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BILL CRAWFORD: Are big money tax policies best for Mississippi?


As tax collections continue to falter, threatening more mid-year budget cuts, our legislative leaders scurry to shore up the brilliance of their tax cut agenda.    They brought in an “outside expert” to say they’re on the right track.    Nicole Kaeding, an economist with the Tax Foundation, told them that adding more consumption taxes and reducing corporate taxes is ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Can Trumpism wean GOP from big money politics?

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Anger and frustration drive the voters who will support Donald Trump come whatever.   What I hear:  It’s about time somebody was willing to stick it to those (bad word) in Washington. And to Wall Street too. Those (bad word) in China and Mexico who steal our jobs need a lesson they won’t forget. Those (bad word) in the Middle East ...

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ACLU sues Mississippi over ‘religious rights’ law


The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state over a law that will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people. The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. House Bill 1523, passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant, is set ...

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Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division

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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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Mississippi House back at work after partisan rift

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JACKSON — The Mississippi House worked several hours Monday after resolving a partisan fight that halted debate for two days late last week. Representatives passed dozens of bills, mostly without any hint of division or rancor. It was a stark contrast to Thursday and Friday, when Democrats filibustered by having bills read aloud because Black Caucus members said Republicans, who ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are Mississippi politicians bought and paid for?

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  Politicians are bought and paid for, according to Donald Trump. “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do,” he said. He was speaking about Washington politicians. But what about Mississippi politicians?  Are they bought and paid for? Probably not, but the less than squeaky clean behavior of some, and the lack of concern by most, ...

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Carmichael, GOP nominee twice for Mississippi governor, dies


MERIDIAN — Gil Carmichael, a two-time Republican nominee for Mississippi governor in the 1970s and head of the Federal Railway Commission under President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 88. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says Carmichael died of a heart attack Sunday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Services were pending Monday at Wright’s Funeral Home in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Fuel tax issue will show Republicans can lead, or not


The Governor, Lt. Governor and Legislators started new four-year terms this month. Most are returnees. Most are Republicans. The main difference between now and four years ago is that Republicans now hold “super” majorities in both the House and Senate. That means they can pass revenue, tax, and bond bills (along with general and appropriations bills) with Republican votes only.   ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — America leaving behind No Child Left Behind


America is about to leave behind former President George Bush’s landmark No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education program.   The House of Representatives voted 359 to 64 last week for the new “Every Student Succeeds Act.” The Senate is expected to vote this week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.   This could be good news for ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism nothing new

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Legislative Republicans, especially House Speaker Philip Gunn, often talk about their accomplishments during the current  four-year tenure that is quickly coming to an end. “Since Republicans gained control,” they often say as they tout their record as any good politician would do. It is true that Republicans gained a majority in the Mississippi House four years ago for the first ...

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