Initiative 42: The siren in the night

Marty Wiseman

Perhaps many of you have seen the new GE commercials that have been running quite frequently lately.  [Read more...]

GOP’s trouble in paradise

Ray Mosby

A house divided against itself cannot stand.”—Abraham Lincoln. Then fledgling Republican Party candidate Abraham Lincoln said that now famous line in a speech two years before the outbreak of the American Civil War, but is equally applicable today to the little less than internecine one taking place within the party he largely forged.
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Internet taxes, internet sales are two very different things

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – National Taxpayers Union president Pete Sepp submitted op-ed columns to newspapers around the country in recent days trying to drum up an extension of the federal Internet Tax Moratorium and aiming that column in Mississippi at U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Tupelo.
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Education is the singular issue for this election

David Hampton

Candidates running for state office are talking about a lot of different things, but in this election year there is really only one issue to consider  — education.
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Mississippi’s position in future UAS regulation matters

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Perhaps no recent technological development has engendered more curiosity and has more room for possible mischief in the hands of unscrupulous people than has the development and proliferation of unmanned aerial vehicles or systems (UAV and UAS).
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Trump bringing back immigration as a presidential campaign issue

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – If nothing else, billionaire Donald Trump has brought the complex issue of illegal immigration back to the forefront of presidential politics.
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Campus incident brings focus, clarity to the job of educators

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – I was in a second floor classroom in McComas Hall teaching 16 Mississippi State University students a course called News Editing and Design on Thursday, Aug. 27, when the “Maroon Alert” came across my phone.

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Fallout from Epps scandal had roots in private prison expansion

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In great measure, the emerging judicial and political fallout from the bribery scandal surrounding former Mississippi commissioner of public safety Chris Epps had its origins in Mississippi’s private prisons expansion that began some 20 years ago.

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Supreme Court upholds role of Legislature in initiative process

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – After the state Supreme Court ruled that circuit judges indeed aren’t empowered to rewrite legislative alternatives offered to initiative and referendum questions, state voters are back to three basic questions on future funding of K-12 education through the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.
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Gray’s Democratic primary win provides conspiracy theories

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – There’s more than a little novelty to a political candidate who doesn’t spend a dime, doesn’t campaign, and doesn’t even vote for himself to win the gubernatorial nomination of a major party – as Terry truck driver and newly-minted Mississippi Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Robert Gray has discovered.
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