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BILL CRAWFORD — Can civic education save democracy from social media?

As two of the three branches of government become more and more politicized, the posture of the third will play a crucial role in how our federal government works. The two politicized branches, of course, are the executive and legislative. The third, and supposed to always rise above politics, is the judicial branch. Last week, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Money talks in Mississippi politics

“Who will pay $250K to eat with Tate Reeves at inauguration dinner?” read the headline in the Clarion-Ledger. The incoming governor’s inaugural committee is seeking “platinum sponsors” willing to ante up to have dinner with Reeves plus VIP access to all inauguration events. The article says that the identities of these donors and others paying for inauguration events will remain ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — King of Id golden rule prevails in today’s culture

Which “golden rule” do you follow? The one from the Bible? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” – Matthew 7: 12-14. Or the one attributed to the King of Id? “Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Wizard of Id cartoon published ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS trying to stay invisible until after elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi’s invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog. “The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is a ticking fiscal time bomb,” headlined the Bigger Pie story. “Analysis: Public retirement plan pressure won’t end soon,” was ...

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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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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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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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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves finally debates Republican opponents

Well, they debated this one time. The Republican governor candidates that is. Bill Waller looked the most gubernatorial but was the least glib. Tate Reeves still looked boyish but was the most glib. Robert Foster looked confident and scored with his comments. Reeves poked on Waller. Foster poked on Reeves. Waller, for the most part, poked at impersonal not-good-enough state ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will humdinger primary finally yield a Republican attorney general?

The last and only Republican to hold the office of Attorney General in Mississippi was George E. Harris back in 1877. As Republicans began their surge to take over statewide offices in the early 1990s, Mike Moore and Jim Hood easily held on to the position for Democrats. Odds are that’s about to change. Even when Republicans took over all ...

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