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TODD SMITH — Brands benefit from trusted news source partnerships

Reuters called this past year “the year the media became the headline” in the release of its Tomorrow’s News 2017 report. The news publisher surveyed more than 1,700 Reuters.com users in April and May to discuss advertising, awareness and perception of other news websites. As the news cycle has developed, the study from Reuters has found that news consumers are ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What makes a good mayor?

Now that municipal elections in Mississippi are over it’s time for the winning candidates to consider their new roles. Those who are assuming office for the first time will discover that being a mayor or board/council member is quite different from being a candidate. Being a mayor in particular is one of the toughest jobs going.  A mayor does not ...

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Analysis: Unclear path for revamp of Mississippi student aid

As tuition grows more expensive at Mississippi’s universities and community colleges, more students are seeking aid to help them pay. But the state’s financial aid programs have problems of their own. And while aid might be revamped, competing interests might preserve the status quo. Mississippi has three major undergraduate grant programs: the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG), the Eminent ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will Mississippi tax cuts have results like Kansas?

Is Kansas a lesson for Mississippi?   Conservative Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican controlled Kansas Legislature enacted massive state tax cuts five years ago, making Kansas the national poster child for anti-tax advocates.   Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature, led by newly elected moderate Republicans, reversed those deep tax cuts following huge budget shortfalls and limited economic growth. ...

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TODD SMITH — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook most valuable brands

Technology giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook have been named the Top 5 companies in the 2017 Brandz top 100 most valuable global brands ranking, carried out by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Now in its 12th year, the study combines measures of brand equity, based on interviews with more than 3 million consumers about thousands of global brands, ...

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DENNIS SEID: Deja vu all over again for market

Eleven years ago, Tupelo Furniture Market officials surveyed retailers and exhibitors, and the results showed a desire to move the twice-yearly trade shows. The market has traditionally held its shows in February and August, calling them the spring and fall markets, respectively. And so, the market shifted the dates to January and June. “This was requested by them, who said ...

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Analysis: Rep’s silence after lynch remark strains relations

In 2015, a white Mississippi lawmaker went to the front of the state House chamber and apologized for saying in an interview that black people in his town were getting food stamps and what he called “welfare crazy checks.” The apology by a deflated-looking Republican Rep. Gene Alday of Walls lasted only about 30 seconds. It was received by tepid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD – Voters sovereign except when they aren’t

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January: To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority to govern. The Mississippi Constitution makes clear that, ‘All power is vested in and derived from the people.'” Hmmm. In ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Constitutional Law

Let’s face it. The last time you studied constitutional law, marriage probably involved opposite genders. With the Donald in office and Anderson Cooper fulminating, we could all use a refresher on Con Law if for no other reason than to impugn the media’s talking heads and occasionally float a zinger at a cocktail party. The Backdrop.   The perfervid Declaration ...

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