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Marty Wiseman: Who the heck is Saul Alinsky?

“Fascinating” is certainly one way to describe Newt Gingrich’s continuous invocation of the name of famed community organizer Saul Alinsky in his effort to hang a derogatory label on President Barack Obama. Given Gingrich’s penchant for shooting from the hip (lip?) when it comes to political rhetoric one or two references to Alinsky could be passed off as a simple ...

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Computerized politics: Salvation or Satan?

The very notion that I would set out to write a commentary on the explosion of technology in politics would be the subject of much mirth amongst the staffers of the Stennis Institute. As further proof that timing is everything, particularly to an incurable political junkie, the close proximity of the Christmas break in academia and the earlier-than-ever Iowa presidential ...

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A nation of two different tribes

It is being heard more and more that Americans are divided into two different camps. It is even mentioned that they do not even communicate because they do not speak the same language. Indeed, the verbal combat is escalating and intensifying. Although such talk might have once been considered idle conversation, each day and every philosophical debate that passes seems ...

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RETIREMENT VERDICT — Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

The strategy is to structure benefits consistent with a  policy that encourages workers to stay on the job until age 62 “All the cards are on the table face up.” So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees ...

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In the crosshairs: Performance management may be our salvation

Only a passing glance toward Washington, D.C., is sufficient to remind us that the gathering fiscal storm clouds are becoming more ominous by the day. Yet, in Mississippi we still have to live with the lists and rankings that constantly remind us of the dire straights in which many of our citizens find themselves. The challenges for the incoming administration ...

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Mississippi ballot initiatives: Adjusting the hand of government

With comparatively few shots being fired in the statewide elections, many are turning to the three ballot initiatives to quench their thirst for electoral intrigue. All three of the proposed initiatives are historic in a number of ways. If there is a common denominator with which to assess the impact of these measures it would be the degree to which ...

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Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party: Any common ground?

It was bound to happen. Over the last couple of years the TEA Party has had such public areas as the Washington Mall and Capitol Hill virtually all to themselves. Their presence and enthusiasm served as living proof that the greatest government guarantee on the globe today – the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution – is alive and ...

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Unpeeling the Republican onion

Like it or not, the Presidential election campaign is upon us. It is quite amazing that the process of electing a President is now a two-year ordeal – fully half of a four-year Presidential term. As the trite saying goes, “it is what it is” so we all best get ready. The able staff of the Stennis Institute has prepared ...

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PERS: An unnecessary predicament

The growing tempest enveloping the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS) did not have to happen. That is not to say that its current status as being 65 percent funded should not be given some attention. Nevertheless, as has been pointed out a number of times, the Mississippi system is in relatively good health, but prudence would call for ...

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