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.
State could rethink overdue taxes law
State law currently requires the Mississippi Department of Revenue to garnish 100 percent of the wages of a government official or employee should that person become delinquent in paying taxes.
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.
Bryant’s hospital statement is a bit of irony
There was a bit of irony when Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant stated, “I cannot sit back and allow Mississippians’ access to (health) care be threatened in violation of state law.”
Ed Board should not lower already low standards
The Mississippi Board of Education is seeking public comments on a proposal to accept alternatives for high school seniors who are unable to pass all four of the required exit exams, in algebra, biology, English and U.S. history.
Cochran’s re-election decision complex
Five years ago at the University of Mississippi’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics, I was asked to conduct a public interview with Mississippi’s senior U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran during his bid for a sixth term against Democratic challenger and former state legislator Erik Fleming.
Candidates should offer solutions, not slogans to Miss. voters
The qualifying deadline for candidates in next year’s federal elections is not until March 1, but already the political landscape is stirring with activity.
Big government is not a bad thing
If a stranger resembling Texan Ted Cruz sat down next to me on the Greyhound, I’d change seats. His look is somewhere between post-office pin-up and a Grecian Formula television ad.
Scout troop visits Horn Island
I camped on Horn Island underneath the stars. One more check off my bucket list.
Budget talk vs. budget reality
Politicians talk earnestly, passionately and with historical flourishes about cutting federal spending.
Here’s the rub — the Congressional Budget Office projects that the federal government will spend $3.602 trillion in Fiscal Year 2014 and collect $3.042 trillion in revenues, which will leave a projected federal budget deficit of some $600 billion. As one might imagine, Democrats and Republicans differ on those numbers.
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