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 – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, citing legislative rules, are not releasing any correspondence from their offices regarding their opposition to the the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which is designed to enhance the state’s commitment to public education. Both presiding officers said they are […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn, citing legislative rules, are not releasing any correspondence from their offices regarding their opposition to the the citizen-sponsored Initiative 42, which is designed to enhance the state’s commitment to public education. Both presiding officers said they are […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, the retired speaker of the state House, has been in his beloved Northeast Mississippi this week far away from the events on the Gulf Coast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the devastation and destruction known as Katrina. But when Hurricane Katrina slammed south […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Feedback on a Mississippi Department of Education website designed, at least in part, to alleviate concerns about the controversial Common Core academic standards has been mostly positive, according to Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. “It has been very positive,” Wright said recently. “We have had a […]

People know Irb Benjamin of Madison as the private contractor facing federal charges and up to 20 years in prison for allegedly paying kickbacks to former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps in order to obtain contracts with the state’s prison system. But way back in what now must appear like another lifetime, Benjamin served 12 […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Karl Gibbs, who won a special election in 2013 to replace his father, David Gibbs, who died in office, captured the House District 36 seat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Gibbs defeated Jimmy Davidson 1,929 votes to 1,427 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent, with all […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Nearly half of the parents taking advantage of a new law allowing special-needs students to receive public funds to pursue private education options are from the three-county Jackson metro area. According to information provided by the state Department of Education, 244 special-needs students from 56 school […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State Rep. Karl Gibbs of West Point, seeking a full term representing District 36 in the Mississippi House, will be in a runoff Tuesday with Jimmy Davidson, also of West Point. Davidson and Gibbs were the top vote-getters in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary, but neither […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Irb Benjamin, who served 16 years in the Mississippi Legislature representing Alcorn and Tishomingo counties, has been indicted in connection with the sweeping investigation of bribes and kickbacks being paid to former state Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps in return for the awarding of state contracts. The […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – College Board members were told Thursday that the next chancellor for the University of Mississippi should be committed to the Medical Center’s mission of improving the health of the state’s citizens. Members of the Board of Trustees for state Institutions of Higher Learning received input on […]