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MARTY WISEMAN — Initiative 42: The siren in the night

Perhaps many of you have seen the new GE commercials that have been running quite frequently lately.  One of the more interesting, yet for Mississippi more sobering of these commercials, is the one where the “nerdy” son sits across from his parents to give them the good news that he has landed a manufacturing job with none other than the ...

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MARTY WISEMAN – Republican candidates and the Affordable Care Act: the plot thickens

With each passing day, the anticipation of the first debate among the 15 or 16 Republican presidential candidates grows more intense.  Under the Fox format only the top 10 will make onto the stage.  Where would we political junkies be without Donald Trump?  When the GOP hopefuls stormed out of the blocks one could fairly easily guess what the major ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: 2016 and the ‘income inequality’ debate

Perhaps the thing that is evolving as the most unusual element at this early stage of the 2016 presidential race has to do with the central or dominant theme that will be debated with the greatest vigor during the coming campaign.  While such issues as which war do we leap into in the Middle East, the immigration debacle, same-sex marriage ...

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WISEMAN: A bold stroke for religious liberty in Mississippi public schools

In March 14, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed what may become landmark legislation clarifying and guaranteeing religious freedom in Mississippi’s public schools. It can be said that it is so far-reaching that it affects all religious believers and those who have no religious beliefs at all. As might have been expected, a number of organizations whose existence depend on their ...

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WISEMAN: Where does Mississippi fit with new county census data

A graduate student managed to ruin my last day of spring break. It all had to do with my last lecture before the break and a Census Bureau report that she forwarded to me and which caused me to reach for my calculator. The story, written by Hope Yen of the Associated Press and appearing in Yahoo! News, centered on ...

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WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction must be approved by the ...

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Mississippi, its public policy and the human condition

The current Mississippi Legislature seems to be giving more than passing consideration to legislation with the potential to enhance the human condition than has been the case in the past. The attention is coming from both internal and external influences. A growing awareness of the social and economic plight of many Mississippi citizens (internal influences) combined with a push from ...

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Nullification and interposition

Rarely does one get the chance to get a second look at history. A bill recently introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives is providing that opportunity. In this case, the matter regards a basic constitutional argument that has once appeared to be consigned to the history books themselves. Yet, low and behold, as Thursday, Jan. 24, dawned, there it ...

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The inauguration: Celebrating our American Democracy

It is hard not to be a sentimental fool when the opportunity comes to celebrate our American form of government. There is no better time to have such a celebration than a Presidential inauguration. In many countries a transfer of power or an extension of the term of office of a leader is an opportunity for violence and protracted instability. ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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