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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, defended a House proposal to eliminate the state income tax, which accounts for nearly one-third of the state general fund revenue, as a responsible plan that will not force large cuts in the budget. “The important thing here is there is never […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation is alive to provide $1 million to continue upgrades at the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum and to provide $655,000 to aid with construction of Vietnam Veterans Wall and other displays at Veterans Park. The two projects, officials say, will strengthen Tupelo’s efforts to attract […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former House Speaker Tim Ford, a Baldwyn native, known for his ability to build coalitions that enabled him to govern an often-raucous Mississippi House for four terms, died early Friday night at a home he owned in Oxford. Ford, 63, now a Jackson attorney, died from […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republicans and Democrats will begin nearly even in terms of uncontested races as they battle for control of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Friday was the qualifying deadline for the state’s Aug. 4 party primaries and Nov. 3 general election. According to preliminary data gathered from […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The field of candidates running in the May 12 1st District U.S. House special election continues to change. District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo on Thursday became the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the seat. Oxford attorney Quentin Whitwell, who previously served […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Two of the hot-button education measures of the 2015 legislative session are heading to the House floor for consideration. The issues, providing scholarships or vouchers for special-needs children to pursue private education options and making possible changes to the education standards adopted by the state Board […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo has become the latest elected official to announce his intention to seek the 1st District U.S. House seat. Kelly, a Republican, is in his first term as district attorney. “My top priority is a continued focus on jobs and building […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state House voted 83-32 Wednesday to phase out the state income tax, which provides about 30 percent of the Mississippi general fund revenue. “I am so proud of the House members who stepped up to support such a transformative income tax cut proposal,” House Speaker […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, has become the second state legislator in as many days to announce her candidacy for the 1st District U.S. House post. Collins will be vying in a May 12 special election to succeed Alan Nunnelee, a Tupelo Republican, who died after […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Republicans, led by Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton, are proposing to phase out the Mississippi income tax – the state’s second largest source of revenue. The proposal, which House leaders said would take an estimated $1.38 billion, or 30 percent of revenue out of the […]