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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Another extension as political can kicked down deteriorating highway

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – And the political can gets kicked a short way down the deteriorating highway once again. The Federal Highway Trust Fund gets a three-month reprieve as Congress has once again applied a short term political fix to the nation’s long term infrastructure problems.
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State term limits effort cleaner, but still is poor public policy

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi voters have rejected term limits each time the question has come before them, but the United Conservative Fund group led by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, wants to offer state voters another bite at the apple.
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One Trump over the line

Ray Mosby

On a stage in Iowa last week, Donald Trump told a group of gathered conservatives that John McCain was not really a war hero. Donald Trump said that about John McCain.

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Lessons on official symbolism beckon from across Miss. River

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – From Washington to Charleston, South Carolina and across the states that comprised the old Confederacy, debates continue to rage over vestiges and symbols of the Civil War. The debate is at once emotional, irrational, passionate and picayunish.
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New book will offer a look behind Haley Barbour’s political mystique

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Slated for an August 15 release, the new book by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is called “America’s Great Storm: Leading Through Hurricane Katrina” (University Press of Mississippi, 243 pages) and - with an able assist from writer Jere Nash and a moving foreword by former Biloxi newspaper publisher Ricky Mathews – it tells a remarkable tale of resilience, determination, hardball politics and perseverance by the most able politician I’ve ever known.

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High court marriage ruling faces procedural roadblock in Mississippi

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday that the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that same-sex couples can marry nationwide isn’t immediately applicable in Mississippi based on a prior ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves that granted a preliminary injunction blocking Mississippi’s past ban on same-sex marriages.

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New Orleans in the rear view mirror

Ray Mosby

NEW ORLEANS—Ah, those best laid plans.... “Riding on the City of New Orleans,” that’s what we thought we were going to do. I mean, that’s a pretty neat idea, right?

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Charleston church shooting highlights intersection of mental illness, guns

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – In the wake of the stunningly senseless murders of nine worshipers at one of the nation’s most historically significant black churches in Charleston, South Carolina, the debate again rages over the cause of this tragic crime.
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Universities still battling global food insecurity

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Hunger and food insecurity are problems that are at once global and local. To be sure, relatively affluent nations like the U.S. face far less dire circumstances than to regions of the world like Sub-Saharan Africa.

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