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BOBBY HARRISON: Transparency act ignites probable first salvo of the 2019 statewide campaign


Don’t look now, but it appears that Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi’s only elected Democrat, is gearing up to run for governor. Hood, a Chickasaw County native, has never been bashful about sharing his opinion, but in recent months he has been more vocal in criticizing the fiscal policy of the Legislature’s Republican leadership, and to a lesser degree Gov. Phil ...

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Analysis: Mississippi health care trust fund whittled away


It seems almost quaint now, the optimism that Mississippi legislators expressed in 1999 when they created a health care trust fund. The idea was to sock away the state’s multimillion-dollar annual payments from a tobacco lawsuit. The trust fund balance would grow, the money would be invested and the state would spend only the earnings to cover health care expenses. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Father of U.S. Constitution feared factionalism


  If our founding fathers could watch the malfunction of our state and local governments and the lack of reasoned discourse therein, what might they say? A good place to look would be the Federalist Papers. Huh? Oh that’s right. Besides some judges, scholars, and historians, few Americans today have a clue about the Federalist Papers or what they meant ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship


Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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JOSH MABUS — Blackbeard, smiles and weird facial hair — how we’re communicating through design

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Edward Teach, the pirate better known as Blackbeard, was one of the earliest and most successful designers and brand experts. Alice Rawsthorn, in her 2014 book Hello World, uses the legendary pirate as an example of taking great care in communicating brand experience. Imagine for a moment his brand’s “customer experience.” You’re sailing along with a ship full of goods ...

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TODD SMITH — More US journalists working for online only rather than newspapers


There are now more Americans working for online publishers and broadcasters than for newspapers, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment at online outlets first eclipsed newspapers in October 2015. As of March, there were 197,800 Americans working in the “internet publishing and broadcasting” sector versus 183,200 people working for U.S. newspapers. The data goes back ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reasoned discourse becoming historical relic in Twitter age


“In this age of Twitter, is reasoned discourse truly an historical relic, or is there hope for its revival?” Deanna Kuhn, professor of psychology and education at Teachers College Columbia University, examined in Scientific American.    A timely topic. Almost 242 years ago, in September 1774, our founding fathers engaged in reasoned discourse. That was when the First Continental Congress ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701: Payment and performance bonds in construction projects


Construction lenders on large commercial construction loans customarily require payment and performance bonds.  At the loan commitment letter stage, this condition rarely concerns a borrower.  Later, however, when the requirement materializes into a line item in the contractor’s budget, the borrower might have second thoughts.  We attempt to define and appraise the payment and performance bond (P&P Bond). Let’s assume ...

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ALAN TURNER — Newspapers and our American heritage


“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” – Thomas Jefferson As we approach another 4th of July, it would be good to pause for a few minutes in our busy lives and reflect on all of the ...

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