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BILL CRAWFORD: MAEP ballot initiatives invite court rationalizations

miss supreme court

And you thought it absurd when the U.S. Supreme Court rationalized what Congress meant for Obamacare subsidies though the law clearly specified subsidies would go only to exchanges “established by the state.”   Ha!  Mississippi courts have two cases where they must rationalize what the Mississippi Legislature meant by the complex word “shall.”   Shades of Bill Clinton’s, “It depends on ...

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AARON EDWARDS — Business sales strategy 101: The basics

marketing

Y ou’ve spent years growing and developing your business and are now considering a recapitalization or exit strategy. Do you sell a portion of your business to a private equity group in order to take advantage of growth and other business/personal opportunities?  Do you sell the entire business to a management team or strategic buyer as part of your overall ...

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LAW ELEVATED — It’s a good time to franchise your business – can you do it?

Franchising. Business Background.

Franchising is used to expand – and cook up – many types of businesses, especially restaurants. This is understandable, as it’s often viewed as less capital intensive and less risky than other kinds of expansion. Mississippi has a strong history of restaurant franchising and, in my opinion, a host of opportunity for more. It’s not surprising – we’ve got great ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

Phillip Gunn

We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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SUMESH ARORA: Innovation in Mississippi must be inclusive

Innovation, idea

I n my last column I talked about the culture of giving in Mississippi, which we know cuts across race and religion. Our citizens are among the most charitable in the country.  Similarly, we need to work on embedding a culture of innovation in all citizens of Mississippi regardless of age, race, religion and economic status.  There is strong research-based ...

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PEYTON SMITH: Earthquake damage, I’m covered for that right?

Saturday, May 2, was just another Saturday in Mississippi. People were enjoying the one of the biggest sporting days of the year, with Kentucky Derby, college baseball and of course the “biggest fight in history” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that night. About 7:45 that night I was at friend’s house and somebody said that there had been an ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Land surveys: More than just a sketch

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We suspect that most licensed surveyors never seriously considered careers in law.  Surveying is a precise business that deals in excruciating exactness.  Lawyers are masters of gray areas and debate, repeatedly uttering the tiresome phrase “on the other hand.”  Surveyors utilize relative positional precision and standard deviations in their efforts to pin down the facts.  Facts are something lawyers prefer ...

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DAVID DALLAS: A Mission of Love to End Racism

Auburn Sandstrom cries while praying at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A week of funerals lie ahead for victims of the Charleston church massacre that killed nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Afew months ago, I started attending Mission Mississippi meetings in my home county. Hosted by different churches and community groups each month, the mission of these prayer groups is to encourage and demonstrate unity across racial and denominational lines. The hope is that communities throughout Mississippi will see practical evidence of the Gospel message among a diverse group of believers. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

education

When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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