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BILL CRAWFORD — Koch thought machine will influence Mississippi elections

When it comes to government, Charles and David Koch want to influence, some say control, the political thoughts of all Americans. Yes, including Mississippians.   The Koch brothers and their super wealthy compatriots are spending billions of dollars to inform, many say indoctrinate, Americans on how to think about government, how to vote, and how to take down contrary elected ...

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GRANT CALLEN — School choice is not a new entitlement.  But Pre-K is.

Earlier this week, columnist Bill Crawford penned a piece arguing that school choice proposals authored in recent legislative sessions are not conservative because they represent a “new entitlement.” Instead, Crawford favors publicly funded Pre-K as the best fix for Mississippi’s education woes. Here’s why he’s wrong. To be a new entitlement the Legislature would have to appropriate more money for ...

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New chairman of the NEH a Mississippi native

By BECKY GILLETTE Jon Parrish Peede, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is a native of Mississippi who moved to Washington D.C. 15 years ago when President George W. Bush appointed him to a position at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “Virginia has been my state of residence since and is where my ...

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Sanderson earnings fall in second quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reports net income of $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, for its second fiscal quarter, which ended April 30, compared with net income of $67 million, or $2.95 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The release in premarket trading on May 24 drove Sanderson shares on the NasdaqGS market down as ...

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Fate of Po’ Monkey’s hinges on settlement of estate

By JACK WEATHERLY There are two questions about a historic Delta juke house: 1.) Can Po’ Monkey’s work without Po’ Monkey? 2.) Can the house be moved from the cotton field where it sprang up in the rich soil and culture of the Delta? Willie Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey, died July 14, 2016. He had a life estate at the ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Sadly, there goes that man who invented New Journalism

When I started working for newspapers 45 years ago, Tom Wolfe turned me on to something. It wasn’t a drug, though it did alter my writing sensibility, permanently. “There Goes (Varoom! Varoom!) That Kandy Kolored (Thphhhhhh!) Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby…” was the name of one of his early pieces that went a long way in establishing New Journalism. That essay about ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — The new federal banking sheriffs

On May 24, 2018, 489 days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump finally succeeded in placing appointees at the helms of the four major federal banking regulators.  The prospective immediate and longer term changes to be brought about by these new federal banking sheriffs bode well for banks, commercial lenders, and developers. BACK DROP: Barack, Elizabeth & Donald During the ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Finding white space

When I work with startups that are analyzing market opportunities and existing firms that are exploring other opportunities, I try to frame the discussion in terms of white space.  There is nothing proprietary about the term “white space” – it has been around at least since the dot-com frenzy of the 1990s, if not before then.  White space essentially means ...

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SECOND UPDATE: EPA chief defends agency approach

By JACK WEATHERLY After withholding the name of the keynote speaker for the Delta Council’s annual meeting last Friday, the group’s president revealed the day before that Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt was to be the speaker. The council initially said that it was going to honor the White House request to keep the speaker’s identity secret. But the ...

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