Demographics of Miss. Legislature show women lack representation

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – On the eve of convening of the 2016 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature, perhaps it’s educational to take a look at the demographics of that group.
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Municipal League recognizes state’s sales tax loss conundrum

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – When newspaper columnists write about state sales tax losses to online sales, the usual suspects shrug it off and makes the usual bogus defenses.
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Challenges await a GOP that now controls state government

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Not since the political aberration of Reconstruction have Republicans in Mississippi been in a stronger position to dominate and dictate public policy.
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Cochran helps level playing field for state’s catfish farmers

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In what has been at times a bitter and personal political battle over the last several years, Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain have traded shots over legislation that would protect U.S. aquaculture trade interests from Chinese and Vietnamese competition.
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Thanksgiving still matters

Charlie Mitchell

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Bam, bam, bam. The trifecta of holidays. The middle one is this week.
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Post-Initiative 42: State voters sent strong, important messages

Sid Salter

The defeat of initiative 42 in one of the most combative, hard-fought Mississippi election contests in my memory is not one that should imply “victory” to either side. But there were strong messages sent by the electorate.
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Muddy waters and treacherous ballots

Charlie Mitchell

“I’ve been cheated, Been mistreated. When will I be loved? I’ve been put down. I’ve been pushed ‘round. When will I be loved?” – John Fogerty
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Preachers and other cads

Ray Mosby

For some reason I’ve had a lot of trouble in my life with preachers.
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Voting ‘Yes’ on Initiative 42 is a good start for education

Charlie Mitchell

You’d think that with a better-educated workforce the consensus key to a better Mississippi, the Legislature would leave no stone unturned in dogged pursuit, focusing its full attention on schools in this, the state that lags all others.
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MAEP should be fully funded but end doesn’t justify means

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The political furor over Initiative 42 has been one that I have found difficult to watch evolve. In writing about public policy in Mississippi for more than 30 years, I have long supported increased funding for education at all levels.
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