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November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

November 6, 2012

Various news organizations have called Mississippi's Senate seat.  Roger Wicker will remain Mississippi's junior United States Senator with 14 percent of precincts reporting.  Wicker is beating challenger Albert Gore 57 to 41 percent.
District one's House seat has also been called.  With 22 percent of precincts reporting incumbent Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee has defeated challenging Democrat Brad Morris.  Nunnelee is beating Morris 64 to 33 percent.

October 17, 2012

Dear Editor,

As a Mississippian who cares deeply about education, Trenton Winford’s Oct. 10 column supporting for-profit charter schools troubles me. His reduction of a complex policy matter into a superficial appeal for competition resembles the same unsubstantiated debates that I’ve witnessed on the Senate floor in Jackson.  

September 7, 2012

On April 10, the Mississippi Senate passed House Bill 921 by a 34-14 vote. If approved by the U.S. Justice Department, it will require voters to provide a government-issued photo ID. 

On April 10, the Mississippi Senate passed House Bill 921 by a 34-14 vote. If approved by the U.S. Justice Department, it will require voters to provide a government-issued photo ID.  The bill is required to go before the U.S. Justice Department as a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

July 3, 2012

In honor of William Faulkner, the man who helped shape the town, the Oxford and Ole Miss community will honor the 50th anniversary of his death this Friday, July 6, with a “William Faulkner Remembrance”, followed by the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Fifty Years After Faulkner,” July 7-11.

In honor of William Faulkner, the man who helped shape the town, the Oxford and Ole Miss community will honor the 50th anniversary of his death this Friday, July 6, with a “William Faulkner Remembrance”, followed by the 39th Annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference “Fifty Years After Faulkner,” July 7-11.

June 19, 2012

 
It’s been said that being a Republican this year is like being single in your 30s – you’ve seen better, but you’re just going to have to settle with what you can get. Some Republicans argue that Mitt Romney was the least conservative candidate this year and are disappointed about his eventual nomination in Tampa. They shouldn’t be.

April 23, 2012

If you buy a new car in 2015 and onwards, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be getting a little bit extra for your money: a black data recorder box fitted perfectly for your new ride.

If you buy a new car in 2015 and onwards, it’s a safe bet that you’ll be getting a little bit extra for your money: a black data recorder box fitted perfectly for your new ride. The bill, which already passed by the Senate and is set to soon be approved by the House, would mandate these little treasure troves of information be installed in every new vehicle and (according to an article from infowars.com) legislates civil penalties against people who fail to do so.

April 16, 2012

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

The bill now has to be approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Federal officials rejected similar laws in Texas and South Carolina. Whether they will approve the Mississippi bill remains unclear.

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

April 11, 2012

A campus-wide smoking ban is on the table for the University of Mississippi. 

 

A campus-wide smoking ban is on the table for the University of Mississippi. 

Ole Miss currently has around 30 designated smoking areas and prohibits students from smoking outside of these areas. Violating the rules can earn smokers a $25 ticket. 

Student Senator Jessica Brouckaert said via email that the Associated Student Body Senate has passed the ban. The Division of Student Affairs has also supported the effort, but the Lyceum has not yet issued a ban on smoking or tobacco use on campus.

April 4, 2012

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

 

Mississippi’s public education is failing. The system is greatly underserving a large portion of Mississippi kids, despite the few bright spots where public education is working well, like Desoto and Madison counties. 

The 2012 Mississippi Legislature appeared ready to move the state education system forward with charter public schools. The Senate passed a bill that was sent to the House, where the House Ed Committee let it die. Mississippi children were denied a chance at a better education system by a single vote.

April 4, 2012

The first of January 2013 looks nearer and nearer every day. On that day, automatic budget cuts and tax increases in the range of $8 trillion over the next decade will be enacted. According to Barclays Capital, if these are allowed to go into effect as is, growth in early 2013 could slow to as little as one tenth of 1 percent, putting us on the verge of another recession. 

 

The first of January 2013 looks nearer and nearer every day. On that day, automatic budget cuts and tax increases in the range of $8 trillion over the next decade will be enacted. According to Barclays Capital, if these are allowed to go into effect as is, growth in early 2013 could slow to as little as one tenth of 1 percent, putting us on the verge of another recession. 

March 5, 2012

 

Dear Editor,

An article published in yesterday’s DM, “Some ASB Elections Were Won on Empty Promises” by Sean Higgins, called last weeks’ ASB elections “disappointing.”  

Some of the statements made were unfair. All of the candidates who ran for president and vice president were certainly qualified for the positions they were seeking. 

February 29, 2012

Last week’s Associated Student Body elections were somewhat disappointing. Elections shouldn’t be about who can promise the student body the most freebies and handouts, but rather, the most qualified candidate should win the election.

 

Last week’s Associated Student Body elections were somewhat disappointing. Elections shouldn’t be about who can promise the student body the most freebies and handouts, but rather, the most qualified candidate should win the election.

(To be fair to my readers, it should be known that I was on the campaign teams of Mary Margaret Johnson and Kegan Coleman.) 

February 29, 2012

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

 

Recently, a fervent and impassioned debate hit both houses of Congress. It has caused hours of contentious discussions and set the political blogopshere on fire. However, this debate isn’t about the national debt, the unemployment rate, Syria or even our continued military presence in Afghanistan. Nope, this debate is about whether or not insurance is required to cover contraception. 

February 27, 2012

Prominent members of the Associated Student Body traveled to Jackson this past week on its annual trip to the Capitol to watch the Mississippi Senate debate legislation.

 

Prominent members of the Associated Student Body traveled to Jackson this past week on its annual trip to the Capitol to watch the Mississippi Senate debate legislation.

ASB president Taylor McGraw and Meghan Litten, ASB director of student advocacy, were among the student leaders who made the trip.

February 23, 2012

Filled with last-minute tests and assignments, finals week leaves many students feeling overwhelmed, as if they have no time to fit everything in, much less actually study for finals. 

 

 

Filled with last-minute tests and assignments, finals week leaves many students feeling overwhelmed, as if they have no time to fit everything in, much less actually study for finals. 

This is why Emmalee Rainey, vice-president elect of the Associated Student Body, is working to implement what is commonly referred to as a “dead week” at the University of Mississippi. 

February 22, 2012

After two and a half weeks of campaigning, debating and making election stickers, the Associated Student Body spring elections have come to an end, with one exception — the vice presidential spot.

After two and a half weeks of campaigning, debating and making election stickers, the Associated Student Body spring elections have come to an end, with one exception — the vice presidential spot.
Junior journalism major Kimbrely Dandridge became the first female African-American to be elected ASB president when she defeated Kegan Coleman. Dandridge received 1,686 votes, or 52.7 percent, to Coleman’s 1,456, or 45.9 percent.

February 20, 2012

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.

Sen. Gary Tollison introduced a bill to the Mississippi Senate this past week that would allow students to attend charter schools — both traditional and virtual.
Following the introduction of the bill, people voiced opposition, including many black Mississippians, according to Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Mike Sayer, senior organizer and training coordinator for Southern Echo, said his group firmly opposes charter schools.

February 17, 2012

The Associated Student Body candidates got in front of a crowd at the Overby Center for Southern Politics and Journalism at the University of Mississippi on Thursday night to debate. 

The Associated Student Body candidates got in front of a crowd at the Overby Center for Southern Politics and Journalism at the University of Mississippi on Thursday night to debate.  
Candidates running for each position pitched why they should be elected, and the vice presidential and presidential candidates took questions from students.

February 17, 2012

The Associated Student Body held its presidential debate last night at the Overby Center. 

 

The Associated Student Body held its presidential debate last night at the Overby Center. 

I was in attendance and found myself examining the purpose of the ASB while investigating the candidates and their key issues.

Put simply, the ASB is an student-led organization on the fourth floor of the Student Union, which aims to engage students, learn their needs and communicate those needs to our administration in hopes of making life on campus more comfortable. 

February 15, 2012

A bill was recently introduced in the Mississippi State Senate regarding college funding for illegal immigrants. 

 

A bill was recently introduced in the Mississippi State Senate regarding college funding for illegal immigrants. 

Senate Bill 2022 would “prohibit college or university students who are unlawfully present in the United States from receiving financial aid awarded by any state institution of higher learning or public community college.” SB 2022 is simply a bad idea because it takes away opportunities for low-income youth, and it isn’t cost effective. 

February 8, 2012

If you use Google or Wikipedia, you may be familiar with something called SOPA. No, it’s not a national debate about Mexican soup. SOPA is legislation intended to censor the Internet, essentially suspending the constitutional rights of American citizens and corporations.

 

If you use Google or Wikipedia, you may be familiar with something called SOPA. No, it’s not a national debate about Mexican soup. SOPA is legislation intended to censor the Internet, essentially suspending the constitutional rights of American citizens and corporations.

There’s a reason it was initially unknown to the public; when people realize their liberty is being stripped away they stand up for themselves. Without grassroots efforts by citizens and activists, SOPA would have become law. Fortunately, it did not.

February 1, 2012

 

The Associated Student Body spring election season kicks off Feb. 3, and petitions for the 2012-13 ASB officers are available for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, attorney general and judicial chair.

 

The Associated Student Body spring election season kicks off Feb. 3, and petitions for the 2012-13 ASB officers are available for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, attorney general and judicial chair.