Professional journalism is struggling, giving way to fake news. This is bad for the country. One bad clause in the Communications Act of 1996 is the cause. In Section 230, the U.S. Congress exempted Google, Facebook and other Internet platforms from our libel laws.
This is not the issue Gov. Tate Reeves expected to dominate his first month in office. But as the state prison system’s inmate death count continues to rise, it’s clear the governor faces an early test of his crisis management abilities.
Looking back on the eight-year tenure of Phil Bryant as Mississippi’s governor, the evaluation is mixed, as it probably is with anyone who holds public office for very long.
Sure, the Republican, who left office at the first of this year, has been free of personal scandal.
Falling ACT scores for Mississippi high schoolers further illustrate that the increase in graduation rates, so touted by education officials and politicians, is an illusion created by decreased standards rather than an actual improvement in what students are learning.
Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.
“We’ve got to decide in this state who we’re afraid of and who we’re mad at,” Epps was fond of saying.
Polls can be one way to assess the possible results of an upcoming election. But campaign finance reports are another way, and the latest ones show that when it comes to money, Republican nominee Tate Reeves still has more of it.
The unprecedented success of the United States, sustained for more than 243 years, certainly has many causes. For one, a people who believe in freedom, equality and following the law is crucial.
Without a populace who respects those ideals, any rules the government makes to try to promote them aren’t going to work in the long run.
The power of debates to impact the outcome of an election is probably overstated. Voters who are already strongly in favor of one candidate or the other aren’t going to be swayed to think differently by what they see on stage, even if they happen to tune in that night.
With a conservative majority now in place on the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a movement — its size probably pretty small — to try to add some seats in hopes that a future Democratic president could tilt the court’s leanings back in the other direction.