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ANALYSIS — One-party rule returns in Miss., with GOP in charge


In the wake of another electoral debacle for Mississippi’s Democrats, it’s time to pull V.O. Key down off the bookshelf. Key was a political scientist who literally wrote the book on politics in Dixie. “Southern Politics in State and Nation,” published in 1949, remains a master work, the founding text of an entire specialty of American political science. But what ...

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HU MEENA — Fiber fever spreads throughout the Jackson metro area

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Few people noticed the lightbulb. The innovation that has come to be the very symbol of, well, a great idea. No one was against it, but few saw the potential. And who could blame them? This was a disruptive innovation that seemed out of context and excessive to functional lamp-flame light. They didn’t know what they didn’t know. Chances are ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — An economic development primer for small town mayors

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They come in all sizes and shapes and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Almost all of them are serving in their posts in a part-time capacity. Many, if not most, have had little training in the fundamentals and nuances of economic development. They are the mayors of small towns in Mississippi and other states across America. In spite of ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook challenges Google, Twitter on Real Time News


Facebook is ready to challenge Google and Twitter for control of real-time news search and the news itself. With a recent rollout to U.S. English language users, Facebook Search returns anything you’re allowed to see from its 2 trillion posts. That includes public posts by all people and Pages, not just your friends and Pages you Like as before. The ...

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BOOKBIZ — A breathtaking debut novel that doesn’t disappoint


Literary agent and author Bill Clegg is no stranger to the best-seller list, whether from the agent’s side or the writer’s. His own success as an author came several years ago with the publication of his two memoirs, which dealt with addiction and his subsequent recovery. Now, he’s returned with his outstanding fiction debut, the beautiful and poignant Did You ...

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OTHER VIEWS — Legislature scared to take on flag issue


With last week’s actions at two of the state’s largest universities, it is becoming clear that Mississippi may be setting itself up for an angry, bitter, divisive and messy fight over the state flag that it really doesn’t need. Last Monday, University of Mississippi officials quietly took down the state flag, which includes the controversial Confederate battle emblem, at the ...

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Father of state Republican Party, Clarke Reed, supports Democrat

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

My name is Clarke Reed. I am from Greenville. I am the second State Chairman of the Republican Party in modern times and have been active in Republican leadership roles since the early ‘60s. For the first time in my 87 years, I am supporting a Democrat, Thomas Blanton, Democratic candidate for Public Service Commission in the 3rd District. This ...

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JOSH MABUS — Experience – find your least common denominator


The Experience — does it set you apart? In a marketplace where most products and services aren’t unique, setting your brand apart can be difficult. This was the biggest concern of a group of bank marketers to which I had the pleasure to speak earlier this month at the American Bankers Association’s national marketing conference. This question kept coming up ...

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TODD SMITH — CNN launches Great Big Story – answer to Vice And Buzzfeed


Just south of CNN’s Manhattan headquarters, in an office marked not with the broadcast company’s iconic logo, but a red rocket ship, nearly 30 new employees have spent time stealthily preparing to launch the broadcast network’s answer to publications like Vice and Buzzfeed: Great Big Story. GBS is an independent company fully funded by CNN, and it aims to create ...

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