Unlike Justice Gorsuch, Kavanaugh faces firestorm

STARKVILLE – After much prime time buildup, Trump announced Monday night his nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court to succeed the retiring Presiding Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Dye, Carruth cast large shadows in Mississippi

STARKVILLE – Driving back from a weekend in Lower Alabama, my friend Lee Weiskopf sent a text just as we were leaving Orange Beach telling me that former Lt. Gov. Brad Dye had died. Before we made it past the Mobile Bay Bridge, Lee texted again: “Now, we’ve lost Paul Ott, too.”
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Supreme Court finally brought online sales, use tax law fairness to Main St.

In a 5-4 decision that strangely crossed traditional judicial ideological lines, the Supreme Court last week brought online sales and use tax law fairness to mom-and-pop merchants on Main Street who had long been at a seven percent price disadvantage in Mississippi in competition with out-of-state online retailers.
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Primary election runoffs suggest a low turnout affair with little intrigue

STARKVILLE – For voters, the June 26 primary runoff elections are unfortunately looking like low turnout, low interest affairs that don’t promise much to voters in terms of the opportunity to substantially change their ballot choices in the Nov. 6 general election.
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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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