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OXFORD — There isn’t any doubt that one of the newest residents of Mississippi will be the highest paid public employee in the state come next year.

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JACKSON — Joel Bomgar, successful tech entrepreneur and state representative from Madison, is leading the charge to bring medical marijuana to Mississippi.

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My wife is addicted to the Hallmark Channel, especially at this time of year.

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JACKSON — Today’s technology has helped usher in what is commonly referred to as the sharing economy. This is a broad term we use for an economic system where services are provided in exchange for a fee, via a third-party facilitator.

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MERIDIAN — As we adults bumble into this Christmas season (Advent started Dec. 1), some of our attention should turn toward our behavior and that of our favorite leaders.

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STARKVILLE – The Great Assumption in Mississippi politics has long been that race is the lowest common denominator. For good or ill, it is undeniable that this assumption is the basis for how political campaigns are operated, for the crafting of political messaging, and for the evolution of …

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OXFORD — Billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and Mississippi policymakers are poles apart philosophically, but they have one thing in common.

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JACKSON — U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan of the Southern District of Mississippi at some point will either throw out the lawsuit challenging the legality of provisions of the Mississippi Constitution requiring the state House in some instances to decide statewide elections or he will hold…

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Put a fork in ’em. The Democrats are done as a statewide force in Mississippi, and it may take a generation or longer before that changes.

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STARKVILLE — As a longtime state lottery supporter, I quietly celebrated the official beginning Monday of Mississippi’s entry into this form of raising state revenue as a small victory over the notion of Mississippi continuing to shoot itself in the foot through senseless and unjustifiable l…

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JACKSON — Cognitive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that “states that thoughts, feelings and behavior are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate thinking, problematic behavior,…

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MADISON — We shouldn’t limit being thankful to the last Thursday in November, especially in America.

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OXFORD — I used to have a framed copy of this quote on my office wall: “It’s a newspaper’s duty to print the news and raise hell.”

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MERIDIAN — Single moms living in poverty and children born into those households didn’t capture much attention in recent statewide elections. Trends suggest paying attention might be very important.

STARKVILLE — Mississippi House Speaker William J. “Billy” McCoy was a second-generation state lawmaker, a college-educated vocational agriculture teacher, a Farmers Home Administration loan officer and briefly an auditor for the state — and yes, he was a farmer and one of his family’s succes…

JACKSON — Back in the 1930s and 1940s, most doctors visited sick patients in their homes with hands-on diagnosis and prescriptions for maladies ranging from a sore throat and the common cold to pneumonia.

MADISON — A black cat wandered onto the field at MetLife Stadium last week, briefly delaying the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local and state elections are done for another four years. The Republican Party stays in power.

STARKVILLE — Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves won a solid general election victory over Democratic nominee Jim Hood and two minor party candidates in a race that was projected to be much tighter.

Before Chris Epps got exposed for being a crook, the former Mississippi corrections commissioner made a lot of sense when he talked about finding the right balance between the crimes committed and the punishments doled out for them.

MERIDIAN — And you thought the IHL Board hiring of the new chancellor at Ole Miss was chaotic?

MADISON — President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are in the basement, and he could be impeached.

STARKVILLE — After many months of speeches, political ads, TV & radio commercials and social media propaganda, trying to have a serious discussion of education funding in Mississippi is in great measure a fool’s errand and an errand that is dependent on one’s world view.

OXFORD — Halloween is over for another year, but I was reminded last week of something scarier than people dressed up as goblins.

Mississippi’s Department of Education has a history of puffing up this state’s academic achievements with selective statistical analysis and watered-down standards.

MERIDIAN — The key election for Mississippi Republicans on Nov. 5 is not the race for governor. Rather it is the race for lieutenant governor.

MADISON — The 2019 governor’s race will end Tuesday when voters go to the polls. And it won’t be a second too soon.

STARKVILLE — It was back in April of this year at a Stennis Institute of Government’s Capitol Press Corps luncheon and the topic was finance proposals for the state’s neglected roads and bridges.

MADISON — I am the product of the Mississippi public school system. Both of my parents were public school teachers in Mississippi, and my husband currently works within the public school system in Mississippi. My three children are receiving their education within our public schools, and my …

STARKVILLE — Will the scheduled appearances of President Donald Trump in Tupelo and the president’s son Don in Purvis help galvanize Trump’s not inconsequential base in Mississippi to support Republican gubernatorial nominee Tate Reeves against Democrat Jim Hood?

OXFORD — It makes sense that President Donald Trump picked Tupelo as the site of a campaign rally to fire up Republicans four days before the Mississippi general election.

Mississippi’s College Board wants us to believe that it had to plead, cajole and beg Dr. Glenn Boyce to come out of retirement and accept the chancellorship at the University of Mississippi.

JACKSON — Federal District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled against Mississippi and in favor of the United States in the recent lawsuit about how to deal with the mentally ill.

MERIDIAN — Did you get a glimpse of Mississippi’s invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog.

RIDGELAND — Earlier this month, Allison D. Burroughs, a U.S. District judge in Massachusetts, ruled that Harvard University’s use of race to ensure diversity in its admissions meets constitutional standards.

OXFORD — The furor over the way the University of Mississippi’s new chancellor was hired could ignite renewed efforts to take away some of the power the Institutions of Higher Learning Board has over Mississippi’s eight public universities.

Mississippi’s little-known and usually irrelevant two-tiered system for electing its governor and other statewide officials may very well have been set up to ensure white political control.

COLUMBIA — Nature’s food chain features a lot of living things playing different roles: Predators such as lions eat smaller game such as deer. The deer eat grass. When animals die, their bodies decompose, nourishing the soil.

JACKSON — In the 2015 legislative session, an election year, the Mississippi House rejected a $555 million tax break proposed by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and other legislative leaders.

MERIDIAN — Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That’s what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal.

JACKSON — It’s hard to imagine that human slavery still plagues the world. A large group of Jackson Northsiders met last week at Billy and Cissye Mounger’s house to help do something about it.

OXFORD — Reading about the Lynyrd Skynyrd weekend being planned in Pike County Oct. 19-20 brings back recollections of that fateful airplane crash 42 years ago.

JACKSON — As this term of the Mississippi Public Service Commission ends in December and two of the three commissioners will not return in January, the epitaph for the four-year term could read, “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb.” Given that Mississippi has the unique national distinction to …

MADISON — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has vowed to do the impossible.

STARKVILLE — While most people aspire to the assurance that judges are first and foremost fair and unbiased in their rulings, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Southern District U.S. Federal Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden of Gulfport to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has evok…

JACKSON — The Stennis Press Institute recently featured the Republican and Democratic candidates for Central District public service commissioner.

OXFORD — I’ve been a country music fan for as long as I can remember, having grown up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and what they then called hillbilly music.

Delbert Hosemann, the odds-on-favorite to be Mississippi’s next lieutenant governor, has an idea that he thinks can be sold to the public and to lawmakers as a way to raise more money for the desperately needed repairs to the state’s roads and bridges.

MADISON — The Mississippi State Fair will begin its annual run in Jackson on Oct. 2, for good and bad.

JACKSON — America has a poor record of accomplishment when it comes to blanket government prohibitions, yet that doesn’t mean lawmakers will use history as a guide in future decisions. The latest example: vaping.

STARKVILLE — With just over six weeks to go before the 2019 general election, there are few Mississippians on either side of the partisan divide who don’t concede that the gubernatorial campaign is closer than any over the last 20 years.