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BILL CRAWFORD — Revenue cuts putting hospitals in survival mode


A hospital CEO recently told community leaders his health system faces a financial loss this year and tough sledding in the future. In fact, a slew of changes in health care funding are turning many Mississippi hospitals from cash cows into dinosaurs. As cash cows, hospitals became economic engines for the state and their communities. A 2012 study by the Mississippi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Harper perturbed by Freedom Caucus actions

Congressman Gregg Harper

The disorder in the U.S. House of Representatives even caused Mississippi’s calm Congressman Gregg Harper to become perturbed. Harper “expressed irritation with the House Freedom Caucus,” reported The Clarion-Ledger, after the caucus failed to support California Congressman Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House. “We should move forward methodically and select someone who can unite 247 Republicans in order to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Initiative 42 not what we need in Mississippi


The November vote on Initiative 42 is days away. Since it amends the state constitution, voters should carefully consider its long-term impacts. Unlike statutes that can be changed yearly, constitutional amendments last for many years. Initiative 42 advocates say a constitutional amendment is needed to force the Legislature to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Most state leaders ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Pick candidates willing to hear “serious people”


He is not a serious person,” said Zbigniew Brzezinski.                                                                                                                               Who was he speaking of — Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyahu, or Donald Trump?   Brzezinski is a serious person. The former advisor to Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter and international relations realist played key roles in major international events such as the normalization of relations with China, the second Strategic Arms ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fed’s artificially low rates unfair to CD owners


Are you a senior citizen or other conservative saver frustrated with the low rates banks have been paying on CDs?  Since the Federal Reserve controls these rates, now may be the time for you to weigh in with your senator and congressman.   The Fed is charged by law “to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislature beating MAEP proponents in court


Legislature 2, MAEP proponents 0.    That’s the score as judges bat around lawsuits surrounding efforts to get the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) fully funded.   Last week the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that nobody had standing to appeal Attorney General Jim Hood’s ballot title for Initiative 42A, the Legislature’s alternative to the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42. Proponents of Initiative ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are schools teaching the way to peace, liberty, and safety


Kids get abysmal grade in history,” read the headline. “Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation’s history,” read the story’s first line.   Diane Ravitch, historian, NYU professor, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education said, “Our ability to defend – intelligently and thoughtfully – what we as a nation hold dear depends on our ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘GOT ’EM’ post on Hattiesburg deaths hateful

“GOT ’EM” shrieked the Facebook post by a Subway worker in Laurel. “Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg.! – GOT ’EM” read the whole post. (Subway said it fired the employee.)  This was Laurel, Mississippi, not Ferguson, Missouri, or Baltimore, Maryland! We face growing sub-cultures, linked-up and emboldened by social media and the Internet, that target law enforcement and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: McCullough will have hands full at MDA

Glenn McCullough / Photo by Thomas Wells from DJOURNAL.COM

Eminently qualified to head up the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), Glenn McCullough won’t have a cakewalk.   Gov. Phil Bryant announced McCullough’s appointment last Thursday, saying, “He can build a consensus and get things done. We have great momentum in Mississippi, and Glenn will take that success to the next level.”   First, though, McCullough must grapple with budget and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant confronts tale of two Mississippis

The tale of two Mississippis persists.   One Mississippi is made up of people comfortable with their way of life. Some are well off and more than comfortable. But, for others, their hard-earned finances along with faith, family, and friends make their lives good enough. For the most part, this group might like a tax cut, but surefire oppose tax ...

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