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MBJ Editorial: Bryant the man to build bridges, hoist state from depths

This publication has been more than critical of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in many areas, particularly during his run for governor, for which he will go head-to-head with Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams on Aug. 2 in the Republican primary. Insiders admit to us that he has deserved much of the criticism. His guffaws are numerous, but when ...

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MBJ Editorial: State needs consumer advocate at Public Utilities Staff

The Mississippi Public Utilities Staff is in need of a new director. Executive Director Bobby Waites has announced he is retiring June 30. He has served as director since 1996. The Public Utilities Staff is the advisory body to the Public Service Commission, which regulates electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications utilities in Mississippi. Reorganized by the Legislature in 1990, ...

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MBJ Editorial: Year later, beer has New Albany business buzzing

It wasn’t that long ago that a beer bill in the Legislature was getting lots of attention from around the state. It died a quiet death, never making it out of committee. At the crux of our story were two Mississippi men who have started a craft beer business in Louisiana. They never considered Mississippi, in part, because of our ...

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MBJ Editorial: If it sounds too good to be true, well, you know

As long as we pick up the phone or log onto a computer or empty our mailboxes, we have got to keep our guard up. Recently, the Mississippi Public Service Commission fined two companies — one in Arizona, the other in Florida — $15,000 each for violating Mississippi’s Do Not Call Law. That shield against solicitation has been a blessing ...

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MBJ Editorial: Burton’s actions are slimy, at best

Ethics in government went out the window a long time ago. Politicians routinely lie to the media, and many believe that is OK. A more concerning issue, however, is politicians’ willingness, not to just lie, but to cover up the lie, which can lead to a lot more issues. Sen. Terry Burton, R-Newton, proved he is willing to throw ethics ...

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MBJ Editorial: Sex ed and a state seeking to fulfill potential

Experts, economics and demographics of Mississippi spoke candidly in a Special Report we published in February. Their assessment: Mississippi’s soci-economic health will decline until its teens quit having babies. Legislators don’t dispute the prognosis; they’ve just chosen to ignore it. That changed this year — at least slightly, with Mississippi’s first ever requirement that public school districts must offer sex ...

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MBJ Editorial: Legislature missed a great opportunity

After weeks of slow and steady progress under the Capitol dome, the Mississippi Legislature was in position to accomplish a rare feat in today’s highly partisan political atmosphere.  Despite the sabre rattling and public pronouncements of those clamoring for a costly court fight, the redistricting process was reduced to a single Senate vote. It represented a singular opportunity for the ...

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MBJ Editorial: Banks must be a part of payday loan fix

Another seven years of bad luck for Mississippi’s working poor. No superstitious fears here. Mississippi’s payday lending future is sufficiently clear to tell us what we can expect now that a seven-year renewal of the controversial lending practice has cleared both the House and Senate. Without renewal, the law authorizing payday lending in the Magnolia State would have expired and ...

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MBJ Editorial: Wording can ease business worries of house bill

We’re not sure who has the edge in the balance of trade between Mississippi and Arizona. But one Arizona export to the Magnolia State — the “show us your papers” immigration legislation — should be packed up and sent back. Yesterday. We can give you all sorts of reasons why. But here are a few: >> Imitating Arizona’s ethnic bullying ...

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