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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In Hyde-Smith, McDaniel will face tough opponent

STARKVILLE – State Sen. Chris McDaniel said famously last month that “I’m looking for a fight” in either challenging incumbent Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s re-election bid, running again for the seat held by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (that McDaniel narrowly lost in 2014) if and when he stepped down, or running for lieutenant governor of Mississippi in 2019.
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Even GOP master strategist Karl Rove can’t predict GOP

STARKVILLE – During a quiet dinner here at a usually packed downtown restaurant rendered nearly vacant by spring break, I had an opportunity to break bread with one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in American politics in the last half-century – Karl Rove.
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After 46 years, Cochran’s legacy is courage, compassion, character

STARKVILLE – To say that I like, appreciate and admire U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is a gross understatement. I think the majority of Mississippians – rich and poor, black and white, Democrat and Republican - share my affection for the senator.
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Intriguing confluence of federal, state tax cuts meet court review

STARKVILLE – How 2017 federal and 2016 state tax cuts impact Mississippians and the abilities of state and local governments to provide services based on the revenues available from future tax collections under those cuts are questions not yet fully answered.
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Justice Scalia knew difference between gun rights, public safety

STARKVILLE – The Parkland, Florida school shootings brought the nation’s sharpest and most painful political debate back to the forefront – pro-gun versus anti-gun. For most engaged in that debate, there is no middle ground.
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Despite contrary claims, HB 1083 changes existing gun rights policies at universities

STARKVILLE – Full disclosure: I’m a public university employee and a gun owner.
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Barbour’s embarrassing mistake illustrates depth of partisan divide

STARKVILLE – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s lapse of memory, judgment, or whatever one chooses to call it that left him facing a federal misdemeanor gun charge, is what it is.
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