casino gaming industry barons faster than any serious talk of Mississippi authorizing a state lottery.
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Reading your local paper is the ‘Way to Know’ your community

Layne Bruce

Several years ago cyberspace was frenzied over many popular websites going dark for 24 hours to protest a federal bill meant to crack down on video piracy.
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Report eyes sluggish state tax revenues as a national phenomenon

Sid Salter

Does the Mississippi Legislature bear some responsibility for the impact that tax cuts have had on sluggish state tax revenues? Absolutely.
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Beyond Clinton & Trump: Where can voters ‘park’ presidential votes?

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – First and foremost, I’m not advocating the whole notion of voters taking a powder on choosing between the Democratic presidential ticket of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine or the Republican ticket of Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence and “parking” their votes with a third party or independent.
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