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State Flag Conflict: Morality vs. Heritage

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi’s first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and “lead the charge in finally removing from our … Continue reading

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Fear, Hate Messaging Makes Government the Enemy

“The first principle is that everyone is scared,” said Mike. “The second principle is that everyone hates.” Wondering what drives our politics these days? Read Eugene Burdick’s powerful 1956 novel, The Ninth Wave. “A prescient and still relevant story,” opined … Continue reading

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Waller and Randolph Rumored as Potential Reeves Challengers

Rumors that Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will get a serious primary challenger for Governor intensify. There’s the rumor he can’t beat Attorney General Jim Hood so politicos and money men are looking to recruit a strong challenger who can. There … Continue reading

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Does Generals’ Coup Put Warbringers in Charge?

Seven Days in May, written by Fletcher Kneble and Charles Bailey and published in 1962, portrays a tense, nearly successful coup of American government by a cadre of senior generals. A quote on the cover of the paperback attributed to … Continue reading

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Do Governor’s Appointees Not Give A Squat about His Standards?

Did you read Geoff Pender’s terrific column “Take some aspirin before searching Transparency Mississippi website” in the Clarion-Ledger?  If transparency in government spending matters to you, this is a must read. Pender pointed to non-transparent disclosures on the transparency site … Continue reading

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Will Tax Cuts Ease Economic Distress and Health Disparities?

The 13-state Appalachian Regional Commission just released its latest county economic status rankings. Mississippi has 24 ARC counties with 12 ranked “distressed,” nine “at-risk,” three “transitional,” and none “competitive” or “attainment.” Rankings did not change from last year. What do … Continue reading

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Take the Wheel America and Enable More John McCains

Recited the Pledge of Allegiance lately? Once upon a time in America school children were required to stand, face the flag, and recite the pledge each morning. Remember how it goes? “I pledge allegiance to flag of the United States … Continue reading

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