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It’s a testament to how much politics and political campaigns have changed that in Thad Cochran’s first race for the U.S. Senate, another reporter and I spent the last week of the campaign in close quarters all day, for several days, with him and his wife, Rose. We traveled in a small campaign van, chatting […]

Chris McDaniel may have lost the bitter Senate primary battle to Thad Cochran, but at this point he and his supporters appear to be winning the war. Not that McDaniel himself will necessarily make an immediate comeback as a statewide candidate. But his near-miss effort to knock off a political giant by taking on the […]

By Lloyd Gray Daily Journal TUPELO – Sen. Roger Wicker has a big job on his hands as newly elected head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but he sees a simple solution to the challenge of retaining the GOP majority in the Senate in two years. “If the American people see us operating a […]

Gratitude often comes out of difficult circumstances, which have a way of making us see clearly the things around us we should be thankful for every day but don’t think about often. Tupelo’s status as an effectively functioning community is one of those things that keeps coming to mind in looking back over the 12 […]

Republicans regained control of the U.S. Senate last week, and the pivotal point could well have been the night of June 24 in Mississippi. That’s when Thad Cochran pulled off the unusual if not unprecedented feat in Mississippi of turning out more voters in a runoff than in the first primary to come from behind […]

This is being written before the outcomes of Saturday night’s two big football games involving Mississippi State and Ole Miss are known, but one thing is certain: Whatever happened, there will be at least some fans of both teams who will be unhappy with how the games are presented in today’s paper. In a season […]

You might not know it, but there’s an election on the horizon in Mississippi on Nov. 4. People in many other states are currently under the same kind of TV advertising bombardment Mississippians faced back in the spring and early summer, but it’s quiet here. A principal reason is that the national Democratic Party decided […]

Sometimes it can be discouraging to be a Mississippian. You look at all the statistics – poverty, teen pregnancy, educational achievement, general health of the population – and the problems can seem overwhelming. We are last or near-last in so much, and have been for so long. Those statistics are far from the whole story […]

Childhood memories are burned in my mind like no others. Maybe it’s because the database was just being built and wasn’t overloaded as it would later become, making the brain’s record of those times less of a fog. Recollections of childhood buddies and teachers are especially vivid and clear. That must have been why it […]

In the same week that the new must-have iPhone 6 was all the buzz, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal about a quaint relic of the past: book clubs. Only these were not elderly ladies gathering over chicken salad to talk a little about a book they’d already read, mainly as an excuse […]