Democrats still face long odds in U.S. Senate special election

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Democrats showed signs of political life in recent months after years of fielding candidates in congressional elections who could fairly be described as either noble ideologues or political sacrificial lambs.
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3rd District Congressional race has been issue-based, collegial and free of rancor

MERIDIAN – With Mississippi’s two 2018 U.S. Senate races predicated on brawling attacks, counter-attacks and philosophical contrasts in party primaries and in the special election, one might expect a similar Pier 6 political donnybrook in Mississippi’s Third Congressional District race to succeed the retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper of Pearl.
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Rand’s ‘Penny Plan’ more theatrics than fiscal policy

STARKVILLE – Federal Social Security and Medicare entitlements as they exist today are in deep trouble and can’t sustain themselves under current law while at the same time 78 million Baby Boomers like me hurtle toward retirement.
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Sports betting decision more impactful than state lottery

STARKVILLE – Mississippians have been talking about a state lottery for more than 25 years and still don’t have one – a decision that studies and industry estimates claim keeps between $100 million to $150 million out of the state’s general fund revenues and continues to send state taxpayers across state lines to buy lottery tickets in Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Florida.
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Whether by design or not, 2018 elections are confusing

STARKVILLE – Confused about the 2018 elections in Mississippi? You likely aren’t alone.
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Hyde-Smith’s stumble on Trump’s backing points up McDaniel’s political Gordian Knot

STARKVILLE – About 333 years before the birth of Christ, historians believe Alexander the Great marched his troops into the Phrygian capital of Gordium in what is today known as Turkey.

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McDaniel thinks voters incapable of seeing truth

STARKVILLE – Okay, so the latest political tantrum from state Sen. Chris McDaniel operates on this narrative – he “demands” that Mississippi television stations stop running ads funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which make the claim that McDaniel is a trial lawyer.
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Dakota case may offer bridge to new revenue

STARKVILLE – As state officials scramble for resources to address infrastructure concerns in the wake of the closure of over 100 Mississippi bridges deemed unsafe by federal authorities, the stance of some of those same state officials on collecting Internet sales taxes seems particularly relevant.
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Special election offers shot at senate ‘miracle’

STARKVILLE – Mississippi Democrats are hoping for a repeat of the political “miracle” that handed their counterparts in Alabama a U.S. Senate seat last December.
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Hyde-Smith, McDaniel have senate records to compare

STARKVILLE – On March 21, state Sen. Chris McDaniel sent yet another installment of an email blast for a fundraising come-on he entitled the “Remember Mississippi Moneybomb” in which he seeks $100,000 before a self-imposed “March 31st at Midnight” deadline.
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