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BILL CRAWFORD — Does pro-life Mississippi let people die or help them live?

Is Mississippi only pro-life when it’s easy? Or are we pro-life when it’s hard too? I am led to ask these questions by two occurrences discussed below. (Too many similar tragedies and uncaring attitudes occur across our state.) This first one was profiled in the Clarion-Ledger last week. “A woman died after suffering a simple asthma attack,” read the headline. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP brawl brewing with Reeves, Waller and (probably) McDaniel

“Governor’s race just got interesting,” read a text message the day after columnist Geoff Pender announced Bill Waller, Jr., will enter the race. Oh, the just retired Supreme Court Justice deciding to take on frontrunner Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary stirs a lot of interest. But adding state Sen. Chris McDaniel to the mix really whips it ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — U.S. beacon of hope going dim this Christmas?

Oh the glamour and sizzle of the Christmas season in America – parades and decorations, sales and bargains, parties and special events. Then, comes Christmas morning with presents under the glistening tree with carols playing as the aromas from the pending family feast waft through the house. Most of us enjoy some, if not all, of the above. Some, perhaps ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith trumped Espy handily in run-off

As expected, Cindy Hyde-Smith trumped Mike Espy in the run-off election to fill the seat vacated by Sen. Thad Cochran. Yes, trumped, both literally and figuratively – literally because she won handily 54% to 46% and figuratively because President Donald Trump flew into Mississippi the day before the election and stumped for her in Tupelo and Biloxi. As I wrote ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi morality yielding to anger and hatred?

“Hatred is blind and anger deaf” wrote Alexandre Dumas in his classic “The Count of Monte Cristo.” In February, WalletHub.com ranked Mississippi as the 5th angriest and most hateful state behind Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Alaska. And the Clarion-Ledger reported “Mississippi has the third most hate groups in the country” per capita behind Idaho and Tennessee. This comes amidst reports of increases in hate and hate ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — McDaniel switcheroo shifts hot seat from Wicker to Bryant

Call it what you will, state Senator Chris McDaniel blinked. Despite his earlier caustic rhetoric, he will not challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in the Republican Primary. Instead, he will compete in what he hopes will be an easier pathway to the Senate, the special election to fill retiring Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat. Assuming his billionaire funders stick with ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trumponomics may push national debt interest costs higher than Social Security and Medicare

Basic math and what the Wall Street Journal calls “Trumponomics” are headed for a brutal collision.   Here’s why.   The national debt is $20.6 trillion and rising. With rates low, annual debt interest costs averaged about $250 billion from 2011 through 2016. As the economy improved, interest rates slowly ticked up. But, now they are expected to surge as ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Early intervention with disadvantaged children has high ROI

Gov. Phil Bryant kicked off a recent seminar at the Civil Rights Museum auditorium featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James Heckman. An expert in the economics of human development, Dr. Heckman spoke on “Making the Case for Investing in High Quality Early Childhood Education in Mississippi.” The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of ...

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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Early interventions could lift Mississippi off bottom

What one thing could Mississippi do to have a more competitive workforce, a healthier population, more college graduates, fewer welfare mothers, better school performance, fewer special needs children, less drug usage and pay for itself seven times over?   Improve cognitive development in at-risk children right from birth.   Sound too good to be true?    Science says otherwise. It ...

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