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Slimantics: Have the stars aligned for Miss. Democrats?

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

Ever since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the idea that a coalition of progressive white and black voters in Mississippi could break the stranglehold of conservative politics in a state-wide race has been largely an unproven theory.


Patrick Buchanan: Is the GOP staring at another 1930?

Posted yesterday in National Columns

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office.



Voice of the people: John Acker


Home Base: In black communities, 'traffic stop safety' is a priority conversation

Posted 3/15/2018 in Local Columns

Walking up to the driver's side of a pickup that was "pulled over" by Lowndes County sheriff's deputies Tuesday evening in the Oak Grove MB Church parking lot on Taylor Thurston Road, the pastor and I muttered our lines to ourselves as we shuffled closer to the vehicle.


Froma Harrop: What computers know about us and think they know

Posted 3/15/2018 in National Columns

The electric company sends me colorful reports on my monthly energy habits. A recent one rated me "above average" in electricity use compared with my supposedly more extravagant neighbors. I'm usually "average."



Our View: Media play a role in community's relationship with Air Force

Posted 3/14/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

For more than 75 years, Columbus Air Force Base, and the men and women who work and train there, has been an important part of our community. The economic impact of the base alone makes that emphatically clear.



Wyatt Emmerich: Lawsuit exposes harsh reality of mental health care

Posted 3/14/2018 in Local Columns

At the federal courthouse in Jackson, East Mississippi Correctional Facility is defending itself against a lawsuit claiming atrocious conditions for its inmates.



Our View: MSU women's basketball is result of a landmark moment in women's history

Posted 3/13/2018 in Dispatch Editorials

March is Women's History Month. That probably wasn't on anyone's mind Monday afternoon, when several hundred fans gathered with the Mississippi State women's basketball team to watch the NCAA Women's Tournament Selection Show.



Charlie Mitchell: Wrist slap for Tate Reeves his biggest setback

Posted 3/13/2018 in Local Columns

On March 1, the state Senate said no to the leadership's plan to change how state money is distributed to public K-12 schools. Next came the weekend. On March 5, Thad Cochran, Mississippi's senior and super delegate to the U.S. Senate announced his resignation.


Possumhaw: A trace of history

Posted 3/12/2018 in Local Columns

Little over a week ago we joined the Bulldog Nation headed to Nashville, Tennessee, for the SEC Tournament.


Patrick Buchanan: Time to get over the Russophobia

Posted 3/12/2018 in National Columns

Unless there is a late surge for Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, who is running second with 7 percent, Vladimir Putin will be re-elected president of Russia for another six years on March 18.


Ask Rufus: A duel, a preacher and The Ten Commandments

Posted 3/10/2018 in Local Columns

With Passover and Easter approaching the classic movie, "The Ten Commandments," is sure to be shown again. Few people, though, know the Aberdeen, Columbus and Holly Springs tie to the movie.

Partial to Home: Being there

Posted 3/10/2018 in Local Columns

The only time I ever went deer hunting was when Bull Sullivan was recruiting me to play football at Scooba. A group of fellow recruits and I spent a night or two at a deer camp somewhere in the wilds of Noxubee County. (A friend who was similarly recruited two years earlier said the deer camp belonged to the Sparkmans of Macon.)


Other Editors: Open records should be accessible to all

Posted 3/10/2018 in National Columns

Ever wondered what someone in government is paid -- paid with your hard-earned tax dollars? If you intend to find out, you better grab your own wallet.



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