I will miss Gayle Bullard; Calhoun a softball or football county?

To paraphrase a line from my late father-in-law Gale Denley, here’s some random thoughts on this and that.

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Stomach virus makes way through all grandchildren and back again

The stomach virus hit three grandchildren this past week and then started over.

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Reeves, Hood matchup is old school street brawl

STARKVILLE – A 2019 gubernatorial battle between incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves of Rankin County and incumbent Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County stacks up as an instant classic old school political street brawl – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in Mississippi since Republican Haley Barbour squared off against Democrat Ronnie Musgrove in 2003.

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Want a Hyde-Smith and McDaniel debate? Here you go

Unbeknownst to my media colleagues, the nominal Republicans on Mississippi’s Nov. 6 special election ballot have already debated. Yes, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and state Sen. Chris McDaniel hashed things out at the Tutwiler Civic and Social Club. No media was present, but here’s a transcript:

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State’s bridges are a political problem

Mike Pepper, executive director of the Mississippi Road Builders Association, came to our Rotary meeting prepared. Pepper projected on to a screen photo after photo of the splintered wooden underbellies of dozens of decaying bridges – bridges that thousands of Mississippians have been driving over every day for years.

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Truth lost amid hardball politics

ROLLING FORK— Of all the great spectacles inherent within the American political system, few contain the intensity of the passion plays centered around a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.

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A deep dive into Calhoun County history

Benela, Bounds, Busyton, Hardin Town, Hartford, Hollis, Mabry, Partee, Pittman, Retreat, Trusty and Vance aren’t fictional names from a Sonny Clanton novel, but rather once thriving places in Calhoun County.

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Weekend filled with birthday, reception and yellow jackets

Even though the weather feels nothing like fall, I pulled out some of my decor this weekend anyway. The two wreaths on the front patio are always the first to go.

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How much does social media impact elections?

STARKVILLE – In the old days, a long drive on a state highway through stretches of rural Mississippi were a reasonably reliable barometer of the voter support, or at the very least, the fiscal health of a statewide campaign. All one had to do was count the billboards and yard signs.
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Personal preference can’t be part of bidding process

Mississippi could use more leaders like Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher. He says what he thinks, does what he says he is going to do.

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