The soap opera that played out in Richmond these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the voters of Virginia. By most objective standards, McDonnell did a good job as […]

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What’s the most important reason Mississippi leads the nation in adult obesity?

Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in America and also leads the nation in obesity. There’s a connection. A report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation last week put Mississippi and West Virginia in a tie for the highest adult obesity rate at an alarming 35 percent. That’s defined […]

Sometimes the artifice of writing – metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote – fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions of a continent and pose a global threat. And the response of the world, including the United States, is feeble, […]


It’s budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature.More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health, and so on. Oh, and a tax cut too. Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and losers […]

Mississippi’s general election campaigns for the U.S. Senate have shifted decidedly away from the might-have-been issues, especially involving the Republican primary, and toward what is essentially a two-person race matching GOP incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran of Oxford against Democratic nominee Travis Childers, a former 1st District congressman from Booneville. Cochran and Childers both have been […]

It was difficult for the casual observer to understand why Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Brown, R-Columbus, enjoyed the success he did in the Mississippi Legislature and in life. Brown died Thursday in Columbus at the age of 64. Brown was diagnosed with lung cancer in October and began chemotherapy treatments. Despite a dismal […]