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November 15, 2012

The University of Mississippi is investigating a racial crime on campus. The University Police Department (UPD) said someone on Nov. 5 allegedly vandalized the truck of freshman Jamal Woods, a black liberal arts major and ROTC member at Ole Miss.

The University of Mississippi is investigating a racial crime on campus. The University Police Department (UPD) said someone on Nov. 5 allegedly vandalized the truck of freshman Jamal Woods, a black liberal arts major and ROTC member at Ole Miss.

The vandalism of the truck occurred after Woods moved from the Stockard residence hall to the Deaton residence hall because of a racial incident that occurred in Stockard.

November 6, 2012

President Obama projected by various news sources to take Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Washington D.C.  He is leading in battleground states Ohio and Florida by 19 percent and one percent respectively.
Gov. Romney is projected to have gained Oklahoma.  He is leading in Virginia and North Carolina by 19 percent and one percent respectively.
Obama has 64 electoral votes to Romney's 40.  270 electoral votes is required to win.

November 6, 2012

According to various news sources Gov. Romney has gained the support of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas,  Tennessee, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming and Mississippi.
President Obama has gained the support of New York, New Jersey and Michigan.  He is also leading in seven of the nine battleground states.
The current electoral count puts Gov. Romney ahead of President Obama in the electoral vote count 152-123.  One of the candidates must receive 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

November 5, 2012

The Ole Miss College Republicans and the newly reformed Ole Miss College Democrats offer every student on campus the chance to become active early in the political process.

The Ole Miss College Republicans and the newly reformed Ole Miss College Democrats offer every student on campus the chance to become active early in the political process.

Sophomore political science major and College Democrats President Sean Higgins is one of many students taking advantage of the political organizations on campus. Higgins said that he used to be a Republican, and even wrote articles for The Daily Mississippian last year in support of Mitt Romney, but over the summer he had a change of perspective and is now helping bring the College Democrats back to Ole Miss.

October 23, 2012

A few weeks ago, Florida’s Board of Education passed a six-year strategic plan that included race-based benchmarks for various subgroups of people. Almost immediately a fiery debate over this plan ensued.
Critics claimed that measures such as these suggest that racial subgroups placed at lower benchmarks than others are not as capable to succeed. For example, by school year 2017-18, the plan calls for Asian students to be at 90 percent reading proficiency on statewide assessments, up from the current 76 percent.

October 23, 2012

The second presidential debate Tuesday night featured two candidates with remarkably similar ideals, nitpicking over taxes and practically nothing else.
While what President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said might have had a large effect on the election, the lack of any other candidates makes an enormous difference, for the worse. Without opening the debates to potentially viable third party candidates, the U.S. will make very little progress in creating a better tomorrow.

September 20, 2012

 
American culture centers on the belief that we as citizens have a voice, particularly through voting. We pride ourselves on the fact that we have free elections that are guaranteed and protected by the Constitution, a freedom that far too many countries do not enjoy.
However, how much does your vote really count?

July 2, 2012

 
This past Thursday the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care plan in a 5-4 decision. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., a known conservative, joined the four other more liberal justices in voting in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

June 5, 2012

 

Have you ever turned on the news in the morning and listened to the whole news cycle, only to then hear it be repeated thirty minutes later? This happened to me the other morning, and frankly, I am tired of some things that the media and the public finds important or interesting. 

April 16, 2012

Part of my daily routine includes scrolling through CNN’s home page, looking for headlines that catch my eye. When I read news on the Internet, I try to read serious pieces, but at the same time, I enjoy reading the funny pieces that tend to humanize public officials and celebrities. When I reached CNN’s Political Ticker, I came across a headline that read, “Hillary Clinton lets loose in Colombia.” Well, of course, I had to read this one. Not only am I a huge fan of Hillary Clinton, I also thought it would be a funny read.

 

March 26, 2012

My first-ever DM appearance took place in spring 2010 in the form of a letter to the editor, a full year before I would be hired on as an opinion columnist.

 

My first-ever DM appearance took place in spring 2010 in the form of a letter to the editor, a full year before I would be hired on as an opinion columnist.

My topic? The separation of church and state.

I felt it was an important topic then, and I believe that it is an even more important topic now. With the November presidential elections fast approaching, it should come as no surprise that this perennial point of debate resurfaced last month when Republican candidate Rick Santorum appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”

March 19, 2012

As most students were enjoying their Spring Break last week, Mississippi Republicans held their primary elections and, unsurprisingly, Sen. Rick Santorum finished in first with almost 33 percent of the vote. Because Mississippi is dominated by evangelical Christian conservatives, it was no surprise they would lean toward the purported more ideologically conservative candidates — Santorum and Gingrich, who finished in first and second place, respectively.

 

As most students were enjoying their Spring Break last week, Mississippi Republicans held their primary elections and, unsurprisingly, Sen. Rick Santorum finished in first with almost 33 percent of the vote. Because Mississippi is dominated by evangelical Christian conservatives, it was no surprise they would lean toward the purported more ideologically conservative candidates — Santorum and Gingrich, who finished in first and second place, respectively.

March 8, 2012

Occasionally I find myself appealing to members of a previous generation to discuss how their perception of a topic has changed from when they were my age to what it is now.

 

Occasionally I find myself appealing to members of a previous generation to discuss how their perception of a topic has changed from when they were my age to what it is now.

Recently I asked an elder what he thought of politics when he was younger and what he presently thinks about them. “When I was your age, politicians were more noble,” he told me.

“Screwed” won’t begin to describe our situation if I’m echoing that sentiment by age 75.

February 29, 2012

Rick Santorum is a sick, sick man.

 

Rick Santorum is a sick, sick man.

Not sick in the head, mind you. Well, OK, he might be sick in the head. He does seem just a tad “dead on the inside” to me. But he’s definitely sick to his stomach. And I don’t think it’s because his sweater-vests are too tight.

February 13, 2012

 

In the Feb. 9 edition of The Daily Mississippian, Benjamin Lowery, a graduate English instructor, criticized my analysis of the Republican primary. Specifically, he took issue with my suggestion that candidates should lighten up on the negative campaigning and consider suspending their campaigns to unite around a single, solid conservative. More precisely, I was referring to Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and I’m glad Mr. Lowery has given me the opportunity to articulate why Santorum is a deplorable choice for the GOP.

 

In the Feb. 9 edition of The Daily Mississippian, Benjamin Lowery, a graduate English instructor, criticized my analysis of the Republican primary. Specifically, he took issue with my suggestion that candidates should lighten up on the negative campaigning and consider suspending their campaigns to unite around a single, solid conservative. More precisely, I was referring to Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), and I’m glad Mr. Lowery has given me the opportunity to articulate why Santorum is a deplorable choice for the GOP.

January 30, 2012

Voters take their issues pretty seriously. There are family values, the economy, the Constitution, taxes and personal freedom, just to name a few. This is largely why the Republican Party has surged in the past few years, and 2012 was supposed to shake things up even more.

 

Voters take their issues pretty seriously. There are family values, the economy, the Constitution, taxes and personal freedom, just to name a few. This is largely why the Republican Party has surged in the past few years, and 2012 was supposed to shake things up even more.

Despite all the force behind the GOP, it somehow chose incredibly unimpressive candidates. The party once known for the Reagan Revolution just doesn’t have much going for it. Sure, there’s the Tea Party, but we’re still paying for a decade and a half of bad decisions.

January 26, 2012

At the end of his tenure as governor, Hayley Barbour pardoned 200 felons as one of his last official acts. This act, uncommon on such a large scale, will likely have far-reaching implications on Mississippi’s constitutional rules regarding pardons. On top of that, Atty. Gen. Jim Hood believes that at least 156 of the pardons do not meet constitutional requirements and has launched an investigation.

 

At the end of his tenure as governor, Hayley Barbour pardoned 200 felons as one of his last official acts. This act, uncommon on such a large scale, will likely have far-reaching implications on Mississippi’s constitutional rules regarding pardons. On top of that, Atty. Gen. Jim Hood believes that at least 156 of the pardons do not meet constitutional requirements and has launched an investigation.

January 25, 2012

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) lost former Vice Chancellor A. Wallace Conerly earlier this month.
Conerly, who also served as the dean of the School of Medicine, died Jan. 10 at age 76 due to complications with Parkinson’s Disease.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) lost former Vice Chancellor A. Wallace Conerly earlier this month.
Conerly, who also served as the dean of the School of Medicine, died Jan. 10 at age 76 due to complications with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Tylertown native served as vice chancellor from 1994 to 2003, spent his last few days in the hospital that bears his name, the Wallace Conerly Critical Care Hospital.
Under his guidance, the medical center saw an expansion to the physical plant, research departments, enrollment and national presence.

January 25, 2012

In 1990, Phil Bryant was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from the 59th District, becoming the first Republican ever elected from that district. In 2011, he was elected governor of the state of Mississippi. Bryant easily swept the 2011 election, as many expected, which many credit to the familiarity of his name. 

 

In 1990, Phil Bryant was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from the 59th District, becoming the first Republican ever elected from that district. In 2011, he was elected governor of the state of Mississippi. Bryant easily swept the 2011 election, as many expected, which many credit to the familiarity of his name. 

January 23, 2012

Of course I have to start the semester off with a bang. I tried writing about why I love spring semester so much more than fall semester, but it just wasn’t working out. The more I tried to write, the more I wanted to talk politics. It’s my thing; politics is my passion. 

 

Of course I have to start the semester off with a bang. I tried writing about why I love spring semester so much more than fall semester, but it just wasn’t working out. The more I tried to write, the more I wanted to talk politics. It’s my thing; politics is my passion. 

November 30, 2011

Adam Blackwell says Rep. Frank has simply chosen to retire after a successful legislative career. 

 

Democrats in Congress will lose a strong ally at the end of the term, with the retirement of Representative Barney Frank. A longtime liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, Frank’s retirement comes at a time when his district’s boundaries are being redrawn, and when he is entering old age, currently 71 years old. 

November 28, 2011

Why is Newt Gingrich running for president? 

 

As Republicans are hopping off the Herman Cain train, former Speaker Newt Gingrich is gaining momentum in the current GOP presidential field. This marks a huge turnaround from a month ago, when experts were declaring Gingrich’s political aspirations a thing of the past. But as Republicans start to jump on the Gingrich bandwagon, they need to analyze who they’re really supporting.

November 8, 2011

The gubernatorial race may be coming to an end, but people are anxiously waiting to see who the next governor will be.

 

The gubernatorial race may be coming to an end, but people are anxiously waiting to see who the next governor will be.

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is a strong competitor for governor because he has already served at a high level as the lieutenant governor. He also has an edge against his opponent because he has the backing of soon-to-be former governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour.  

October 12, 2011

Gov. Haley Barbour cut the ribbon on a new chapter for both Winchester Centerfire Ammunition and the Oxford-Lafayette community Wednesday.
The ribbon-cutting celebration was for the creation of the new Winchester Centerfire Ammunition manufacturing facility in northern Lafayette County.
The event celebrated a milestone growth in the operations of Olin Corporation’s Winchester Division, with the creation of a state-of-the-art facility that will allow more efficient production and customer service.