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Lott And I-69: Hardball Politics

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"The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but I-69 was paved with partisan, hardball politics.

"Without U.S. Senator Trent Lott, 'there probably would not be an I-69,' said Ken Murphree, former Tunica and Desoto County administrator, at the ribbon-cutting for the interstate last week. Mr. Murphree is the consummate professional, well-liked, effective and never given to overstatement.

"However, on this one occasion, he clearly pulled up short. The truth is that without Senator Lott, there might in truth have been I-69, but there certainly would not have been the current alignment of I-69 and its attention to whose property it traversed. ..."

Smart City has long been one of our favorite sources of, well, smart thinking about cities and tax dollars and the politics that conjoin them. To read the rest of this insightful and provocative take on I-69, pay them a visit.

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