By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Voters on the north end of Lee County will return to the polls Nov. 25 to decide who will be their next Justice Court judge. Seven candidates squared off in the general election earlier this month for the District 1 seat left vacant when Judge Pat Carr decided […]

By Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON – Democrats re-elected Rep. Nancy Pelosi to another two-year term as House minority leader on Tuesday, two weeks after elections in which the party lost at least a dozen seats in the chamber. In a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, Pelosi was re-elected by voice vote in a race […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a tax cut for low-to-moderate income Mississippians as part of his budget recommendation released Monday. Bryant’s proposal is to provide a sliding tax credit, based on a filer’s tax liability, to those eligible for the federal earned income tax credit established […]

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 […]

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Senate Education Chair Gray Tollison, center, of Oxford, and House Education Chair John Moore, right, of Brandon, both say the Legislature likely will prepare a ballot alternative to a school funding initiative that recently collected more than 200,000 signatures statewide. They and Sen. Russell Jolly, left, of Houston, were among legislators appearing on an education panel last month at the Lee County Library.

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 […]

Daily Journal When U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee rejoined his House colleagues in Washington for the first time since early in the summer, he was greeted with a surprise. “Hail State,” the Mississippi State fight song, was playing when he entered the room where a group of House Republicans were meeting last Wednesday. “Keep in mind,” […]

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 […]

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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 […]

State economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders Monday that the national pattern of gradually improving economic growth over the next two years will be replicated in Mississippi, but at a slower rate than the nation as a whole. (AP photo)

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 […]