Legislation to rebuild and maintain roadway infrastructure is struggling

Sid Salter

Reports on Mississippi roads and bridges are so plentiful that one could pave several miles of roadway or shore up crumbling bridges with them, it would seem.
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Going from bad to much worse

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK—Just how bad can one piece of legislation get? Lord, if the Mississippi Legislature stays in session much longer, I reckon the boys and girls will try to drag this state back to drowning witches or drawing-and-quartering, beneath a shroud of secrecy.
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Facing my facebook fears

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK—After several very sensible years of steadfastly maintaining that I would never join the masses of the great unwashed on social media sites—for very sound reasons, I would add—one day I was either afflicted by a sufficient onset of temporary insanity or possessed by a demon to the degree that I “got on” Facebook.
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Early voting is no more dangerous or beneficial than voter identification

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In some circles, Mississippi Republicans continue to push back against efforts to modernize Mississippi’s election and voting laws through changes that include early voting provisions.
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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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