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Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:00 PM
Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives Management Committee approved a policy regarding contracts entered into by that committee. According to Representative Greg Snowden, who chairs the committee, the policy was necessary to allow all House members the opportunity to review the contracts.
  • PERRY/Clinton Trumped in Miss.
    Republican Donald J. Trump carried Mississippi with 57.9 percent of the vote for President of the United States on November 8, earning him Mississippi’s six votes in the Electoral College. He received a greater percentage of the vote than Republicans Mitt Romney in 2012 (55.3 percent) or John McCain in 2008 (56.2 percent), but fell short of President George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004 when Bush took 59.5 percent. Trump’s 700,714 raw votes bested Bush’s 684,981 votes from 2004; but, Trump fell short of the raw votes posted by Romney (710,746) and McCain (724,597).
  • LOWRY/Can Dems quit identity politics?
    For the Democrats, no activity is immune from reflexive accusations of sexism and racism, not even soul-searching.

    The initial postelection debate on the left has brought some tentative breaks with the party’s oppressive and self-limiting identity politics. And they have been met, predictably, with a furious counterattack wielding all of the usual rhetorical weapons of identity politics — lest fresh air penetrate the intellectual and political hothouse where transgender bathroom issues loom incredibly large and it is forbidden to say “all lives matter.”
  • TANNER/The infrastructure boondoggle?
    Stephen Moore, a Trump economic advisor and a man I know and respect, recently told congressional Republicans that, since Donald Trump won the election, it is their duty to deliver on his agenda — even if his policies are bad ideas. Umm, no. Bad ideas are bad ideas, even when voters choose them. Otherwise, we all should have gone along with every bad idea that President Obama proposed over the last eight years.
  • Over the past few decades, party loyalty has been the defining feature of national politics. Especially in the House but even in the Senate, members deferred to their party leaders. Congress as a whole deferred to the presidency. Members of the president’s own party acted as his foot soldiers. Members of the other party acted as his opposition.
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus cared about the Lord’s Day. A lot’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 14:1-6 as we continue our way through this great gospel. Jesus is addressing a group of Pharisees with whom He is dining, and the subject of the Sabbath comes up. Throughout the gospels you find Jesus in conflict with the Jewish leaders over Sabbath observance. They were concerned that Jesus was undermining the traditions of the elders, and Jesus regularly responded to them that their traditions had in fact undermined Moses. Their adding to the Word of God had actually undermined the theology and practice of the Sabbath Day in the Word of God.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/2nd Timothy 4:1-2
    We have observed in our study through this epistle that Paul is in prison and that he is aware he will be executed. He hopes to see Timothy before he departs this world, but this letter contains his final instructions to Timothy and the church. In verse one he gives Timothy a weighty charge: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word…”
  • EDITORIAL/Jack Wilson for Court of Appeals
    There were three qualified candidates running for election in the race for the Mississippi Court of Appeals in our district, — and now two in the run-off this upcoming Tuesday, Nov. 29 — and we still believe incumbent Judge Jack Wilson represents the best in young, conservative leadership and deserves to keep his seat.
  • EDITORIAL/Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving remains one of America’s most untainted holidays.

    The first recorded Thanksgiving was celebrated on Dec. 4, 1619, at Berkeley Hundred, a plantation on the northern banks of the James River about 20 miles upstream from Jamestown, the first permanent settlement of the Colony of Virginia.
  • LOWRY/History strikes back
    President Barack Obama won’t explicitly say that Donald Trump is on the wrong side of history, but surely he believes it.

    The president basically thinks anyone who gets in his way is transgressing the larger forces of history with a capital “H.” In 2008, he declared John McCain “on the wrong side of history right now” (the “right now” was a generous touch — allowing for the possibility that McCain might get right with History at some future date).
  • DUNCAN/‘Jesus's compassion and our indifference’
    Turn in your Bible to Luke 13:31-35. Be on the lookout for three things in these verses. First, I want you to look at Jesus’s example. Second, I want you to be on the lookout for is Jesus’s compassion. Here in this passage, and especially in verse 34, we see something of Jesus’s heart of compassion, even towards those who have rejected Him. Finally, I'd like us to look at the response that Jesus gets, not only from Jerusalem mentioned in verse 34, but also from the other players in this passage — the Pharisees, Herod — all of them picture for us a response to Jesus.
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