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Analysis: Reeves, Hood have played different budget roles

The Mississippi governor’s race this year pits Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who has shaped the state budget-writing process, against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who has brought in some of the money that pays for state government. In the weeks leading to the Nov. 5 general election, voters will hear plenty of back-and-forth between the two candidates about budget ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — What issues will matter most to voters in November?

What issues will matter most to voters when choosing Mississippi’s next governor? Republican nominee Tate Reeves wants to convince voters that his opponent is a tax and spend, anti-Trump liberal. Democratic nominee Jim Hood wants to convince voters that his opponent is a self-serving politician who cares more about corporate cronies than average Mississippians. It’s going to be that kind ...

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Analysis: Campaign ads bring cute kids and scary politicos

Mississippians could get a reprieve from political advertising now that the rush of the party primaries is over. Starting in about mid-October, though, people who are easily annoyed by political ads will have to keep their TV remotes handy. Voters on Nov. 5 will choose a governor, other statewide and regional officials, state lawmakers and county officials, including sheriffs. Commercial ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves strong in rural counties; reaches out to Waller voters

Interesting tidbits from the Republican primary runoff won by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves by a 54% to 46% margin over former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller: In 2015, the runoff vote total was 54% of the first primary total. This year that percentage jumped to 87%. The GOP runoff total of nearly 325,000 votes even topped the nearly 290,000 ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook taps journalists, part 2

Facebook grabbed headlines last year when it cut its “trending topics” editorial team. Now, it’s back in editor hiring mode. Recently, the social media leader announced plans to hire what it is describing as a “small team” of veteran journalists – likely 10 or fewer – to choose content that will be featured in a section of the news tab, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Taylor says skills training should begin in 8th grade

“The paradigm of get a job and we will train you is gone,” says Louisville’s Lex Taylor. He is talking to a large multi-county group of business, education, and government leaders at the The Dome, Louisville’s new community safe room. Understand that Taylor is no common businessman. He is the third-generation leader of one of Mississippi’s great rural industry successes. ...

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TODD SMITH — Ohio State seeks to trademark ‘The’

The Buckeyes are aiming to be “The” brand in college sports! Ohio State University is seeking to trademark the word “The” when used on items marketed for sale, according to a trademark application filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, made a couple of weeks ago, aims to protect the school’s formal name – The Ohio State ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Everywhere you turn, there’s a writer

Turns out that our trip from northeast Jackson to Yazoo City last Friday was a good warmup for the fifth annual Mississippi Book Festival the next day. Yazoo City, of course, is the town that Willie Morris put on the map. And while the estate sale that attracted us was rewarding in its own right, the Morris trail took over, ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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DENNIS SEID: Despite shrinking size, Tupelo Furniture Market remains important

On Thursday, Behold Washington Furniture cut the ribbon on its new space at the Tupelo Furniture Market, a 19,000-square-foot showroom that more than tripled the size of Behold’s former showroom. The upholstered furniture company has been growing nicely the past few years, having acquired Washington Furniture last year. And despite a fire that destroyed Washington’s plant in Pontotoc, a 400,000-square-foot ...

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