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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.

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MADISON — Rebel Nation has been roiled by the recent hiring of Glenn Boyce as the new chancellor of the University of Mississippi.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

OXFORD — Things worked out better for that Florida kid who was bullied for wearing a makeshift Tennessee Vols T-shirt to school than they did for me and my red corduroy jeans.

JACKSON — I have a theory about idiot lights on cars: They are controlled by the finance offices of car companies. If a car company is about to miss its earnings target, a computer program activates the engine light icon on millions of cars throughout the world, generating billions in servic…

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seemed a little more on edge than normal when he answered questions in March 2018 after the Senate, where he presides, surprisingly rejected his effort to replace the Mississippi Adequate Education Program.

OXFORD — Judging from the names being made public as candidates for the job, the next chancellor at Ole Miss may be a former politician.

It should not surprise Americans that our government is seeking to jail the journalist Julian Assange for publishing embarrassing secret documents that expose criminal acts by our government both here and abroad.

Budget hearings are routinely brief and poorly attended, so there was nothing too unusual this past week when no taxpayers showed up to express an opinion about the Leflore County Board of Supervisors’ tax-and-spending plan that takes effect Oct. 1.

JACKSON — Our neighboring states are dealing with many of the same issues that Mississippi is facing.

NORTH CARROLLTON — The fall season that is approaching brings many festivities, including the Carrollton Pilgrimage. Last year, festivities concluded with a Saturday showing of the 1968 movie “The Reivers,” which was filmed in Carroll County. It was a picture-perfect evening watching a movie…

RIDGELAND — Jemele Hill, formerly with ESPN, published an article in the October edition of The Atlantic calling for African American athletes to “collectively” leave the larger and mostly white universities to return to HBCUs. Hill argues that such a dramatic return to black colleges and un…

STARKVILLE — Nationally, the demographics of America’s state legislators are far different than Mississippi’s numbers indicate, according to data available from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

OXFORD — After a hotly contested Republican primary election for Mississippi attorney general, there isn’t much question about the outcome of the November general election for that office the state GOP has craved for decades.

Mary Emily Wilson largely flew under the radar when she was living. Same with the trust that she created to do good after her death.

MERIDIAN — Interesting tidbits from the Republican primary runoff won by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves by a 54% to 46% margin over former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller:

STARKVILLE — Mississippi’s 2019 gubernatorial ballot is now solidified, and while the issues remain basically unchanged since the primaries, the framing for the Nov. 5 will be different.

JACKSON — Tate Reeves’ victory in the Republican runoff came as no surprise. Bill Waller Jr. gave Reeves a run for his money in a gentlemanly, issues-based campaign.

MERIDIAN — “The paradigm of get a job and we will train you is gone,” says Louisville’s Lex Taylor. He is talking to a large multi-county group of business, education, and government leaders at the The Dome, Louisville’s new community safe room.

STARKVILLE — The Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Almanac of Higher Education” edition for 2019-20 is hot off the presses and the information contained there is useful for those interested in reviewing how Mississippi’s higher education system compares with our contiguous neighboring states.

JACKSON — In 2009, in the midst of the so-called Great Recession as Gov. Haley Barbour was making multiple budget reductions to deal with an unprecedented drop in state revenue collections, Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. put his foot down and said no additional cuts …

COLUMBIA — Jack Nicklaus, famously, holds the record for winning the most professional golf majors with 18. However, Nicklaus has often said he considers himself to have won 20 majors because of his two U.S. Amateur victories.

MERIDIAN — Rural Mississippians, as I wrote last week (“GOP sees lots of newbies,” Aug. 15), will have a big say in the August Republican primary runoffs. Politicians who ignore their plight may be in for a big surprise.

JACKSON — I never get tired of seeing true democracy in action, and that’s what we’ve got in this year’s Mississippi gubernatorial runoff.

STARKVILLE — One of the state’s best-known and most influential political journalists of the 1970s and 1980s died last week after a courageous battle with cancer. I will sorely miss him.

Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.

MERIDIAN — Roughly 95,000 more Mississippians voted in the Republican primary this year than four years ago, a 34% increase. This pushed Republican turnout over Democratic turnout for the first time. These new GOP primary voters could noticeably impact the Aug. 27 runoffs.

STARKVILLE — The Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids in Scott County and other Mississippi locales where there are large-scale poultry-processing operations are more than headlines to me.

RIDGELAND — On Aug. 3 1971, there were seven persons on the ballot for governor in Mississippi’s first Democratic primary. Lt. Gov. Charles Sullivan, a longtime Mississippi politician, was heavily favored to win. Former Hinds County District Attorney Bill Waller was considered his chief riva…

On election night, a colleague pointed me to a map on The New York Times website that illustrated the winners in each of Mississippi’s 82 counties in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

BATON ROUGE, La. — James Williams, an attorney and the chairman of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors, told the 609 graduates at LSU’s summer commencement last Friday that there are three kinds of graduates: magna cum laude, cum laude and “Thank you, Lawdy.”

STARKVILLE – It’s been 20 years since mass shootings became part of the national lexicon in America with the Columbine, Colorado, massacre.

OXFORD — There was no shortage of self-styled “pro-Trump conservatives” in this month’s Mississippi Republican primaries.

JACKSON — That time-tested adage “be careful what you wish for” could prove prophetic for the gubernatorial campaign of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

MERIDIAN — The last and only Republican to hold the office of attorney general in Mississippi was George E. Harris back in 1877. As Republicans began their surge to take over statewide offices in the early 1990s, Mike Moore and Jim Hood easily held on to the position for Democrats.

MADISON — Normally, I don’t like to be wrong. But I wouldn’t mind being wrong about next Tuesday’s Republican gubernatorial primary.