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TODD SMITH — American trust erodes for Congress, tech leaders

The public gives high scores to military leaders, public school principals and police officers on empathy, transparency and ethics, yet they rate members of Congress and leaders of technology companies lower, according to a new Pew Research Center report that examines public confidence in eight groups of people who hold positions of power and responsibility in America. The new survey looked at ...

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Dueling ‘wealth tax’ plans may prompt Sanders-Warren clash

Elizabeth Warren’s call for a new 2% tax on the wealthiest Americans is so popular among her supporters that impromptu chants of “two cents” routinely surface at her rallies. But Bernie Sanders, Warren’s chief competitor for liberal voters, made clear on Tuesday he also has “a plan for that.” Sanders, a Vermont senator, announced a plan to tax the nation’s ...

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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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Hood calls for preschool, teacher pay, higher K-12 spending

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood on Tuesday detailed an ambitious education program which, if fully implemented, would bring the biggest increase in Mississippi education spending in more than a decade. Hood, Mississippi’s attorney general, told reporters after appearing at a school in Greenville that he wants to expand Mississippi’s small state-funded preschool program, make a big boost in teacher salaries ...

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Mayor says he plans to sue aldermen over gun ban, pay cuts

A Mississippi mayor who brought a gun to a public hearing says he plans to file a lawsuit against the town’s board of alderman. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Aberdeen Mayor Maurice Howard said Friday he plans to legally challenge a resolution the board passed to forbid firearms at City Hall. The board motioned Tuesday to post signage stating ...

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Mississippi governor candidates agree on 1 debate date

The two major-party candidates for Mississippi governor are debating about debating. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and fourth-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood say they have accepted multiple invitations for televised debates before the Nov. 5 election. But, so far, they have agreed on only one date — Oct. 10 in front of a live audience at the University ...

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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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Lt. governor candidates both advocate teacher pay raises

Both candidates for Mississippi lieutenant governor say they will push to increase teacher pay and to make the operation of the state Senate more transparent. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford and Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson, who are both attorneys, debated Thursday night at the WJTV-TV studio in Jackson. The winner of the Nov. 5 ...

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2 candidates for Mississippi lt. governor set for debate

The two candidates for Mississippi lieutenant governor are taking part in a televised debate. Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford and Republican Delbert Hosemann of Jackson are competing in the Nov. 5 general election. The 30-minute debate begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on WJTV-TV in Jackson. The current lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, has served two terms and is now the Republican ...

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