New state auditor

Since Phil Bryant’s rise in Mississippi politics began when he was appointed state auditor in 1996 by then-Gov. Kirk Fordice, he has a commendable sense of ownership about the position.

Roe versus Wade

Susan Collins, the moderate Republican Maine senator considered a key vote on a pending U.S. Supreme Court nominee, made a bizarre observation the other day.

Teacher shortage

Mississippi is in the middle of its typical hot and humid summer. Perhaps no group is sweating more than public school officials, who by one report still have 2,100 jobs to fill by the beginning of August.

Downtown Jackson is resurging

The Clarion-Ledger produced an impressive and encouraging 18-page report that suggests the exodus from downtown Jackson over the past generation might be reversing, and that the image of it as a crime-troubled area, if it was ever accurate, is diminishing.



Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.