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How will latest efforts to reform food stamps impact Mississippi?
by Sid Salter
Apr 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
STARKVILLE  – One inescapable reality is Mississippi’s status as the poorest state in the union. That reality also makes the utilization and usage of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program o...
Report says Mississippi pension funding too low
by Sid Salter
Apr 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
JACKSON (AP) — A new report says that even if Mississippi's public employee pension system was meeting investment assumptions, governments still aren't putting away enough money to whittle down deb...
McDaniel plans to ride emotional wave to U.S. Senate
by Charlie Mitchell
Apr 24, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
OXFORD  — Why would the name of a state senator from Ellisville be on a professionally created survey seeking voters’ views on national issues? The answer is obvious. The opinion survey is a pre-ca...
A Trump victory on the border
by Rich Lowry
Apr 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
Donald Trump's saber rattling may or may not deter Kim Jong Un, but it's had an effect south of the border. In the first few months of this year, illegal border crossings have dropped precipitously...
Is democracy in a death spiral?
by Pat Buchanan
Apr 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a (expletive). Churchill is right. The only thing to be said for democracy is that there is nothing else that's...
One Berkeley professor understands the job
by Star Parker
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
Reading through a recent issue of Forbes Magazine, I came across a wonderful quote from inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. He observed: "You cannot change things by fighting existing reality: To chang...
Reading the tea leaves in Kansas and Georgia
by Michael Barone
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
What to make of the results of the first two of this spring's special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to R...
Encumbrances weigh us all down
by Glenn Mollette
Apr 21, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
An encumbrance will often weigh us down or prevent us from going forward.  Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbia, Missouri should not receive taxpayer dollars for their preschool daycare playground. A ...
What next with North Korea?
by Cal Thomas
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
There was a moment at Press Secretary Sean Spicer's White House briefing Monday that was significant. Asked by a reporter about North Korea's missile launch last weekend, Spicer said the administra...
War cries drown out "America First"
by Pat Buchanan
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
"Why would I call China a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the North Korean problem?" tweeted President Donald Trump on Easter Sunday. Earlier, after discovering "great chemist...
Shameless hypocrisy on Spicer's comments
by Larry Elder
Apr 20, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
Press secretary Sean Spicer publicly apologized several times for this comment about Bashar Assad, the murderous dictator of Syria: "You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to ...
Make much of something small
by Rheta Johnson
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. -- They are dangling from a fence next to the Mockingbird Cafe, where, yes, healthy sandwiches are named for Scout and Atticus. Clothespins are holding a string of postcards, e...
Holland: Obstinate, profane, compassionate, intelligent and crazy like a fox
by Sid Salter
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
STARKVILLE  – Of all the characters I’ve come to know in almost four decades of writing about Mississippi politics, none is more memorable than State Rep. Steve Holland, the Democrat from Plantersv...
No, Trump is not a neocon
by Rich Lowry
Apr 19, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the "mother of all bombs" exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Dona...
Three presidents were born in 1946
by Michael Barone
Apr 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
With the inauguration of Donald Trump this year, we have now had, for the first time in our history, three American presidents who were born in the same year. There have been three pairs of preside...
Reform the tax code now!
by Cal Thomas
Apr 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It's too bad filing taxes wasn't an easier process. Pre...
People are sadly out of step with the Legislature
by Charlie Mitchell
Apr 18, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
OXFORD — The press and the public are out of step. We keep thinking the Legislature deals with thorny topics such as budgets and taxation, education, highways, crime and punishment, health care, ec...
Leaders say reducing state budget meets GOP goal
by Emily Wagster Pettus
Apr 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
JACKSON (AP) — There has been plenty of hand-wringing about the Mississippi budget the past several months, with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant making multiple rounds of cuts because tax collections f...
What happens when Jared wins?
by Rich Lowry
Apr 17, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
Can someone reacquaint President Donald Trump with Steve Bannon, his ideologist whom the president now professes barely to know? Trump's jaw-dropping public distancing from Bannon is the latest twi...
Mississippi not alone in revenue problems
by Sid Salter
Apr 15, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
STARKVILLE – A report by the nonpartisan but decidedly liberal think tank the Center on Budget and Public Priorities documents that Mississippi is far from alone in the current fiscal year’s revenu...