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BILL CRAWFORD: Bryant confronts tale of two Mississippis

The tale of two Mississippis persists.   One Mississippi is made up of people comfortable with their way of life. Some are well off and more than comfortable. But, for others, their hard-earned finances along with faith, family, and friends make their lives good enough. For the most part, this group might like a tax cut, but surefire oppose tax ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will voters be satisfied with legislative session?

The Mississippi Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session last Thursday, but it may not be through working for the year…nor should it be, say some.   When Senate and House conferees on Gov. Phil Bryant’s popular $50 million workforce training bill suddenly let the bill die, speculation immediately began that Bryant will call a special session to revive it.   ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blog takes McDaniel conservatives to task

The Mississippi based political blog “Y’all Politics” has taken the “MS Tea Party” and Chris McDaniel’s Conservative Coalition to task:   “I’ve said this before, but if the MS Tea Party is serious about doing anything but Facebook Memes and TwitterBombs, they need to have real candidates, raise money, party build and run folks for office. Policy can’t be effected ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Leadership crumbling along with highways and bridges

“Somebody’s going to be killed,” Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall stressed to the Clarion-Ledger, pointing to a study that shows Mississippi has 2,275 structurally deficient bridges. “That’s what’s going to happen.”   The huge tax cut wind howling out of the State Capitol just flicked his spittle back at him. » READ MORE — MDOT commissioner: National group gets it ...

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Anderson Regional Medical Center announces Bill Crawford to board of directors

Anderson Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the addition of Bill Crawford to its Board of Directors. Crawford brings a diverse business and public service background to Anderson. He currently serves as the President of The Montgomery Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with a mission to serve as an innovative regional development organization for east central Mississippi and west ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Keep education funding out of the courts

The Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) that was designed to keep education funding out of court is now in court, and may stay there for years to come.   In the mid-90s, lawsuits popped up in many states over inadequate funding for schools, particularly those in impoverished areas. Mississippi was at risk because of its many low-tax-base schools providing inferior ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts with promises they would be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Lowest Common Denominators, Politicians, and Common Core

I wonder if “lowest common denominator” shows up in the Common Core State Standards? Well, it probably shows up in the math standards since that’s how you add fractions. But it ought to be highlighted in the language standards too, since that’s the level of most political language today, particularly in Mississippi. “Something of small intellectual content designed to appeal ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: IHL'S Bounds may be a good fit for Nebraska

IHL Commissioner Hank Bounds is finalist for president of the University of Nebraska, a five campus system not unlike the multi-campus Mississippi system Bounds oversees as commissioner. In an interview with the Daily Nebraskan, Bounds expounded on his expectations should he becomes president: “Nebraska University constituents should expect me to ensure that students receive a world-class education that is accessible ...

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Prison-contract task force working in wake of Epps' indictment

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore said that he and others on a new task force have already started examining contracts awarded by the Department of Corrections as they evaluate state spending with private prison companies and other vendors. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant created the five-member task force this month after former Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps and businessman ...

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