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For lawmakers, Jan. 1, 2014, is a monumental date looming in the ever-nearing future. That date is when the majority of the measures under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as many Mississippians refer to it, will take effect. Among other things, this date marks the deadline for state lawmakers to come...

On Jan. 21, I rolled out of bed at 4 a.m. and was on the Metro headed to Capitol Hill by 5. Then began the hours of long lines, a handful of security checkpoints and, for some of us, a brief nap on the grass of the Capitol grounds. When President Barack Obama finally came to the podium, I expected his speech to be a routine, somewhat nauseating, politically-motivated plea...

The Second Amendment does not protect the right to hunt; in fact, there is no right to hunt. What the Second Amendment does do is prevent the government from disarming its citizens, an act which would be a leap toward tyranny. Thus, any legislation or policy that places an undue burden on a person to own — not to buy — a firearm is unconstitutional. The key point...

Like the rest of the American public, I watched in horror as news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting broke on the morning of Dec. 14. Within hours, it seemed as if every major media outlet was reporting on the tragedy. Cable news channels provided coverage around the clock, newspapers posted constant updates on their online editions, and social media sites like...

The inauguration represents a metaphorical starting line for the Obama administration. In reality, the re-elected president takes the oath proposing new gun control legislation, while pressing fiscal policy looms in large part as a result of consistent congressional delay. Media describes Congress as “polarized” and “divided” with little hope of substantive change...

There’s a lot to catch up on since we finished finals last year. Gun control is once again a hot topic of conversation, and it looks like Obama has that handled with his 23 Executive Strongly Worded Letters to Congress. We totally dealt with that fiscal cliff problem by, instead of driving right off of it, driving around in circles for a moment before we continued back...

The year of 2013 has already brought in significant changes. It began with our football team delivering a crushing defeat in the BBVA Compass Bowl (Hotty Toddy!). Our basketball team is current ranked 1st in the SEC and is 4-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1937 or so. And to top all of that off, Coach Hugh Freeze and his staff have been on a recruiting tear securing...

The daily emails from the UMToday continue to inform its readers that the university is going to get serious about the smoking ban. According to the email, “the University of Mississippi will strictly enforce our smoke free campus policy. Warnings will not be issued to those found smoking on campus; all violators, including faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors,...

The year of 2013 has already brought in significant changes. It began with our football team delivering a crushing defeat in the BBVA Compass Bowl (Hotty Toddy!). Our basketball team is current ranked 1st in the SEC and is 4-0 in SEC play for the first time since 1937 or so. And to top all of that off, Coach Hugh Freeze and his staff have been on a recruiting tear securing...