Will you ask any candidate between now and November about specific issues in the 2015 campaign?




Tuesday’s party primary runoffs statewide almost wholly completed the fields for the November general election, and it marks a shift in the campaign away from politics of personality and name recognition to the issues related to each office and for the 2016 legislative session. Campaigns within counties have only the barest connection to issues identified […]

The inaugural Mississippi Book Festival was an unqualified success – one that surpassed the rudimentary shade tree estimates of just how many Mississippians would sacrifice an extremely hot Saturday to attend an outdoor festival for the purpose of celebrating reading, writing and the state’s impressive literary accomplishments of past and current authors. As it turned […]

Those, specially opinion writers, who pedal the GOP argument that Initiative 42 is some untried scheme giving a lower court judge power to take control away from the Legislature over school funding are doing a disservice to students in the state’s poorest school districts. Plus, they are blind to why 200,000 Mississippians signed a petition […]

Design a flag embracing all Last week at the Barnes Crossing Mall I saw a pickup truck passing that proudly displayed an American flag that waved away on a tall pole. Proud of his heritage, I thought. I share that joy. Immediately I thought of the controversy over our state flag. Thinking of the design […]

The search for a new University of Mississippi chancellor is far from finished, but one of the most important parts of the process, public listening sessions, concludes Thursday with an all-day event on Ole Miss’ iconic main campus in Oxford. Trustees of public universities in Mississippi began the search for a new leader after Chancellor […]

People know Irb Benjamin of Madison as the private contractor facing federal charges and up to 20 years in prison for allegedly paying kickbacks to former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps in order to obtain contracts with the state’s prison system. But way back in what now must appear like another lifetime, Benjamin served 12 […]

When the stock market plunged in 1929 ushering in the Great Depression of the ’30s, so did many investors. Usually from about three stories up. So when the stock market dropped about 1,000 points on Monday due to Chinese finagling of net worth, whatever that means, I suspect a lot of American investors were also […]

Some don’t care about their pets I walked out the door the other morning, and to my surprise, a kitten ran out from under my truck. After a few days, my wife and I discovered that we have a mother cat and two kittens camping out in our backyard. The being said, let me speak […]