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BILL CRAWFORD — Brain drain a gross problem for Mississippi

Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That’s what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal. Citing an April report by the U.S. Joint Economic Committee on the topic of brain drain in the United States, Hardwick explained, “Gross brain drain is defined as the share of leavers who are highly educated minus the share of adults who remain in ...

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TODD SMITH — White House to launch impeachment response plan

Top White House officials will soon present President Trump with a wide-ranging response strategy to the growing threat of impeachment, following a week of mixed messaging and growing angst within Trump’s adviser team. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be among those who present the president with the plan for a rapid-response ...

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Analysis: Elections don’t always run according to calendar

Elections usually end when the calendar says they should, but sometimes they go into overtime. In one Mississippi Senate race on the Gulf Coast, a Republican primary that started in August won’t be resolved until the Nov. 5 general election because a judge ordered a new round of voting in a few precincts. In another Senate district that stretches from ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Predatory vs. preposterous policies at play in Mississippi?

Choosing to appease the insatiable desires of grasping businesses and consumers, politicians spew ever more promiscuous policies from our nation’s capital. As noted in recent columns, hindrances to unscrupulous businesses preying on consumers are diminishing while preposterous promises of succor to consumers are expanding. Predatory practices are the dark side of Republican pro-business policies on the one hand while preposterous ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Congressional report the place to start with Mississippi brain drain

Brain Drain, as it is now called, is not a recent phenomenon. It was mentioned by candidate Bill Waller in his successful campaign for Governor in June 1971. He referred to it as “talent drain.” What is new is how some states and communities are addressing it. The first place to get up-to-speed is a Congressional report, “Losing Our Minds: ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘El boom Latino’ heard at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Welcome to Mississippi, Senor Munoz. Let’s expand that welcome to the whole country, because Sebastian Munoz truly arrived in the United States in a big way on Sunday. In Jackson, he won his first PGA golf tournament, opening the door to bigger and better things. His achievement was set up when he sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th ...

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Analysis: Candidates spin numbers on government employment

Mississippi has about 3,900 fewer state government employees now than it did five years ago, and the employees’ average salary has increased by about $3,700. The statistics are from the Mississippi State Personnel Board, and candidates are putting their own spin on them in this year’s race for governor. The numbers should be accompanied by an asterisk. They only cover ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Preposterous promises taking over politics?

Standing on the promises…. No, not those promises, but the promises of politicians. Consider these current promises from the Democratic candidates for president. Sen. Bernie Sanders is promising to make college and university attendance free for students for families earning less than $125,000 per year. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s promise is to forgive up to $50,000 in student loans for graduates ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Preying catching on in Washington, D.C.

Let us prey. No, not “pray,” but “prey,” like in prey upon the poor, elderly, ignorant, and ordinary citizens. More preying of this sort seems to be an in thing in Washington these days. So, it’s okay for human traffickers to get away with forcing children into prostitution? “Several federal efforts to combat human trafficking in the U.S. have slowed ...

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ELLIOTT FLAGGS — Looking for wine? Let’s give Mississippi convenience and choices

Did you know that 38 states currently allow the sale of wine in grocery stores? Unfortunately, Mississippi is not one of them because our alcohol laws are undoubtedly antiquated. As the newly appointed chair of Looking for Wine?, a coalition of consumers and businesses building support for the passage of legislation to allow wine sales in grocery stores in currently ...

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