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Gov. Phil Bryant said he e-mailed a friend to ask for some jokes about the media to tell at the annual Christmas party he hosts for the media in his home – the Governor’s Mansion. But the conservative Republican conceded that most of the jokes extended beyond his sense of decency so he declined to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – On a recent, brisk December morning as motorists trying to turn off busy High Street into the state Capitol parking lot were delayed by construction vehicles, Brenda Davis, all 5-foot-3 inches of her, stepped carefully into the vehicle flow to start directing traffic. Davis is the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday denied state Rep. Brian Aldridge’s attempt to overturn a chancery court decision that he must pay more than $200,000 to the estate of his deceased aunt. The state’s highest court, in a 7-1 decision, refused to reverse the ruling of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislative Democrats propose to phase in full funding of public education over a three-year period and to provide an additional $105 million during the upcoming 2015 session. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, and Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, released the Democratic proposal Thursday in response to the plan […]

Mississippi and the rest of the Deep Southern states now mean to the Republican Party what they did to the Democratic Party for much of the 20th century. The Southern states represent a dependability, a consistent vote for the Republicans. In Louisiana, incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, one of the few remaining Deep South white […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the mechanism that provides the state’s share of the basics of operating local school districts, is underfunded by about $280 million under the proposal released Tuesday by the 14-member Legislative Budget Committee. Still, MAEP is one of the few state programs […]

Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant chose to postpone addressing how to fund growing Medicaid costs in the budget proposal he released last month. Today, the Legislative Budget Committee, which consists of Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and other legislative leaders, will release its budget recommendation for […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Facing a lawsuit over education funding and the possibility of a citizen-sponsored initiative on the 2015 election ballot designed to enhance education funding, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said recently he will be working during the upcoming legislative session to put more money into public schools. Reeves […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The chairs of the two Education committees in the Mississippi Legislature – Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, and Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford – have expressed support for the Common Core academic standards in the past. Both said recently they didn’t anticipate any major changes to Common Core […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has joined the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to block President Barack Obama’s executive action that stops the deportation of a large number of undocumented immigrants. According to various media reports, 17 states are part of Abbott’s lawsuit, claiming the […]