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BILL CRAWFORD — Prosperity indicators not so good across Mississippi

Mississippi politicians running for re-election or higher office are out, about, and on social media touting how good things are and how they helped make things that way. Well, some things are good, but some are far from good. One is population growth, rather, lack thereof. As Jack Schultz noted in his best seller Boomtown USA, population growth is one ...

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TODD SMITH: The Tiger Woods brand is pure green & gold

In the wake of winning his 5th Masters in grand style, the Tiger Woods brand is pure gold! And the brands that stuck with him – namely Nike – cashed in big when Tiger won his 15th major, following a drought of championship victories that lasted more than a decade. The value of Woods’ victory for Nike is roughly $22.54 ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Capitalism with a strong safety net Is not socialism

Evil socialism is about to take over America and Mississippi. At least that’s the fear-mongering political message these days from President Donald Trump, favored governor candidate Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and their minions. One of America’s great capitalists rejects that approach, contending we should focus more on fixing capitalism than fearing socialism. In his latest annual stockholder report, Jamie Dimon, ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — Hardy Reed: A business built on trust

In a recent conversation with Scott Reed, CEO of Hardy Reed, I asked what differentiates Hardy Reed from other investment firms. “The key focus for our company is Objective Fiduciary Guidance,” Scott said. “Whereas most investment firms earn commissions from the transactions they manage, we work on a fee basis with our clients, and our prime objective is in creating ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Employee motivation and the workplace

When I was in Army Basic Training I had a drill sergeant who often said, “The reward for a good job is no punishment.” He always said it with a smirky grin. Although that sounds rather harsh, it has more than a grain of truth. Doing a good job should be the rule, not the exception. That’s in contrast to ...

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TODD SMITH — Top 5 companies with worst reputations

As discussed last week, brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can ...

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Analysis: Redistricting a big task for incoming lawmakers

People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term. It’s an important and inherently political task. And things could get ugly in the push-and-pull between the two major parties. Mississippi has 52 districts in the Senate and 122 in the House. Political boundaries are supposed to be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Time to change the legislature one way or the other

Whether you deplore the way the Mississippi Legislature currently operates or you rejoice in its works, change is needed. The status quo makes no sense. Longtime North Mississippi legislator Hob Bryan set the stage by calling on his Senate colleagues to take back power from the lieutenant governor. It’s no secret that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and his counterpart in ...

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TODD SMITH — Wegmans, Amazon have best corporate reputations

Brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can taint an image for ...

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Analysis: Some issues unsolved by lawmakers will be back

It’s hard to hear the sound of the dog that didn’t bark. In the same way, it’s hard to detect the impact of issues that lawmakers didn’t deal with. But as in any session, there were important issues on which the Mississippi Legislature didn’t make laws, or even really consider. This, for example, could have been the year for lawmakers ...

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