Two-party system will be tested by elections, down ticket impacts

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – The evolution of presidential and congressional politics over the last decade in the U.S. and the growing impacts that evolution is having in state politics in Mississippi has led me to revisit the writings of French sociologist, law professor and member of the European Parliament the late Maurice Duverger, who died in 2014 at the age of 97.

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Why are folks so mean?

Ray Mosby

“Jesus was a Capricorn; He ate organic food; He believed in love and peace; And never wore no shoes…”—Quoted material by Kris Kristofferson
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Constitutional ship has sailed on same sex marriage

Sid Salter

STARKVILLE – Anyone who expects the public furor over Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 to subside or who believe that people on either side of the debate will soften their positions simply haven’t been paying attention.
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Law gives warped view of Mississippi

Sid Salter

On many levels, I cringe right along with a lot of my fellow Mississippians when I read stories in the national media about how poor, unhealthy, backward, ignorant, racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic we all — all, allegedly — are here in Mississippi.

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Angry bills, buddy bills dominate 2016 session

Charlie Mitchell

In 1980, a silly movie, “Airplane,” was released. In one scene a passenger loses her composure. The other passengers line up. Each one more aggressively tries to slap her back to her senses.
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Legislative leadership is being irresponsible

ag jim hood

The lieutenant governor of Mississippi has decided that huge tax cuts in the face of equally large reductions in a dwindling state budget make sense for our citizens. And yet, nothing could be more irresponsible.
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One party system proving bad for Mississippi

Emmerich

Our new Republican leaders are so desperate for new jobs, they’ll fork over billions in taxpayers’ money to bribe big foreign companies to come to Mississippi.
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I finally wrote one Tweet that actually expresses my beliefs

Sid Salter

For old-school newspaper opinion/editorial writers, Twitter has always seemed anathema to what we tried to spend our careers doing – challenging people to talk and think about the important public policy debates that confronted us as citizens.
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The image in the mirror

Ray Mosby

ROLLING FORK—“Mississippi Burning,” meet “Mississippi Shunning.” One we can watch via Netflix or on cable channels; the other we can watch play out before our very eyes. Neither is pretty.
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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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