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After a week of raised voices and high emotions, Chancellor Dan Jones’ fate at the University of Mississippi was likely to be determined in continuing quiet conversations with a man he says he trusts and respects. Jones and outgoing Commissioner of Higher Education Hank Bounds didn’t get along. If there’s one undisputed assumption surrounding the […]

The juxtaposition was stark: On the same day last week that the Mississippi Legislature’s school funding bill went to Gov. Phil Bryant $211 million short of what the law requires, the Senate passed a tax cut that would reduce state revenues by $555 million over 15 years. Since the Great Recession kicked in with a […]

As of Friday, there were eight announced candidates in the special election for the vacant 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from north Mississippi. There will be more, perhaps many more, before the March 27 qualifying deadline. All so far are saying the same thing: I’m for limited government, low taxes, less […]

In the midst of the most hyperpolitical election-year session of the Mississippi Legislature in memory, there was a pause Friday for an assessment of the politics from this point forward into the summer. It was the qualifying deadline for the Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election – the moment all 174 legislators […]

Gov. Phil Bryant, ever quotable, opined last week that Mississippi’s public schools have been “an abysmal failure.” No need to ask him how he really feels. It was only the latest volley fired by the governor at public education in Mississippi. A few weeks back, taking yet another shot at the demon Common Core, he […]

When C.B. “Buddie” Newman ruled the Mississippi House of Representatives in the early 1980s, his most infamous act was adjourning the House on a deadline night while dozens of legislators shouted for a roll call vote. They wanted to stay in session to consider a bill establishing public kindergartens in Mississippi. Newman wanted it killed. […]

MLK holiday weekend events are in full swing, and many people will have a day off Monday. Anyone looking for a meaningful way to commemorate the day and the man it honors couldn’t do better than going to see the movie “Selma.” Remarkably, this is the first Hollywood movie ever to focus fully on the […]

It started out as a good year for Alan Nunnelee. The second-term 1st District congressman from Tupelo passed the qualifying deadline without a Republican primary opponent for the first time in three races and only nominal Democratic opposition. His hold on the seat after three-plus years in office seemed solidified. Then in early June, he […]

By Lloyd Gray Daily Journal Sonny Noble had been a whistleblower at the North Lee County Water Association in 2011, and he managed to keep his job. When he decided to alert the public to more mismanagement at the association in 2014, he was promptly fired. North Lee officials terminated their outside maintenance supervisor, a […]

You remember him. He was smart and he knew it. Nobody liked him because he was determined to take the fun out of Christmas for everybody. He (or she) was the kid who told you Santa didn’t exist. How did he know? Because his parents told him so. Ah, his parents. They didn’t believe in […]