Bobby Harrison

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I work out of the Mississippi Capitol, covering state government and politics for the Daily Journal.

Stories Written by Bobby Harrison

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Jimmy Wayne Russell is hoping the second time is the charm as he squares off against first-time candidate Lauren Childers in the Democratic primary for the House District 3 post. The winner of the Aug. 4 primary will face Republican incumbent William Tracy Arnold of Booneville […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – Both incumbent state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo and challenger, Guntown Alderman Chad McMahan, tout their conservative values as they battle for votes in the Aug. 4 Republican primary. The winner of the primary will not face opposition in November. “I enjoy my job, and I […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau Two Democratic incumbent state senators are squaring off in the newly configured District 10 in what may be one of the most unusual legislative races this year. Sens. Bill Stone of Holly Spring and Steve Hale of Senatobia, who have been deskmates for the past four legislative sessions, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – While control of the Mississippi House will not be decided until the November general election, the first salvo in that political battle will be waged soon in the Aug. 4 party primary elections. While neither Republican or Democratic leaders would dare state publicly who they will […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau TUPELO – State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who has been undergoing treatments at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for more than a week for an infection of the abdominal cavity, was discharged late Friday. “I feel reasonably chipper, but weak as well for the wear and tear,” […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The state Supreme Court by a 6-3 ruling has affirmed that incumbent Democratic state Sen. Bill Stone has met the residency requirements to run for office this year in newly-configured Senate District 10. Stone, a second-term senator, had contended that he had lived in Holly Springs […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Term limit supporters kicked off their effort Thursday during a news conference at the Mississippi Capitol to place on the election ballot for the third time a citizen-sponsored term limits initiative. Keith Plunkett of Flora, the sponsor of the initiative, said Thursday marked the beginning of […]

Effective with fiscal year 2007, the Legislature shall fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program,” reads Section 37-151-6 of the Mississippi Code. That’s it. That is all it says. It is no doubt one of the shortest and most straightforward sections of Mississippi law. There is a lengthy editor’s note telling what would happen in […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – For months, legislative leaders have warned that “one Hinds County chancery judge” would decide the level of education funding for the state should voters in November approve the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which attempts to enhance the state’s commitment to public education. But in a separate case […]

By Bobby Harrison Daly Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are heavy favorites to win second terms in their respective offices, but the two Republicans are not taking anything for granted based on their fund-raising efforts. Through the end of June, both incumbents are far outdistancing their […]