Democrats’ Neshoba state budget narrative revises a century of history

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Groucho Marx once famously said: “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
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Trump’s son tells Neshoba crowd his father offers them a brighter future

Sid Salter

PHILADELPHIA – When Ronald Reagan, the erstwhile Hollywood actor and former governor of California came to the Neshoba County Fair in 1980 as the Republican nominee for president, he dressed the part.
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“Blowtorch” Mason delivered most memorable political speech at Fair

Sid Salter

PHILADELPHIA – From heated races to choose county supervisors or local justices of the peace to the White House, the Neshoba County Fair remains Mississippi’s premier political stump. That fact was underscored this week with the appearance of the son of newly-minted Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump at Neshoba on Tuesday.
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Two presidential hopefuls looking for a little advice

Charlie Mitchell

With apologies to Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren…
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Hard working Mississippians will pay for the budget ‘mess’

cecil.brown

The Mississippi state budget is a mess.  For the state budget year that began on July 1, the legislature authorized spending millions more dollars than the state can expect to collect.
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Good papers are honest information brokers

Charlie Mitchell

It’s just true. And time hasn’t changed it: Find a well-run, stable or progressive community and it will be served by a well-run local newspaper.

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HB 1523: Post-decision blame game, political posturing solves nothing

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The actual judicial decision written by U.S. District Carlton Reeves in striking down Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 was eloquent, persuasive, and powerful – and at the same time, the ruling itself was entirely predictable and in keeping with the prevailing federal judicial winds.
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Move forward from ‘64 Klan murder case, but learn from it

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After 52 years, the announcement of the closing of the investigation of the murders of three civil rights workers in Neshoba County by members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was in many ways anti-climactic.
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Gun control discussions are rifled with myths

Charlie Mitchell

Today’s National Rifle Association is a trade association — protecting manufacturers — yet masquerades as a grassroots citizen rights movement.

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Orlando terrorist attack puts HB 1523 more deeply into national debate

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The shocking terrorist attack by an American-born Muslim fanatic with what investigators believe was a deadly embrace of the world view of the Islamic State (ISIS) and concomitant objections to LGBTQ lifestyles in Orlando early Sunday left 50 dead, 53 wounded, and the national debate over so-called “religious freedom” legislation in states like North Carolina and Mississippi at a new and uncharted crossroads.
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