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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

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The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Finding flexible office space with virtual ease

For the past 25-plus years whether in corporate, academic or government positions I have had some type of office space furnished to me. When I retired last year from a regular job to concentrate more on my own ventures I found myself in need of office space. What I ultimately discovered suited me – and thousands like me – to ...

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TODD SMITH: Adweek ranks influence in marketing, media, tech

Adweek has rolled out its inaugural Power List, ranking the 100 most influential, innovative and effective leaders controlling media, marketing and technology. The publication considered the profiles and results of corporate titans, taking into account such criteria as the value of company assets, revenue and revenue growth, consumer reach and affinity, market performance, standing among rivals, number of employees, key ...

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ALAN TURNER: The benefits of healthy workplaces

As we are all aware, Mississippi ranks at or near the bottom among the states in a number of vital health statistics, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Although we have excellent health care facilities in our state, it should be noted that great health care alone cannot change our current poor rankings. The answer can probably best be ...

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BOOK BIZ – Life is about choices, good and bad

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By Jill Alexander Essbaum
Published by Random House
$26.00 hardback

What makes us choose a particular book to read? The most obvious is that we read a review or a brief synopsis or the dust jacket plot description and it sounds like a story we’d enjoy. Or, it may be the author’s track record and that we’ve read other titles by him or her and liked them. For me with ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER: What can you do to get better? Follow the masters

What can you do to get better? Follow the masters. I began this year in retrospect by reading a 60-year-old book on the masters of selling. The book, titled “America’s Twelve Master Salesmen,” was written and published by B.C. Forbes & Sons in 1953. The book was based on the fact that each one of these master salespeople had one ...

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Analysis: Bryant lets suffrage bills stand without signature

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  JACKSON — In his first term, Gov. Phil Bryant has allowed eight bills to become law without his signature. All have been suffrage bills. Mississippians convicted of certain felonies lose the right to vote. Those who lose their vote have to be pardoned by the governor or go to the Legislature, where it takes a two-thirds majority to restore ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Politicians right to question Oxford Houses

Paul Molloy was a drunk working on Capitol Hill.  He ended up in a psych ward, then a county-run halfway house. When the county closed the house, Molloy and fellow residents sought to keep it open. They agreed to share rent, require residents to be sober, and make decisions by majority vote. The model worked.   Sober and back working on ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

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Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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