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

Illustration by Ford Williams

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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Mississippi’s Harper named chair of House Admin Committee

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Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee. He was selected for the post by Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Harper is the only one of Mississippi’s four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship. Rep. Bennie Thompson was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee when Democrats held the House majority, and is ...

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At Mississippi school funding hearing, many say spend more


Seeking public input on possible changes to Mississippi’s education funding formula, many people are telling legislators the most important thing is more money. A number of speakers at a Thursday hearing were hostile to plans by Republican legislators to change the current Mississippi Adequate Education Program, which divides $2.2 billion among schools. “I have yet to be convinced the current ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan


By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi tightens bond rules for long-term debt


Don’t take on long-term debt to cover day-to-day expenses. Don’t use credit to buy stuff that will wear out before it’s paid off. It’s advice many parents give their soon-to-be adult children. And, in a nutshell, it’s what the Mississippi Bond Commission says in rules it recently adopted. The rules were written partly in response to a $308 million bond ...

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US stocks move higher as banks surge with bond yields

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Bank stocks are climbing Monday morning as bond yields continue to rise. Bond yields are climbing to their highest levels this year, which points to higher interest rates and bigger profits for banks from lending money. Investors have been selling bonds, pushing yields higher, as they expect the spending plans of president-elect Donald Trump to lead to higher inflation. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Appointments will tell if Trump can deliver

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Haley Barbour was right. “People wanted to shoot Washington the bird,” he said recently at the MEC Hobnob. “They thought Donald Trump was the biggest, most magnificent middle finger they could find.”   For many, that’s all that mattered. If Trump delivers on any campaign promises, well, that will just be icing on the cake.   Others are expecting lots ...

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Stocks mixed as investors seek clarity on Trump policies

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Global stocks were mixed on Friday and the dollar steadied, as investors sought greater clarity on the upcoming economic policies of President-elect Donald Trump. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 fell 0.7 percent to 4,498, while Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 percent at 10,661. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 1 percent to 6,761. U.S. shares appeared headed for a weaker open a ...

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Mississippi high court to consider hidden public records dispute


The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider a dispute over public access to records from a state agency. The dispute started in late 2012, when the Sun Herald requested records from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. After the newspaper made its request, state Auditor Stacey Pickering subpoenaed the same documents and took possession of them. Pickering’s staff said the records ...

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