Barbour wants solution to immigration question

When Governor Haley Barbour dominated the Legislature, he defied observers (me) who pointed out that when members of the 1890 House and Senate wrote the state 1890 Constitution, they assured themselves the power to slap silly any governor who tried to thwart their wishes.
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State can increase taxes without a tax increase

Close your eyes. Imagine being a politician in a cash-strapped state. Imagine your people – those who voted for you based on your firm stance against tax increases – are going to be hit up for another $100 million every year. Imagine you get the money to spend as you wish, but your purity is intact. They can’t blame you in the slightest.

Open your eyes. It isn’t a dream. It’s real. And, for lawmakers, it’s better than an ice cold slice of Smith County watermelon plus a bowl of homemade peach ice cream on a July afternoon.

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Democracy can’t work with so few paying attention

The longer it’s around, the more it appears social media has the wrong name. It’s really antisocial media.
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‘Inappropriate’ covers wide range, needs understanding

Will Morgan Freeman be the person who brings perspective to the conversation? If so, that would be a good thing.
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People hold public officials accountable for the private economy

On the day Donald Trump was elected, a 20-gallon tank of gas cost a Mississippi driver $36. Today, The American Automobile Association says that same 20 gallons costs $52. A 44 percent increase. Does anybody care?
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For now, public employees in Mississippi can breathe easy

Remember the serious discussion of state pension funds during this year’s legislative session? You don’t?

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An accurate counting of all Mississippians hard to come by

Americans, it’s time to stand up and be counted … or not. The year 2020 looms and the U.S. Bureau of the Census is gearing up to do as the Constitution commands. (A cynical person would say something about how few constitutional directives are heeded these days, but let’s not be cynical.)

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Wicker is no Trump, despite what he says

With apologies to Lloyd Bentsen, Mississippians have watched the career of Roger Wicker for a while. Roger Wicker is no Donald Trump.
It has been disheartening to watch and listen as Wicker, now senior U.S. senator from Mississippi, positions himself more and more in the president’s pocket and less and less in line with the thoughtful and sincere conservatism that had defined his career.
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No state money for MPB

Tucked into Section 12 of House Bill 1593 was a directive to Mississippi Public Broadcasting: “…Initiate a planning process to transition from receiving any state general funds beginning in Fiscal Year 2022.”
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Legislature does little, per usual

No spark. Another session fizzles toward adjournment. No great ideas. No bold initiatives. No coordinated strategies to make Mississippi better.
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