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BILL CRAWFORD — Bryant set stage for faith to supplant battle flag

The Mississippi Legislature plowed new ground last week when members heroically voted to banish the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, uprooting a long-time symbolic vestige of our segregationist past. The unexpected success resulted from a rare convergence of liberal, conservative, business, and religious groups who provided resources, strategic messaging, and influencers to get the job done. Think about ...

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TODD SMITH — Mississippi breaks shackles from its racist past by changing the state flag

Mississippi has broken the shackles from its racist past by removing the state flag and its outdated confederate battle symbol that has weighed the state down for far too long, costing the state far too much. In the wake of defiant voices and common sense from major businesses, the sports world, music stars and the public, and with the backdrop ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Trouble in Paradise, but 30A smooths the bumps

Driving from Jackson, we pass through Bankhead Tunnel beneath the Mobile Bay, with the U.S.S. Alabama and its World War II guns standing guard above us. We’ve been on the road several hours and have noticed a vague color on the mid-day horizon. We keep an eye out for a coronavirus checkpoint soon after we enter Florida via Interstate 10. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Reflections on flag vote

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao Tzu The story of how Mississippi came to change the state flag is a classic case of paradigm shift. In his book, “Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future,” Joel Barker defines a paradigm as, “a framework of rules within which problems are solved.” It ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mandate masks to avoid another lock-down and school closures

Back in the day you could tell the bad guys by the masks they wore. How ironic that these days it seems to be the other way around. Those not wearing masks are becoming the bad guys. Back then the masked guys were outlaws. Maybe it’s time for today’s unmasked to be called outlaws too.  Time and again Gov. Tate ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Trump administration issues executive order barring issuance of new foreign work visas

On Monday, President Trump signed a Proclamation suspending the issuance of new employment-based visas in an effort to limit the entry of immigrants into the country. The ban restricts the issuance of certain H-1B, H-2B, J trainee, and L intracompany visas. The Proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. by certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L visa-holders, as well as those ...

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TODD SMITH — Associated Press to capitalize ‘Black,’ Merriam-Webster redefines ‘racism’

The Associated Press is changing its style to capitalize Black when referring to it in a racial, ethnic or cultural way — a move newsrooms across the United States have made in recent weeks. And Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of ...

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Analysis: Doctor calls Parchman conditions ‘deplorable’

Living conditions in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are “are sub-human and deplorable in a civilized society,” according to a physician who has evaluated the prison on behalf of inmates who are suing the state. Dr. Marc Stern specializes in correctional health care and has evaluated dozens of jails, prisons and immigration detention facilities in the United States. Conditions ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans let Trump spend more than Obama

In December 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed the Gramm-Ruddman Act mandating a balanced federal budget by fiscal year 1991. “The American people expect their elected officials to take action now to reduce the size of government and to set upon a reasonable and equitable course to eliminate federal budget deficits,” the conservative, Republican president said. It took until 2001 and ...

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Analysis: Mississippi could erase multistep election system

Mississippi voters might get a chance to purge a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution and simplify the process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. Legislators are close to agreeing on House Concurrent Resolution 47. It would put a proposal on the ballot this November, letting people decide whether to erase an Electoral College-type provision from the ...

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