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Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division

This was the year Republicans seized and wielded a supermajority in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature. Gaining stronger control in the 2015 elections helped the GOP achieve long-held goals in 2016, including appointing superintendents and phasing out the franchise tax. But the 2016 legislative session was at times bitterly divisive. Republicans ramrodded through some measures over intense opposition, and ...

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WE LAW — Postnuptial agreements: Do you need one?

Asset protection planning is a well-known concept in business circles, but seldom considered in a family context. And when discussed in the non-business context, the discussion is more likely to involve either a prenuptial agreement, property settlement in divorce, or estate planning.  The postnuptial agreement is an asset protection planning device used during marriage.  In fact, it can be used ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Which lane are you in?

Driving toward downtown Jackson on Interstate 55 from the north, a driver encounters something known locally as “the waterworks curve.” There are three southbound lanes at that point. In typical urban interstate motoring fashion, drivers begin jockeying for lanes as they approach their desired exit, of which there are three in the next mile. The first is Fortification Street, the ...

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TODD SMITH — Use Twitter analytics to engage your audience

Seeking better ways to improve your brand through Twitter marketing? One of the best social media strategies is to use diagnostics like Twitter Analytics as a roadmap to success. Here are four ways to shift your brand into high-gear from Social Media Examiner: 1. Tailor Your Content to Audience Interests Tweeting content that appeals to your audience’s interests can draw ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — Lost on the road to success? Ask Jim Rohn for directions

Sales sick? Take two Jim Rohn (lessons) and call me in the morning. One of my most respected life influencers was Jim Rohn. Considered by many (me included) to have been America’s foremost business philosopher, he impacted millions of people with his words of wisdom. Here’s a testimonial from someone he influenced, “Jim Rohn, my first personal development teacher, always ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Which lane are you in?

  Driving toward downtown Jackson on Interstate 55 from the north, a driver encounters something known locally as “the waterworks curve.” There are three southbound lanes at that point. In typical urban interstate motoring fashion, drivers begin jockeying for lanes as they approach their desired exit, of which there are three in the next mile. The first is Fortification Street, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Needed — Politicians who live Biblical principles

Christian evangelist Franklin Graham is right. We need more political leaders who “believe in and live biblical principles.” “If we don’t do this we are going to lose our country,” said Graham, the son of the Rev. Billy Graham. He delivered his message last week at a prayer rally at the State Capitol in Jackson.   That “live” part is ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Growth rings: May the cycle be unbroken

Pines are being harvested in the first “thinning,” 18 years after the farm was planted in the Southern softwood. There’s nothing really new under the Attala County sun – which has risen and set 50,000 times since the farm has been in the family for 135 years. As I walk a hillside to inspect the harvesting, the earth vibrates in ...

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