Both parties skew district lines

By TIM KALICH,

Mississippi’s little-known and usually irrelevant two-tiered system for electing its governor and other statewide officials may very well have been set up to ensure white political control.

Much of what’s included in the 1890 constitution, in which this two-tiered process was introduced, had that precise motivation in mind.







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PERS is on a ruinous cycle

By TIM KALICH,

Mississippi’s state employees are griping because they again may not get an across-the-board raise. Schoolteachers are griping because the raise they may get is less than they believe is deserved.

One of the main factors, though, holding down their pay is the steadily rising cost of what it takes to provide them with their pensions.


Politicians can get too old

By TIM KALICH,

Delbert Hosemann is a spry 71. He has the slim build of the longtime long-distance runner he is. Although he’s not done a half-marathon in two years, he still runs 3 or 4 miles every other day and keeps a 9-minute-per-mile pace. That wouldn’t be shabby for someone 30 years younger.


And vulgarity

By TIM KALICH,

Among those most intemperately calling for President Trump’s impeachment is the potty-mouthed newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib.



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