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Uncertainty Dims Hallelujah Economic Times for Republicans

Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest … Continue reading

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What Political Happenings Will Be Big Things by Election Time?

Mississippi politics will be a happening thing through the next two Novembers. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel didn’t seem to help himself on his national Morning Joe appearance when he said “I’m gonna ask them after 100 years, after 100 years … Continue reading

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Good Policies without Adequate Funding Won’t Close Skills Gap

Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known … Continue reading

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Special Session Puts Band Aid on State Road and Bridge Sores

Was that a kinder, gentler Tate Reeves emerging from the recently concluded special session of the Mississippi Legislature? Reeves said the public should note the session’s bipartisan goodwill, wrote the AP’s Emily Wagster Pettus in a wrap-up story last week. … Continue reading

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Disparities Plus Uncaring GOP Open Door for Socialism

The growing support for socialistic programs within the Democratic Party has many traditionalists worried. They should be. Data shows wealth accumulating ever more rapidly among the top one percent and growing ever more slowly among the bottom ninety percent. From … Continue reading

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Nothing Uncertain about War Risks for Mississippi Troops

The stock market is in a secular bull market and has years to run, says one respected analyst. A major trading firm, on the other hand, warns the end of the bull run is near. A recession looms says a … Continue reading

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Smart Tax Policy Seems Unlikely for Road and Bridge Fix

Will our reluctant legislators finally get off their duffs and do something to fix roads and bridges across Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant called Friday for a special session on August 23rd to deal with the issue.  House Speaker Philip Gunn … Continue reading

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