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Mississippians go to the polls Nov. 5.

Races for Congress, the Court of Appeals and the Mississippi Supreme Court are garnering the most attention because of the issues and personalities involved. However, an equally important issue on ballots this year involves a constitutional amendment that would lengthen the terms circuit and chancery court judges serve from four years to six.

Mississippi’s judiciary is often under fire, and whether such criticism is warranted or not, determining the impact of campaign politics on how our judges behave in their courtrooms is critical.

Would longer terms lead to more stability in the judiciary and lessen the influence of special interest groups in the process? Or have we reached a point in the state where we need to appoint more judges, and thus possibly remove more of the overt political influences within the judicial system?

We hope that on Nov. 5, an informed electorate will consider carefully these important questions, the various judicial candidates they’ll have the opportunity to choose, and the constitution amendment for lengthening judges’ terms.

And get out and vote.

Holiday sales season

Mistletoe Marketplace is a traditional start to the holiday shopping season in the Capital City.

The Junior League of Jackson holds this major fundraiser every November, and while the charitable aspects of it are important, it’s also an interesting event to gauge the upcoming sales blitz that is vital to so many businesses.

A large crowd at Mistletoe could mean that Mississippians are ready to spend in the malls, on Main Streets and in unique shops around the state in the next two months, and that stimulation is vital to a healthy economy.

Here’s hoping that Mistletoe Marketplace, a worthy cause, and the holiday shopping season in Mississippi are both stunning successes.

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