Biting the hand

Another interesting development in Tuesday’s elections was the passage of initiatives in three Republican-dominated states to expand Medicaid to the working poor.

In a fourth state, a Democratic governor was elected who is expected to sign off on the expansion that had been vetoed by his GOP predecessor.

Mississippi test score progress

Mississippi has made progress toward catching up with the rest of the nation in the academic achievement of its students.

According to a report released this week, Mississippi over the past 12 years has shown more improvement in math and reading scores on a respected national test than the U.S. average.

Atlanta corruption case reaches Jackson

Last month the federal indictment against Mitzi Bickers was updated to include some shocking allegations about former Jackson mayor Tony Yarber’s administration. This should be nothing new to readers of the Northside Sun. We first reported on this scandal years ago and called for Mississippi’s U.S. Attorney’s Office to take action.

Crime Lab underfunded

Sam Howell, the director of the Mississippi Crime Lab, tries to sound understanding of the funding shortages that have slowed his facility to a crawl in getting its work done.

The state’s coroners are not so charitable.

Ease of voting

Mississippi has finished last in yet another ranking of the states. This one, devised by several researchers, says the state’s election laws make it the most difficult place to vote in America.

Dodging debates

When U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith claimed that her schedule in Washington was just too busy and too fluid to commit to debating her opponents in next month’s special election, it was obviously a lame excuse.

Hyde-Smith has now been caught on tape admitting as much.

Library disaster

Last week, the Sun learned that 34,000 books at the Charles Tisdale Library on Northside Drive have likely been lost due to months of exposure to black mold. The finger pointing is disturbing.

Temptation of cash

We heard from a concerned reader who had to go to the downtown Jackson police station and pay cash to get a copy of a traffic accident report. The police station staff would not accept a credit card or a check. His receipt for the cash he paid was a flimsy printout from a manual calculator.