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Adam Lynch
Sen. David Blount delivered a harsh critique to a Republican plan to let GOP ideologues tamper with Mississippi elections.  “This is nuts,” said Blount, a Jackson senator with strong familiarity with the state’s election process, having worked under former Secretary of State Eric Clark during Clark’s 1995-to-2007 term.   “What this bill would do is it...
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Hell, more or less, froze over in late January, and it had nothing to do with nationwide winter storms. Mississippi’s hyper-conservative GOP-dominated Senate openly passed around a knock-off joint. “Well, they’ll stone you when you’re tryna be so good,” recited Sen. Kevin Blackwell, R-Southaven, who approached the Senate podium with the intent to kill off...
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Mississippi House members approved legislation ending personal income tax in Mississippi this week, and economists are warning it will be a budget killer.  “I looked at the fiscal note (on this thing) and they are 100 percent offsetting the cost of these cuts with the revenue surplus that came from federal sources like ARPA (American...
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There’s a new lender in town, and he’s aiming to put predatory loans out of business.  For those in the know, a payday loan—also known as “cash advance” loan or “check advance” loan—is packaged as a short-term, high-cost loan that should be repaid by the borrower’s next payday. Lenders proclaim the due date to be two or four weeks from...
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Book bans continued this month with a brief effort by the Goddard school district, in Wichita, Kansas, to ban a list of books including well-known novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  The list, which was created and submitted by a...
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November is National Novel Writing Month and to celebrate Black Girl Times wants to shine a light on hard-working Black authors and the book industry they have to navigate.  There’s plenty of stirring work out there, from Angie Thomas to Toni Morrison, to the trend-setting science fiction of Octavia E. Butler and Rivers Solomon’s smash hit An Unkindness of...
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Businesses in southern states and nationwide are moving into the holiday season with a rash of vacancies on their sales and service teams. Restaurants across the U.S. have “Now Hiring” signs hanging in windows and doors, promising free food on the side, better wages, even help with college. So far, bosses and managers are still struggling to fill...
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It may shock you to know, many inmates in correctional facilities aren’t there to get reformed. They’re there because they do disruptive things. In fact, much of the U.S. prison population caught the bad end of an angry judge merely because of co-occurring substance use disorders or clinical challenges, coupled with legal and poverty-related disadvantages....
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Primarily white GOP lawmakers intend to blow $400 million of their $2.1 billion allotment from the federal pandemic rescue plan to build two 4,000-bed prisons, plus a women’s correctional facility. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, called the diversion an abuse of funds, claiming it “will particularly harm communities of color who are already disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration and this public health crisis.” Nadler then asked the U.S. treasury department to disrupt the blatant “misuse” of pandemic-related funding by any state, particularly Alabama. 
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In this country, names matter. Using the word “inmate” on a wrongfully imprisoned 14-year-old reduces that child to an evil-sounding statistic that deserves everything “it” has coming to “it.” This also holds true when it’s used on a person serving time for possessing a plant that’s legal to possess in many states. That’s the argument...
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