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 – The tenure of four-term House Speaker Tim Ford ended more than 12 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he stopped being involved in the chamber’s day-to-day activities. Current Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said Ford would follow the proceedings on nearly a daily basis on the Internet […]

Less than two weeks ago Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton tabbed two Democrats among his 40 committee chairs for the next four years – two more from the opposing party than his predecessor Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, named during his second term. Both McCoy and Gunn appointed near equal members of the opposing parties […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – While an incentive package, which included the state incurring $254 million in bond debt and providing multiple tax breaks, for two economic development projects overwhelmingly passed the Legislature on Thursday, some lawmakers still lamented the cost to the taxpayers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, questioned the wisdom […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – When Glenn McCullough took over as the head of the Mississippi Development Authority in June, Project Potter was well under way. On Thursday, McCullough stood on the Senate floor accepting congratulations after the Legislature had approved a $254 million bond project to lure German tire manufacturer […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Ending the chronic absenteeism impacting Mississippi schools will take not only the work of educators, but of the entire community, including business leaders, churches, parents and others, said Hedy Chang, director of Attendance Works. Chang of San Francisco is director of the national organization combating absenteeism. […]

Jack Reed Sr. of Tupelo garnered 47 percent of the vote (336,276 votes) in losing to Democrat Ray Mabus in the 1987 gubernatorial election – the best showing by a Mississippi Republican to that point in the 20th century. Much has been written and said about the Tupelo businessman who died last week at age […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – David Baria, a Bay St.Louis attorney and small business owner, has been selected by the minority party in the Mississippi House to serve as its leader. The 48 Democrats in the 122-member House met late Tuesday afternoon to select Baria, 53. Baria is beginning his second […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who underwent hernia surgery on Jan. 20, has resumed his legislative duties during the 2016 session. “I feel good,” said the 60-year-old Holland, who said the surgery lasted for four and one-half hours. “I am still recovering. I am sore, still […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday Mississippi has overcome its long history of voter discrimination and disenfranchisement and is now ready for a complete overhaul of its election laws. Hosemann, the third-term Republican, outlined during a speech at a luncheon meeting of the Mississippi State […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – High on the priority list during the 2016 session for the state’s political leadership is making all Mississippi school superintendents appointed. During last week’s State of the State speech, Gov. Phil Bryant singled out the issue of appointing all superintendents as one of his top priorities. […]