Former Mississippi House of Representatives Speaker Tim Ford, who died unexpectedly Friday night, was a transformative legislative leader who helped eradicate vestiges of racism in the House, downplayed the politics of personality and empowered committee chairs to work legislation through the process, reordering Mississippi’s priorities across a broad front of issues. Ford, 63, died in […]

So 2015 is a courthouse-to-statehouse election year in Mississippi and the state’s Republican leadership is pushing and shoving to see which one of them can offer Mississippi voters – particularly Mississippi voters in the state’s GOP primary Top 15 counties – the most tax relief. That’s not particularly surprising. First came Republican Gov. Phil Bryant […]

What was the late Speaker Tim Ford’s most notable achievement as leader of the Mississippi House for 16 years?

Any little bit of snow or ice tends to bring things to a standstill in our mild-weather region, so when the second largest snowfall in recorded history hit Tupelo and the region last week, daily life pretty much froze in place for 24 hours or so. In Tupelo, this notable “winter weather event” offered another […]

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 […]

The Obama administration’s decision to engage Egypt is “a case of realpolitik over idealism,” concedes one official. But it’s also the right policy choice. President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi certainly doesn’t make it easy. His repression of dissent now rivals that of deposed President Hosni Mubarak. But Egypt matters, especially now, when the Sunni Arab world […]

University presidents urge higher ed support When it comes to education and money, two questions permeate conversations from the halls of the Capitol to the booths of the local coffee shop: How much is enough? How can we get the best return on the state’s investment in education? Mississippi has had success in recent years […]

Father Lawrence G. Lovasik said, “Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a […]

Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he’s hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters. There’s at least one hitch: Ted Cruz was […]