Posts Tagged ‘Marty Wiseman’

Wiseman retiring after nearly 30 years with Stennis Institute

STARKVILLE — Dr. Marty Wiseman, executive director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government & Community Development at Mississippi State University, will retire Dec. 31. The school and Wiseman made the announcement yesterday. Wiseman’s work has focused on public administration and Mississippi government. A native Mississippian, he received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University […] [...]

WISEMAN: The boys and girls of summer

by Marty Wiseman Published: August 23,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, Politics, Stennis Institute

It is August. And that means that it is time to prepare to compete. It has become a modern tradition. Each year during the month of August the intensity reaches a fever pitch. Sweat pours from the brow of those preparing to enter the fray. The coaching is intense from those who will never, themselves, […] [...]

WISEMAN: Mississippi Municipalities: Keeping hope alive

by Marty Wiseman Published: August 9,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, municipalities, Stennis Institute

Perhaps my favorite gatherings over the course of my professional year are those that involve the Mississippi Municipal League. This organization, commonly referred to as the “MML,” recently held its annual conference. Old acquaintances and a large influx of newly elected officials from Mississippi’s cities and towns only served to renew my respect for this […] [...]

City operating under ‘throwback’ commission-style government

VICKSBURG — Its cannons, historic homes and landmarks aren’t Vicksburg’s only throwback to history. Its municipal government is a relic from when the city was younger, smaller and the issues confronting city leaders were easier to handle. Since 1913, Vicksburg has operated under the commission form of government approved by the Mississippi Legislature in 1908. […] [...]

WISEMAN: The subject of race: Once again

by Marty Wiseman Published: July 26,2013

Tags: Chokwe Lamumba, Marty Wiseman, race, Voting Rights Act

Here we are again. The recent Supreme Court holdings on the Voting Rights Act and the Texas Affirmative Action cases, the Trayvon Martin verdict, voter ID and election law changes in a number of states, the Paula Dean debacle, the election and aftermath of controversial Jackson mayor Chokwe Lamumba and suddenly the major topic of […] [...]

WISEMAN: Gay marriage, the Voting Rights Act and Mississippi

by Marty Wiseman Published: July 12,2013

Tags: gay marriage, Marty Wiseman, Voting Rights Act

For one who teaches federalism and intergovernmental relations the last round of 2013 United States Supreme Court decisions provides a virtual textbook for this fall’s classes. Among other things, the table of contents includes gay marriage and the Voting Rights act. Fascination has been building for some time over the evolution of power within the […] [...]

WISEMAN: Partisanship in municipal elections

by Marty Wiseman Published: June 14,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, municipal elections, Politics, Stennis Institute

The 2013 round of municipal elections is behind us and they provided some very interesting scenarios to be considered in greater detail. If there was a story of statewide interest in the elections it would have to be the vigorous and highly orchestrated effort of the Mississippi Republican Party to weigh in on some carefully […] [...]

WISEMAN: Taking a Memorial Day break

by Marty Wiseman Published: May 31,2013

Tags: Marty Wiseman, Memorial Day, Politics

Sadly, it appears that all of the divisiveness and disdain for one another that has become a part of our daily routine is here to stay. Our opinions on all manner of social and political issues are no longer regarded as simply the ideas of thoughtful and well meaning individuals who may simply differ from […] [...]

WISEMAN: Municipalities are beachheads of opportunity

by Marty Wiseman 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 Marty Wiseman 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 […] [...]

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