Overlooking misconduct

Breaking the law or being accused of it is apparently no big deal if you happen to work for U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson.

The Democratic congressman from Mississippi is standing by his chief of staff, I. Lanier Avant, after Avant was hit with a second round of charges related to his repeated failure to pay federal income taxes.

Tea Party challenges

The recent Republican primary result in a special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama is encouraging tea party conservative Chris McDaniel to consider taking another stab at pulling the improbable in Mississippi — unseating a longtime congressional incumbent.

Trial fiasco

The conclusion of the sensational murder trial in Batesville of Quinton Tellis, the man accused of setting 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire, will go down in the annals of Mississippi criminal justice lore as one of the most peculiar.

Looking good for the Saints


Before this NFL season began you may have read a prediction in this column forecasting a fourth consecutive 7-9 season for the New Orleans Saints. Seemed a pretty safe assumption. Where the Saints were concerned, mediocrity had become a staple.

Memories of the miracle of 2009 were becoming more and more faint.

Green energy flops

When Haley Barbour was governor, he and his appointees at the Mississippi Development Authority were gung-ho on getting the state to invest in risky so-called “green energy” startups.


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