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PHIL HARDWICK — Changing minds: Why it is so difficult

Don’t confuse me with facts. My mind’s made up. – Anonymous Have you ever read a social media post that was so idiotic and misinformed that you couldn’t believe anyone would post something like that? And then you find out that it was the product of someone you know and respect. Someone you know who you cannot believe that they have that opinion? You think you can change their mind? You should probably just forget about it. ...

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Analysis: Budget dispute goes to 1 judge in Hinds County

Mississippi Republican legislative leaders helped defeat a 2015 education initiative by arguing that if someone sued the state over school funding, one judge in Hinds County would make budget decisions for the whole state. Now, some of those same leaders are asking one judge in Hinds County to side with them in a legal dispute over budgets. House Speaker Philip ...

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Reeves announces 3rd Circuit Court District appointment

Gov. Tate Reeves announced his appointment of Grady Franklin “Gray” Tollison as circuit court judge for the 3rd Circuit Court District, Place 1. From the courtroom to the Capitol, Gray has a proven history of fighting for our state and our people—having served in offices from President Pro Tempore of the Mississippi State Senate to partner of his own law firm. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hard won change comes to reluctant Mississippi

These are still “times that try men’s souls” Mr. Paine, but not as they did in your time. When you penned these famous words in your pamphlet “The Crisis,” the passionate issue was freedom from English tyranny. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered,” you wrote, as you belittled the “summer soldier” and “sunshine patriot” who “shrink from the service ...

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Businesses with ties to Mississippi governor received loans

A company partly owned by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and a business where his wife works were recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat in the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the Treasury Department. Southern Air Conditioning & Supply Inc., where Reeves is a shareholder and Coker & ...

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New rights for LGBTQ workers on collision course with religious freedom claims?

By TED CARTER Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transsexual people in Mississippi no longer fear that their workday may end with a pink slip unrelated to job performance. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in mid-June instead puts the responsibility on employers to treat LGBTQ workers the same as all other workers. Anything less violates Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights ...

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Greenville native to lead USDA Rural Development in Mississippi

Greenville native John G. Campbell has been appointed the new State Director for USDA Rural Development in Mississippi. U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recommended Campbell, who is a senior policy aide in Hyde-Smith’s Washington office, for the position.  Campbell assumes State Director responsibilities on July 6, replacing John Rousaville. As state director, Campbell will administer USDA ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Bryant set stage for faith to supplant battle flag

The Mississippi Legislature plowed new ground last week when members heroically voted to banish the Confederate battle flag from the state flag, uprooting a long-time symbolic vestige of our segregationist past. The unexpected success resulted from a rare convergence of liberal, conservative, business, and religious groups who provided resources, strategic messaging, and influencers to get the job done. Think about ...

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Woods tapped as chief of staff at Auditor’s Office

Shad White recently announced that Charles Woods has been appointed as his Chief of Staff at the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor. Woods joins the Auditor’s office from Washington, DC. He has served his home state from Mississippi’s First Congressional District office in various positions since 2015, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mississippi Congressman Trent Kelly. ...

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Mississippi family says reform bill should be retroactive

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a change to a law to reduce long prison sentences given to habitual offenders whose past crimes were either nonviolent or committed many years earlier. People facing prison time in Mississippi can have extra years, or even life imprisonment, added to their sentences if they have a past felony convictions on their criminal record. House Bill 1024 would ...

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