Bobby Harrison


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 – A litany of conservative issues dominated the speech-making last week at the annual Neshoba County Fair political speakings, ranging from opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion to support for gun rights and tax cuts. But nary a word was spoken from the stage of the tin-roofed […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Republican Gov. Phil Bryant told Neshoba County fairgoers Thursday that Mississippi is not receiving the credit it deserves for progress, particularly in the areas of education and economic development. Strolling around the Founders Square Pavilion stage, eschewing the traditional podium, Bryant held up an award the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo, tasked with electing Republicans to the Senate, urged Neshoba County fairgoers Thursday to unite behind presidential candidate Donald Trump. He told the largely Republican crowd at the historic political speakings that at the American Legion Post 49 where he eats […]

Daily Journal JACKSON – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will make a campaign visit to the Jackson area on Aug. 24, Gov. Phil Bryant’s office has confirmed. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., made a campaign visit to the Neshoba County Fair on Tuesday. It is unusual for major party presidential nominees to visit Mississippi before […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau PHILADELPHIA – Attorney General Jim Hood criticized the Legislature for focusing on social issues and providing large corporate tax breaks instead of passing programs to help Mississippians, such as free community college for all students. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves defended those tax cuts and accused Hood, Mississippi’s lone […]

The e-mails that came to light in recent days about the input of certain conservative Christian groups in the passage of anti-gay marriage legislation during the 2016 session is enlightening. The e-mails showed that, for instance, the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom worked hand-in-glove with Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi political leaders passing the legislation […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Nearly 70 percent of Mississippi’s public school students scored at passing, proficient or advanced levels on the new Mississippi Assessment Program test, based on the “cut scores” approved Monday by the state Board of Education. The cut score represents the performance level a student must achieve […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Southern District Supreme Court Justice Michael Randolph suggested during last week’s oral arguments to let the voters of Mississippi decide whether to allow the so-called “demon chipmunk” to continue to operate within the state Capitol. The “demon chipmunk” is the term that has been used to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Teachers were told Friday they must not only teach, but also be involved in making policy if education is going to improve in Mississippi. Ana Morris, an Oak Grove teacher and the 2015 state teacher of the year, said teachers “must have a foot in the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A task force designed to look for ways to regulate and perhaps tax the burgeoning fantasy sports industry in Mississippi hosted its first meeting Thursday with the goal of having a final report completed by Oct. 15. The task force was developed during the 2016 legislative […]