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Barbour's silence could be deafening

By Wally Northway Seems folks around the nation and world are listening to everything Gov. Haley Barbour says these days as they wait to hear whether or not he will run for President. However, it may be what Barbour is not saying that is of equal import to Mississippians. So far, Barbour has not even hinted as to what candidate ...

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Khosla fires back at Wall Street Journal

By Amy McCullough Quite the heated exchange on the Wall Street Journal editorial page between the editors and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. In a previous editorial, “The Range Fuels Fiasco,” the WSJ used Khosla’s failed Range Fuels business to say that government shouldn’t get involved with startups. (WSJ is now locked down. Most of the editorial can be found at ...

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Is Barbour jockeying for campaign funding from energy sector?

By Amy McCullough Will Barbour use the energy sector to finance his presidential campaign? Sounds like the Associated Press thinks so: Mississippi governor to talk with coal operators MS State Wire Published:Feb. 17, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour is expected to speak with Kentucky coal operators on Thursday. The Mississippi governor would be the ...

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Senate OKs changes to Jackson special option sales tax legislation

By Ted Carter Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson overcame a key challenge Thursday in his quest to overhaul the city’s antiquated water and sewer system.The city’s sole legislative priority for the year – a bill amendment that would enable the city to bond major water and sewer upgrades through 2023 – received Senate approval by a 38-9 margin.Bill sponsor Sen. John ...

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Brown's ouster: Politics as usual (unfortunately)

By Wally Northway It’s déjà vu all over again. And it’s not good déjà vu, either. The recent unceremonious ouster of Mississippi Department of Transportation executive director Butch Brown by the Mississippi Transportation Commission seems to have finally ended the long-running blood feud between Brown and Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall, though the hatred runs so deep one has ...

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Haley Barbour and Khosla Ventures

By Amy McCullough Gov. Haley Barbour and a venture capital firm backing three of the most recent green energy startups purchased by the state of Mississippi will both be speaking at a California energy conference for high-rollers hosted by the editors of The Wall Street Journal. ECO:nomics “will bring together the world’s top CEOs, policymakers, entrepreneurs and industry experts to ...

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One size doesn't fit all in the Delta

By Wally Northway In the spring of 1968, my family and I spent a tense night huddled at my grandmother’s house in Greenville. All the lights were doused, the only sound a radio turned down so low it was barely audible. Every now and then somebody would pull a curtain back and peak out a window. The atmosphere was thick, ...

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Healthcare reform: Leaving a bad taste

By Wally Northway There once was a company that was looking to launch a new brand of dog food. Everything looked promising — good brand name, attractive packaging, solid demographics and high marks from prospective customers. And it fell flat on its face. Why? It tasted terrible. Dogs simply hated it. I believe that to be a true story. If ...

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Stupid comments from Mississippi politicians

By the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi’s legislators just aren’t afraid to blast their cowardice to the world. The MBJ’s most recent favorite examples: The Clarion-Ledger‘s Jan. 21 story “Open meetings bill passes Senate floor” highlights a new law (SB 2289) that would put teeth in the state’s Open Meeting Act. Elected officials who violate the act would have to personally ...

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If measured by $ to Iowa candidates, Barbour running for pres

By Amy McCullough In the most recent issue of WORLD magazine, columnist Mindy Belz cites information from the Des Moines Register that could indicate a Haley Barbour run for president is very likely. In addition to visiting Iowa, “Another measure of presidential interest is which of these prospective candidates contributed to Iowa candidates in 2010 mid-term elections via their own ...

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