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Percolating with Bill Crawford: PERS has another bad year

from Bill Crawford … It’s time for the PERS Board and Executive Director to fess up to the serious problems facing the state retirement system. It’s time for the Legislature to put politics aside and face up to these problems. It’s time for us retirees to tune in to reality, take our medicine now, and avoid drastic measures that may ...

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Banks get reprieve from Basel III capital requirements

In a move that takes immediate pressure off of community banks in Mississippi and elsewhere in the nation, federal bank regulators say they do not expect to enact new capital requirements on Jan. 1 based on the Basel III International Accords. In a statement Friday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said the delays stems from the massive ...

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Mississippi notable for its 2012 ‘blueness,’ Rove says

Sakes alive! Mississippi’s turning blue? Not really – but it did make “blue” history of sorts in Tuesday’s presidential election. It had the distinction of being only one of two states to go a bit more blue than in the 2008 election, GOP strategist Karl Rove notes his post-election assessment of nationwide voting. Here is what Rove said on his ...

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Haley Barbour as GOP’s next Big Tent builder?

  Tuesday night’s vote counting ended with some Republican Party strategists coming to a single conclusion: The GOP’s viability hinges on it turning to a grown-up leader who can preach a gospel of inclusiveness. That would be Haley Barbour, they say. The former party chairman and two-term Mississippi governor bailed out as a potential GOP 2012 candidate in time to ...

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Woman who drove on sidewalk must wear 'idiot' sign

CLEVELAND — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots. Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will ...

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State seeks proposals for new Department of Revenue HQ

In a clear sign that state leaders have decided against further delays in getting the Mississippi Department of Revenue out of its metal warehouse headquarters in Raymond, the state has issued a request for proposals to building owners interested in leasing to the department. The move represents a change of heart by state leaders who last legislative session rejected a ...

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Did Hurricane Sandy Blow Romney Off Course?

If President Obama wins re-election on Tuesday, the historical memory of the race might turn on the role played by Hurricane Sandy. Already, some analysts are describing the storm as an “October surprise” that allowed Mr. Obama to regain his footing after stumbling badly in the first presidential debate and struggling to get back on course. Some Republicans seem prepared ...

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Fox host Varney marvels at 'convenience' of jobs report during Jackson visit

Economist-turned-Fox Business host Stuart Varney likes nothing more than poking an accusing finger at what most of the rest of us take as accepted truths. The conservative commentator who says he left England in 1974 to escape its class warfare” visited Jackson Tuesday to address the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Of course, the question was bound to come up ...

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Barbour stunned at barbs thrown at Christie’s post-Sandy work with Obama

Haley Barbour knows a bit about hurricane recovery and working with the federal government to preserve lives and property after a storm, having led Mississippi’s rebuilding from the historic destruction of hurricane Katrina in 2005. So you can understand his irritation at criticism leveled at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his work with President Obama on the Garden State’s ...

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Tearful 4-year-old has had enough of this 'Bronco Bamma' and Romney

Had enough of presidential politics? Can’t wait until Tuesday is behind us? No one is more eager to see an end to this stuff than Abigail Evans. She plainly can’t take anymore of “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.” Reassurances that it will all be over soon seem to soothe the child’s discomfort. Check out the video presented by Politico.   ...

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