Mississippi, whose staying power in the U.S. Capitol and the political skills of its delegation create influence far beyond population and wealth, can claim another leadership milestone with the election Thursday of Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Tupelo, as the new chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. As chairman, Wicker will have the […]

“Stupid is as stupid does” – Forrest Gump Unless you regularly follow conservative media, you may not have heard what one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) thinks about you. Jonathan Gruber is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who helped craft Obamacare. In a rare moment of unvarnished candor, […]

Downsizing has been on my mind a lot lately. Yes, that includes the waistline. No, it doesn’t include getting laid off. Mainly it’s about being owned by less stuff and having fewer demands on my attention and time to divert me from higher priorities. Don’t get me wrong: Stuff can be good. I’m looking forward […]

Is seniority in Congress helpful to Mississippi?

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee this week set a 3 percent growth in spending for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins in July 2015, a middle ground between a couple of 5.5 percent growth years and the 1.1 percent growth so far in fiscal 2015. However, nothing is set in stone, and won’t have to be […]

After Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August, 2005, Time Magazine named Mississippi’s Thad Cochran one the 10 best U.S. senators, calling him “the Persuader” for squeezing $29 billion in desperately needed hurricane recovery funds through Congress before Christmas break. This was Thad’s finest hour. Then age 68, Cochran was chairman of the Senate Appropriations […]

Post-election analysis falls somewhere between amusing and clueless.In the amusing camp are Democratic strategists who intone that more Democrats would have won if only more people had voted. The gods surely blush with envy. And of course, there’s the conventional wisdom that Democrats always suffer in midterms because they lack “intensity,” meaning they don’t care, […]

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