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Monday, February 06, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Monday, February 6, 2007

1. Thursday is the deadline for bills to be sent to the other chamber in the Legislature. This story talks about interest-free loans for Katrina victims. Along with other bills covered is the divisive Voter I.D. program in the Senate.
Coast home loans on agenda - The Clarion-Ledger:
nterest-free loans for homeowners whose houses were wrecked by Hurricane Katrina may be the next hot topic in the Mississippi Capitol.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Percy Watson, D-Hattiesburg, said a proposal for up to $25,000 in loans to aid coastal residents recovering from the Aug. 29 storm will surface this week.

"It sounds like music to my ears," said Brian Roe, a Waveland resident whose home a couple of miles inland was damaged.
2. Sid Salter says Nagin got a pass whereas Lott got the boot over similar remarks.
Trent Lott treated differently than Nagin - The Clarion-Ledger:
Did the national media give New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin a "get out of jail free" card for his now infamous Martin Luther King Jr. Day gaffe about how God supposedly used Hurricane Katrina to punish the U.S. for the Iraqi war and African Americans for not taking care of their own people, how New Orleans should and will ultimately be a so-called "chocolate city," etc.?

In a word, yes.

Were Nagin's remarks any less racially charged or inappropriate than Lott's ill-advised "birthday" speech? In a word, no.
3. David Hampton advocates doing away with some elected officials and strengthening the executive branch.
It's time to 'beef up' executive branch authority in Miss. - The Clarion-Ledger:
Mississippians have long paid dearly for the bad government principles written into our 1890 constitution that hinder basic government functions.

The mistrust of strong executive authority led to a state constitution that provides for a weak governor with a number of independently elected officials who do the functions of government that should fall under the executive branch. The result is a fractured and inefficient government.
4. Tim Kalich has a simple question, "What's up with Tuck?"
Greenwood Commonwealth - Opinion - 02/05/2006 - Did Tuck cross the wrong guy?:
[Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck] unexpectedly cut the strings, however, during the first days of this year's legislative session. With her urging, lawmakers shoved through a bill with uncharacteristic speed to raise the excise tax on cigarettes while gradually phasing out the sales tax on groceries.

Say what you will about the fiscal prudence of the legislation, it was a daring political stroke. The tax cut on groceries returned Tuck, a former Democrat, to her populist roots, while the tax hike on cigarettes distanced her from one of the biggest chinks in Barbour's otherwise impressive armor.
5. You MUST read this entire thread. It is too good not to read to the end. This is the kind of discussion we need more of.
Jackson Free Press | Oh, No: Not An ANGRY Woman!:
This is pathetic; the GOP is going to have to do better than playing the angry-woman card. If not, they're going to p!ss off a lot of already-perturbed female voters, and they really ought not do that. The Associated Press today:

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