Analysis: Legislative votes become campaign fodder

The campaign is nearly underway for the 2015 Mississippi legislative elections, a time when lawmakers often find that past decisions come back to haunt them in nasty attacks by their opponents.

Voters can expect flailing against incumbents who spoke in support of the Affordable Care Act, the health reform law pushed by President Barack Obama.

And there could be targeting of legislators who took tough stances on more Mississippi-specific issues.

Recently, Mississippi legislators have voted on proposals for state employee pay raises and expansion of state participation in the Medicaid program, both of which failed.

During election season, voters very likely will see these themes in the spotlight as members of the Legislature seek re-election.

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2/23/14