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Analysis: Rep’s ‘lynch’ remark part of broad cultural battle

Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver drew bipartisan condemnation with a recent Facebook post saying Louisiana leaders should be “LYNCHED” — in all caps — for removing Confederate monuments. But, social media being what it is, the white Republican from Winona was also praised by people who said he stood courageously against political correctness. Oliver’s post was made May 20, after ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Mississippi back on bottom in senior health rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people.    Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5 percent but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3 percent.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 years in 1980 to 36.5 years in 2015. Over that time, the percentage of population aged 65 and older moved from ...

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KYLE WILLIAMS — Federal Court strikes down FAA’s hobby drone registration requirement

In December of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a regulation that required hobby drone operators to register their unmanned aircraft systems with the FAA. The rule requires these operators to provide their names; physical, mailing, and email addresses; and any other information the FAA chooses to require. It also creates an online platform for registration, establishes a $5 per-individual ...

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TODD SMITH — How did news media cover Trump’s first 100 days?

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office – which set a new standard for negative coverage. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The ...

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Analysis: Can lawmakers ignore law? Attorney general says so

Few political observers think former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has much chance of winning his lawsuit trying to force the Legislature to spend the full amount demanded by Mississippi’s school funding formula. It’s a heavy lift to persuade a generally conservative state Supreme Court to order lawmakers to spend hundreds of millions more. But when the attorney general’s office stands up ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Freddy Joe should not pay taxes until Donny Joe does

It’s time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.   It’s time to revolt against the State’s unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales. You see, Mississippi law requires residents to pay taxes on all retail sales, except those specifically exempt. But, the State’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of tax collections provides a ...

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TODD SMITH — PR spending, staffing on rise over next 5 years

Brands plan to increase both internal staffing and overall spending on public relations over the next five years, according to a new report conducted by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the USC Center for Public Relations at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Conducted this winter, the survey was designed to shed light on the public relations ...

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