Category Archives: Politics

Voters Are Sovereign except When They Aren’t

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January: “To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your Governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority … Continue reading

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American Politics Declining into Profiteers vs Moochers

Americans now live in a political environment dominated by extremes. One burgeoning faction, looking through red tinted lenses, seeks “freedom from.” Another, looking through blue tinted lenses, seeks “access to.” A fading faction, looking through clear lenses, fears all will … Continue reading

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Mississippi Back on Bottom in Senior Health Rankings

Mississippi is getting older. No, this is not about our Bicentennial, but our people. Since 1980 Mississippi’s total population increased 18.5% but the population of residents aged 65 and older jumped 43.3%.  This pushed the median age up from 27.6 … Continue reading

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Are State Leaders Ready for Big Cuts in Federal Funds?

Topnotch finance experts assess risks and plan for downturns as diligently as they evaluate and promote upside opportunities. Mississippi’s economy has become more reliant than ever on federal funds. Should President Donald Trump and conservative leaders succeed in their plans … Continue reading

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Who Cares about Health Care in Mississippi?

“Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by … Continue reading

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Controlling the Kudzu of State Spending

One of my many anonymous critics on the Jackson Jambalaya blog zapped me last week over my column “A Peek behind Legislative Leaders’ Rhetoric.” In particular, he/she said I lack “a coherent alternate plan” of my own. Well, I never … Continue reading

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Public Contract Reforms Unsung But Epic

As the dismal saga of bribery and extortion swirling around former Commissioner Chris Epps and Mississippi Department of Corrections contracts continues to make headlines, epic reforms to the public contracting process slipped through the Legislature with scant media attention. Longtime … Continue reading

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