Waller reshuffles the deck in governor’s race

STARKVILLE – As noted last fall in a previous column, the 2003 election cycle saw Mississippi voters make some interesting choices in terms of the 2019 election cycle in our state.
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Turnover is coming with 2019 election cycle

Change. In terms of Mississippi government, change isn’t merely coming – and we’re talking major changes – it’s in great measure already here and identifiable.
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Marijuana could get legs in 2020

STARKVILLE – Almost 40 years of covering Mississippi government and politics suggests to me that an election year isn’t the best time to enact something as controversial as legalizing medical marijuana.
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Thompson statements noteworthy on border debate with Trump

Mississippi 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson has been an unapologetic liberal on social issues for the whole of his long congressional career and that stance has certainly applied to issues surrounding immigration.
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Perry was a jovial, loyal force

STARKVILLE – State Rep. Felix Edwin “Stump” Perry was one of the most effective legislators in the long history of the Mississippi House, but it was the style with which Ed carried out his legislative duties that made Ed’s passing last week at age 76 statewide news.
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New book provides accurate account of integration

STARKVILLE – School desegregation in Mississippi was a tough, messy and often a very dangerous business.
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Relevant realities with my 60th

STARKVILLE – Longevity runs in my family on both sides. My father lived to a few weeks shy of 76 years. My mom made it 82 years. My grandmothers lived to be 93 and 101 respectively. One grandfather died at 76 and the other at 81.
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Mississippi’s clout in Congress will be tested in 2019

STARKVILLE – During the 2018 federal election cycle, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national news organizations examined the question of what they saw as Mississippi’s declining clout on Capitol Hill.

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Poultry big to our state

STARKVILLE – The ancient creation dilemma is based on determining which came first, the chicken or the egg? But in 2018 agri-business government lending, the current dilemma is more accurately based on which comes first, the independent poultry grower or the corporate poultry integrator?

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Christmas and the Farm Bill

Perhaps if I were a preacher, which I’m decidedly not, and I offered a sermon, which this decidedly isn’t, I’d call it: “Christmas and The Farm Bill.”
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