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WISEMAN: Municipalities are beachheads of opportunity

by Published: May 17,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, municipalities, Stennis Institute

In a recent Tuesday the streets of many of our municipalities were lined with fellow citizens and supporters of mayoral, aldermanic and council candidates waving signs and banners in behalf of their favorites. It was gratifying to see such an outpouring because in many of these towns the stakes are perhaps higher than they have […] [...]

WISEMAN: Five Presidents and an enduring constitution

by Published: May 3,2013

Tags: government, Marty Wiseman, Stennis Institute

The United States, though still a young country by comparison, has the oldest continuous constitution of any country in existence in the world today. On rare occasions an event takes place that reminds us of the uniqueness of our country. Such an event took place two weeks ago in Texas. Although we had very little […] [...]

WISEMAN: A glimmer of hope for the future of education

by Published: April 19,2013

Tags: education, Marty Wiseman, Mississippi, Stennis Institute

It seems that in every news outlet over the past few days there has been discussion of education legislation passed in the 2013 session of the Mississippi Legislature. While there was no massive education reform package, numerous doors were opened. The actions this session seem to signal willingness on the part of legislators and the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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) […] [...]

Nullification and interposition

by Published: February 8,2013

Tags: constitutional law, interposition, nullification

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, […] [...]

The inauguration: Celebrating our American Democracy

by Published: January 25,2013

Tags: Barack Obama, Marty Wiseman, presidential inauguration

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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