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PHIL HARDWICK — Too many colonoscopies, not enough tattoos

Most strategic planning retreats begin with an opening exercise designed to energize the group and get participants to know each other better. The big issues surface later on during the retreat. However, at one recent retreat the opening exercise exposed a major issue facing the organization. The issue: an aging workforce. The exercise: autograph party. Autograph party, also known as ...

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Analysis: Mississippi legislators love to try to micromanage

Every year, Mississippi legislators deal with bills that could fall under the heading: Things You Shouldn’t Have to Tell a Sensible Adult. A case in point this year is Senate Bill 2305 , which says drivers must slow down and give space on the road to rural mail carriers who are making deliveries. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor punishable ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Concentrated power on rise in Mississippi Legislature

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically. Concentrated power is waxing once again as rank and file legislators cede power to their leaders.   The Mississippi ...

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DENNIS SEID: What we knew and when we knew it

Looking back at the decade since Toyota announced it was building a plant in Blue Springs, I’m still a bit surprised by the credit my newspaper was given for “keeping the news secret” until the day of the official announcement. To be honest, we didn’t know much more than anyone the day before it happened. What did we know and ...

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JOSH MABUS — A dancing baby started it all

Do you remember that annoying little animation that wouldn’t go away in the ‘90s? The looped animation of a diapered baby doing a cha-cha gained national attention when it was featured on the television show “Ally McBeal.” Before that appearance, the dancing baby had already made its rounds on the burgeoning “modern” Internet in web forums, chat rooms and individual ...

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TODD SMITH — Google helps publishers with audience engagement

Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested ...

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Analysis: Bills pass unseen in latest road-money drama twist

It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers don’t each have paid staff members to examine bills for them. Typically, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Shift tax burden as recommended or delay tax cuts

The Tax Foundation expert legislative leaders brought in last fall to advise them on tax reform recommended a shift in the state’s tax burden – away from corporate and individual income taxes to user-based taxes.    The key word is “shift.”     User-based taxes – gas taxes, sales taxes, use taxes, etc. – are already on the books in Mississippi. ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Their breach is your breach

When you’re catching up on the news, it’s become all too common to see stories about new breaches that have occurred, resulting in the theft of customers’ personal and financial information from businesses of all sectors. If you’re a regular reader of my column, you’re probably gotten past the fallacy of thinking “that can’t happen to me,” but there’s still ...

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