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BILL CRAWFORD — Wanna bet on who’s not gonna run in 2019?

Not gonna run in 2019 season is upon us.    Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs started it. He announced early this month he is not gonna run for Lt. Governor or any other statewide office next year.    While Petal Mayor Hal Marx says he is running for Governor and former Nettleton Mayor and now Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley might ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — History may repeat itself in 3rd district race

Will history repeat itself in the Third Congressional District election this year?    In 1964 a wealthy, agricultural businessman came out of nowhere to win what was then the Fourth Congressional District seat. Prentiss Walker, then 47, president of Walker Egg Farms and owner of Walker’s Supermarket in rural Mize, won as a conservative on the coattails of Barry Goldwater’s ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to ridicule legislative leaders?

Good leaders plan ahead.    You find versions of this truism in most leadership bestsellers. In particular, Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” says “begin with the end in mind;”  Legendary coach John Wooden’s “Wooden on Leadership” says “You must be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way;” and Sun Tzu’s “The Art of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — White space the solution for rural broadband?

White space surrounding rural folks across Mississippi may be the solution to closing our digital divide.   Huh?   Well, “white space refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum,” according to techrepublic.com.   Huh?   Okay, it’s basically unused TV channels. Turns out TV channel frequencies below 700 Mhz function sort of like 4G so they can be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Will Trump’s strongman example become U.S. norm?

Dictators rule. In the U.S., presidents are supposed to govern. The differences between ruling and governing are stark, e.g., Russia’s Vladimir Putin rules, Germany’s Angela Merkel governs.   Unlike Ronald Reagan, our current president just doesn’t get it. President Donald Trump tends to praise the Putins and disdain the Merkels.   “President Donald Trump’s affinity for authoritarian leaders across the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — McDaniel determined to take down an incumbent senator

Well, here we go again. State Sen. Chris McDaniel has again anointed himself as the conservative messiah sent to save us from a successful incumbent U.S. Senator.   Most will remember the nasty and controversial campaign McDaniel waged four years ago to unseat Sen. Thad Cochran. As described by the Biloxi Sun-Herald, “that GOP primary race dominated the media and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s seniority clout looks to dwindle

Powerful seniority has given small, rural Mississippi significant clout in Congress. That clout looks to dwindle sooner than expected.    Since 1940, the state has elected and re-elected U.S. Senators and Representatives for multiple decades to allow them to accrete seniority. For example, Rep. Jamie Whitten served 53 years, Bill Colmer 39 years, John Rankin 32 years, and Tom Abernethy ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Local government at risk from online sales, store closings

Stagnant tax policies and anti-tax fervor coupled with the Legislature’s inattention to changing business patterns will play havoc with local government financing over the coming years.    Here’s the backdrop.   Municipal finances depend heavily on sales taxes that the state collects and shares with communities where the sales occur. Growing online sales by Amazon, Wal-Mart, and other major retailers ...

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BILL CRAWFORD – New Year Economy Pivotal for Republican Leaders

The New Year promises to be a pivotal year for Republican leaders in Mississippi. With “job creation” tax cuts in place at both the state and federal levels, voters will be looking for Mississippi’s moribund economy to take off  But, that’s not what Mississippi’s state economist Dr. Darrin Webb forecasts. “Mississippi’s growth will not catch the national growth” in the ...

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