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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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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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DENNIS SEID: No easy solutions to immigration, but something must be done

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges.” No less than George Washington uttered those words two centuries ago – but do they still apply? Should they still apply? Then ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Course changes needed for Mississippi? Yes or no?

Happy with the way things are going in Mississippi and want to stay the course? Then Tate Reeves is probably your choice for Governor. Stay the course is pretty much his campaign message. Not so happy with the way things are going? Well, if you want a conservative Republican to guide course changes, then Bill Waller or Robert Foster should ...

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Analysis: Views starkly differ on Mississippi prison’s state

A federal judge sat through a monthlong trial last year over conditions at a privately run Mississippi prison, but that wasn’t enough for him to make a decision on whether conditions are unconstitutional. Now Senior U.S. District Judge William Barbour has dueling 80-page briefs to consider as he tries to decide whether East Mississippi Correctional Facility is excessively harsh, as ...

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ANALYSIS: Mississippi says mental health demands exceed law

There’s a man, 68 years old when a federal government expert met him, who at the time had been admitted to one of Mississippi’s state mental hospitals 46 times in his life. That man is an exemplar of the case the federal government will seek to make during a bench trial that’s scheduled to start Tuesday before U.S. District Judge ...

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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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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Can lesser knowns keep favored candidates from saving us?

First a correction. Last week I wrote there are 13 candidates for governor; instead there are 14. I left out Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom. My apologies. The Associated Press labeled most of these as “lesser known candidates.” While it is unlikely a lesser known candidate will win a party nomination, this is Mississippi where lesser knowns surprise us. Remember ...

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TODD SMITH – Streaming service subscription fatigue hits consumers

We live in an increasingly prevalent on demand, streaming world to keep us entertained when and where we want, on any device we want – from traditional TV sets to tablets to smart phones to laptops. But in the constant quest to have everything on demand at our fingertips, we have become ensnared in a tangled web of booming subscription ...

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