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SHAD WHITE — Public sector fraud provides lessons for businesses

My office just finished two large reports, one being our yearly audit of federal money flowing through Mississippi and the other a review of all the investigations we’ve completed in the year that I’ve been State Auditor. The takeaway from both is that theft of public money and the lack of controls to prevent fraud are still big problems in ...

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BECKY GILLETTE — Immigration arrests at poultry plants were a disaster

This past week there were the kind of emergency food drives in Central Mississippi normally reserved for disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes. In this case, the disaster was immigration raids that resulted in the arrests of 680 people while they were at work at poultry processing plants in the area. About 600 agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) armed ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Lose weight and 7 other reasons to run for public office

Political campaign season is in high gear. This year Mississippi voters will elect candidates for statewide, county and certain district offices. Although the deadline has passed to qualify to run for those positions it is an appropriate time to broach the subject of running for political office in a future election cycle. In this column, I offer eight reasons for ...

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DENNIS SEID: No easy solutions to immigration, but something must be done

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges.” No less than George Washington uttered those words two centuries ago – but do they still apply? Should they still apply? Then ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will new GOP primary voters make difference in runoff?

Roughly 95,000 more Mississippians voted in the Republican primary this year than four years ago, a 34% increase. This pushed Republican turnout over Democratic turnout for the first time. These new GOP primary voters could noticeably impact the August 27th runoffs. So, where did they come from? Well, not from the big 12 Republican counties that typically dominate primaries. Comparing ...

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TODD SMITH — Gatehouse Media & Gannett – 2 largest newspaper chains – combine

The media industry continues to go through seismic shifts in order to better align with a digital world, and the evolving preferences of audiences. A major media tremor struck earlier this week, when the two largest newspaper chains in the United States agreed to merge in a nearly $1.4 billion deal – consolidating an industry rumbling with change. New Media ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — Occupational licensing reform has bi-partisan support, but entrenched opposition

The requirements to obtain an occupational license before working is a growing problem throughout the country. And Mississippi is certainly not immune to this current situation. There once was a time when occupational licensing was reserved for those occupations that most would agree should be licensed. This includes medical professionals, lawyers, or teachers. But those days are long passed.  Today, ...

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Analysis: Neshoba speeches bring humor and serious messages

The Neshoba County Fair has long been a place for Mississippi politicians to engage in drama, hyperbole, and their own form of comedy as they try to win favor with potential voters. The candidates who appeared to have the most fun at the fair last week were those unburdened by competition in the party primaries. Democrat Addie Lee Green is ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sonny saw others as potential allies, not enemies

The day before election days harried politicians scurry to and fro making last minute connections and headlines to squeeze out those last few votes. The first “day before” this year for Mississippi elections landed on August 5th. That is also the birthday of a Mississippi politician who seldom had to scurry for last minute votes. The late Congressman G.V. ‘Sonny’ ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Beware of scam artists promising jobs for your community

The subject of economic development incentives is receiving lots of publicity these days. The Amazon relocation debacle revealed what can happen when the entire community is not on board with major business recruitment. When incentives are properly used, the community wins and the company receiving the incentives wins. However, because some communities are so desperate for jobs they are easy ...

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