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STARKVILLE — At this writing, the debt ceiling drama – the annual political kabuki theater between Congress and the White House over agreeing on the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations – continues in earnest. Read moreDebt ceiling drama, campaign rhetoric ignores the truth of federal spending in Mississippi

Like most Mississippians, I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Johnny Morgan of Oxford in a plane crash in Arkansas. Morgan – a larger-than-life presence personally and politically – died May 17 while piloting his twin-engine Beech King Air E-90 aircraft near Fayetteville, Ark. Read moreJohnny Morgan: He understood and believed in bipartisanship and the duty to govern

STARKVILLE — The scion of one of the first families of Deep South print journalism during the civil rights movement, Hodding Carter III cast an impactful shadow during his long and impactful life. Carter died May 11 in Chapel Hill, N.C. at age 88 following a series of strokes. Read moreJournalist, activist and State Dept. spokesman Hodding Carter III participated in history

Founded in 2016 and “supported by grants from foundations, by contributions from donors and sponsors and by advertising,” the website Mississippi Today bills itself as a “digital-first, nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom serving Mississippi.” Read moreWithout charges, arrests or indictments, how’s Bryant to defend himself in TANF scandal?

In Washington, the Biden Administration is battling with House Republicans over their relatively paltry reform plans attached to debt ceiling legislation that would raise the ceiling by $1.5 trillion in exchange for a slower rate of growth in federal spending over the next decade. Read moreEchoes of the WPA: Reimagining the concept of welfare for work in this century

STARKVILLE — The expulsion of the “Tennessee Three” – actually two of the three – elected state representatives in the Tennessee House of Representatives over their vocal interruptions of the proceedings of that chamber in protesting a recent Nashville mass shooting raises fundamental questions. Read moreExpulsion of ‘Tennessee Three’ lawmakers is another step away from civil democracy

Conservative state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville and those who support abortion rights are two likely winners from Senate Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency Chair John Polk’s decision to kill legislation reviving the state’s ballot initiative process. Read moreThe winners of the ballot initiative demise? Chris McDaniel and abortion rights supporters

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