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Analysis: Endorsements in ‘blender’ of what voters consider

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Candidates in a U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi are promoting endorsements they’re receiving from other politicians. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is backed by President Donald Trump, and they are scheduled to appear together at a rally Tuesday in northern Mississippi’s DeSoto County. Democratic challenger Mike Espy is endorsed by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Uncertainty dims hallelujah economic times for Republicans

BILL CRAWFORD Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest since December 2000. Total nonfarm employment is nearly 150 million, the highest ever.  And average wages are the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What political happenings will be big things by election time?

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi politics will be a happening thing through the next two Novembers.  Senate candidate Chris McDaniel didn’t seem to help himself on his national Morning Joe appearance when he said “I’m gonna ask them after 100 years, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today? After 100 years of begging for ...

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Analysis: Legislative transparency a matter of perspective

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS A Republican leader of the Mississippi House says the Legislature operates more transparently now than ever. But a longtime Democratic senator says the Legislature falls short of even its own past practices of conducting public business out in the open. House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian and Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory presented contrasting views ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Entrepreneurship is the solution

Matthew McLaughlin In a LinkedIn article published by Michael Dell in 2014, he noted that between 1985 and 2005, the number of people living in poverty in the world was cut in half.  This happened to be the exact period in time when the use of a personal computer and server became affordable to a mass market.  Dell further pointed ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on five days in Iceland

PHIL HARDWICK Our plane landed on schedule at Iceland’s modern Keflavik International Airport. It was in early afternoon on a midsummer’s day. The weather was cloudy; the temperature in the upper 50’s. Unlike most countries my wife and I have visited there was no customs check-in. We simply picked up or bags and caught our pre-arranged bus to downtown Reykjavik, ...

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ALAN TURNER — The MCEE: Planting the seeds for success

ALAN TURNER The mission of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education is helping to educate young people about economics, finance, and business. There are many success stories of young folks who have been inspired to become economically literate, making important choices about their career objectives, and some who became successful entrepreneurs while still in high school. Others have developed a ...

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Analysis: Mississippi in line for savings account boost

JEFF AMY Mississippi may be making its first big deposit into its savings account in several years, but state government is still lacks enough savings to ride out a substantial downtown in revenues. The Department of Finance and Administration is still in the process of closing the books on the year ended June 30, but spokesman Chuck McIntosh said the ...

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