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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Voters will glean little information from the language on the ballot when they go to the polls in November to decide whether to approve one of two competing measures to amend the Constitution to enhance the state’s commitment to the funding of kindergarten through 12th grade […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State leaders are scrambling to determine how to respond to Friday’s historic ruling by the United States Supreme Court saying same-sex marriages must be recognized and performed nationwide. The office of Mississippi Attorney Jim Hood issued a statement saying the ruling is “the law of the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Both Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves blasted Thursday’s 6-3 ruling by the United States Supreme Court that ensures as many as 100,000 Mississippians can continue to receive federal subsidies to help with the cost of their health insurance. The Supreme Court rejected the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has rejected a request from the head of the Legislative Black Caucus to call a special session of the Legislature “to bring true dialogue and full resolution regarding the removal of the confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag.” Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The number of Mississippi leaders endorsing changing the state flag is growing. On Wednesday, both of the state’s United States senators – Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo – endorsed changing the state flag to remove the controversial Confederate battle emblem as part […]

While national and indeed international eyes are on South Carolina and the announcement by leading politicians, such as Gov. Nikki Haley and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, that they now support the removal of the Confederate flag from their capitol grounds, it is the state of Mississippi that remains the most prominent displayer of the flag. […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – No changes will be made to Mississippi’s state flag, replete with the Confederate battle emblem in its design, unless Gov. Phil Bryant chooses to act. Even though powerful House Speaker Phil Gunn, R-Clinton, surprised many political observers late Monday when he said the flag “needs to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, stopped far short of endorsing House Speaker Philip Gunn’s call for removing the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag. Gunn’s surprising comments came Monday night after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other leading politicians there […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal JACKSON – Two state senators, both Democrats and desk mates in the Senate chamber for the past four sessions, are locked in a legal dispute over residency issues. Retired Circuit Judge Frank Vollor of Vicksburg, appointed to hear the case, issued a ruling last week that two-term incumbent Bill Stone […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The mandated costs to the state of a citizen-sponsored education funding initiative and a legislative alternative would be starkly different, according to a fiscal analysis conducted by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee. “There is no determinable cost or revenue impact associated with this initiative,” […]