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TODD SMITH — Most compelling PR content of 2018?

Happy 2019, Spin fans! The Spin Cycle spent time during the holidays reflecting on all the brand happenings in 2018, and what’s in store for 2019. I stumbled upon great insight and pearls from PR Week, and what is resonating with today’s plugged-in reader. Here is a short take on the magazine’s most read content of 2018 – and Denny’s ...

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Analysis: Guns and abortion could be election-year issues

Mississippi lawmakers have released few significant policy proposals as they prepare for their three-month session that begins Tuesday. This is an election year, and most of the 122 House members and 52 senators will put their names on the ballot to seek a new four-year term. A few lawmakers are retiring, and a few are pursuing statewide offices. Some of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Prerequisite for brain power is brain development

“Area’s with brain power have a competitive advantage over other areas,” I researched and wrote in a column 16 years ago. “Brain power is the gold of the 21st Century in America.” I recalled this column after reading a recent opinion column by Dr. Cathy Grace, the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at Ole ...

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Analysis: Defense spending is a Mississippi tradition

As the current Congress sputters to an end, there’s one accomplishment that Mississippi’s Republican members are looking back on with pride — higher defense spending. It was a theme in the re-election campaigns of several members, and resurfaced with December’s announcement of two more Coast Guard cutters to built at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula at an eventual cost of $1.7 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — 2019 will be a big year for Mississippi politics

It’s upon us, the new year, the much anticipated big political year for Mississippi. Yep, 2019 is the year when most state, regional, and local officials will be up for re-election and/or replacement. But, the really big thing will be the gubernatorial showdown between Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood. Oh, that November confrontation is not a ...

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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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JACK WEATHERLY — A mighty fortress holds forth with annual show

[droand pcap]It is the best foot forward for the biggest Baptist church in a Baptist-dominated state. “Carols by Candlelight” is First Baptist of Jackson’s extravagant yet humble yule show that just marked its 49th year. It is unquestionably the biggest event of the season in the Jackson area. It is comparable to the Mormons’ annual extravaganza in Salt Lake City. ...

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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi technology company aids in disaster recovery following Hurricane Michael

For those who aren’t aware, technology in Mississippi is one of our bright and emerging industries. Mississippi’s tech companies are providing innovative and creative solutions to the needs of business, government, and communities in diverse places around the world, and during the devastating blow dealt to the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael in October, one Mississippi firm was at the ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — 11 things I’ve learned about economic development

During my still active career in economic and community development, I’ve learned quite a few things. Some, but not all, are listed below. These are just the first ones that came to mind. Economic development is all about jobs. Even though the textbook definition of the term is, “… the process of increasing the economic wealth of a community,” almost ...

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Analysis: Top 2 GOP counties could split in governor primary

The road to the Republican nomination for statewide offices in Mississippi runs through a few conservative communities. In a largely rural state of just under 3 million residents, Republican candidates’ strategy is usually to seek support in a short list of vote-rich counties and to pad out a winning margin with additional votes from counties with smaller populations. Two of ...

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