Month

January 2018
“Big men feeling small / Weak ones standing tall / I will watch them fall / ‘Cause they won’t go when I go” Stevie Wonder, They Won’t Go When I Go After a flurry of committee meetings yesterday, I’m getting back to you midweek (told you I would!) to give you an update on what...
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“Another head hangs lowly / Child is slowly taken / And the violence, caused such silence / Who are we mistaken?” Zombie, The Cranberries This week, let’s focus on the important part of the legislative process where House and Senate chairs of committees and the members of each specified committee look through thousands of bills...
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“The road out of poverty runs by the schoolhouse”  – Former Mississippi Governor William Winter   We could use several of Beyoncé’s most popular song titles to describe the themes for this week’s update: “Irreplaceable,” “Drunk in Love,” “Déjà Vu,” You choose. Ideally, the comparison would end there. Beyoncé is an entertainer who’s paid handsomely...
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Phuket, Thailand September 29, 2017 Ugh. So my mom and I just landed in Phuket, Thailand. We had to wake up at 3 am, and the flight left at 5 am. … a few hours later We lost our only purified water bottle in the airport, but we have the straws, thankfully. We spent about...
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Google Chromecast is a great streaming device (not an endorsement, I’m just saying) because it does cool things, like allow you to customize a homepage of what you see on the television when you aren’t watching a show. One of those features is a basic weather tracker, based on your location. I live in central...
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I don’t know all of you yet, but I love you. You know this because I worked on Martin Luther King Day. It’s a holiday Mississippi only began recognizing because a Black legislator recommended adding it to an already established state holiday—Robert E. Lee Day—since it wouldn’t cost the state any additional money. (It was...
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It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrr! … Wait. The holidays are over, and we have entered a new year. If you identify as a Mississippi politico, advocate, special interest watchdog, lobbyist or concerned citizen, the new year signifies the commencement of the Mississippi Legislative session. Time to buckle up, thicken your skin, play...
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Recently, I read an article by Tim Lockette in the Anniston Star about a “good guy,” H. Brant Ayers, and his youthful (at age 40) mistake of spanking women at his job in 1975. I could imagine the responses. Stuff like “This was so long ago. … Why did they wait so long?” I went...
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I’ve been back in Jackson, Mississippi, for nearly six months, and if I had a dollar for every time someone’s asked me why I moved back with a face full of disgust, my light bill would be paid for the next month. And you know what? I don’t blame them. Our local social media feeds...
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