Education, healthcare, roads & taxes will dominate campaigns again

My active observations of Mississippi statewide elections stretch back to the 1970s and what remains fascinating to me is how little the issues have changed since those days.
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Trump’s border push impacting agriculture

During a briefing on immigration and border security in Calexico, Calif., last week, President Donald Trump held fast to his steady contention that the U.S. immigration system was overburdened as he continued to push for a Southern border wall and tighter security to combat illegal border crossings.
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Memories of Meredith, Mars offer insight into troubled era

I have distinct memories of two memorable, inimitable figures from the civil rights era in Mississippi whose lives and experiences are featured in two books published by the University Press of Mississippi, the state’s academic book publishing press, that are now in bookstores or available at upress.state.ms.us.
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Wicker made right choice going against Trump

The social media hysteria, threats of political retribution, and withering criticism of Mississippi senior U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker’s vote in favor of a resolution of disapproval for President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 national emergency declaration aside, Wicker’s vote was the right one.
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Baker, Fitch or Taggart?

The 2019 Mississippi Republican primary for attorney general will pit three veteran GOP politicians against each other for the right to become Mississippi’s first GOP attorney general since George Emrick Harris in 1878.
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Election law issues in the SOS primary

One of the more interesting political 11th-hour developments as the March 1 qualifying deadline approached came in the Secretary of State’s race with the surprising entry of incumbent Republican Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton against incumbent Gulf Coast State Sen. Michael Watson.
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Green New Deal and price of gas in Coffeeville

STARKVILLE – Newly-minted New York Democratic Party U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America – thinks the policies of the Democratic Party aren’t progressive enough and that the party needs to move farther to the left.
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Waller reshuffles the deck in governor’s race

STARKVILLE – As noted last fall in a previous column, the 2003 election cycle saw Mississippi voters make some interesting choices in terms of the 2019 election cycle in our state.
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Turnover is coming with 2019 election cycle

Change. In terms of Mississippi government, change isn’t merely coming – and we’re talking major changes – it’s in great measure already here and identifiable.
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Marijuana could get legs in 2020

STARKVILLE – Almost 40 years of covering Mississippi government and politics suggests to me that an election year isn’t the best time to enact something as controversial as legalizing medical marijuana.
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