Reversing GOP 'death spiral'
When Ronald Reagan won the White House in 1980, the electorate was 88 percent white. Last year, only 72 percent of the voters casting ballots for president were white, and by 2016, that number will plunge again.
Country mouse in a city trap
In 1994, I borrowed the truck that hauled the loaner bed to the thinly disguised doublewide I was renting outside of Atlanta.
ACA is an old ‘new program’
Like so many things that seem new, ObamaCare is in many ways old wine in new bottles.
For example, when confronted with the fact that millions of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of ObamaCare, defenders of ObamaCare say that this is true only when those people have “substandard” insurance.
Tough on crime or taxpayers
A new Pew Charitable Trusts study documents what most state legislators already know from wrestling the state’s budget – Mississippi’s prison population is soaring and so is the cost of operating the state’s prison system.
Pot taxes reveal strange bedfellows
After voters in the states of Colorado and Washington legalized the sale of marijuana in their states, the public debates there moved on next to the obvious conflicts between state laws legalizing pot sales and the prevailing federal laws that prohibit the sale of weed.
‘Hobnob’ers discuss economic health
During Mississippi Economic Council’s annual fall “hobnob” at the Jackson coliseum, our state leaders waxed eloquently about our state’s economic health.
Spending truths trump slogans
“Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”
— Vice President Dick Cheney, 2002
For the boys and girls of summer
Any time Willie Nelson releases an album, I buy it, even if I’m broke, or not particularly in a Willie mood at the moment. I buy it because I worry Willie might be ailing or attempting to boost what’s in his boot to leave his children and former wives.
SNAP cuts to greatly impact state
The numbers tell the tale. Nationally, one-in-seven Americans receive food stamps — in Mississippi, it’s one-in-five.
Race hustling behind name-change push
Bob Costas is one of the premier sportscasters and a very smart guy, so it was somewhat surprising to see him join the chorus of those decrying the fact that the owner of the Washington Redskins is resisting the pressures to change the name of his football team.
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