JACKSON (AP) – Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee. He was selected for the post by Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Harper is the only one of Mississippi’s four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship. Rep. Bennie Thompson was chairman of the Homeland Security Committee […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Second-term Gov. Phil Bryant apparently is not giving up on a goal he made in his first inaugural address in January 2012 – to merge some of the state’s many boards and commissions. The Republican governor revived his goal of merging some of the more than […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session. The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over […]

By Zachary Oren Smith Mississippi Today JACKSON – Forced to use the state’s so-called Rainy Day fund several times to balance the state budget last fiscal year, Gov. Phil Bryant is pleading with legislators to reign in their spending habits. In his Executive Budget Recommendation released this month, Bryant asked legislators to spend no more […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper lamented Monday that the election recount being initiated by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is an effort by Democrats “to portray this as an illegitimate outcome of the election.” The Republican Harper of Rankin County, who has represented Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional […]


Facing mounting criticism, state leaders last week finally made public the contract with EdBuild, a consulting firm hired to help revamp Mississippi’s education funding formula. Bobby Harrison discusses the contract, plus he looks at a downgraded state tax revenue projection.

By Adam Ganucheau Mississippi Today Laurel resident Pete Blakeney was overcome with a strange urge as he was driving home from New Orleans in January 2015: to stop at a Louisiana gas station and purchase a few lottery tickets. Blakeney, a religious man who doesn’t play the game often, said he credits God for the […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers could be gearing up for the most productive portion of their current term. And, for better or worse, they’re already discussing parts of an ambitious agenda for 2017. The three-month legislative session begins Jan. 3, and it will be the second year of a four-year […]


By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – On Tuesday, voters in north Mississippi will select a justice for the state Supreme Court. The runoff race will pit Robert “Bobby” Chamberlin, a sitting circuit court judge, against John Brady, an attorney with experience in corporate and individual defense. Four men initially competed for a seat on […]