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Stories Written by Bobby Harrison

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – With a long statewide election season just complete, another – the one with the biggest ballot of them all – looms on the horizon in 2015. And while most state government incumbents elected statewide have confirmed they’ll be running for re-election to their current offices, some […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Supporters of an education funding initiative expected to be on the November 2015 ballot say Gov. Phil Bryant’s budget proposal, which he recently released, illustrates the reason Mississippians who support public education should vote for the initiative. “Governor Bryant’s budget once again shortchanges Mississippi’s school children,” […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant wants more people to know about Mississippi’s tourism opportunities. To spread the word about Mississippi, the Republican governor has proposed spending an additional $5.1 million to advertise the state’s tourism amenities. The tourism proposal was part of Bryant’s $6.2 billion budget recommendation he […]

The memory is a bit fuzzy, but it was the mid-1980s and I recall the voice on the other end of the phone telling me his teenage nephew was a promising, up-and-coming area boxer who should be written about by the Daily Journal. Not wanting to tell him we were busy and didn’t have time […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Former Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, used to muse that during his lengthy legislative career as a committee chair the only bill he lost before the full House was a proposal to allow local school districts to provide pre-kindergarten classes. The bill was defeated in the early […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi voters may be faced with two proposed constitutional provisions in November 2015 dealing with the funding of public education. Two key legislators have indicated it is likely there will be an effort to place on the November 2015 ballot an alternative to the school funding […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo will be part of the leadership team of the new Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. The Republican Conference selected Wicker, who was first elected to the Senate in 2008, as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2016 elections. The […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, who asked on several occasions what the negative impact would be to the state if same-sex couples were allowed to marry, said he intends “to rule as soon as possible” on the issue. Reeves, of the Southern District of Mississippi, heard […]

Chris Epps, talking about his unusually long tenure as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, once joked that it would have been even longer if former Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove had not made the mistake of appointing someone else to the post at the beginning of his term. Of course, that long tenure ended […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Mississippi Legislature will have $170 million more to spend during the 2015 session, which starts in January, than it did during the 2014 session, based on the revenue estimate adopted Monday. The Legislative Budget Committee, which consists of Speaker Philip Gunn, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves […]