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Special Report, Author at Daily Leader


The path to changing the state flag proves views do evolve

Mississippi’s tense and emotional public debate of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the canton corner of the state flag evoked some of the more ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:26 pm


Mississippi’s state flag has become an albatross

It has been my experience over some 40 years of writing about public policy in Mississippi that we as a people are slow to change, ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, June 23, 2020 3:45 pm


Canceled fair is a microcosm of COVID-19 realities

Longtime readers of this column know of my deep and abiding affection for the Neshoba County Fair and the old-time political speaking under shade of ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 3:29 pm


Remembering a Mississippi school integration hero

The struggle for peaceful school integration in Mississippi just over a half-century ago was a time that called for the emergence of quiet heroes — ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 4:18 pm


Gubernatorial powers have changed little since 1890

So a Mississippi governor and the state’s Legislature disagree over constitutional powers and responsibilities when it comes to how the state utilizes and expends the ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:57 pm


School closings expose rural broadband deficiencies

In 2019, Corona was a popular beach beer rather than a deadly respiratory virus and no Mississippian had really ever seriously contemplated a development in ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 4:23 pm

State/National News

Legislature to reconvene today

By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1 ... Read more

by Special Report, Friday, May 1, 2020 9:11 am


Cuomo, McConnell standoff underscores key impasse

Less than a year ago, a Democratic New Jersey congressman vented his contempt for so-called “moocher states” like Mississippi that receive more money from the ... Read more

by Special Report, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:57 pm


Why Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis

During this coronavirus pandemic, access to accurate and trustworthy information in your community is as critical to life under quarantine and as sought after as ... Read more

by Special Report, Friday, April 24, 2020 1:34 pm


Mississippi to receive $6.5 million from CDC to boost efforts against COVID-19

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R), of Brookhaven, announced Thursday that Mississippi will receive more than $6.5 million to build its COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and ... Read more

by Special Report, Thursday, April 23, 2020 12:39 pm

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