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DENNIS SEID: Consumers prefer things made here; will they pay?

Reshoring” has been a buzzword in manufacturing of late, perhaps gaining more momentum with the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump, as we’ve heard, has threatened to punish companies that send jobs overseas. Last week,Carrier announced – with Trump in attendance – that it would keep about 800 union and supervisor jobs from being outsourced to Mexico. This is ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The strangest eminent domain case ever

There is an intriguing eminent domain case going on in south Mississippi. It involves a popular, well-known local eatery, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the local county government and a 100-foot strip of land alongside a highway. The real estate issue is property value, but that is only the beginning. Let’s begin with a brief, but incomplete factual timeline ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Department of Labor’s new OT rule put on hold

It seems that the US. Department of Labor (DOL)’s highly-anticipated overtime rules changes have been put on hold—and, quite possibly, on ice. On November 22, 2016, just days before the new rules were set to take effect on December 1, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant, a 2014 Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the DOL from implementing any ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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TODD SMITH — Cyber Monday smashed online sales record

Cyber Monday, the final lap in the Thanksgiving holiday shopping relay, yielded $3.45 billion in sales, a new online record. On the day when retailers traditionally roll out a raft of digital deals, Adobe Digital Insights said shoppers spent 12.1 percent more than Cyber Monday 2015, and 2.6 percent more than Adobe initially predicted. “Cyber Monday was one for the history ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS’ deficit “mortgage” ballooning, not shrinking

You know how a mortgage works right? You make your monthly payments and gradually your mortgage balance comes down.   Pat Robertson, Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), tells legislators and retirees to think of PERS’ massive $16.8 billion funding shortfall as a mortgage: “Having an unfunded liability (deficit) is analogous to having a mortgage and ...

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TODD SMITH — Social marketing tips to bring luster to your holiday branding

As the holiday season shifts into high gear, it’s important to consider social media as part of your holiday marketing mix. Facebook, in particular is a great platform for holiday branding. Social Media Examiner has developed 10 tips to leverage visibility and extend your reach during the holiday season. Here are the Top 5i 1. Create a Content Calendar With ...

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