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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau Going into the final three weeks of the campaign for the 1st District U.S. House race, it’s difficult to tell the pretenders from the contenders. When asked how he would manage a campaign with a field of 13 candidates and a limited amount of time to campaign, longtime […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation that would establish a commission to make recommendations to the state Board of Education on academic standards was vetoed Thursday by Gov. Phil Bryant. Advocates for the legislation, including Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves – who immediately criticized the veto – said the bill was passed […]

Republicans captured the Mississippi House in the 2011 elections for the first time since the late 1800s thanks in large part to voters in Northeast Mississippi. In 2011, Republicans captured four crucial House seats in Northeast Mississippi previously held by Democrats Billy McCoy of Rienzi, Jimmy Puckett of Amory, Jack Gadd of Hickory Flat and […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau District Attorney Trent Kelly of Saltillo, a congressional candidate in the upcoming 1st District special election, has received contributions of $9,400 from the campaign fund and political action committee of the late Alan Nunnelee. Kelly is one of 13 candidates vying in the May 12 special election to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – When assuming the role of College Board president last week, Alan Perry of Jackson recalled an earlier description of the state’s higher education system by then-University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat as “a loose confederation of institutions.” But Perry said in recent years the Board of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Board of Trustees of state Institutions of Higher Learning has for the second time this year looked within the current university system to name a commissioner of higher education. Glenn Boyce, a current associate commissioner, was selected by the College Board to oversee the state’s […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Tupelo mayor and Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. has emerged as a leading contender for Mississippi’s top economic development post, but a spokesman for Gov. Phil Bryant says no decision has been made. The Jackson-based Mississippi Business Journal reported late Thursday afternoon that […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are appealing a Hinds County Circuit Court judge’s ruling that rewrote the language of a legislative alternative to a citizen-sponsored initiative on school funding. They are asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to restore the original language. Earlier […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Northern District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert was the top fund-raiser of the 13 candidates vying in the 1st District special congressional election during the first quarter of the year. The candidates in the May 12 election faced a Wednesday deadline for filing their first quarter contributions […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant appears to be keeping his options open in selecting the state’s next top economic developer. “He does have a sense of urgency about it,” said spokeswoman Nicole Webb. “But at the same time he wants to be deliberative and make sure he gets […]