Executions aren’t supposed to be easy, quiet or hidden from public

Sid Salter

The legislative rationale behind Senate Bill 2237 presumes falsely that the business of taking an inmate’s life as punishment for a capital crime should be easy, quiet, free from confrontation or protest, and hidden as much as possible from public view or scrutiny. That rationale is incredibly flawed.
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Legislative leaders wise to let vouchers bill die

Sid Salter

In the wake of one of the most divisive and bitter political battles in recent state history over equity funding in K-12 education in Mississippi, legislative leaders were wise to allow bills that would have allowed public funds vouchers to finance student transfers to private schools die in committee.
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Barker’s consolidation legislation proves prophetic for more districts

Sid Salter

School consolidation legislation now under consideration in the state Senate would consolidate or eliminate 10 of the state’s existing 144 existing state school districts.
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Lethal injection drug challenges could send us back to the future

Sid Salter

Is moving away from lethal injection as a method of execution in the enforcement of the death penalty in favor of, say, a return to the gas chamber, really a step forward?
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Mississippi Republican leadership going full bore with own kind of socialism

wyatt emmerich

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders received an avalanche of criticism when he called himself a democratic socialist. Meanwhile, the newly entrenched Mississippi Republican leadership is going full bore with its own kind of socialism.
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Jack Reed would have made a great governor

Sid Salter

Saddened to learn of the passing of iconic Tupelo businessman Jack Reed Sr. this week, my thoughts returned to 1987 and the campaign which saw the Mississippi Republican Party lay the groundwork for the current dominance the party has in state politics.
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Harper’s day in the state press barrel slated for Jan. 28

Sid Salter

Looking back, it’s rather remarkable that such a wide array of political and business leaders and other high achievers have agreed to willingly subject themselves to ridicule one night each year by the state’s press.
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Legislature should deal with issue of elected school superintendents

Sid Salter

One of the real truisms in Mississippi politics is that we really like elections and voting. The old saying about Mississippians – by and large – preferring to elect all their officials is pretty much true.
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Flood threats turn my thoughts to Momma’s 1927 Delta legacy

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Seeing the mighty Mississippi River rising out of its banks is an awesome, fearsome sight.
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Lessons learned: initiatives hard to pass in Mississippi

Sid Salter

Mississippi’s initiative and referendum process came of age in 2015 and saw almost every eventuality tested in the political process. In particular, the process was tested on Initiative 42 and Initiative 48.
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